Only one of the four is a true reissue; but c'mon...it's Paul Simon
Pop Stephen Carradini
Some reissues are chock-full of new bits that entice hardcore fans to go
out and buy beloved albums again. Columbia’s reissues of Paul Simon’s
first three albums do not fall in that category.
Listen to local Ryan Lawson’s new album, ‘Hack & Saw Nation,’ for free.
Choctaw folkie and singer/songwriter Ryan Lawson recently announced the release of his new album, “Hack & Saw Nation,” which you can stream for free or purchase at his Bandcamp page. Two live-recorded songs, “One Year Ago” and “Toxic Fumes,” are also available for free.
Lawson’s signature croon is a state treasure, and comes bolstered here by Melissa Stevens’ backing vocals. Also featured on the album are guitarist Aaron Tackett, bassist Kristina Tackett, multi-intstrumentalist Brad Fielder and fiddle player Daniel Foulks (who made an OKS appearance on video just a few weeks ago).
Can’t recommend this one enough. Stream it below, and do consider shelling out a couple of bucks for this one. “Broken Record”’s worth the $5 itself.
Deserving songwriter gets a career-spanning, three-disc collection that doesn’t overstay its four-hour welcome.
Pop Matt Carney
Drawing from his three studio albums with Ben Folds Five, three solo
studio albums and piles of EPs, compilations and live albums, “The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective” is a highly convenient and
well-selected exposition of the two highly developed skills of Mr.
Benjamin Scott Folds.
Watch eight beautiful, grainy videos of Girls’ Christopher Owens at an SF gallery.
Stereogum pointed out late Tuesday that a bunch of videos of mushy-gushy bedroom songwriter Christopher Owens of Girls performing songs both released and unheard showed up on the openingceremony.us blog this weekend.
“I wrote this song a coupla days ago, hadn’t played it for anybody yet,” he said before dedicating “Key to My Heart” to his girlfriend. The song (and several others here) didn’t appear on last year’s “Broken Dreams Club” EP, nor on this year’s fantastic “Father, Son, Holy Ghost,” suggesting he’s probably got a wealth of scribbled-in notebooks full of lyrics stashed away somewhere.
The filters on the video (it’s almost exclusively black-and-white, except for “Cold Again,” with splices of sepia color), Owens’ jean jacket and the folkie setup make these performances seem really timeless. Watch for yourself: