Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White: Gentlewoman, Ruby Man
Barely a month in and 2017 has already served up some great new RecommNeds-ready music. This week I’ve got two albums from old favorites of mine that have been featured in this space multiple times. First up is the ever-groovy Matthew E. White who has teamed up with Flo Morrissey for an excellent album of covers, some more recognizable than others. I always love a good covers album, but this one stands out because it doesn’t really feel like it’s about the songs they choose (which are all pretty much perfect picks), nor does it necessarily feel like it’s just a showcase for White and Morrissey (who are both fabulous in classic duet form). Rather, as with so many Spacebomb releases, it’s the backing band that really kicks this into funky gear. Worth checking out for the ultraboogie cover of “Grease” alone, but it’s all good.
Landlady: The World Is A Loud Place
A little bit different is Landlady, one of several projects of Adam Schatz, who continues to put out engaging, interesting music unlike pretty much anything else out there. The newest Landlady album, The World Is A Loud Place is barely a week old and already occupying a good part of my musicmind with its catchy hooks, impulsive rhythms and surreal-poetry lyrics. Each song seems to sit on a precarious, uber-creative border of brainy art rock, boogie jazz and goofy indie rock. You can practically hear Schatz’s eyebrows raise or his knowing wink coming through each irresistible track. The world is a loud place and Landlady is the perfect antidote. Enjoy!
Saturday’s Trey Anastasio concert in Charlotte featured three songs he hadn’t performed solo acoustic in over a decade.
The initial lineup for the inaugural Camp Greensky has been revealed by Greensky Bluegrass.
Watch a wild end to space featuring three members of Dead & Company on keys followed by a gorgeous “Looks Like Rain” in tribute to John Perry Barlow.
Three-fourths of the Smashing Pumpkins’ classic lineup is reuniting for an extensive summer tour.
Introducing a new festival featuring a bevy of New Orleans acts called Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown.
Pink Talking Fish worked all of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ double album into a marathon set at The Capitol Theatre that also featured Phish and Talking Heads covers. JamBase contributor Sarah Bourque captured the action.