Listened to the new Neil Diamond "Melody Road" today on google play, his first on Capitol Records. I dig it the most - it was a totally emotional journey down Melody Road, y'all. Classic Diamond, for sure - all original material. Here's a good Business Insider article and interview by Edouard Guihaire, writing for the AFP, and here's the Billboard review of the album, which also features a recap of his Reddit AMA. He's too cool. I sung Sweet Caroline at karaoke the other week.
I tried to get through the new Iceage today, Plowing Into the Fields of Love, put out by Matador. The only point of reference I have for this is that it's Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds-ish. It was interesting but I dunno if I can really relate to it, though full disclosure I clicked it off at the 5th song. He was singing something about a horse, or horses. They may have been running in a field.
Pitchfork gave the album an 8.5, and loyal readers may remember I think Pitchfork is mediocre so I imagine I'm on the right track by suspecting "Plowing Into the Fields of Love" may be art, but it falls short of being rock'n'roll. Where did I steal that line from? Seems like it was in a song I heard recently. Thanks, whoever I stole that from. Here is Iceage's single. I do like this one.
Buck Biloxi and the Fucks released a new batch of 14 songs on Bandcamp today called Culture Demanufacturer. I've listened to it three times today. On first listen, I thought it did not achieve the, uhm, primacy, or immediacy, of the first EP on Bandcamp, Live At Saturn Bar. But then I listened to it again on the ride home, and came to terms that it was more a recorded thing than a live thing. At home after a couple of scotch and waters, I'm pretty sure, Culture Demanufacturer is everything rock'n'roll turned out to be:
I learned about Buck and the Fucks just the other day from the excellent podcast, Dynamite Hemorrhage, who already has a new show out. Sweet. I was impressed with the first one I'd heard, last week's episode. Can't wait to listen tomorrow at work.
Here's another Buck Biloxi and the Fucks song I found:
There's another 12" coming out in a few months from HoZa Records.
I also listened to Terrorizer for the first time and realized the type of metal I'm into is grindcore. This album is important. Our descendents, robots, aliens, and a mix thereof will listen to this and think WTF. But ya know, in a good way:
New from Burger Records:
This raga from 1957 was in my Soundcloud stream, from Smithsonian Folkways: