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New Music Tuesday – March 3rd, 2009 Tuesday, March 3, 2009

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We’re entering a pretty great stretch of Tuesdays – winners coming out every week for the next several weeks. And this week is no slouch to get things started…

Ok, so that’s not new Neko Case – but new Neko Case comes out today! And more! After the jump…

U2 – No Line On The Horizon
My ultimate hope here is that “Get On Your Boots” and the other songs I’ve heard via the ol’ XM thus far sound much better in the context of a whole album. I’m sure the truth is somewhere between the 4.2 that Pitchfork gave it and the predictable five star fawning that Rolling Stone provided. Honestly, why is Pitchfork reviewing a mainstream release like U2 anyway? You can pretty much be assured that it’s going to be a low rating filled with non-sense and terrible straw-man comparisons. But that’s another story all together. Perhaps I’ll pick up the vinyl instead of the cd in hopes that the old format will take me back to how I first heard U2 when I was about 8 or so…

Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
Closer to the pop of a New Pornographers album than the alt-country of her earlier work, Case delivers another total winner of an album here. I was sent a copy about a little while back and I’ve not grown tired of it yet. I’m hard pressed to think that this won’t wind up in the year end Top 10 – although it IS only March 3rd.

Raul Malo – Lucky One
I’m a huge fan of Malo’s voice and his solo debut a few years back was a pleasant surprise and a constant in our in-store rotation at the time. It’s his first disc of all new original material since that first album and is one of the few albums I’ve been geniunely excited to hear in a while.

Also this week, there’s a pretty nifty live dvd from Fountains of Wayne coming out. I’ve had a chance to check it out and if you’re a fan of power-pop, you’ll want to spend some time with this one.

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1. Review: U2 - No Line On The Horizon « MW Music Review Blog - Tuesday, March 3, 2009

[…] album. Would have to say the album sounds musically bigger and a grand production than previous albums. Feels like Achtung Baby again. Very rock epic in the track Unknown Caller. Of course with the […]

2. DougOLis - Tuesday, March 3, 2009

My expectations for U2 are pretty low given How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb and how shitty “Get On Your Boots” is. I’ll listen to it and I’ll keep an open mind and I hope I’m presently surprised, but I don’t expect much at this point.

Neko Case is the one I’m really looking forward to today. I absolutely love her voice and I’ve loved what I’ve heard so far off the new album. Plus, I’m probably get to see her for free tonight at a small local show (assuming I can get in)!

In today’s Grey’s Anatomy/The O.C. music release, Bell X1 has a new album out. They’re actually not all that bad though and might be worth checking out. The only song I’ve heard so far isn’t great but it’s not horrible either. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_SoCCIVCwc

We missed the War Child compilation last week. I guess I kind of forget about it at the time with Dark Was the Night coming out the week before. Oh well, it’s pretty good (not as good as Dark Was the Night) but there’s some good tracks on there. The highlights for me were Elbow and Lilly Allen.

3. Jerkwheat - Tuesday, March 3, 2009

XM has been playing some of Bell X1 (who seem to play DC a lot) and I’ve liked it from what I’ve heard. All I knew of them before was that Damien Rice used to be their frontman.

I dig the Hold Steady cover on War Child as well – thanks to Clare for directing me towards it.

4. Matt_T - Tuesday, March 3, 2009

I just picked up the Neko Case, only 7.99 at Best Buy. So far its awesome, and the photos and liner notes are beautiful and funny

5. Matt - Saturday, March 7, 2009

Neko Case’s label Anti basically gave indie record stores around the world a slap in the face for doing a deal to sell the cd for $7.99 at Best Buy. The cost to buy the direct for indie stores is around $10.50.
Hey Neko did you know about this? The indie stores have supported and championed you for years. You have even spoke out in support of indie stores.
Now this?

6. Jerkwheat - Sunday, March 8, 2009

Well, I doubt Neko reads our little blog, and I doubt she had much of anything to do with Best Buy pricing the album at 7.99. And anything that gets her in front of the audience that a big box store circular can provide is not altogether a bad thing.

That said, I love Crooked Beat and hope you and all the other indies find a way to survive in this shitty economy. It sucks that the buying power that a big box has can create such a pricing disparity, but I’ve never gone into an independent shop looking for the best price. I’ve always gone there looking for conversation and suggestions on new stuff. I’m happy to spend more on my music to get the personal touch. It’s something we’ve lost in this age of downloading and loss leaders.


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