Today’s installment of Tune in Tuesday features six random albums.
Monsters of Folk
Monsters of Folk
Monsters of Folk are the latest “Super Group” to hit the music scene. Comprised of Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), M. Ward, and Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes). These boys bring back the sweet harmonies of classic bands like The Eagles and Crosby, Stills, & Nash and evoke the not so distant memory of The Traveling Wilburys.
The music is a mixed bag of rock, folk, and as mentioned before, sweet harmony, and lush melodies. The lead track on the album “Dear God (Sincerely MOF)” is a trippy little number that is gently bathed in R&B and is based around a sample of the 1970 gospel song “Is There Any Love” by Trevor Dandy.
Key tracks: His Master’s Voice, Temazcal, Losin Yo Head.
This is the newest ad fourteenth studio album form the Vermont Jam band. It is also the album that brought the band back from a four year hiatus and reunited them with produce Steve Lillywhite. The album is aptly titled as the songs all seem to have a happy, joyful quality to them. If you have a fan or former fan, check it out and get reacquainted with the boys from Phish.
Key Tracks: Time Turns Elastic, Backwards Down the Number Line, Twenty Years Later
This album is a great cross section of all of Jack’s work and has guest appearances by Eddie Vedder and Paula Fuga. It also showcases the harmonizing backing vocals of Zach Gil (Animal Liberation Orchestra), who has toured with Johnson in the past but only recently became a permanent fixture on the tour.
The special addition has a DVD that captures various stages of his 2008 tour. The DVD has more guest appearances by the likes of Ben Harper, Eddie Vedder, Mason Jennings, Matt Costa, G. Love & Special Sauce.
Key Tracks: Constellations (w/ Eddie Vedder), Gone, Flake, and Times Like These
White Lies for Dark Times
Ben Harper & the Relentless 7
The Relentless 7 is Ben’s latest incarnation of a band and is a bit heavier than the Innocent Criminals. The album is solid from start to finish and is not a dramatic departure from any of Ben’s other work. He still blazes on the slide guitar and is the focal vocal point of the band.
Key Tracks: Faithfully Remain, Skin Thin, Keep It Together (So I Can Fall Apart), Shimmer and Shine.
Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away
Slaid Cleaves is pure musical greatness and genius. This Austin based singer and songwriter is a thoughtfully introspective writer who catches the subtle nuances of life in this crazy world. He sings of love, lost, hope, faith, and the lack there of. Not afraid to raise a political edge with his music but never appearing to be preachy or on a soapbox. If you have not heard of him, he is well worth checking out.
Key Tracks: Beautiful Thing, Cry, Dreams, Hard to Believe
Natural Forces is the latest album from Texas’s own Grammy winner Lyle Lovett. There is just something about the calm confidence in which Lyle sings his songs. This album is typical Lovett, good song selection, well crafted, and a slight sense of humor.
Key Tracks: Pantry, Farmer Brown/Chicken Reel, Don’t You Think I Feel It Too
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