Hey good people, it’s a good week for music with some excellent releases we are featuring today. I’ve given them all a listen to but Patrick Watson’s latest is one I certainly know I will keep going back to. Had a lot of positive feedback about the recent used vinyl we’ve brought it and there is still more to get out over the next while so keep checking in at the website, Facebook, Twitter or Google+ and as always please let us know what you want to see more of or less of at Backbeat, your input is very important to us.
Now, let’s get to the latest releases!
Patrick Watson – Love Songs For Robots
The new music was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and Pierre Marchand Studio in Montreal. Of the record, some of which was debuted at private concerts in small loft spaces, Watson explains, “I started thinking about things in a very mechanical way. I found it interesting how we would use our senses to come up with an emotional reaction. As I get older you get to know yourself better and I realized that a lot of my emotional reactions were mechanical responses and that was hugely influential. I didn’t want to be a robot. But the reason why we are superior to computers is that we have emotions and I realized that emotions are mechanical so the only thing left between us and robots is curiosity and inspiration – and I don’t think you can program that into a computer. That’s definitely where I was at when I started writing the record.” Raised and still living in Montreal, Watson has composed 15 scores for both film and television, including a trailer for The Walking Dead and Wim Wenders’ new 3D film Everything Will Be Fine, where he performed the songs ‘Cynical World’ (an original for the film) and ‘Lighthouse’. The recipient of Canada’s elite Polaris Music Prize in 2007, Watson composes, performs and records his albums with a full band that includes Joe Grass (guitars), Robbie Kuster (drums/percussion) and Mishka Stein (bass).
My Morning Jacket – Waterfall
My Morning Jacket has built a reputation as a group who consistently challenges the paradigms in which they are placed. From psychedelic to soul to classic rock and roll, My Morning Jacket’s range remains steadfast throughout the band’s sixteen years. The Louisville quintet released the first of 6 albums in 1999 with their last two, 2008’s “Evil Urges” and 2011’s “Circuital” each receiving Grammy nominations – the latter debuting at number 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. On May 5, 2015, My Morning Jacket will release their seventh full-length album, The Waterfall. Recorded in Northern California’s Stinson Beach, they gladly took the inspiration that it offered and crafted a sparkling new album. The band features Jim James (singer/songwriter, guitar), Tom Blankenship( bass), Patrick Hallahan(drums), Carl Broemel (guitar, pedal steel, saxophone, vox) and Bo Koster (keyboards, vox). Known as one of the most engaging, eclectic & electric bands, in no small part due to Jim James’ other-worldly vocals, they’ve become legendary for their live performances. The New York Times wrote this about the band, “…the new kings of expand-your-mind, religious-experience rock…”
Jello Biafra – Walk On Jindal’s Splinters
Here it is at last! The long-rumored, sweat-soaked live album from the night Bill Davis (Dash Rip Rock) and Fred Le Blanc (Cowboy Mouth) dared Jello Biafra to join them during Jazzfest and sing all classic New Orleans soul, rhythm and blues, and (at Jello’s request) garage songs! Joining in were piano Wildman Pete “Wet Dawg” Gordon (Mojo Nixon), Pepper Keenan (Down, Corrosion of Conformity) and a wacky horn section from Egg Yolk Jubilee and Morning 40 Federation that even includes a sousaphone! You want loose? We got loose! You want crazy? That’s here, too. Walk on Jindal’s Splinters is one of the all-time great “you are there” high-energy live albums—audience participation galore, plenty of trademark Jello banter, and full-on soul / trash / frat / garage gumbo from eleven of New Orleans’ finest, just playing their asses off and having a good time doing it. The album also showcases a whole ’nother side of Jello Biafra: his deep, pre-punk roots known only to a handful of vinyl junkies and anyone lucky enough to catch his DJ gigs. For all those whose interest in Jello goes beyond the punk persona to Jello Biafra, the singer, this is for you. Maximum trash appeal! Southern roadhouse debauchery at its finest! Calls to mind those sing-along, clap-along frat-rock platters from The Premiers to The Kingsman to Geno Washington’s Hipsters, Flipsters… series, Swingin’ Medallions, or even Slade Alive! You can almost feel the grease and voodoo dripping from the walls!
Best Coast – California Nights
“California Nights” is the latest LP from Best Coast. Following the release of the scorching, shoegaze-inspired title track, the SoCal duo has let loose “Heaven Sent”. Here, Bethany Cosentino & co. continue to showcase their new-found tenacity, dishing out whip-lashing guitars and punk-like toughness. “Heaven Sent” may lyrically strike a chord in the heart, but its rockin’ aggression was made for the pits.
Also, if you don’t follow us on Facebook you will not have seen these recent arrival used records we just put out in the bins. Lots more where that came from too to get out in the shop the next couple of months.
That’s it! Your done reading… go have a nap.