Music acquisitions

Trying to get caught up on non-biz-related blogging, here are my latest CD acquisitions…

Kicking Television: Live in Chicago, Wilco. Love it. If you are a fan of the newer Wilco stuff (Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, A Ghost is Born, etc.) you have to get this. There are even a couple of tracks from the Mermaid albums.

Live at Stubb’s, Matisyahu. Matisyahu is a reggae artist who happens to be a hacidic jew. Heard his single on a Paste compilation (Heights, I think) and liked it a lot. How can you go wrong with reggae?

Heavy Ornamentals, The Gourds. My favorite Gourds album in a while but may still not be as good as Cow, Fish, Fowl, or Pig. This one somehow seems a little less “out there” than previous Gourds albums–I can’t put my finger on it.

dither, moe. I seem to be on a “jam band” kick lately. This is my first moe. album. (Yes, there’s a period there–not sure why). It’s a little less funky and maybe even less jam-y than I hat expected/wanted. A couple of the tracks could actually get airplay on mainstream radio.

Pizza Deliverance, Drive By Truckers. I like this album a lot. It is a remaster of some old stuff by DBT. It’s much more than their later “70’s stadium rock” releases.

One Step Closer, The String Cheese Incident. First taste of these guys. I like it and I’ll keep buying their albums but I don’t play this one over and over. Maybe my problem is that I tend to compare all of these jam band albums to Phish which leaves me feeling a little disappointed.

There will be a Light, Ben Harper and the Blind Boys of Alabama. I’m not a fan of gospel by any stretch of the imagination but I love Ben Harper and this is a great album. Ben’s got a new one coming out March 21.

Okemah and the Melody of Riot, Son Volt. Son Volt is back and I couldn’t be happier. I do like Jay’s solo stuff but the straight rock-and-roll sound of Son Volt is my preference. Go for the “dual disc” option to get music on one side and a documentary on the other.

Get Behind Me Satan, The White Stripes. If you liked the previous White Stripes albums you’ll like this one because it is very much the same. But hey, it works.