Everyday Robots – Damon Albarn

The man has my attention. The title track video on Damon Albarn’s new solo album that drops on April 29th!

We are everyday robots on our phones,
In the process of getting home.
Looking like standing stones,
Out there on our own.

We’re everyday robots in control,
In the process of being sold.
Driving in adjacent cars,
‘Til we press ‘restart.’

Read more: Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

 

Benmont Tench – You Should Be So Lucky

Benmont Tench is the keyboardist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. His first solo release You Should Be So Lucky (a project 37 years in the making) drops tomorrow, September 18th on the historic jazz Blue Note record label.

Produced by legendary producer Glyn Johns, the album was recorded to tape at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles and features Tench handling lead vocals, piano and organs, joined by a team of collaborators including a core band of Don WasEthan JohnsBlake Mills and Jeremy Stacey and contributions by Ryan AdamsGillian Welch and David RawlingsJoel JeromeTom Petty and Ringo Starr.

The first single from that record, “Blonde Girl, Blue Dress,” features Gill and Dave on vocals, Tom Petty on bass, and Ringo Starr on tambourine.

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Dino Valente – Solo Album (1968)

I’m always in search of albums that reach that calm abyss in the music of our heart. Like the reverberating rings of throwing a stone into a pond echoing across the surface. I have thought about Quicksilver Messenger Service’s lead singer Dino Valenti. He possesses one of the finest vocal timbres in rock from the psychedelic age.

Last year the Tompkins Square label reissued Quicksilver Messenger Service frontman Dino Valente‘s 1968 self titled album. The stoner classic has been pressed to vinyl for the first time, remastered from the original tapes (originally made with Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen producer Bob Johnston), and has liner notes by American critic Ralph Gleason.

The solo album Dino Valente was the best account of Valenti’s distinctive writing, singing, and guitar playing to be attained in the studio. For the first time this album is commercially available in magnificent MONO.

 

 

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Croz

Sitting about this day, listening to and thinking about influential artists. The music of our heart turns to the insightful voice of David Crosby. Very soon now, January 28th to be precise, David Crosby will release his first solo album in 20 years, Croz on Blue Castle Records. It is available as a pre-order on Audio CD and Vinyl on Amazon.

The first track has been jettisoned, “What’s Broken” is up on SoundCloud. 

Written by Crosby’s musician/producer son James Raymond, it channels the jazz haze and beatific/melancholic gleam of the best of his dad’s inimitable work, interweaving allusions to a personality type, “dodging kindness like golden arrows”, who seems somehow rather familiar. A collaborating Mark Knopfler plays guitar gorgeously and Crosby sings like a dream.

David Crosby will be touring in January and February 2014 in support of Croz. 

Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos

I bristle at the notion that Donald Fagen will soon be releasing his fourth solo album, Sunken Condos, on October 16, 2012. Donald Fagen is one cool cat in my book. I own his first three solo classics, The Nightfly, Kamikiriad, and Morph The Cat. Combined they are considered The NightFly Trilogy. They are superb recordings with engaging musical scales, tasty lyrics, and top flight engineering production.

Sunken Condos builds on that Fagen sound excellence we’ve come to love and respect. It then expands his music vision to the next level of sophistication with new tapestries and stories that entertain our sensibilities.

 

The nine tracks on Sunken Condos were co-produced by Michael Leonhart and Donald. All but one track, an Ashkenazi recasting of Isaac Hayes‘ “Out of the Ghetto,” are Donald Fagen originals. This thrills me to no end as I am constantly enchanted by his creative genius. Some familiar names from the Steely Dan family of players are on hand for Sunken Condos such as Jon Herington, the Steely Dan horns, Freddie Washington plus we’ll be treated to some new faces. The word is that, from now on, everything Donald Fagen does has got to be funky. Ain’t it cool 😉

Sunken Condos Track Listing

1. Slinky Thing
2. I’m Not the Same Without You
3. Memorabilia
4. Weather in My Head
5. The New Breed
6. Out of the Ghetto (Isaac Hayes cover)
7. Miss Marlene
8. Good Stuff
9. Planet D’Rhonda

The vinyl release is a special collectors edition 2 LP set pressed in 180 gram high performance clear vinyl. I especially like the artwork on the inside sleeves.

The first track from Sunken Condos has been released, “I’m Not The Same Without You”. It’s available on iTunes.

Donald Fagen, 'I'm Not The Same Without You'

Here is the video 😉

It won’t be longer before we have the full recording to savor and spin 😉