Richard Thompson – Still

Renowned guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson is set to release Still, an album of new music, produced by Jeff Tweedy on June 23rd via Concord Records in the US and June 29th via Proper Records internationally. Still will be available in several configurations including a twelve-track CD, a twelve-track double 180-gram vinyl album and a deluxe CD package that includes the five song Variations EP, from a previously unreleased session.

“Richard’s been one of my favorite guitar players for a very long time,” states Jeff Tweedy. “When I think about it, he’s also one of my favorite songwriters and favorite singers. He’s the Ultimate Triple Threat. Getting to work closely with him on this record was a truly rewarding experience, not to mention a great thrill.  And he keeps alive my streak of working exclusively with artists who make me look good as a producer.”

NPR Music is offering a first listen here. Tom Moon has done a fantastic write up to go with this recording. Give Still a listen, it’s jolly good.

 

Si Se Puede!: Los Lobos And Friends

Here we are at the halfway point of 2014. NPR Music  has published their list, “NPR Music’s 25 Favorite Albums Of 2014 (So Far)“. I like to see if I have covered or heard any of the 25 recordings listed. The only artist I have listened to and written about is St. Vincent. I’m rubbing my hands with glee as there are 24 albums to acquaint myself with next.

I uncovered a gem in the list with a Los Lobos album I was not familiar with at all. Si Se Puede!: Los Lobos And Friends was originally released in 1976. 38 years later, long after it had gone out print, the music was finally digitally re-released this spring to coincide with the release of a biopic about César Chávez.

Herb Albert donated his A&M Records studios to a group of young Chicano musicians who called themselves Los Lobos del Este de los Angeles and who gathered some of their friends to record some of the music that had become part of the farm worker movement.

Los Lobos is celebrating their 40th anniversary as a band this year. Congratulations gentlemen. Peace, Ese!

Mavis Staples – One True Vine

The collaboration between Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) bears more fruit with the new recording One True Vine.

Their first album together, 2010’s You Are Not Alone, was so warmly received it seems to have convinced them to continue their working relationship.

One True Vine is being highlighted on NPR Music’s First Listen for your listening enjoyment until the release date, Tuesday June 25th.

 

npr music First Listen: Paul McCartney, Kisses on the Bottom

I am assured to see npr music and Paul McCartney teaming up to give a first listen to the entire recording of Kisses on the Bottom. Just yesterday I posted about Paul McCartney’s forthcoming classic songbook work. Now we can all listen to it before it’s available on February 6, 2012.

We can do it, just me and you 🙂

Paul McCartney.