We’re getting into more of 2018’s music now as we push toward the end of January. Some attention-grabbers are big singles from The Decemberists, David Byrne (The Talking Heads), Parliament, and Smokey Brights. Also, brand new albums from Calexico, Umphrey’s McGee, Walking Papers, Tune-yards, and Porches.
I really am loving the new single from Smokey Brights; Come to Terms. They had a great album 2 yrs ago, Hot Candy, which first put them on my radar. Come to Terms is the title track from their new 4-song EP, and hopefully it’s a sign that there is another full-length not too far away because this is, in my opinion, the best material from them so far.
Calexico is a band that I just sort of knew until around 2010… when I saw them open for Arcade Fire. It was The Suburbs tour, and Arcade Fire were just exploding into a true mainstream success. Calexico had been a band for twice as long, and had built a solid run of success within the indie world, but this was a little different. On tour with a skyrocketing headliner, the Arizona-based indie band now found themselves playing far bigger venues than ever before, but they managed to focus the energy on stage so well that in my head I remember it being a raucous small room with great sound (it was Key Arena). Calexico’s new record, The Thread That Keeps Us, is my favorite release this month. They’ve got a warmth and charm in their storytelling that makes this (and other albums in their catalog) very rewarding. There’s also a lot on offer in terms of musical style. They’ve always woven in Latin styles in their sound, sharp trumpet stabs and flamenco guitars, but they also incorporate country, blues, rock’n’roll, and modern rock. I think I’ll be sharing more from this one in 2 weeks because there is so much here.
Other favorites this edition include Walking Papers, Bette Smith, and Porches. Thanks for listening.
Smokey Brights – Come to Terms
Umphrey’s McGee – The Silent Type
The Breeders – All Nerve
Calexico – Under the Wheels
David Byrne – Everybody’s Coming to My House
Parliament – I’m Gon Make You Sick O’Me
Tune-Yards – Now As Then
Sylvan Esso – Parad(w/m)e
August Green – Pictures
Sun, Moon & Talia – Beautiful Last Word
The Decemberists – Severed
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – King of Bones
Walking Papers – Hard to Look Away
Hot Snakes – Six Wave Hold-Down
Porches – By My Side
Anna Burch – Tea-Soaked Letter
Naked Giants – TV
Calexico – End of the World With You
Cafe Preto, Ceu – Agua, Fogo, Terramar
Bette Smith – Shackles & Chain
Titus Andronicus – Number One (In New York)