“These songs are a love letter to rock and roll and to the person closest to you who lets you pursue it” says Joey Kneiser of his new album The Wildness, both the notion and the sentiment run true, it’s a honest album of little pretence that shuns the need to find any kind of niche.
There’s a certain reverence in the songs and music on this album and more than a little magic; with the artist seemingly having drawn a deep breathe, held and savoured the moment then exhaled something new, but familiar and comforting.
“The concept for the video stems from the idea that everything worth doing in life requires you to give up something in return,” Kneiser says. “In the video I give up a part of me to find something I lost along the way.”
Rock ‘n’ roll can, it seems, save your soul.
The Lucero star continues to shine bright on their tenth studio album All A Man Should Do, following the success of 2009’s 1372 Overton Park and 2012’s Women and Work the album was once again recorded at Memphis’ Ardent Studios with producer Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Flogging Molly) handling production duties again, though this time around the band’s sound has shifted, mellowed a little and soaked up some more of that legendary Memphis soul.
Ben Nichols’ writing has never being better and that reflects in the bands confidence with the song arrangements and the feel of the album “…we felt comfortable enough to take some chances with a palette of new tones that sound understated yet powerful, bringing life to the stories behind the lyrics without overshadowing them…“, though there’s a decent helping of sadness, regret and the rootlessness of band life the polestar on this album is more about home and positive matters of the heart – fittingly it features a cover from the legendary Memphis band Big Star, who’s sole surviving founder member Jody Stephens adds backing vocals to Lucero’s version of I’m in Love with a Girl, the first cover to appear on a Lucero studio release also features later day Big Star members Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow.
Nicols and the band find time to honour another legend with the excellent Went Looking for Warren Zevon’s Los Angeles one of the album’s many highlights alongside the more ‘Lucero’ sounding Can’t You Hear Them Howl, though personally my favourite tracks are the ‘quieter’ ones the pick of which is I Woke Up In New Orleans – though this should not draw away from the fact this album is very much the sum of it’s parts and the band’s best-to-date in my opinion – highly recommended.
If you’re a (the) regular reader of Beat Surrender you should be familiar with the This Is American Music label, if not then here’s you’re chance to sample a few tracks from their excellent roster.
It’s a Great Time to Be Alive! is an epic 35 track 5 LP live deluxe album which was recorded over three nights at the historic Filmore Auditorium in San Francisco, there’s also a 13-track edition titled This Weekend’s the Night and a number of package options that are all up for pre-order on the band’s website, the album includes tracks stretching back to the Hood & Cooley band Adam’s House Cat band and right through to the band’s last last long player English Oceans. The album is set for release on October 30th, in the mean time Jason Thrasher has recently uploaded a lot of videos of the band to Vimeo and I’ve picked a couple to post here, for the rest click here.
Can’t tell you how excited I got when I read the news about this……………
“Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule” is the complete Neko Case discography on vinyl. Remastered from the original analog tapes, many of these hard-to-find and out of print LPs are now available together for the first time. Includes an 80 page full-color photography book designed and curated by Neko (exclusive to this collection!) and a vinyl slipmat – all in a handy-dandy storage box. Albums include:
Furnace Room Lullaby
The Tigers Have Spoken
Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
The Worse Things Get, The More I Fight, The More I Fight, The More I Love You