October Program Titles Released This Week:
Adam’s House Cat – Town Burned Down CD/LP (ATO)
Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers formed Adam’s House Cat in Muscles Shoals, Alabama in 1985. Their songs and friendship became the foundation on which Drive-By Truckers was built. Town Burned Down, their one and only “lost” album from 1990 was remixed by David Barbe, mastered by Greg Calbi and is now available for the first time with archival photos and extensive liner notes from Hood. It can at last be properly heard the way Adam’s House Cat always wanted it to be heard, its raw soul and boisterous enthusiasm already hinting at what was yet to come. Songs like “Runaway Train” and “Cemeteries” display dark edges that surely must’ve intimated audiences in their time but now sound startlingly heartfelt and full of fiery joy, energized by drummer Chuck Tremblay and bassist John Cahoon’s versatile, dynamic backing and of course, the ever-present, undeniable chemistry between Hood and Cooley. [Yellow colored vinyl pressing also available.]
AJR – The Click CD (AJR Productions)
AJR is a pop band formed by three brothers from Manhattan, New York, USA. On their second album, Adam, Jack, and Ryan deliver playful electro-pop anthems about growing up. There are soaring sing-alongs in the spirit of Passion Pit and fun. (“Netflix Trip”), string numbers that sound like Vampire Weekend for the high-school set (“Sober Up: feat. Rivers Cuomo), and plenty of EDM flourish (“Weak”). But the highlights are earnest, confessional ballads, like “Turning Out”, that sound like something a teenager might belt from their bedroom window. [Vinyl edition due September 28.]
Joe Bonamassa – Redemption CD/2xLP (J&R Adventures)
Redemption, Joe Bonamassa’s third album in a row of all original material, sees him at his most ambitious yet redefining and pushing the barriers of blues-rock. The album opens with a tip of the hat to Led Zeppelin on “Evil Mama” that burrows into a deep groove before ripping into the rockabilly-tinged boogie blues of “King Bee Shakedown”. Next, Bonamassa dips into his Black Country Communion influence to tell a tragic tale with timeless hard rock riffs for “Molly-O” and “Deep In The Blues Again” changes the course yet again with a driving rhythm meant for the car stereo. “Self-Inflicted Wounds” is most telling of Bonamassa’s progression as a true singer-songwriter, and Joe claims it as his best song writing yet. “Pick Up The Pieces” channels Tom Waits for a late night after hours while “The Ghost of Macon Jones” sees Joe trade vocals with Nashville country singer Jamey Johnson as they recount a cautionary tale of a rural renegade.
Carl Broemel – Wished Out CD/LP (Stocks In Asia)
Years before Carl Broemel joined My Morning Jacket – the Grammy-nominated, globetrotting rock band featuring his guitar playing, saxophone solos, harmony singing, pedal steel riffs, and songwriting support – he wrote his very first songs in his Indiana bedroom. From the start, he was a multi- instrumentalist with a singer’s gift for melody. A sideman capable of handling a frontman’s job. As his guitar-playing career blossomed, Broemel continued writing songs of his own, carving out a personal, introspective sound that reached beyond My Morning Jacket’s sonic landscape. With his third solo album, Wished Out, he merges articulate, pensive songwriting – including ruminations about science, love, the passing of time, and the grind of the artistic struggle with energetic, rock-inspired songs.