Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New-Release Tuesday

Followers of this blog know my affinity towards Neil Finn. So, today's release of the latest from his project, 7 Worlds Collide, is an exciting one for me. For those who have not heard it, Finn assembled several rockers back in 2001, including Johnny Marr and Eddie Vedder, for a live double album. He assembled several friends and family members this time around for a double album of studio work called 'The Sun Came Out'. Contributors include members of Wilco and Radiohead, KT Tunstall, Marr, Finn's wife Sharon, sons Liam and Elroy and brother Tim. Check out Finn's duet with his wife below. Beautiful.

7 Worlds Collide - What Could Have Been (mp3)

There are a couple of significant soundtracks out today. Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame put together the music for the new Spike Jonze flick 'Where the Wild Things Are'. She can sing the phone book, and I'm there. Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is the rollicking roller-derby epic 'Whip It', starring Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Juliette Lewis and Kristen Wiig. The soundtrack is is a 21-song collection containing the likes of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Go! Team, Ramones, Jens Lekman and this one by The Breeders.

Karen O and the Kids - All Is Love (mp3)
The Breeders - Bang On (mp3)

Check out the singles chart from 1964 until mid-1966. If not for The Beatles, Dave Clark Five would have been THE "it" band. Try this on for size. DC5 had 15 Top 40 hits in during that 2 1/2-year span. Still, try buying their music today and it's nearly impossible, at least until today. Finally, 'History of the Dave Clark Five' is reissued this week. The double-disc set (or digital download) is the definitive anthology. I bought it at auction several years ago -- during the out-of-print years -- for an obscene amount of dough. So, I guess this is a dark day for me.

Dave Clark Five - Catch Us If You Can (mp3)

And don't forget Elvis Costello's famous 1978 recording 'Live at the El Macambo' is out today. I wrote about this one last week.

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