Tuesday, March 6, 2007

The other album out today

There's another album out today?



Actually, there's something out today for just about everyone.

* RJD2 and !!! for fans of electro/dance-punk or bands with names that aren't words
* Air for fans of ambient pop or just setting the mood for a "weekend in"
* For fans of rock curiosities, the first solo disc from Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. and a new album from The Stooges
* Even a Notorious B.I.G. greatest hits album, continuing the inexcusable strip mining of a dead legend's career.

But one of today's releases caught me by surprise: the new Son Volt record. For those who don't know, after 90s alt-country pioneers Uncle Tupelo crumbled, Jay Farrar formed Son Volt and Jeff Tweedy formed Wilco.

While Wilco took a crow bar and busted through the boundaries of alt-country, Farrar has pushed the boundaries to see how far they'll bend. "The Search," is compelling BECAUSE it's pure alt-country. In a world of surround sound home theaters and iPod stereos, "The Search" feels like it should be coming out of a single radio speaker, maybe down in the cellar while we wait out the storm.

Son Volt plays the Belly Up on April 4.

Stream tracks from "The Search" here

2 comments:

Erica said...

a great editor like youself would know that you misspelled Jay Farrar's last name.

for shame, j.lang. for shame.
*erica*

The Baby Heisman said...

What can I say, even a good editor needs a good editor. I looked at that 10 times and didn't notice I misspelled it. Great catch. Thanks.
BH