American poet, Gil Scott-Heron, released his first album in 16 years this week entitled, I’m New Here. In the wake of Johnny Cash’s American series, where cover songs ran prevalent and Cash communicated his mortality through performance, Heron’s album is apparently as rendition-heavy and prone to the same introspective tone.
Robert Johnson’s “Me And The Devil” is treated as modern-day hip hop soul in a voice both worn and engaging, withdrawing authenticity from any popular pseudo-soul crooner. With as much R&B as you hear these days, it’s tragic that none of it means anything. People like Heron are a dying breed, which makes this song even more poignant.
Letters From A Tapehead
New Selections — Spotlights, Alice Phoebe Lou, Daniel Thorne, spoony bard, Noisem, Francie Moon, Wand, Inter Arma
No more silence! Behold! Spotlights : "The Age of Decay" (via Rarely Unable / Ipecac Recordings / YouTube) Via Rar...
The Austin-based experimental sextet known as The Young Mothers are releasing their second album this week, Morose . Currently b...
New Selections — Tera Melos, Wume, Zealotry, Under, Daniel Carter-Patrick Holmes-Matthew Putman-Hilliard Greene-Federico Ughi, Mackenzie Davis-Carrie Coon-Andrew BrassellSome songs to end the week. Enjoy! Tera Melos : "Lemon Grove" ft. Rob Crow (via Us-Them Group / Sargent House / YouTube) ...