Spin This: April 5
Timber Timbre—Creep On Creepin’ On: Like so many Canadians before him, Timber Timbre’s Taylor Kirk has an odd bead on what makes American music tick. The Toronto native joins a long list of Canadian musicians who make American folk music better than most Americans do. Creep On Creepin’ On is the trio’s fourth release, and like its predecessors, the album is perfectly perched at the intersection of swampy folk, blues, and soul, with Kirk’s smoky tenor filling in the dark edges. Take a listen to “Black Water” below.
Timber Timbre – Black Water
Ha Ha Tonka—Death of a Decade: Recently we’ve seen the rapid rise of a number of folk rock bands, with both the Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons performing at the Grammys a few months back and taking home more than their share of accolades. Missouri’s Ha Ha Tonka (named after a state park nearby) take the soaring harmonies of those two bands and add a bit of a punk-like spark, not unlike the patron saints of Midwestern indie acts, the Replacements. This is the group’s third release and best to date. Take a listen to “Usual Suspects” below.
Ha Ha Tonka – Usual Suspects
Other notable releases:
The Raveonettes—Raven In The Grave: Just in time for spring, the duo behind Denmark’s Raveonettees have crafted “the perfect winter soundtrack.” Their fifth album leans towards darker, noisier territory than their past efforts, but it might be perfect if you’re already sick of the summer weather.
Surfer Blood—I’m Not Ready EP: On the strength of last-year’s standout debut, Astro Coast, these Floridian power poppers were snatched up by Warner Brothers. This EP—featuring live cuts taken from their marathon tour–is a stopgap before their major label debut tentatively scheduled for the end of 2011.
Ray Davies—See My Friends: The infamous frontman of the legendary Kinks returns to the spotlight with an eccentric, if not bold, new album. Hundreds of contemporary artists can trace their lineage to the Kinks, so Davies has re-recorded his best known hits with a staggeringly diverse lineup: Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Mumford & Sons, Lucinda Williams, Billy Corgan, Spoon, Pixies, Alex Chilton (of Big Star), and Metallica. Songs include “You Really Got Me,” “This Time Tomorrow,” “Lola,” “David Watts,” and many more.
The Smithereens—2011: One of the leading pioneers of power pop and ‘80s college rock is sadly still overlooked in many critical assessments, but the group is still together going strong. The group formed in 1980 in New Jersey, drawing on Buddy Holly, the Byrds, and the Beatles for inspiration, and in turn they inspired groups like REM and Nirvana with close harmonies, intertwining lead guitars, and a bit of a rough edge. This is the group’s first album of all new material in over a decade.