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CD Reviews:
New Music: Weezer, Ani Di Franco, Martin Gore, Little Steven and more...
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Checking out this week's new music releases (all subject to change)...



Album of the Week: Weezer dials down the guitars on "OK Human" (Crush Music/Atlantic), featuring piano and strings prominently throughout the classically tuneful pop arrangements populating its change-of-pace 14th studio album. ("Here Comes the Rain" is a particular favorite.) Another album, “Van Weezer,” is due out this spring.



Album Title of the Week: Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, "Mazel Tov Kocktail" (Tall Man Productions)



Did Ya Know?: Fraternity was the late Bon Scott's band before he joined AC/DC for a legendary run. The band has compiled its brief tenure into "Seasons of Change -- The Complete Recordings, 1970-1974" (Cherry Red)



New & Noteworthy:



Selwyn Birchwood, "Living in a Burning House" (Alligator);



Celeste, "Not Your Muse" (Polydor);



Ani Di Franco, "Revolutionary Love" (Righteous Babe);



Martin Gore, "The Third Chimpanzee" (Mute);



Langhorne Slim, "Strawberry Mansion" (Dualtone);



Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, "Macca to Mecca" (Wicked Cool/UMe);



Lucero, "When You Found Me" (Liberty and Lament/Thirty Tigers);



Steven Wilson, "The Future Bites" (Arts & Crafts);



Also Out:



Accept, "Too Mean to Die"



Alabama Slim, "The Parlor" (Cornelius);



Alostmen, "Kologo" (Strut);



Chris Baio, "Dead Hand Control" (Glassnote);



The Besnard Lakes, "The Besnard Lakes are the Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings" (FatCat);



Black Pistol Fire, "Look Alive" (Black Hill/Round Hill);



Breaking In a Sequence, "Acronym" (self-released);



Bright Siders, "A Mind of Your Own" (Smithsonian Folkways);



Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, "New Fragility" (CYHSY/Secretly);



The Dead South, "Served Live" (Six Shooter);



The Dirty Streets, "Rough & Tumble" (Alive Naturalsound);



Will Downing, "The Song Garden" (self-released);



Luper Dupree, "Rain Hat Day" (self-released);



Harakiri For the Sky, "Maere" (AOP);



Lava La Rue, "Butter-Fly" (Marathon Artists);



Lights, "6 Feet Apart" (Position);



Luper Dupree, "Rain Hat Day" (self-released);



Mariza, "Mariza Sings Amalia" (Nonesuch);



Meer, "Playing House" (Karisma);



Mercy, "Forever" (Human Music/Distrokid);



Robert Miller, "Summer of Love (2020)" (Cakewalk);



Nechie, "Shady Baby" (Interscope);



Nopes, "Djork" (Magnetic Eye);



Tamar Pahek, "All Bets Are Off" (Kill Rock Stars);



Arlo Parks, "Collapsed in Sunbeams" (Transgressive);



Prettymuch, "Smackables" (Sire);



Lawrence Rothman, "Good Morning, America" and "Not A Son" (KRO);



Les Sabler, "Tranquility" (New Vista);



Mando Saenz, "All My Shame" (Carnival/Empire);



Saugeye, "Saugeye" (Horton);



Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, "Bernstein Reimagined" (MCG Jazz);



Taco Tapes, "Trad is Rad" (AST);



2K Baby, "The 2K Stimulus" (Warner);



VanJess, "Homegrown" (Keep Cool/RCA);



Various Artists, "NOW That's What I Call Music! 77" (NOW Music);



Ghalia Volt, "One Woman Band" (Ruf);



Werewolves, "What a Time to Be Alive" (Prosthetic)



W.E.T., "Retransmission" (Frontiers);



Lily Winwwood, "Time Well Spent" (self-released)



From The Vaults:



Alice in Chains, "Facelift: 30th Anniversary Edition" (Warner);



Beachwood Sparks, "Beachwood Sparks Deluxe (20th Anniversary Edition)" (Curation);



David Bowie, "David Bowie" (UMe/Decca/Deram);



Byzantium, "Halfway Dreaming: Anthology 1969-75" (Grapefruit/Cherry Red);



Fancy, "The Complete Recordings" (Lemon/Cherry Red);



Tommy James and the Shondells, "Celebration: The Complete Roulette Recordings 1966-1973" (Grapefruit/Cherry Red);



The Killers, "Imploding the Mirage: Deluxe Edition" (Island);



Gary Lucas, "The Essential Gary Lucas" (Knitting Factory);



The Mamas & the Papas, "If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears" (Geffen/UMe);



Bob Marley, "Songs of Freedom: The Island Years" (Tuff Gong/Island/UMe);



John Mayall, "The First Generation 1965-1974" (Snapper);



Partynextdoor, "Colours" (OVO Sound);



St. Germain, "Tourist (20th Anniversary Travel Versions)" (Rhino/Parlophone);



Taylor Swift, "Forever is the Sweetest Con" (Republic);



Various Artists, "Birth of Soul: Los Angeles Special" (Kent/Ace);



Various Artists, "For the Good Times: The Songs of Kris Kristofferson" (Ace);



Various Artists, "Golden Age: 25 Years of Signature Sounds" (Signature Sounds);



Various Artists, "Lost Innocence: Garpax 1960s Punk & Psych" (Big Beat/Ace);



Various Artists, "Our New Orleans (Expanded)" (Nonesuch)



New Music Videos:



Queen + Adam Lambert, "Live Around the World" (Hollywood)

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