Some Music for the New Year

The 2014 music releases are already coming fast and furious.  Vets like Bruce Springsteen, Roseanne Cash, and Stephen Malkmus all have released new discs, which I haven’t gotten to yet.  Here’s a couple of other albums that have come out that I listened to and enjoyed:

1) Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Give The People What They Want.  Delayed while Sharon Jones got treatment for cancer, this album continues the band’s great run of capturing the essence of 60s Motown R&B.  Clocking in at just over 30 minutes, they mix in upbeat numbers with ballads that are going to leave the people wanting more.

2) Damien Jurado, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son.  Another throwback album, this one to 70s AM rock radio.  You can hear one of the songs here.

3) Twin Oaks, The Lion’s Den.  Found this on Bandcamp, it’s a California duo that evokes Mazzy Star with melancholy and haunting songs.

Listen: Beck:

Also, more excited about Beck’s new album with his release of Blue Moon.  Like Jurado, Beck seems to be channeling 70s rock in the vein of Neil Young, both musically and with his cover art (above).  Finally, St. Vincent has a new album coming out and Annie Clark looks like she’s going to continue making unique songs that still rock.  Get a sneak peak here.

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