This is the big week that we have all been waiting for. No, I am not talking about the new Coldplay. The world must wait one more week for the album destined to be the biggest album of the year. I am still not sure how Coldplay became as big as they are. I really remember selling the import of their first album almost 10 years ago, back when nobody knew who they were. Now they are the biggest thing ever. I really don't think Coldplay needs much help in selling records. But iTunes has partnered with Coldplay and plays the commercial with the new single about 100 times per day. I have gotten a little sick of the Coldplay...but for some reason I like their new song. I guess it is the power of Apple. I had resisted getting a Mac for so long but am now so happy to finally have one. I guess they somehow got a hold of me. I guess I am not as strong as I thought I was. I was always strong enough to resist commercials and advertising in the past, but I guess I just gave in.
So what is really out this week is the new album from My Morning Jacket. It is called Evil Urges. I know that I have talked about My Morning Jacket a lot lately --at least I feel like I have. Some of those conversations have for sure been in my head, but I know I have also mentioned them on my blog a couple of times. I had held out for a while on My Morning Jacket as well. They got their start back in 1998 and it seems to have taken me almost 10 years to get into them. It took that little movie called I'm Not There to finally bring me around to falling in love with My Morning Jacket. I have slowly given time to each of their four albums and fallen in love with all of them.
The Tennessee Fire and At Dawn were their first two albums released on the fabulous Darla Records. They both just got a fantastic reissue on vinyl. I have yet to pick them up myself but they are limited pressings so I will for sure be bringing them home soon. They are the sort of albums I need to own on both CD and vinyl. After these two albums they jumped to a major label and signed with ATO. They released It Still Moves in 2003 and Z in 2005. They are all fantastic. They mix the sound of country with some good old indie rock, and also a good dose of some jam band and psychedelic rock. This might sound like a sort of scary mix, but Jim James has an amazing voice and it just works. I love this stuff. It is a nice change from what I normally listen to. Sometimes I just need a little country jam band in my life. I was really highly anticipating this new album for a while, so I think I put my expectations up pretty high. I think maybe we all did. It is really hard to top four amazing albums. I don't even really know how you would do it...so I have to admit that initially I was a bit disappointed in the album. It is just kind of all over the place. But it is growing on me, so just give it a chance. You just might end up liking it a lot more than you thought you did. I do find myself constantly going back to the old My Morning Jacket albums. They are sort of like the Antony & the Johnsons albums. I just can't get enough of them. Sometimes records take a little bit of time to grown on you. I get sad when people dismiss new albums after only listening to them once. This one deserves your time. You might need to start at the beginning and go all the way back to The Tennessee Fire --but it is for sure a fun and fantastic journey to go through all their albums. I might just go do it again right now.
also out today....
You Cross My Path by The Charlatans
Here We Stand by The Fratellis
Seeing Sounds by N.E.R.D.
The Dream by The Orb
Parallel Play by Sloan
Diamond Hoo Ha by Supergrass
I've Got My Eye On You by Syclops
I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too by Martha Wainwright