We take great pride in bringing you not only the most popular new music titles, but also great artists whose work flies a little lower on the radar. Below are just a few of the new critically acclaimed records on their way to The Urbana Free Library:
Cold Cave- Cherish the light years
There have been many bands described as having a sound reminiscent of the 1980’s. There have even been entire styles based on aspects of the decade; No Wave, Cold Wave, Dark wave, Synth pop, etc. One of the most compelling (to me) artists to work in these styles is Cold Cave. Cold Cave is essentially one person: Wesley Eisold, former vocalist of Los Angeles based hardcore band Give Up the Ghost. If you like Bauhaus, Joy Division, and other darker synth oriented music, you’ll probably like Cold Cave. Check out the album Cherish The Light Years.
DEVO- Hardcore vol.1 & vol. 2
DEVO is back! Actually, a re-release of Hardcore is on its way. What is hardcore? Hardcore is a collection of DEVO seminal demo’s! Recorded on various 4-track machines and in tiny studios, basements, and garages between 1974-1977, Hardcore reveals DEVO’s strikingly clear vision: rock n' roll stripped bare of its collective cool and jerked back into propaganda fit for post-modern man. Threaded beneath it all are lyrical themes of post-McCarthy paranoia, middle-class ephemera, and DEVO's long-running topic of choice: sex, or lack thereof.
Swamp Dogg rides again!- Swamp Dogg (Jerry Williams) is somewhat an underground secret among soul music fans, but his two latest re-releases (Total destruction to your mind and Rat on!) should make him better know among music fans generally. Our latest Swamp Dogg acquisition is not by the Dogg himself, but is instead a compilation of the work of two other artists- Sandra Phillips and Bette Williams. Most of these tracks were produced by Swamp Dogg, and some were penned by legendary writer Gary “U.S.” Bonds. If you love deep southern soul, check this one out…
Love punk music? Love Gypsy Music? Pura Vida Conspiracy is here!
Finally, Vince Gill pays tribute to one of the richest veins in country music, the Bakersfield sound, with the appropriately titled Bakersfield. What is the Bakersfield sound? Bakersfield, California had been a destination for dustbowl Okie’s, migrant workers, and drifters when it became a hotspot for country artists that were working opposite the increasingly slick Nashville sound. The Bakersfield sound is distinctly western, and sometimes incorporates Tejano and Mexican influences . Legendary Bakersfield artists include Jean Shepard, Speedy West, Susan Raye, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, and later Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, and Dwight Yoakem.