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 records from critically acclaimed artists on their way to The Urbana Free Library:
New Model Army- Between Dog and Wolf
N.M.A. is an English band that has been defined as being part of what is now called the “post-punk” movement, along with bands such as Gang of Four and Joy Division. In reality, though, the band seems more akin to the western european political bands of the early eighties such as the Alarm, Billy Bragg, and U2, with an added pinch of punk energy like the Buzzcocks or Stiff Little Fingers . However you care to align NMA with any particular movement, they are a great band. The new album, Between Dog and Wolf, is their first since 2009. Check out March in September from this new release.
Scott Walker may be the most famous un-famous musician in the world. As a member of the American band the Walker Brothers he gained fame in England just as the Beatles and the British Invasion was sweeping the United States. The Walker Brothers (who incidentally were not brothers, nor were born with the name Walker) had hits with songs such as The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine No More. By 1968 the band broke up, and Scott Walker began his solo career. Here is Scott Walker and Dusty Springfield around this time singing Let it Be Me.
Later records found Walker stretching out musically, creating what might be called “experimental" or "baroque" pop music. A darker sensibility, combined with Walkers rich baritone and evocative lyrics create a very unique atmosphere. Here is Montague Terrace (in Blue) from his first solo record. Also in the library’s collection, the 2006 documentary Scott Walker 30 Century Man.
Roky Erickson-Don’t Slander Me .
Roky Erickson’s second band (after the Spades) was The 13th Floor Elevators, famous for their hit You’re Gonna Miss Me in 1966. This single alone cemented Erickson as one of the creators of the Garage Rock aesthetic, and set the stage for a cult following that is as strong as ever. Erickson’s imagination takes his listeners to very strange places, especially his horror and science fiction influenced solo albums during the 1970’s. Don’t Slander Me is a reissue that was originally released in 1986. Check out the 13th Floor Elevators from 1966 performing You're Going to Miss Me, their biggest hit on American Television.
Poets of Rhythm- Anthology 1992-2003
Drawing inspiration from Funkadelic, The JB’s, and the discovery of the Meters, the German duo of Bo Baral and JJ Whitfield were heavily into the sounds of New Orleans when they got together to form Hotpie & Candy, the first incarnation of the Poets of Rhythm in 1990. Before there was Dap-Tone (the label that this is released on) and the current retro soul/funk revival, the Poets of Rhythm kept the funk alive. It’s hard to believe that this record isn’t from the sixities (or maybe seventies)! Check out this sample of the band playing Augusta, Ga.
Enjoy! And as always, keep those suggestions coming!