I write for a Vancouver based print music magazine called
DiSCORDER which provides me with a few free CDs per month. I've decided
to parlay this free swag onto the internet and this is the first
of my series of monthly reviews for the records i get there. The Alt will
give me a little more "freedom" and "space". I've
not had this month's records long enough for adequate review purposes,
so i'm going to kick this off with last month's offerings.
Oh Susanna (S/T)
Canadian country-pop songstress is a little more upbeat on this release
than previous ones. I first heard about her as a member of the
infamous Scrappy Bitches (Oh Susanna, Veda Hille and the always incredible
Kinnie Starr) and was always a little surprised at how "mainstream"
her sound was. Regardless, this, along with her others, is quite a solid
release full of a lot of very beautiful, sweet songs. Recommended for
those times you want to retain your indie cred without offending the ears
of those around you.
Jim Byrnes (Fresh Horses)
will put a bid in for this being the best album of the year. Byrnes hooked
up with his friends in Vancouver's Zubot and Dawson to put together one
of the tightest acoustic blues albums i've heard in a long time. The inclusion
of Zubot and Dawson's "archaic" instruments (fiddles, mandolins,
etc) add flavour to a genre that's been around longer than we've all been
alive. The album is peppered with originals, standards and covers. Fans
of Neil Young will be pleasantly surprised by the hauntingly brilliant
take of his "For The Turnstiles".
G3 Live (Rockin' In The Free World)
Y'all remember David Lee Roth? Remember that badass guitarist he had
with that badass heart shaped guitar? Badass right? That guitarist's name
was Steve Vai, the same Steve Vai who was Frank Zappa's prodigee. Anyhow,
Vai has NOT gotten over the guitar wanker days of the 80s and each year,
he goes out on tour with Joe Satriani and a special guest for the G3 tour.
Hold onto your socks, cause this year's special guest was none other than
Yngwie Malmsteen. Yup, that spandex wearing, hairsprayer is still around
touting his "classical electric guitar" style. In all honesty,
my ears hurt after hearing this record. Song after song of squealing guitars
and feedback really hurts my already bruised auditory system . I picked it up as a novelty
from MY guitar wankery days thinking i might enjoy it's camp value. Check out their heretical cover of Voodoo
Child (Slight Return) and listen closely...that IS Hendrix spinning in
his grave that you hear in the background.
Susanna - Carrie Lee 192kbps, 5.1M
Byrnes - B's Blues 192kbps, 6.1M
Byrnes - For The Turnstiles 192kbps, 6.5M
- Voodoo Child (Slight Return) 192kbps, 14.8M