Diversions


Interesting CD Releases for June 2 by uncdiversions
June 2, 2009, 8:13 pm
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That’s right, it’s Tuesday again. Time for a look at what goodies will be fresh on the shelf at the record store.

First off this week, there’s the new release from gracefully aging rocker Elvis Costello.

Having been all over the place recently, touring behind last year’s very good and refreshingly old-Costello-like Momofuku and buddying it up with Jenny Lewis, Costello quickly follows this hullabaloo with Secret, Profane and Sugarcane.

Produced by T Bone Burnett, who also piloted Costello’s fantastic 1986 album King of America, this record places the artist’s always acute wit over bluegrass and folk inflected Americana.

It’ll be interesting to hear how his nasally punk attack plays over banjos and Dobros, though it’s already passed through myriad other genres quite well.

Next up is 21st Century, 21st Year, a compilation celebrating the titular anniversary of Talking Head David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label.

The collection is made up of greatest hits, if the label truly has those, meant to give a taste of what it’s been up to all these years

As it runs through almost all of the label’s zany world-music-oriented roster, which bosts such oddities as Los Mutantes and King Chango, it should be a shape-shifting, fairly off-the-wall affair. And the as to be expected star-turn cameos from Byrne should be fun too.

Last up is the love-it-or-hate-it new release from Los Angeles’s Eels.

Having garnered both applause and criticism for his catchy, shamelessly emotional music since the late ’90s, leader-and-only-consistent-member Mike Oliver Everett strikes again with Hombre Lobo.

Streaming in its entirety on the outfit’s MySpace, the album is a crackly garage-inclined romp of a concept album that explores the human emotion of desire. And while I usually ride the fence when it comes to Eels, there are a couple of songs that have been stuck in my head since taking a quick ride through the record.

That’s it for this week. I’ll be back with more next time.

– By Diversions Editor Jordan Lawrence

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