Tuesday, March 13, 2007

New Release Tuesday: Paula Frazer says, Tarnation

Paula Frazer and Tarnation - Now It's Time (Birdman) (buy it)

Sure is odd, the listed artist on this record, seeing how Paula Frazer was always, basically, Tarnation. And the new songs on her MySpace are in line with her artistic development over the years, rather than any sort of clear throwback to the mid-90s Tarnation sound. Either way, definitely worth a listen; I like how her voice has become more tempered, still a distinctive spooky instrument but more finely tuned, less showy.

MP3: Paula Frazer - Always On My Mind (from 2005's Leave the Sad Things Behind)

Kevin Hume - The Truth About Ants and Aphids (Premium Fantasy) (buy it)

Indie folk with a post-rock/romantique feel, recorded at Kevin Hume's own Shabby Road studio in New Mexico; his influences include Jacques Brel, Scott Walker and John Renbourn.

Stream: Three songs at MySpace

The Innocence Mission - We Walked in Song (Badman) (buy it)

One of my favorite bands, they've been reducing their sound into a purer ideal of narcotic, wistful pop with each album. Based on lead track "Into Brooklyn, Early In the Morning" they're still moving in the right direction. Can't wait to hear it all.

Novi Split - Pink In the Sink (Hush) (buy it)

See yesterday's Uncommon Folk from main Splitter David J for the soundtrack to the making of Pink In the Sink.

Neil Young - Live At Massey Hall (CD/DVD) (Reprise) (buy it)

All Music has a fine write-up detailing what sounds like an amazing installment in the nascent Neil Young archive series, a solo acoustic performance from 1971, on both CD and DVD.

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