Tuesday, May 22, 2007

New Release Tuesday

Loudon Wainwright III has found an unlikely partner late in his career in Judd Apatow, who has put Wainwright in several movies and, most prominently, a TV show, Undeclared, where he got to winningly play himself as the sad divorcee dad. But now the partnership reaches new levels of synergy with Strange Weirdos: Music From and Inspired by the Film Knocked Up (buy it). You can watch Loudon perform three songs from the disc live at McCabe's Guitar Shop, at his website. I love "Daughter", which typically takes a po-faced, simple approach to a common subject in order to make it new. The chorus is catchy, too.

Espers' Meg Baird has her first solo album, Dear Companion (buy it), out on Drag City, and the brilliant, soothing track from the album that's streaming at her MySpace, "The Waltze of the Tennis Players", recalls nothing if not Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and I'm not just saying that because of LWIII on my mind. Seriously, listen to the track and tell me I'm wrong.

And of course, the low-key grandeur of The National returns with Boxer (buy it). Paste compares it, a bit unfavorably, to American Music Club.

MP3: The National - Fake Empire

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