Tuesday, January 31, 2012


The great bard, singer-songwriter, Leonard Cohen will be releasing a new studio album, Old Ideas, since 2004. It should smolder with lingering smoke. “My voice is getting lower and lower because I gave up smoking,” Leonard Cohen recently told Jon Pareles of The New York Times. “I expected it to rise but it’s gone the other way. I would like to take up smoking again when I’m 80. I may be on the road then, and it’s one of the things that invites me to tour again — smoking on the road.”

Mmmhmm/ VIJAY IYER TRIO (’12, Accelerando)*

Woodland Creatures/ JUSTIN WALTER (’12, Stars)*

Ali Farka Touche/ JENNY SCHEINMAN (’12, Mischief & Mayhem)*

Lulla/ TINARIWEN (’09, Imidiwan: Companions)

Deacon’s Son/ THE BARR BROTHERS (’11, self titled)*

O Que Se Quer/ MARISA MONTE (’12, O Que Você Quer Saber De Verdade)*

Hollow Bones/ ZOE BOEKBINDER (’11, Darling Specimens)*

Safe Travels (Don’t Die)/ LISA HANNIGAN (’11, Passenger)

Everything/ MEGAFAUN (’11, self titled)

All I Can/ SHARON VAN ETTEN (’12, Tramp)*

Free Money/ PATTI SMITH (’75, Horses)

You Can’t Put Your Arm Around a Memory/ JOHNNY THUNDERS (’78, So Alone)

Just to Walk That Little Home/ MINK DEVILLE (’80, Le Chat Bleu)

Si Tu Disais/ FRANCOIZ BREUT (’00, Vingt a Trente Mille Jours)

Si Tu Disais/ CALEXICO (’04, Convict Pool EP)

Tell It to Me/ TOM WAITS (’06, Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards)

Michigan Girls/ CALIFONE (’03, Quicksand/Cradlesnakes)

Like a Rose/ LUCINDA WILLIAMS (’88, self titled)

Man of Sorrow/ SHARON SHANNON (w/ JACKSON BROWNE) (’00, The Diamond Mountain Sessions)

Bow Down/ THE GO-BETWEENS (live at KCRW, ’99 collection, Bellavista Terrace: The Best of the Go-Betweens)

Rain on the City/ FREEDY JOHNSTON (’09, Rain on the City)

One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)/ WILCO (’11, The Whole Love)

How Many Worlds/ MARIANNE FAITHFULL (’08, Easy Come Easy Go)

Sisters of Mercy/ LEONARD COHEN ('68, Songs of Leonard Cohen)

*new or recently released

Sunday, January 29, 2012

B.W.'s PLAYLIST/ KHSU, 90.5/ SAT., 28 JAN. 2012

OK, it takes the band Imperial Teen five years to make an album. The last three albums have been released in 5 year stints, including their new release, Feel the Sound. Not a massive departure for this pop group, but it's still hook-filled and sugar sweet.

It’s Bad You Know/ R.L. BURNSIDE (’98, Come On In)

Everything Will Be Fine/ JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND (’11, Want More)*

Down Down Down/ TOM WAITS (’83, Swordfishtrombones)

Date to Church/ THE REPLACEMENTS (’97, All For Nothing)

Blind Man’s Bluff/ SNAKEHIPS (’04, Monster Bars)

Make It Black/ THE BOTSWANAS (’01, Fade and You’re Gone)

Dig My Own Hole/ LINDA HECK (’09, Shangri-La: 10 Years) [Shangi-La Records]

Reptile Style/ REIGNING SOUND (’02, Time Bomb High School)

Leave My Kitten Alone/ THE DETROIT COBRAS ( ’07, Tied & True)

Rip Her to Shreds/ THE COME ONS (’01, How Many Bands Does It Take to Screw Up A Blondie Tribute?)

Within Your Reach/ THE REPLACEMENTS (’83, Hootenany)

Just Like Honey/ JESUS AND MARY CHAIN (’85, Psychocandy)

Chinatown/ LUNA (’95, Penthouse)

You’re Welcome/ THE UNDERTONES (’81, Positive Touch)

Hanging About/ IMPERIAL TEEN (’12, Feel the Sound)*

Blue Diamonds/ LONG WINTERS (’03, When I Pretend to Fall)

Oh Pity/ CASHIER NO. 9 (’11, To the Death of Fun)*

Pas la Peine (Oh No Not Again)/ NOUS NON PLUS (’11, Freudian Slip)*

Pas Adieu/ FABIENNE DELSOL (’10, On My Mind)

My Mistakes/ ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER (’11, Last Summer)

The Wicked & The Blind/ THE DO (’11, Both Ways Open Jaws)*

Magic Chords/ SHARON VAN ETTEN (’12, Tramp)*

When I First Came to Town/ NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS (’92, Henry’s Dream)


Oh Belle/ THE BARR BROTHERS (’11, self titled)*

Forgiven/ SKALLANDER (’07, self titled)

Cursed Sleep/ BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY (’06, The Letting Go)

Tonight Will Be Fine/ TEDDY THOMPSON ('06, Leonard Cohen: I'll Be Your Man, ST)

*new or recent release