Meghan Trainor, ‘Title’ (Epic) The playful, catchy hip-hop/doo-wop hit “All About That Bass” (cowritten by Nashville songwriter Kevin Kadish) was nearly impossible to escape (or resist) last year. The song reached No. 1 and spent many weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, disrupting the relentless trajectory of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” The song…More
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Kassé Mady Diabaté, ‘Kiriké’ (Six Degrees)
This splendid, sparkling album featuring one of Mali’s great griots, whose family name will be familiar to anyone with even a casual interest in West African music, finds Kassé Mady Diabaté in the studio with an all-star cast: Ballaké Sissoko, kora (harp); Makan Tounkara, ngoni (lute); Lansiné Kouyaté, balafon (marimba); and — unusually — French cellist Vincent Segal.More
Planes on Paper, ‘The Ruins’ (EP, self-released) Planes on Paper, a year-old Yakima folk duo consisting of Navid Eliot (guitar, vocals) and Jen Borst (vocals), is releasing its second EP just in time for gigs at Leavenworth’s Timbrrr Winter Music Festival (Jan. 9-10) and a shindig with Shelby Earl and others at the Columbia…More
R.E.M., ‘7in-83-88’ (IRS)
Vinyl accounts for a growing percentage of physical music sales — and while the numbers are still small — far less than CDs, digital sales, or illegal downloads — it is one of the only sectors of the music industry that’s growing. As such, collectors will savor the new R.E.M. box set available only on seven-inch vinyl records.More
Woody Guthrie, ‘My Name Is New York: Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town’ (Woody Guthrie Publications)
The Black Friday edition of Record Store Day is upon us — that’s the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, in case you forgot — and there’s some good stuff out there, though much of the list, as has become customary, is comprised of limited-edition special-release singles.More
Joni Mitchell, “Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced” (Rhino)
It’s a surprise given the long span of Joni Mitchell’s career that she has never previously put out a multi-disc compilation box. The four-CD set “Love Has Many Faces” is her first, with a total of 53 tracks, all newly remastered.
Foo Fighters, ‘Sonic Highways’ (RCA) Foo Fighters’ new album is a soundtrack of sorts, its title taken from the HBO series of the same name, which follows the band around the U.S. as they record each of the album’s tracks in a different city (including Seattle). It’s a robust record, packed with the kind of hard rocking…More
Bruce Leroy, ‘10’’ (self-released)
Bruce Leroy is a Tacoma emcee with more artistic perspective than that city’s young guns, and his “10’” EP (the apostrophe in the title means ‘foot’) shows he can stay traditional without being corny. The key is to play to your strengths and embrace your idiosyncrasies. Crucial tracks “Know the Biz” and “You Heard of Us” are uncluttered lessons in the art of the slumper, beats coolly dragging as Leroy puts the pedal to the metal (lyrically).More
A retrieval by an important local jazz man, a reinterpretation of a Beatles classic and a new album by a ‘70s hero who’s had another name change are among the albums released today.
Jerry Heldman, ‘Revelation(s)’ (Origin)More
Bill Frisell, ‘Guitar in the Space Age’ (Okeh)
Seattle guitarist Bill Frisell grew up playing in a rock band, so like every musician of his generation, he was drenched in surf music, early R & B and all manner of dance and novelty tunes. So it was a great idea to revisit tunes like Duane Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser” and the Beach Boys’ “Surfer Girl.”More