Quarters for the Jukebox

In the Jukebox — June 10

In the Jukebox for this week (based off what’s new to me and listed alphabetically by artist; lots to check out):

  • Adele—19: The second coming (and soberer?) version of Amy Winehouse?
  • Alanis Morissette—Flavors of Entanglement: Alanis goes back to a harder sound with pounding rock and heavy electronic sounds topped off with appropriately placed curse words.
  • Bangkok Five—We Love What Kills Us: Album of growling, manic rock with just enough of a dose of music sensibility to keep it cleverly all together—mucho potential to shine.
  • Ben Sollee—Learning to Bend: Earnest and beautiful music that touches into folk, soul, blues and pop.
  • Dr. John—City That Care Forgot: Big band blues rock with guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Ani DiFranco and Terence Blanchard.
  • Emmylou Harris—All I Intended to Be: A little country, a little folk, a little adult contemporary pop … .
  • The Fratellis: Melodic indie rock from across the pond, this trio has been on the cusp of making it in the U.S. for awhile but haven’t quite taken root. This sophomore album only strengthens their case.
  • Jakob Dylan—Seeing Things: The Wallflowers’ front man debuts his solo career with an offering of simply arranged, yet moving songs.
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Album — Consolers of the Lonely by The Raconteurs

The Raconteurs

The Raconteurs indulgent second album is raucous fun that let’s you easily pretend you’re sitting along in the studio with them (granted if you were, you ears might be bleeding — the band is back and louder than before). If you’re not familiar with the group, the Raconteurs are the “super” conglomeration of the White Stripes’ Jack White, pop solo artist Brendan Benson and the Greenhornes’ rhythm section of Patrick Keeler and Jack Lawrence. For whatever reasons, there seems to be an odd polarizing factor to this band, as people are drawn to it, but tend to be torn on whether or not they like it (at least, like it more than the White Stripes). Check for yourself.

Quarters for the songs: Rich Kid Blues; Carolina Drama; Many Shades of Black.

Worth listening, if you like: The White Stripes; Brendan Benson; Ryan Adams; The Killers; Arctic Monkeys; Nine Black Alps; Spoon; The Detroit Cobras.

EP — I’m a Realist by The Cribs

The Cribs
The Cribs‘ (three brother band) EP rehashes “I’m a Realist,” from their previous 2007 album (Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever), with its original version and a subdued Postal Service remix. The EP also comes armed with two new originals, “Don’t You Wanna Be Relevant” and “Kind Words from the Broken Hearted.” Realistically, this is a good pick up for fans of the genre. Check for yourself.

Worth listening, if you like: The Libertines; The Strokes; Arctic Monkeys; Franz Ferdinand; Maximo Park; Bloc Party; The Kooks; Weezer.