I wanted to catch you all up on some news from old favorites of the alt. 80s/90s era.
Alt. country rock Drivin N Cryin are keeping busy. They have a fine new EP Songs For The Turntable, plus Drivin’s frontman Kevn Kinney has composed music for the new season of FX’s hit animated series Archer (a soundtrack album entitled Cherlene is available digitally on Feb. 17).
February also sees Omnivore Recordings serving up Key Lime Pie – and Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweethearts. Besides these two Camper Van Beethoven title, the label also has the Dream Syndicate’s awesome archival release The Day Before Wine And Roses as well as a deluxe 25th anniversary edition of Bob Mould’s Workbook.
Merge is celebrating its 25th anniversary with some special releasing. It just released a double-disc reissue of Lambchop’s Nixon, with a live Kurt Wagner recording from 1998 and on Feb. 25, it will offer an expanded edition of Superchunk’s Indoor Living, which will include a link to the band’s Clambake Vol. 8 – a live recording done at Duke in 1997.
Looking a bit down the road…Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, who toured together last year, have teamed up as The Both. Their debut collaboration comes out April 15 on her SuperEgo Records. You probably can find their fun little rocker “Milwaukee” somewhere on the web.
Jon Langford of Waco Brothers and Mekons fame, is back with his Skull Orchard outfit. His April 1 release Here Be Monsters will feature his own artwork tied to each track on the CD.
From the dark mind of Mark Oliver Everett otherwise known as E) has crafted a new batch of songs that he has described as “an extraordinarily vivid and intimate document of a personal struggle” for the new Eels album, The Cautionary Tale of Mark Oliver Everett that is due April 22.
I also want to mention a return effort from the Americana corner of the music world. I heard Irene Kelley’s CD Simple Path back in the late ‘90s and was impressed with her wonderfully homespun mix of bluegrass and country. She has been busy writing songs for others but is releasing her first album in decade (Pennsylvania Coal) on Feb. 11.