Summers almost gone, as Jim Morrison sang. And I know that I used that line before in an earlier piece, but thats Morrisons fault for penning such cool lyrics. I think of it every time another summer month blows by without warning. Before you know it, the season is over, the rain is upon us, and it couldnt have come a moment too soon. But before the fall comes to claim the trees and sky, here are some heat-seeking missiles to pick up at your local music store.
Frank Black, Show Me Your Tears
Talk about buzz! Frank Black is making news again, but this time its not because hes released two brilliant albums at the same time. No, the word on the street is that hes seriously considering a Pixies reunion, and since theyre the band that more or less helped patent the pop-punk you hear all over the radio these days, you could forgive him for being a little distracted on the solo tip this time around.
There are no standout tracks on Show Me Your Tears, just
the standard bar blues rock that the Stones -- and Frank -- have perfected on
earlier releases. Nadine is a barnburner, but the rest of the album
is a little light on the licks -- perhaps because Black is contemplating a future
with Kim Deal in it. Now that would be worth a mediocre album. Hold that thought
-- this time next year, you might be hearing the first Pixies album in over
Quasi, Hot Shit
Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss are a potent combination. Weiss -- who also plays in the legendary Sleater-Kinney -- is a percussive tornado, a powerhouse behind the drum kit -- and Coomes? Well, lets just say the mans got riffs, whether youre talking about pianos or guitars. And hes not afraid to use them either -- Hot Shit has more noodling and wankery that you can shake a Marshall stack at. But his virtuosity has more bright spots than dark, and sometimes he literally can take your breath away with his technical skill.
Add all of that up and youve got an album that literally
lives up to its name. Full of ornate, sometimes minor-key masterpieces, Quasis
latest release is the finest example of indie craftsmanship from two ex-spouses
that youll ever hear. How often can you say that?
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