PLAN 9 MUSIC - OUTSIDE THE HEARD - MARCH 2012

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Hunx
Hairdresser Blues
Hardly Art

“Somebody once described my music as ‘Hairdresser Pop’. I don't know what that means. I do know that it seems appropriate in describing the sound of this record. A lot of this album deals with topics I don't usually write about. I just wanted to get them out of me. Hairdresser Blues doesn't feel like a Hunx and His Punx album.... So I've decided to call this just Hunx. I played all the instruments myself, except for the drums, which were played by Daniel Pitout of Nu Sensae. Most of these songs were written late at night in my bedroom when I was going through really dark periods. Sometimes I wouldn't even remember writing the songs and would just find the demos days later. The record was recorded in NYC by Ivan Julian, original member of Richard Hell and The Voidoids.” -- Hunx
Lyle Lovett
Release Me
Curb/Lost Highway

Let’s come out and say it: Lyle Lovett is one of the all-time great American singer/songwriters. His voice is unique, but his antecedents are recognizable. In his work two roads come together, ­the trail blazed by the great Texas storytellers of like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, and the crooked highway navigated by sophisticated wise-asses such as Randy Newman and Tom Waits. Lovett’s first gift was to combine these two potent strands of musical DNA into a new genome able to generate songs as brilliant and double-sided as “If I Had A Boat,” “God Will,” and “Her First Mistake.” Release Me will quickly prove to be another classic Lyle Lovett outing – diverse, charming, and full of surprises. The man, his voice, and his very large hair, is back and better than ever.
Various
In the Mix
Astralwerks
In The Mix, a butt-shaking, fist-pumping snapshot of the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene as it stands, featuring bona-fide radio smashes, magnificent big room anthems and club bangers, and a cross-section of some of the most vital names in today’s EDM spectrum. Included In The Mix is a previously unreleased anywhere remix of Katy Perry’s “Peacock,” the monster track “Turn Me On” from hit maker David Guetta and Nicki Minaj, the million-seller “Hello” from Martin Solvieg plus dancefloor mega-hits from Deadmau5 & Kaskade, Duck Sauce and Swedish House Mafia. All this and more from the label that brought you classic albums and reissues from The Chemical Brothers, Brian Eno, and The Beta Band.
The Explorers Club
Grand Hotel
Rock Ridge Music
The Explorers Club hopes for its sophomore album, Grand Hotel, are pretty ambitious to undertake, if it weren't for the fact that the South Carolina sextet had already gone a long way toward accomplishing it on their debut album Freedom Wind "quite remarkable" (USA Today). Grand Hotel puts The Explorers Club with producer/mixing engineer Mark Linett, known work on the re-issues of the Beach Boys' Smile and Pet Sounds. The songs, recall the likes of Grass Roots, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, or Herb Alpert jamming with psychedelic bands in order to create the soundtrack for a lost James Bond flick (starring Roger Moore). And, speaking of Herb, dig that cover art!
Amos Lee
As The Crow Flies (EP)
Blue Note
For Amos Lee, the key to his fourth album, Mission Bell, was time—taking the time to reflect, to write, and to record songs that lived up to his own expectations. "My last two records were a little rushed, because I was touring so much and running around a lot," he says. "On this one, I took a year and a half and I just sat at home and wrote. I spent more time alone with these songs than I ever did in the past." That time as well spent, seeing as Mission Bell has been the most lauded project of Lee’s career. So it’s natural that this six-song collection of previously unheard songs, As The Crow Flies (recorded during the sessions for Mission Bell), should be met with excitement. Like Mission Bell these tracks were produced by Calexico frontman and multi-instrumentalist Joey Burns and features musical backing by Burns and Calexico drummer John Convertino.
Magnolia Memoir
The Perfect Crime
eOne
Perfect Crime is the major label from Magnolia Memoir -- a young ensemble led by Mela Lee. A professional voiceover artist for film and television, Lee has been featured in numerous commercials, animated series, games and movies – and her stunning five-octave range and unique sound are reminiscent of the spirit of a young Etta James or Billie Holiday along with the mischievous youth and sensuality of Grammy Award-winners Amy Winehouse and Adele, Martina Topley-Bird (Tricky), and the playful rock edge of Gwen Stefani. Lee's voice is classic -- stunning, and instantly familiar... And Perfect Crime will undoubtedly steal your heart.
Pond
Beard, Wives, Denim
Modular
In 2010, at a friend's farmhouse in Eagle Bay, Western Australia, Pond (not to be confused with the critically acclaimed Oregon band who split in '98) piled in with all their instruments, amplifiers, friends, recording equipment and Sam Ford to record Beard Wives Denim. After two weeks of Lord of the Flies-esque bonding with Frisbee and guitars and absolutely no religion, wood chopping, wives, or beards the album was finished. It a whole lot less like Neil Young, the Grateful Dead or the Band than Pond had imagined when the idea started, but it's the thought that counts. Beard Wives Denim is an audio diary of ten friends' strange, terrible and blissful time in the country trying in vain to be a wholesome family band. It sounds just like it, distorted and woozy and fractured and ultimately nostalgic and loving.
 
Two years after their debut (Album), and one year after the follow-up EP (Broken Dreams Club) it is the natural, third entry in Girls' recorded trinity, and features their most accomplished recordings to date. Album was a sketch of the life Christopher Owens and Chet "JR" White lived in San Francisco; a messy bedroom broadcast to the world. Broken Dreams Club blasted their home-studio ideas into widescreen projection and served as a crucial stepping stone to newfound studio fidelity. Girls employ the whole palette of pop music to convey their own intimate and troubled visions. For Father, Son, Holy Ghost the band holed up in a basement recording studio located in San Francisco's gritty Tenderloin district, Girls deliberately chose to avoid the sterile confines of a traditional studio. Aided by a three-piece Gospel choir, America's best Britpop band is now taking it's own trip down America's mysterious back roads. These touches accentuate the bands sweetly tortured soul, not to mention some occasionally fiery guitar work of songs like "Vomit" and "Die." Whether it's Doo Wop or Death Metal, Girls are focused on creating classics, and Father, Son, Holy Ghost proves they got what it takes. One of 2011's best is still well worth your attention.

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