Tuesday, March 20, 2007

(03.20.07) Recommends:

Obsessing over old music on New Music Tuesday.

So the torrent of good new music being released in 2007 continues today. There's LCD Soundsystem's new one, which garnered a 9.2 from Pitchfork. There's the new one from Modest Mouse, which the bloggers have been debating for the last month. There's Panda Bear, who's a part of Animal Collective, and who dropped "Person Pitch", which will end up as one of the Top Ten Albums of the Year. In addition, there's new stuff from Ted Leo, and doubtless other bands whom I'm forgetting -- or don't even know yet (get in touch with me and let me know about your new release!) -- as I type this.

However. However. All day I have been obsessing over Jolie Holland's "Catalpa," a lovely record that came out way back in the halcyon days of 2003. Holland was a founding member of The Be Good Tanyas -- a band I've blogged about here and here -- and she is in excellent form on this album. This is full of stripped down, sleepy, weepy, folk songs. No frills. Just a beautiful voice and a guitar. If you're feeling overwhelmed by all the new music about which you are expected to know and for which you are expected to have strong feelings, please feel free to serve yourself a cold glass of lemonade, put your feet up, and listen to some Jolie Holland:

Jolie Holland - All The Morning Birds - mp3.
Jolie Holland - December 1999 - mp3.
Jolie Holland - Ghost Waltz - mp3.

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