J. Mascis's second solo album, which he self-recorded and produced, showcases the range of Mascis's songwriting talents and sonic interests. Straightforward and catchy, 'Tied to a Star' is a solid and complete album from start to finish.
The New Pornographers' newest record, 'Brill Bruisers', is not only their newest entry into a fantastic musical catalog, but also the latest chapter in a continuing narrative of the personal dynamic of this very special band and its members.
Things have really taken off in the last several months for New Orleans rocker Benjamin Booker. He's been touring constantly, he's appeared on 'The Late Show' with David Letterman, and he just wrapped a few opening dates on Jack White's tour. He even found time to drop by The Current Studio for a session. All that, and he didn't even have an album out. Until now.
Morrissey is a man with high purpose, albeit one with the darkest of gallows humor. As usual in Morrissey's world, we get a real problem answered with melodrama. But wait. Isn't high art often just as melodramatic? Morrissey is indeed in league with the likes of operatic masters.
On their eighth album, Spoon's seamless grasp of joyous hooks shows no signs of slowing down. Frontman Britt Daniel's raspy voice continues to command the tight groove that's always at their core. The band didn't need a comeback, but they somehow made one anyway.
"'The Voyager' is arguably the finest record of Jenny Lewis's career, which is not a conclusion I expected to derive, but a welcome surprise nonetheless." Read Mac Wilson's complete review of The Current's Album of the Week.