New Music Reviews

New Music Reviews

  • Article by: Wells Adams and Dan Buckley
  • Posted: 09/12/2011

From The Decemberists to Will Hoge, here’s what’s bursting onto the music scene and blinking on our radars.

The Decemberists: iTunes Session EP
A very nice Spotify playlist ... Wait, can I say that?
Stars: 3.5 of 5
Some of the best songs on this EP aren’t even The Decemberists’ hits. The fiddle on the cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye” makes me want to dust off my old Songs of Leonard Cohen LP. 

Colin Meloy’s quivering vocals portray some superb stuff with the cover of the Fruit Bats’ “When U Love Somebody.” They do play some of their own tunes as well, peering back into The Crane Wife, and you get three songs off the new The King Is Dead record. This EP is lovely, though it’s nothing truly groundbreaking.


Pepper Rabbit: Red Velvet Snow Ball
Soon to be on the iPod of an East Nashvillian on a fixed-gear bike
Stars: 2.5 of 5
From the first listen of Red Velvet Snow Ball, I liked what I heard. To my delight, this Los Angeles-based band, (coming to The End September 12) delivers light, poppy indie rock that’s sure to catch the ear of many a Nashville hipster.

I don’t think they’ve landed on a breakout track that will catapult them into a headlining slot at The Ryman or SoundLand just yet, but Red Velvet Snow Ball is an easy album to consume and an enchanting listening experience. Check out “Rose Mary Stretch.”


Will Hoge: Number Seven
Guess how many studio records Will has.
Stars: 3 of 5
If Springsteen exemplified Jersey in the late ‘70s, Will Hoge exemplifies Nashville now. I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but he’s a little bit country and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. However, this self-produced seventh studio record tilts more toward lower Broadway than Mercy Lounge.

Number Seven is fairly melancholy and brutally honest. “Too Old to Die Young” and “Trying To Be A Man” seem to allow a glimpse into the last decade of Hoge’s life. He pulls you through 10 gloomy country tracks so you can ruin countless hankies before he unleashes the sound I was personally looking for. Listen for “When I Get My Wings” on the radio.


The Dirt Daubers: Wake Up, Sinners!
Finally the devil gets his due.
Stars: 3.5 of 5

The Dirt Daubers have an interesting thing going on in their new album, Wake Up, Sinners! With 13 songs clocking in at just less than 27 minutes, the record is jam-packed with quick, unique tunes. Some of the tracks, especially “The Devil Gets His Due,” have a great Squirrel Nut Zippers vibe, which is a compliment coming from a huge Zippers fan.

Other tracks, like “Wayfaring Stranger,” have a worldly Americana feel, while “Trucks, Tractors And Trains” and “Single Girl” edge more on traditional bluegrass. This is a fun, quirky album from a band that sounds like they know how to put on a great live show.


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