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New Music – October 25

Tuesday is a bit of a slow music day this week. Sure, if you like vanilla paint-by-numbers pop rock with a splash of pretense but without any inspiration, there’s a new Coldplay album! There is also — dear God, no — a new Toby Keith album as well as an album of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson covering songs from Disney movies. For the rest of us, though, there are a few to look out for. All of the good releases this week seem to have a folksy feel for some reason.

Tom Waits: Bad As Me

Waits is one of the most under-appreciated songwriters in the business, partly because of his adversity to publicity and touring. This is his first album of new material in 7 years. If it’s like most of Waits’ catalog, you will love some songs and cringe at others, but each will be a noble attempt at creating something great. Love him or hate him, Waits is always interesting.

She & Him: Christmas Album

America’s indie sweetheart, Zooey Deschanel, drops her third collaboration with M Ward here. She & Him’s warm melodies and vintage sound should be a perfect fit for the Christmas season. Even your biggest Grinch would warm up to the season if he had Zooey crooning to him. Hopefully then he wouldn’t kidnap her so she would have to sing for him every day (as a Grinch, you never know what to expect).

Honeyhoney: Billy Jack

Though still largely unknown, honeyhoney’s unique brand of folk rock is definitely worth a listen. Their debut album, First Rodeo, was one of my favorite releases of last year. Their sophomore release is said to have more of a bluegrass sound.

Deer Tick: Divine Providence

If you like indie folk, scratchy vocals and creative narrative storytelling, you will like Deer Tick. This is the fourth album by the band from Providence, Rhode Island. Unlike the blood-draining insect that is their namesake, Deer Tick does not suck.

Other Releases for October 25 (not recommended):

Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto

Brian Wilson: Disney Songbook

Dntel: Possibilities

Drake: Take Care

Goapele: Break of Dawn

John Prine

Justice: Audio Video Disco

Kelly Clarkson: Stronger

Kid Koala: Space Cadet

Michael Feinstein: Sinatra II

Orrin Hatch: Xmas

Paul Kelly: Songs from South

Peter Gabriel: Live

Roots Manuva: 4everrevolution

Russian Circles: Empros

Strange Boys: Live Music

Surfer Blood: Tarot Classics

Thomas Dolby: Map of Floating City

Toby Keith: Clancey’s Tavern

Vince Gill: Guitar Slinger

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