Since we’re officially 24 weeks away from Christmas it seems appropriate to shuffle through 2014’s offerings and see what sticks. —MP
“Sweetness Follows (live – Recorded in Cincinnati – Oct. 27,2004)” by R.E.M. (from Complete Rarities: Warner Bros. 1988-2011, 2014)
You know, for a defunct band, R.E.M. has sure put out a shitload of material in 2014. Granted, these rarities collections are just a simple re-packaging of the existing singles, and the Unplugged 1991/2001: The Complete Sessions set is (essentially) just a live release. Seriously, though, couldn’t you guys spread it out a little?
“Low Season” by Bob Mould (from Beauty & Ruin, 2014)
Beauty & Ruin is easily my favorite Bob Mould project since Sugar’s File Under: Easy Listening.
“Would You Even Try?” by Caleb Hawley (from Side 1, 2014)
Mr. Hawley switched stuff up pretty drastically with his latest release, bringing his R&B/Soul side to the forefront, and stretching outside the singer/songwriter box. The results are pretty compelling and definitely deserve a broader audience.
“Would You Fight for My Love?” Jack White (from Lazaretto, 2014)
So many questions today! I’m hot and cold on Jack White. I was never a fan of The White Stripes, but I really dug The Raconteurs. His first solo record had a few tunes that stuck in my craw, so I decided to give his latest release a try, but the jury is still out. There are a few winners, including this cut, but it’s not something I find myself going back to listen to repeatedly.
“Time Machine” by Ingrid Michaelson (from Lights Out, 2014)
I like Ingrid Michaelson, I greatly dislike her latest record.
Well, that was kind of a bust.
What’s on your shuffle today?