New Music Tuesday

This is the last week of the year in which there is actually some new music.  Next week, it’s all greatest hits, reissues, live performances and holiday music.

Seeds is the new album from TV On The Radio and the first one since the death of bassist Gerard Smith who died of lung cancer in 2011 days after their last album was released.  It’s hard not to think of Gerard when listening to the album.  Normally you would listen to their first single “Happy Idiot” and think it’s a song about an ex-love.  But it’s easy to think of Gerard when you hear these lyrics.

Since you left me babe
It’s been a long way down
Yea you left me babe
It’s been a long way down

What you don’t know won’t hurt you yea
Ignorance is bliss
I’m a happy idiot

Then you’ve got this video with Paul Reubens aka Pee-Wee Herman and you forget about the lyrics and just enjoy the ride.

I’m not sure that at this point we need to stop and reflect on the brilliance of Paul McCartney. his legend is beyond secure.  But lo and behold, out comes The Art Of Paul McCartney a double CD of Paul’s music done by peers and artists influenced by Sir Paul and you got yourself quite a selection of decent material.

My favorite is “Hello, Goodbye” by The Cure.   I’ve never seen so much joy on Robert Smith’s face.  Paul’s son, James plays keyboards on this track.

Billy Joel does “Maybe I’m Amazed” and you start to think it was this song from 1970 that made Joel realize he could be an actual pop star.

You can also hear Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Allen Toussaint and The Airborne Toxic Event among many others and you will be amazed yet again at the breadth of this music catalog.

TV On The Radio "Seeds"  The Art of McCartney (Amazon Deluxe Exclusive) (2 CD + 1 DVD)

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