Slipped Discs

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

Reviews From: Alphabetical
Greta Gaines - Whiskey Thoughts

Greta Gaines - Whiskey Thoughts

Greta Gaines
Whiskey Thoughts
Label: Justice Records

Velvet-lined heartache and subtle twists on country chic empower, Whiskey,” as 4x4 fantasies and down home dramas unfurl dark, tantalizing roots. Swaggering and galloping between temptations and addiction, Gaines’ rootsy revisionism seduces like tight jeans and steel-tipped boots - a little danger stirred into an inviting stew of solid chops and shiny, baited hooks.

Greta Gaines Website

Andre Williams & the New Orleans Hellhounds - Can You Deal With It?

Andre Williams & the New Orleans Hellhounds - Can You Deal With It?

Andre Williams & the New Orleans Hellhounds
Can You Deal With It?
Label: Bloodshot Records

The real deal – Williams teams with a randy band of crackerjack misfits for some cocky hootchie-coo and rocket-fueled R&B. Raucous street corner confessions run from arrogant boasts to desperate requests as the downright electrifying Hellhounds back Williams’ barks in stinging, slinking, sledgehammer brass, bass and guitar.

Andre Williams & the New Orleans Hellhounds Website

Amy Ray - Didn’t It Feel Kinder

Amy Ray - Didn’t It Feel Kinder

Amy Ray
Didn’t It Feel Kinder
Label: Daemon Records

Beautifully agitated anthems filled with Southern pride and global frustrations snake then shout as Ray’s third solo outing reinforces her rare gift for integrating punk and rock with empathy and melody. Unafraid and hopeful, the soulful, “Kinder,” winds over damaged landscapes through scarred hearts then kicking out the jams while pleading for peace.

Amy Ray WebsiteAmy Ray Wiki

Alina Simone - Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware!

Alina Simone - Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware!

Alina Simone
Everyone Is Crying Out to Me, Beware!
Label: 54º40' or Fight!

Covering Russian folk-punk icon Yanka Dyagileva, Simone conveys bold convictions and tender sympathies. Writhing trumpets, chamber music strings and insistent acoustic guitars infiltrate the darkly hypnotic, “Beware,” while Simone’s divinely haunting voice dissolves language barriers, telegraphing emotions and conjuring comparisons to NICO, PATTI SMITH and P.J. HARVEY.

Alina Simone Website

Jim Boggia - Misadventures in Stereo

Jim Boggia - Misadventures in Stereo

Jim Boggia
Misadventures in Stereo
Label: Bluhammock Music

Eight-tracks becomes epitaphs and schoolyard bullies topple when harmony meets hindsight in Boggia’s deceptively cheery, wonderfully crafted, “Misadventures.” Sweet geek nostalgia gets set to charming chameleon pop as turnabout and loss figure in the boppy potshots and fond farewells. Clever as they are accurate, Boggia’s tarnished trophies massage fresh perspectives from age-old obstacles.

Jim Boggia WebsiteJim Boggia Wiki

Martha Wainwright - I Know You Are Married But I Have Feelings Too

Martha Wainwright - I Know You Are Married But I Have Feelings Too

Martha Wainwright
I Know You Are Married But I Have Feelings Too
Label: Zoe/Rounder

A killer combination of cabaret queen and folk minstrel, Wainwright is a wicked and winsome nightingale of unrequited love. Art-house elegance infuses bruised ballads as, Married,” constructs galleries of characters, decorating despair in baroque melodies, up-lifting introspection and passionate rebellion. Wainwright plays Milwaukee’s Pabst August 15th.

Martha Wainwright WebsiteMartha Wainwright Wiki

Bound Stems - The Family Afloat

Bound Stems - The Family Afloat

Bound Stems
The Family Afloat
Label: Flameshovel Records

A playful clatter of melodic maelstroms, off-kilter codas and terrorized testimonials bind, “Family,” together in a smoldering bowl of lo-fi mercurial ADD rock. The Stems’ psychological kaleidoscope simmers, escalates and oddly oscillates dissecting modern times through knee-buckling gallops and jigsaw cat-calls, providing, “Family,” explosive doses of fractured maverick novellas and infuriating patchwork prophecy.

Bound Stems WebsiteBound Stems Wiki

Jennifer O'Connor - Here with Me

Jennifer O'Connor - Here with Me

Jennifer O'Connor
Here with Me
Label: Matador Records

Gently penetrating inflections both uncannily persuasive and honestly understated - O’Connor’s finely-tuned inner voice holds up impish grins, thoughtful indecisions and bottomless sympathy. Lightning-simple truths blaze across O’Connor’s perceptive recollections - uncovering hope in trustworthy words, dressed simply, delivered stylishly. Comforting and intimate, “Here,” quietly charms via secret invitations, open dreams addressing confessions.

Jennifer O'Connor Website

I'm Not Jim - You Are All My People

I'm Not Jim - You Are All My People

I'm Not Jim
You Are All My People
Label: Bloodshot Records

Diabolical monologues scatter attitude as half-crazed narratives highlight the punchy, prankish partnership of The Silo’s Walter Salas-Humara and novelist Jonathan Lethem. Refashioned by the crack production team of The Elegant Too, “People,” packs smug, dusty ironies into smart, swift, psycho-rockabilly vibes, roasting tumbleweed characters over chicken-scratching funk and hep-cat roots-rock.

I'm Not Jim Website

Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer
Who Killed Amanda Palmer
Label: Roadrunner Records

Post-feminist burlesque bursts from the story-songs of Dresden Doll’s Palmer. “Killed,” turns combustible, unfurling kooky goose-stepping waltzes before revealing fallen-angel soliloquies. - theatrical piano pathos squeezed between barn-burning carnivals, contemporary operettas paired with urgent introspection. Neither intelligence nor humor disappear or dominate while Palmer’s ingeniously mischievous heart powers, “Killed,”to beautiful conclusions.

Amanda Palmer WebsiteAmanda Palmer Wiki

 - Me and Armini

- Me and Armini


Me and Armini
Label: Rough Trade Records

Lusty Icelandic trip-hop kicks slow jigs swirling like glittery frosting over infectious beats in Torrini’s latest incarnation. Electronic and organic, earthy and heavenly, “Armini,” ricochets from silly to sultry to spiritual - a taunting buffet of magic woods and wild imaginations, synthesizers blinking in velvet skies, pixie rhythms rubbing against scandalous minuets.

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James - Hey Ma

James - Hey Ma

James
Hey Ma
Label: Decca Records

Climatic layers of liberating anthem-prayers skulk and rise like cathedral steeples as James’ cosmic purging flood fights dark, rising tides, Hook-filled pop-rock sincerity calmly and cautiously pours outspoken outrage over heroic insights, unmasking frustrations to cast out injustices. “Ma,” tackles hot topics with point-blank lyrics and rousing positivity. James plays Milwaukee’s Turner Hall Sept 26th.

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