A couple of notable releases this week lead off the 2009 releases and a welcome return to actual, for-reals new music.
- Derek Trucks Band - Already Free
Flying to the top of priority list is the new record from Susan Tedeschi's husband Derek Trucks and his mates. Based on everything I've heard about it, Already Free should be right up my alley (Josh's review here).
- Joshua Redman - Compass
I'm always interested in a new record from this saxophonist, but always more so when drummer Brian Blade is in the mix. For this album, Redman recruited two bass players and two drummers, and they even play as a double-trio for half the tracks on the record. Pretty bold idea - count me in (available for listening and pre-order at Nonesuch).
And on the horizon in the coming weeks:
- Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion (Jan. 20)
In case you haven't heard, this is the hipster "it record" of 2009. (Hipster) Josh's review here.
- Andrew Bird - Noble Beast (Jan. 20)
Cult fave's new record is also available with a second disc of instrumentals, said to be as interesting as the main draw (listen to the record over at NPR).
Mark Olson & Gary Louris - Ready For The Flood (Jan. 27)
Jayhawks founders reunite for a duet album. Hear tracks over at New West Records.
And, of course, some dude named Bruce Springsteen has a new album due on January 27. All in all, a solid lineup for January.
UPDATE: And I should add to the list the first Great Rock Record of 2009, Heartless Bastards' new album The Mountain (due Feb. 3). It slipped into my mailbox today, which makes it my first official new listen of the new year. And it's a real ass-kicker! Plenty more on this one in the coming weeks.
(You can download the title track here.)