When the daughter of PAPA SNOW reached out to me to check out her Dad's new JUNIOR JUKEBOX Volume 1, I was intrigued. Aimed at reaching a niche audience within the family music realm, JUNIOR JUKEBOX presents a ten track collection of 70% traditional songs revamped ''in the style of'' famous acts from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. While the aim is there, unfortunately... Papa Snow misses.
I'm late on posting this because it's been a busy week. That said, the crew from Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star sent over the full announcement for LULLABY VERSIONS of THE WHITE STRIPES, which was released digitally this past Tuesday. I think we'll see Jack and Meg back together one day. You know, Jack White is releasing some rare WHITE STRIPES on vinyl for Record Store Day this weekend. Those are on his own Third Man Records. As for the lullabies, check out the press release, and preview stream. Wait, THE RACONTEURS are here too? Well, Steady as She Goes...
The crew over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star just hit The Rock Father™ with news that their Lullaby Versions of FLEETWOOD MAC has just been released and is available now on iTunes. As with all TTLRS collections, they've taken a dozen of the band's best-known songs and transformed them into ''lush instrumental versions'' perfect for your babies' nursery, yoga, or simple relaxation. Check out the cover art and tracklisting below!
Cover sets are a great way for bands to fill the gap between studio albums while connecting with listeners to and old to bond over their shared love of the source material. Much of the time however, the end result comes in with questionable results. A few good tracks, a couple stinkers, and a 'what-were-they-thinking?' tends to be commonplace. On RE:(DISC)OVERED, PUDDLE OF MUDD shatters the mold by delivering a stellar collection of classic rock covers that remain faithful to the originals while getting a 21st Century revamp.
Having been in love with THE MUPPETS for the better part of the past 34 years or so (yes, that is ME pictured with Kermit the Frog below right), it's pretty much a given that MUPPETS: THE GREEN ALBUM would be something I'd be looking forward to. Originally announced in 2009 as MUPPETS REVISITED, the album underwent some tweaks before making it's way to market this week.
In stating that he's "trying to make rock & roll in the age of hip-hop," British-born, Thailand-raised, NYC-based gangsta rocker HUGO could be interpreted as insinuating that rock is dead. Instead, it's likely a statement in regard to the state of pop music or the Top 40 realm of popular culture. While hip-hop crossovers dominate the pop landscape, one is often hard-pressed to find much rock represented in the mainstream these days - unless you're looking for it. On his debut album OLD TYME RELIGION, HUGO finds himself as the first rock artist signed to ROC NATION, the label headed by the almighty JAY-Z. Released this week, the album is not only one of the best releases of 2011 thus far, but an album that may too, find itself struggling to find the right audience.