Happy Tuesday everybody! I’d like to take a moment today to give a shout out to the Trevor Project. The recent suicides among LGBTQ youth has left a void in my heart and I want to join the ranks of people, celebs and regular folk like myself, in saying please find help. Suicide is never the answer, and if you need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen and so are the people at the Trevor Project.
The reason I am putting this in my music column is because so many great musicians and artists grew up with bullying and channeled it into their art. I can only ask that if you ever find yourself in a place of desperation, you pick up a pen and put it to paper instead of harming yourself.
That’s the end of my rant, let’s get on with the music, shall we?
The Corin Tucker Band — 1,000 Years (Kill Rock Stars)
The top slot this week goes to one of my heroes, Corin Tucker. Not only was she instrumental in propelling the Riot Grrl movement forward, but she looked good while doing it. This album is a departure from her Sleater-Kinney days in that it is more mellow and explores themes of marriage and parenting – but that isn’t to say it is without a few rock anthems.
KT Tunstall — Tiger Suit (Virgin)
KT first captured my ear with her one-woman live guitar looping and pulled at my heartstrings with “Other Side of The World.” The Scot’s third album seems to build on an undying energy and a new, darker, sound that I am really digging. I’m expecting this release to do really well. Also, her dimples are extraordinarily cute.
Bonjay — Broughtupsy (Mysteries of Trade)
We’ve got some dancehall up in here and Bonjay’s hotness is practically taking me back to the dead of summer. Pour yourself a cold glass of drank, bring the glass to your temples and let the condensation slide down to cool you off, you’ll need it.
Faith Evans — There’s Something About Faith (eOne Music)
It’s been five years since her last album and I’ve got to say, I’ve missed that smooth soulful voice of hers. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get my hands on the entire album but am psyched to see Estelle is featured on “Troubled World Pt. 2.” And now I have the urge to put on some roller skates and bop around to “Love Like This.”
The New Collisions — The Optimist (Unsigned)
I am painfully new to Boston pop-rockers but they’ve been getting a lot of great press and landed gigs opening up for the B-52s and Blondie just three months after playing together.
Emily Osment — Fight or Flight (Wind-up Records)
So, I’m not positive, but I think I may have just found my new guilty pleasure. I was so ready to pour some Haterade into a pint glass and chug it down til it hurt so good. But no. “Lovesick” is an infectious pop jam that isn’t auto-tuned until my ears bleed.
Honorable Mentions: Clinic (I am in love with this band), British Sea Power, David Archuleta, Ace of Base (but not with the original girls), Guster, Fran Healy, Mary Halvorson Quintet (for jazz lovers), Jars of Clay, Toby Keith, Bruno Mars, Tricky (also a great one), White Sea.
Let me know if I missed anything and make sure you come back tomorrow for Your Weekly Women to Listen to.