New Music Tuesday: 11-29-2011


Welcome back to another glorious Tuesday filled with new releases. I
ended up with food poisoning over the Thanksgiving holiday so I mostly
gave thanks to the inventors of Ginger Ale, bathroom heaters, bad
television and for not gaining holiday weight. I hope yours was less

Live At The Royal Albert Hall (XL/Columbia Records)

For the second time in less than a month
I am featuring a live album in this column, which I’ve already said I
rarely do. Adele’s words and voice seem to be universally loved in ways
I don’t think the music industry could have ever predicted. Her most
recent release, 21, has
remained on Billboard’s list
of the top five albums for 39 weeks so far, surpassing Michael Jackson‘s Bad and making it the longest
streak in history.

What makes me want to give this live album and DVD set ample space here is that
her live shows are something everyone should be able to experience but
I fear will not be possible due to her recent throat problems which
have resulted in the singer needing to undergo surgery. I’m speculating
here, but I have to assume at least some of her health issues came from
using every bit of tonsil, larynx, diaphragm and lung that she possibly
could in order to belt out the tunes we’ve all fallen in love with. If
being in the same room with Adele physically isn’t possible, I’ll take
whatever I can get to watch her perform her craft live. And let’s be
honest, if I were at the concert I’d probably be staring at the back of
someone’s head for most of the show anyway.

– Tiny Desk Concert live
by elinejv

Melissa Li & The Barely Theirs
The Beginning (self-released)

I accidentally missed this release last week but wanted to make sure it
was on your radar! This is an unexpected treat filled with folky soul,
roots and singer-songwriter pop rock with great crossover potential as
is best heard on the title track. There are only a few things that can
make really good albums better: Queer? Check! Cute Asian baby on the
cover of the album who also happens to be the lead singer? Check! I
would enjoy The Beginning
even if Melissa wasn’t born a cute Asian baby, but I can’t be alone in
my excitement over having more diversity in the music world, right? If
you’re in the Brooklyn area December 16, they’ll be having a CD
release party at Union Pool and will be joined by friends of AfterEllen
Left On Red, along with Kate Branagh and the Christie Lenée Project for the second
annual Women on the Loose: A Rock

by melissali

Shana HalliganPaper Butterfly
(Lady Swank Music)

So, uh, you know how sometimes you can
hear a song and it gives you “that feeling”? Like, if it were possible
to have sexy time with the song itself, you would not only take part
but also stick around to cuddle and hope it had the same feelings back?
That’s how I felt while listening to Shana’s opening song, “Delicate
Dream.” Her voice, which you may recognize from her previous project, Bitter:Sweet, is intoxicating in the
same way as Hope Sandoval’s is
while singing “Fade Into You,” but with all of the childlike innocence
gone. Speaking of childlike innocence going bye-bye, closing song “True
Love” needs to be used in one of those fan-made The L Word video mash-ups of any slowish
sex scene Shane ever had. Lucky for you, you can stream all five tracks many times over at Spinner. The track I’m posting below isn’t from
the new album but should give you a good idea of “the feeling.”

(Shana Halligan)
by stuhrmusic

Aphrodite – Les Folies Live (Astralwerks)

Tis the season for live albums,
Christmas albums and not much else, I guess! The fabulous Ms. Minogue is
a dance pop princess and reminds me of my younger days of clubbing and
spending very late nights dancing and closing down our after-hours video
bar, The Closet (if you’re from Chicago, you know what I’m talking
about). I would never represent myself as being the biggest Kylie fan,
but she does put a smile on my face whenever I hear her.

Minogue – Spinning Around (Live From Aphrodite Les Folies)
by xposedKM

Honorable Mentions: Maria Rita, Bon Iver, Smashing Pumpkins (catalogue reissue) and Gorillaz (singles collection).

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