Welcome to another day of new music! If you didn’t see Trish’s Lesbionic for The Holidays mix on Spotify you should definitely check it out. I think I need to start making some Hannukah pop songs to compete with the bevvy of great Christmas music out there. I mean hello, “All I Want For Christmas Is Jew” could be a big hit.
Amy Winehouse — Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Universal Island Records)
This album is a beautiful reminder of an artist we lost too early. Some of the songs are mastered versions of past hits like “Valerie” and “Tears Dry” and “Wake Up Alone” while others are covers of old songs sung in the soulful updated Motown sound we came to know and love from Amy. Listening now, it’s hard to picture the turmoil and downward spiral we all played witness to in the headlines. In this way, it is a fitting tribute and the only way I really want to remember Ms. Winehouse.
Dia Frampton — Red (Universal Republic)
Were we the only ones who already knew about Dia, of Meg and Dia fame before she appeared on The Voice and was crowned runner-up? Maybe we’re just suckers for a combination of cuteness and talent and can recognize it before the rest of the world hops on the bandwagon. It’s kind of like real estate – you want to find some property that will eventually be turned into the hippest part of town? Follow the lesbians. Anywho, Dia is absolutely adorable and while she is (appropriately) listed in the pop category, she is unlike many other pop artists. You will see many genres covered on this album, from dance to country to singer-songwriter. It’s a curious blend – and I’m not sure a sustainable one – but for a solo debut coming off of a reality competition, this could be a great way to test the waters and see which market she will appeal to most. I’ll be anxious to see how this turns out and I’ll also be curious to see what Meg is up to.
Tender Forever — Where Are We From (K Records)
If you’re into indie electro-rock greatness similar to Holly Miranda and the collaborative album from Thao and Mirah, then Tender Forever is who you should be putting in your ears right this second. Melanie Valera may be a solo act but her songs are filled with many layers of sound punctuated by her spoken-sung vocals. There is nothing delicate about the seven songs on this release – and I like it like that. I would love to hear what a collaboration between Melanie and Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) would sound like. The track below is not from her new album but should give you a good feel for her sound.
Leibya Rogers — LeibyaFair Live! (Germ Recordings)
This is a bit of an advanced warning because the album is only available for pre-order right now but will be made available this Saturday to celebrate a very special release party in New York at Sullivan Hall. Leibya Rogers is the alter ego of the very hilarious Miny Raf. She describes herself as such, “I’m a third wave feminist who stylistically has post modern fourth wave reconstructionist feminist tendencies. Also I regularly change lives at comedy and music shows with my comedy and music. I just sucked you into my womb. You’re welcome.” She’s not lying either — she actually sucked me into her womb about a week ago. The joke is on her though because now she’s going to have to breastfeed an entire population of adoring lesbian fans.
Honorable Mentions: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (iTunes Sessions), The Black Keys, Digitalism, The Fall, KoRn, Little River Band, The Maine, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Gary Numan, The Roots, Robin Thicke, T-Pain, Nils Lofgren, Phish, Neil Diamond and Wives.