It’s a gloomy Tuesday in Chicago, but all is well with the world because it’s Biggest Loser/Taco Tuesday night and Trish Bendix and I will be recording another glorious episode of Chick Habit. If you’ve got any questions for us, feel free to post them in the comments (which I read all of) or feel free to send me a private
dancer message. On to this week’s great crop of new music.
Jennifer Knapp — Letting Go (Graylin/RED/Thirty Tigers)
Had she not come out of the closet a few weeks ago I would never know who Jennifer Knapp is. I hope you all read the brilliant interview with Knapp done by our very own Heather Hogan, because it is not just good reading, it is important reading. Formerly a Christian music sensation, Knapp is now falling under the folk/blues/singer-songwriter genre and she does it very well. For that, she is getting my top spot pick of the week.
CocoRosie — Grey Oceans (Sub Pop)
The sisters Casady are like the brie cheese of music — not everyone is a fan but those who love them want to spread them all over themselves and eat em up good! I fall into the latter category and have been celebrating their odd brand of electronic performance art folk music. The subject matter of their songs is generally a very dark take on children’s stories. Where there’s a unicorn there is generally a scary knife-wielding clown nearby.
Hunter Valentine — Lessons from The Late Night (Tommy Boy)
Two out of three women in this band are queer, and it’s pure rock ‘n roll, even up to the Joan Jett growl coming out of the mouth of vocalist Kiyomi. Check back later today for an interview with this rad band.
We Are The Fallen — Tear The World Down (Universal Republic)
Two of the original members of Evanescence take on the vocals of American Idol’s Carly Smithson and make music that sounds like Evanescence never disbanded. Yes, this is not usually my jam. Also, yes, it’s pretty damn good and anything that can successfully incorporate a violin is almost always a winner in my book.
Ashlyne Huff — Ashlyne Huff (Liquid)
I’m not hating on pop music, but there’s a whole lot out there that sounds the same and it drives me kind of nuts. The good news for Ashlyne: She has a really strong voice. If Miley Cyrus and Hillary Duff are names that frequent your Pandora station, you’ll enjoy Huff.
The Dead Weather — Sea of Cowards (Third Man Records)
It’s the Dead Weather, what can I say that already hasn’t been said? Jack White needs to wash his hair. Alison Mosshart is hot. That’s all of got. Otherwise, their music kicks many asses.
Honorable Mentions: Keane, The National, UNKLE, Carney and Sleigh Bells.
Which rad jams did I miss this week?