Thanks to Ghost in the Water and Mother Banjo for bringing us a local music double-header this morning! Ghost in the Water’s new one, Shooting Stars Battle Scars is a synth-dancier second release while retaining the lovely harmonies of their first album, Tooth. Mother Banjo commands the stage every Tuesday all month at the 331 Club, and brings notable friends such as The Minor Planets and Jon Rodine with her. Check the playlist for more hee-haw.
New music this morning from Seun Kuti, who will come to the Cedar Cultural Center in April 2012, and new solo work from local Pistol Whippin’ Party Penguin Jake Manders. Check the playlist for more new stuff…
Tried out Jeff Bridges new bluesy-rootsy album, and it was all right. I’d listen to it again. We also heard new music from local songwriter Barb Ryman, overseas import Tokyo Jihen, and a very mature and serious The Ladybug Transistor. And I still can’t get over the new album of all covers by Pat Metheny, so I had to pull out his version of Cherish again.
Thanks to Pop Wagner:http://www.popwagner.com for coming in to present a special Horse Show edition of PWB, in honor of the state fair coming up and all the pretty ponies you can see. Pop curated the first hour, with cowboy poetry and great country-western songs about man’s best four-legged friend…that can be ridden. Pop’s a great singin’ cowboy himself, with some Cajun fiddle chops. Be sure to visit popwagner.com:http://www.popwagner.com to keep up with him.
New Ray Bonneville this morning, as well as something from the Sony Legacy retrospective of Patti Smith, Outside Society. The MN Orchestra announced its jazz series, too, and it looks terrific. We heard Lizz Wright, who will be presented in a co-bill with Kurt Elling, February 12th, 2012. Vasen was one of the artists featured in the second hour, in honor of the Cedar’s opening show.