1. New Power Trio from Fantasyland
News just slipped out that Josh Homme (front man for Boeger favorite Queens of the Stone Age), John Paul Jones (yes, THAT John Paul Jones), and Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) are recording in Los Angeles. IS THIS GOING TO ROCK OR WHAT? I couldn't dream this stuff up better if I tried.
2. New Danny Barnes Record (it's been under my hat for a while).
I'm not the biggest Dave Matthews fan but he and I share something in common: we both KNOW that Danny Barnes is the real thing (along with the above-mentioned John Paul Jones, Bill Frisell, Charlie Louvin, and many others.) So Dave booked him into his studio and got some other heavies involved, including drummer extraordinaire Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, David Bowie, everybody else) on drums and Rashawn Ross from Dave Matthews Band arranging the horns.
Don't mean to rub it in but I've had the distinct pleasure of listening to these tracks for several weeks... and it is REALLY, REALLY good. Incredible batch of songs. I think this is the most accessible work Barnes has ever done, and if there's any justice in the world it will be all over the radio this fall.
3. The House That Dirt Built
One of our favorite bands in this house is a new band out of Noid, England called The Heavy. Their first album is a MUST-HAVE. New tracks from their upcoming album "The House That Dirt Built" have been trickling out at the Ninjatune store. Sounds kind of like Al Green backed by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. You can get a good feel for them at their official site --- they feature a new video on the front page.