I Saved Latin! A Tribute to Wes Anderson is the Pick of the Week

Wes Anderson tribute, new Black Keys records top New Music Tuesday...
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Wes Anderson is a quirky, smart, hilarious and sometimes oddly moving film director.  Or rather I should say his films are all of those things (I've never met him so he might be a total jerk.)  His films have a very distinctive style - from the color palette to his perfect, symmetrical framing to his themes of troubled families.  And then there's the music.  Anderson fills his films with classic (and obscure) pop songs from the 60s and early 70s. But its not just him filling up the soundtrack with his favorite songs or trying to be the cool hipster showing off his indie music cred.  No, he songs always fit perfectly into the scenes he's creating.  And yet they make perfect little soundtrack albums, too.

In a beautifully creative tribute to those soundtracks American Laundromat Records has put together this two disk compilation of cover versions of songs from all of Anderson's films.  Folks like Kristin Hersch, Mike Watt, Juliana Hatfield (and a whole bunch of folks I've never heard of) have made new versions of songs from David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, The Velvet Underground and the Kinks.

How cool is that?

Also out this week that looks interesting:

Turn Blue - The Black Keys:  The Keys rock harder than any two white boys have any right to do.  Like their previous two albums this one was produced by Danger Mouse.

Xscape - Michael Jackson:  The second posthumous compilation album from Jackson featuring previously unreleased tracks that have been retooled and contemporized.  

Unrepentant Geraldines - Tori Amos:  The imaginative songstress' 14th studio album.  I lost interest in her many years ago, but she certainly has a solid fan base.  There is a deluxe edition of this one featuring an extra song, a hard-back book and a DVD.

Blue Smoke - Dolly Parton:  There is no one really quite like Dolly Parton.  Actress, author, philanthropist, namesake and owner of her own theme park and of course singer-songwriter - Dolly is her own one-woman entertainment machine.  Her music hasn't always been good, but there's no denying she's got a great voice and when she uses it right she's one of the best in the world.  This album promises to be a throwback to the old days of real country music and blue grass music.  Think more The Grass is Blue than 9 to 5.  She wrote most of the songs, sings with Kenny Rogers and Willie Nelson and even covers Bob Dylan.  

Days of Abandon - The Pains of Being Pure at Heart:  More glittering indie-pop from these Brooklyn-ites.

Blondie 4(0)- Ever: Greatest Hits Deluxe Redux/ Ghosts of Download:  Blondie celebrates their 40 years together with a greatest hits package coupled with a brand new album.

Oak Mountain 2001 Night 3 - Widespread Panic/Live: Denver Co 9/19/02 - The Who/Live: Camden NJ 7/27/02 - The Who/Live at the Village Vanguard - Marc Ribot:  Four totally separate live albums by three very different artists.  I doubt I'll buy any of these but I continue to love the increase in live albums being put out every week.