New CDs For Your Valentine: Otis Taylor, Anne Akiko Meyers, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Amos Lee

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Happy Valentine's Day, kids, and welcome to New Music Tuesday for this loveliest of days. Guys, if you haven't picked up something special for your ladyfriend, take a look at these titles released just this very day.

I've become quite the fan of bluesman Otis Taylor and his unique brand of primitive blues. Taylor's latest work Contraband is about as deep blues as it gets. The title of this work is a familiar word but I never knew the connotation it had during the Civil War. "Contraband" was a term for escaped slaves who escaped across the Mason-Dixon line and lived in camps where life was often as bad or worse than it was on the plantations from which they fled. You want to talk about getting to the heart and soul of the blues, that's it. While Taylor doesn't consider himself a political artist, many of these songs as on past records deal with themes of social justice as well as the more common affairs of the heart. It may not be the most romantic title on the chart but intelligence is sexy and Taylor's work is very literate and engages the mind, heart, and soul.

Anne Akiko MeyersWhat I know about classical music, I learned from the famous "Ahhh, Bach" episode of M*A*S*H so I can't tell you much about the latest from Anne Akiko Meyers Air: The Bach Album but it's out this week if you're a fan of classical or looking for something a little different.

I first heard of Phenomenal Handclap Band on NPR a year or so ago. I love the band name, even if it does feel just a little too wiseass even for me. Their new record Form & Controlalso hits record shelves this week for the indie Valentines out there.

If none of that is up your alley, check out the big Grammy winners from this past weekend if you're looking for something loverly. Chances are your lover already has a copy of Adele's 21, which might ought to concern you as it's more about breaking up than making up, but it's one of the most acclaimed records of recent memory. You could also grab the ridiculously titled love songs collection from Paul McCartney. There will also be a run on Whitney Houston records and while that's a little gross, you won't find many who sang about love better than she did.

Happy Valentine's Day shopping, kids...

New Music Tuesday

 

  • Amoral - Beneath
  • Anvil - Pound For Pound
  • Anvil - Strength Of Steel
  • Anvil - Worth The Weight
  • Appleyard, Peter - The Lost 1974 Sessions W/Hank Jones, Slam Stewart, Mel Lewis, Zoot Sims, Bobby Hackett, Herby Green
  • At Vance - Chained
  • At Vance - Only Human
  • At Vance - The Evil In You
  • At Vance - VII
  • Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound - Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound
  • Automan.Ca - Backseat Surprise
  • Avatar - The Black Waltz
  • Axe - Axeology 1979-2001
  • Axxis - Doom Of Destiny
  • Azaghal - Nemesis
  • Band Of Skulls - Sweet Sour
  • Baron Von - The Last Seduction
  • Barry White - Let The Music Play: Extended Edition
  • Beneath The Mas - Incongruous
  • Black, Mary - Stories From The Steeples
  • Blood Ceremony - Blood Ceremony
  • Cash, Johnny - Live From Austin, Tx
  • Celestial - Forever Scarlet Pass
  • Chalie Boy - Versatyle Child 3
  • Chimp - All Roads Lead Here
  • Chingo Bling & DJ Michael Watts - Masahouse
  • Circle II Circle - Burden Of Truth
  • Circle II Circle - Delusions Of Grandeur
  • Circle II Circle - The Middle Of Nowhere
  • Circle II Circle - Watching In Silence
  • Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer - Little Blue Egg
  • Deardarkhead - Oceanside: 1991 - 1993
  • Dunderbeist - Black Arts & Crooked
  • Dunwells, The - Blind Sighted Faith
  • Earth - Angels Of Darkness,
  • Edguy - Burning Down The Opera
  • Edguy - Hall Of Flames
  • Enslaved - Yggdrasill
  • Ergo - If Not Inertia
  • Essential Music - Cage: The Number Pieces 6: Five; Seven; Thirteen
  • Exciter - Death Machine
  • Explorers Club, The - Grand Hotel
  • Fankhauser, Phi - Try My Love
  • Forgas Band Phenomena - Acte V (CD/DVD)
  • Francois & The Atlas Mountains - E Volo Love
  • Gentleman - Diversity
  • Goatwhore - Blood For The Master
  • Grey, The - Score
  • Guns N Roses Tribute - Piano Tribute To Guns N Roses
  • Heartless Basta - Arrow
  • Helstar - Sins Of The Past
  • Helstar - The King Of Hell
  • Hey Rim Jeon - Tbd
  • Hollywood Roses - Dopesnake
  • Hopes Die Last - Trust No One
  • Howlin Rain - The Russian Wilds
  • Howling Void - Megaliths Of The Aby
  • I Octane - Crying To The Nation
  • Image, Joey - Hell Bent For Horror Business
  • Imagination Movers - Rock-O-Matic
  • Immolith - Stormdragon
  • Iron Mask - Black As Death
  • Isengard - Vinterskugge ( 2 Cd Set )
  • Islands - A Sleep & A Forgetting
  • Jorn - The Duke
  • Katatonia - For Funerals To Come
  • Kill Paradise - The Glitch
  • Krokus - Hellraiser
  • Last Poets - The Last Poets
  • Lavette, Bettye - Nearer To You
  • Le'andria Johnson - The Awakening Of Le'andria Johnson / [Cd/Dvd Combo] [Deluxe Edition]
  • Le'andria Johnson - The Evolution Of Le?Andria Johnson
  • Lee Dewyze - What Once Was
  • Lee, Albert & Hogan's Heroes - On The Town Tonight
  • Lillian Axe - Xi: The Days Before
  • Lington, Michae - Pure
  • Little Angels - Little Angels Sing About Animals
  • Little Angels - Little Angels Sing About Numbers
  • Little Angels - Little Angels Sing The Abcs
  • Macabra - Blood-Nurtured Natur
  • Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Bootleg Archives Vols 1-5
  • Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Odds & Sods Mis-Takes & Out-Takes
  • Manfred Mann's Earth Band - The Complete Greatest Hits
  • Matt Wilson's A - An Attitude For Grat
  • Metallica Tribute - Piano Tribute To Metallica
  • Michael Landau Group - Organic Instrumentals
  • Nelson, Drew - Tilt-A-Whirl
  • Nelson, Willie - Live From Austin, Tx
  • Nirvana Tribute - Piano Tribute To Nirvana
  • O'day, Anita - My Funny Valentine L
  • On Bodies - Planet Hospice
  • Other Side Of - Letters From
  • Otis Taylor - Otis Taylor's Contraband
  • Pact - The Dragon Lineage Of Satan
  • Page, Mimi - Breathe Me In
  • Pendragon - The Window Of Life
  • Phantom Family - When I Fall Out
  • Phenomenal Handclap Band - Form & Control
  • Pilgrim - Misery Wizard
  • Primer 55 - The Big F U
  • Ribozyme - Presenting The Probl
  • Rusby, Kate - Make The Light
  • Sami - Sami.The.Great
  • Sanchez, Rey - Querer Contigo
  • Santana - The Anthology '68-'69 - The Early San Francisco Years
  • Shearwater - Animal Joy
  • Soundtrack - Black Gold (James Horner)
  • Soundtrack - There Be Dragons: Secretos De Pasión (Robert Folk)
  • Spinners, The - Spinners (Original Recording M
  • Spock's Beard - The X Tour - Live
  • Spock's Beard - The X Tour - Live
  • Stern, Leni - Sabani
  • Strikemaster - Vicious Nightmare
  • Tedeschi, Susan - Live From Austin, Tx
  • Tennis - Young & Old
  • The Jacka - The Sentence
  • Todd Clous - 20th Century Folk Se
  • Tonight Alive - What Are You So Scar
  • Tronics - Love Backed By Force
  • Underworld A - Score
  • Useless Id - Symptoms
  • Various - Soundtrack For A Revolution
  • Various - The Best Colombian Salsa
  • Various Artists - Aimer Et Perdre : To Love & To Lose Songs, 1917-1934 / [2 CD]
  • Various Artists - These Are The Breaks - 12 Samp
  • Wendt, Joja - The Art Of Boogie Wo
  • Whalum, Kirk - Romance Language
  • Winterpills - All My Lovely Goners
  • Witchaven - Terrorstorm
  • Wykked Wytch - The Ultimate Deception
  • Young Magic - Melt
  • Zombie Inc. - A Dreadful Decease