New Music Tuesday: Counting Crows, Curtis Salgado, Florence And The Machine 'Unplugged,' Elliott Yamin

Some great albums and a few good stories to go with them in this week's new CD Releases...
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New Music Tuesday - New CDs April 10, 2010

In the better late than never department, we have our look at new releases for April 10, 2010 and there are some good ones! The list isn't what I'd call deep this week but there are some CDs you've just got to pick up.

I have to start this out with one of the coolest things that ever happened to me in the history of my life and it's relevant because of one of this week's new releases. I was at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis last year and Kate Moss asked if I wanted to go Wild Bill's, the last juke joint still running in Memphis, with her and a group of others to hear some folks jamming with a damn good house band. That was exciting; this is where it gets preposterously cool.

Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot

Kate hails a cab and I wind up sharing a cab with her, Dick Shurman (co-fount of all blues knowledge with my esteemed friend Bill Dahl), and perhaps the greatest living soul singer on planet earth: Curtis Salgado. Let's play Sesasme Street game: one of these things is not like the other, one of these things doesn't belong. Kate Moss is a multi-instrumentalist, co-runs an indie label, and designs artwork for countless CDs and labels. Dick Shurman has produced Grammy-winning albums for Hall of Fame artists, knows everyone, works with everyone, and writes great liner notes. Curtis Salgado is Curtis Salgado. For those of you unfamiliar, it's not urban legend: he actually did serve as a musical mentor and partial inspiration to John Belushi for The Blues Brothers. That's cool on a pop culture level but the guy really is one of the greatest singers alive. All these people are in a cab and then there's me.

I complain. A lot. I'm not afraid to say I think I do so with good reason most of the time but don't let that fool you: I've been blessed beyond measure. Not only did I get to share the cab with these amazing people but Curtis got up and, in between trying to have some hot wings and tea, sang a couple songs and blew some brilliant harp without so much as a warm up and Kate sat in on bass. His wings were gone when he finished singing and I swear on my CD collection I didn't touch them. I did pick up the cab fare on the way back to the hotel. He offered to go in with me but I told him I had it. It was the least I could do. I got to listen to him sing, play, and trade stories with Dick Shurman. I swear to you I'm never going to forget that night. Curtis' first album for Alligator Records Soul Shot is out this week. I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts about it with you.

Counting Crows - Underwater SunshineNow let me tell you about another of the coolest things that ever happened to me in the history of my life, again relevant because of a new release this week. I was an editor at Blogcritics and hosting a podcast. I rolled the dice and contacted Counting Crows' publicist, hoping a member of the band might be willing to talk about their great new record Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings. I never dreamed a member of the band would be lead singer Adam Duritz. I was on the phone talking to Adam live before an internet audience within a week. Understand something, friends: he and his band sold millions of records worldwide and remains one of the finest songwriters of "my" generation/era and I was a nobody blogger but that's not the way he treated me or the interview. He was generous, kind, warm, and thoughtful. He spent over an hour with me on the phone, talking about his new record and the struggle to get it released on his own terms and the future of music in the internet age.

Speaking of releasing records on their own terms, Counting Crows are now independent artists and they're first new album is a collection of covers called Underwater Sunshine (or what we did on our summer vacation). I've pre-ordered my copy and it should be home by the time I get there. I hope I one day get to cross paths with Duritz one more time, not because I want anything more from him than what he's given me through his music and that magical afternoon a few years back. I just want to tell him "thank you" one more time.

Florence + The Machine MTV UnpluggedAlso on the new release front this week and the business at hand: Florence + The Machine's MTV Unplugged CD/DVD package. This, too, is on its way to my house right now as she continues to tour and promote her latest studio album Ceremonials. Bonnie Raitt's Slipstream is getting a lot of advance buzz as is the new set from Alabama Shakes, a band that hails from Athens, AL (about 30 minutes from where I live and sit right now). I haven't checked them out yet but they're a major priority for me and will soon be fully vetted. We also have the latest album from American Idol alum Elliott Yamin.

Thanks for indulging a couple of stories. I'm sure it sounds like I'm namedropping and boasting but what I'm really trying to do is tell you A) there are some great records coming out this week B) there are some really cool people making those records and C) I'm just a fan who got lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time a couple times. Everybody has their story to tell. Those are a couple of mine. Here are the new releases for April 10, 2010. Take a look and tell me what's making your list this week.

  • A Whisper In The Noise - To Forget
  • Accept - Stalingrad
  • Alex Winston - King Con
  • Ali Fuat Aydin And Cenk Guray - Bir
  • All-American Rejects Tribute - Piano Tribute To The All-American Rejects
  • Amadou & Mariam - Folila
  • Apoptose - Nordland 2011
  • Arctic Plateau - The Enemy Inside
  • Ash Ra Tempel - Ash Ra Tempel
  • Ash Ra Tempel - Schwingungen
  • Ash Ra Tempel - Starring Rossi
  • Ash Ra Tempel With Timothy Lea - Seven Up
  • Attaloss - Attaloss
  • Baldwin, Bob - Betcha By Golly Wow: The Songs Of Thom Bell
  • Bassnectar - Vava Voom
  • Black Dice - Mr. Impossible
  • Blackburner - Feel The Burn
  • Buble, Michael - X-Posed The Interview
  • Calvert, Robert - Ejection Cardiff 1988
  • Collins, Andy - Closure
  • Cooper, Alice - No More Mr. Nice Guy Live
  • Counting Crows - Underwater Sunshine (or what we did on our summer vacation)
  • Damned, The - DAMNED 35th ANNIVERSARY, THE
  • Darkthrone - Plaguewielder
  • Dead Sara - Dead Sara
  • Demon Hunter - True Defiance
  • Demon Hunter - True Defiance (De)
  • Destroy All Monsters - Hungry For Death Book/Cd Limited Edition
  • Dodheimsgard (Dhg) - Supervillain Outcast
  • Drummerboy - Youngest In Charge
  • Eddy, Duane - Rocks
  • Eight And A Half - Eight And A Half
  • Electric Family - Ice Cream Phoenix: Resurrection
  • Enid - Munsalvaesche
  • Escoffery, Wayne - The Only Son Of One
  • Evenoire - Vitriol
  • Fastway - Eat Dog Eat
  • Felice, Simone - Simone Felice
  • Fishbaugh, Fishbaugh & Zorn - Ff&Z: The Whole Story
  • Florence & The Machine - Mtv Unplugged
  • Gehenna - Murder
  • Glover, Donald - Donald Glover: Weirdo
  • Guo Gan - Scented Maiden
  • Halestorm - The Strange Case Of
  • Hanft, Jim - Weddings Or Funerals
  • Harrison, George - The Lowdown The Interview
  • Harrold, Melanie Aka Joanna Ca - The 70s Albums
  • Hermann Brood & His Wild Roman - Live At Rockpalast 1978 And 1990
  • Hipower Entertainment Presents - Streets Are Mine
  • Ignitor - Year Of The Metal Tiger
  • Imaginary Cities - Temporary Resident
  • J. Teal Band - Cooks
  • J.J. Burner - Roll On
  • Jackson, Joe - Live At Rockpalast
  • Jansch, Bert - Sweet Sweet Music
  • Joyride - Are You Fer It
  • Keb' Mo' - X2
  • Kenny G - X2
  • Killerfix - Bridge Of Disorder
  • Latimore - Back 'Atcha!
  • Latimore - All About The Rhythm And The Blues
  • Latimore - Live In Vienna
  • Lehrmann, Felix - Rimjob
  • Liquid Crystal Project - Liquid Crystal Project 3
  • Lissy Trullie - Lissy Trullie
  • Little Feat - The Last Record Album
  • Loomis, Jeff - Plains Of Oblivion
  • Lukas Nelson And Promise Of The Real - Wasted
  • Lullacry - Where Angels Fear
  • Lynch, Jimmy - Nigger Please
  • Mccrae, Gwen - Sings TK
  • Menken, Alan - Mirror Mirror (Original Motion Picture S
  • Meyer, Hermann Lammers - Buried Treasures
  • Midler, Bette - Live At Last (Original Recording Master/
  • Miguel, Luis - Romance: 20th Anniversary (Deluxe Editio
  • Millman, Jack - California Jazz
  • Moka Only & Ayatollah - Bridges
  • Monica - New Life
  • Moraz, Patrick - Pianissimoraz
  • Mpire Of Evil - Hell To The Holy
  • Mr. Criminal - Young, Brown And Dangerous
  • Municipal Waste - Fatal Feast, The
  • Municipal Waste - Fatal Feast, The (Deluxe Ed)
  • Mustangs - Shaman And The Monkey
  • Nadiwrath / Hexenmeister - Raze The Cosmic Inexistence
  • Nardini, Norman - Bone A Fide
  • Nashville Pussy - From Hell To Texas - Live And Loud In Europe (Tour Edition)
  • Nelson, Willie - It's Magic
  • Oates, John - The Bluesville Sessions
  • O'donnell, Daniel - Ultimate Collection
  • Ohmphrey - Posthaste
  • Oliver Dawson Saxon - Motorbiker
  • Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Think Like A Man - Music From & Inspired
  • Original Soundtrack Featuring The Craze - One Man, Two Guvnors
  • Ortiz, Aruan - Santiarican Blues Suite
  • Ory, Kid - Song Of The Wanderer/ Dance With Kid Ory Or Just Listen
  • Outcast - Awaken The Reason
  • Papaslide - What Are We Livin' For?
  • Prince Royce - Phase II
  • Prophecy - Into The Light
  • Ray, Wade - Idaho Red
  • Raybon, Marty - Southern Roots And Branches (Yesterday And Today)
  • Roach, Steve - Back To Life (2-CD)
  • Roachford - Live At Rockpalast
  • Safety Fire, The - Grind The Ocean
  • Salgado, Curtis - Soul Shot
  • Say Hello To The Angels - Break Your Sword
  • Scars On 45 - Scars On 45
  • Schmidt, Claudia - Bend In The River:Collected Songs
  • Schulze, Klaus - Richard Wahnfried's Miditation
  • Schwarzer Engel - Traume Eine Nacht
  • Secrets Of The Moon - Seven Bells (Digipak Special Ed.)
  • Secrets Of The Moon - Seven Bells (Regular Ed.)
  • Simpson, Red - Hello, I'm Red Simpson
  • Soriano, Joan - La Familia Soriano
  • Soundtrack - Spartacus Vengeance (Joseph Loduca) / [2 CD]
  • Soundtrack - The Cabin In The Woods
  • Steep Canyon Rangers - Nobody Knows You
  • Switchblade Symphony - The Three Calamities
  • Taft, Dudley - Left For Dead
  • Tharpe, Sister Rosetta - The One And Only Queen Of Hot Gospel
  • The Mceuen Sessions - For All The Good
  • Todd Rundgren's Utopia - Live At Hammersmith Odeon '75
  • Train - X2
  • Treperquattropiuuno - Vintage
  • Upon A Burning Body - Red White Green
  • Vanilla Ice - Vanilla Ice Is Back! Hip Hop Classics
  • Various - Smooth And Sexy Smooth Jazz For Lovers
  • Various - 10 Years Of Wild Savage Rock 'N' Toll
  • Various - History Of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Volume 1
  • Various - History Of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Volume 2
  • Various - Jazz At The Philharmonic: Seattle 1956
  • Various - 1961 British Hit Parade Part 2: April-September
  • Various - 1961 British Hit Parade Part 3 September: December
  • Various - 1961 British Hit Parade Part 1: Jan-April
  • Various - Hl Heaven
  • Various - Hooked On Number Ones: 100 Non Stop Hits
  • Various - Story Of Blue Beat 1961 Vol. 1
  • Various Artists - Damsels In Distress
  • Various Artists - 80s Monster Ballads
  • Various Artists - Vivid Covers - A 20th Anniversary Tribute To L'arc~En~Ciel
  • Various Artists - Rod Stewart & The Faces - As Performed By
  • Volonte, Derniere - Ne Te Retourne Pas
  • Ward, M - A Wasteland Companion
  • Wilson, Steven - Insurgentes / Rmxs ( 3 Disc Set )
  • World Party - Arkeology / [5 CD]
  • Yamin, Elliott - Let's Get To What's Real