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Music News 11/15/2017


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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, SOUL OF A WOMAN (Daptone Records, $14.99) – The dynamic soul singer Sharon Jones died last November 18, after a long battle with cancer, chronicled in Barbara Kopple’s 2015 documentary, Miss Sharon Jones!. Ms. Jones recorded a powerful last testament with her super soul band, the Dap-Kings, on Soul of a Woman. Hear her shine in songs like “Matter of Time,” “Searching for a New Day,” and the closing “Call on God,” sung with the choir she led at the Universal Church of God.

Mavis Staples, IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK (Anti, $13.98) – She was a cornerstone in the music of the civil rights movement, and today, Mavis Staples is still carrying on the spirit of the Staple Singers (the family group led by her late father, “Pops” Staples)—still singing with gospel fervor about timeless and very contemporary concerns. She once again teams up with Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) who wrote new songs for Ms. Staples like

“Ain’t No Doubt About It,” “Build a Bridge,” “We Go High,” and “No Time for Crying,” three co-written with Ms. Staples.

VANITY OF VANITIES—A TRIBUTE TO CONNIE CONVERSE (Tzadik, $19.99) – Connie Converse’s music is just now being discovered. She wrote songs and made some home recordings in 1950s New York City (recorded by cartoonist Gene Deitch), before moving to Grand Rapids, then mysteriously disappearing in 1974. Vanity of Vanities is a tribute album full of standout performances of songs by Ms. Converse.  Highlights include the duo of Margaret Glaspy and Julian Lage, guitarist Mary Halvorson and violinist Jessica Pavone, and great vocals by Sarah Jarosz, Sam Amidon, Petra Haden, Martha Wainwright, Jesse Harris, Karen O, and Laurie Anderson.

Included in the package are photos, and a long biographical essay by composer and radio host David Garland (who championed Ms. Converses’s music on his WNYC show, Spinning on Air.) Here’s a link to his 2009 show on Connie.


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Morrissey, LOW IN HIGH SCHOOL (BMG, $13.98) – The latest by Stephen Patrick Morrissey—singer, songwriter, memoir writer, ex-Smiths front man, and idol of many fervent fans.

NOTE: Morrissey will headline at the Anthem on Thursday, November 30.

Charlotte Gainsbourg, REST (Atlantic, $13.98) – Actress and singer (daughter of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin) wrote new songs in her return to pop music. Read the profile from this Sunday’s New York Times.



CD Cover This Friday, November 17, at 8 p.m., downstairs in our café, The Den, we will have an event for THE RAINCOATS (Bloomsbury, $14.95) by Jenn Pelly, part of the ongoing 33 1/3 series of books, each devoted to a different album.

In the first book to tell the story of the Raincoats, Pelly traces the radical band’s impact on both punk music and feminism. The Raincoats started in the basement of a London flat in the late 1970s. Four women, hailing variously from England, Spain, and Portugal, combined their talents and political sensibilities for an explicitly feminist, post-punk/experimental brand of music like no other. Pelly, an editor at Pitchfork who has written for SPIN, Nylon, and The Village Voice, focuses in depth on the Raincoats' first album (which landed as number twenty on Kurt Cobain’s list of his fifty favorite records) and draws on a wide range of archival materials and especially on interviews with Raincoats members, as well as members of Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Hole, Scritti Politti, Gang of Four, and others.

Pelly will be in conversation with Katie Alice Greer, lead singer with the D.C. band Priests and active in running the group’s independent label Sister Polygon Records. 

We will be selling THE RAINCOATS on both CD and just-released vinyl

CD: We Three, $16.99

LP: Kill Rock Stars, $16.99)