The Late Show with David Letterman serves Iron & Wine on Friday and Kid Rock Monday. Robert Pollard, the prolific former captain of the starship Guided By Voices, is just as busy as a solo artist with two new albums out next week. He's also hitting the halfway point in his new monthly 7-inch single series. Merge Records is behind all the wax-loving love, as both the "Pop" CD, Coast To Coast Carpet Of Love, and the "Rock" CD, Standard Gargoyle Decisions, with both available in a limited edition run of 1,500 180-gram vinyl LPs. Pollard has been peeling away and showing off a few cards from both decks for the past few months in his Happy Jack Rock Records Singles Series, issuing a vinyl single roughly every 30 days, featuring an a-side from one of the two albums and an exclusive b-side bonus. This Tuesday, look around your local vinyl-proud record shop for this month's single, "Shadow Port," or last month's single, "Pill Gone Girl." ... Looking to blow your six-string sinuses with a healthy jaw-dropping "Dang" and rattle of your brain bucket? For all the questionable concoctions the CMH Records imprint has unleashed on the world in the past few years, Tuesday's Bluegrass Interpretations of Stevie Ray Vaughan is a spicy, delicious delight, blazing through a dozen of his signature grooves as good ol' boy, blue-grease git-downs, sopped up on the side with a heavy slice of BBQ shack cornbread. Who are these mysterious session players burning down the barn? Damned if I know, but boy they sure can play.
The Late Show with David Letterman serves Iron & Wine on Friday and Kid Rock Monday.
Late Night with Conan O'Brien hosts Ani DiFranco Wednesday, Bloc Party Thursday, Animal Collective Friday and Black Lips on Tuesday. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson welcomes Diana Krall Friday and Shout Out Louds Monday. Jimmy Kimmel Live boasts Nick Lowe Wednesday and Modest Mouse Monday. And Saturday Night Live's musical guest this weekend is Spoon.
New Releases Coming Tuesday
2 Days in Paris - original motion picture soundtrack (Dynamo/Locomotive) with music by Nouvelle Vague, The Roughtones and The Witnesses; Patterson Barrett I Must Be Dreaming (So' Fish Records) all new from the former Jerry Jeff Walker guitarist, featuring a cover of The Band's "Sleeping" and guests Buddy and Julie Miller; Buck Brothers Me (Coach House/Back 2 Forward Records); Vanessa Carlton Heroes & Thieves (The Inc. Records) with guest Stevie Nicks; Josie Cotton Invasion of the B-Girls (Scruffy) co-produced with Geza X and featuring DEVO drummer David Kendrick, this sexy sashay to the grindhouse is a collection of songs from, and inspired by, the notorious "B-movies" of Herschell Gordon Lewis, Russ Meyers and John Waters; The Cult - New York City (Instant Live) multi-camera High Definition concert DVD filmed last year at The Fillmore; Cut Off Your Hands - Shaky Hands (IAMSOUND); Dead Kennedys - Milking the Sacred Cow (Manifesto) budget-priced greatest hits collection; Deadstring Brothers - Silver Mountain (Bloodshot) glorious, Southern boogie bliss from Detroit, this four-star firefly soul monster boasts boy-girl vocals and a cover of Leon Russell's "You Look Like the Devil," slipping in nicely on the shelf between the Rolling Stone's Beggar's Banquet and The Black Crowes' debut; Danny Diablo Thugcore 4 Life (Suburban Noize) with guests Daddy X of Kottonmouth Kings and Skinhead Rob of the Transplants; Electric Six I Shall Exterminate Everything Around Me That Restricts Me From Being The Master (Metropolis); Enon Grass Geysers...Carbon Clouds (Touch & Go); The Future Kings of Nowhere - The Future Kings of Nowhere (307 Knox); Robert Hazard Troubadour (Ryko) backed by bassist T-Bone Wolk and drummer Steve Holley, the fella who penned Cyndi Lauper's hit "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" returns with a mature new album; Will Hoge - Draw the Curtains (Rykodisc); Billie Holiday - Lady Day: The Master Takes and Singles (Columbia Legacy) 79 tracks spread over four CDs; Idlewild Scottish Fiction: Best of 1997-2007 (Parlophone) import-only CD and DVD set; Information Society Synthesizer (Dancing Ferret) their first new music in six years; Samantha James Rise (Om) lush electronic chilled-out Soul, buggin' out in that perfect lost groove of Sade and Everything But the Girl; Kid Rock Rock 'n Roll Jesus (Lava/Atlantic) featuring "New Orleans," co-written with David Allen Coe; The Kin - Rise and Fall (Defend Music); Koop Koop Islands (Atlantic) captivating Jazz from Sweden that seductively slips between Caribbean beaches and Euro casino fantasies; The Nils Landgren Funk Unit License To Funk (ACT Music) new from the trombonist and funky bandleader known famously in Sweden as "Mr. Red Horn," featuring guest Ray Parker Jr. and covers of Fred Wesley's "House Party" and Quincy Jones' 1978 hit with Ashford & Simpson, "Stuff Like That"; Mac Lethal 11:11 (Rhymesayers) all new from Scribble Jam 2002's MC Battle Champion; R. Carlos Nakai & Udi Bar-David Voyagers (Canyon) flute meets cello in melodies that cross Native American, Arabic and Jewish boundaries; Prints Prints (Temporary Residence); Puddle of Mudd Famous (Geffen) uh, yeah, like Nickelback's "Rock Star"; Riverside Rapid Eye Movement (Inside Out) recently on tour, opening for Dream Theater; Rockfour Memories of The Never Happened (Cooking Vinyl) NPR radio calls them "Israel's answer to The Beatles"; Secret Oyster Secret Oyster and Straight To the Krankenhaus (Laser's Edge) swirling, spinning, heart-racing Danish Jazz Fusion reissues from 1973 and 1976, featuring astonishing guitarist Claus Bohling; Sleeping People Growing (Temporary Residence) cubic, tumbling instrumentals for time signature intellectuals, featuring guest vocalist Rob Crow on the last track; The Slits Return of the Giant Slits (Blast First) fantastic CD reissue of this 1981 follow-up to their Cut debut, featuring a bonus disc of interviews and Dub mixes and new cover art; Steriogram - This Is Not The Target Market (Rock Ridge) with guest Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke; Johnny Winter - Live Bootleg Series: Volume One (Friday Music) featuring a cover of the Rolling Stones' "It's All Over Now"; Robert Wyatt Comicopera (Domino) broken into three acts, this beautiful, cinematic tango return features guests Paul Weller of The Jam, Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera and Brian Eno; Various Artists Chaos Revisited with Justin Martin (Buzzin' Fly) remixing tracks from Catz 'N Dogz, Tricky Disco and Motorcitysoul; Various Artists The Gift: A Tribute to Ian Tyson (Stony Plain) with cover contributions from Blue Rodeo, Amos Garrett, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and more.