This week we have some old favorites: Neil Young and Eric Clapton. Also, Ben Folds collabs with an Academy Award-winning screenwriter for some smart pop perfection. Plus, there’s new tuneage by Deerhunter and Seal. But one record is going to blow the lid off this fall—Mark Ronson and The Business Int’l are serving up fresh, hot jams! So, get those headphones on, girl, ’cause we’re going to get into the groove after the jump!
Ben Folds & Nick Hornby, Lonely Avenue
Thoughtful, fun, clever, pop written by an Oscar-winning screenwriter.
Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest
Seductive noise that’s got fuzz and clanks.
Mark Ronson & The Business Int’l, Record Collection
Straight outta Brooklyn, legendary producer Mark Ronson collabs with some of the sweetest bitches out there, like The Drums’s Jonathan Pierce, D’Angelo, Boy George, Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), Nick Hodgson (Kaiser Chiefs), Ghostface, Dap Kings, Spank Rock, and Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow). There’s none of his brass, but lots of sass. This record is more in the vein of his old Jay-Z jams.
Neil Young, Le Noise
Heartbreakingly beautiful noise-folk.
Eric Clapton, Clapton
Jazzy and bluesy collaborations—some new, some standards—with a guru of guitar. Warning: it’s Clapton’s version of the Tony Bennett & Rod Stewart records.
Seal, 6: Commitment
A love letter from a family man.