Music Business

Out Today: Bon Iver's Bandwagon Bait, Weird Al Goes Gaga

In the next few weeks, you may be reading about the new Robert Ellis album, Photographs, so we are just giving you fair warning. It's a stunner through and through, and goes nicely with early morning traffic. Have you ever heard "Westbound Train" ramp up just as you hit the Houston skyline? It's some crazy classic-Spielberg-movie shit for your brain. That one comes out in two weeks, but we are lucky to be rocking a preview copy.

Next week comes new albums from Beyonce, Limp Bizkit, Dolly Parton, and Gillian Welch. Look for soundtracks discs too, with HBO's Game of Thrones and the Super 8 album hitting stores. We can only hope the latter contains the sweet 1979-era radio hits that were a fun part of the movie. Don't bring me down... Bruuuuuce!

Bon Iver, Bon Iver: Loved For Emma, Forever Ago, but this one is going to be a slow grower we can already tell. Most everyone is already on board, as this new sound from the one-man Justin Vernon project was telegraphed with his Gayngs and Kanye West work. Ask us in three months. We do dig the sweet Christopher Cross-jamming on "Beth/Rest" though.

Wild Moccasins, Skin Collision Past (Reissue): This week New West Records reissued the Wild Moccasins' 2010 LP, Skin Collision Past, pasting the band's Microscopic Metronomes EP on the end of it and cleaning up the mix here and there. Between this, new albums from Young Girls, Something Fierce, Finnegan, Literary Greats, Robert Ellis, Folk Family Revival, Buxton, The Ton Tons, and Hell City Kings either out now or due soon, Houston is busy as shit.

Gomez, Whatever's On Your Mind: Gomez continues to be one of the most underrated bands of the past two decades. Every album is sturdy and entrancing. Imagine Elliott Smith at this happiest with Spiritual behind him. Whatever's On Your Mind is more sedate, following their recent work, but it's worth a spin.

Weird Al Yankovic, Alpocalypse: Lady Gaga, The Doors, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, and Bruno Mars get the brunt of Yankovic's loving touch this time around. He around went in circles with Gaga, who finally warmed-up to being parodied by the legendary pop comedian. It's good, but it's no Bad Hair Day.

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Craig Hlavaty
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