Meager pickings await the music lover with the passing of a new year, but January often means quality over quantity, and while there’s not an abundance of fresh tunes coming your way this month, who can complain about new albums from Walter Trout, the Flesh Eaters, and Watermelon Slim as well as archive releases by Soul Asylum and Big Star? January will be easier on your bank account, but will tickle your ears nonetheless!
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Gaye Adegbalola - The Griot BUY!
The Delines - The Imperial BUY!
Eric Schenkman - Who Shot John? BUY!
Soilwork - Verkligheten BUY!
Deerhunter - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? BUY!
The Flesh Eaters - I Used To Be Pretty BUY!
Guster - Look Alive BUY!
Juliana Hatfield - Weird BUY!
Joe Jackson - Fool BUY!
Pedro the Lion - Phoenix BUY!
Soul Asylum - While You Were Out/Clam Dip & Other Delights BUY!
Big Star - Live On WLIR BUY!
Michael Franti & Spearhead - Stay Human, Vol. II BUY!
Steve Hackett - At the Edge of Light BUY!
Rival Sons - Feral Roots BUY!
Walter Trout - Survivor Blues BUY!
Watermelon Slim - Church of the Blues BUY!
Album of the Month: Walter Trout’s Survivor Blues. The talented fretburner follows up on 2017’s critically-acclaimed album We're All In This Together with an inspired collection of vintage blues tunes. Trout doesn’t settle for the low-hanging fruit, however, eschewing the usual blues standards in favor of more obscure tracks by legends like Jimmy Dawkins, Sunnyland Slim, J.B. Lenoir, and Otis Rush, among others. Silk-toned soul-blues vocalist Sugaray Rayford guest stars on Luther Johnson’s “Woman Don’t
Lie” while Robbie Krieger of the Doors appears on Mississippi Fred McDowell’s “Goin’ Down
To the River.” I’ve heard Survivor Blues and suffice it to say, Walter has another hit on his hands!