What (else) is on the iPod?

Nearly overshadowed by No Line on the Horizon, at least in Scotty-world, were the releases of a couple other noteworthy albums the last few weeks.  I thought they deserved mention, just in case you missed them.


No one embodies the spirits of both Elvis and Ricky Nelson simultaneously quite like Chris Isaak. His latest release, Mr. Lucky, hit the shelves on February 24, strategically coinciding with the premier of his new television series the Chris Isaak Hour on the Biography channel. I wouldn’t call Mr. Lucky a breakthrough or anything, but it’s nice to see an artist that can consistently make good music true to the genre that he’s so obviously comfortable in. Isaak is the master of modern/retro melodic rockabilly, and this album does not disappoint. One of the standout tracks is actually a song that’s been around for a while, a duet with Trisha Yearwood called Breaking Apart that I remember them performing way back on the Showtime series the Chris Isaak show.


The other album was released the same day as U2, and even though I bought them on the same day, I didn’t take the time to actually listen to it much until this week. It is Neko Case’s latest, Middle Cyclone. Part alt-country, part indie rocker, Neko delivers fourteen great tracks and one 32 minute long chorus of frog sounds. But I think that’s one of the reasons I love her so much; that she’s unpredictable and impossible to categorize. Here’s a taste…

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