Compact Capsules for March 3, 2010
by Dan Ferguson
Ray Wylie Hubbard
A. Enlightenment, B. Endarkenment
Bordello Records BOR-10-002
Aging gracefully? In the case of the oddly titled A. Enlightenment, B. Endarkenment from singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard, the answer is no. Yet, a listen or two to this new one from the Texas troubadour and here's thinking you'll agree it's a good thing. Renowned for his songcraft, Hubbard's songs and presentation this time out are dark and read like a Southern backwoods metaphysical blues bender. Poetic, gritty, at times twisted, it's a record that rocks in all its artistic glory. Visit www.raywylie.com.
Fat Possum Records FP1201
The Southern garage rock and roll aesthetic is abuzz on the album Echo Kids from Nashville pop punk trio Turbo Fruits. A band remindful of fellow below-the-Mason-Dixon booze rawk compadres Black Lips, the fixings on Echo Kids from Turbo Fruits range from full throttle Southern-fried moonpie rave-ups to a few big & hooky nuggets ("Hold Me", "My Stupid Heart") that steal a page or two out of 1960s prime time garage rock & roll heaven. Visit www.turbofruitsmusic.com.
Turbo Fruits appear at AS220 on Wednesday, March 3.
(Dan Ferguson is a free-lance music writer and host of The Boudin Barndance, broadcast Thursday nights from 6 - 9 pm on WRIU-FM 90.3. He lives in Peace Dale and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)