(As published in the Times of Acadiana ... )
Thingy, To the Innocent (Absolutely Kosher). Rob Crow sings his screwball lyrics atop fuzzy drone-pop in a folk-rock voice eight-miles high enough to make one not fear the reaper, and Mario Rubalcaba’s drumming sounds just like his name.
Wayne Toups and Zydecajun, Little Wooden Box (Shanachie). A back-to-the-roots move fully enough realized to make those of us who’d wished he’d keep making records with Barry Beckett glad he didn’t pay us any mind.
Artie Traum, Meetings with Remarkable Friends (Narada). Jazz-inflected New Age guitar (acoustic), ideal for ordering one's life or espresso to.
TV Sucks (Wolverine). German punk and ska bands gleefully destroying three-and-a-half decades’ worth of the best in television theme songs.
Dave Uhrich, Change (Polyscope). A veritable guitar god in an increasingly guitar-atheistic age, Uhrich evokes the days when rock was hard, metal was heavy, and Van Halen was good.
Sarah Vaughan, Linger Awhile--Live at Newport and More (Pablo). Juxtaposes the young Vaughan on-stage with the older Vaughan in the studio, cutting alternate versions that some would say outshine the official ones.