It's probably fair to say that Alex Chilton's solo career was patchy, but then this was because also quite varied. He'd had hits as the singer of 60s band The Box Tops, made two concise albums with Big Star before making the sprawling, weird, dark but mostly brilliant Big Star's Third. It was the approach he took to this album that ostensibly set the blueprint for his solo career. Memphis To New Orleans compiles the best of his 0s solo career, with many of the songs no longer available anywhere else.
Following the first two Big Star albums in the early 70s, Alex Chilton has consistently thrown curveballs at his fans with his next release. I guess Songs From Robin Hood Lane, a collection of songs from the Great American Songbook should surprise no/one, then. This posthumous compilation features 4 unreleased tracks and 3 very rare out/of/print tracks. The songs chosen all reminded Chilton of his childhood home on Robin Hood Lane in Memphis.
New Jersey indie/rock pioneers The Feelies are celebrating their 40th anniversary with the release of "In Between", their first album of all new material in over 6 years. Whilst working the post Velvet Underground moves they-re so famous for, In Between brings interesting new ideas into the mix.
R. Stevie moore is the curmudgeonly, misanthropic pioneer of lo/fi and DIY music. His prolificacy puts the likes of Robert Pollard to shame with over 200 self-released albums and 30-odd official releases. He has been working away at his craft, mostly unnoticed, for 50 years. His new LP, 'Afterlife', is mastered by Kramer and include guest performances from Ariel Pink, Jason Falkner, Lane Steinberg and Irwin Chusid, the man who coined the term utsider Music' when referring to the likes of Moore
R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner are both brilliant solo artists but, as Make It Be loudly announces, their voices, performances, and arrangements make for a match made in heaven that-s been realised here on earth. What happens when R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner get together to record, arrange, and mix R. Stevie-s songs_ We get to hear an audacious realization of the tracks full potential in an epic collaboration no one saw coming.