It’s a fairly light week for new records, which could be considered a good thing if you’re as exhausted as I am, but there are still a few worthy discs that could use your attention. Let’s check them out.
The White Stripes – Under Great White Northern Lights (Live) – In 2007, Jack and Meg White took their show on the road for a grueling tour of every province and territory of Canada. The resulting documentary film hit theaters last week, but this CD accompaniment presents the White Stripes at the top of their game, culled from a number of blistering live performances. The next best thing to freezing your ass off in Saskatchewan. Hell, it might actually be better.
Drive-By Truckers – The Big To-Do – Sometimes you just want some Goddamned rawk music to get through your day, and this Athens sextet are just about the best in the world at it right now. This is their tenth record, the first on a new label, and the band promises some old-school Southern rock action to lift your PBR by.
The Whigs – In The Dark – We’re keeping it below the Mason-Dixon this week with the third album from Athens’ Whigs. If you’re into wild garage revival with awesome songcraft (and you should be), then this will be right up your alley.
Flobots – Survival Story – This Colorado group has expanded significantly since their first album, replacing the two-man hip-hop of their debut with an instrumentally varied rap-rock hybrid that has won them a significant fan base. Their third album is produced by Mario C, who worked wonders for the Beastie Boys, so this should be dope.