Culture Vulture: Loudon Wainwright III, the Gossip, and Actress

May 25, 2012

I’ve been under the headphones the last couple of days, listening to some great new music in VERY different genres:

Loudon Wainwright III, Older Than My Old Man Now. Loudon’s songs have always been smart and funny and tuneful, but this batch of songs about aging drop to a new level of depth and honesty.

The Gossip, A Joyful Noise. Beth Ditto continues to emerge as a powerhouse singer — it’s like hearing Madonna or Adele sing with a real rock band, and the muscular production by Brian Higgins showcases them brilliantly.

Actress, R.I.P. Actress is the nom de studio of Darren Cunningham, who churns out a set of steamy atmospheric stoner/sex/rave music — not for every mood or every setting, but I’m liking it a lot.

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