Tom Wait's new album Bad As Me (2011) is one of the year's best and one of Waits' best albums in years. Waits reunites with Keith Richards and Marc Ribot who also worked with him on The Bone Machine (1992). The best tracks are buried near the end with the apocalyptic "Hell Broke Luce" and "New Year's Day." Other standout tracks include "Chicago" and the bonus track "Tell Me."
I always look forward to the next Ryan Adams album and you always know there will be one since he is so prolific. He tool a few off and came back with a sparse singer/songwriter vibe on his latest Ashes & Fire (2011). I am still processing this record, but so far like the title track and "Invisible Riverside" are my standout tracks, but the whole album seems pretty solid to me.
After seeing the film Carlos, I was impressed by the soundtrack that was made up of several post punk songs by a variety of bands. One of them, "Dreams Never End" was off a New Order album that I had never owned before, Movement (1981) that also has a bonus disc of different versions of several classics. Some other impressive tracks include, "ICB," and "Truth."
Apparently director Oliver Assayas wanted to do a whole soundtrack with The Feelies songs, but they declined saying that they didn't want to be associated with terrorism. However, there were a few songs from them on the soundtrack which led me to get Crazy Rhythms (1980) with great songs like "The Boy With Perpetual Nervousness," " Fa Ce la," "Raised Eyebrows," and the title track. I had another album, Only Life (1988) from way back with great tracks like the title track, "Higher Ground," and "Far Away."
I was inspired by another film, Pedro Almodovor's Broken Embraces, in which a DJ is spinning Can's "Vitamin C" from Ege Bamyasi (1972). It still sounds very contemporary to me. Especially "Pinch" and "Spoon" in addition to "Vitamin C."
I also went and unearthed Mudhoney's fine second release, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge (1991). I was always more of a Nirvana and Mudhoney fan than Soundgarden Pearl Jam fan. It has several classics like "Good Enough," "Into The Drink," "Let It Slide," and "Who You Drivin."