Happy New Year One & All
My ears are itching This time of year, there’s so little new music, but if you can hang on until February 7, Other People’s Lives from Ray Davies and Comfort of Strangers from Beth Orton will hit stores.
Davies, the former Kinks frontman, has never before issued a solo release of all new material. It’s full of his witty observations and hooky melodies. Orton, the English singer-songwriter, makes a stylistic departure. The songs, produced by the inimitable Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Wilco), are sparser and stranger, but still captivating.
I’ll be spinning tracks from both Friday, Jan. 13, at iLounge in Pontiac, Amir Daiza’s slick new spot in the Clutch Cargo’s complex. Please stop by Doors at 9 p.m.; cover $10.
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