But thanks to the internet and all its archiving glory, you can still find remnants of it - like here at Elbo.ws.
Anyway, my plan was to get an installment out pretty regularly, as not to miss any big releases. But this summer has been one big blob of uncertain locales and shaky internet service - with even more to come. So that didn't happen, but i did manage to talk about some releases as i learned of them in single posts.
i will resume with a late summer/early fall album release forecast:
Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
This album has been talked about on every other blog and music mag, so i won't get in-depth. Conor Oberst left behind the Bright Eyes moniker as well as his "better half" and longtime producer Mike Mogis and went deep into Mexico to record his latest effort. The self titled disc is reportedly not as much 'sad-bastard' but more up-tempo midwest rock - much like Cassadaga, which i really enjoyed.
Conor Oberst - Danny Callahan
stream the whole thing here.
Carrie Rodriguez - She Ain't Me
(Back Porch Records)
If Norah Jones and Allison Krauss had a love-child, her name would be Carrie Rodriguez and she would be a classically-trained violinist with a twangy, soulful voice. Carrie worked with songwriter Chip Taylor for many years, and in '06 released her solo debut, Seven Angels on a Bicycle. It's a fiddle-driven, mellow album that features mostly songs penned by Chip. Carrie is set to release her sophomore effort in which she took over the writing duties - she co-wrote with Gary Louris and Mary Gauthier, and Lucinda Williams makes a cameo. Not bad.
Carrie Rodriguez - Got Your Name On It
Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez - Keep Your Hat On Jenny
pre-order She Ain't Me
Todd Snider - Peace Queer
(New Door Records)
i already talked about this one here.
Rodney Crowell - Sex and Gasoline
(Yep Roc Records)
The Houston Kid honed his musical chops as a guitar player/singer with ol' Emmylou. He ran around with Steve Earle, Guy Clark, and Townes in the 70's and 80' - oh yeah, he was also married to Rosanne Cash. Known mainly for his songwriting, he has penned songs that produced hits for Emmylou, Guy, Waylon, George Strait, Keith Urban, etc. With a slew of solo albums since '78, Rodney's last few discs have been politically-fueled rants set to catchy guitar/mandolin riffs.
from Sex and Gasoline:
Rodney Crowell - Closer To Heaven
from 2005's The Outsider:
Rodney Crowell - Don't Get Me Started
Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
Will Sheff and band didn't take long to follow up 2007's The Stage Names (which, if i could re-do my Best of 2007 list, would make the top 5). That's simply because they had toyed with the idea of releasing a double album last year. Though the idea was forgone, The Stand Ins picks up where The Stage Names left off. The overall theme is said to carry over, there's a sequel to the plaintive Savannah Smiles, and even the artwork coincides. Read more here.
here's a live version of a song that will be on the new disc - my most anticipated of this list.
Okkervil River - Lost Coastlines (WOXY.com Lounge Acts)
Old Crow Medicine Show - Tennessee Pusher
i posted about this release here as soon as i found out. Since then, i've also been informed that an EP will precede the album release. Out next week (July 29th), it will include 2 songs from the full album plus an exclusive track, Back To New Orleans.
The album was produced by Don Was (The Stones, Dylan, Black Crowes) who has his own channel on MyDamnChannel.com - check out the boys playin' some studio sessions with country legend 'Cowboy' Jack Clement:
You can find an older version of Caroline at my original Tennessee Pusher post, but he's another new tune from The Show that i've found:
Old Crow Medicine Show - Soul Rebel (live)
If you know of any upcoming albums that fit the mood here at This Mornin'...., please tell me.