The Todd Snider "Peace Queer" Rave
This is truly a special week for all fans of great music. I mean, how often do you get treated to new albums from the likes of Bob Dylan, Todd Snider and Lucinda Williams all within a few short days? For me, personally, we're talking about new albums from three of my all-time favorite artists - all within an 8-day span. It doesn't get much better than that.
First, on Tuesday (October 7th), came Dylan's amazing Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 (read my rave review here) and then next Tuesday (October 14th) will see the release of Lucinda William's new album, Little Honey, and the word is it's another beauty. Meanwhile, today, to bridge the gap between the other two, we've been handed the gift of Peace Queer by Todd Snider.
And when I say "gift" I mean it quite literally. It's Todd's 42nd birthday today and to celebrate he's giving away Peace Queer as a free download. You can download it at his website here (from today until the end of the month).
Featuring 8 short songs that total a mere 25 minutes in length, Peace Queer is more of an EP than a full album and as a result it can't really be measured against his outstanding recent releases, particularly not his masterpiece, East Nashville Skyline (2004), nor its fantastic follow-up, The Devil You Know (2006). Nor, for that matter, his previous two gems: Happy To Be Here (2000) and New Connection (2002).
It may not be up to the standard of those four albums, but the subtle wit, great songwriting chops and catchy tunes are all here as usual. And it's a must-own album for three songs alone: "Mission Accomplished" (yes, about that guy); "The Ballad of Cape Henry", a beautiful acoustic tale about a battle in the American War of Independence; and "Stuck On The Corner", a rather timely barnburner of a rocker about trying to keep up with the Joneses as everything starts to fall apart.
The whole album's great, however... even if it's way too short. And since it's free, I'd say it's really a no-brainer when it comes to whether you should get it or not.
If you've never heard any of Todd Snider's music before, this is a good chance to check it out. We're talking about one of the great artists and greatest songwriters working today. He may not be as well known as Bob and Lucinda, but he certainly should be.
Just three more days now till the new Lucinda comes out and the week of joy will be complete. And with scheduled releases from Kanye West and John Legend coming out soon it's sure looking like a fall to remember. The world financial system may be crumbling, but at least we've got great new music to keep us going.
Now I just hope Todd Snider comes through town again on his current tour, as his show earlier this year was absolutely fantastic... and even featured a bizarre post-show streaker of some notoriety (read my review of the show and post-show here).
Mike Cowie (Oredakedo)
Saturday, October 11th, 2008
To read more of my raves about Todd Snider, both on album and in concert, click here: Todd Snider
Or check out my main Todd rave here: The Todd Snider Rave
And to read about one hell of a great Todd show click here: Oh What A Night: Todd Snider Live (and John Rogers Fully Exposed)
To check out my picks for the best music of 2008 read this: The Best 20 Albums and 50 Songs of 2008: Dylan Tops Both Lists
And if you're a Bob Dylan fan then make sure to check this out: The 25 Greatest Dylan Songs of The Past 20 Years