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Really quick spins: New albums from Chuck Brown, Deerhunter, Randy Houser, Salem, TCB, Torche

randy houserRandy Houser shows toughness and a sentimental side on his latest album. (Courtesy of the artist)

After a lean and languid summer, the world of pop music dumped its cornucopia on the September calendar with new albums from resurgent classic rockers (Robert Plant, Neil Young), marquee indie troupes (Interpol, Walkmen), Nashville headliners (Zac Brown Band, Billy Currington) and a gazillion others.

Click Track decided to play catch-up on this profusion of pop with a recap on some of last month’s finest releases that we didn’t get to on the proper drop date.

Today, pop music critic Chris Richards picks some September highlights. Check the blog Thursday and Friday for picks from David Malitz and Allison Stewart.


Chuck Brown, “We Got This”
This new three-disc set — a five-song EP of taut studio cuts along with an expansive live CD-DVD-combo recorded at Washington’s 9:30 Club — offers indisputable proof that the “Godfather of Go-Go” is the funkiest 74-year-old walking the planet.

Deerhunter, “Halcyon Digest”
Decade after decade, from sea to shining sea, rock bands have wrestled with penning The Great American Rock Album. Georgia’s Deerhunter sleepwalks through that conundrum, dreaming up a gauzy new Americana dialect all its own.

Randy Houser, “They Call Me Cadillac”
The self-described “son of the son of the South” has the cockiest song on country radio with “Whistlin’ Dixie.” Tough stuff! The rest of the Mississippi-native’s excellent sophomore album finds him puffing out his chest — but his lovesick ballads prove there’s a fully-functioning heart in there, too.

Salem, “King Night”
As the indie blogosphere divides bands into heroes and villains, these Midwestern creeps earn their stripes on the dark side. Dense with warbling electronics and brittle percussion, Salem’s stylish haze sounds like it’s destined for the horror movie soundtracks of tomorrow.

TCB, “We Still Here”
Thanks to TCB, the mutant strain of go-go known has “bounce beat” has cemented its hold in Prince George’s County. Need a primer? The group’s new two-disc live set offers a pummeling take on Kanye West’s “Power” massive enough to rival the size of Kanye’s ego.

Torche, “Songs for Singles”
When so much 21st-century heavy metal sounds like Black Sabbath thrown in a wood chipper, Torche just sounds chipper. The Southern metal band’s absorbing new mini-album is incredibly brawny and strangely peppy.

By Click Track  | September 29, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Really quick spins  | Tags:  Chuck Brown, Deerhunter, Randy Houser, Salem, TCB, Torche  
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