Baba Shrimps are three musicians with a stunning and heart-warming interpretation of contemporary pop music. Shortly before the release of their debut album Neon (2014) the band was contracted by the label Sony Music. The album was a great surprise success and placed prominently in the Swiss charts. The band played over 200 concerts in clubs and festivals and opened for Kings of Leon and Kodaline. The trio with Adrian Kübler (Vocals / Guitar), Moritz Vontobel (drums / vocals) and Luca Burkhalter (Keys / Vocals) recently released their next album with producer David Kosten, who worked for his work with Everything Everything, Bat for Lashes And Marina and the Diamonds, was completed in London. The new longplayer will be released on 26 June 2017.
Weighing in at 15 CDs, The Studio Albums 1969-1983 is a hefty box set but, at $85, it is relatively affordable considering that it contains everything Alice Cooper – both the band and the man – recorded at Straight and Warner. Whatever bonus material attached to CD reissues over the years has been stripped away – nothing from the 2001 deluxe edition of Billion Dollar Babies, then – and there are no new remasters of the albums, but this set isn't bare bones. The mini-LP replicas contain a few inserts carried over from the vinyl and, more importantly, those early Straight Records are present, which is good because they were out of print for a while. Not everything here is great – he did have a rough patch in the late '70s and early '80s – but it's all interesting, and it's especially nice to be able to get the entire catalog so easily and cheaply.
Jerry Miller opens up his 2013 album with "Travis Express," a signal that the guitarist owes a significant debt to the great Merle Travis. Then again, most purely instrumental country guitarists do owe Travis a great deal, and Miller doesn't shy away from his love of classic '50s and '60s pickers, using New Road Under My Wheels as a celebration of that whole era, leaning heavily on honky tonk and Western swing to deliver a jumping good time. Perhaps Miller is superficially similar to Junior Brown, another virtuoso country guitarist who also adores roadhouse country, but Brown is a nitro-charged engine throttling down the highway.