Musical Graffiti, 8/15-- Fiona's new Machine, Cullum's Tales
1. Heads up, Fiona Apple fans... looks like Extraordinary Machines-- some version of it, anyway-- will finally be available in stores this October, with a sneak preview coming to iTunes today. So says Billboard:
Fiona Apple fans are already familiar with the material that makes up the artist's third Epic album, "Extraordinary Machine," having spread leaked early versions of the tracks across the Internet while waging a campaign to force the label to release them. But on Oct. 4, Apple will instead issue an entirely new version of the album, on which she has been quietly working while the controversy raged.Two cuts -- the title track and "Waltz" -- are holdovers from the Jon Brion-helmed sessions that leaked earlier in the year. Another, "Parting Gift," is a new solo piano-and-vocal tune captured on the first take. The rest of "Extraordinary Machine" was produced by Mike Elizondo and Brian Kehew and is made up of the other nine songs that madethe rounds online.
The first "official" taste of the new album will be available later today (Aug. 15) on
Apple's Web site, which will be streaming "Parting Gift" and "O, Sailor." The tracks will be available for purchase tomorrow via Apple's iTunes Music Store.
2. Another October release to add to your calenders: Jamie Cullum's new disc, Catching Tales, releases on the 11th. His debut album, Twentysomething, was one of 2003's surprise hits-- a fun, spontaneous jazz album that shows just how stale Norah Jones' music is by comparison. Oh, and his cover of Radiohead's "High and Dry" just might be my favorite version of the song ever recorded. Here's my mini-review of that album.