more CW = happy RL

The quietly brilliant, usually overlooked career of Chris Whitley continues with two new releases, one an album of new material and one a collection of songs from his first three albums treated to the stripped-down approach he took on his Dirt Floor record. Highly recommended.

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  1. Rob

    First time Whitley checker-outers are probably most likely to dig _Dirt Floor_ or his deubt, _Living With the Law_. If you like those, check out his excursion albums: _Din of Ecstasy_ is the loud, distorted, Crazy Horse style record, and _Rocket House_ mixes in a lot of sampling and weird electronic effects.

    Thanks for the other tips. Everyone I know seems to be crazy about the Decemberists. Their stock is rising fast…

  2. Spider Boogie

    Which Chris Whitley album would you recommend to a newbie?

    You know how hard it is to forecast musical enjoyment for another person…but,
    I would like to recommend a new, low-key fav.

    Iron and Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days

    What the hell, since I’m here:

    Rock album: The Walkmen – Bows and Arrows

    Sonic Guitar, Boom & Groove: Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights

    Any of these will not disappoint. It’s all about the mood.

    Oh, and The Decembrists are damn fine, too.

    “I have bubbles in my tummy. Not stink. Promise.”

    – Jessica Simpson

    Sorry about the J.S. quote, I just couldn’t pass it up!

  3. Molly

    Reiter In, Chris’ last record is coming out this month. I payed a lot for an import, but you can hear some of it on It’s amazing, definitely one of his best. It’s too bad it will be his last record, but at least Chris was able to accomplish a lot while he was here.

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