YES! Music Picks: Fall 2011

Musical inspiration while putting together the Fall 2011 issue.
A Man Under the Influence

Delivery Boy
Little Joy

 

A Man Under the Influence & By the Hand of the Father

This is Alejandro Escovedo at his most fiery and most graceful. “Wave,” “Rosalie,” and “Across the River” are from his powerful theater piece, By the Hand of the Father, a musical dialog between first generation Mexican immigrants and their American-born children, a soundtrack of lives.

 

Little Joy

Listen to this sweet and breezy album outside on a warm evening under a string of glowing lights. Rodrigo Amarante adds Brazilian texture— “Evaporar” is in Portuguese. Imaginative instrumentation—glockenspiel, ukulele, bassoon—gives an overall vintage quality, like happy music from a long time ago.

Delivery Boy

The husband-wife duo Truckstop Honeymoon takes a page from Johnny and June Carter Cash but mixes in punk and playful humor. The pair’s edgy song lyrics run the gamut from an anti-war anthem to a romance in a waffle house.