The brain behind Interpol - the band not the cops w/o borders is Paul Banks - his solo album is "Banks" and it's on mighty, mighty Matador Records. This is a collection of atonal, loopy tunes that don't go anywhere that you'd want to go twice. Banks is like a bad '80s band - think out of focus Gang of Four - but on the other hand, if this dude can get a record deal, why not your crappy little band? Hope springs infernal.
Country super group, the Flatlanders, have a new one and that would be "The Odessa Files," much more twangy than "The X-Files" and it's appropriately on New West. It's way laid back as Joe Ely, Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore have it on cruise control and take it easy on songs dealing with the many facets of redneck romance. Not a note or a lyric out of place, these old pros are as perfect as Governor Rick Perry's hair during a cyclone.
The self-titled EP by von Grey is a five song teaser just out on Red Light Management. It's swell four part harmonies by a quartet of chicks who can really sing - the musicianship is first rate - anybody got any decent songs? A couple of these - "What Am I" and "Take Me Down" are mildly entertaining but the material nowhere matches the ladies' obvious talent. They should've done five Ronettes songs updated for the new century.