If you’re driving home today, don’t miss Robert Christgau’s review of Blame It On Gravity on today’s All Things Considered, on your local NPR station. Of course if you’re reading this, you’d better not be driving anywhere, though you can also listen here. The short recap: “They’ve just put out their best album in seven years. Blame It On Gravity is noticeably more taut and focused than their earlier albums more delicate, too.” It was Christgau, the “Dean of American Rock Critics,” who wrote those great liner notes for the 2006 best-of comp, Hit By A Train: The Best of Old 97’s, and if those notes, in their looking back, reflected his uncertainty on the future of the band, today’s review does not.
And finally, that October 24 Old 97’s bill with R.E.M. marks R.E.M.’s first show back in the US after a months-long European swing in support of Accelerate and tickets go on sale this Friday, August 22 at 10am ET. Be there or… miss my all-time fantasy bill of music! – frank