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Featured Release This Week From Mercury Rev + Tracks Top 30 Playlist


Bobbie Gentry had one huge hit song, and it was a good one.  The atmospheric and mysterious "Ode To Billie Joe" is fondly remembered to this day.  Gentry's follow-up to that song (and accompanying full-length LP) was her 1968 album The Delta Sweete, which expanded on "Ode" themes of Southern life and culture.  Fifty years later, The Delta Sweete had largely been forgotten.  Crate diving indie bands like upstate New York's Mercury Rev don't forget, however, and the group have recorded a brand new version of Gentry's song cycle.  Mercury Rev are joined by a roster of twelve women who sing lead vocals on each of the album's tracks- plus a bonus rendition of "Ode To Billie Joe" as icing on this "sweete" cake.

Here are the Top 30 new album releases played on Studio One Tracks for the week ending March 17, 2019:

1    Cass McCombs- Tip Of The Sphere

2    Julia Jacklin- Crushing

3    Better Oblivion Community Center- Better Oblivion Community Center

4    Mercury Rev- Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited

5    Telekinesis- Effluxion

6    Girlpool- What Chaos Is Imaginary

7    Mavis Staples- Live In London

8    Hayes Carll- What It Is

9    Tedeschi Trucks Band- Signs

10   Deerhunter- Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?

11   Beirut- Gallipoli

12   Sharon Van Etten- Remind Me Tomorrow

13   Maggie Rogers- Heard It In A Past Life

14   Steve Gunn- The Unseen In Between

15   Susto- Ever Since I Lost My Mind

16   Ladytron- Ladytron

17   Durand Jones & The Indications- American Love Call

18   The Dip- The Dip Delivers

19   boygenius- boygenius (EP)

20   Toro Y Moi- Outer Peace

21   Anemone- Beat My Distance

22   Jessica Pratt- Quiet Signs

23   Homeshake- Helium

24   Claypool Lennon Delirium- South Of Reality

25   James Blake- Assume Form

26   Meat Puppets- Dusty Notes

27   Martin Frawley- Undone At 31

28   Chain Wallet- No Ritual

29   And The Kids- When This Life Is Over

30   Sneaks- Highway Hypnosis

Clay Masters is Iowa Public Radio’s Morning Edition host and lead political reporter.