Labor of Love For the record, the title of local coffeehouser Bill Parsons’ first full-length CD, Unskilled Labor, alludes to love, not musicianship or tunesmithing. Your average ditch digger wouldn’t be able to come up with the melange of melodic hooks and wordplay that Parsons presents throughout this collection of mostly folk material. “Silent One,” his exposition of the first-date willies experienced by the average male, is particularly shrewd: “Thank God women can’t read minds,” Parsons sighs. “The UFO Song,” a retelling of an extraterrestrial encounter in a strip mall, exhibits more than a hint of Pontiac– era Lyle Lovett, psychically as well as musically. The session players who back Parsons here are dubbed the Contract Workers, and whatever wage he proffered was money well spent. On the title cut, former B-Time drummer Evan Pollock’s tribal tom-toms and a pair of rousing, jangly solos from local virtuoso Eli Attie inspire Parsons to elevate his Wammie-nominated tenor to new heights. An official release party for Labor is slated for Nov. 17 at the Birchmere, but for those who can’t wait, Parsons will unveil his new material in a live setting during an Oct. 20 doubleheader: Borders at 1801 K St. NW at 12:30 p.m., and later that night at Kramerbooks and Afterwords. Labor is available for $13.50 CD/$10.50 cassette from Kind Grind Music, P.O. Box 21344, Washington, DC 20009.