Friday, August 18, 2006 

gracias amigos

I got so many birthday well-wishes yesterday and I wish I had the time to respond to each individually.
In place of that, here's a musical present / party favor for yall:

Shuggie Otis: Inspiration Information
My Morning Jacket: Take My Breath Away (Berlin cover)
The Flying Burrito Brothers: Hot Burrito #1
The Flying Burrito Brothers: Hot Burrito #2
Frank Zappa: Peaches En Regalia

Some 70s soul, a soulful cover of an 80s classic, some classic country-rock, and some rockin' jazz-funk licks.


Sunday, February 19, 2006 

just listen

Tortoise - TNT
Crazy Horse - Look at All the Things
My Morning Jacket - I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man

Post-rock can a complex music yet Tortoise transmogrifies any such tension into a lulling stilness on "TNT" from the 1998 album of the same name. Purchase TNT.

Pandora led me to theis Crazy Horse track a couple of weeks ago when I was looking for songs that were "similar" to Dire Straits' "Wild West End." The song is from their first album and showcases the band's talents when they didn't have Neil Young at the helm and remain musically (albeit not commercially) successful. Purchase Crazy Horse (1971).

I first heard My Morning Jacket do this Prince cover in Athens last summer while I was studying for the Bar Exam. The 40 watt club was electrified that night and My Morning Jacket has continued to have a knack for finding really interesting songs to cover, like Erykah Badu's "Tyrone" and The Zombies' "Time of the Season." This version comes from the Live at Bonnaroo 2005 series. Purchase the show here.

Saturday, February 18, 2006 

easing into saturday

Just checking in with a few easy listening tracks.

Dire Straits - Wild West End
Neil Young - Motion Pictures
LCD Soundsystem - never as tired as when i'm waking up

The first track is from the same album that featured "Sultans of Swing", a staple of classic rock radio, but on any given day I'd rather hear Wild West End. There's been a deserved resurgance of interest lately in middle-period Neil Young albums like Zuma and On The Beach. Notice the stylistic similarities to James Murphy's song and the Beatles' Dear Prudence. Enjoy.

Purchase Dire Straits' self-titled debut, Neil Young's "On The Beach," or LCD Soundsystem's self-titled debut.

Friday, February 10, 2006 

it's in the way that you fly

I'm doing this post due to a large amount of envy with regards to the fantastic blog Aquarium Drunkard. Over the last few weeks as I've been swamped with the pressures of being a new lawyer, he's been posting way to many tracks and bands that I've been "planning" to post. So, I'm posting now so that I get 'first dibs' between the two of us on one of the greatest songwriters in rock music today - Jerry Joseph. I've had the pleasure of seeing him and his current band (the Jackmormons) play in a variety of settings - from amphitheatres to bars to friends' backyards. If you've not heard of Jerry directly but you've enjoyed the roots rock / jam band posts at AD in recent weeks, Joseph's music should continue to whet your appetite. Thanks to ickmusic for the pic.

One of my favorite "Jerry moments" was at a show in Atlanta in 2003 where he and Sam Holt, a tremendous fan of Widespread Panic who went on to become their guitar tech and a ring leader in his own band Outformation, played one of my favorite songs that Jerry has written: Three Mile Island. The intensity and longing in Jerry's playing and singing is ever present - a consistent blend of sexuality and spirituality. For more music of Jerry, et al. Click here.

Download: Jerry Joseph - Three Mile Island (Live - Hard Corr Studios - 2/1/03)

Note to AD: I'm claiming some of the Mississippi bands of my college era - Kudzu Kings, Taylor Grocery Band, Nickel & Cheese, etc. You'll have to consult with me first before posting ;). This post was brought to you by the following "sponsor."

Tuesday, January 17, 2006 

mr.trebek's perfect from now on

75 or less had a review up for the following EP and the references stuck out - Built to Spill and The Jayhawks. Turns outall their recent output is available for download. Enjoy!

Spanish for 100 - Metric EP (2005) and Newborn Driving LP (2003).

New Built to Spill

New Shins

(Old) music from The Adventures of Pete & Pete - from Stylus.

(Old) funk covers of The Beatles' White Album classics.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 

i had six white russians tonight, and two of them were people

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You like REM. You like Wilco. Without hearing a note, you like The Minus 5 or at least of idea of any sort collaboration between the aforementioned bands. Former Young Fresh Fellow Scott McCaughey has brought folks like Peter Buck of REM and Jeff Tweedy from Wilco into his fold over the last several Minus 5 records with some critical and commercial success.

Their newest album is being released soon and there's some leaked tunes available. Songs:Illinois posted the Colin Meloy guest track: "Cemetery Row" as well as the album opener "Rifle Called Goodbye." Stream "Twilight Distlery" from the Yep Roc Records site.

It was a bit prophetic of the All Music Guide to say that several tracks from its previous effort, the At the Organ EP, should fill out an actual album - it looks like "Hotel Senator" will be on this new album as well.

From the great northwest, Three Imaginary Girls said,"the album is mostly a jaw-dropping juggernaut of brilliant lyrics, ridiculously good melodies, and sublimely soulful electrified busker rock that never fails to charm." I'd agree. These folks know how to fashion a great pop tune. It's deceptively "simple" with new twinkling music and lyrical ideas appearing with repeated listens. The title of this post comes from the opening lines of the new song, "Out There On The Maroon." It's irreverant words like these and a balance of the jangley and twangy elements that makes music FUN. Download another new track, "With A Gun."

Find tracks from previous albums, Down With Wilco and In Rock, here. (I'd definitely recommend "Groove Supply")

Pre-order The Minus 5's new self-titled album, which will "lock and load" on 2/7/06. (and get a free CD-R in the process).

Monday, January 02, 2006 

the colorful hills

The Black Mountain eponymous album with its single "Druganaut" was one of my most enjoyed LPs of 2005. They also seemed an unlikely opener for Coldplay.

From wikipedia: Leader Stephen McBean also heads another similarly-named band, Pink Mountaintops, who are the more experimental side of McBean's musical abilities.By day, McBean works in a needle-exchange facility for drug addicts, near Vancouver's infamous Main & Hastings intersection, widely considered to be the heroin capital of Canada, if not North America.

Pink Mountaintops will be releasing "Axis of Evol" in March but the label already has an mp3 up for mass consumption - "New Drug Queens." Another track, one that's considerably more stripped-down like the predominant amount of their output, is "Plastic Man, You're The Devil".

The first record "reworked" a Joy Division track - "Atmosphere." Their label, Jagjaguwar, has two other tracks from the self-titled debut: "Rock & Roll Fantasy" and "Can You Do That Dance?"

So, Pink Mountaintops = an occasionally more electrified New Wierd America band? That's a lazy comparision. The synths like those "New Drug Queens" rarely rear their heads in Joanna Newsome or Devandra Barnhardt records. Yet the totality of both records fits more within those confines of slightly fuzzed folk, but McBean or at least his label refuses to fit into boxes.

Enjoyable? Yes, but I really just wanted to post a cover of a Joy Division song that wasn't "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

Purchase Black Mountain and Pink Mountaintops music from Jagjaguwar.