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."