Saturday, November 22, 2014

Free MP3: Blitzen Trapper Does Ryan Adams

Bloodshot Records is celebrating their 20-year anniversary by releasing WHILE NO ONE WAS LOOKING: TOASTING 20 YEARS OF BLOODSHOT RECORDS. Artists such as Blitzen Trapper, Superchunk, Ted Leo, Ben Kweller, Chuck Prophet, Split Single, Daniel Romano, The Minus 5, Frank Turner, Andrew Bird, and The Handsome Family cover tracks by current and former Bloodshot artists like Neko Case, Graham Parker, Alejandro Escovedo, Lydia Loveless, Old 97's, Robbie Fulks, Justin Townes Earle, Waco Brothers, and Cory Branan. Below you can hear Blitzen Trapper do Ryan Adams's To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High), which you can download today from KUTX.

Blitzen Trapper - To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High
Original Ryan Adams version


Look The Other Way by Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants (Justin Townes Earle cover)

Deep Red Bells" by Into It. Over It. (Neko Case cover)

Some other cool stuff Bloodshot has put out? Here ya go.

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound - "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" (Wilco cover)

The Silos - Behind Me Now

Cory Branan

Evening Gown by Alejandro Escovedo feat. Jon Langford (Mick Jagger cover)

Old 97's - Victoria

There's Nothing on the Radio" by Graham Parker

Jon Langford

Lydia Loveless - Mile High / Blind 7" Single

The Bottle Rockets - Mendocino

Wayne Hancock - Ride

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Steve Earle - Terraplane and You're the Best Lover That I Ever Had

Steve Earle has put out country records, rock, folk, bluegrass, flirted with hip-hop styled beats, and pretty much gone where he's wanted. Lately, he's wanted to mine a blues vein, so that's where his new one, Terraplane, is going. Not that he hasn't been there before (try Meet Me in the Alleyway below), but the whole of the new album (due Feb. 17) takes that route according to Rolling Stone Country. I am more than a little intrigued. And the album artwork is amazing as always, Tony Fitzpatrick is bloody brilliant.

You’re the Best Lover That I Ever Had

Terraplane Track Listing:

1. Baby Baby Baby (Baby)
2. You’re the Best Lover That I Ever Had
3. The Tennessee Kid
4. Ain't Nobody's Daddy Now
5. Better Off Alone
6. The Usual Time
7. Go Go Boots Are Back
8. Acquainted With the Wind
9. Baby's Just as Mean as Me
10. Gamblin' Blues
11. King of the Blues

Some older ones for ya:

City of Immigrants

Way Down in the Hole

Every Part Of Me

Meet Me in the Alleyway

The Low Highway


I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (Hank Williams cover)


State Trooper

Waitin' On the Sky

I try not to pass up an opportunity to share the song Steve Earle by Lydia Loveless. So here ya go.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Simple Minds - Big Music VS Old School Simple Minds

Interesting take on Early Simple Minds versus the latter-day band posted on the band's facebook page, not very flattering of the work done since 1982. But how many artists who made good records in the 80s have been able to do so continuously? We can't expect artists to be like they were 30 years ago. Anyway, fans like guys in Manic Street Preachers (read here or here) feel the band was exceptional in the late 70s and first years of the 80s, and some have said tracks from Simple Minds' new album Big Music contains hints of that greatness.

Honest Town

Blood Diamonds (Live)

Broken Glass Park


Kill or Cure


Compare to much older sounds:

New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (7" Remix)


I Travel

I Travel (John Leckie 2012 Mix)

Boys From Brazil

Chelsea Girl
The American

Theme For Great Cities (Moby Remix)

Homosapien (Vince Clarke Remix)

Sons And Fascination - Live 2009 -

Pleasantly Disturbed