Monday, December 26, 2011
I don't know much about Wooden Wand. I've been told Wooden Wand is really a guy named James Jackson Toth, and Winter in Kentucky is taken from an album called Briarwood which came out in November on Fire Records. Fine funny lyrics, great organ sound, nice understated guitar, a hint of a Steve Wynn/Bob Dylan vibe...I just played it five times in a row, I'm stuck on it.
Wooden Wand - Winter In Kentucky by FIRE RECORDS
Wooden Wand - Motel Stationary by Cargorecords
Nathan's Keri Latimer will be releasing an album called Crowsfeet and Greyskull on April 1, 2012. Here's a preview, Liquidation Sale. Lotsa layered vocals, pretty pop sounds with some Roches-like hints, looking forward to the rest. I saw her open a show by herself once long ago (Bob Mould? Robyn Hitchcock? Can't recall), I've been meaning to give her some attention since. Here it is.
Liquidation Sale by kerilatimer
Here's some more Latimer sounds, don't know if any of these will be on the album or not.
Chop shop by kerilatimer
So long (demo version) by kerilatimer
Mud and slobber demo by kerilatimer
Ray's echo by kerilatimer
I dunno about you, but I guessed that John K. Samson solo would mainly be in the folky singer-songwriter vein. Maybe not so much if the new song is indicative of the album - more straightforward than the roads The Weakerguys have been heading down, at least to my possibly gig-damaged ears. Album entitled Provincial out January 24, more info/ purchasing info here.
John K. Samson - When I Write My Master's Thesis by antirecords
Cruise Night by John K Samson by scruffy the yak
John K. Samson - Provincial Road 222 by plaidisrad
01. Highway 1 East
02. Heart of the Continent
03. Cruise Night
04. Grace General
05. When I Write My Master's Thesis
06. Letter in Icelandic from the Ninette San
07. Longitudinal Centre
09. The Last And
10. Stop Error
11. Highway 1 West
12. Taps Reversed
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I ignored Yuck for a while because I can't stand the band's name. This isn't the first time I've deliberately shied away from artists with terrible names (cough*Death Cab for Cutie*cough), but if the music is good enough, I'll get past it. Yuck's seemingly effortless stabs at 90's greats like Dinosaur Jr. or Ride eventually won me over. One of my favourite's of this year. I still don't like Soothe Me, though.
Get Away by Yuck
Milkshake by Yuck
Doctors In My Bed by Yuck
Holing Out by Yuck
Georgia by Yuck
Suicide Policeman by Yuck
Shook Down by Yuck
Soothe Me by Yuck
Rubber (Mogwai Remix) by Yuck
Natsu Nandesu by Yuck
Here's a cover of Smog's It's Rough by Oupa (a side project from Yuck frontman Daniel Blumberg).
You can buy Yuck here.
Caught this video of Winnipeg's Sons of York mining the Outsiders visual thing once more. Seems they recorded a few tunes in NY with Gus Van Go and Werner F. which are available on iTunes. I'm surprised some label hasn't snagged this band yet, but maybe those days are over. Hey, shouldn't Splendour in the Grass with this band be Splendour in the Grease?
Feel How You Wanna by SONS OF YORK
Splendor In The Grass by SONS OF YORK
Everybody's Breakin Up by SONS OF YORK
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Paul Kelly is one of the most amazing singer/songwriters ever hatched. Recently I was watching a documentary on Ron Sexsmith and many people were talking about how it was such a crime that he wasn't a superstar. In my opinion, Paul Kelly is another guy that should be revered much more than he has been to date. Kelly's been making exceptional music since the seventies, but I haven't heard anyone nominating him for sainthood. I'm doing that now. Let's start with a holiday song. It's not too late, you can still jump on this bandwagon.
Paul Kelly How To Make Gravy by 1888Media
Anyway, Mr. Kelly has recently releasedthe A-Z Recordings, an 8(!) cd set you may want to check out when you believe in his greatness like I do. You can buy that here.
Paul Kelly Dumb Things by 1888Media
Paul Kelly To Her Door by 1888Media
Paul Kelly From Little Things Big Things Grow by 1888Media
Paul Kelly Every Fucking City by 1888Media
Paul Kelly Nothing On My Mind by 1888Media
Paul Kelly Gathering Storm by 1888Media