Saturday, November 22, 2014
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
A few more from WHILE NO ONE WAS LOOKING:
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
Evening Gown by Alejandro Escovedo feat. Jon Langford (Mick Jagger cover)
Old 97's - Victoria
There's Nothing on the Radio" by Graham Parker
Lydia Loveless - Mile High / Blind 7" Single
The Bottle Rockets - Mendocino
Wayne Hancock - Ride
Thursday, November 20, 2014
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)
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
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.
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 (John Leckie 2012 Mix)
Boys From Brazil
Theme For Great Cities (Moby Remix)
Homosapien (Vince Clarke Remix)
Sons And Fascination - Live 2009 -
Friday, November 14, 2014
Winnipegger Matt Epp's Luma ep came out in October, but that's no reason you can't get into it today. Promised Land bristles with crackling energy, barely restrained.
Some older Matt Epp songs for ya.
When You Know (Featuring Serena Ryder)
They Won't Find the Bodies
Photo at top of post by Jen Squires
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
According to David Bowie's website, his new track 'Tis A Pity She's A Whore "acknowledges the shocking rawness of the First World War". I just like the song.
'Tis A Pity She's A Whore
Sue (Or In The Season Of Crime)
Tin Machine - Under the God
I think Bowie and Daryl Hall shared the same hair at this point in time, no?
Time Will Crawl
Do you think Bowie was riding his own coattails at this period in time?
Loving the Alien
Please Mr. Gravedigger
The Laughing Gnome
Bowie followed that gem up many moons later with the vastly superior Requiem for the Laughing Gnome.
God Knows I'm Good
See Emily Play
Up the Hill Backwards
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Listening to the radio recently, and the on-air personality told me that Sam Roberts Band is playing at the Burton Cummings Theatre Nov. 21. Also, Barenaked Ladies are opening. I thought I misheard, but the guy said it again. That' a weird bill, I thought. So I checked as soon as I could, and sure enough, no Ladies, it is The Besnard Lakes.
The Besnard Lakes do not deserve this kind of treatment. Maybe the band hasn't put out the radio/video hits that BNL did, and perhaps the goofy wisecracking thing isn't part of The Besnard Lakes image. But The Besnard Lakes make an intoxicating blend, with My Bloody Valentine, Beach Boys, Spiritualized and Neil Young all serving as touchstones for an epic sound.
People of the Sticks
Colour Yr Lights In
And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold
For Spy Turned Musician
For Agent !3
I've Got A feeling
You Mke Loving Fun (Fleetwood Mac cover)
We're Here For A Good Time (Not A Long Time)
Some Sam R0berts Band for good measure.
We're All In This Together (Free download)
The Canadian Dream
Don't Walk Away Eileen
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Mark Kozelek is hitting the West End Cultural Centre Nov. 11. He's been in the news for reasons that have nothing do with music, but I hope you all know he has made some great art. It wasn't hard to find a couple of dozen reasons why you should go see him, silly disagreement with War on Drugs notwithstanding.
Mistress (Live with The Roots)
It's Easier Now
War on Drugs Suck My Cock
Sun Kil Moon - Lily and Parrots
Sun Kil Moon - Sunshine in Chicago
Sun Kil Moon - Carry Me Ohio
Sun Kil Moon - That Bird Has a Broken Wing
Sun Kil Moon - Ben's My Friend
Sun Kil Moon - Among the Leaves
Sun Kil Moon - Richard Ramirez Died Today Of Natural Causes
Sun Kil Moon - Micheline
Sun Kil Moon - Heron Blue
Sun Kil Moon - Lost Verses
Sun Kil Moon - Dogs
Red House Painters - New Jersey
Red House Painters - Grace Cathedral Park
Red House Painters - Have You Forgotten
Red House Painters - Cruiser
Red House Painters - Song For a Blue Guitar
Red House Painters - I'm Sorry
Red House Painters - Trailways
Red House Painters - Katy Song
Red House Painters - Shock Me
Red House Painters - All Mixed Up