first, to set the mood:
i try to give every song i really enjoy a good listen and decide if it fits into one of my many playlist categories. The playlist i chose to pull from first is my ‘Bluesy’ collection. These aren’t all necessarily blues songs – they just have that guitar driven/minor chord/down & out feel:
- mp3: The Black Crowes – Walk Believer Walk ~ buy Warpaint (2008)
- mp3: The Black Keys – Lies ~ buy Attack & Release (2008)
- mp3: Willie Nelson – Rainy Day Blues ~ buy Songbird (2006)
If you consider yourself a fan of Willie Nelson and/or Ryan Adams, you should own this album. Almost entirely a ‘covers’ album produced by Ryan Adams, Songbird shows Willie’s versatility and ability to make any song his own. With The Cardinals as Willie’s backing band, the album takes on that grungy electric feel, but somehow still retains the charm of Mr. Nelson.
- mp3: James Gang (Joe Walsh) – Funk No. 49 ~ buy Rides Again (1970)
- mp3: Sam Cooke – Steal Away ~ buy Gosepl In My Soul (1977)
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Friday. It feels good to be on time, and to have some tracks to post. If you read my album forecast, you know there were a few good ones that came out on Tuesday. Got most of ‘em (i had The Felice Brothers ship to where i’ll be next week). But today you get a little taste of everything – brand new tracks, old tracks that i just got, and even one new face:
mp3: The Black Crowes – Oh Josephine
~ buy Warpaint (2008)
i’ve always liked The Black Crowes, but never been a huge fan. I really like Warpaint after the first couple listens. There’s some classic Crowes bluesy sounds on it (Jospehine, Walk Believer Walk, Wounded Bird), but also, there’s a new, more acoustic/folk feel on some tracks (Locust Street, There’s Gold In Them Hills, Whoa Mule). Check it out.
mp3: Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová – You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Bob Dylan)
~ buy I’m Not There (Soundtrack) (2007)
Haven’t seen their movie, Once, yet, but i’m impressed with this duo. Original, inventive sounds. Their cover of one of my favortite Dylan tunes is really well done. You can find their Oscar-winning original song Falling Slowly just about everywhere.
mp3: Jayber Crow – Eugene, Oregon (Manifest Destiny)
~ buy The Farmer and the Nomad [EP]
There was considerable interest in the first Jayber Crow song i posted, so i found some more. This song has a cool battle-march feel to it.
mp3: Patty Griffin – Chief
~ buy 1000 Kisses (2005)
i saw the video for this song a couple years ago, but i just bought 1000 Kisses the other day. i don’t think Patty Griffin puts out anything that isn’t stellar.
mp3: Nizlopi – Start Beginning
~ buy Make It Happen (2008)
Nizlopi is an acoustic duo (Luke Concannon and John Parker) from the UK. Haven’t heard a lot of their stuff, and some of it may be just a little too Hip-Hop for my taste (beat-boxing and electronics), but the big stand-up bass keeps it just folky enough for me.
Alright, so February is almost over, and i’m pumped. Beacause, starting in March, a flood of great albums are coming out. Seeing as i’m pretty new to this music journalism (hardly…) world, i don’t have any cool new friends on the inside to give me any exclusive news or tracks, but i’ve got a couple tricks up my sleeve. For some of these that are coming out a little further in the future, i’ll re-remind you, but here are the forthcoming album releases on my radar:
3.4.08 (Big Day)
The first release from the soulful Black Crowes in 7 years is set for early March. 10 of the 11 tracks were written by Chris and Rich, and the album marks the debut for two new band members: guitarist Luther Dickinson and keyboardist Adam MacDougall.
1. Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution
2. Walk Believer Walk
3. Oh Josephine
5. Wee Who See The Deep
6. Locust Street
7. Movin’ On Down The Line
8. Wounded Bird
9. God’s Got It ~ this is the same song that OCMS did on Big Iron World, written by The Reverend Charlie Jackson
10. There’s Gold In Them Hills
11. Whoa Mule
The band (3 out of 4 are actual brothers), from upstate New York, released Tonight at the Arizona in the UK early last year. Upon returning to the States, they hooked up with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes for some concert dates, and consequently he signed them to his label. The’ve been called ‘backwoods americana’ and have a perfectly un-polished sound with hints of Dylan, Townes, and Neil Young. Their self-titled American debut is due out March 4th.
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2. The Good Life
3. mp3: Who Am I to Say
4. Lone Pine Hill
5. South Georgia Sugar Babe
6. What Do You Do When You’re Lonesome
7. Turn Out My Lights
8. Lonesome and You
9. Ain’t Glad I’m Leavin’
10. Faraway In Another Town
2. It’s A Shame
3. Girl Downtown
4. Bad Liver And A Broken Heart
6. mp3: I Got A Gig
7. Faulkner Street
8. Wild As A Turkey
9. Don’t Let Me Fall
10. A Lover Like You
11. I Don’t Wanna Grow Up
12. Knockin’ Over Whiskeys
13. Willing To Love Again
14. She Left Me For Jesus