Posted by Payton | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 07-31-2008
Tagged Under : bright eyes, cross canadian ragweed, james mcmurtry, matt powell
Cross Canadian Ragweed – Nowhere, TX
i’m glad that, since digital music came of existence in the 90’s with Napster, Kazaa, and the likes, i began compiling a library of tunes, many of them bootlegs, and have hung on to them. i never knew exactly what i would use them for, and this may not even be the ultimate destination for them, but my music folder is coming in handy right now.
here’s another Kasey Chambers cover of Fred Eaglesmith – i was gonna do this song as the Cover/Uncovered, but couldn’t find a studio version from Fred. Enjoy.
mp3: Kasey Chambers – Freight Train ~ from The Captain (Bonus Disc) (2000)
As i added that sidetrack to last post, i was just gonna say a short sentence about Matt Powell when i realized that that would not suffice. My goal here is to get you to go buy Dragonfly, but i’m gonna try to do that without posting any more tracks from it. You got two here – that should have already convinced you. if not, here……
“While I was waiting out the aforementioned record deal I wrote a ton of songs; more than enough for one album. So I decided to make two: one that I knew I would like, and one that I thought everyone would like. I always wanted to do something that I played all the instruments on so I made “Dragonfly”. This was the one I thought only I would like, but as it turns out it seems to be everyone’s favorite. I like to call it “porch music”. I don’t think I played all the instruments on it that well back then but I guess I got my point across. I do love most of those songs though. I did it in my bedroom on an Otari MX20-20 with a couple of AKG-414s (for you gearheads) for about $800 bucks. It’s a great “sit by the water” record.”
read the whole self-written bio.
“there’ll come a day, when i hit the ground.
when the big sky dive is over, and i’ll touch down.
And i hope my angel will have pillows and feathers for me,
in case i come down… too hastily”
- from The Airplane Song
- mp3: Matt Powell – A Whiskey Shot Closer ~ from Fluke Luck and Jesus (2004) (out of print)
- mp3: Matt Powell – Striped Sunshine ~ from The Money and the Grass (1998)
- mp3: Matt Powell – Bulletproof Blanket ~ from Ten Gallon Heart (2001)
- mp3: Wade Bowen – Broken Reflection ~ from Lost Hotel (2006)
“take apart the smiles they’ve stapled to my face.
make them take the needles out of me.
help me stitch these stinging cuts, where i still bleed.
they’ve broken my reflection, and i am in need” – MP
Haven’t gotten anything posted in a while, but that doesn’t mean i’ve been lazy (ok, i’m always lazy). The last few days i’ve been sorta revamping my page:
- i added the little blue player button – which seems to help with download times.
- i put an embedded stream player on the side bar that plays 50 of my most recent songs.
- i signed up with SiteMeter, so now i can see all the details of people’s visits, including: location (i’ve had readers from all across the country and even Germany, Sweden, Austria, Pakistan, Australia, and The Philippines), time spent on the page, out clicks (the last page someone veiwed – which helps to track which songs people are downloading most), and referrals. These show that most people are finding ‘This Mornin….’ from Elbo.ws, which is cool.
i don’t have any new tracks to post – at least none that are post-worthy – so i guess i’ll just find a common theme within some songs:
An arcadian instrument formed from an mixture of traditional African instruments by American Slaves, the banjo evolved into the focal instrument in traditional country/bluegrass music. That’s all changing. The banjo is no longer reserved for only country music. Bands that are more on the rock side of the spectrum are employing this highly versatile tool to bring out sounds that, otherwise, would have not have been possible. Sometimes it’s just the resonating plunk in the background to top off a song (like in the Band of Horses tune below), and sometimes the banjo drives the song (like in the Avett Brothers, OCMS, and Abigail Washburn below), but however it’s used, the instrument brings out a different, kinda warm feel.
here’s a selection of tunes that use the banjo in non-traditional ways:
mp3: The Avett Brothers – Pretty Girl from Chile ~ from Emotionalism (2007)
mp3: Band of Horses – Window Blues ~ from Cease To Begin (2007)
mp3: Ryan Adams – Bartering Lines ~ from Heartbreaker (2000)
mp3: Abigail Washburn – Coffee’s Cold ~ from Song of the Traveling Daughter (2005)
mp3: Old Crow Medicine Show – Don’t Ride That Horse ~ from Big Iron World (2006)
mp3: Matt Powell – Dragonfly ~ from Dragonfly (2002)
**Sidetrack** to accompany my first Matt Powell reference, here is a song of his that has always hit me hard. i don’t know the exact reason, but it’s a powerful track. mp3: Matt Powell – The Smell of Her Hair
to accompany my first Matt Powell reference, here is a song of his that has always hit me hard. i don’t know the exact reason, but it’s a powerful track.
mp3: Matt Powell – The Smell of Her Hair