June 4, 2015 at 8:07 pm #15063
I am listening to the new Sun Kil Moon album, Universal Themes. Getting just as tired of Mark Kozelek’s antics as everyone else (and his obnoxious side does surface on the album,) but when he reverts to his melancholic balladeer self of old he is beyond compare. That said, he does tarnish some of these beautiful moments by deliberately straining his voice beyond his reach.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpvfQU53D3Y “Garden of Lavender”: Decent song, but some of those high notes are awful. This is kind of how it goes for much of the album, and like Benji, I still have no clue what to think of it as a whole.June 6, 2015 at 9:43 am #15065
I found this video yesterday and could not resist to dedicate it to Jimbo.
November 30, 2015 at 7:58 pm #15218
Hey Another Uninnocent. I tried to comment on this back when you posted it, but for some reason it wouldn’t go through. Anyways, thanks for the video. Really cool to see this acted out and a pretty decent song too.December 3, 2015 at 8:04 pm #15221
Eschaton, yes, pretty cool they enacted the game… I was doing some IJ re-reading last summer.
How´s life? How are the little ones and the old brown fucker?December 3, 2015 at 11:34 pm #15222
Things are going well, thanks for asking. Kids are constantly keeping me busy and also taking their toll on the little brown fucker. You had it right when you said old brown fucker. He just turned 10 and he’s getting pretty grey.
How are you doing? Still riding your bike?December 4, 2015 at 3:52 am #15223
He certainly looks changed. Great to see him in good shape. I actually have a little (literally) red fucker that gets me out of bed early in the mornings. Other than that, same old, not much of biking anymore, but I try to stay in shape. Not a lot of live music or new music either; saw Matt with El Vy last month (you missed a good one indeed), but I don’t even remember who I’ve seen before them. I keep fishing here for some good suggestions, although it’s pretty much dormant area.December 5, 2015 at 2:42 pm #15224
AU & Jimbo…… Dropped by and see you both wondering about the state of the music. I think 2015 has been one of the best I can remember in terms of both live and recorded performances and (trust me) I go back a long way.
So as food for thought my top 5 albums of the year :
1> Simone Felice – From The Violent Banks Of The Kaaterskill (also best gig at The Lexington, London)
2> David Corley – Available Light (debut album at 54 years old but then suffered heart attack on stage)
3> David Ramirez – Fables (coming to UK in January – seeing him at Hoxton Square Bar & Cafe)
4> Israel Nash – Silver Season (also in UK February – seeing him at the Garage Islington)
5> Noah Gundersen – Carry The Ghost (coming to Uk at thee Borderline next month but tickets sold out before I could pounce)
I have not even mentioned John Murry from Mississippi who now lives in Ireland. I saw him three times this year and still want more but then I am sure you are familiar with his album The Graceless Age from a few years ago?
Keep the faith my American cousins……..keep smiling!December 10, 2015 at 6:44 pm #15226
If it’s list season, I guess I should start my favorite annual thread…
(VB, please repost there to encourage more lists/discussions…)December 14, 2015 at 5:01 pm #15233
Hey this random SOB sounds pretty great!January 29, 2016 at 2:54 am #15270
I’ve been listening to lots of Crooked Fingers lately, as well as Dirty Three.January 29, 2016 at 4:08 am #15271
Haven’t heard either of them (though I remember klsike being a big Crooked Fingers fan), but now that I have spotify I’ll listen to both of them. Where is the best place to start?January 29, 2016 at 11:09 am #15273
Listen to their songs “Call to Love” and obviously “Sleep All Summer”. That will give you a taste.January 29, 2016 at 10:19 pm #15277
Benjamin Booker – S/T
why did you people not tell me about him sooner? geez.January 29, 2016 at 10:23 pm #15278
The album that made me a fan was Red Devil Dawn. “You can Never Leave” is the standout from it. I would also give “Bring on the Snakes” a listen. A good single to hear from that one is “Doctors of Deliverance.”
The songs Alkaline recommended are good as well. You’re probably at least familiar with Sleep All Summer due to the National / St. Vincent cover, and Call to Love I would say is their poppiest track.January 29, 2016 at 10:39 pm #15283
Wasn’t the female singer on ‘Call to Love’ Australian… El May or something? love her voice as a great counterpoint to Bachmann’s (Neil Diamond impression) baritone
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