And I don't mean "minstrel" as a dismissal, but more of a starting point. (I'll spare yall a re-hash of Lott's Love and Theft though)
― dow, Friday, 7 January 2011 07:04 (2 years ago) Permalink
(Oh yeah, glad you liked the Riley album too, Scott--I liked it except for Riley's voice--where did you find it?! The only way I knew about it was Ebbtide's posts in RC 2010, and he passed my info along to the label)
― dow, Friday, 7 January 2011 07:11 (2 years ago) Permalink
Interview with Chely Wright, about how coming out has affected her career and standing in the industry, etc., thus far:
― xhuxk, Tuesday, 11 January 2011 21:15 (2 years ago) Permalink
Good interview, Wonder if those songs she wrote with Linda Perry will ever show up somewhere (or maybe they have)? Anyway, "6 or 7 songs" toward the next album, aside from the Perry collabs, apparently. Dale Watson was one of the first sort of neo-honky tonk singers, actually associated more with dives than No Dep (although connecting with the latter as well) who I ever heard of. A neo-New Traditionalist, mebbe, somewhat like early Yoakam. But I lost track of him for a while, and when he came back with that 07 album I'm blacking on (the one on Hyena), I complained on Rolling Country about his wanting too much to be liked, while still trying to represent/credibly delve into a wide range and wild slide of life. Made worse by seeming to beg comparison with Johnny Cash. But he and his band showed up on World Cafe s few nights ago, with a speedy x relaxed approach, a balancing act that seemed effortless (many nights at the Continental Club in Austin, when not playing festivals etc) and necessary, after brief reference to having been in an intoxicated car crash, fatal to his girlfriend, followed by a stay in what he referred to as "the loony bin", plus a documentary. A great sound, if a fairly short live-in-the-studio set, but lots more club sets on archive.org, which posts only with the artists' permission (also posted) Here's the link to his World Cafe http://www.npr.org/2011/01/13/132887479/dale-watson-on-world-cafe He was on there in 07 too, but I haven't heard that yet. Here's his Archive.org archive:http://www.archive.org/detail/DaleWatson if that doesn't work, just try Google's Advanced Search on him with archive.org as Domain Name
― dow, Monday, 17 January 2011 20:46 (2 years ago) Permalink
Sorry, "details", not "detail":http://www.archive.org/details/DaleWatson
― dow, Monday, 17 January 2011 20:48 (2 years ago) Permalink
My review of the recent Trace Adkins "definitive" greatest hits, last year's second best country double album to include Jamey Johnson songs:
Pretty sure I coined the word "horndoggerel"!
― dr. phil, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 19:31 (2 years ago) Permalink
From an email Don forwarded me this morning (pretty sure he gets these every year):
Marco Club Connection, a Nashville-based Country music dance venue marketing company, has released its seventh annual Top Ten list of the year’s most requested Country dance club songs. Each year in December, Club Connection surveys a panel of more than 240 club owners, DJs and dance instructors from across the country to compile its Top Ten rankings. “As Country music continues to incorporate more and more of a Pop element, the dance clubs can be a very important tool in breaking an artist,” says Club Connection Venue Marketing Specialist Bobbe Morhiser. “Look no further than Laura Bell Bundy for proof of that. ‘Giddy On Up’ was huge in the dance clubs, and for a brand new artist to place in Club Connection’s top five at the end of the year is very impressive.” The results of the 2010 Top Ten Country Dance Club Hits are: 1. “Stuck Like Glue” - Sugarland 2. “All About Tonight” - Blake Shelton3. “Hillbilly Bone” - Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins4. “Need You Now” - Lady Antebellum5. “Giddy On Up” - Laura Bell Bundy 6. “Country Done Come To Town” - John Rich 7. “Roll With It” - Easton Corbin 8. “Why Don't We Just Dance” - Josh Turner 9. “Turn On The Radio” - Reba 10. “Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer” - Billy Currington
“All of the songs on Club Connection’s Top Ten list have been in heavy rotation at Wild Bills for most of the year,” says Dwight Philpott, one of the DJs at Wild Bills in Atlanta, Ga. “We play these songs every single night, because these are the ones that always pack our dance floor.”Songs to top the list in previous years include Zac Brown Band’s “Toes” (2009), Alan Jackson’s “Good Time” (2008), Josh Turner’s “Firecracker” (2007), Steve Holy’s “Brand New Girlfriend” (2006), Trace Adkins’ “Honkytonk Badonkadonk” (2005) and Big & Rich’s “Save a Horse (Ride A Cowboy)” (2004).A complete archive of Club Connection’s Top Ten Country Dance Club Hits can be viewed at www.MarcoClubConnection.com.
― xhuxk, Tuesday, 18 January 2011 20:05 (2 years ago) Permalink
Pazz & Jop Albums:
Jamey Johnson 20thTaylor Swift 26thLaura Marling 80thElizabeth Cook 83rd (actually expected her to finish a lot higher, even though I think people overrate the album)Patty Griffin 112thDrive By Truckers 122ndJohn Mellencamp 168th (57 places behind Never Mind The Bullets: Here's Early Bob Seger, which only five people voted for!)Tift Merritt 196th
Probably missing some (not sure if Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Robert Plant, Mumford And Sons, Ray Lamontagne count as country these days or not. And Johnny Cash must be in there somewhere, but I'm not finding him.)
Most gratifying surprise (outside of Seger): Five people voting for Chely Wright -- 231st place, just ahead of Nicki Minaj):
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 02:08 (2 years ago) Permalink
Singles Taylor Swift "Mine" tied for 54th (13 votes)Miranda Lambert "The House The Built Me" tied for 60th (12 votes)Taylor Swift "Mean" and "Back To December" both tied for 138th (5 votes)
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 02:14 (2 years ago) Permalink
Oh, Lady Antebellum "Need You Now" got 12 singles votes too, looks like. Good for them. (Plus, George and two other people voted for their album.)
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 02:17 (2 years ago) Permalink
Sunny Sweeney "From A Table Away" -- only 3 votes. I expected it to do better.
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 02:34 (2 years ago) Permalink
Frank voted for Mumford and Sons on his Scene ballot. Robert Plant's Band of Joy is its own kind of Americana art-pop, Planty leading a conga-chorus line of pickers and chirpers through candelit caverns. Also relates to some of the cuter, bouncier stuff he did with Zep. Can see why Krauss wasn't having any of those sexy-spooky incense 'n' peppermints Low covers (she's more into Bread, pop-rockwise). Cool review dr phil, I'll have to check that Trace comp, and "horndoggeral" shows you as dr. after my own heart.
― dow, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 04:25 (2 years ago) Permalink
Johnny Cash got exactly as many album votes as Lady Antebellum, it turns out:
(I never heard the thing, myself.)
― xhuxk, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 05:09 (2 years ago) Permalink
I'm rather impressed that only two singles I voted for got votes from anyone else (one of those only got one other voter, Bobby Reed joining me in a vote for "Little White Church").
Speaking of polls, I nominated a whole bunch of country tracks (including "Sandman" and "Picture Of Me") for the The 2010 ILM Super-Mega Year-End Albums 'N' Tracks Poll, if you want to vote for them or others (someone else had already nominated "From A Table Away"). Go here for instructions how to vote. The poll's open through Friday.
― Frank Kogan, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 18:11 (2 years ago) Permalink
Thanks, Dow! 2 things:
Ned just told me Mumford and Sons are tangentially related to Christian rock or something, which I wasn't aware of since I've never heard them except for the profanity-edited-out song they play on VH1 in the mornings. (And I can't remember how that goes.) This may be old news (the Xian rock part). Apparently the singer comes from cheery evangelical folk.
Second: can anyone confirm or deny the accuracy of this P/J comment?
Just wait till Jamey Johnson’s admirers discover Mickey Newbury and Harry Chapin.
Michael RobbinsChicago, IL
― dr. phil, Wednesday, 19 January 2011 23:07 (2 years ago) Permalink
Believe it or not, I don't know if I've ever actually heard Mickey Newbury. (I've heard of him plenty, though -- mostly in the song "Luckenbach, Texas.") And I barely know Harry Chapin's stuff at all, beyond the obvious hits ("Cat's In The Cradle," "Taxi," "WOLD"), which I guess I've always had mixed feelings about. So who knows, maybe that guy's right -- even if (I assume) he's being sarcastic. Jamey Johnson's definitely got at least as much "'70s singer songwriter" as "outlaw" in his music.
Elizabeth McQueen cover story, from this week's Austin Chronicle. Frank and I liked and wrote about her The Fresh Up Club and all-pub-rock-covers Happy Doing What We're Doing back in the early/mid '00s; I haven't read this feature yet, but apparently she's been doing a lot with Asleep At The Wheel lately, and her new album is said to be a sort of retro-lounge-jazz move.
New evidence of Ke$ha's rustic cowboy cred: I had one of the local regional Mexican stations on in the car this morning (have two punched in as settings now), and they were playing a good jaunty banda-type number that as usual I can't hope to identify, and when the singing stops, the deejay starts mashing up "We R Who We R" over the tubas and accordions. Sounded awesome -- my jop dropped.
Have been listening to an advance of the new Randy Montana CD, which is really great. Want to hold off on talking more about it for the time being, but so far "Ain't Much Left Of Lovin' You," the single Frank liked last year, is one my least favorite tracks.
― xhuxk, Thursday, 20 January 2011 14:11 (2 years ago) Permalink
Not real familiar with Newbury, but "Frisco Mabel Joy" was an early 70s late night FM folkie staple; also, he arranged the "Great American Trilogy": a medley of "Dixie", "Battle Hymn of the Republic", and "All My Trials",maybe not in that order, but anyway South, North, and African-Americans, reconciled by the majesty of Elvis, live in concert. It worked, at least insofar as "I believe 'em while I'm singin' 'em," like Dylan says. Otherwise, Newbury's later stuff sometimes got tagged as "new age country", and xgau shows no love, to put it mildly, but the early stuff might have something to do with Jamey Johnson. I think him, re songwriting and album developement more as relating to early 70s Coe,maybe Townes, Waylon and Willie,esp Phases and Stages. I'm initially amazed by Wanda Jackson's new album with Jack White & co., which has no prob spinning rockabilly, New Orleans, calypso, country, gospel, boogie woogie, an overall "Rainy Day Women" x Zep feel which doesn't mess up the gospel, even ( honoring Stax's own approach to remakes helps). Can well imagine Jace Everett getting into it, and not totally sure a couple of songs aren't his. Gets better as it goes along too It's streaming here til Jan 25 http://www.npr.org/2011/01/16/132289971/first-listen-wanda-jackson-the-party-aint-over
― dow, Friday, 21 January 2011 21:03 (2 years ago) Permalink
I'm glad they're streaming that, since I heard "Shakin' All Over" last night on the radio and liked it a lot. It's a big production number, sort of like what the White Stripes did with "Conquest" only more show-bizzy. This Letterman performance has a fine White guitar solo.
― dr. phil, Friday, 21 January 2011 22:58 (2 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, although her voice seemed a bit small for the live sound, though I may have been influenced by the fast that she was at least a foot shorter than the musicians she was surrounded with. "Shakin' All Over" is kinda hard to pull off live (that "oh-oh-vuhhh", unless you're Roger Daltry on Live At Leeds, for inst), though better on the album, still not nearly the best track. Nashville Scene's round-up issue is here. Surprised that The Promise made Reissues, but I did hear an interview in which Springteen said he recorded Darkness On The Edge of Town during his long, glacial struggle with his former manager, I think he was forbidded to release anything til the suit was settled, and he was wondering if he was going to have the career he wanted, or slide back to the periphery, be a bar band guy or something, and he was also writing from how he'd felt as a hicktown teen in what he described as the "David Lynch-ian" mid-60s, when Highway 61 Revisited was his Catcher In The Rye. So, that kind of marginalized, impacted stress is indeed something I relate to country, but haven't heard this album (which also includes all the nostalgic pop-oriented outtakes pointedly from the Darkness sessions, and of course that's country-relevant too, thematically, but I also look for a certain feel)
― dow, Thursday, 27 January 2011 19:03 (2 years ago) Permalink
Anyhoo, here's the press release and links to round-up stuff. Here's hoping ILX will let me activate all these links at the end:JAMEY JOHNSON AND MIRANDA LAMBERT DOMINATE THE NASHVILLE SCENE’S ELEVENTH ANNUAL COUNTRY MUSIC CRITICS POLL
The 77 writers from all over North America who voted in the 11th annual Country Music Critics Poll named Jamey Johnson Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year and cited his latest release, The Guitar Song, as the year's best album. They also voted Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” as the year’s best single; they also named her Female Vocalist of the Year and runner-up Artist of the Year.
There are other winners: Hank Williams won the Best Reissue voting; Elizabeth Cook's Welder and Taylor Swift's Speak Now finished No. 3 and No. 4 in the Best Album voting; Little Big Town’s “Little White Church” was No. 2 Single; the Zac Brown Band was named Best Live Act and Best Group; Easton Corbin was voted the Best New Act.
But the poll was dominated by Johnson, whose album garnered nearly double the votes of the runner-up, Up on the Ridge, by Dierks Bentley. Here was a country singer, the critics agreed, who shouldered the work of role models such as Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings without turning their legacy into quaint history, pious sentimentality or artless showboating.
Today's Nashville Scene cover story provides much more than just the results. Geoffrey Himes, who conducts the poll each year, tries to make sense of the voting with a long essay and an interview with Elizabeth Cook. There are also comments from many of the voters as well as a chart comparing the poll results to the artists’ Billboard rankings. The voters included writers from such high-profile publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, CMT.com, Billboard, People, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, Rolling Stone, National Public Radio, Country Weekly and the Boston Globe. But the voters also came from such heartland publications as the Lincoln Journal Star, Memphis Flyer, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, Worcester Telegram & Gazette and Las Vegas Weekly.
Here are the URL links to the stories:
― dow, Thursday, 27 January 2011 19:08 (2 years ago) Permalink
'Hmm, what can we come up with today that will appeal to the emotionally bankrupt 36-year-old woman and allow us to go to the bank?'
Ha! Almost makes me want to buy her record sight unseen.
― Gorge, Thursday, 27 January 2011 20:15 (2 years ago) Permalink
Nashville Scene results, for easy reference:
Albums1. Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song (Mercury Nashville)2. Dierks Bentley - Up on the Ridge (Capitol Nashville)3. Elizabeth Cook - Welder (31 Tigers)4. Taylor Swift - Speak Now (Big Machine)5. Marty Stuart - Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions (Sugar Hill)6. Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot)7. Carolina Chocolate Drops - Genuine Negro Jig (Nonesuch)8. Willie Nelson - Country Music (Rounder)9. Merle Haggard - I Am What I Am (Vanguard)10. Little Big Town - The Reason Why (Capitol Nashville)11. Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave (American)12. Zac Brown Band - You Get What You Give (Southern Ground)13. The SteelDrivers - Reckless (Rounder)14. Alan Jackson - Freight Train (Arista)15. Laura Bell Bundy - Achin' and Shakin' (Mercury Nashville)16. Chely Wright - Lifted Off the Ground (Vanguard)17. Lady Antebellum - Need You Now (Capitol Nashville)18. Ray Wylie Hubbard - A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C.) (Bordello)19. Easton Corbin - Easton Corbin (Mercury Nashville)20. Robert Plant - Band of Joy (Rounder)21. Patty Griffin - Downtown Church (Credential)22. The Drive-By Truckers - The Big To-Do (ATO)23. Gary Allan - Get Off on the Pain (MCA Nashville)24. Randy Houser - They Call Me Cadillac (Universal South)25. Jerrod Niemann - Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury (Sea Gayle)
Singles1. Miranda Lambert - "The House That Built Me" (Columbia)2. Little Big Town - "Little White Church" (Capitol Nashville)3. Sunny Sweeney - "From a Table Away" (Mercury Nashville)4. The Band Perry - "If I Die Young" (Republic Nashville)5. Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson - "As She's Walking Away" (Bigger Picture)6. Jamey Johnson - "Playing the Part" (Mercury Nashville)7. Taylor Swift - "Mine" (Big Machine)8. Jerrod Niemann - "Lover, Lover" (Sea Gayle)9. Sugarland - "Stuck Like Glue" (Mercury Nashville)10. Miranda Lambert - "Only Prettier" (Columbia)11. Easton Corbin - "A Little More Country Than That" (Mercury Nashville)12. Dierks Bentley - "Up on the Ridge" (Capitol Nashville)13. Jamey Johnson - "Macon" (Mercury Nashville)14. Laura Bell Bundy - "Giddy on Up" (Columbia)15. Reba - "Turn on the Radio" (Valory)16. Lady Antebellum - "Hello World" (Capitol Nashville)17. Taylor Swift - "Back to December" (Big Machine)18. Elizabeth Cook - "El Camino" (31 Tigers)19. Eric Church - "Smoke a Little Smoke" (Capitol Nashville)20. Laura Bell Bundy - "Drop on By" (Columbia)
― xhuxk, Thursday, 27 January 2011 22:55 (2 years ago) Permalink
Singles Jukebox reviews current singles by:
Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson
Hint: The one of these I liked least is the one I said I thought I "liked much" in the very first post on this thread. Boy was I wrong there. And the others aren't all that much better, really. Prognosis: If these songs are any indication of what country radio will sound like in 2011, good luck staying awake.Caveat: And we haven't even gotten to that lousy Brad Paisley single yet.
― xhuxk, Friday, 28 January 2011 00:04 (2 years ago) Permalink
In total agreement with Chuck regarding Sugarland's "Little Miss." I singled it out as the album's standout track in my review, and I suppose it really is the best song on that set and the only one that really scans as country at all (or, after "Stuck Like Glue," the only other song that I can hear country radio getting on board with). But listening to it again now that it's been issued as a single? No, thank you. It's the way Nettles sings the word "okay" in the chorus ("I'm oh-keh-EEE") that I just can't get past.
Sunny Sweeney's "From a Table Away" is still inching its way toward the top 10. Beyond that, there isn't much of note happening on the singles front. "Heart Like Mine" is officially the last single from Revolution, and Zac Brown Band's "Colder Weather" is all right, I guess. Gretchen Wilson has released "I'd Love to Be Your Last" on the heels of its surprise Grammy nomination, but I still prefer Clay Walker's version of the song from a couple of years back, and "You Lie" by The Band Perry isn't nearly as clever or catchy as it needs to be. LeAnn Rimes' "Crazy Women" solid, but her tabloid-baiting shit means country radio won't go near her anymore, so it stalled outside the top 60.
Yeah. Grim start to the year.
― jon_oh, Friday, 28 January 2011 02:03 (2 years ago) Permalink
yesterday i stumbled across the new five-song sunny sweeney ep whose existence i knew nothing about. "from a table away" plus four. title: sunny sweeney ep. ugh. but utterly fantastic. two songs about cheating sung from the perspective of the other woman ("from a table away," of course, and "amy," which could kinda sorta be an answer song to "jolene"). one ("drink myself single") about a woman who goes out carousing and comes home slizzard just 'cause "i really wanna know what it's like to be you" which, if you told me it came from a george jones/tammy wynette album, i would completely believe you. and two about being trapped in dead-end relationships, just in case the other three songs didn't convince you. the music's all a bit '60s/'70s honkytonkapolitan retro, but it rocks and it's catchy as hell and after spending one day with it i would like to ask it to marry me.
― fact checking cuz, Friday, 28 January 2011 16:22 (2 years ago) Permalink
Looks like that Sunny Sweeeney EP and the new LeAnn Rimes single are both on Rhapsody -- I will check them out. Thanks guys!
So far, the two 2011 country singles I really like (not sure whether they've charted yet, haven't checked) are "Midnight America" by the Texas band Rosehill (mid '80s Mellencamp in a big-tent waffle house late at night) and "1,000 Faces" by Randy Montana (just a relaxed, wordily rhymed swirl of a song, with a great time signature change in the middle.) The latter though is, at best, my fourth-favorite song on Montana's album (behind "Burn These Matches," "Assembly Line," and "It's Gone"), which apparently isn't slated to come out until May or June. And if this single doesn't catch, who knows, maybe they'll push the release date back even further.
― xhuxk, Friday, 28 January 2011 17:17 (2 years ago) Permalink
So I'm making a guess from the Nashville Scene pieces that there's some regret that, contrary to popular mythology, country music isn't really reflecting the stories of the country on the ground? And that Jamey Johnson and Elizabeth Cook are the only two big artists that aren't currently authentic in this matter?
But isn't that what those that still buy this stuff want? Myths and avoidance of imagery of rot and decline. Like the average white American potential voter from the heartland.
― Gorge, Friday, 28 January 2011 17:29 (2 years ago) Permalink
And that Jamey Johnson and Elizabeth Cook are the only two big artists that aren't currently authentic in this matter?
Ahh, strike the 'aren't' to 'are'.
― Gorge, Friday, 28 January 2011 17:37 (2 years ago) Permalink
Glenn McDonald strikes again:
38 of the people who voted in the 2010 P&J also voted in the Nashville Scene's Country Music Critics Poll. Here are the albums that got at least 4 votes from this subset, ranked by what % of their points came from those people. You can now pass for country-knowledgable, at least momentarily, by name-dropping Chely Wright and Elizabeth Cook.Even more interesting, perhaps, is that although those 38 voters represent about half of the Scene's 75-voter electorate, several of the Scene's top 10 albums got fewer than 4 votes from those same people in the P&J. Dierks Bentley, who got #2 in the Scene, received only 1 vote in the P&J, total.Click the arrow next to "These Voters" to see this list by points from these voters, instead of percentage, or just scan down the column to notice that the Scene's #1, Jamey Johnson, didn't actually win with this subset. Apparently Janelle Monáe is more country than country.
― xhuxk, Friday, 28 January 2011 19:05 (2 years ago) Permalink
Geoff Himes pushing for country radio to adopt his traditional-rooted concept/definition of country music (and/or Elizabeth Cook's) is not a big surprise.
― curmudgeon, Friday, 28 January 2011 19:10 (2 years ago) Permalink
― Gorge, Friday, January 28, 2011 5:29 PM (2 hours ago
Are corporate country radio and tv giving listeners what they want, or what the corporate outfits have calculated will work the best?
Ever since Clinton signed off on the Gingrich pushed deregulation of radio, there have been fewer entities owning radio stations and less incentive to be more creative in programming. Or maybe country listeners do like countryish Fleetwood mac types and everything else that is both more or less traditional that outlets showcase
― curmudgeon, Friday, 28 January 2011 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink
Singles Jukebox on current Paisley single:
Country album that isn't a country album that I've been obsessed with today is Above And Beyond The Doll Of Cutey, Pam Tillis's debut LP on Warner Bros. from 1983, after which she didn't release another album for eight years (by which time she'd gone country.) Evidently they were initially trying to sell her as a fun-loving pop-rock gal, on the quirkier Lovich/Lauper edge of Benatar, and she does it real catchily and convincingly, especially in "Killer Comfort" (a single according to Wiki), "You Don't Miss," light-hearted hipster diss "(You Just Want To Be) Weird" and, especially especially "Popular Girl," which is both (1) by far the most "new wave" in the early MTV sense number on the record and (2) the only song on the record where Pam's dad Mel Tillis gets a partial songwriting credit! "She's a big girl now, she's in eighth grade" -- who knows, maybe Mel originally wrote it about Pam. Who actually calls herself "Pammy Wong" on the inner sleeve, for some reason, and leaves this cryptic thank-you note for her mom: "Sorry you've had to relive the struggle all over again. Blame it on Dad."
― xhuxk, Friday, 4 February 2011 21:06 (2 years ago) Permalink
P.S.) Also, the album title makes no sense. And there are some nice saxophones (to go with the more frequent synths and guitars.) Significant Scandal influence too, one would think.
― xhuxk, Friday, 4 February 2011 21:07 (2 years ago) Permalink
But I still want to know what country hit about cancer he’s thinking of. Must’ve missed it.
Craig Morgan's "Tough"? Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying"? Rascal Flatts' "Skin"? Though I'm not sure any of those actually say the word "cancer". Enough signifiers: hair falling out, etc.
― President Keyes, Friday, 4 February 2011 21:42 (2 years ago) Permalink
though paisley isn't singing about signifiers. he's all about "say the word."
― fact checking cuz, Friday, 4 February 2011 22:26 (2 years ago) Permalink
is it possible the song paisley's thinking about that mentions cancer is his own song? the one he's singing right now? is it possible he's responding to the big C showing up somewhere in his own world? i haven't read a single interview with him about this song or the new album, so i have no idea. just sayin'.
― fact checking cuz, Friday, 4 February 2011 22:34 (2 years ago) Permalink
I know what you mean but I'm guessing he's making a claim for Country being the genre that deals with real life stuff like Cancer, as opposed to other genres (though I'm sure some Hip Hop songs have actually mentioned cancer.)
― President Keyes, Friday, 4 February 2011 22:36 (2 years ago) Permalink
Damn, what happened to the summertime cookouts?Everytime I turn around a nigga gettin took outShit, my momma got cancer in her breastDon't ask me why I'm motherfuckin stressed, things done changed- Things Done Changed, The Notorious B.I.G.
But as someone who's warmed to Paisley considerably over his past few albums, this doesn't really do much for me.
― Alex in Montreal, Sunday, 6 February 2011 21:03 (2 years ago) Permalink
some Hip Hop songs have actually mentioned cancer.
Not to mention Nirvana songs. (and, especially, extreme metal songs, according to Josh Langhoff's Jukebox review.)
Xgau gives Taylor Swift an A- (overplays the alleged "songs about celebrities" angle; not sure why that's even a concern, given that the songs aren't remotely dependent on the celebs the tabloids claim they're about; also apparently thinks both the songs and album are too long):
Caramanica on JaneDear Girls (scroll down):
― xhuxk, Sunday, 6 February 2011 21:25 (2 years ago) Permalink
"amy," which could kinda sorta be an answer song to "jolene"
Lex said the same thing when he heard "Amy."
A bit disappointed in the EP myself, so far. I like everything on it, but nothing else comes close to stirring me the way "From A Table Away" does, with its slowness and enveloping sadness. Of course that song'll be hard to top. The rest feels like it's resting too easily into typical country. Could say the same about "From A Table Away," too. I guess what I mean is that "Table" is so touching and overwhelming I don't spend time thinking about how typical it is. Anyway, I do like "Amy"; like "Helluva Heart" even more, but think it should've maybe been less of a rocker, more restrained, steady, venomous.
― Frank Kogan, Sunday, 6 February 2011 21:51 (2 years ago) Permalink
Regret that I didn't get it together to review "This Is Country Music," but I couldn't come up with a rhyme for "colonoscopy," or deftly work in a subtle reference to Brad's new backup band. You know, Brad Paisley & The Bloody Stools. Think I'd have given the song a 2 or 3, I was so pissed at it.
Didn't so much mind his treating the prime country audience as defensive little suck-asses, since one of the things that draws me to country is its intense sense of resentment. But the Haggards and Montgomery-Gentrys etc. get pathos and humor and exuberance and poetry out of it, not deadenly subdued little pieties (though of course there's plenty of that in country, too; but then, there's generally a good amount of humor in Paisley, but not this time).
And yeah, as Josh points out there are scads of noncountry songs with the word "cancer" in it; the Rolling Stones' "Salt Of The Earth" came immediately to mind; also, there's another one up for review on the Jukebox tomorrow, which I wouldn't be surprised if Will chose for that reason: the two were originally scheduled to run on the same day.
― Frank Kogan, Sunday, 6 February 2011 22:13 (2 years ago) Permalink
i started a thread for sunny sweeney cuz i didn't want her to just be privy to a rolling thread Sunny Sweeney is surely one of the finest and most interesting songwriters in modern country right now
― lextasy refix (lex pretend), Sunday, 6 February 2011 22:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
not deadenly subdued little pieties
Think I meant "not deadeningly subdued little pieties."
― Frank Kogan, Sunday, 6 February 2011 23:22 (2 years ago) Permalink
Stephen Holden at the NY Times usually likes cabaret-like music and proper, dignified stuff, so what should I make of his plea for Teddy Thompson, Richard's son. Years ago I saw Teddy just playing in his Dad's band but he made no real impression on me at the time
― curmudgeon, Monday, 7 February 2011 20:59 (2 years ago) Permalink
His golden voice suggests an impassioned fusion of Roy Orbison and Jesse Winchester.
I will have to see what I can find online
― curmudgeon, Monday, 7 February 2011 21:03 (2 years ago) Permalink
I quite like Teddy Thompson's cover of Leon Payne's "Psycho." That's all I've heard by him, but I'm curious. Plays it deadpan rather than impassioned on that one.
― Frank Kogan, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:55 (2 years ago) Permalink
Tim McGraw was just on NBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, a genealogy reality TV thing, which I didn't see because I don't have a TV. But, presumably because of this, Sports Illustrated linked a fascinating piece they ran nine years ago on Tim's uncle Hank McGraw, who appeared in the episode. Hank was a year older than Tim's father, Tug, and was also drafted by the Mets; wouldn't abide racial segregation, wouldn't cut his hair, wouldn't compromise on anything, played well but never made it out of the minors.
Fame's like living under Nazis. You have to be on guard all the time. Tug can handle it. Tug makes a living being Tug, giving speeches all over. I'd rather be the little guy outside the palace gates than the one walking through them. When I put on slacks I feel like I'm putting on the enemy's uniform. Like I'm letting somebody down somewhere, some homeless guy on the street.
The spiritual side of the game is what I'd like to teach. People say great athletes block out the fans and noise and distractions — the hell they do. They take it in. There's a humility in a pure athlete like Jeter that allows him to disappear into the energy of the game. There are possibilities in baseball that most players never tune in to, space for art and dance and rhythm.
Nuance is what we're losing. Players need to learn what's not obvious, what's not on the surface. Now it's just, Jack one to make the highlights and hear an idiot go Boo-ya!
Baseball will go on no matter what any of us idiots does. We're just passing through the movie. But I'll tell you what makes me angriest about sports today, and what I'd like to teach kids: How we treat opponents. An opponent should get more respect on a ball field than Jesus or your parents. Because without an opponent it's just practice, and you'll never find out what matters. You'll never find out about yourself.
Baseball, relationships, jobs, anything that ever went wrong — I'm 50 or 51 percent to blame, and that's a low-end estimate. I don't really think the reason I didn't make the big leagues had to do with hair or being a rebel. To be honest, I never felt like I deserved to make it. I never felt I was good enough.
― Frank Kogan, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:57 (2 years ago) Permalink
Here's the SI piece:
― Frank Kogan, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:59 (2 years ago) Permalink
Will check that out. Book I'm now reading (having finally finished Franzen's Freedom) is Big Hair And Plastic Grass: A Funny Ride Through Baseball And America In The Swinging '70s; that "funny" in the title is mainly just to sell books I think; i.e., yeah, there's humor in it, but being funny is hardly the main point of the book. Pennant race and stats stuff I usually half snooze through, but the anecdotes about individual players, the reserve clause and Curt Flood, Ball Four, Denny McLain's mob ties, racial strife, Astroturf and ashtray stadiums, how baseball was sold and changed, etc. can be engrossing (since '70s baseball was the last time I was really obsessed with any sport). Looks like Tug McGraw gets two mentions (at least indexed ones) in the book: "Like wise-ass M*A*S*H doctor Hawkeye Pierce ridiculing uptight Major Burns, McGraw began mimicking (M. Donald) Grant's speech once he thought the Mets chairman had left the clubhouse, chanting, 'You gotta believe!' Grant -- still in the clubhouse, but completely oblivious of the fact that McGraw was mocking him -- commended McGraw on his positive attitude."
More on topic, here's something on the history of black people in country music that Rhapsody asked me to write for Black History Month:
And a largely, but far from entirely, overlapping playlist I made based on the same theme:
― xhuxk, Monday, 14 February 2011 17:18 (2 years ago) Permalink
Should've mentioned the baseball book's author: Dan Epstein (who does toss in anything funny he can dig up on Jewish big leaguers.) (Flipped a coin between that book and Karl Keating's Catholicism And Fundamentalism: The Attack On 'Romanism' by 'Bible Christians'. but decided to keep things light. Before Freedom, I actually read the first book I'd read in a very long time about music, namely Nelson George's 1988 The Death Of Rhythm And Blues, which I highly recommend.)
― xhuxk, Monday, 14 February 2011 17:23 (2 years ago) Permalink