Nah. I'm guessing that Country music probably needs the Hispanic demographic in the future more than vice versa (which isn't to deny it would be cool if Latin and Country really did find common ground.)
I was wrong about Kellie Pickler's album -- the second half (esp the proggily souped-up California-rock ballad "I Wonder," "Wild Ponies" with its waltz chorus melody that sounds like a bubblegum version of "Wild Horse" by the Stones just like the title says, "Small Town Girl" which I underrated, "Girls Like Me" where she smells the Magnolia trees and remembers kissing football stars) is every bit as much fun as the first half. And lots of it (esp "One Of The Guys" and "Gotta Keep Moving," which I swear starts out echoing "Roll On Down The Highway" by BTO) sure does boogie hard for bubble-country. Plus, at least three songs ("Red High Heels, "Things That Never Cross A Man's Mind," "One Of The Guys") refer to clothes and/or getting dressed and/or going shopping. "I Wonder" seems to maybe be a confessional-teen-pop-style dealing with abandonment by dad song, but maybe I'm hearing it wrong. "I'm On My Way" might be about her dad, too. And I agree -- "Pickler" is a great country singer name.
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― don (dow), Monday, 6 November 2006 18:32 (ten years ago) Permalink
I dunno, charley patton always struck me as the real essential delta blues guy, pre-war. he had the rhythmic thing down, he is really funky and rocking, and robert johnson sounds affected by comparison. steve calt's bio of patton could scarcely be improved upon. the thing is, what world was uncle dave macon living in? he was farming and so forth, owned his own land or what? patton, though, what did he own? he lived a tough life--that would seem the big difference, that and patton's music seemed to reach forward and uncle dave macon was a relic of the past--not that there's anything wrong with that, but seems to me the diff between "rock and roll" and, you know, that opry shit. which is of course is slightly unfair to the opry, but it makes me feel good to put it that way. I like all that old weird country stuff fine, but I honestly never felt the emotional connection to it that I've always felt to those old blues guys.
g. himes wrote about the mammals, well, for No Depression, a while back. having heard donna the buffalo, duhks, mammals, nickel creek, and as I like to call 'im Surfin' Stevens, I kinda find the whole thing tiresome. I actually dug the weird sound and *muffled yet angry* thing the mammals did on "departure," and admire ruth ungar's songs. the duhks doing fraser & deBolt was very cool, a stroke, but for my part, Cuban/Brazilian instrumentation does not make a Cuban/Brazilian rhythmic aesthetic, far from it. their last record was really accomplished and while I respect them--I had a great conversation with Scott Senior, and they all seem to be fine people--their music isn't for me, it's for people in Boulder or something. having lived in Boulder, I know about what that whole thing is about. nickel creek is just plain boring, and I never could work up enough enthusiasm to even comment on them. donna the buffalo have some verve, some skank, even. the next step for these bands--brad mehldau is a very fine pianist who covers some, er, interesting pop songs, just like cassandra wilson fell asleep during her attempt to do "pleasant valley sunday" a decade ago--is to make a Big Record here in N-ville with Edgar Meyer and Jerry Douglas and Emmy lou and all them. avant-bluegrass or whatever. all I can say is, there must be some weird folk scenes in canada, and that it's a long way from where I live.
and yeah, roy, I'm a gene clark fan and you're right about "white." it's good. I also quite like "no other" and those great demos he did, like "los angeles." but I love "with the gosdin bros."
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― Haikunym (Haikunym), Monday, 6 November 2006 19:17 (ten years ago) Permalink
He did? I thought that was me. :)
I pretty much agree with xhuxk on NC, save the part about the Sufjan comparison. I mean there's a long tradition of boring, non-rocking newgrass/bluegrass/mathgrass (© Edd Hurt), so who needs indie rock to explain why Nickel Creek is crippled?
But they can be decent live--not that that redeems much....
― Roy Kasten (Roy Kasten), Monday, 6 November 2006 20:17 (ten years ago) Permalink
and I mean that's just my take on those bands. there's some part of me that kind of digs it but in the end I don't. it's sort of a good idea, what they do, and perhaps it comes down to the material, which is why I probably like the mammals the best, because their songs seem better.
and, I just checked out that memphis commercial appeal link that don forwarded, on george soule. fascinating. that's one I need to hear, since I've been steeped in muscle shoals/memphis white soul this last week, seeing donnie fritts and cropper and all them here.
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Memphis Jug Band are one of the great bands of the century, though I would assume anybody familiar with my second book should already know I think that. And anybody who can't find Double Album (is it in print anymore? I'm guessing not) should track down the '01 Yazoo CD The Best Of The Memphis Jug Band. Better yet: own both, like I do. There's some overlap, of course, but less than you'd think, as I recall (someday I'll compare them track by track.)
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And right, the Memphis Jug Band's stuff is among my very favorite music, and damned if I don't have my double-LP, the one with the Crumb drawing, any more. Steve Calt gave that to me years ago. I made a tape of that with some Cannon's Jug Stompers and the prime Rev. Robert Wilkins stuff. So that's one I need to get on CD, and thanks for reminding me.
I've known Calt since around '93, when he got me to go down to Bentonia, Miss. and interview a blues singer named Jack Owens. He's always been a good friend and I believe his heart is in the right place; I don't agree with him about a lot of stuff, and his whole take on the blues always seemed like a strenuous effort to place blues into a...framework of the Larger Culture, to analyze it like any other artform. Which should work, but somehow doesn't. Because it's just too strenuous, and you don't get anywhere kicking yourself over and over about your youthful idealism that has now flown.xps
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― don (dow), Tuesday, 7 November 2006 21:33 (ten years ago) Permalink
Dude. Did you interview the Jack Owens? The one album I own, It Must Have Been the Devil, is astonishing. All I know about him is David Evans' liner notes.
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― don (dow), Thursday, 9 November 2006 07:34 (ten years ago) Permalink
however, even better is the comp cd that comes with the book, just a little sampler, but a really well curated collection of semi obscurities.
― pinkmoose (jacklove), Thursday, 9 November 2006 08:54 (ten years ago) Permalink
= big butts? (though only for the athletically inclined women, i'm guessing.) anyway, anthony, what's it called? (the cd and the book?)
― xhuxk (xheddy), Thursday, 9 November 2006 12:28 (ten years ago) Permalink
Interesting reissue of Terry Manning's "Home Sweet Home," a real curio from 1970 on which the Memphis producer/musician (he runs Compass Point Studio in Nassau, a very great studio indeed, and the man has truly done it all, producing ZZ Top and Led Zep and Big Star and lots of others) does a 10-minute version of G. Harrisong's "Savoy Truffle," a maniacal Jerry Lee pastiche, and even a fine twisted version of Jack Clement's "Guess Things Happen." It's a parody of heavy 1969-era rock and a parody of the historical impulse as it is writ in Memphis. Remarkably solid and one of the funnest things I've heard in a while.
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Also, Herrmuth Bronson does Musicians Spotlight, this month Charlie McCoy. "Of the musicians that you haven't played with, who would be the three you would most like to work with." "Allison Krauss, Alan Jackson, Diana Krall." The cover of this rag has a circular "violator" that says "#1 when you Google on 'Nashville Music'," but damned if I can figure out how a publication devoted to Music City can't get a little spell-checker going so they could spell Ms. Krauss's first name correctly.
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the big butt classicism is from art and beauty, no i mean tehy are mostly from the chest up, faces in great detail, with out much background detail...
the man can draws i tell yah
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― don (dow), Friday, 10 November 2006 05:05 (ten years ago) Permalink
here is the list:On The Road Again Memphis Jug Band Sobbin' Blues "King" Oliver's Creole Jazz Band (W/ Louis Armstrong) Kater Street Rag Bennie Moten's Kansas City Orchestra Dark Night Blues Blind Willie McTell All Night Long Blues Burnett And Rutherford Minglewood Blues Cannon's Jug Stompers High Water Everywhere Charley Patton R. Crumb's Heroes Of Blues, Jazz & Country Folk Wild Cat Blues Clarence Williams' Blue Five w Sidney Bechet Little Rabbit Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers Sugar Baby Dock Boggs Mineola Rag East Texas Serenaders I Got Mine Frank Stokes Somebody Stole My Gal Frankie Franko & His Louisianians (W/ Ernes "Punch" Miller) The Peddler And His Wife Hayes Shepherd I'm Gonna Cross The River Of Jordan – Some O' These DaysJaybird Coleman Kansas City Stomps-Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers King Joe Jimmy NooneMojo Strut Parham–Pickett Apollo Syncopaters (W/ "Tiny" Parham & Junie C. Cobb) Big Bend Gal Shelor Family Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues Skip JamesGreenback Dollar Weems String Band
― pinkmoose (jacklove), Friday, 10 November 2006 07:05 (ten years ago) Permalink
Nah, there's a photo of them on that one. They're standing on a porch, all wearing hats. No jugs, but some barrels in the background.
Caddle, Raise 'Em High: Had hopes for this well-meaning Southern rock thing. First track, "Mississippi Doublewide", is not bad. Most of the rest is Drive By Truckers with a worse singer and worse tunes. Songs don't sink in, and they don't especially kick.
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For proof, here is my working list (so far) of the 40 best 2005 albums by artists from A to J in the alphabet (which is how far I've gotten so far, many many more to go, this project will take a while):
2005Jefferson Airplane – The Essential (RCA/Legacy reissue)The Hold Steady – Separation Sunday (French Kiss)Deana Carter – The Story Of My Life (Vanguard)Fannypack – See You Next Tuesday (Tommy Boy)Foxy/OXO/Company B – Ishology (Re/Empire reissue)Desmond Dekker – You Can Get It If You Really Want: The Definitive Collection (Trojan reissue)Bang Sugar Bang – Thwak Thwak Go Crazy!! (SOS)Hard Skin – Same Meat Different Gravy (TKO)Gary Allan – Tough All Over (MCA Nashville)Buck 65 – This Right Here Is (Warner Bros. reissue)George Brigman And Split – Jungle Rot (Bona Fide reissue)The Electric Boogie Dawgz – Sloppy, Fast & Loud (Hooch)Roky Erickson – I Have Always Been Here Before: The Roky Erickson Anthology (Shout! Factory reissue)Shooter Jennings – Put The O Back In Country (Universal South)Faith Hill – Fireflies (Warner Bros.)Destiny’s Child - #1’s (Sony Urban Music/Columbia reissue)The Duhks – The Duhks (Sugar Hill)Derin Dow – Retroactive (Crapshoot Music)Hank Davison Band – Hard Way (Elite Special)Dierks Bentley – Modern Day Drifter (Capitol)Hot Rollers – Got Your Number (Sweaty Betty)The Ex – Singles, Period: The Vinyl Years 1980-1990 (Touch & Go reissue)(Various) – Cameo-Parkway 1957-1967 (Abkco reissue)Brooks & Dunn – Hillbilly Deluxe (Arista Nashville)Black Lips – Let It Bloom (In The Red)Shelly Fairchild – Ride (Columbia)Doomfoxx – Doomfoxx (Armageddon Music)Todd Tamanend Clark – Nova Psychedelia: 1975-1985 (Anopheles reissue)George Brigman And Split – I Can Heart The Ants Dancin’ (Bona Fide reissue)First Band From Outer Space – We’re Only In It For the Space Rock (Transubstans)Detroit Disciples – Saving Grace (Route 44)The Grand Trick – The Decadent Session (Transubstans)Penny Dale – Undaunted (pennydale.com)Annie – Anniemal (Big Beat)Cowboy Troy – Locomotive (Warner Bros./Raybaw)The Birthday Massacre – Violet (Metropolis)Early Man – Closing In (Matador)Human Eye – Human Eye (In The Red)Crazy Frog – Presents Crazy Hits (Universal)Blueprint – 1988 (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
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countrysingles1) not ready to make nice--dixie chicks2) running block--toby keith3) will daddy sing danny boy tonight--hacendia brothers4) like red on a rose--alan jackson5) like we never loved at all--tim/faith6) jesus take the wheel--carrie underwood7) faith hill--stealing kisses8) Trace Adkins "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"9) josh gracin--Big Brass Bed10) Willie Nelson--Cowboys are Secretly, Frequently, Fond of Each Other11) Bubba Sparxx Aint Life Grand12) Scott Miller Citation13) Tim McGraw STars Go Blue14) Chris Cagle--Wal Mart Parking Lot15) Brady Earnhart--Thank God Virgina is on our side16) Jamie Johnson--The Dollar17) George Strait--The Seashores of Old Mexico18) Aaron Pritchett--Hold My Beer...
1) kris kristofferson, this old world2) jessi colter, this old fire3) cyndi boste foothill dandy4) Roseanne Cash black cadillac5) josh turner--your man6) Brokeback OST7) Gary Bennett Human Condition8) Bruce Springsteen--The Seeger Sessions
other musicsingles1) fergie--london bridge2) gwen stefani--wind me up3) theo blackman--chi chim chi ree4) jessica simpson--public affair5) Pharell/Ludacris--money maker6) max tudnra--so long far well7) beyonce--ring the alarm9) alan jackson--like red on a rose10) kd lang--love for sale
albums1) alpendub-- jo delay2) pharell--in my mind3) gabriel kahune--craigslist leider4) Marie Antoinette OST
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There's another track that made me think of Rick Springfield crossed with Tom Petty, but I didn't take note yet of which one it was.
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"Used to The Pain," maybe? Though maybe it's more Dwight Twilley? Phil Seymour? Somebody. Or even, uh, the Bodeans or one of those twerpy anal-compulsive bands that got overrated in Creem in the '80s? Or even later, like that shitty band who did the theme from Friends, or those dorks Del Amitri with the unbearable baby carriage video? With Chris Isaacs high notes, yikes. But suprisingly enough, I find myself liking it. And either way, yeah: Powerpop. ("Got It Right This Time" on now. Is that a drum machine?)
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