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
― edd s hurt (ddduncan), Tuesday, 7 November 2006 14:20 (6 years ago) Permalink
― don (dow), Tuesday, 7 November 2006 18:01 (6 years ago) Permalink
― don (dow), Tuesday, 7 November 2006 18:09 (6 years ago) Permalink
― don (dow), Tuesday, 7 November 2006 21:33 (6 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.
― Roy Kasten (Roy Kasten), Wednesday, 8 November 2006 03:05 (6 years ago) Permalink
― don (dow), Thursday, 9 November 2006 07:34 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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.
― edd s hurt (ddduncan), Thursday, 9 November 2006 13:33 (6 years ago) Permalink
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.
― edd s hurt (ddduncan), Thursday, 9 November 2006 14:36 (6 years ago) Permalink
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
― pinkmoose (jacklove), Thursday, 9 November 2006 19:55 (6 years ago) Permalink
― don (dow), Friday, 10 November 2006 05:05 (6 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 (6 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.
― xhuxk (xheddy), Saturday, 11 November 2006 13:43 (6 years ago) Permalink
― pinkmoose (jacklove), Saturday, 11 November 2006 14:43 (6 years ago) Permalink
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
― pinkmoose (jacklove), Saturday, 11 November 2006 16:10 (6 years ago) Permalink
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― xhuxk (xheddy), Saturday, 11 November 2006 16:16 (6 years ago) Permalink
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.
― xhuxk (xheddy), Sunday, 12 November 2006 00:54 (6 years ago) Permalink
― xhuxk (xheddy), Sunday, 12 November 2006 01:06 (6 years ago) Permalink
"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?)
― xhuxk (xheddy), Sunday, 12 November 2006 02:39 (6 years ago) Permalink
so, too, was "i can't stop loving you" a hit only in europe for leo sayer (and phil collins did it later on)? billy nicholls, whose 1975 "love songs" is an ancestor of the urban record, wrote it.
― edd s hurt (ddduncan), Sunday, 12 November 2006 05:54 (6 years ago) Permalink
Melody of "Got It Right This Time" (the apparently drum-machined one) is "Only You" by Yazoo! Damn, this is really shameless...
― xhuxk (xheddy), Sunday, 12 November 2006 16:07 (6 years ago) Permalink
― xhuxk (xheddy), Sunday, 12 November 2006 17:45 (6 years ago) Permalink
Also love the guitar explorations at the end of the opening track, "Once In A Lifetime." Keith's finally found space to show off, I guess -- five over-five-minute cuts, one of which goes over six ("Stupid Boy," which hasn't kicked in yet and seems to wait too long to let the guitars kick in, but the title's intriguing so I have high hopes.) Aforementioned opener is also the second longest track on the album -- how often does that happen on a country record? Second track also goes over five minutes, with Elton John orchestrations then more guitars at the end. "Raise The Barn" with Ronnie Dunn, 5:12, start off Stones-like and goes into a cool disco-funk break at the 3-minute mark, plus lots of gospel hallelujahs and stuff tosssed into the mix in tribute (the liner notes say) to New Orleans overcoming Katrina. A really interesting record, even if the John Waite rip does claim that "everybody needs somebody sometimes".
― xhuxk (xheddy), Sunday, 12 November 2006 19:58 (6 years ago) Permalink
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― Frank Kogan (Frank Kogan), Monday, 13 November 2006 06:14 (6 years ago) Permalink
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― ramon fernandez (ramon fernandez), Monday, 13 November 2006 06:30 (6 years ago) Permalink
kogan, i think its supposed to be bad, but that said, ive always enjoyed the theme tune things by charollote church, i find them cheeky fun
― pinkmoose (jacklove), Monday, 13 November 2006 09:14 (6 years ago) Permalink
(Also should add that, what with Jon Tester's victory, this has been quite a week for Montana. I almost imagine Disney planning that way, like they pegged the state as the future before the news media did. Word now is that unemployed Detroit auto workers are moving there...)
And yeah, Knopfler/Buckingham makes obvious sense in re: Keith Urban's guitar.
― xhuxk (xheddy), Monday, 13 November 2006 12:36 (6 years ago) Permalink
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― Haikunym (Haikunym), Monday, 13 November 2006 14:34 (6 years ago) Permalink
"Best of Both Worlds" has a pronounced* southern accent in the verses (but not particularly a country way of phrasing). The southern accent is barely present on "Who Said" (which nonetheless has a twangy guitar), except for the twist she puts on a few words at the end of a line: "magazines," "my way." And it seems gone altogether from "I Got Nerve."
*One does tend to pronounce one's accent, doesn't one?
[Haikunym, I'm sure some of the teens who bought the soundtrack noticed the southern (though not all that country) accent. Why in the world wouldn't they? Btw, a large number of teenpop stars were born in the South, though many of 'em ended up in NY or LA.]
― Frank Kogan (Frank Kogan), Monday, 13 November 2006 17:08 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Frank Kogan (Frank Kogan), Monday, 13 November 2006 17:25 (6 years ago) Permalink
A. They wouldn't notice any traces of accent because they don't care about it one way or another, unlike people like us -- even if they do have southern or non-southern accents of their own.
B. They wouldn't notice any traces of accent because the songs' excessive noisiness and brutal futurist onslaught make it very difficult to discern anything about Miley's voice at all.
C. They wouldn't notice any traces of accent because they are too busy chanting the lyrics at the same time as the singer.
D. My daughter doesn't hear any accent. Then again, she and all her 11-year-old friends hate Miley and think she's corny. So the target audience is probably younger than that.
― Haikunym (Haikunym), Monday, 13 November 2006 17:25 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Frank Kogan (Frank Kogan), Monday, 13 November 2006 18:08 (6 years ago) Permalink
― Frank Kogan (Frank Kogan), Monday, 13 November 2006 18:24 (6 years ago) Permalink
depends on what suburb; closer in, like antioch or north of town, or out east like gallatin, it's reeeall southern. franklin and williamson co. there are just more rich people from other places and songwriters who moved here from new york and l.a. so that's another kind of accent. and shit, you can go to east nashville and sit in the booth at the quite good mexican joint on gallatin pike on a friday night and not hear a southern accent anywhere.
bill friskics-warren compares urban's new one to prince in a washington post piece he did. which makes sense, altho he's no prince. it's sure a frantic record, tho.
listened again to new darryl worley, and this time it sounded a bit flatter, and too many guitars competing in one sonic space. he sings real well and although the songs aren't quite as good as some of the riffs--he does a great faces/stones rip--it's kinda like seeing a really good blues band on thursday night and you go home early and not quite drunk like you would be on the weekend (if you living the blues lifestyle, that is. I had two stella artois last night with my meal and I feel it today, just gettin' old...)
― edd s hurt (ddduncan), Monday, 13 November 2006 18:29 (6 years ago) Permalink
The top 20 have yet to be revealed, but so far no Montgomery Gentry(though another post suggested that they weren't "really country," though I guess K. Urban is.) Also, a lot of hatred for Brooks & Dunn on that blog, though Brand New Man made the list.
― ramon fernandez (ramon fernandez), Monday, 13 November 2006 19:23 (6 years ago) Permalink
― pinkmoose (jacklove), Monday, 13 November 2006 21:43 (6 years ago) Permalink
― ramon fernandez (ramon fernandez), Monday, 13 November 2006 21:53 (6 years ago) Permalink
― don (dow), Monday, 13 November 2006 22:03 (6 years ago) Permalink
I am hereby interested in checking out Tracy Lawrence and Colin Raye someday (though I don't remember liking them) (and though the guy on that blog, while smart, definitely likes a lot of stuff I don't.)
Here's what I wrote upthread about a Carlene Carter album he loves:
The Carlene Carter album I bought seems consisently kinda fun but never quite fun *enough*, at least so far. Maybe I wish her poppabilly was more rockabilly, "The Sweetest Thing" is slow, and could amost be a Lorrie Morgan hit from around that time; "Goodnight Dallas," which I like more than most of the tracks, has mariachi horns and yodels, so it's "western" I guess. I'm still waiting for at least one track though to jump out at me as much as, say, "Montgomery to Memphis," which jumped right out of the self-titled Leann Womack CD I bought the second I finally put it in the changer today. So right now I'd say Leann beats Carlene beats the Sweethearts, though Carlene could still win this race...carlene's CD doesn't quite make the cut, i don't think, though yeah, maybe as don suggests her new wave era stuff is less perfunctory than what she was doing in '90 (when she was actually having hits, i take it.) even "me and the wildwood rose," about growing up at grandma's and singing for miners with her little sister, doesn't quite connect. i like the rockpile-abilly powerpopsters ("i fell in love," "my dixie darlin'," "come on back," "one love," the mariachified "goodnight dallas") okay but never love them. most surprising cut, just 'cause i never knew carlene did such stuff, is that stately lorrie morgan approximation i mentioned, but i doubt i'll need to hear it again.
― xhuxk (xheddy), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 01:15 (6 years ago) Permalink
#22I Fell In LoveCarlene Carter1990
Talk about your legacies. Daughter of June Carter & Carl Smith, stepdaughter of Johnny Cash and stepsister of Rosanne Cash, few artists had to emerge from as many shadows as Carlene Carter did. While she’d been putting out records since the mid-70’s, she still had experienced very little success. When she surfaced on Warner Bros. in 1990, she finally broke through, with an album that paid homage to her heritage while still moving country music progressively forward. The breathtaking creativity on I Fell In Love makes contemporary rockers like the title track and “Come On Back” co-exist with covers of her father’s “You Are the One” and the Carter Family’s “My Dixie Darlin’”, and it actually sounds like they belong together. Despite some excellent covers, Carter best honors her family through her own pen. “Me and the Wildwood Rose” tells the story of growing up as a Carter through her own eyes, and recounts the death of Mother Maybelle, when the family gathered at the grave and “stood in a circle and sang.”
Download This: “Come On Back”, “Me and the Wildwood Rose”, “You Are the One”
― xhuxk (xheddy), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 11:49 (6 years ago) Permalink
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― xhuxk (xheddy), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 12:29 (6 years ago) Permalink
saw vince gill on leno last night, with a big band, horns, and doing white r&b. he doesn't get *out* of himself as a singer, but i suppose that worked on this particular song...too suave to externalize his soul and all that. but he sings well, not as well as he plays guitar. he's truly great and played some rippin' stuff. (but, for a lesson on how much better a guitarist can be and still be steeped in the same kind of stuff that any number of country guitarists and r&b guys are, i wish i had a video of robben ford at the ryman a couple weeks ago. he made james burton and steve cropper look like kindergarteners. just think if he got on, say, dierks bentley's record and they just let him loose.)
anyway, it was pretty good and now i have to find a copy of those four discs from somebody.
― edd s hurt (ddduncan), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 14:04 (6 years ago) Permalink