the Sturgill Simpson c/d

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for those of us without the patience for the rolling country thread

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 22:34 (six years ago) link

lol this was supposed to say The Sturgill Simpson thread

but I guess we can also discuss THE Sturgill Simpson

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 22:35 (six years ago) link

like him, wish he'd enunciate better

franklin, Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:52 (six years ago) link

Yeah, after many of my friends raving about him, when I got around to hearing him he's kinda like honky tonk Eddie Vedder.

Dick Clownload (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 25 September 2014 01:47 (six years ago) link

He writes better lyrics than vedder ever did.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 25 September 2014 02:35 (six years ago) link

His cover of "The Promise" is stunning.

Herbie Handcock (Murgatroid), Sunday, 28 September 2014 06:27 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Hard or soft 'G'?

Fine Toothcomb (sonofstan), Sunday, 19 October 2014 15:10 (six years ago) link

Hard

u2 removal machine (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 19 October 2014 15:21 (six years ago) link

Ta. Liking Metamodern Sounds on first listen

Fine Toothcomb (sonofstan), Sunday, 19 October 2014 15:35 (six years ago) link

Yeah it's pretty great

u2 removal machine (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 19 October 2014 15:49 (six years ago) link

Just got it the other day myself. Not disappointed.

Οὖτις, Sunday, 19 October 2014 16:36 (six years ago) link

"Yeah, after many of my friends raving about him, when I got around to hearing him he's kinda like honky tonk Eddie Vedder."

thanks for ruining the recod for me now!

nostormo, Thursday, 30 October 2014 21:46 (five years ago) link

I liked it a lot when I first heard it, and I guess I still do, but it kind of feels like he uses the exact same songwriting trick on every song.

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Thursday, 30 October 2014 21:47 (five years ago) link

That thing where the verse sticks on the I with a little V7 thrown in and then the chorus comes a-roarin in on the IV

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Thursday, 30 October 2014 21:48 (five years ago) link

he uses the exact same songwriting trick on every song

hallmark of classic songwriting

j., Thursday, 30 October 2014 21:51 (five years ago) link

well, few country singers have the Gene Clark/Parsons talent.

i think the production is somewhat too clean and upfront.

nostormo, Thursday, 30 October 2014 21:52 (five years ago) link

still, it's better than most of the genre

nostormo, Thursday, 30 October 2014 21:52 (five years ago) link

Yeah I found it really refreshing when I first got into it, then I just bored of it quickly because it felt so samey. But it has a great sound and some great lyrics.

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Thursday, 30 October 2014 21:57 (five years ago) link

thanks for ruining the recod for me now!

Haha sorry, I'm not even entirely sure where my Vedder comparison came from! Sturgill's not yarly at all so much as mumbly. There's definitely stuff about him I like though.

Deliciously hard yet very accessible (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 30 October 2014 22:05 (five years ago) link

i have found myself returning more to the last one even though i normally have a little bit of a year-end-list mania that keeps me focused on new releases instead. probably he seems less awesomely fatalistic on the newer one otherwise i'd spin it.

j., Thursday, 30 October 2014 22:11 (five years ago) link

wait ... hard G? is that really right?

alpine static, Thursday, 30 October 2014 22:49 (five years ago) link

I doubt it

Οὖτις, Thursday, 30 October 2014 22:50 (five years ago) link

rhymes with gurgle? c'mon now

Οὖτις, Thursday, 30 October 2014 22:50 (five years ago) link

http://www.pronouncenames.com/pronounce/sturgill

Οὖτις, Thursday, 30 October 2014 22:51 (five years ago) link

http://youtu.be/_70HJMikcBo?t=2m46s

j., Thursday, 30 October 2014 23:07 (five years ago) link

dude's got pipes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eWJmN8D820

I dunno. (amateurist), Thursday, 6 November 2014 04:22 (five years ago) link

Simpson's guitarist is really good. I love the solo on this one. I'd have to figure they are using the studio echo chamber on the solo, being that is a famous one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK4UFSNGRdE

earlnash, Thursday, 6 November 2014 05:15 (five years ago) link

FYI I live in Kentucky where this guy is a something of a local hero and I've never heard it pronounced any way other than to rhyme with 'Virgil.'

Album is great, hope he continues in the 'Reptilian overlords and DMT' mode, and hope he keeps whoever is playing lead guitar on this thing, damn.

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Thursday, 6 November 2014 14:14 (five years ago) link

Yeah his lead player is siiiiick as fuuuuuck

my jaw left (Hurting 2), Thursday, 6 November 2014 14:18 (five years ago) link

good interview with the guitarist: http://www.thefader.com/2014/09/18/another-country-interview-laur-joamets-sturgill-simpsons-estonian-guitarist

Heez, Thursday, 6 November 2014 17:40 (five years ago) link

sturgill's a damn good guitarist too.

Heez, Thursday, 6 November 2014 17:41 (five years ago) link

opening for Willie seems like a no-brainer

Οὖτις, Thursday, 6 November 2014 17:45 (five years ago) link

i've been off the country wavelengths for a while but just took a listen to this - as good as advertised!

a dude eating another dude's leg in front of that dude (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 6 November 2014 18:39 (five years ago) link

his voice is very much in the classic merle mode and i can totally dig it

a dude eating another dude's leg in front of that dude (slothroprhymes), Thursday, 6 November 2014 18:42 (five years ago) link

as anyone points out, correctly, he sounds a LOT like waylon

i'm not even a drug fiend but the lyrics to turtles all the way down are fantastic

I dunno. (amateurist), Thursday, 6 November 2014 20:51 (five years ago) link

estonian dude is becoming an american pretty quick when he says things like "amen to that"

I dunno. (amateurist), Thursday, 6 November 2014 20:59 (five years ago) link

next interview he'll be all "you're darn tootin!"

I dunno. (amateurist), Thursday, 6 November 2014 21:45 (five years ago) link

There must be a hundred guitar pickers in Nashville muttering 'coming over here, taking our jobs' like some UKIP neanderthal in a dead English seaside town...

Fine Toothcomb (sonofstan), Thursday, 6 November 2014 23:43 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

saw these guys open for Willie Nelson last night and they were straight fire. Laur Joamets is indeed an amazing guitarist, he was very much the star of the show, although Sturgill is a pretty sick guitarist too.

Free Me's Electric Trumpet (Moodles), Wednesday, 31 December 2014 15:36 (five years ago) link

Xpost There seem to be a lot of Aussies in Nashville.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 19:32 (five years ago) link

i like him fine, but i'm reactionary wrt his rise in popularity - a) i'm not so fond of the voice (nor waylon's, of which he's too derivative), and b) he's caught too much of the dudebro-ish fetish for rock-enough-to-not-be-uncool "outlaw"/druggy country males that usually extends to dreck like Hank 3 and rarely crosses the gender barrier

Banned on the Run (benbbag), Wednesday, 31 December 2014 23:16 (five years ago) link

i'm kind of a fan but he's not as good as probably a dozen other current country artists i can think of off the top of my head tbh

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Wednesday, 31 December 2014 23:19 (five years ago) link

and the backlash begins

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Wednesday, 31 December 2014 23:28 (five years ago) link

I think he's great. He's a great musician, his band is great, I like his singing and I like the songs he covers along with his originals. I like Waylon, and I like that he is not afraid to sound like Waylon. I don't get a dudebro vibe from him at all, if anything there's sort of a jam band thing going on at times.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 January 2015 03:17 (five years ago) link

i'm kind of a fan but he's not as good as probably a dozen other current country artists i can think of off the top of my head tbh

― LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Wednesday, December 31, 2014 6:19 PM (4 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

want this list

man alive, Thursday, 1 January 2015 03:23 (five years ago) link

i think it's right to be wary of the "i hate all current country music, but i like this" line that so often accompanies praise of sturgill simpson, but that has very little or nothing to do with sturgill simpson.

i'm a little amazed that a country fan can dislike waylon's voice (see benbbag above), but i have enough non-acquired tastes to give it a pass, i suppose. (btw christgau didn't like waylon's voice much either.) but i think waylon's voice is a thing of beauty, and as much as i love strugill simpson, he can't (yet) approach it in subtlety and flexibility.

I dunno. (amateurist), Thursday, 1 January 2015 03:40 (five years ago) link

I'm a country fan always suspicious of Waylon. Not hard. A fair amount of outlaw bathos.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 January 2015 03:43 (five years ago) link

Btw this guy closer to early eighties "Big City" Hag.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 January 2015 03:44 (five years ago) link

I'll totally cop to not being a country fan and being hardly familiar with Waylon and having never heard of Sturgill Simpson prior to last night. Still was a good show though...

Free Me's Electric Trumpet (Moodles), Thursday, 1 January 2015 03:45 (five years ago) link

i guess i go so deep with waylon -- i think i have every LP of his, at least up until the late 80s -- that i forget about the whole outlaw thing, which is really not a huge part of his oeuvre all told, even if it defined his public persona for a lot of people.

watch this and see if you don't love it -- his singing, the drumming, his minimalist guitar solo, everything:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1-_cZoUOEE

I dunno. (amateurist), Thursday, 1 January 2015 03:47 (five years ago) link

i fully trust Stu's taste, vision, etc.

Really? Even with a Netflix anime movie based on a "sleazy" rock album?

Trust is cool, but I just hope his taste and vision etcetera doesn't lead some of the more impressionable Stu-heads down a path towards full-on fedoras 'n swords.

del griffith, Monday, 22 July 2019 21:10 (one year ago) link

impressionable Stu-heads down a path towards full-on fedoras 'n swords.

That seems an.... interesting leap. From what I've read, he recorded the album first and came up with the anime idea later, so I'm willing to give it a listen in good faith before assuming its a miss.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 22 July 2019 21:13 (one year ago) link

it's a pretty plausible leap when you're leaping from Joe Rogan and DMT

del griffith, Monday, 22 July 2019 21:15 (one year ago) link

I honestly can't see or hear Joe Rogan's name without it immediately being followed in my head by "I smoke rocks"

Οὖτις, Monday, 22 July 2019 21:20 (one year ago) link

Didn't he also contribute the titular song for that Jarmusch zombie flick?

octobeard, Tuesday, 23 July 2019 08:25 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

new single is...interesting

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 17:02 (one year ago) link

did dan auerbach somehow get his grubby hands on our precious sturge?

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 17:02 (one year ago) link

the anime thing seems really stupid but I kinda like the song

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 17:14 (one year ago) link

i need to listen again to see if i can get past the black keys-iness of it all

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 17:34 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

halfway thru and this album sounds kind of like one of those kfc menu items that's designed to be so gimmicky that it generates its own free social media buzz

j., Saturday, 28 September 2019 03:50 (one year ago) link

Dude's spent alot of time with Eliminator/Afterburner/Recycler.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 28 September 2019 05:21 (one year ago) link

Both of those things sound great!

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 28 September 2019 12:27 (one year ago) link

I mean, that album cover!
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/5/5b/Sturgill_Simpson_-_Sound_%26_Fury.png

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 28 September 2019 12:30 (one year ago) link

he tries really hard

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 28 September 2019 14:12 (one year ago) link

Sturg could do a great cover of "Thug".

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 29 September 2019 04:44 (one year ago) link

heard a song off this oof really bad like Black Keys pretending to be ZZ Top sounded awful like all those Black Keys records do

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 29 September 2019 13:39 (one year ago) link

I haven't listened yet but I'm worried, since I heard the tail end of Sound Opinions yesterday, and both Jim *and* Greg were raving about it, and iirc Jim called it, and I paraphrase, the most radical country record since Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, which made me barf a little.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 29 September 2019 13:41 (one year ago) link

Guardian and Observer both reviewed the lp this weekend.
Don't remember noticing him before. Just listened to the first track of the lp described as psychedelic in friday's review and I think it's pretty awesome. Guitar is great anyway and vocals do seem to go back to traditional or at least outlaw country which si pretty great.
Must look into him further.

Guardian on Friday
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/sep/26/sturgill-simpson-sound-fury-review-countrys-outlaw-catches-fire

Observer
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/sep/29/sturgill-simpson-sound-and-fury-review-netflix-manga-film

Stevolende, Sunday, 29 September 2019 13:53 (one year ago) link

It's the kind of record that will get great reviews and then be totally forgotten

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 29 September 2019 14:21 (one year ago) link

I expect anyone who calls this a country record still thinks Taylor Swift is a country artist.

He's not playing in those fertile fields anymore.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 29 September 2019 15:17 (one year ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/VO5RLEP.jpg

Non stop chantar (crüt), Sunday, 29 September 2019 15:19 (one year ago) link

my review of this album after listening to about 15 seconds: sounds like kings of leon and the mixing is shit

Non stop chantar (crüt), Sunday, 29 September 2019 15:21 (one year ago) link

ice cold

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Sunday, 29 September 2019 15:42 (one year ago) link

I totally thought Kings of Leon too.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 29 September 2019 15:47 (one year ago) link

Finally listening, sounds okay to me, if maybe a little too 1990s. Would have been cool if he went totally radical and paid RZA to produce or something. Does sound like the sort of album to be totally missed or forgotten and rediscovered years later.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 29 September 2019 16:15 (one year ago) link

Yeah, I'm digging this, it's fun.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 29 September 2019 16:21 (one year ago) link

my review of this album after listening to about 15 seconds: sounds like kings of leon and the mixing is shit


Yeah the vocal mixing is atrocious. I love this dude but I will never listen to it again.

Heez, Sunday, 29 September 2019 19:08 (one year ago) link

Also I appreciate that he wants to lay down a groove or whatever but it feels like I’m being really n over by a train.

Heez, Sunday, 29 September 2019 19:10 (one year ago) link

Does sound like a Fridmann production, even if it's not.

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 29 September 2019 20:52 (one year ago) link

I can’t believe I had this much nostalgia for Don Felder’s theme for Heavy Metal, or that movie.

bendy, Monday, 30 September 2019 04:44 (one year ago) link

Well, yeah.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 30 September 2019 04:57 (one year ago) link

What is this it’s so bad.

Still think the best thing he ever did was his npr tiny desk concert

big city slam (Spottie), Monday, 30 September 2019 05:29 (one year ago) link

Oh man first impression this is bad but I feel the lure of the embarrassment creeping in... I'm soulseeking it.

cpl593H, Monday, 30 September 2019 10:46 (one year ago) link

This disco song "A Good Look", jeez...

... (Eazy), Monday, 30 September 2019 16:06 (one year ago) link

This is bad.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 30 September 2019 16:07 (one year ago) link

watched the film today.
was weird how the end credits kick in, and then after them the so called story is finished, and yet there are visual references to how it ends within earlier sections.
basically, the timeline of the film is an absolute mess.

oh, and i thought i would be all over the music given the AP review, but nah, i've got zz top albums, i'm good.

mark e, Monday, 30 September 2019 16:50 (one year ago) link

That album cover looks very stoner rock.

earlnash, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 00:05 (one year ago) link

It looks steinmanish, a gargoyle and a girl in ragged clothes wouldn't have looked out of place.

cpl593H, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 10:57 (one year ago) link

I have a feeling that in 20 years there will be people claiming this album was good.

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 13:46 (one year ago) link

Well, actually, there's people saying it right now (personally I'm still on the fence)

cpl593H, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 13:54 (one year ago) link

No need to wait, I've seen multiple people claiming its good right now! Haven't heard it myself yet, waiting for my copy to show up. Can't say I'm thrilled with what I've read about it so far but waiting to judge for myself. (xpost)

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 13:55 (one year ago) link

Haven't heard it yet, but is this album as bad as The Dead Don't Die? That was the biggest try hard failure of the year on film

octobeard, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 15:30 (one year ago) link

Would make sense because he wrote the titular song that is referenced in the film way too many times.

octobeard, Tuesday, 1 October 2019 15:31 (one year ago) link

I could see him releasing some de-lectrified of this in six months, just stripped-down versions of the same songs.

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:17 (one year ago) link

i don't think it's terrible, but it's clearly meant to be experienced live. maybe the songs wil lbe able to breathe if freed from the auerbach-aping production

flopsy bird (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 1 October 2019 16:23 (one year ago) link

eight months pass...

He's recorded 2 albums of bluegrass versions of his tunes, releasing them this fall. Here he's playing them live forn the first time, i get extremely happy seeing this! Excited about those albums.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kO73im4J2sU&t=2390s

rizzx, Friday, 19 June 2020 15:29 (four months ago) link

Looking fwd to those. He takes his record collection personally, maybe especially on this 'un, which made my Nashville Scene Top Ten---ballot comments:

i'm a sucker for gleaming pop-country, sez a fellow Marenite. Wal now, have you heard Sturgill's Sound and Fury yet? I just did, and right off, seems like this ZZ Rex electro-pop-boogie, sometimes also reminding me of Neil and the Trans Band (more the show tapes than studio album), might suit you too. It's much less windbaggy than I feared---and the non-pedantic retro detailing, commercial inclusiveness x righteous fencepost grievances x deserty-hot-cold broodiness, also that voice, keep it all country or countryoid. Also 'ppreciate how he keeps twisting the dial into another track at just the right moment, or close enough. It's another hard candy Christmas alright.

dow, Friday, 19 June 2020 20:44 (four months ago) link

three months pass...

Cuttin' Grass is out now!

black dice live ft. jerry garcia (rizzx), Friday, 16 October 2020 08:45 (one week ago) link

pretty close:

I could see him releasing some de-lectrified of this in six months, just stripped-down versions of the same songs.

― ... (Eazy), Tuesday, October 1, 2019 9:17 AM (one year ago)

alpine static, Friday, 16 October 2020 15:22 (one week ago) link


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