I missed Ninebullets Radio last night which is a shame because Bryan put together a stellar line-up of artists and then attempted (or so I assume) to blow the roof off the radio station. Since I missed it live I am listening to the recorded version.
Just check out the playlist:
01. Otis Gibbs – Crap For Christmas (Once I Dreamed Of Christmas) 02. The Black Keys – Thick Freakness (Thickfreakness) 03. Left Lane Cruiser – Big Mama (Bring Yo Ass To The Table) 04. The Legendary Shack Shakers – County Of Graves (Believe) 05. Those Crosstown Rivals – Kentucky Woman (TCR/Arliss Split 7?) 06. The Whipsaws – Jessi Jane (60 Watt Ave) 07. Arliss Nancy – Both Got Old (TCR/Arliss Split 7?) 08. Frank Turner – The Road (Last Minutes & Lost Evenings) 09. The White Buffalo – The Pilot (Once Upon A Time In The West) 10. Drag The River – History with History (unreleased) 11. Have Gun Will Travel – To The Victor Go The Spoils (Mergers & Acquisitions) 12. Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil – She Has Her Moments (Catch The Presidents) 13. Possum Jenkins – Greasy Spoon (On Time) 14. JKutchma & The Five Fifths – Used To Believe (Pastorals) 15. Chris Knight – In the Mean Time (Little Victories) 16. Scott H. Biram – Judgement Day (Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever)
Seriously good show. Four or five of these are on my best of 2012 list but the entire line-up is just awesome.
For those of you that pull the blog on feed, Routed Tree is the video up in the featured spot and it’s from my favorite Brighton guys, Gypsy and the Wolf.
This is my new desktop background -
Before everyone gets overcome with jealousy, there are several wallpapers and some new shots from Ironman 3 over on the Marvel website so you all can have your own Tony Stark/Ironman background.
Well, I’m on the last track of the show (appropriately titled Judgement Day-grin) and need to run. Have a good weekend!
So…it would be incredibly cool if someone came up to me and said I could travel to New Orleans, record a blues album and have Irma Thomas sing on it with me. If I were British actor Hugh Laurie this is exactly what would have happened.
With standards like John Henry (with the amazing Irma Thomas), You Don’t Know my Mind and St James Infirmary, Let Them Talk is not just blues; it is old, old time blues. When I first saw You Don’t Know my Mind on the set list I was a little sceptical (I am very partial to Miss Odetta’s version) but the arrangement suits his voice and style and he does a good job with the song. I like the album. It has a strong “we were all sittin’ around on the porch playing music” feel and sound.
You all can listen to the album on the player in my sidebar or the player on the Hugh Laurie Blues website. You can also download a FREE track from the album and watch more videos on the making of Let Them Talk.
As for purchasing, you can buy the album (including a vinyl version) from the website or from Amazon UK. When I checked this morning all versions except vinyl are available for pre-order from Amazon US and will release in the states May 17th.
So I picked up Lydia off the new album Sweet Saint Me and liked it enough to start impatiently waiting for the rest of the album to release. A few days ago Virgil Dickerson asked if we¹ would pass the word along of the new release. I was all set to do it but I hadn’t heard the rest of the album. I looked everywhere for a site that was streaming it, but still no luck. Virgil psychically divined my -need- for the album² and whoosh! – suddenly I could pre-order the album from Suburban Home Records.
So I did.
My order included a free digital download of the album and what I am assuming will be a really cool coozie. I have listened to some of the songs several times but have only listened to the full track list once. So far I like it. My favorite at this point is My Great Gatsby. I also like Lydia and The Soundtrack to My Summer. Overall, the songs are bitter and a little³ dark but the writing is very good. The entire album is very good.
Okay, there are a few live vids of the band performing tracks off the new album but the sound quality on the ones I found is just terrible. So here is one of Lydia with good sound quality, just…er…it isn’t a vid. Hah! Found a great video of Lydia! Enjoy!
Sweet Saint Me from Two Cow Garage comes out October 24th. You can pre-order the album from Suburban Home Records and download the digital version to enjoy until your CD or vinyl arrives. You can also check out tour dates for the band while you are on the site.
Edited on Oct 28, 2010 to add – Here is a stream of the entire album you can listen to for free or purchase and download. Enjoy!
¹ meaning fans of the band
² or maybe he read my email – it’s a toss up
³ okay, okay – some of the tracks are very dark
I often come across songs where I think the songwriter just tried too hard. Like he or she wrote it down, got a little nervous, and then went back and added a lot of words to it. Maybe they thought it didn’t rhyme well enough or it seemed to short.
The Takers debut, Taker Easy is so not one of those albums.
I have to be honest here. I didn’t like it all that much on the first listen. I had been so completely blown away by how perfect a piece of music and lyrics ‘Drift‘ is that I was a little disappointed the rest of the tracks didn’t sound the same. I moped around for a few days and then, feeling like I hadn’t given it a fair shot, I put Scooter down for a nap and listened to the entire album again. I am so glad I gave it another chance because this is an amazing collection of music.
When the streetlights glow, and the day turns into sunset,
If I gave you all my gold, would you hold onto it forever…
“Drift” is (of course) my favorite. The harmonies, the arrangement and the lyrics are so beautifully done. The song is just gorgeous. Totally different in sound but equally as stunning are “Curse of a Drunk” with its southern country-rock sound and “Friends in Bottles” with its great lyrics and Mike Collin’s awesome steel guitar. I also liked “Diamond Ring” with its honky tonk vibe and “St Johns Son” with its nice guitar work and cool alt-country beat.
Nobody’s talking, the air’s filled with time.
And the jukebox is broken, don’t bother with your dime.
The neon’s fading, and the records, they’re all the same.
I highly recommend this album. There isn’t a bad track in the list and the songwriting skill (especially for a debut album) is outstanding.
Special thanks to Ralph Eberhard from Suburban Home for his help with the liner notes.