Posts Tagged ‘virgil dickerson is made of awesome’
I was going to review the new-ish Arliss Nancy release, Simple Machines, weeks ago but I got busy and sidetracked and now that it has been out for a while it seems a little late to toss my thoughts in the ring.
Simple Machines is darker and more mature than their previous stuff. The songwriting is better and the music a little sharper. While it doesn’t have the ‘smash you up against the wall while waves and waves of music kind of pound you to crescendo’ feeling (don’t go there people) of Truckstop Roses, it does dig in under your skin and twist a little.
I mean, I do like it. Truckstop Roses will probably always be my favorite but this is still good music.
Okay, this isn’t an actual review/review but I do have to mention how gorgeous Lizzie Huffman sounds on The Crease. Also, is Front Seat kind of a dark-er sequel to Thunder Road?
Anyway, when I bought Simple Machines, Virgil from Suburban Home was doing a two-for-one deal. Basically you could get two copies for ten bucks. Sort of a ‘one to listen, one to give to a friend’ kind of thing.
This leaves me with an only one possible choice. I must give my extra copy away so the rest of the world can hear the awesome of Arliss Nancy.
All you need to do is leave a note in the comment section. Say Hi, tell me your favorite Simple Machines track, or jump up and down yelling about how much you want the CD. Whatever rocks your socks.
This Saturday I’ll toss all the posts in a hat…or bowl…or something and pull one out as the winner. I’ll announce it in the Week in Blog post and then get the info to mail it to the winner.
I have spent all morning trying to get over to Suburban Home Records and pick up the new Arliss Nancy release, Simple Machines. I know, I know – it’s not like I have to drive up and bang on Virgil’s door to get one. He has this nifty online site where I can click a few buttons and then listen to my d/l while I wait for the physical cds to arrive in the mail. I just can’t get over there. I also…cough…can’t remember exactly where I put my purse with my money-stuff so that might be…you know…part of the problem.
I’ve been woken by a charlie horse in my leg twice this week so I thought, hey, eat a banana. When I went to get one I found my two remaining bananas are so old they may have petrified. Now I am thinking, just back away from the petrified bananas and leave them be.
The ‘Bit got Johnny Ramone for her guitarist profile powerpoint thing in her guitar class, then she spent the rest of the class refusing to trade him for someone else. Apparently, “you just don’t trade Johnny off”. I am so proud.
The Alan Lomax Archive is now online. I have been trying to get on all morning but the traffic flow on the site must be incredible. I’ll try again later tonight when it hopefully eases up a bit. Ah, there it is. Oh wow, guys this is kind of awesome.
Okay, I have bread to bake and new blues and prog to listen to while I work.
Shoo, go play in the archive.
2011 was an exceptional year for music and I am so happy I was able to listen to so much of it. I can’t do ‘Best of’ list since I just can’t chose which was the best but I do have a few favorites I want to toss out before the year is done.
- Favorite Albums -
Closer to You by The Coronas
Mergers and Aquisitions by Have Gun Will Travel
Keep Your Devils Around by American Scarecrows
Revelator by the Tedeschi Trucks Band
- Favorite New (to me) Band(s) -
The Amends, Arliss Nancy and Gypsy and the Wolf
- Favorite New Singer(s) -
Jake Smith (aka The White Buffalo), Charlie Spraggs and Leslie Craig
- Favorite Song(s) -
Shook Up by Viv and the Revival, Wild Hearts by American Scarecrows and Break Me by Steve Carlson
Favorite Music Vid – This was so, so very hard to pick.
Also check out:
High points (music-blog-wise) for me in 2011 include Twitter (how did I live without for so long?), Daniel Logan and Jack Moore (again, how did I live without for so long), StageIt and Reverbnation, Ninebullets Radio and the daily posts, pics and videos from The Coronas while they recorded their new album in LA.
No list of mine would be complete without a quiet ‘thank you’ to Virgil Dickerson of Suburban Home Records. In May of 2007 he put up a free sampler cd of SHR bands on eMusic and I snagged some tracks. I had already moved to mostly blues and some indie in my music but finding those bands tipped the scales for me. Nearly five years later almost all the music I enjoy comes from small labels like SHR.
Got a 2011 list of your own? Toss it in the comments section as I am always looking for new bands to squee over.
Eight days till vacation!!!
The ‘Bit just wandered in. She hasn’t washed her face or brushed her hair but she has checked her Twitter account. Priorities, she has them.
Micah Schnable has finished recording his new album. Virgil Dickerson says “the plan is to have it out by the anniversary weekend.” That puts the release sometime in September. Check out a vid of Blame it on Geography, from the new album and also up in the featured spot on the blog today.
I know it is supposed to be three things make a post but I can’t think over the Go-Go’s song stuck in my head this morning. Off to make lunch. Or drink another cup of coffee. Or both.
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
Once again it’s time for — Linkspam!
The Cat Head website has a new look. It is easier to navigate and looks pretty cool.
Highway History with a list of songs about roads. Don’t look at me like that. How can anyone -not- need a list of songs about roads.
I thought I had put the free classical music link up but I must have missed it when I did the previous linkspam. Classical Connect lets you listen, embed songs, upload your own versions and create playlists of your favorite pieces.
Awesome Vid – Day Number Seven – My Ride From Outer Space
It would be a ‘road song’…if he actually ever got on a road.