11/20: The Drive by Truckers, Sturgill Simpson @ The Fillmore
11/21: DJ Harvey @ PW
11/24: mr. Gnome @ Bottom of the Hill
11/25: DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist @ Fox Theater Oakland
11/28: Dixon @ TBA
12/1: Angel Olsen, Kevin Morby @ GAMH
12/4: Avi Buffalo @ Brick and Mortar
12/6: Dream Police @ Brick and Mortar
12/11: tUnE-yArDs, Cibo Matto @ Fox Theater Oakland
12/12: Ancient Methods @ Mercer
12/13: RRose, Carlos Souffrant @ TBA
12/17: Sleepy Sun @ Brick and Mortar
I decided many years ago that disc 2 of the first Nuggets box was pretty close to a perfect album, with maybe an exception or two. I wore that box the fuck out as a teenager. For some reason, I never have been able to get past the first half of the first disc of the second box but the first like 7 songs on that is an amazing run. "Making Time," "My White Bicycle," "My Friend Jack" all top caliber tunes.
My mother used to play Rosanna (fun fact: the song's about Rosanna Arquette) by Toto all the time when I was little. To this day, every now and then she reminds me how cute she thought it was when I'd say "play meet you all the way, mom!".
I love "Rosanna." You can learn all about why it's named after Rosanna Arquette from this episode of Yacht Rock.
It's a testament to the quality of Killer Mike's R.A.P. Music that I've owned it for over a year on vinyl and, until today, have never tossed on the instrumental version. Mike's verses on the album are so dense, well-done and generally engaging that I missed a ton of subtle production work that El-P did throughout the album. The instrumental is its own beast, nearly a different album with all of the nuance and craft on it. My dad, who hates rap, walked into my room and asked what I had on. When I told him what it was he said, "Well, this might be the first rappy thing I put on my iPod."
I always love it when my mom refers to songs as "that rap shit"
I never really thought of it this way before, but while trying to convince Greghead that Tom Waits is an artist he'd love, I realized that Rain Dogs is his White Album, a record with tons of stylistic shifts and experimentation that ties together because of, rather than in spite of, its flaws. I can think of no other album that includes sea shanties, dark bar songs, blues rambles, near-no wave blasts of ugly and songs that Bruce Springsteen covered.
I'm not embarrassed to see Metallica 3d by myself tomorrow night. Ill keep telling myself that.
Whoopsies, just hung out with Golda Panda and Mount Kimbie.
We're here to play some Mississippi Delta Blues. We're in a horrible depression, and I gotta admit - we're starting to like it.
Ooohhhh I love when the weather is so blustery. I love breaking out all the cloud-busting, knock-it-out-with-moody-rock and weird sounds part of the music library. Hoodies and socks
Primal Scream-mmmm yes please.
PJ Harvey-oh yeah.
Vile Blue Shades- fuck yeah.
Little Dragon, Cornelius, Erland Oye, Stereolab, At.The.Drive.In- Gimme!
Depeche Mode, Kate Bush, Siouxie Soux, Nico, Fever Ray- Put it in my ear holes.
It's like dusting off the sounds I put away yet never get sick of, much like how people love their fucking pumpkin spice lattes or whatever. Whatever. It's nostalgic and I like it while I wear a sweater and make ratatouille and drink moonshine.
I posted about Roy Harper in the 50 Overlooked Albums Per Decade thread, but with the release of his first album in 13 years (it's excellent, find it) I've been inspired to go back and listen to his catalog again. His wikipedia taught me some interesting things:
You ever wanted to hear David Gilmour and John Paul Jones play on the same song in their heyday?
How about a backing band consisting of Keith Moon on drums, Jimmy Page on guitar and Ronnie Lane of the Faces on bass?
He was on such a roll in the 70s that he could use Paul and Linda McCartney for backing vocals
He also has two albums he cowrote with Jimmy Page and one album cowritten with David Gilmour. And he can always go toe to toe with these guys.
When I was super young and getting into Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, an older friend of mine suggest I listen to Stormcock. So damn good. I always wondered why, at least that album, doesn't get as much as recognition as Dylan's and LC's stuff.
1/29 Patti Smith @ Theatre At The Ace Hotel
2/12 Babes In Toyland @ The Roxy