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To promote his upcoming album Together Through Life, Bob Dylan offers a free download (today and tomorrow only) of the song Beyond Here Lies Nothin'.
posted by ornate insect (33 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
On first listen it shows promise. Thanks.
posted by caddis at 3:03 PM on March 30, 2009


Thanks, Zimmy! (And thanks to you, too, ornate insect).
posted by maudlin at 3:09 PM on March 30, 2009


Lovely. Thanks for the heads up, I was just at his sight a few days ago after finishing his Chronicles book.
posted by chococat at 3:10 PM on March 30, 2009


Bob Dylan has released 15 albums (in a manner of speaking) this decade. So he's attempting some tiny, decade past relevant foray into the territory of loosening the grip of one of his wrinkled fists on his precious copyrights (the bloated, over-extended, public commons-destroying copyrights the latest Disney-serving extension of which he bears direct personal responsibility for). Fuck Bob Dylan.

That being said I did download the track.
posted by nanojath at 3:10 PM on March 30, 2009 [5 favorites]


Bob Dylan has released 15 albums (in a manner of speaking) this decade.

And in my opinion they are among his best ever, especially: Time Out of Mind, Love & Theft, Modern Times, and Tell Tale Signs (Bootleg Series #8). To my ears, the brilliance of these recordings stand alongside any of his earlier work.
posted by ornate insect at 3:15 PM on March 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


As much as I love Bob Dylan, I don't really get excited about the new stuff. Shrug. Now, where'd I put those A Tree With Roots mp3s?
posted by box at 3:15 PM on March 30, 2009


nanojath: "he's attempting some tiny, decade past relevant foray into the territory of loosening the grip of one of his wrinkled fists on his precious copyrights (the bloated, over-extended, public commons-destroying copyrights the latest Disney-serving extension of which he bears direct personal responsibility for). Fuck Bob Dylan."

I suppose Dylan fans are among the least likely to aware of it. But upon reading "Dylan offers a free download (today and tomorrow only) of the song", I thought "And when the album is released - if not before - The Pirate Bay will offer a free download every single day of the entire record".

If there's a coherent marketing angle here, I don't see it.
posted by Joe Beese at 3:19 PM on March 30, 2009


I still love my classic Dylan collection, but the man has grown as a singer so damn much over the past decade that it's amazing. Yeah, he still has a range of about 3 1/2 notes, but his tone and his emotional expression are beyond what he managed in what most of us call his prime.

His music isn't at all groundbreaking these days, and his lyrics are simpler and less flashy, but there's a consistency of voice and deep authenticity to the whole package that makes up for it. If he keeps putting out music like this, and writes some more volumes of his Chronicles, I'll be thrilled.

(I'm just going to pretend the 80s and 90s didn't exist for him, OK?)
posted by maudlin at 3:21 PM on March 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


(I'm just going to pretend the 80s and 90s didn't exist for him, OK?)

Really? Oh Mercy? No?
posted by chococat at 3:26 PM on March 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


box: "Now, where'd I put those A Tree With Roots mp3s?"

And if you wouldn't pirate the album for any other reason, how about to keep from rewarding the record company that still hasn't put a decent edition of the Basement Tapes?
posted by Joe Beese at 3:29 PM on March 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


Fuck Bob Dylan.

If we go by the article you linked to, I guess we should fuck Dr. Seuss as well.

Yeah, fuck you, Dr. Seuss!
posted by theroadahead at 3:32 PM on March 30, 2009


My dad used to call him Moaning Minnie.

Neil Young is still better.

Your favourite nose singer sucks.
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:33 PM on March 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


I've been having an argument with a friend about whether or not Modern Times is an album of covers.

One of us says absolutely. The other says Dylan wrote all the songs and just stole lines and titles here and there from standards. The latter opinion has many 2nds and the word "covers" hasn't been found in any reviews.

Both parties say this review supports their position.

What say the hive mind?
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 3:34 PM on March 30, 2009 [1 favorite]


Fine, fine, I'll grant Oh Mercy and any other work with Lanois. I'll revise his fallow period to late 70s to 1988 (Slow Train Coming? Take me now, Lord!).
posted by maudlin at 3:36 PM on March 30, 2009


Nashville Skyline is still the best because it sounds like a Pee Wee Herman record.
posted by swift at 3:37 PM on March 30, 2009 [3 favorites]


If there's a coherent marketing angle here

Who cares? What there is here, to my ears, is a solid rock song with a hook and some mariachi brass. A little Tom Waits-ish. What else do you want? The man's a survivor. Think late de Kooning's autumnal splendor. A few supple lines, a rough-hewn croon, nothing fancy, just the kind of solid song-writing that sounds easier than it is. The auto industry may be on the skids, but Dylan still delivers the goods: no need to bail him out anytime soon.
posted by ornate insect at 3:38 PM on March 30, 2009 [2 favorites]


Ooooh, snap. Bailout reference!
posted by nosila at 3:40 PM on March 30, 2009


ornate insect: "Who cares?"

Well, without the free-download angle, all we've got here is "Dylan has a new album."

So does Kool Keith, for that matter.
posted by Joe Beese at 3:55 PM on March 30, 2009


Who is Kool Keith?
posted by fixedgear at 4:09 PM on March 30, 2009


fixedgear: "Who is Kool Keith?"

Well, like Dylan, he's an inventive lyricist who has been known to slip into a different persona for relief on occasion.

More details here.
posted by Joe Beese at 4:15 PM on March 30, 2009


And if you wouldn't pirate the album for any other reason, how about to keep from rewarding the record company that still hasn't put a decent edition of the Basement Tapes?
posted by Joe Beese


Yes, yes, a thousand favorites upon you. I'd pay a hundred, maybe two, for a decently packaged complete set of these recordings.
posted by GamblingBlues at 4:23 PM on March 30, 2009


Those two solo folk-song records in the '90s were a-ok, too.

But yeah the past dozen years have been loaded with good, scary Bob Dylan records.

I downloaded this one last night and hope the whole record is better, less ... oh I don't know, "blues band-y," for lack of a decent term. But his voice sounds like an angry old prophet and there is some poetry in that mess of words.
posted by kenlayne at 4:27 PM on March 30, 2009


late 70s to 1988 (Slow Train Coming? Take me now, Lord!).

You've obviously not listened to enough of the Gospel period. Get thee a copy of the Massey Hall tape, 1980 (aka "The born again music".)
posted by docgonzo at 4:30 PM on March 30, 2009


.mp3.zip?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:09 PM on March 30, 2009


Sounds like he has a great band, which he should, after the eight trillion bazillion live shows he's done.
posted by letitrain at 5:11 PM on March 30, 2009


You can listen to it here first before deciding whether or not you want to download.

(At least you can at the time of this post. Don't know how long before someone decides to delete it.)
posted by marsha56 at 6:12 PM on March 30, 2009


John Lennon didn't believe in Bob Dylan. And neither do I.
posted by ChickenringNYC at 10:40 PM on March 30, 2009


That's a great little song.

His last three albums have been excellent. His 80s and 90s material will age well. This album should be good.
posted by ageispolis at 11:34 PM on March 30, 2009


nanojath: "he's attempting some tiny, decade past relevant foray into the territory of loosening the grip of one of his wrinkled fists on his precious copyrights (the bloated, over-extended, public commons-destroying copyrights the latest Disney-serving extension of which he bears direct personal responsibility for). Fuck Bob Dylan."

Hunh? Wha? The guy is supposed to just give away his work, because... why? Anyone who knows anything about Dylan understands the tacit support he has always had for peer-to-peer sharing of his bootlegged work. There's an underground industry based on trading and buying and selling Dylan bootlegs, and Dylan himself doesn't see dime one of it.

Anyway, Bob Dylan is all about marketing. Like clockwork, Dylan offers something new (or repackaged and recycled) every two years or so. He's the epitome of crass commercialism, but who cares? I'm only in it for the music, which I'll gladly shell out money for.

I picked up a dubbed cassette tape of "Greatest Hits: Vol. 2" in 1994 and I was hooked. I really love "Love and Theft", and I just wish I could have seen him with this band.

I saw him a few times as "Bob Dylan and His Band" with the 2005-2008 lineup, and the performances were workmanlike and "entertaining", but fairly bland.

I'm not to fond of the accordion in the downloaded track, but, of well. There's always "Love and Theft".
posted by KokuRyu at 12:01 AM on March 31, 2009


This doesn't make up for Masked and Anonymous.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 6:03 AM on March 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


John Lennon didn't believe in Bob Dylan.

That's a pointless statement even by Lennon's low, low standards. What is that even supposed to mean?
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 7:50 AM on March 31, 2009


"Sure, I'm in the biggest band in the world, and everybody thinks I'm the smart one, but what I really want to be is a solo artist who people think is a poet."
posted by box at 8:31 AM on March 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


Who is Kool Keith?

He is a man who will 100 percent for sure urinate up in your head area.
posted by Divine_Wino at 12:03 PM on March 31, 2009 [1 favorite]


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