New Year's Eve is fast approaching, and for lots of folks that means... drinking. Plenty of drinking. And since there's no shortage of singers and songwriters who've had a little something to say about that particular topic, maybe some of the following tunes can serve as an appropriate soundtrack to your own joyous (or not?) imbibing of spirits. For example, there's... Jimmy Liggins with his succinct rendition of Drunk
, and there's... [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Dec 30, 2011 -
There's a new crop of Australian bands that take inspiration from old blues, but twist the music in a strange fashion. The trend may have started with CW Stoneking (Jungle Blues
, Love Me Or Die
), who channeled the old bluesmen despite being a young man.
Its continued on to Sydney's Snowdroppers
, who started out as a house band for burlesque shows
and kept that dirty sensibility up with songs like Rosemary
, Do The Stomp
, and their signature tune Good Drugs, Bad Women
(lyrics NSW). Frequent Snowdroppers touring partners Gay Paris
add a Southern horror twist (House Fire In the Origami District, My First Wife? She Was A Foxqueen!
) and an antic stage energy. Some of the bands relay on gimmicks, like Adelaide's The Beards
, who sing about how you should consider having sex with a bearded man
and point out that if your dad doesn't have a beard, you've got two moms.
The Beards recently performed at the World Beard and Mustache Championships.
Horror-country-rockers Graveyard Train
have picked up the torch dropped when Sydney psychobilly masters Zombie Ghost Train
disbanded. Graveyard Train tunes like Mummy
, Ballad for Beelzebub
, Tall Shadow
and Dead Folk Dance
combine cheerful Misfits horror theming with stompy country. Most of the singers from this loose scene are joining forces in Sydney this week to pay tribute to Tom Waits.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn
on Oct 4, 2011 -
"I decided I wanted to buy the Dorsey Brothers’ mambo record. However, I did not have the required 39 cents."
Over at The Comics Journal
, cartoonist Kim Deitch (previously)
, son of animator Gene Deitch (previously)
, has been posting a wonderful, rambling memoir about the music in his life.
Part 1: The Dorseys and Beyond
"Watch for Russ Columbo playing some hot violin in this one
."Part 2: An Early Education - Jazz, folk and the ’40s
- Alan Lomax, Jelly Roll Morton and jazz fandomPart 3: Our hero stumbles on the birth of television
, specifically, music on televisionPart 4: Rock ‘n Roll
- "For a lot of Americans it was like the whole damn African jungle had landed in the middle of Ed Sullivan’s stage
"Part 5: Rocking Forward [more inside]
posted by mediareport
on Aug 7, 2011 -
It’s maybe a little
early yet for year’s end retrospectives, but who cares: we’ve got 157 songs, 10.5 hours, 1.12 GB of “some of the best and most notable music from 2010... covering indie, pop, rock, punk, folk, rap, R&B, soul, dance, country, modern classical, ambient and electronic music, and in many cases, hard-to-classify genre hybrids.”
—Curated by FluxBlog’s own Matthew Perpetua.
posted by kipmanley
on Dec 3, 2010 -
Bobby Charles 1938-2010
. Songwriter, musician's musician and cultural treasure, he died on last Thursday in Abbeville,Lousiana. In the 1950s, he wrote Fats Domino's Walking to New Orleans
, Bill Haley and the Comet's See You Later, Alligator
and recorded for Chess records. His eponymous Bearsville album
recorded in Woodstock in 1972 has been described as the best Band album released under another name.(Check out Small Town Talk
there.) He appeared as well in the Band's farewell concert filmed as The Last Waltz
. He made an enormous contribution to American popular music. [more inside]
posted by y2karl
on Jan 19, 2010 -
Boys dared to grow their hair and girls dared to wear mini skirts and in Korea indecency officers patroled the street with scissors and rulers, publicly cutting hair too long and checking if skirts were too short. Shin Joong-hyung, was there with his 70s hit, Beauty,
as were other musicians and artists like Sanullim
and the Key Boys
. [more inside]
posted by kkokkodalk
on Nov 5, 2009 -
Dr. John Rudoff
is a cardiologist in Oregon, but before he entered medical school, he was the staff photographer at The Main Point
, a coffeehouse in Bryn Mawr, PA associated with the early 1960s folk revival in the Philadelphia area. His photographs of the Philadelphia folk scene include unidentified local folkies
, but also touring folk singers such as Dave van Ronk
and John Hammond
. Eventually, Rudoff got a press pass to the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, where he took photos of Mary Travers sharing a moment with Mimi and Dick Fariña
and Joan Baez with a pre-psychedelicized Chambers Brothers
, but the most amazing discovery of all are the photos of when Bob Dylan "went electric."
And now you can see Rudoff's whole collection
, thanks to the magic of Flickr.
posted by jonp72
on May 7, 2009 -
... After take seventeen, Dylan heeds the producer Johnston’s advice to start with a harmonica swoop. Crescendos off of an extended fifth chord, led by Paul Griffin’s astonishingpiano swells (“half Gershwin, half gospel, all heart” an astute critic later wrote), climax in choruses dominated by piano, organ, and Bobby Gregg’s drum rolls; Robbie Robertson’s guitar hits its full strength at the finale. Intimations of the thin, wild mercury sound underpin rock & roll symphonics. Johnston delivers a pep talk before one last take—“keep that soul feel”—and Gregg snaps a quick click opener, and fewer than five minutes later, the keeper is in the can. Mystic Nights - The Making of Blonde On Blonde In Nashville
An account of how the many strands of that thin, that wild mercury sound were woven. And the annotation
goes on. Via email via St Urbain's Horseman
posted by y2karl
on Sep 28, 2007 -
Aside from the usual crap, YouTube has a great selection of
one the most
song of all time: All Along the Watchtower
. Classics like Hendrix (live
), Neil Young (at DailyMotion
with better sound) and U2
--and some great contemporary versions like Keziah
Jones' blazingly-fast version
Bradley Fish's 12-instrument (including Chinese Zither) version
, Michael Hedges’
even a quite good version of DMB's much-maligned cover
. What doesn't really rank: Dylan's original.
posted by FeldBum
on Jul 2, 2007 -
The closest I ever got to the sound I hear in my mind was on individual bands in the 'Blonde on Blonde' album. It's that thin, that wild mercury sound. It's metallic and bright gold, with whatever that conjures up.
Bob Dylan 1978
Blonde On Blonde
--Seven mixes, four or five covers, four or five women, some missing photographs
and one leather coat... (story within)
posted by y2karl
on Nov 19, 2003 -