Right Place at the Right Time Musically
June 14, 2007 12:34 PM   Subscribe

If you missed Elvis Perkins on Late Night with David Letterman making their national television debut, at least now you can say you knew about these guys before they really hit the big time (check out "Acoustic Slip Away"). I first heard about them on Lex and Terry. Warning, may be NSFW, youtube and audio links. Click at your own risk.
posted by misha (32 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
I wonder, did SXSW become significant because of the increased popularity of southern-influenced singer-songwriter-type bands and indie-rock-faux-country post alt-country music, or is it the other way around?

The alternative rebellion against Nashville was inevitable, but it's interesting that it has gained such traction among the hipster set.
posted by The World Famous at 12:41 PM on June 14, 2007


Man, guiatar, microphone. That was wonderful.
posted by Mblue at 12:45 PM on June 14, 2007


Subject: Are Shares of ELPE Poised For a Run?
Body:
As of June 14, this over-the-counter-stock is poised for a massive gain....
posted by gurple at 12:51 PM on June 14, 2007


pfft. my podcast has been playing elvis perkins for weeks. WEEEKS.

Also, he's had a pretty tragic homelife. Dad died of AIDS, mom during 9/11. Sad.
posted by Stynxno at 12:58 PM on June 14, 2007


Oh yeah, Styxno? A friend of mine has been bugging me to listen to him for at least two months! So there!
posted by jokeefe at 12:59 PM on June 14, 2007


I have you both beat. I've been listening to Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins for decades.
posted by The World Famous at 1:09 PM on June 14, 2007


Pft...I'm this guy's maternal twin. AND his dad. AND I taught him how to play guitar.

also, I've never heard of him. Thanks for the link...
posted by Pecinpah at 1:14 PM on June 14, 2007


Elvis Perkins sounds a'ight.

And I guess those Odis guys would be a good listen for those find John Mayer just a little too edgy. The fact that they put the word "soul" in their myspace URL AND their genre kind of proves the old saying: "if you have to say you are, you aren't."
posted by drjimmy11 at 1:22 PM on June 14, 2007


Your favorite musician sucks.

Unless your favorite musician is Elvis Perkins. I've been really digging Ash Wednesday.
posted by eyeballkid at 1:27 PM on June 14, 2007 [2 favorites]


Wow, that Slip Away song sounds familiar.
posted by lubujackson at 1:28 PM on June 14, 2007


I caught him on Letterman last night and it floored me. I had never heard him before and now I'm definitely interested in hearing more.
posted by Qubit at 2:10 PM on June 14, 2007


Soul of Odis sounds like that band "Blues-Hammer" from the movie Ghost World.
posted by JBennett at 2:48 PM on June 14, 2007


Blues Hammer!
posted by JBennett at 2:49 PM on June 14, 2007


The World Famous: "indie-faux-country post alt-country alternative hipster"

All these words are meaningless. The preocupation with other people's preocupation with faux-post-X is just a smokescreen.
It's all pop. It's all rock and roll. Some of it sucks. Some doesn't.
posted by signal at 2:58 PM on June 14, 2007


All these words are meaningless.

Fine. Here's the meaning: Unoriginal music that sounds/looks like Ryan Adams and Wilco.

It's all pop. It's all rock and roll. Some of it sucks. Some doesn't.

Some of it wears a cowboy shirt from Urban Outfitters and plays a sunburst Gibson Southern Jumbo paid for by a trust fund, some of it doesn't.

A good songwriter is a good songwriter is a good songwriter. But the fact that Dylan didn't dress, look or sound like the Everly Brothers didn't hurt, either.

(a bit more snarky than I normally would be, but I'm really tired of bands/artists who seem catered specifically to SXSW)
posted by The World Famous at 4:03 PM on June 14, 2007


The World Famous: "
wears a cowboy shirt from Urban Outfitters and plays a sunburst Gibson Southern Jumbo paid for by a trust fund the fact that Dylan didn't dress, look or sound like the Everly Brothers
"

That's irrelevant.
posted by signal at 4:25 PM on June 14, 2007


Man, guiatar, microphone. That was wonderful.
except for the big standup bass to his left plus the drummer and whoever the hell was playing the harmonica.

Anyways thanks for the post. I like this sound, so it was right up my alley.

I'm just floored that this thread isn't filled with more whiny bitching about posting of new musicians stuff. I was pretty disgusted with some of you after that Regina Spektor thread last week.
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 5:09 PM on June 14, 2007


The Letterman appearance reminded me of Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense film.

The Elvis Perkins musicians enter one at at time during the course of the song, building the sound in layers. Pretty cool! Of course, in Stop Making Sense the musicians came out gradually over the first half of the concert, instead of just during a single song.
posted by The Deej at 5:15 PM on June 14, 2007


That's irrelevant.

Irrelevant to what?
posted by The World Famous at 5:23 PM on June 14, 2007


pfft. my podcast has been playing elvis perkins for weeks. WEEEKS.

Just ahead of The Guardian. Now that's underground!
posted by jack_mo at 6:01 PM on June 14, 2007


my podcast has been playing elvis perkins for weeks.

Elvis Perkins added to iTunes... 08 March 2007 @ 11:41 PM!

:P

Playcount... 2 times. I dismissed him before Stynxno even heard of him!
posted by dobbs at 8:48 PM on June 14, 2007


blueshammer!
posted by dobbs at 8:49 PM on June 14, 2007


Oh, and those who really dig EP, Day Trotter's got some rare tracks.
posted by dobbs at 9:03 PM on June 14, 2007


The World Famous: "That's irrelevant.

Irrelevant to what?
"

Music.
posted by signal at 10:05 PM on June 14, 2007


dobbs, thanks much for that link.
posted by tgyg at 11:22 PM on June 14, 2007


Tis a good album. That I've had for several months now.
posted by TheDonF at 7:34 AM on June 15, 2007


February 2006. Gotcha all beat. But seriously... Ash Wednesday is really solid. Great band and great guys.
posted by yeti at 8:33 AM on June 15, 2007


Irrelevant to what?"

Music.


That would explain why it's on YouTube, rather than an audio-only website.

If they were ugly or un-trendy, you'd never hear about them. Hence my annoyance with SXSW.
posted by The World Famous at 9:49 AM on June 15, 2007


and whoever the hell was playing the harmonica.

Turns out it's the drummer (at least on Letterman)
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 2:40 PM on June 15, 2007


If you like this, I think you might like Joe Purdy.
posted by ajr at 8:43 PM on June 15, 2007


The World Famous: "If they were ugly or un-trendy, you'd never hear about them. Hence my annoyance with SXSW."

Right.
This is the first time in recorded history that a band has dressed in a specific way to attract an audience, or played a single note of music not born athen-like full formed from their head, or in fact done anything at all informed by current fashions.
posted by signal at 1:04 PM on June 16, 2007


Right.
This is the first time in recorded history that a band has dressed in a specific way to attract an audience, or played a single note of music not born athen-like full formed from their head, or in fact done anything at all informed by current fashions.


I didn't realize that I had said it was the first time in recorded history. I must really be an idiot.
posted by The World Famous at 11:12 AM on June 17, 2007


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