Monthly Archives: April 2010

I want to feel sunlight on my face

Sometimes life is easy, and sometimes life is difficult. Sometimes, things get so tough that we end up turning to prayer. And when we just can’t pray anymore, then we still have hope left. Hope. Music. Love. Right now, that’s what we’ve got.

We’re beaten and blown by the wind
Trampled in dust…

Brother, this one’s for you.

It’s all I can do

U2 – Psalm 116 >> Where The Streets Have No Name

Subway Mix #2

Sorry for the lack of posting. Job searches, final projects, and the impending doom of finals are upon me. But despite all that (actually because of all of that) I’ve been taking the subway a heck of a lot lately – going back and forth between school and my apartment.

And so I present to you Subway Mix #2.

My Morning Jacket – Aluminum Park

Foreign Born – Blood Oranges

Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

The Rolling Stones – Shine A Light

These United States – Conquest & Consequence

Wilco – Ashes Of American Flags

The Tallest Man On Earth: The Wild Hunt

“Joanna Newsom sounds like Joni Mitchell and The Tallest Man On Earth is just a Dylan copycat.”

Yes. I’m aware that some people think that. I know that these two artists have similar voices to said folk rock foreparents. But in no way does that make then unoriginal or without their own styles. While I’m still not ready to adequately review Joanna’s latest masterpiece (see here) I do think I can begin a review of The Tallest Man On Earth’s recent release, The Wild Hunt.

This is an artist who is fantastic in all three equally important areas of singer/songwriter music. He has mastered his instrument (the guitar), has perfected his vocal style (think of a Dylan with a good voice who isn’t afraid to let his voice jump around a bit), and has become quite the lyricist:

There is a crow moon comin’ in well you keep looking out
It is the hollow month of March now sweeping in
Let’s watch phenomenons that rise out of the darkness now
Within the light she is my storming heroine

So you naysayers can claim copycat all you like. Anyone who has their ears screwed on right will recognize this album as an original work; one that isn’t just different than a Dylan record, but one that has introduced some pretty awesome music to the world.

The Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt

Pearl Jam on Conan

Barbarossa

For those of you who don’t know yet, I’m a big fan of the Counting Crows, and basically anything Adam Duritz does. I know many of you will deride this and that’s ok. I like him not only despite his whiny complaints about his love life, but actually because of it. Maybe it’s a bit voyeuristic to see someone pour their heart out onstage like Adam does at every show, but then again, music is an emotional experience and Adam manages to make sure of that with every song.

Enter Sordid Humor. This late 80s alt rock outfit actually featured Adam on backing vocals for a few tracks, as well as David Immerglück (one of CC’s guitarists) as the bassist for a few songs.

And though Adam’s only singing the background parts, he manages to move the song from an alternative ditty, to an emotional ballad that would fit perfectly on any Crows album.

Enjoy!

Sordid Humor – Barbarossa

Israel Remembrance Day

Today is Israel’s Remembrance Day, a day when Israel mourns the loss of its nation’s soldiers and victims of terror. As everyone in the country has spent some time in the army, this is not like Memorial Day in America; there everyone knows someone who has died; everybody has someone to mourn for.

Since many of us are in school or at work, maybe we can take these songs as our own personal way to remember those who have fallen.

Elliott Smith – Memory Lane

Explosions In The Sky – Remember Me As A Time Of Day

Miles Davis – Israel

Wilco – I’ll Fight

Soundgarden: April 16, 2010

This one doesn’t need much of an intro. Soundgarden, one of the premier Seattle bands of the late 80s and early 90s, has finally reunited. Broken up in 1997, Soundgarden announced that they would be reuniting in late 2009, and played their first show in 13 years on Saturday night, April 16.

The show sounds pretty awesome, and Cornell can hit almost all of the absurdly high notes from their early songs. The band as a whole sounds pretty tight, as if they picked up where they left off in 1997.

Enjoy!

[Update: Both the zip file and the single song files have run out of bandwidth. Please check back again tomorrow. Sorry for the delay.]

Download a .zip file of the entire show here.

1. Soundgarden – Intro

2. Soundgarden – Spoonman Continue reading