otis redding is wonderful.
first of all, huge props to sirius xmu. i had never really listened to satellite radio and stumbled upon this while perusing, and it’s been a great boon for the tiny part of me that still yearns for new music (it’s actually getting bigger).
for the rest of me: i found out that HUM has played a few shows in the past year, and so i’ve been playing their stuff in my head like 24/7 lately. one of my favorites of all time. there was a point where i had traveled a few thousand miles to see their 3 “last show ever”s.
hum’s spot in my head was taken over on saturday night by “home” by edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros. i’ve been away from pittsburgh for a month now, and i miss it, so it has that emotional component. and plus, that’s a catchy tune. though i am *certain* that i’ve heard it in a commercial before. possibly on hulu?
and lastly: a few years ago, my friend found a cd in a bargain bin at a local music shop and bought it for no reason at all. the band is called acrobat down, and it’s this awesome lo-fi indie rock. the cd got ruined, and i lost all the mp3s i’d made of it, and i hadn’t heard it in years. but today i found the whole album online! yay internet! anyone ever hear of these guys?
some of my favorite bands are just random gems that i got lucky and happened to hear somewhere, but no one knows who they are or anything about them, and they’ve of course all stopped playing 10+ years ago. i go through life hoping i’ll just randomly meet someone who also loves one or more of these bands.
Slint – Spiderland
Make Believe / Joan of Arc / Owls
Busdriver, Radioinactive, and Daedalus – The Weather
The Jesus Lizard
Fin Fang Foom
anything involving Vernon Reid
HUM? check out Glifted if it hasn’t been mentioned in this thread already.
+1 Otis Redding
Otis wrote the song “Respect”. Everyone’s heard Aretha Franklin’s version of it, but the song was written from a male perspective, and hearing Otis sing it, it comes across altogether differently.
To me, at least, you need more than the recording, whether electronic or not is irrelevant. To really appreciate the song, you need the story behind the song.
Here’s another great singer-songwriter: John Hartford. Did anyone ever get to see him at a live concert?
Some songs I’m obsessed with lately:
Get Out (mostly because I’m in love with Anthony Green, and I just saw Circa Survive live last week)
My ipod broke two months after the warranty ran out
This thread remneinds me: Broken Social Scene at the Byham, Tomoorow! (September 8, 2010)
Anyone want to get tickets? Do a bike cruise?
Been listening to some real early Billy Joel, as in before “The Stranger”. Songs like:
Captain Jack (boy, is this depressing)
Say Goodbye to Hollywood (really catchy tune)
I’ve Loved These Days (bittersweet reminiscence & transitions)
Seems these tunes mean something different to me now vs. when I was in college.
Mick – I’m definitely going to BSS, although I already have tickets. I might take the bus just because I’ll be right by the busway station. So, um… I suck?
I’m hoping to get Broken Social Scene tickets during my lunch, assuming they aren’t sold out. Anyone interested contact me.
Salty – it would be good to meet up, maybe after the show?
How I missed the Polvo subthread and subsequent Pittsburgh show I’ll never know…
bust a move at 0’40 into the link’d video, awe yeah.
this song is making me want to cry, simply by the emotive qualities of his voice:
“How much money do you need, to give yourself a sense of security?”
I just got back from a vacation which included the Matador @ 21 show. Wow, that was awesome, although I think I’m completely ruined now – how can any show top that? 26 great bands over 3 days, in a small (2100 seat) arena. I’ve never been to a show before where the last band started their set at 4:15am. After I watched some guy sing Dead Milkmen karaoke at 3:30am.
I almost didn’t miss my bike – although considering I didn’t go outside for 3 days it wouldn’t have really helped me anyways. Plus LV does not appear to be a bike-friendly place.
– Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys (Bluegrass is the new punk er something …)
– Los Crudos/Limp Wrist
– The Fitt – “When The Fitt Hit the Shan” (Best Pittsburgh band and record … ever?)
(Bluegrass is the new punk er something …)
On that note, I just discovered this guy…
If you like banjos, he’s amazing.
I love the banjo, but I have little tolerance for the sound of steel fingerpicks.
I like old-time banjo.
Anyone interested in an extra ticket (free!) to the New Pornographers @ Diesel tonight? I’ll be riding down from E. Lib around 6:30 and I guarantee the show will be awesome.
@mick: Great pointers. Old-Time never gets old. (And the Horseflies have been touring again…)
NPs were fantastic (despite the venue sucking). wow, i really do love that band, and i fantasize every day about being the lead singer in a band with neko case and kathryn calder as my backup singers.
btw, mick took the ticket (and repaid me in beverages) – hopefully we didn’t wake up the people on the corner of joncaire and boundary standing out there talking about music
Thanks, Salty. I wasn’t familiar with the NP music, but DAMN they give a great show!
then there is this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-zfiMLiizc
been listening to yo la tengo recently, especially the album i am not afraid of you and i will beat your ass. the song “i should have known better” had this gem:
i had a small run-in
with a driver and his wife
you might call it road rage
but we got out with our lives
i held my ground
and now that it’s over i’m saying that there must be a better way
made me think of this place and some of our various stories.
I like that. I’ll have to look it up.
I’ve been listening to Ghost mice too much. Dude’s voice takes a bit getting used to, but I’ve gone from a “What?” kind of feeling towards them, to warm fuzzy feeling.
and I can ride my bicycle
anywhere I wanna go
I can ride it to the health foods
store I can ride it to the show
and all I gotta deal with is
a stupid SUV filled with future
yuppies who try to run me
off the streets
I love these two songs:
The guy who used to run The Prism Coffeehouse in Charlottesville, VA, Fred Boyce, used to say that Bach only wrote for the cello because the banjo had not yet been invented. He played Bach on the banjo all the time and it was unbelievable.
I like both clawhammer and resonater.
@ Mick — nice clips!
I like old-time banjo.
So Mick, when you gonna learn to play? (hint.)
I wish I had some Andrew Bird on vinyl.
So I got bored, and started making a compilation of songs that came out this year. It ended up being half songs released in 2010, and half songs by bands I just started listening to this year.
If anyone’s interested:
1. Sufjan Stevens – I Want to be Well
2. Bon Iver – Skinny Love
3. Ghost Mice – The Good Life
4. Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire – Cock O’the Walk
5. The Black Keys – Howlin’ for You
6. Frank Turner – Photosynthesis
7. Portugal. The Man – When the War Ends
8. Los Campesinos! – Straight in at 101
9. Chiddy Bang (ft. Passion Pit) – Truth
10. The Black Keys – The Breaks
11. Circa Survive – Glass Arrows
12. The Gaslight Anthem – Boxer
13. Angels & Airwaves – Young London
14. Heathers – Fire Ants
15. Andrew Jackson Jihad – Sense, Sensibility
16. The Raconteurs – Carolina Drama
17. Vampire Weekend – Diplomat’s Son
18. Defiance, Ohio – Hairpool
not a bad list, but it’s missing at least “sweet talk, sweet talk” by the new pornographers and “bottled in cork” by ted leo/rx
Discovered this week and instantly loved it: Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling &
Dharohar Project – EP
I really like 8tracks.com
They have some decent playlists there.
I was so sad that I missed Freelance Whales while they were in town at the beginning of this month. ugh. Their stuff is “sonic happiness” to my ears.
I’ve also been listening to a lot of Black Keys and Avett Brothers lately. Aaaand Sufjan’s epic Christmas album.
So much good music, so little time…
does anyone here happen to know where I might be able to get a new needle for my record player? (my records collect cat fur, which then gets stuck on the needle, which I periodically pull off. last time I tried to clean off the cat fur, the entire needle came with it!)
Anyway, I love this video. It’s so borderline creepy/hilarious/strange.
From their album, Rubber Factory
(sorry if I’ve posted it already, I lose track. also, I’m stuck in my little bubble of 5 or 6 bands right now)
“Came off” as in broken? Or merely pulled off?
Use the telephone. Start with Jerry’s Records in SqHill, or maybe Paul’s CDs in Blmfld.
It would help to know what needle is/was on it most recently, i.e., is it what came with the machine or an exact equivalent, or alternatively, has the original been replaced with a different type of needle?
Assuming the former, they can fairly easily figure out what you need by your giving them make and model #. Assuming the latter, you may need to bring at least the needle to the shop.
Lacking Jerry’s or something local, look online.
I’m looking forward to this new Wanda Jackson album produced by Jack White.
yeah, it broke. it looks like the needle is in a tiny red piece of plastic that connects to the rest of the arm, and the little red piece ripped off. I’ll dive them a try though. If that doesn’t work, goodwill sometimes has inexpensive turntables.
Gang of Four are playing at Club Cafe on Feb 10, for any old post punks out there. For you younger folks, think of them as the fathers who can still kick any of your friends asses.
Erica, don’t pitch the machine, and similarly don’t expect the Goodwill turntable to be in any better shape.
Call Jerry’s & see if they still have the offer to evaluate a TT for free & tell you what work it needs, if anything. You’ll have to bring it there & leave it a couple of days, but IMHO it’s worth the trouble.
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