this is off their upcoming record man machine poem which is due out on 6.17.
hey hows it going? good glad to hear! so what brings you around today? oh, you like music, huh? well, you’ve come to an ok place to hear music. let me tell ya, you came around on the right day cause there’s this band out of boston called hallelujah the hils. ever hear of em? no? well thats too bad as i have been pushing them for years, but i wont hold that against you. they got a brand new record out called a band is something to figure out, and its brilliant. oh this is embarrassing, i lied a little bit cause its not actually out until april 12, but you can hear a few tracks from it right here and right fucking now. let me be absolutely frank with you, and cut the bullshit, hallelujah the hills are the best band on the planet, that havent broken up. oh you doubt that do you? let me ask you this. do you like hooks that burrow into your brain, and almost never leave? do you like cryptic lyrics and references that you may not necessarily get, but are oddly relateable? do you like horns? i could keep asking questions, but i can see you may be growing tired of this sort of thing. if you answered yes to any of those questions then your new favorite band is hallelujah the hills – this was kind of like a buzzfeed thing.
a band is something to figure out, as of right now, is my favorite record of the year. lets get our collective shit together, people, vote for trump and get ready to have hallelujah the hills fill up those pretty little ear holes with what i like to refer to as musical tacos. so awesome, you can never get enough. here is the third single off a band is something to figure out “the girl with electronics inside.”
buy a band is something to figure out via bandcamp
is they or arent they the best band on the planet? that is the question that often runs through my head when i am devouring their catalogue, which is quite often. then there are times when im listening to say hallelujah the hills or the roadside graves, and i still return to thinking they are. richmond fontaine, obviously the band in question, has a deeper back catalogue which is as strong as hulk hogan. they got a new one out called you cant go back if there’s nothing to go back to. to quote forrest gump, “richmond fontaine is like a box of chocolates, you never know which one you’re gonna get.” im pretty sure he said that at some point. thematically they have always been all over the board, but within the same kind of genre. their last record the high country was a dark and pretty depressing concept record, thirteen cities sounded like it was written/recorded on and about some texarkana town, the fitzgerald was a very sparse and mostly acoustic record, post to wire was straight up alt-country, and all the others traveled different musical landscapes. lyrically there has always been willy vlautin’s cast of characters, some good, some indifferent, but mostly filled with folks that most of us would not want to deal w on a daily basis or ever. still, i, strangely, found a connection with these cast of ne’er-do-wells cause most of us are one or two bad decisions from being in a lot of these situations. the one thing i have always loved about richmond fontaine is that there is a complete cohesion within the music. sure willy’s lyrics/stories/characters are in the forefront, but the rest of the gang are responsible for setting the mood to these songs which they have always done brilliantly and effortlessly.
their latest and final record, sadly, you cant go back if there’s nothing to go back to is really a culmination of all their records, but still sounding like a fresh richmond fontaine release. this doesnt sound like a record that is a finality, but more like a band at the top of their game. if you’re a richmond fontaine fan then obviously you should love this record, if you have never listened to em, this is strangely a good place to start. normally farewell records are kinda meh, but this is as good as any of their previous releases. everything is here, everything one would want from willy and company. richmond fontaine is dead, long live richmond fontaine. thanks for everything! best of 2016 without a doubt.
buy you cant go back if there’s nothing to go back to via bandcamp
been listening to this a lot lately after not listening to it for years. still one of the best records to come out past 20+ years. brilliant stuff. the record is called viva last blues, and cant recommend it enough.
there has been much written about caleb caudle’s recently released carolina ghost. since the site has been down, i have read a lot of reviews on said record, and i am happy to report that everything i have read about carolina ghost is true – you’ve probably read the reviews as well. ive read a lot comparisons to jason isbell and his last two records, and quite honestly carolina ghosts bests mr isbell’s something more than free a country mile. let it be known i love something more than free, but in terms as a record as a whole, carolina ghost is the record that will make caleb caudle, much like southeastern did for isbell, or at least it fucking should. lyrically speaking, caudle is one of my favorites, he speaks the truth, no matter how painful the truth may be – see “borrowed smiles.” in closing, caleb caudle is gonna be a damn national treasure one of these days, if he already isnt, but no one knows it yet. carolina ghost is a brilliant piece of americana or whatever you want to call it. or we can just call it a fucking amazing record and be done with it?
buy carolina ghost via his bandcamp page
a friend of mine put this on a mix cd many many moons ago and have been addicted ever since. i am going to admit that other than this song, i have never really listened to any of eliza’s stuff. i do know that i dont like the album version of this song nearly as much as this version. the recorded version is good, but too polished. i still hold this song close to my blackening heart.
howdy! honestly, this is the first year in prob 20 years that i haven’t kept up with much new music. much like a relationship, there’s been a bit of burnout, and in my advancing years i cant keep up like i once did. anyway, one of my favorite bands, tortoise, has a new record coming out on 1.22 entitled “the catastrophist.”
happy birthday, neil! much like the headline would suggest, this here be a lovely neil and crazy horse show from birmingham, england. you can download the entire thing right here. oh btw this took place on 6.2.87
1. mr soul
2. cinnamon girl
3. when you dance
4. down by the river
5. heart of gold
6. see the sky about to rain
7. too lonely
8. when your lonely heart breaks
9. drive back
10. opera star
11. cortez the killer
12. sugar mountain
13. american dream
14. mideast vacation
15. long walk home
17. like a hurricane
18. tonights the night
19. hey hey my my