given my propensity to tagging bands, songs, artists with such lazy and sophomoric labels as “awesome,” “killer,” “lovely,” “great,” “most excellent,” etc it may seem that my vocabulary is quite limited, but you would only be half right. sometimes, even i get hung up and such trite phrases just aint gonna cut it. such is the case with asheville native, jeff zentner and his recently released, the dying days of summer. i have been attempting to come up with something, for the past 4 days, that not only intelligently but emotionally conveys the tone of this record. still the words escape me. as i was alluding to, zentner’s the dying days of summer emits visions and themes, and when words are lacking, resort to a picture. that is exactly how the record sounds to me. stumbling through the darkness and the moss that is seemingly everywhere in places like savannah, ga. this is definitely a very southern record, but not in a southern rock kinda way, but in a you may have to live here to understand kinda way. this is not to say if you dont live or have never lived in the south you wont appreciate or dig this record, in fact quite the contrary. the dying days of summer just sounds like the south. the sounds of the south that arent really heard but felt – if that makes sense.
the dying days of summer is available through jeff and should be available through several online retailers soon, if not now.
you know whats frustrating, actually mind numbingly frustrating? knowing most of the ins and outs of networking and not being able to get my own computers online. i have had zero access at home for two days, and my desire to attempt to contact any kind of support is not very high. i just know i am going to get the run around or someone who barely speaks the english. my skills are failing me and it hurts. damn you technology!
anyway, i got a few things coming up after this animal collective show from grrrnd zero in lyon, france on 10.25.07. i would imagine its kinda hard to record these dudes, and this is one of the nicer ones that i have heard.
i wouldnt consider myself a big or even medium size nickel creek fan. i will say that i love their cover of pavement’s “spit on a stranger,” but i havent been able to get much into the actual recordings. still, when i hear em, i never turn em off. nickel creek singer/songwriter/fiddler sara watkins recently released her john paul jones produced self titled debut via nonesuch. after spending the good part of a week with her debut, i have started to re-think my blase attitude by nickel creek cause this record is so damn good. her voice is absolutely stunning. to paraphrase a quote from kids in the hall’s brain candy she’s got a voice thats “like gods reaching down and rubbing my tummy.” the musicianship and too shabby either. check her out….
oh, happy day, peoples! hope everyone’s weeks end was satisfactory. mine was just fine. didnt do much except hang with my mother/in-laws/kids/wife, which is to say i had my fair share of drink. over the past two weeks or so i have found myself listening to robbie robertson’s storyville. i hadnt listened to it in at least 5 or so years, but as of late, every day. if you have never heard it, i highly recommend it. storyville takes its name from the turn of the century, 1900’s, redlight district in new orleans. you can read more about storyville – the location, not record, here via wikipedia.
here is a great blitzen trapper show live @ the beta bar in tallahassee, fl on 3.7.08. if you are on twitter you can follow them here. still not familiar with em, heres a couple of tracks from their most excellent 08 release, furr.
before broadcasterhouse bit the dust, i managed to salvage a bunch of stuff that i had planned on reposting over there but didnt or maybe i did, i cant remember? anyway, i am going to be posting about a few things before i get out of here today – which happens to be my daughter lily’s first birthday. apologies if you have seen or heard these before, but i have received quite a few emails regarding re-posting some of these and i aim to please.
here is the band live on 17 July 1976 @ the carter baron amphitheatre in washington, dc. its a lovely soundboard recording.
sup, asshats? i really dont think i am going to fare well down here in the summer. i mean, i am sure i will get used to it, but damn 70 percent humidity at 7 am. i spilled some water on the porch yesterday and when i left the house this morning most of the water was still visible. that aint right.
if you happen to be hitting up jazz fest over the next week and feel like sharing some of your photos with the class please drop me a line, firstname.lastname@example.org, and i would love to post whatever you got. i dont believe i will be hitting it up, sadly. just cant afford the price tag this time around.
i got a couple more things coming today, but to kick things off here is a pretty nice low show from koln, germany, at gebaude 9, on 5.1.07.