i had zero intention of even mentioning the latest decemeberist record, the king is dead, cause quite frankly they had fallen out of my favor about 3 records ago. sure there were some good songs on these records, but all in all they were quite a bore and terribly inconsistent. on a whim, i grabbed the king is dead and immediately was blown away by the opening track “dont carry it all.” i kept my excitement low cause i also really loved the opening of the crane wife, “the crane wife 3” and really disliked the remainder. to be even more honest, my stint following colin meloy on twitter really soured me on the band. he came across as a pretentious prick, but then again maybe so do i?
after one listen to the king is dead, i was hooked. its a fabulous record, i must admit. first listen i was like man this sounds like a country-fied version of rem circa 85 cause a lot of the guitar tones sure as hell sounded like peter buck. come to find out, yeah buck plays on a few songs, gillian welch sings backup on 7 songs i believe, and david rawlings also plays throughout or at least on a couple tracks. so, if you had kinda given up on em, or maybe werent ever a fan, me thinks, in fact i know, you need to give this a spin. the video down there for “rise to me” really is the crown jewel of the record, imo.
randomly found this record today, and thus far i am really digging it. its called national bohemian by the bridge, their 5th, and is due out on 2.1. im only about 5 songs in, but like i said i am really digging it. kinda sounds like if los lobos had been been born out of the south instead of east los angeles. not sure if all their records sound as such, or maybe its just the influence, but los lobos’ steve berlin produced the record. being a huge los lobos fan, this is definitely not a bad thing, in fact sonically it sounds very much like a later day los lobos or latin playboys record. so if that sounds like your thing, definitely check this out when it comes out, or stream the entire thing down there.
i had a recent request for an upload of this show, and if its easily available i more than willing to oblige. like the title suggests its an awesome pairing of richard buckner and alejandro escovedo live at mccabes guitar shop on 1.21.00. much love to the original taper, markp.
hey there! hope everyone is well. i am just fine, thanks for asking. why? is one of the those bands that i come and go, or actually for two months ill love, then 4 months i cant be bothered with. they are definitely a “in the mood” type a band. they are at least for me, your mileage may vary of course. i really dig alopecia and elephant eyelash but havent dug that much further into their catalogue – i did listen to eskimo snow, once i believe. spanish moon is in baton rouge, la for the record.
as the title suggest, bob and doug have teamed up yet again under the moniker, lifeguards – which theyve used previously, and are releasing waving at the astronauts via serious business records on 2.15. the first time these two worked together outside of the gbv realm they released the classic speak kindly of your volunteer fire dept, and i am only hoping its half as awesome. you can read more about the collaboration and pre-order it here, and check out the first single down there.