here we meet again. so, mr mangum is doin some dates. not many dates, mind you, but enough to get some really smart people to spend their hard earned cash to travel to these dates. maybe its just me, and it just may be, but i was a huge, huge, huge fan of neutral milk hotel in my 20’s, but now that im on the wrong side of 35, they/he just doesnt ring the same bell as they used to. sure, its still great stuff, but it just doesnt speak to me the way it used to. this time 10 years ago, aeroplane over the sea was probably in my top 10 favorite records, now, not even in my top 50, for some reason. eh, still, when i do listen to anything mangum related, i love it, just not in an every day type of way i used to.
i really, really hate when this happens. an artist i really dig releases a record, and i am none the wiser. in this case its zoe muth and the lost high rollers’ starlight hotel which was released all the way back in april of 2011. seriously? how did this fly under my radar? some pr person isnt doin their job! or maybe im just not up on the music blogosphere? either way, im into listen number 3, and this could have easily been in my top 14 of 2011. so, so great.
for some damn reason during my 3 year stint in nola i didnt go to jazz fest. its not for lack of trying, but it just never worked out in my favor. well, this year its gonna happen as bruce and the rest of the gang are playing said fest on 4.29 – which i believe closes out the first weekend. i cant wait, but also i know its gonna be a fuckin madhouse. still im sure its gonna be awesome.
im gonna preface this by stating that i am only a man, and being the heterosexual man that i am, i am drawn to women; especially lovely women you can sing, and play guitar. so, i have zero shame in saying what drew me to listen to ponyboy’s music is that she’s quite an attractive young lady. but, and this is a huge but, it doesnt mean shit if her music doesnt back it up. luckily for all of us, from what i have heard, it does…. ive only heard a handful of songs, but she’s kind some smokey pipes reminiscent of chan marshall but with more a whisky soaked southern lilt – or at least it sounds southern. although, she may be from los angeles? at this point she’s an enigma wrapped in a riddle as i dont know anything about her, and actually thats ok with me. i dont even know if its ponyboy or pony boy? shes got a bunch of tracks streaming on her site, and all of them are pretty damn great. i really, really look forward to hearing more from her aka a full record, and it sounds like it may be in the works. i dont say this often, but she could be huge.
as with the first edition, these are just a bunch of videos from youtube, duh!, that i have been diggin on lately. enjoy…
from their reunion show! awesome…
what a way to end the week! here be a track from lucero’s upcoming ato release, women & work, which is due out on 3.13.12. they’re following up the release with a pretty big tour which hits new orleans on 3.11 at tipitina’s with william elliott whitmore opening up. thats a musicgasm lineup right there… this premiered earlier today on rolling stone where you can read a little bit more about the record. i take that back, i dont know if it premiered there, but thats where i stole it from. make sure you hit the link up there to check out all the dates.
i hadnt planned on talking about the new craig finn record, clear heart full eyes – due out next week, cause i figured just about every other blog had talked about it already. maybe they have, maybe they havent? honestly i dont check these things, but sometimes i just hate adding to the noise. what changed my mind? actually listening to it. admittedly, i wasnt a huge fan of the last two hold steady records, and was just a lil leery of a finn solo record. sure, the guy is responsible for 3 of my favorite records of the 2000’s – almost killed me, separation sunday and boys and girls in america, but i didnt want to be let down again. crazy how a person can create magic, see those three records, then create two duds, imo, and all i remember are the duds. i know im not the only one who pulls this kind of shit. it isnt fair, but hey kids! life aint….
a lot of sites have “gone black” today in opposition to sopa, which if dont know what i am talking about that video down there breaks it down very well. i thought about not posting, but why censor myself, when others are trying to do the same thing. if anything, i think some folks should be posting more, maybe pushing some limits. these limits not being in an “illegal” fashion, but something outside the norm. im probably talkin out of my ass, as per usual. but, after watching that video, you’ll understand in what a super grey area my site along with a lot of other music blogs travel through and if this thing passes, say bye bye to most of us, including yours truly.
holy, effin crap! i seriously have been waiting on a new jealous sound record since kill them with kindness which was released in what, 2003? i dont know what the hell happened during the past 9 years? nor do i think i want to know, or need to know, but i am very very psyched to listen to this. havent listened to the single yet which somehow has been up on soundcloud for 3 months without my knowledge? crazy talk! getting back to that record, i cant recommend it enough, or any of knapsack’s records which was blair shehan’s previous band – blair being the lead singer/guitarist. the new record entitled a gentle reminder is due out on 1.31 on music is subjective. im only two songs in, but thus far loving it. 9 years is a long time, i was 27 when kill them came out, and i know i have changed a lot since then. so, it only makes sense that some of the angsty/anxiety-ridden songs that filled their debut would be replaced with a man/band who are more comfortable with their place in the world. either way, im just happy their back.
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hey, howdy, hi! in case y’all were wondering, yes, i am still watching parking wars. this thing has me sucked in like nothing else. i blame it on this massive head cold i am suffering through for my lack of better judgment or, to be honest, my taste in tv shows/movies arent really on par with my taste in music. anyway, here is exactly what the title suggests. got a request for this to be re-upped, and here it is….
thanks to the original taper….