so, mr joe pug just released his second full length record, the great despiser, in fact it was just released last tuesday. i have been listening to non-stop since, and while other pug stuff had been good throughout, the great despiser is everything i knew he could create. a solid record, front to back, and shit this is only his second record. i can only imagine what he’s gonna be putting out when he’s put of 4 or 5 records? this dude is the real deal, which i have been saying for a while now, and should be getting all sorts of press, but sadly i havent seen too much. either way, the great despiser should definitely be on the top of your list to listen to, or at least top 5. definitely top 10 material. oh, and he worked with one of my favorite producers, brian deck who was in red red meat, and has worked with califone and isaac brock’s ugly cassanova.
you can grab a free sample of some of his other stuff down there, including one of my favorite songs of the past few years “not so sure.” you can buy the great despiser via his site or amazon or itunes or your local record shop, im assuming.
in 1994, i was 20, and as you know not old enough to get into bars, legally. well, on 10.1.94, i tempted fate, and tried my damnedest to get into the guided by voices show at lounge ax in chicago. it was, and in memroy still, a famed chicago place for shows. it was narrow, and didnt have the best sound, but still it was an institution. for the record, in case you didnt know, sue miller, jeff tweedy’s wife, was the owner of said establishment. anyway, guided by voices was performing there, and come hell or high water, i was going to be in there, 21 years old be damned! well, as it turns out, i was able to sidle my way into that gbv show, and it still stands as the best show i have ever witnessed. lounge ax crowds were notorious for being loud, and drunk but this night, you could hear a pin drop. they had everyone hanging on every lyric, every leg kick, every drop of sweat…
in other this is american music news, they just released, on tuesday, another one of my favorite records of the year, the only sons’ when the new wears off. once a four piece, they are now a 3 piece, and its for the better, definitely. when the new wears off is like they hopscotched right over the sometimes awkward change in musical direction and just went balls deep, through caution to the wind and said hey lets make the a lost 70’s era ronnie wood record, and they did it triumphantly. damn fine record, and damn fine gents to boot.
from all the reports i had read re: sxsw, athens boys done good, the district attorneys, made a pretty big splash, or at least they made a nice little wave amongst the festivities attendants. rightfully so, their new record which was just released yesterday via this is american mausic, slowburner, is a record great listen, and can only imagine their live show to be something pretty damn awesome.
milwaukee’s sat. nite duets make me feel like im at least 24 again, which i appreciate being on the wrong side of 30 and all. they harken back to an era in music that was/is my favorite, that would be the early to mid 90’s. also, life was easy as hell for me back then, thats why this kinda stuff always makes me feel good. either way, these guys have a new record out entitled summer of punishment, and its even better than their one nite only ep, which i was a huge fan of, which was put out a year or two ago.
if you know anything about me, you know a lot of my musical world revolves around richard buckner. his music has been a huge, huge, huge inspiration to me, and my so called life. sadly, me thinks he hasn’t caught on like he should, which is a goddamn shame to the highest power. i can almost guarantee you that in a few years, or if i have anything to say about it, the music of richard buckner will be fully recognized. hopefully it wont be too late. he’s a top 5 artist of all time for me, and i celebrate his entire catalogue to the fullest. if you want a starting point, i would go with devotion & doubt, since, the hill, and bloomed, but you cant go wrong with any buckner release. the hill, which isnt an actual buckner penned record but a take on edgar lee masters’ spoon river anthology is probably his most heartbreaking work. he took a bunch of masters poems and put them to song, and if you have never read spoon river anthology i cant recommend enough.. if you have a kindle its actually free via amazon. oh, the whole point of this post was to promote richards first 7,” for record store day which is tomorrow, and includes the above song “lost” and a cover of the cars “candy-o.” the above video was taken from the site sleepover shows which have a bunch of awesome videos worth checking out.
top of the late afternoon! jesse malin is one of those artists that i dont listen to enough, but when i do, i love everything he has done. although, admittedly, i have not listened to his last two for some unknown reason? but everything proceeding those records i have dug to the highest. i am partial to his first two, the fine art of self destruction and the heat. i never listened to one of his first bands, d generation, anyone a fan? either way, the dude rocks it out pretty awesomely and this song is taken from the heat which i cannot recommend enough.