throught out my top 25 records of all time, you will find mr mac mccaughan related projects taking up 3 or 4 spots, depending on the day. his influence over my musical stylings is bordering on creepy, and it all stems from superchunk’s 1991 watershed record no pocky for kitty. at the time slack motherfucker was the greatest rock song i had ever heard, edging out another indie rock classic dinosaur jr’s freak scene.
without getting too teary eyed by remenicising about the past and how old we all are getting, mac’s other band portastatic has a new record coming out on june 6. the record is a film score for who loves the sun, which teams him up again with looking for leonard filmaker matt bissonnette. in case you didnt know or couldn’t put two and tow together, mac did the soundtrack for looking for leonard.
here are a couple o’ tracks off of who loves the sun.
in honour of mr kozelek’s appearance in atlanta this week, may 18 at the variety playhouse, here is part one in a series leading up to the show. i will actually be attending this, so if there are any atlantians wanting to grab a drink prior to said performance, holla at your boy. this is from a show in 2005 from baltimore’s ottobar.
2. trucker’s atlas
4. convenient parking
in my opinion, there is no one, dead or alive, who can touch the pure soul and emotion that is found in taj mahal’s voice.? if you have never listened to his work, and i recommend you do before you die, check out the natch’l blues, the blues or his self titled sophmore record.
this is a recording from the filmore east from ’71.? its a soundboard recording, and although i converted to APS it still sounds phenomenal.? if you really want a flac copy let me know.
1-I’M SO TIRED
3-GOOD MORNING MISS BROWN
4-AIN’T GWINE TO WHISTLE DIXIE ANY MO’
5-SWEET MAMA JANISSE
6-GOING UP TO THE COUNTRY AND PAINT MY MAILBOX BLUE
7-FARTHER ON DOWN THE ROAD YOU WILL ACCOMPANY ME
8-YOU AIN’T NO STREET WALKER MAMA HONEY BUT I DO LOVE THE WAY YOU STRUT YOUR STUFF
9-DIVING DUCK BLUES
track listing info
my top 3 “i wish i could have drink(s) with” musicians
1. bob pollard
2. greg dulli
3. mark lanegan
in honor of my number 3 pick, here is a stellar show from the screaming trees suppolsedly from the reading festival circa 1992 – to be historically accurate its from 8.30.1992. if you have never listened to the screaming trees, i highly higly recommend uncle anesthesia or sweet oblivion. or if they aint your thing, any of the mark lanegan solo records are a sure bet, especially whisky for the holy ghost and i’ll take care of you.
1. before we arise
2. shadow of the season
3. alice said
4. where the twain shall meet
5. winter song
6. nearly lost you
7. uncle anesthesia
8. change has come
9. end of the universe
thanks to the fine folks at i love the atmosphere for making these available
the entire screaming trees/lanegan discography can be purchased at amazon or insound.
today intern steve starts his community service in return for a stint in the slammer. he got hopped up one day on case jolt and a little cough syrup and went to the local mall to give some ladies a piece of himself. some of these ladies didnt take to kindly to his advances and when he was leaving the Alladins Castle arcade, they nabbed his ass. there goes his motto of “always accused, never convicted.”
so there is this guy straight outta wales, uk named Ash Cooke that goes under the moniker of pulco. i have listened to his stuff on myspace and from what i can figure its pretty darn good. he sounds an awful like teenage fanclub, at least to my ears, but much more stripped down. although, he does throw in some aural fuckery along the way.
he has a new record out on folkwit entitled undersea adventure.
enjoy your ride
i dont know who these kids are and why anyone would fuckin care about them, outside of maybe their procreators, but to me they look like the start of something terrible. terrible, and maybe evil, enough that i would waste precious time bringing them to your attention. what are they plotting? whatever it is we will all be lesser human beings because of it.
they showed up on yahoo, btw.
anyone see aol’s lame attempt at cashing in on the myspace craze? that yahoo 360 looked promising at first but its just chalk full of chicks that should not be wearing what they are wearing asking me to view their profile. um, no thanks. i dont wanna chat, or look at you ever again. intern steve, on the other hand, is down with that sort of stuff. so, i signed him up for chick/dudes looking for “playmates” in his area. i think the site was naughty friend finder or something like that.
one record i wore the hell out of last year was great lake swimmer’s bodies and minds. their song various stages was my favorite of the ’05, and the version below, recorded live at schubas, is quite moving. this was recorded in september of 05 during their opening slot for feist.
1. moving shaking
2. merge a vessel a harbour
3. the man with no skin
4. lets trade skins
5. i will never see the sun
6. this is not like home
7. various stages
8. moving pictures silent films
9. innocent when you dream – tom waits cover
dont you guys hate pants?? yeah, me too.? slow night here at hq, just waiting for the idol to come on.? its down to the final 4, OMG!!!!!!!!!!1111
going to close down the day with four more neutral milk hotel demos, for your listening pleasure.? btw, i really like this main chick on bones. somethin quite unique about her.
5. chocolate coffin
6. sinking ship
7. random noise
8. jaw harp
what’s up people of the internets? not much going on at captainsdead hq, but we did get our new fridge, finally. intern steve is out of the hospital, again, and is recovering on a plastic wrapped couch in his parents basement, which is right next to his mother’s “priceless” collection of precious moments figurines.
a record came out last year, which happened to be one of my favorites, that i think got mistankingly overlooked. i didnt even know about until i read a review of it somewhere, so it suprises me that there wasnt much word of mouth action before the release. in any event, i am speaking on richard buckner and jon langford’s sir dark invader vs the fanglord. i could go on and on about my love for richard, but as for langford, i have never been a fan for some reason. even with that being so, langford compliments richard very well and would love to hear a reunion record sometime in the future. apparently this was recorded in sally timms apartment sometime in 2002.
rolling of the eyes
i forgot to mention. while i am not a fan so much of langford’s music, his art is way fucking cool. check out his website linked above.