i wish

Posted by gregor on Sunday, May 7th, 2006

there was a “are you sure you want to edit that” warning before i went a head and fucked stuff up.? since my html skills are novice, at best, i am going to have to re-install my theme.? anyway, take a look at this nice theme for the time being.

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we shall over come and the original seeger sessions

Posted by gregor on Sunday, May 7th, 2006

Sometimes the less you know about a subject matter, the better. Getting all tied up in back stories and history only complicates matters. Ignorance is bliss, or something like that. There are instances, such as this, that taking things at face value is the only way to go. Let the work speak for itself, and let everything else be damned.

Pete Seeger — I don?t know anything about him and it is likely going to stay that way. Bruce Springsteen?s interpretation of Seeger?s work on We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions is not only Bruce?s finest hour in years, but also possibly 2006?s finest record thus far.

When this project came to light, or when I caught wind of it, it sounded like a complete bore. The world didn?t need another Devils and Dust, which is a fine record, but a little underwhelming. This is a Bruce record that has been a long time coming. We Shall Overcome is classic Springsteen, which is to say it?s very reminiscent of Born to Run and Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ.

When Bruce counts out over a muted guitar strum and the banjo kicks in on the opening track, “Old Dan Tucker,” its immediately clear that We Shall Overcome is going to be special. A drunken collective spits out the chorus, ?get out the way old Dan Tucker/you?re too late to get your supper/get out the way old Dan Tucker/you?re too late to get your supper.? It is truly a glorious racket. The Tom Waits-infused and eerily beautiful “Erie Canal” and “Eyes on the Prize” would not sound out of place during a turn of the 20th century New Orleans death march. Both feature horn sections and a backdrop of singers sounding solemn enough to make even the most melancholy of persons mourn.

“Pay Me My Money Down” is a foot stompin? barnburner and a much-needed shot in the arm after the slow burn and emotional movement of “Shenandoah.” “We Shall Overcome” could be, and probably is, straight out of the protest songbook of the 1960s. Not to say it?s stuck in a time warp, because the sentiments most certainly carry over into today.

This may come across as a strange comparison, but We Shall Overcome reminds me of a folk version of Pubic Enemy?s legendary It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Resonating throughout We Shall Overcome are fiddles, horns of all shapes and sounds, banjos, organs, guitars, accordions, and more, that all seem to come out of nowhere. With so much going on at once, it makes for a Bomb Squad-type wall of sound. Even the more subdued tracks, like “Shenandoah,” have much going on then what one might hear on first listen. Oddly enough, We Shall Overcome makes for a great headphone record.

We Shall Overcome is the sound of an artist reborn and revitalized. A record with so much passion and fervor it puts musicians 30 years his junior to shame. We Shall Overcome proves that sometimes it’s all right to patronize the past, if only to move foward.

this review can be found on blogcritics.org

here are original pete seeger versions of the songs that made its way onto we shall overcome.

erie canal


old dan tucker

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links for 2006-05-07

Posted by gregor on Saturday, May 6th, 2006

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das hold steady news

Posted by gregor on Saturday, May 6th, 2006


thanks to the good folks at the yahoo liftersteady group for pointin out some hold steady news worth mentioning.

1. as of today they were on day 5 of the recording of their new record

2. seperation sunday is now available on vinyl through women records

3. you can watch the video for swish, here

4. there are two new songs on exclusively on emusic, which if you sign up for your 50 free downloads you can include those, of course. if you do make sure you do it through here, ok?

5. check out the acoustic performance on ugo

6. intern steve has got a slight case of the clapp

your little hoodrat friend

the swish

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spare a dime and pe remixes

Posted by gregor on Saturday, May 6th, 2006

slow going here today at captainsdead hq. most of the morning was trying to set up vonage – still have not got it to work. the routers are all functioning properly, but i cant get the phone to register. also, been looking for a new gig. if anyone wants to hire a PR person with 10 years experience – I am your man. i am also very mobile, i can be anywhere in one week.

in any event, i dont make any bones about that i think public enemy’s first 4 records are probably the greatest string of records in recorded history. i wrote a little something about the impact nation of millions and on my life a while back so if you are interested just search public enemy. here are two remix tracks for bumpin in your ride, or your apartment, whatever.

shut em down – pete rock remix

bring the noise – no noise remix

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links for 2006-05-06

Posted by gregor on Friday, May 5th, 2006

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new pollard tunes

Posted by gregor on Friday, May 5th, 2006

so bobby is releasing 3 records this year, and of course under different monikers. as with each release i am psyched as hell.

hello forever

fairly blacking out

death of the party

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frank smith and gary gnu

Posted by gregor on Friday, May 5th, 2006


nothing exciting to report from hq this morning.? intern steve is back in the hospital recovering from the chest and head wounds he suffered due to his car being a piece of shit.? i am looking into getting an extra hot intern coming up for the summer, i will provide photos.

frank smith is band that i cant decide if i really dig or dont care to much about.? after looking at their press photos and then listening to their sound, i dont hear 7 people.? maybe my ear is getting a little rusty in my old age, but i dont know.? fishbone had that many people but you sure as hell could tell.

frank smith, which there is actually no frank smith in the band, has a new record out called red on white.

frank smith on myspace

apocalypse circa: now

the snakes in the trees

pontiac grill

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links for 2006-05-05

Posted by gregor on Thursday, May 4th, 2006

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braid and the creepy chevette

Posted by gregor on Thursday, May 4th, 2006

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intern steve was both shot and stabbed today. he and his girlfriend were doing some illegal street racing this afternoon and apparently he made a bet that his car could not cash. he drives an 83 chevy chevette. sure he’s done some slight modifications, but those were mostly the exterior. its the color of bondo right now, and it also has two racing stripes down the middle of it. here is a picture i took of it last year. the weird thing is, is that he is actually in the car and i dont know what he’s doing. so, it makes it kinda creepy.

one band that i used to love in the nineties was champaign-urbana’s braid. unfortunately, i dont think they get the credit they deserve in helping define a certain musical landscape that is still prevalent today. i think their stuff still sounds really fresh, and not dated at all.

do you love coffee?

killing a camera

please drive faster

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