pre-dbt adams house cat tracks part one

Posted by gregor on Friday, April 21st, 2006

from the truckers website:

We recorded 13 songs, live, in the upstairs of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios complex. This album is the closest we ever came to capturing what was right about that band (and is basically all Cooley and I have to show for 6 years of hard work from 1985-1991). Some of the vocal performances make me cringe, but the album otherwise kicks a lot of ass. Over ten years later, I’m still knocked out by what a great drummer Chuck Tremblay was, and John Cahoon’s bass playing kicked ass. Chris Quillen’s high harmony at the end of Long Time Ago still gives me chills. Town Burned Down included the “original” versions of “Lookout Mountain”, “Buttholeville” and a song called “Runaway Train” that should have been a hit.

town burned down

runaway train

remember, a blessing and a curse is out now! (441)

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come breakup with me

Posted by gregor on Friday, April 21st, 2006

one of the best breakup records, or any kind of record for that matter, to come out the 90’s was sebadoh’s bakesale.? knowing this, i used to love breaking up with chicks, and quoting lines from this record.? yeah, it was cheesy as hell, but i was not smart enough to come up with my own good reasons.? they are re-releasing sebadoh III on may 23, make sure to pick up a copy, cause its grand.

rebound acoustic

magnets coil acoustic

on fire acoustic (281)

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the 4 crust brothers

Posted by gregor on Friday, April 21st, 2006

on decemeber 5, 1997 two indie rock powerhouses, stephen malkmus and silkworm, got together for a benefit show in seattle. the recording of that show was turned into their first and only record, marquee mark. mostly made up of dylan basement tape tunes, you can tell that this may have been the first time they played with each other, its still a great listen regardless. they also throw in a byrds, stones, skynard, and silkworm song for good measure.

million dollar bash

feel a whole lot better

never met a man i didnt like

2 silkworm records to grow on – both are most excellent

italian platinum (247)

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two sisters drunk on each other

Posted by gregor on Thursday, April 20th, 2006

yeah, i got a lot of time on my hands. you wanna fight about it?

i wont bother coming up with a description of califone’s sound, so i will leave it to the professionals. from perishable:

nobody cross-pollinates the blues, folk music and broken electronic instruments like califone… from the carcass of red red meat comes a series of gorgeous and personal hymnals delivered with the electro-rustic vocabulary of one of america’s most original bands…

hymnals, as fucked up as they may be, aptly describes tim rutili and gang’s ditties.

pastry sharp

tayzee nubb

slower train

no expectations – stones cover

vampiring again

two sisters drunk on each other

michigan girls

red red meat – from whence califone came

moon calf tripe


visit califone’s myspace page and the good men at loperco have a couple of great shows available for download.

two califone records to grow on – both fan-fuckin-tastic


if you like it, buy it. dont be a dick. (302)

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Posted by gregor on Thursday, April 20th, 2006

one of my favorite bands is jawbreaker, their record dear you didnt leave my site for 2 years. unfortunately, i have no idea what blake is doing now a days. last i heard he was done with music. his last group jets to brazil, put out 3 terrific record, and it would be a god damn shame if he stayed away much longer.

perfecting loneliness

i’ve got all the words – previously unreleased – from a jade tree sampler (269)

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vultures await

Posted by gregor on Thursday, April 20th, 2006

just wanted to follow up my will johnson interview with a couple o’ tracks off of his last solo record, vultures await. its much more subdued then your normal centro-matic release, and i find it to be his most powerful work in terms of lyrical content. it’s been often compared to nebraska in terms of subject matter. highly recommended.

just to know what you’ve been dreaming

closing down my house (154)

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william elliot whitmore revisited

Posted by gregor on Thursday, April 20th, 2006

i wrote about william about a month ago, but just wanted to post another track off of his record ashes and dust.? if you have not heard of this dude from Iowa, do yourself a favor and check him out.? you will be totally blown away by what comes out from his lungs.
midnight (335)

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travel by sea

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

so i read about these guys, travel by sea, on wilco’s message board, via chicago.? when ever someone hypes their band i tend to get a little weary.? but, travel by sea, oddly enough is some good shit.? apparently the two chaps in the band have never been physically formally introduced.? one lives in california and the other, colorado.? the beauty of technology has made this record, shadows rise, possible.? it doesnt suffer from sounding cold or trapped, but sounds completely full of life.? fans of great lake swimmers, iron and wine, and buckner should take note.

i wont let you down

complete shakeup

travel by sea music dot com (246)

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blood red wine

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

i dont know much about the stones’ blood red wine, and there is really no info on the interweb about it. it is was apparently recorded in May, 1968, according to this here site. so, that would make it beggars banquet era, and the beginning of some of the greatest records ever. enjoy.

blood red wine (585)

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4 questions for Will Johnson of Centro-Matic

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

in between looking at “cute” outfits that my wife cant afford and making sure my son was not going to do a header off of his high chair, i sat down to think about questions for my interview with will johnson. will is, in my opinion, the most underrated songwriter of our time.

prolific is not a term i like to use, usually it drums up thoughts at least in certain circles, of the hit or miss output of everyone’s favorite beer chuggin and high leg kickin uncle, bob pollard. will johnson is different kind of prolific, if thats possible. let me say this, if will was a workhorse, i would ride him all day. throughout his career, and various projects – which there have been a few, the quality of work is absolutely stellar. frankly, it puts 99% of songwriters to shame.

centro-matic’s new record, fort recovery, is without a doubt their finest hour. it prompted patterson hood of the drive by truckers to declare, “Centro-matic’s Fort Recovery is a masterpiece, and I don’t use that word often.”

captains dead: I know that you are a fairly big baseball fan, and I was wondering if you were to be featured on a baseball card what would you be doing? Would you want it to be an in action photo, a cheesy pose, or would you pull a Glenn Hubbard and pose with a python?

will johnson: i’d show up socks-high with a bake mcbride afro and a rollie fingers ‘stache, all while doing an ozzie smith take-the-field backflip.

cd: Being the music dork/failed musician that I am, I often find myself wishing, or better yet dreaming, that I had recorded this record or that record. Have you ever felt that way about a certain record, and if so is there one in the past 5 years that you wish you had?

wj: only one, really. we lost some of the four-track masters for static vs. the strings volume 2 on a west coast run about four years ago (we were mixing it on the road). or maybe they were stolen. we never found out for sure, but i’ve always been a little bummed that those are gone forever. that set us back some. we still haven’t finished vol. 2, though it seems like we’ll finally get to that within the next little while.

cd: I know it was your birthday recently, happy belated one by the way, and one thing I have noticed about growing a little older is that I cantstomach any carnival ride that spins. Is there anything that you seem to not be able to do as well or tolerate with your advancing age?

wj: i’m less tolerant of really late set times as i get older. a band starting at 12:30am on a tuesday morning just seems ridiculous to me. then there’s beer bongs, wine coolers, and A-Team re-runs. i just don’t dig that shit like i used to. i can still shoot some hoops, though, so i at least try to keep those skills goin’.

cd: Last and final question. I know after I listen to any of your recordings (in your various incarnations), I always feel a sense of hope that maybe all is right with the world. What do you want people to walk away with after they hear a Will Johnson composition?

wj: i’ll sometimes cite serious flaws in people or things in my songs, then throw in some feeling of hope that they’re gonna overcome whatever crappy situation they’ve gotten themselves into. i can onlyhope that these characters connect with the listener. sports and war metaphors often accomodate that, though i’ve done that a lot and could probably stand to back off on those. maybe political and religious figures are in the crosshairs next. who knows.

triggers and trash heaps

calling thermatico

to purchase centro-matic/will johnson/south san gabriel records visit misra records or centro-matic dot com. (378)

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