mary lou lord and being a lemming

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

i know i do a lot of stuff on artists that may not be the “flavor o’ the month” but that sure as hell doesnt mean that they aint relevant in today’s music landscape. as we consume music at an alarming rate, i often wonder how many of these artists have actual staying power to last more than two records, which in the ever wandering mind of the every day music junkie its a fuckin lifetime. i am guilty as anyone of not giving would be fantastic records, cause i off to the next best thing. always looking for that instant gratification, instead of letting the music sink into my psyche and marinate for awhile. it absolutely lessens any artists chance to make an impression on any of us.

off my horse now, and i give you a lady thats been around for some time. mary lou lord has the voice of an angel and it appears now to have the body of a chick from fear factor. back in the day, cobain’s old lady had some kind of beef with mary lou because me thinks she used to get it on with kurdt. she used to, and maybe still, busk in the boston city subways and even offered up a recording, live city sounds, of her doing so. in the words of ferris bueller, the recording is quite “choice.” she had a brief stint on a major, but is currently unsigned it saddens me to report. while she does not write much of her own material, one of her main supporters is the always fabulous and fabulously groomed, nick soloman of bevis frond fame. an artist to could do a lot worse than having him write your songs.
i figured you out

farming it out

vincent black lightning (live)

in keeping with a running theme around the internets, i am throwing my hat into the ring and offering up a cover song of cher’s song believe performed by bedhead. while this may have been blasted on the web a few years ago, its still pretty damn funny and quite unusual.

believe (242)

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making friends with riviera

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

one of america’s best kept secrets and chicago’s own, riviera, has a new tune posted up on their myspace page, making friends. their at the end of the american century was one of my favorite records from last year, and contains one of the best singles that unfortunately, i fear, no one heard, ashes on the moon. i think they only play within a 60 mile circumfrence of zip code, 60657, so if you can figure out how far that stretches, you my good people are in luck. fans of wilco, tupelo, jayhawks, dylan, george harrison, etc take note these guys are, hopefully, headed to the big time, like star jones big.

ashes on the moon – live at the hideout, chicago

if you head on over to there website, like good little people, they have a gang of stuff available for download.


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baseball talk

Posted by gregor on Monday, April 17th, 2006

so, how long can this kid keep up this torrid pace? pujols just hit his 9th today too. albert, in my opinion, is the best player in baseball, and if he stays healthy i think he can break bonds’ record. shelton, on the other hand, will end up with less than 35 HRs. (158)

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that little jesus geek needs a good ass clockin'

Posted by gregor on Monday, April 17th, 2006

if there were any man to scare religion into me, david eugene edwards is that man. mr edwards was the front man for 16 horsepower, and now in woven hand. passionate, err.. is a bit of understatement, when describing david’s on stage demeanor. he’s part bible thumper, part carnival barker, part showman, part the guy who looks like the night slasher in cobra – i dont know who the real david eugene edwards is. i am assuming he likes it that way.

originally based out of denver, 16HP, has called Belguim home for quite some time and i cant recall the last time they played a show on US soil, although they broke up last year or the year before, i cant remember. the first 16HP record i heard was sackcloth n’ ashes, and it was immediately sold back, i wasnt ready for that sort of record back in 1996. later i would grow to love the entire 16HP catalogue and you have to get past a little grandoise kitsch and someone preachin to ya from a stump, cause David Eugene Edwards is a man to believe in.
wayfaring stranger

black soul choir

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happy birthday, liz! my first rock n roll wet dream

Posted by gregor on Monday, April 17th, 2006

i dont hide, nor am i ashamed, of my love torrid love affair with liz phair. although, the affair is trapped in the mind of some weird hormonal teen circa 1993, that has since turned 31, quickly approaching 32! nope, this love affair for will ever be trapped in 1993, which is fine with me. i dont really feel like getting into the importance of exile in guyville on my life and the hundreds of foul mouth temptresses it helped spawn. you should, if you haven’t already, find out for yourself.

although, to this day i kinda feel like Peter, from family guy, when he is reading lindsay lohan the riot act during his brief tv segment, “you know what really grinds my gears?” so, read the attached diatribe, but instead of lohan insert phair and when he talks about outfits and such, just insert phair’s lyrical content:

“You know what really grinds my gears? This Lindsay Lohan. Lindsay Lohan with all those little outfits, jumping around there on stage, half-naked with your little outfits. Ya know? You’re a… You’re out there jumping around and I’m just sitting here with my beer. So, what am I supposed to do? What you want? You know, are we gonna go out? Is that what you’re trying to – why why are you leaping around there, throwing those things all up in my, over there in my face? What do you want, Lindsay? Tell me what you want? Well, I’ll tell you what you want, you want nothing. You want nothing. All right? Because we all know that no woman anywhere wants to have sex with anyone, and to titillate us with any thoughts otherwise is – is just bogus.”

you get the picture. while our love affair may never, ever come to fruition i think i am ok being stuck in 1993, every once in a while.

these tracks are from the girly sound tapes



stratford on guy (337)

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we vs death

Posted by gregor on Sunday, April 16th, 2006

as of late i have really been getting into instrumental stuff, a few years ago i would have told you to shove that instrumental shit up your hiney, but i have since softened my stance. being from chicago, it was in the rule book that you must like tortoise and their various side projects, but in all honesty everything after Millions Living i found kinda boring. there was one band that helped me break out of my shell in regards of digging musical of the lacking vocals variety, and they were dianogah and their record as see from above. above all though, is explosions in the sky, the way in which they build tension and emotion puts them on a plane above most bands with lyrics.

which brings me to we vs death, a band that requested to be my friend on of all places, myspace. i really didnt pay them much mind at first, but with the insane amount of free time i have, i decided to give em a listen. probably the best band discovery via myspace yet, i must contend. they are an instrumental 6 piece that brings the intensity of explosions in the sky but incorporates an acoustic/more organic feel that is hard to explain. in their myspace bio they say their sound is dusy reminiscent of a big city in the summer. cant say i disagree considering that most of my fondest memories are summers in chicago, for which i lived 29 years. they are currently supporting great lake swimmers on their european tour. their new record we are too concerned is set to be released on may 14.
dianogah indie rock spock ears

we vs death pictures from stellenbosch

we vs death workers (474)

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patterson hood does the stones

Posted by gregor on Sunday, April 16th, 2006

a month or so ago, a whole bunch of musicians got together at the 40 watt in athens for a beneft, and in doing so the night’s theme was all stones covers. that benefit, aptly billed as Gimme Shelter and was a vehicle to raise money for the homeless in athens. well, needless to say i couldnt go cause my baby’s momma, my wife, had to work. from the sound of this recording, it sounds like a killer party. the quality is about C+ but the vibe is definitely an A.

setlist and recording information

1. loving cup

2. silver train

3. star, star

4. before they make me run

5. moonlight mile

6. shattered

thanks to the fine people at nine bullets, a fantastic truckers fansite, for reminding me that this happened. also, more patterson/truckers show and just about every other worthy artist’s shows are up at archive dot org. (476)

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drive by truckers live on KEXP

Posted by gregor on Sunday, April 16th, 2006

the drive by trucker’s new record a blessing and a curse is set to be released on tuesday, and i am sure its going to end up on a lot of people’s end of the year top 10 lists, including mine.? hopefully with the release of blessing, jason and patterson’s solo records will be quick to follow.? now, only if cooley would put something out, that would be hotter, or atleast less disappointing, then me, jessica and scarlett in a three way.
here is a recent performance from SXSW at the KEXP mobile studio.

world of hurt

easy on yourself

feb 14

gravity’s gone (330)

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the black angels

Posted by gregor on Saturday, April 15th, 2006

if you are a fan of black moutain and their various incarnations, then you will absolutely love the black angels. a buddy of mine, jeremy from austin, pointed these guys out. i dont know much about them but am highly anticipating their new record, passover.
sniper at the gates of heaven

someone was nice enough to hook me up with a copy, and i must say this record is hot as hell. i can see this gonig in my top 10 of the year!! there is almost a danzig/doors feel to some of the songs, if that floats your boat.

the black angels on myspace (210)

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the slingerland ride

Posted by gregor on Saturday, April 15th, 2006

if you live the chicago area, be on the lookout for the slingerland ride cause they are going to start blowing shit up. fronted by michael dean, who has a penchant for writing tales that would tom waits stand up and take notice, they are wiping the sleep out of their eyes from that long chicago winter slumber and are prepared to bring their shit to the masses this spring/summer. fans of waits, firewater, nick cave, et al take notice.

this is how the story goes

leave it all behind

slinger land ride on myspace (325)

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