pick up metamodern sounds in country music via amazon or dont, just buy it somewhere for the love of pete! (1436)
Posted by gregor on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
brilliant show… rip tommy
ill try to upload an zip of the entire show for your downloading pleasure — download the whole thing here
Posted by gregor on Friday, July 11th, 2014
pick up the 2776 record via amazon or wherever the hell you buy records. (1032)
Posted by gregor on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
thus far 2014 has been a helluva year for music, at least to these ears. i easily have a top 15 records of the year, and we’re barely through half the year. i must warn you, dear reader, that my next few “reviews” are going to be that of the gushing variety. i dont and never written about stuff i hate, i just dont have the time for that. i only wanna spread the good stuff. so, today we have kansas city’s the blessed broke and their record ladders out of purgatory. this is one of them records that came out of left field, honestly was not expecting much, but damn, once you dig into it, it digs into you. this may be my 2014 version of buffalo gospel’s we can be horses, which came out of nowhere and i think ended up at number 6 on my list last year. this is record is that damn good. while its not the most uplifting record, its not a total bummer, either, its actually quite lovely in all its melancholiac glory – not sure if that make sense? either way, the blessed broke reminds me quite a bit of songs:ohia but not magnolia electric co, cause they really had two separate visions. if you dig molina, in either variation, there is no way you wont dig the blessed broke. everything works in beautiful unison on ladders out of purgatory, whether it be brian frame’s lyrics/delivery, or the rest of the blessed broke players, pardon the lame pun, framing his lyrics, it really is a special record. definitely one of my favorites of 2014 and thus cannot recommend it enough.
buy ladders out of purgatory via their bandcamp page
Posted by gregor on Friday, July 4th, 2014
one of my new favorite artists is mc taylor’s hiss golden messenger. i knew he was in court and spark, who i was a fan, but didnt pick up on the whole hiss golden messenger thing until last year. his 2013 release, haw, is still constantly playing in my ears. its an absolutely wonderful piece of work and in fact it came in at #3 last year on my favorite records of 2013. he’s got a new record coming out in september, i believe, on merge entitled lateness of dancers. definitely one of my most anticipated records of 2014. here’s the first single… oh and he and timothy showalter, strand of oaks, are playing at cats cradle on 9.13, definitely check this show out.
buy his stuff via amazon
off haw original version
Posted by gregor on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
the first time strand of oaks’ “end in flames,” i was smitten. then there’s the rest of timothy showalter’s debut, leave ruin, to say it moved me in ways most records dont, is an understatement. it was beautiful and honest, something my life needed 5 years ago, and well it still does. the next year brought me, pope killdragon, which was definitely a darker departure, at least musically, but timothy’s cut to the bone lyrics remained, and again, i found solace in them. i dont really care to know the backstory of songs, cause i make up my own interpretations, and ill be damned if whatever timothy was going through, at that time, didnt fit whatever i was dealing with at that my own personal juncture. this cycle continues with dark shores… so i wont beat a dead horse. the past 5 years havent been particularly easy for me, ive prob drank too much, didnt pay enough attention to my family, had my anxiety rule my world, etc… granted i wasnt an asshole, but i couldve been a much better person than i was, and i suspect timothy was in the same boat. its now 2014, in case you didnt know, and my life is better, still struggling, but better, and after listening to heal for about the 100th time, i can only gather timothy is in a better place too, and we as listeners/fans can only be thankful for that. heal is nothing like any of his previous 3, its loud as hell and glorious as shit. j mascis plays the geetar on the opener, “goshen 97,” for crying out loud! lyrically, he’s just as honest, just as beautiful, and i thank the world for artists like timothy showalter. his ode to jason molina, “jm,” is probably the best tribute i have heard, btw….
Posted by gregor on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
there are artists/bands that come into our lives that for a brief moment fill whatever void we are needing filled for that particular moment. we’ve all had them, and thats not saying its a bad thing, but for the lazy, like me, it is what it is. then there are artists like new orlenian, caleb caudle. he recently released paint another layer on my heart, and god damn if it aint damn near perfect. i am not clairvoyant, duh, but me thinks i have a pretty grasp on talent, and mr caudle has everything that would make an artist i will still be listening to in 10+ years. shit, maybe even 20 when im 60! hopefully the musical gods look down on him and grace him with longevity, cause he more than definitely deserves it. i love everything about paint another layer on my heart, they lyrics, the musicians, the lydia loveless backing vocals, everything. if you only listen to 5 records i post about this year, make sure this is one of them. i know this album was just released, and im going to enjoy every minute of it, but again i cant help but to think about whats next for caleb?
i should mention that the “trade all the lights” video is all new orleans, and its absolutely gorgeous. i only love two cities, one being chicago, the other new orleans… and yes, thats lydia loveless backing him up on “trade all the lights” and “how’d you learn”
Posted by gregor on Thursday, June 26th, 2014
photo by greg kay and taken from here
hey-o! sup peoples? what we got here is mr mould playing at mccabes on 5.17.91. this be a repost, as i had a request for it last night. until we speak again…..
Posted by gregor on Monday, June 23rd, 2014
top of the evening, folks! hope everyone is doing well, i am doing just dandy thanks for asking. my only hangup at the moment is that i am turning 40 on sunday. which means, and this is kind of weird, this site has been with me almost a quarter of my life. anywho, this here is dinosaur jr playing at the orpheum in boston on 10.29.94.
Posted by gregor on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014
lions in the street is one of them bands i wish i heard more from, but still, i love everything i have heard no matter the frequency of their output. they have a new record out, which i am just listening to, and its called just a little bit more. if you like loud rock n roll records with some tints of country, ala the stones, there is no reason in the world you wouldnt love this record, or anything these guys have put out. you can actually grab the record for “free” via noisetrade, but i highly, highly recommend throwing em some cash. shit is definitely worth it.