top of the monday to y’all. “bloom again” is off one of my favorite records of the year in 2014, jerry david decicca’s understanding land. the song, as jerry tells it was inspired by a roy orbison quote from a mtv interview. you can read more about my thoughts on understanding land, drunken as they were, by clicking here. jerry’s gonna be doing some shows in the bay area, make sure you check him out. also make sure you pick up understanding land via bandcamp or where ever you purchase your records.
may 7th at hemlock tavern w/ bob frank (vanguard/ light in the attic) & odawas
may 9th at octopus lounge w/ sylvie simmons (light in the attic/ leonard cohen biographer) and colin gilmore
top of the day, folks! hope you are all well. gonna briefly touch on something, but will talk more about it at a later date. so, come nov 15th, captains dead’s 10 yr anniversary, this site will cease to exist. its been a great run, but its time to call it a day. kids are getting older, i’m getting older, and honestly i dont have the passion any more. with that said, i am planning on going out in a grandiose way, i hope. love you all… me
had request for a re-up of this show, so here it is. this is bootleg is commonly referred to as shape shifter and was recorded live at grant park in chicago on the 4th of july in 1993.
howdy! long time no talk! anyway, mr moreland has a new record coming out very shortly, 4.21, entitled “high on tulsa heat.” got it yesterday, and have listened to it numerous times. as you can imagine, its pure gold. joey kneiser of glossary fame directed the video and there’s also a cameo by bingham barnes, also of glossary. lord what i wouldnt do for a new glossary record right now. btw, npr premiered this earlier today, read more about it here.
meant to do this few days ago, but been busy with the madness that is couch by couchwest. here are just a few of my favorites, thus far. there have been hundreds of videos posted, btw. i have barely gotten around to anything other than what i have done. damn shame! we got some great artists coming up. so make sure you keep yo eyes peeled to that site!
if you know anything about me, you then know my love for hallelujah the hills knows no bounds. both have ever done something evil and no one knows what happens next were my favorite records from 2014 and 2012, respectively. without a doubt they are one of the greatest bands currently making music.
“devil level zero” is off the juvenile oratorios ep, which you can get if purchase the vinyl via re-vinyl records or at any of their shows – dates below. for the record, “devil level zero” may be the best early days guided by voices song that pollard never wrote. oh, the fun begins tonight so make sure you check em out for me, and yourself!
march 6 – boston, ma @ the paramount
with the new highway hymnal
march 27 – brooklyn, ny @ the bell house
with mr. adam schatz (landlady solo)
march 28 – winooski, vt @ the monkey house
april 24 & 25 – buffalo, ny @ the sportsmen tavern
with the sheila divine
may 9th – portland, me @ bunker brewing company
with foam castles
back in 1995, i was way addicted to the damon che’s speaking canaries’ songs for the terrestrially challenged. 21 year old me was blow away by its weirdness. listening to it now, its really not all that strange, its just kind of all over the place – in a good way, but young greg was ill prepared. for those that dont know damon che formed the highly influential band, don caballero – who i dug quite a bit as well. any who, henry owings aka mr chunklet has released a recording of demos that damon did way back when that had never been heard, at least to the public, until now. you can read all about the release entitled platter base must be constructed of moon rockhere, cause i am way too lazy to get into such detail.
there are only 350 copies of moon rock being pressed, not sure if any are still available, but you can pick one up here, maybe.
if you’ve never listened to terrestrially challenged.., check it out down there via spotify, and check out those demos right before it.
friend of mine/captains dead, caleb caudle has an indiegogo campaign goin on right now to help fund his next record carolina ghost. for those that remember, or dont, he put out one of my favorite records of 2014, and other than being an awesome songwriter/musician, he’s a totally cool dude.
click here to contribute, and here to check out his previous releases.
i have never been a road weary musician longing for the comfort of my own bed, familiar surroundings and having a constant support system of family and friends. only part of that is true, i have never been a road weary musician. i moved away from my home twelve years ago, leaving behind comfort, family, friends and a place i called home. on the surface there may not seem much of a correlation tween say the men of american aquarium and myself, but they have lived life, and i so have i. we have taken roads, we have made decisions, some or maybe a lot regrettable, some i/they wouldnt take back the world. since my days of leaving home, i have grown, had kids, started paying bills on time, etc… there’s only so long you can go acting like an asshole before it catches up to you. take a listen to wolves, and the themes are the same. although mine are much much less sexy….
if burn.flicker.die was supposed to be american aquariums swan song, then wolves is the sound of band taking that swan out back, fucking it up royally, and burying it in the ground. wolves is about growing up, but not giving in to what is maybe expected of you. i have no idea where im going with all of this, but wolves is their masterpiece. not taking anything away from their other records, but this is their “thinking mans” record, whatever the fuck that means? they’ve replaced anthems, with introspective songs about what life is really all about. “family problems” right down there, is probably the best song they’ve put to tape. those freakin horns, love em! and then the wilco-esque white noise lead out, i mean c’mon! in all seriousness, record is incredible, recommend even if you have never liked an american aquarium record before, for some fucking reason.
top of the saturday to you all! one of my favorite bands in my 20s was the poster children and their brand of high energy power pop mixed with a whole bunch of other styles. admittedly, its been a few years since i popped a poster kids record into my ear drums, but look back on them very very fondly. maybe, the release of rick’s moniker thoughts detecting machines release work the circuits, due out on march 16, will jumpstart getting back into em? definitely looking forward to giving this a spin. if you’ve never checked out the poster kids, and use spotify, theres a few of my favorite records down there or pick something up via amazon