Thursday, December 31, 2009

Lifter Puller on Monday Night Live

KVSC, one of the greatest radio stations in the country has always had a TV/Radio show on Monday nights. I remember KVSC MNL from my years back at SCSU. I arrived a little too late for this one. Pitchfork has a 1997 performance from Lifter Puller available this week. Take a look.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

RIP Vic Chesnutt (1964-2009)

Vic died while in a muscle relaxer induced coma last week on Christmas Day. He had been in the coma for nearly 2 days. It’s unclear if the overdose was intentional, but it is clear that the loss of Vic has touched many people.
I first learned of his music through fellow Athens, GA musicians Widespread Panic. They have collaborated with Vic on 2 records under the moniker “Brute” and covered “Aunt Avis” on their 1997 release Bombs and Butterflies. His music is sad, true to his feelings and at times very dark. Vic had been in a wheelchair since an auto accident at the age of 18. At 26, fellow Athens musician Michael Stipe produced his first album Little. Over the next 19 years he would release 14 more solo albums, as well as contributing to albums released by Elf Power and The Amorphous Strums. His latest album, At The Cut, featured his second work with Fugazi Vocalist and guitarist Guy Picciotto. The song “Flirted With You All My Life” eludes to Vic’s past battles with suicide and depression.
I had the great pleasure of seeing him perform at the Turf Club in the early winter of 2006. He opened for Jonathan Richman to an enthusiastic crowd. His dark mood quickly changed the crowd into a quiet attentive audience. He was definitely intoxicated, but captivating and hauntingly poetic. It was almost as if he was trying to be the complete opposite of the headlining act. Thank you Vic, you will be missed.

Tiny Desk

Mountain Stage

Fresh Air 2009

Patterson Hood's words

A nice live recording


Notable Releases Of 2009

The decade isn’t over, man! Not till 2011!!
I hear year end reviews, decade end reviews, best ofs, worst ofs coming from every movie, music, television, and print outlet there is. I believe Rolling Stone picked U2 for album and song of the year, which was very predictable. I expect more out of them, but am not surprised in the least. I’ll just lay out some notable releases I’ve enjoyed in 2009 (in no particular order):

Built to Spill – There Is No Enemy
Lucero – 1372 Overton Park
Flaming Lips – Embryonic
Star Fucking Hipsters – Never Rest In Peace
Wilco – Wilco
Sonic Youth – The Eternal
Dinosaur Jr. – Farm
Drag the River – Bad at Breaking Up
The Takers – Taker Easy
Drive-By Truckers – Fine Print
Son Volt – American Central Dust
Booker T. – Potato Hole
Propagandhi – Supporting Caste
Big Business – Mind the Drift
Nirvana – Live at Reading
Phish – Joy
Bob Dylan – Together Through Life
Steve Earle – Townes
Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs
Tom Waits – Glitter and Doom
Fake Problems – It’s Great to Be Alive
JJ Cale – Roll On
Gov’t Mule – By A Thread


from the last few...

December 27, 2009

Santa Claus is Smoking Reefer -- Squirrel Nut Zippers -- 2007 Hail Santa
Christmas -- The Who -- 1967 Tommy
Christmas Vacation -- Descendents -- 1985 I Don't Want To Grow Up
Christmas With The Devil -- Spinal Tap -- 1984 This Is Spinal Tap
Merry Christmas, Baby -- Otis Redding -- 1993 Definitive Otis
Christmas at the Zoo -- Flaming Lips -- 1995 Clouds Taste Metallic
Christmas Time (Is Here Again) -- Beatles -- 1995 Free As A Bird EP
All I Want For Christmas -- 88 Fingers Louie -- 1997 Up Your Ass
Mr. Grinch -- Mojo Nixon -- 2007 Hail Santa
Pure Imagination -- Mark Turner -- 1997 Warner Brothers Christmas Party
Christmas Time For My Penis -- Vandals -- 2000 Oi To The World
Christmas Katie -- Widespread Panic & The Dirty Dozen Brass Band -- 2000 Another Joyous Occasion
Blue Christmas -- Merle Haggard -- 1977 My Tribute to Elvis
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town -- The Ventures Christmas Album
Silver Bells -- Booker T & the M.G.'s -- In the Christmas Spirit
O Tannenbaum -- They Might Be Giants -- 2001 Holidayland

outro: Jim Baker's "A Steel Guitar Christmas"

December 20, 2009

Real Texas Artist Show

Real Country Song -- Dale Watson -- Essential Dale Watson
Travelin' Light -- Robert Earl Keen -- Live From Austin, TX
You're the Best -- Charlie Robinson -- Live
Bob Willis Is Still the King -- Waylon Jennings -- 1976 Live
Ride Me Down Easy -- Billie Joe Shafer -- Live
Don't Touch My Willie -- Kevin Fowler -- Loud, Loose & Crazy
Whiskey River -- Willie Nelson -- Country Outlaws Comp.
Pancho & Lefty -- Townes Van Zandt -- Live at the Old Quarter
Pearl Snaps -- Jason Boland & the Stragglers -- Live at Billy Bob's
LA Freeway -- Jerry Jeff Walker -- A Man Must Carry On
I Ain't Never Satisfied -- Steve Earle -- Together at the Bluebird Cafe
Dublin Blues -- Guy Clark -- Together at the Bluebird Cafe

w/ The Hombre

December 13, 2009

Elephants -- Them Crooked Vultures -- 2009 S/T
Lucinda - Ain't Goin' Down -- Tom Waits -- 2009 Glitter and Doom
Too Much Time -- Captain Beefheart -- 1972 Clear Spot
Uncle Frank -- Drive-By Truckers -- 1999 Pizzadeliverance
Are You Ready For The Country? -- Waylon Jennings -- 1976
Are You Ready For The Country?
One Of A Kind (Love Affair) -- The MG's - 1973 S/T
Oh, It's Such A Shame -- Jay Reatard -- 2006 Blood Visions
10001110101 -- Clutch -- 2005 Robot Hive-Exodus
Anasthesia -- Deadweight -- Stroking the Moon
Simmer Down -- Mighty Mighty BossTones -- 1994 Ska-Core, The Devil & More
Young Man's Stride -- Mercury Rev -- 1995 See You On The Other Side
Pink Flamingos -- Strength in Numbers -- 1989 Telluride Sessions
Soup -- Blind Melon -- 2006 Live at the Palace
Clone -- Avail -- 1994 Dixie
Goin' Out West -- Tom Waits -- 2009 Glitter and Doom
outro -- Beastie Boys -- Sabrosa

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Xmas presents have arrived

I picked up 10 copies of Drag the River's compliation (don't dare call it a greatest hits) album "Primer". It runs the gammit of DTR's catelog from the begining to a live recording from this past summer. I plan to spread the love to friends and family. Enjoy!

I Hate Rod Stewart

There, I said it.


I picked up a copy of "Glitter and Doom" and I can't put it down. Well, I did, long enough to type this!

December 6, 2009

Too Much For Me -- J J Cale -- 1979 5
Raisins -- Dinosaur Jr. -- 1987 You're Living All Over Me
Hummer -- Smashing Pumpkins -- 1993 Siamese Dream
Rain King -- Sonic Youth -- 1988 Daydream Nation
What More Could A Guy Ask For -- Geoff Elvee -- 2006 Big Wheels
Indianapolis -- Drag The River -- 2005 Live at the Starlight
The Country's Calling Me -- Geoff Elvee -- 2006 Big Wheels
Tears of a Clown -- English Beat -- 1980 I Just Can't Stop It
A Good Egg -- Leo Kottke -- 1974 Ice Water
It's Been A Long Time Since I Smelled Beautiful -- Look Mexico -- 2007 This Is Animal Music
I Me Mine -- The Beatles -- 1970 Let It Be
Great Gig In The Sky -- Pink Floyd -- 1973 Dark Side of the Moon
When You Said I Love You -- Hackensaw Boys -- 2008 Keep It Simple
Hello Minnesota -- Geoff Elvee -- 2006 Big Wheels

November 29, 2009

Hello Morning -- Fugazi -- 2001 Furniture EP
Been Down so Long -- The Doors -- 1971 LA Woman
Wang-Dang-Doodle -- The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions
Mr. Bojangles -- Jerry Jeff Walker -- 1977 A Man Must Carry On
Shot In The Arm -- Wilco -- 2009 Ashes of American Flags
Fight Test -- Flaming Lips -- 2003 Fight Test EP
Object -- Ween -- 2007 La Cucaracha
Lucky -- Warren Haynes -- 2004 Live at Bonnaroo
Don't Get Around Much Anymore -- Willie Nelson -- 1978 Stardust
My Back Pages -- Steve Earle -- 2002 Sidetracks
Life's a Dream -- Built to Spill -- 2009 There is No Enemy
Plight -- Minutemen -- 1982 What Makes A Man Start Fires?
Be Stiff -- DEVO -- 1980 DEV-O Live
outro -- The Ventures -- The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

w/ Thomas Sydney Leonhardt