Monthly Archives: September 2007

“Do I dare to whoop ya with my love?”

The Stooges – “Down on the Street” and “Fun House” from Fun House (1970)

This may the most muscular rock album ever.

Whatever you do, play it loud.

Buy it here

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Oneida – “Reckoning” from Happy New Year (2006)

I suggest following up Jordy’s recent Bonnie-‘Prince’-plus-gin suggestion with a glass of mellow bourbon and this track from the fantastic Oneida.

Buy Oneida here

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“As I have heard from hell”

Neil Young w/ Johnny Depp – “Dead Man Theme” from the Dead Man soundtrack (1995)

This flick is playing at The Loft here in Tucson this weekend. I always liked it and think it would be killer on the big screen.

NY recorded this soundtrack after the film was mostly edited. He claims that he improvised much of it while watching the film on “about 20 TVs all around me, big ones, little ones, tiny little portables, and wide screens and everything hanging from the ceiling in a big semicircle all the way around me.”

Buy the soundtrack and/or movie

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John Fahey – “Sligo River Blues” from The Legend of Blind Joe Death (1967)

Since Glenn posted on Fahey a while back, I’ve been lost in it. It’s so beautiful and unassuming.

Buy it now, for cryin’ out loud

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The madness of crowds

Baker Hunt Sandstrom Williams – “Experiments on Animals in Space” from Extraordinary Popular Delusions (2007)

Kudos to Chicago’s finest improvising ensemble for paying homage to Charles MacKay’s apparently classic text on, as the t-shirt some jackass in your high school biology class wore states, “the power of stupid people in large groups.”

Jim Baker (piano, synths, ARP organ), Steve Hunt (drums), Brian Sandstrom (bass, guitar), and Mars Williams (reeds) play a weekly Tuesday night gig at Chicago’s Hotti Biscotti (3545 W. Fullerton, 3 blocks from my old place) that you must check out if you’re ever in the neighborhood. The music is of the free-jazz energy music ilk–i.e., not for the faint of heart–but unlike most of those experiments, Baker & co. remain interesting after 15 minutes of listening. The group listens to each other and responds and communicates as well as any of the great jazz ensembles. Their new album demonstrates their sympathetic improvising, but to hear them live on a Tuesday night is to know you are in the presence of real power, real art.

There’s an interesting video from the Gear Wire Web site featuring Jim Baker talking gear; also included are a couple nice clips of the group at top form.

Buy the experiment here

Take a look at the book here

Baker Hunt Sandstrom Williams
live every Tuesday, 8:30 pm (it’s free!)
Hotti Biscotti
3545 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago IL

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“I’m on my seventh cold glass of gin”

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – “I Am Drinking Again” from I See a Darkness [Import] (1999)

For some reason, this song was not included on the US release. It’s one of my favorite Will Oldham tunes.

It sounds just like a slowed-down evening. Try it out this weekend.

Buy BPB here

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“A rare and blistering sun shines down”

Red House Painters – “Grace Cathedral Park” from S/T (Rollercoaster) (1993)

The Decemberists – “Grace Cathedral Hill” from Castaways & Cutouts (2002)

I’ve never been to Grace Cathedral but it sounds like a beautiful place.

Buy RHP here

Buy the Decemberists here

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