Monthly Archives: November 2007

“Wait (wade?) in the fire”

Jeff Buckley – “Grace” from Grace (1994)

It took me a while to get into this guy, whose music can go from sounding like a genius combination of Pearl Jam, Van Morrison, and R. Kelly to a half-witted mix of Hootie & The Blowfish and U2, all in the same song. And I was doubtful when my brother said, “Aw yeah, this guy’s got a song on the Shrek soundtrack.” But Grace sounds good: a.) on headphones and b.) in a mix with Hüsker Dü and Temple of the Dog.

Buy it here

–Glenn

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“Mom and Dad, don’t worry”

Hüsker Dü – “Whatever” from Zen Arcade (1984)

There was a time–high school, actually–I got kind of teary talking about Hüsker Dü. I would hector my lunch-table-mates with proclamations like, “From 1983 until 1987, the Hüskers achieved a brilliant fusion of guitar fuzz, throaty angst, and subtle pop melody.” Still, if you don’t own the double-disc classic Zen Arcade–released on SST the same day as Minutemen’s Double Nickels–you really should.

It doesn’t especially abide parsing, so buy it!

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“I don’t mind stealing bread from the mouths of decadence.”

Temple of the Dog – “Hunger Strike” from Temple of the Dog (1990)

This is terrific songwriting from Chris Cornell in the beginning days of the grunge era, when flannel and funny hats still meant something.

Buy the relic here

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What burns?

Don Caballero – “June Is Finally Here” from What Burns Never Returns (1998)

The title may say summer, but this song sounds like fall to me. Another one good for the car.

Buy the Don

–Glenn

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Filed under 1990s, Instrumental, Post-rock, Rock

It don’t worry me

For all this talk about country music, I’d like to add that this 1975 Altman flick does a pretty good job of portraying the genre’s fall from legitimacy and the kinds of people involved in it.

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“The country mailman mutters as he motors into town”

The Flatlanders – “You’ve Never Seen Me Cry” from More a Legend Than a Band (1990)

Thanks to the good folks at The Rising Storm for hooking me up with the Flatlanders. A country super-group comprised of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, and one-time Clash opener Joe Ely, the Flatlanders never got around to releasing anything in their lifetime, but these 1972 sessions were eventually collected, at the dawn of the alt-country movement. Listen for a theremin-sounding wobble: I think that’s somebody playing the saw.

Buy it here

–Glenn

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“But everybody’s scared of this place”

Elliott Smith – “Memory Lane” from From A Basement On A Hill (2004)

First heard this song on a solo road trip from Michigan to Carbondale, IL and I contend that it is a perfect driving song.

Take a trip down Memory Lane

–Glenn

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Filed under 2000s, Acoustic, Pop, Singer-Songwriter