Monthly Archives: May 2008

John Fahey – “Beverly” from Return of the Repressed: Anthology (1994)

Here’s one of my favorite Fahey tunes (c. 1971) from the excellent Anthology. This genius melody has a real melancholy positivity about it. I hope it starts your week right.

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Item: I just ordered a USB turntable and hope to have some good vinyl transfers on the site within the next month or so.

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“When my boots hit the boards, I’m a brand new man”

Steve Earle – “Guitar Town” from Guitar Town (1986)

If you sped this song up, it would sound just like punk rock. Add solid guitar work and witty lyrics and you’ve got one of the most vigorous and respectable country musicians of the last 25 years (pictured above with sometime-mentor Townes Van Zandt).

Steve Earle kicks off his US tour right here in Tucson on June 27.

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“You are my center when I spin away”

Liars – “A Visit From Drum” from Drum’s Not Dead [2006]
Radiohead – “Videotape” from In Rainbows [2008]

Jordy once closed an email with the salutation, “well, i’m going to see radiohead in like five minutes, so bye.” What a jerk. Now I get to be that jerk.

I saw Radiohead in Charlotte, NC, on Friday night. It blows my mind to learn that there were as many people at that show as there were living IN MY ENTIRE HOMETOWN. It’s both awesome and depressing in a way I can’t quite put my finger on.

The Audio/Visual Heads played a pretty damn good set–the kind of music you get lost in. The Liars were also phenomenal–they sound really good in an outdoor arena. Kind of surprising. I recommend this tour to any and all, if you have the means.

N.B. The photo above does not represent what the stage looks like on this tour. The only photo I took was with my cell phone and it just looks like a blue square.

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Tom Waits to tour US this Summer

Tom Waits – “Long Way Home” from Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, & Bastards (2006)

My main man Tom Waits has recently announced a Summer tour and I’ll be damned if his bus isn’t rolling down my stretch of I-10. Sorry to all you chumps in LA and NYC. Maybe next time.

I just hope those jag-offs at TicketMaster don’t charge me an arm and a leg.

Get behind the mule

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“If you’re ever feeling blue/then write another song…”

Belle & Sebastian – “Judy and the Dream of Horses” from If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996)

Enjoy the drunkest two minutes in sports with this classic from the Scottish pop masterminds. I think that Jordy hates this song.

Mint juleps not included

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“Looking back in time”

…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – “How Near How Far” from Source Tags and Codes (2002)

When this album came out, it was much-needed assurance to me that the purity and brilliance of guitar rock was alive and vigorous and not something that had flourished and died in the 1970s.

While Trail of Dead have by no means sustained this triumph, Source Tags & Codes will always be considered one of the most muscular and potent albums of the last decade.

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