Thursday, February 28, 2008

And We're Back on the Record...

Sorry for the lack of communication. Had some bidness to take care of right quick.

It feels good to be back. It feels even better to be able to spend some quality time at home with my wife, dog, cats, and RECORDS. I've been at the mercy of the cds in my car for the past few weeks. And while I keep an unreasonable number of cds in my rig (probably about 200), I was really missing the LPs that've been patiently waiting in my living room; just dyin' to be spun.

Below you will find some tunes I've gratefully been rockin' on long playing vinyl format:

Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
Not only is this my favorite Funkadelic album, but it's probably my favorite album cover ever. The album opens with this totally boss 10 minute guitar solo/freakout. Amazingly, it only gets better from there. "Can You Get to That" is one of those songs I feel like everyone in the world should love.
  • can you get to that

  • Drive-By Truckers - A Blessing and a Curse
    This is considered DBT's most polarizing album. Some love it, some absolutely hate it. I align myself with the former. Sure, it ain't your typical hour+ opus telling the story of the Southern Thing. It is, however, an enlightening departure for the band, and they did it without traveling too far out of their element. The tune below is proof.
  • wednesday

  • The Cars - Shake It Up
    One day I realized that I have all of the Cars relevant albums on vinyl. I didn't even try to do it. I guess I would just pick up any Cars joint I'd stumble upon. And when I say "relevant" albums, I'm referring to everything released from 1978-1987. Anything else doesn't count. Period.
  • since you're gone

  • American Football - American Football
    Here's a blast from the past. While some of the albums I loved back in 1999 have long since been forgotten, American Football is definitely not one of them. Maybe it's the midwestern emo kid in me, but something about about the sincerety in the lyrics, the gleaning melodies, and sideways drumming just gets me every time.
  • honestly

  • The Hold Steady - Milkcrate Mosh [7"]
    This is a super rare Hold Steady seven incher. I believe it was the first thing they ever put out. The b-side is a Zeppelin cover. How many bands can get away with covering Zeppelin on their first release? I only know of one and that'd be the Hold Steady. Sidenote: word on the streets is that these dudes just finished recording their 4th LP, tentatively titled, Stay Positive . Can't friggin' wait.
  • hey hey what can i do

    Against Me - Reinventing Axl Rose
    These dudes sure have come a long way since they released Reinventing.... The gritty production and sloppy, raucous spirit is what distinguishes this album from new Against Me.
  • pints of guiness make you strong

  • Well, I got the day off so now seems as good a time as any to have a beer. Expect a report on the Drive-By Truckers show I'm hittin' up tomorrow. "LET THE BE ROOOOCK."

    Thursday, February 14, 2008

    I Feel It All

    I stumbled upon this Feist vid for "I Feel it All" the other day. I know
    "1 2 3 4" was most definitely her breakthrough hit and a fun-as-hell video, but I actually enjoy this one even more. I'd freakin' kill to play with all those pyros!

    Back to the grind...

    Wednesday, February 13, 2008

    This'll Keep Ya Busy

    Sorry, I've been a little hemmed up in bar study mode. It's awesome. Here're a few quick tidbits to hold you over in the mean time:

    An idiot's guide to Tom Waits. About 30+ choice cuts from that serve as cliff notes for each of Tom Waits' wicked releases. If you're not educated in the world of Waits, your time has come. Couldn't have summarized them better myself, Popdose.

    KBO has been a blogging machine over at ProgBlogStl. Head on over there and learn how to be a hippie while you're testing your "Saved By the Bell" knowledge.

    rbally has posted roughly a 60 song set that Jeff Tweedy [Wilco] recorded in someone's living room. Apparently Tweedy played a three-part set in the Coleman's [?] living room for some benefit last March. He pretty much covers the whole Wilco catalog.

    While I didn't watch the Grammy's, I did get to check out this awesome Kanye performance [ft. Daft Punk]. Gotta get me some of those shades!