Category Archives: Music

Busy Earnin’

This is pretty damn catchy:

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Late Greats

Bob Dylan covering Frank Sinatra I saw him perform last summer and he seemed incapable of registering anything more than a whispery growl. Apparently he can still sing when he wants to (although presumably with the assistance of some studio … Continue reading

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Musical hurdles

There are musicians and bands that seem to deliberately place disruptive (and generally unpleasant) interludes, which I have termed hurdles, in their songs. A generous view of this tendency is that it is designed to encourage active rather than passive … Continue reading

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Spring Mix

Jessica – The Allman Brothers On the Sunny Side of the Street – Ella Fitzgerald Spring – Bill Callahan When the Roses Bloom Again – Wilco and Billy Bragg China Cat Sunflower – The Grateful Dead Classic Rock in Spring/Freeway … Continue reading

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Canola Oil, Maybe?

How genuine do we want our folk music? That’s the question posed in Jeff Tweedy’s guest appearance on the most recent episode of Portlandia, with some pretty hilarious results:

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I want all you people to listen to my song

“Mr. Johnson’s Blues No 2″ is one of my all-time favorite blues songs. Take a listen and note in particular all the tone and tempo shifts in the first 25 seconds of the song as it hits its groove. Johnson … Continue reading

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The guys who were left behind

From time to time, I’ve posted videos and links for music by Kurt Vile. His former band, The War on Drugs, has continued making music, and their new album is especially good. Here are two songs from the album. The … Continue reading

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Settle Me Down

A song from The Men’s new album, Tomorrow’s Hits:

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they spit white noise

I’d been wondering when Stereogum would get around to doing a Hold Steady Top Ten list. Here it is at long last. Here’s one that wouldn’t make my top ten but that I still think is pretty great:

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On the Real Estate Bandwagon

As much as I wanted to like Real Estate, given their New Jersey origins, I just didn’t enjoy their first few albums. The new one, however, is fantastic.

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Music Detective

I’ve started watching True Detective on HBO. I’m not convinced it deserves all the praise* it’s gotten, but it’s certainly entertaining. One of the best aspects of the show, to me at least, is its effective use of music (chosen … Continue reading

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Will You Think of Me When I’m Gone?

Stereogum has a nice rundown on the quick rise and even quicker fall of The Beta Band in the late 90’s/early 00’s, as well as a list of their top ten songs. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, listening to … Continue reading

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Blue Moon

New song from Beck:

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Color Me Impressed

The Replacements are often called the Last Rock & Roll Band. I think that would make this song from 1985, the Last Rock & Roll Song. I’ve also been listening to a lot of bluegrass lately, and this song in … Continue reading

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Phosphorescent

Downloaded Phosphorescent’s album early last year but somehow forgot to listen to it. This song is particularly catchy, although the first line reminds me as much of Bette Midler’s The Rose as it does of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. … Continue reading

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Not Dwelling in the Past

I never got around to making a best of 2013 music mix this year, mostly because I didn’t listen to much new music this year and was disappointed in most of what I did hear. I do think there are … Continue reading

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Shuffle

Songs from my morning commute: I know Aimee Mann mostly for the soundtrack she did for the film Magnolia, but heard this song on a podcast recently, liked it, and downloaded it. Have been working my way back through a … Continue reading

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Not Too Late

Pitchfork has a glowing review of the new four-disc anthology – I Heard the Angels Singing: Electrifying Black Gospel from the Nashboro Label, 1951-1983 – and from the clips I have heard so far, it sounds like a worthwhile purchase. … Continue reading

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