Category Archives: Music

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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Mellow Pre-Holiday Mix

Been awhile since I’ve done one of these: Down Down the Deep River – Okkervil River Somebody to Love – Valerie June California – Mazzy Star I Go to the Barn Because I Like To – Band of Horses San … Continue reading

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I want it I want it I want it

The holiday season is also the box set season. And The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records: Vol. 1 (1917–1932) looks to be one hell of a (half of a) set: The hinged-and-clasped oak Cabinet bears Paramount’s iconic medallion on … Continue reading

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Music Miscellanea (12)

1) Check out this interactive video for Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone.” You can flip through the channels to see different lip synchs of the song, many of them involving celebrities. (h/t K.K.) 2) A number of music blogs … Continue reading

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Belgian Bluegrass

The Broken Circle Breakdown, a film about belgian bluegrass musicians, has been getting positive reviews. Here, for example, is the New Yorker’s take: By rights, this should be the most annoying movie of the year. A tattooist (Veerle Baetens) falls … Continue reading

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