Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Mates of State- These Days (Daytrotter Session)

This is probably my third favorite rendition of this song, which is saying something, since it’s been covered 589 times— just this month.  I think the kid has halfway decent pitch.

*I should volunteer that my other two most favorite versions are the Nico and the St. Vincent.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Now that I’m finally feeling a bit rested and clearheaded, here are some Record Store Day purchases.
The Mynah Birds
A short-lived Motown band from 1966, the MBs featured Neil Young and Rick James (bitch!).  It’s kinda like the Stones or Them, with a little psychedelic feel to it.  It’s pretty great, I think.
New Multitudes
A couple of studio tracks and a couple of demos are on this EP from the alt-country supergroup.  The demos are the real find here.  All lyrics are by Woody Guthrie (whoever that is).
Sufjan Stevens/Rosie Thomas
This is fun stuff from two of my favorite artists.  It makes some generous post-Bon-Iverian use of the auto tuner, which adds an eerie synthetic quality to two of the more painfully earnest voices in indie pop.
Townes Van Zandt
This is a 1987 LP from Townes, and it’s a good one.  The production is refreshingly clean— I had worries about a 1980s Nashville country album that featured a DX-7.  It’s country, though, with some genuinely decent harmonica work, which is pretty rare.
Mates of State
This is an album of covers from indie pop’s durable spouses.  I hadn’t heard any of this, and was a bit worried when a friend told me (post-purchase) that he’d seen them playing this material live and was underwhelmed.  But it’s actually very good, and they make the covers their own.  I still prefer their music when it’s just the two of them playing, but the slightly larger ensemble really works well on this one.
There were other non-purchases that I’ll get when I have a chance— the Uncle Tupelo LPs were pricy, though entirely worth the money.  They should be around a while, though.  There were a couple of killer blues anthologies by Skip James and Mississippi John Hurt, and a live Cohen set, which will probably be in my next batch of purchases.  Seeing as I get paid in records, I figured this was the best allocation of my “funds” for the day.
Happy Record Store Day, planet Earth.

Now that I’m finally feeling a bit rested and clearheaded, here are some Record Store Day purchases.

The Mynah Birds

A short-lived Motown band from 1966, the MBs featured Neil Young and Rick James (bitch!).  It’s kinda like the Stones or Them, with a little psychedelic feel to it.  It’s pretty great, I think.

New Multitudes

A couple of studio tracks and a couple of demos are on this EP from the alt-country supergroup.  The demos are the real find here.  All lyrics are by Woody Guthrie (whoever that is).

Sufjan Stevens/Rosie Thomas

This is fun stuff from two of my favorite artists.  It makes some generous post-Bon-Iverian use of the auto tuner, which adds an eerie synthetic quality to two of the more painfully earnest voices in indie pop.

Townes Van Zandt

This is a 1987 LP from Townes, and it’s a good one.  The production is refreshingly clean— I had worries about a 1980s Nashville country album that featured a DX-7.  It’s country, though, with some genuinely decent harmonica work, which is pretty rare.

Mates of State

This is an album of covers from indie pop’s durable spouses.  I hadn’t heard any of this, and was a bit worried when a friend told me (post-purchase) that he’d seen them playing this material live and was underwhelmed.  But it’s actually very good, and they make the covers their own.  I still prefer their music when it’s just the two of them playing, but the slightly larger ensemble really works well on this one.

There were other non-purchases that I’ll get when I have a chance— the Uncle Tupelo LPs were pricy, though entirely worth the money.  They should be around a while, though.  There were a couple of killer blues anthologies by Skip James and Mississippi John Hurt, and a live Cohen set, which will probably be in my next batch of purchases.  Seeing as I get paid in records, I figured this was the best allocation of my “funds” for the day.

Happy Record Store Day, planet Earth.