Thursday, October 16, 2014
And now all those records, [people say] “Man I love that record.” Boy, where were you in 1983? Henry Rollins, in a recent Smithsonian interview.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Damien Jurado- Silver Timothy

This has flashes of classic psychedelia and jazz in it, and Jurado’s melodic vocals are as haunting as ever.  Whenever I’ve seen him perform, I’ve had the strangest sensation immediately afterward, like I needed to get into a room with a guitar and a notebook right away, and start writing music.  It’s not that he makes songwriting seem easy, of course— it’s that he makes the connection between music and ourselves seem so clear and present.

Buy his records.

Buy his records.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Sun Kil Moon- Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes (live at Pitchfork 2014)

Kozelek is that rare artist who has grown into himself consistently for the last 25 years.  His intensity steadily smolders and his artistry grows deeper and more complex every year.  In a way, his music has evolved with the times, but there is a continuous turning back into itself, where the subtle growth and development are more like a purification than a transformation.

It’s like Wes Anderson, in that the familiar tropes become finely honed— for Kozelek, it’s the drone, the melodicism, the powerful pulse that resonates at any tempo, volume, or instrumentation.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Magnetic Fields- I Think I Need a New Heart

I’m itching to go down to NYC this month, as there’s going to be a pretty great lineup at BAM.  There’s an evening with 3 singer/songwriter types: Sam Beam (yes!), Devendra Banhart (meh), and Stephen Merritt (also yes!).

I’m pretty sure I won’t find the time to get away, but i can dream.  It’s times like this that can inspire someone to move to someplace where more *things* happen.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

The School of Rock- The School of Rock (live 10-year reunion)

I loved this movie.  You could tell that the kids in the band weren’t actors, and that they were genuinely having a blast hanging out and playing with Jack Black.  

That same feeling comes through here.  Sometimes it’s the best thing in the world to get the band back together for a night.

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Swell Season -Two-Headed Boy (Neutral Milk Hotel cover)

Remember when everybody in the world noticed that Glen Hansard was awesome?  And then they moved on to other things.  But he’s still awesome, as is Marketa.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

South San Gabriel- Saint Augustine

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Iron & Wine, Calexico- Always on My Mind (live at the 930 club, 2005)

Remembering this fondly today…  I was at this show, and I was hanging with some of my best friends just when we were getting to know each other.  This is also an all-time favorite song of mine, from the Willie Nelson version, originally.  Apologies for dumbing down the audio quality a little to get it to fit on tumblr.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tom Waits- You Can Never Hold Back Spring

This is a live performance from 2006, which is shockingly long ago now.

Thornton Wilder once wrote something about what 3 years can do, how in 1000 days children can become adults, and a young man can become an old man.

Lucky for all of us, Tom Waits exists outside of time and space.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Beck- Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime (live)

Beck channeling Neil Young while covering the Korgis at the behest of Michel Gondry.

Because it’s fun.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Eddie Vedder- My City of Ruins (Springsteen cover)

This is live from the Kennedy Center Honors, with Eddie covering an underrated Springsteen song.  Though he performed it on the 9/11 benefit in 2001, Springsteen wrote and recorded it well before the attacks.  It’s odd how a “city of ruins” went from literary metaphor to literal fact.

Friday, April 18, 2014

I don’t want to die

However dark tomorrow may be

Fold me a perfect square of sky

You are worth your weight in gold

You are worth your weight in sorrow, baby

Though you will never know why

Elvis Perkins, Shampoo

The Traveling Wilburys- The End of the Line

You know how on rough days you want some comfort food?  Sometimes you want comfort music too.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Mark Kozelek- Heron Blue (drum version)

I spend more time than I realized listening to Mark Kozelek.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sharon Van Etten- People Ain’t No Good (Nick Cave cover)