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)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Les Paul and Mary Ford- How High the Moon

I’m very enamored of the DIY aesthetic in indie music over the last decade or two. Several of my favorite acts have started out as multi-tracking savants, tucked away in their bedrooms and garages with borrowed instruments and laptops. It felt very new and fresh when it started, and it was, but then the act of genuine creativity is always that way, no matter what form it takes.

It’s encouraging to think about Les Paul and Mary Ford, recording this in their basement in Jackson Heights, when electric guitars and multi-tracked vocals were shocking and new.

Monday, February 3, 2014

A.A. Bondy- The Twist

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Damien Jurado & Rosie Thomas- Wages of Sin (Springsteen cover)

There was a tribute album to Springsteen’s Nebraska LP released about 10 years ago called Badlands…  which doesn’t make sense, really, because the song Badlands was on Darkness on the Edge of Town.  But whatever.  It’s a great compilation that everybody should check out, regardless.

There are some wonderful tracks on that disc, but this one always stood out to me.  It was included as a bonus track, naturally, since this was a later Springsteen B-side not included on the album either…