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…

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Rosie Thomas- Wildflowers (Tom Petty cover)

Live from my friends’ living room, Rosie kills this even harder than she did with The One I Love.  I think I may have posted this when it was newly recorded, but I felt the need to share again.

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.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Iron & Wine- He Lays in the Reins (Live on WFUV w/Rosie Thomas)

Wow, how old is this photo?  I’m guessing 2003?  Either way, I love it.  Sam and Rosie are working together again, which is incredibly cool.  They’re two of my favorite performers, and their styles are different enough to make their collaborations dynamic and fresh.  Rosie is Sam’s backing vocalist for the foreseeable future, or until his sister is ready to come back on the road with him.  Here they are laying down one of Sam’s oldest songs for an in-studio performance at WFUV.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

ncastel:

This is may be my favorite Tom Petty song, and Rosie Thomas just kills it, oh and this happened in my living room. Wildflowers - Rosie Thomas [Live at Quincy] 

Thursday, January 13, 2011
Sam and Rosie at Daytrotter.  Pretty much perfect.

Sam and Rosie at Daytrotter.  Pretty much perfect.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Iron & Wine- Half Moon

From the new record, out at the end of the month.  It’s kind of cool to see Ted Williams, the homeless radio announcer guy introduce them.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Rosie Thomas- Christmas Don’t Be Late

This is a track from the Rosie Thomas Christmas album from 2008.  It does the impossible- it rips your heart out while covering Alvin and the Chipmunks.  What can more accurately capture the spirit of Christmas?  It’s the staggering heights of kitsch mixed seamlessly with the depth of sincerity and soulfulness.  And God bless us everyone.