Archive for July, 2005

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

Saw this documentary today in West Hollywood. Alt-country musician, champion of the redneck-underground, Jim White steers us through the deep South connecting the various threads that make this part of America such a potent, fertile, ground for music, literature, and art. Pure Southern Gothic. Picked up the stellar soundtrack in the lobby immediately following the […]

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

“As Son Volt returns with its first album in seven years, its frontman discusses his ambivalence about being known as an ‘alt-country’ pioneer and his split with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.” Newsweek reports…click HEREspinning: primal scream – vanishing point

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Neil Young is the man, but damn if Built To Spill don’t just kill it here. “Cortez The Killer” off Young’s 1975 album Zuma, is the topic of part IV of the cover wars. Download:MP3: Neil Young – Cortez The KillerMP3: Built To Spill – Cortez The Killer (cover)

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Part III of the covers war. Ceremony was the last Joy Division song the band wrote before the death of frontman Ian Curtis. No “dancey” New Order vibes to this one. Galaxie 500 does a really nice version of the song in their own narcoleptic way. Download: MP3: New Order – Ceremony MP3: Galaxie 500 […]

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Thanks to You Ain’t No Picasso, I can’t get this song out of my iTunes, let alone my head. This whimsical pop couple hails from New Zealand and make sweet, sweet light-hearted noise. Click on the track below from their album Mars Loves Venus for a taste. Download: Brunettes – Loopy Loopy Love

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

A truly inspired cover can sometimes trump an artist’s original vision for a song. In this ongoing series I’m interested in which version (or versions) you prefer. The song: The Jesus And Mary Chain’s “Head On” off their 1989 album Automatic. The cover: The Pixies version off their 1991 album Trompe le Monde. Download:MP3: JAMC […]

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

There are only two camps when it comes to the Jesus Lizard. Those who love them and those who really don’t like them. There is no middle ground. Perhaps that is part of the attraction. I got this album as soon as it came out, and went to see the band shortly afterwards at the […]