First, a disclaimer: I’m the kind of guy who’ll typically tell you that only paying attention to the headliners at a festival like Sled Island is missing the point. With less than a handful of exceptions, all of my favourite experiences at the fest have been bands on the undercard, ones I hadn’t heard more … Continue reading
Song of the Day: The Orioles – It’s Too Soon To Know (1948) Absolutely gorgeous, and there’s nothing I can add to that. (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)
Just been thinking about the first time I met Chris, interviewing him and Pat for Veritas’ CD release. His mom baked us cookies. And the last time, grabbing beers in Toronto after the Polaris gala. Anyone who heard him play, with Women or Azeda Booth or Dodos or his solo work, can vouch that he … Continue reading
Bonus Song of the Day: Akron/Family – Don’t Be Afraid, You’re Already Dead A love song, in its own particular way. (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)
Song of the Day: Danny Kaye – Let’s Not Talk About Love Romance is a fine thing, but there are other things worth talking about. Cole Porter listed ‘em, or at least the ones that were worthwhile back in 1941, for the play Let’s Face It, and Danny Kaye does a fine job enunciating them.
Song of the Day: Harry Nilsson – Subterranean Homesick Blues A nice, scrappy version of Dylan’s classic. Nilsson’s been sick, so his voice is raspier than usual, and John Lennon keeps the production suitably raw. (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)
Song of the Day: Tindersticks – Frozen Brand-new Tindersticks from their upcoming The Something Rain. They’ve always excelled at atmosphere, but this one pushes things farther into the abstract than anything off their last (excellent) Constellation release. Can’t wait to hear the full album.
Song of the Day: “When I Write My Master’s Thesis” by John K. Samson From his new solo album, Provincial. Appropriate for a number of reasons, let’s just say.
The masterpiece convinced you that truth and beauty were someone else’s gift from God, the protest… that revolution was a fact of someone else’s life. Neither could ever be yours, and so you left each show diminished, with less than you had brought to it. Greil Marcus – Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the … Continue reading
Song of the Day: Dr. John – Danse Kalinda Ba Doom Believe it or not, Dr. John used to be an awesome voodoo-psychedelia weirdo. I was trying to find a decent live performance from this era, but YouTube has failed me. An album well worth seeking out, though. (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)