Category Archives: music

This Old World

BlindWillieJohnson

I’ve been on a big blues and bluegrass kick lately. Mostly I’ve been trying to fill in some of my ignorance of the these genres by listening to work from artists from the 20’s and 30’s. By chance, Blind Willie Johnson’s “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning” was the first song to come up this morning. I was struck dumb by the sheer beauty of this song and the interplay of Johnson’s voice with that the female vocalist (either his first wife, Willie B. Harris, or his second, a Angeline – It’s not readily clear) is haunting and sublime.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Step in front of a runaway train…

Currently listening to José González’s “So Far Away” from the Red Dead Redemption soundtrack. Great track, great game. I probably should go play it again. Or, you know, do some work. There’s always that.

Have a listen.

Lead Belly

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I’ve been listening to a lot of Lead Belly this morning. I recommend the same to you.

Gallows Pole”

Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Anyone have a recommendation for a solid collection of his recordings that’s worth buying? I went to link something here, but was quickly overwhelmed by the number of options available.

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Black Dresses

Currently listening to The Builders and the Butchers.

Here’s a video of a live performance of “Black Dresses.” I’m really drawn in by the intensity of Ryan Sollee in this performance.

Gotta Go

Quasi_at_Emo's,_2003

Currently Listening to Quasi’s “You Can Stay But You Got To Go” from their upcoming album Mole City available for download over at Pitchfork. I’m not a big Quasi fan (I just can’t get into Sam Coomes’ style), but I love Janet Weiss on drums. Overall, I’m really digging this track.

(Image via: Wikimedia Commons.)

 

Blue Eyes

Currently Listening to Middle Brother’s “Blue Eyes.”

No Rock and Roll Fun

This video of Sleater-Kinney just came across my radar.

One More Hour 1998

Sleater-Kinney performing “One More Hour” back in ’98.

Via Kill Rock Stars

Sing Along Home

You should start your Sunday off with this video with live versions of “Home” and “40 Day Dream” from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. It’s not new, but trust me, it’ll do you a world of good.

Via La Blogtheque

These are the places I will always go…

My current music obsession: The Head and the Heart‘s “Down in the Valley.”