We saw Mike Doughty play an entire show of Soul Coughing material last night at the Fonda. He sounded great and it was so much fun to hear those songs again. True Dreams of Wichita has always been one of my favorites.
I don’t totally get the lyrics to this song, but I love it. It ain’t Hemingway, but it crushes me when he sings “i’m sorry i’m really sorry i really am.” That’s all I really need to understand about this story.
Natalie Maines doesn’t hesitate to make audacious moves, and wresting away “Mother” — Roger Waters’ hymn to oppressive maternal authority figures from Pink Floyd — is the biggest one on her first solo album. Maines takes the “Mother” from Pink Floyd’s The Wall and deconstructs it, emotional brick by emotional brick. She rebuilds the melody and radically alters the vocal intonation of the lyric to render it resilient enough for new interpretations. “Mother” becomes a plea for understanding; to come to terms with difficult relationships through love and trust. Which, among other things, could be heard as Maines’ attempt to reach out to Dixie Chick fans, both present and former, loyal and hostile.
NEW Lauryn Hill! This doesn’t sound the way I expected, but it’s 100% on-message.
Here is a link to a piece that I was ‘required’ to release immediately, by virtue of the impending legal deadline. I love being able to reach people directly, but in an ideal scenario, I would not have to rush the release of new music… but the message is still there. In light of Wednesday’s tragic loss (of former label mate Chris Kelly), I am even more pressed to YELL this to a multitude that may not understand the cost of allowing today’s unhealthy paradigms to remain unchecked!
From the new EP — their first new music since 2003. Buckingham Nicks recorded a demo of this song before they joined Fleetwood Mac, so it’s not 100% new, but it’s my favorite track on the EP. A classic Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham duet. It doesn’t get any better than that.
A new collaboration between, basically, Sun Kil Moon and The Album Leaf.
And an incredible song. At one level a typical acoustic guitar Kozelek song. Listen deeper - the texture, organs, drums, the vocals - the way the song moves like a wave, not a big wave, but one that takes a long time to break. Wonderful.
If you haven’t yet listened to the new Junip album, you should do it right now. It’s on Rdio (here) but not Spotify. The band dropped this track a few weeks ago. Now that I’ve heard it in the context of the album, I like it even more.
No point in looking back over your shoulder Leave your worries behind for a while You’ll forget everything as you get older