Friday, January 31, 2014

From Here

Your life is heading in a questionable direction...

The sound comes through the radio.

High in the mountains. Late at night.

The guy who shouldn't be there. The girl he left behind.

Stuck in the radio station. Convinced no one's listening.

Playing her favorite records. Over and over.

Reading from her letters. The letters that she sent him.

Reading them on air. For the people who won't listen.

The snow is coming down now. And soon it will get harder.

And soon it covers everything. Except for that one sound.

And if you think you can outdrive it. If you think you can get away.

If you think you can cross over the mountain range. And you won't hear it anymore.

You've got another thought coming.

And another. And another.

While the songs keep on coming. And the guy keeps on talking.

And the snow falls in front of you. Blanketing, blinding.

Your headlights keep moving you forward. Because you'll never go back.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Queen Bee

Stop everything and watch this

Hafdis Huld has a new album coming out and here's a video for "Queen Bee" one of the songs on it.

After years in the city, Hafdis Huld moved to the countryside and her neighbor Jon gave her a dog. To thank him, she wrote this song.

And then Alisdair Wright did this video... which is completely magical and wonderful and enchanting.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

One Poor Correspondent

Too Too Hard To Find

From 39 years ago.

A perfect mid-70s mixture of tunefulness, self-indulgence, profundity, and lazy, lazy lyrics.

Produced by George Martin and engineered by Geoff Emerick, who clearly learned something from all those Beatle records.

And as a bonus, from the same album, here's another one:

Monday, January 20, 2014

American Compare and Contrast

Out on 441 like waves crashing on the beach

Roger McGuinn:

Taylor Swift:

Foxes & Fossils:

Frank Turner:


The Howling Tongues:

And Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers:

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Because Nostalgia

Or was it just a desire to share those "fashions" of the 70s?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

We Now Live in the Kind of World

Where Bruce Springsteen gets more attention for doing parodies with Jimmy Fallon than for having a new album out.

Tramps like us, baby...

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Spiders Without Bowie

Please enjoy the Spiders From Mars without Ziggy.

Because the internet.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Tumbling in Turmoil

I may be the last person in the world to know that the Everly Brothers sung on this song.

RIP, Phil.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sweat Pours From Everywhere

Heat coming down. Really too hot for this.

Outside it's the opposite. Freezing.

So when you come inside it's overwhelming. Feels feverish.

You can sense the crowd pressing forward.

Wanting. Needing. Moving as one.

The sound is ragged. Not as deliberate as some might want.

But through it all is the feeling.

Years later the details will fade.

But you'll remember the passion. And the sweat.

Pouring down from everywhere.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Curio Curio

I think I was vaguely aware that this existed, but never saw or heard it until today.

Please enjoy the Attractions without Elvis Costello on their own album released in all its glory in 1980.