It took a long while to get another one of these recorded for you, so I won't waste your time with a preamble. Below, the link to download the Pointcast. Below that, the notes.
The Friday 5ive
01 Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley - Lee Dorsey [Yes We Can]: I really dig the horn sound on this track. The Meters, the backing band on these sessions, didn't have a horn section so I'll have to do a little more research to find out who was playing on this. Dorsey wasn't knocking down any walls with his range or technique, but his timing is unimpeachable.
02 Sleeping In The Devil's Bed - Daniel Lanois [Until The End of the World]: The Wikipedia page for Lanois's For The Beauty of Wynona has both versions of the Jan Saudek cover photo, and from there you can surf the link to the photographer's work. Oh, and Lanois? I wonder how many times he sat at the board for some other artist, knowing he had a song as great as "Devil's Bed" in his back pocket.
03 How Long the Night Was - deadboy & the Elephantmen [Live at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2006]: Dax and Tessie weren't together for long -- just one album, one TV appearance, and some tours -- but they sure left a trail of sparks in their wake. Listen to how hard this duo is playing and think of what passes for "rock" these days.
Here is a link to Tessie's latest project, Animal Electric.
04 (I Want To Live On An) Abstract Plain - Frank Black [Teenager of the Year]: Trust me about the Teenager album. You won't just like it, you'll like like it. You'll wonder where you've been all its life. There's no shortage of great Frank Black material, but that one -- for me -- is a standout.
05 God Is In The House - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds [Huxley's Neue Welt, Berlin; 11.14.04]: I've forgotten how I acquired this bootleg. It's a solid one, though; the sound is off-the-board CD quality, the mix is perfect, and the 2-disk setlist includes "Abattoir Blues," "There She Goes My Beautiful World," and "Stagger Lee." The studio version of "God Is In The House" is from No More Shall We Part, which came out in September 2001, following a couple years of Cave getting his drug and drink problems solved, and it's a masterpiece. His voice and range were the best they'd ever been, and the lyrics pulled no punches.
The Sonic Jihad
01 Solitary Confinement - The Weirdos [Dangerhouse Vol. 1]: The Dangerhouse comps are great, but if you are now a Weirdos purist, here's the link to Weird World. Solid West Coast punk rock from some cats who could effing play. Great riffs, great songwriting. And "Solitary Confinement" was a b-side! The Weirdos were playing L.A. clubs with the Germs, X, Black Randy, The Avengers, etc.
02 Bullets - Tunng [Good Arrows]: Like I said on the thing, I flipped pretty hard for this band. I think I had heard the song "Arms" on a KEXP podcast and within days I'd nailed down Tunng's entire canon: the EPs, the full-length releases, and the b-sides. It's all good, real good, but if you';re looking for a normal-person's portion, you'll be happy with Mother's Daughter and Other Songs (2005) or Good Arrows (2007) which has "Arms" on it, too. There are sounds and textures on that album that I'd never heard before. On "Bullets," check out how the guitars begin front and center in the mix, with the kick and snare, and then start to "float" a little bit. We'll be hearing more Tunng on future Pointcasts.
Here's a good interview with band member Mike Lindsay that includes explanations for a lot of the songs.
03 Silver Machine - Hawkwind: Last month my friend MDavis IM'd me a URL link. No hello; nothing but the link, which took me to a trailer for a Lemmy movie. I immediately sent the link to SO'C, who posted about it on his site, and within hours his page became a forum for idiot fanboys like us to share "Brush With Lemmy" stories. Check 'em.
Apologies Dept.: This song doesn't sound nearly as good as it should on the Pointcast, because of a problem I had in recording; the right channel had some unexplained pops in it, so in trying to correct that I came up with the stupid idea to copy the left channel and paste it onto the right. Which is a roundabout way of saying I double-tracked the left channel, rendering it flat and totally destroying the "spacey-ness" of the tune. Sorry.
Dialogue excerpt from The Sarah Silverman Program, 2007
04 When I Was Bleedin' - Dax Riggs [We Sing of Only Blood or Love]: Haunting and beautiful music abounds on this solo album. Another great track from the Bayou genius.
05 Toumast - Tinariwen [Aman Iman]: The electric guitar isn't an instrument that Toureg people are accustomed to seeing, hearing, or playing so I'm blown away when I listen to them and hear drop-dead John Lee Hooker riffs. It's hard to find solid info to read up on the band, but the Interweb's got plenty to watch!
It's not Friday anymore, but what the hell -- do it yourself. Put your digital jukebox or mp3 player on "shuffle all songs," and let me know the first 10 tracks out the chute.
[posted with ecto]