Last weekend i made it over to Austin.
i swear, sometimes i really need a simple Austin fix.
Made my obligatory trip to Waterloo without much of anything in mind. i knew i wanted to pick up some vinyls - hoping for some Townes, but ended up getting an eclectic mix from the bargain section later on at Backspin Records. (btw, check out ThinkIndie.com for some record stores near you that are down with good music)
I had been on a kick for chick folk music, so i picked up something from Patty Griffin and Gillian Welch.
Patty Griffin - Fly
buy A Kiss In Time (2003)
Patty puts everything she has into her songs, and it really shows live.
Gillian Welch - Red Clay Halo
buy Time (The Revelator) (2001)Possibly one the most underrated artists anywhere near the folk scene today, Gillian Welch (always with help from David Rawlings) can take you back to depression-era times with the first note she hits. The overwhelming spiritual quality of her music helps to offset her tragic lyrics.
After falling into The Jayhawks a while back, i've been lookin' a little deeper into Gary Louris. I picked up his first solo release that came out earlier this year, as well as Golden Smog's comeback (?) album - Another Fine Day. If you don't know - they were/are an on-again, off-again group of musicians formed from the ashes of a few pretty namely bands (learn). Gary Louris most often played the front-man, with none other than Jeff Tweedy stepping in occasionally. Other spots were filled out with dudes from The Replacements and Soul Asylum.
These two tracks show their all-over-the-map sound.
Golden Smog - Long Time Ago
Golden Smog - Corvette
buy Another Fine Day (2006)
Heard this one on Weeds. A cool show that makes you a little sympathetic towards drug dealers.
The songs on there are always attention-grabbing and well placed.
Great Lake Swimmers - Your Rocky Spine
buy Ongiara (2007)
as always, enjoy responsibly...........