mp3: The Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil
mp3: The Rosewood Thieves - Silver Gun
mp3: Cross Canadian Ragweed - Hammer Down
mp3: The Black Keys - Just a Little Heat
mp3: The Felice Brothers - Hey Hey, Revolver
mp3: Stoney LaRue - Texas Cookin' (live - Guy Clark cover)
mp3: Cody Canada - Juicy Fruit (live - Jimmy Buffett cover)
mp3: Old Crow Medicine Show - Chicken Pie (unreleased)
mp3: The Band of Heathens - Cornbread
buy Band of Heathens (2008)
mp3: Ray Wylie Hubbard - Heartaches and Grease
buy Snake Farm (2006)
mp3: The Wood Brothers - Chocolate On My Tongue
buy Ways Not To Lose (2006)
mp3: Robert Johnson - Come On In My Kitchen
buy The Complete Recordings (1990)
mp3: Slaid Cleaves - Breakfast in Hell
buy Broke Down (2000)
mp3: The Felice Brothers - Take This Bread
buy The Felice Brothers (2008)
This isn't brand new news, but This Mornin'..... favorite The Avett Brothers are set to release a new disc soon. A second EP in their Gleam series is due out July 22nd.
i don't have too much info on the EP, but i know that for the first time, a Ramseur release will be available on Vinyl. Awesome.
"The record walks calmly and powerfully among fragile and hard-learned
themes of life and song, passing through loss, change, hope, death,
dedication to family, late nights in the hospital, love as always, and much more."
Buy the first Gleam EP from the brothers here.
Since leaving The Great Divide, Mike McClure has focused not only on his solo career, but also his work in the studio - as producer and engineer. In 2004, Mike teamed up with fellow Okie musician Travis Linville and invested in a recording studio in Norman, OK - Dirtybird Recording. (Travis, whom i've been meaning to mention here recently, fronted The Burtschi Brothers and is currently promoting his new solo acoustic album See You Around). Mike's reputation as a producer preceded him, and the studio was immediately booked solid. When the two finally found time to record some of their own stuff, they knew just how to go about it - a collaborative album. And McBurtschi was born:
The Burtschi Brothers & The Mike McClure Band
mp3: Mike McClure Band - Queen of the Midnight
mp3: Mike McClure Band - Lost In The Dream
The two bands split time on this disc. Mike's selections for the album show his versatility - a couple acoustic laments, a couple rockers, a gospel tune, and then something new just to throw you off - Lost In The Dream. This groovy tune showcases his unique guitar stylings and is unlike anything i had heard from Mike before - i feel like putting on jazzy suit and struttin' down the sidewalk when i hear it.
mp3: Mike McClure Band - Don't Fear To Tread
mp3: Mike McClure Band - Remain
Working with another artist who has his hands in all aspects of music, Keith Sykes, Mike took off to Memphis, TN to record Camelot Falling. i'm also currently reviewing the catalog of Ryan Adams, and in addition to having different styles, the two musicians also have differing approaches to making albums. While Ryan has a unique mode, or even genre, per album, Mike perfectly intertwines all of his muses for one album. On this record, Mike chose to pay homage to a couple of his musical heroes by doing some covers. i posted and talked about his cover of Van Morrison's Into the Mystic here, and his rendition of Neil Young's Roll Another Number is an album highlight. Mike's faith plays a huge role in his music, as he is always sure to include some sort of gospel tune. Traveler (posted here) tells of a battered soul asking for complete forgiveness by putting himself at the mercy of his Lord. The record is topped off with a resurrected Great Divide song. The title cut off his last record with the band, Remain is a hopeful song that... remains one of Mike's best works to date.
To start off, here's a couple good songs from The Great Divide to show where he's coming from:
mp3: The Great Divide - Nowhere Woman ~ from Revolutions (1999)
mp3: The Great Divide - Fly On ~ from Remain (2002)
After Mike's departure, The Great Divide attempted to continue with a new lead singer - to no avail. When you lose your frontman, songwriter, and lead guitarist - you're pretty much done.
mp3: Mike McClure - Driftin'
My most prized album of his, this mainly acoustic disc (one song featuring Cody Canada of Cross Canadian Ragweed is a screamin' electric tune) shows that sometimes simple is the best way to go. Stripped down and bearing his soul like never before, Mike shows the world (ok, maybe just Oklahoma and Texas) that he has arrived as a solo artist. The majority of these songs were ones that Mike had floating around that either didn't fit with his former band, or he was unwilling to give up to them. Some about self-doubt, some about self-improvement, some gospel.....
all perfectly written.
if you're gonna start somewhere, start here.........
Everything Upside Down
mp3: Mike McClure Band - Open My Door
mp3: Mike McClure Band - Just Not Good Enough
Never one to be pigeon-holed or genrized, Mike followed his acoustic debut with a full on, guitar soaked rock album - the debut of the MMB. At 19 tracks, he decided to put out three 4 song EP's in the months prior to the full album release. Fitting the rock & roll motif, these EP's were simply titled 'gun', 'brass knuckles', and 'throwing star', and helped to fund the entire recording process. Just Not Good Enough is a song written about the troubles that led to Mike leaving The Great Divide. If you saw my last Instrumental Interlude post, i posted another track from this album that's the intro to Open My Door. Get 'em both and listen to them together....
Perfectly spaced between the ROCK are few slower, ballad-ish songs. Check out She Gets To You, Lay Your Head Down, and Moon Is Almost Full - definitely one of Mike's most image-inducing writing efforts - but i'll talk more about that one later............
If you like what you've heard, check out
The Gospel According to Mike
a entirely Mike McClure gospel post.....
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You can read about all of Ryan's "sessions" here
With the release of the Ryan Adams Box-Set seeming more-and-more as likely as Chinese Democracy (both the political endeavor and the Guns N' Roses reunion album), i figured i better not hold my breath and go ahead and post some of what i have. I suspect that the box-set, if it ever sees the light of day, will be remasterd and possibly deepened, but these session recordings are often bare, and sometimes rough demos.
Van Alston helped with the production of this session and says it was intended to be part of a 4-disc Demolition series given over to Lost Highway. Obviously only one of the discs was released, and i'm not sure if the other two parts are some of the aforementioned sessions, but it sure makes you wonder how much goodness is still out there somewhere. Much of this session is made up of the random electric guitars and screaming that we sometimes see Ryan feel like he needs to excrete - reminiscent of some of the weird stuff he had streaming out of the Spaceship on DotComMuthaFucka. But as with all of his work, there are some hidden gems. The real songs on Exile show everything from his deep Stones influence to his very Whiskeytown-sounding stuff.
mp3: Ryan Adams - The Last Dance
mp3: Ryan Adams - Why You Wanna Lemme Down
Because i feel like being nice today, and because if the legal guys at Geffen/Interscope/whoever can't even figure out who has the rights to this material, i figure i can't get busted for posting this:
Download a Zip File of the complete Exile on Franklin Street session.
Another standout track on Rak is Eaten By Your Lover. The quirky lyrics, piano, and short length (only 1:06) sorta echo something off the bonus disc that came with Spoon's Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.
mp3: The Kooks - Eaten By Your Lover
One of the things that kept bothering me about Inside In/Inside Out was the fact that at the beginning of Time Awaits, they have this bluesy, acoustic - sitting around mics in the studio -feeling and then they tear it apart with electricity and borderline obnoxious guitars. So the shift into that more acoustic style is what pulls me into a lot of the tracks on Konk/Rak. If you've heard Konk, you've heard some of this styling on Tick of Time. It's the song where they start singing one, break into laughter, and start a completely different song. If you happened to like the groove of the inital try - your're in luck. It shows up on Rak:
mp3: The Kooks - Hatful of Love
It's full acoustic (just brushes on the drums) and live-in-studio style.
Another standout track is the opener, Watchin' The Ships Roll In, that kinda reminds of the opener on their debut, Seaside. They also have a beachy-sounding reggae, alternate version of See The Sun from Konk. The bonus disc ends with what could be considered Luke's most introspective tune with a solo piano ballad called Brooklyn.
i'd like to post these songs for those of you who weren't lucky enough to get the limited edition, but i'll probably have to take those that i did post down soon - i think the initial songs i posted from Konk a few weeks back were the ones that got my Album Release Forecast, Vol. 2 post deleted. Download while you can......
You can get the Limited Edition of Konk from Amazon here.
mp3: Amos Lee - Sweet Pea ~ from Supply and Demand (2006)
You might recognize this song from one of those AT&T more bars commercials.
The other guest appearnace on Loaded comes in the form of female backup vocals. Frazey Ford of The Be Good Tanyas beautifully adds to the soul in Oliver's voice on the track Don't Look Back.
mp3: The Wood Brothers - Don't Look Back
mp3: The Be Good Tanyas - Light Enough To Travel ~ from Blue Horse (2000)
From this inovative female folk trio from Canada's first album.
Other standouts on the album include Loaded (posted a while back), Postcards From Hell, Twisted, and an almost unrecognizable cover of Dylan's Buckets of Rain.