Music Notes: January 2014

January 31, 2014 at 9:57 pm (Uncategorized)

From the frozen north comes some warm things for your ears.

1. The Velvet Underground – Live at the Gymnasium

I’ve got a couple of Velvets live records: 1969, Live at Max’s and the Quine Tapes, but this is the first I’ve hears with John Cale. Absolutely worth having this recording: “Sister Ray”, “Waiting for the Man”, and a gloriously ragged version of “Run, Run, Run” amongst other treats. (Packed as a part of the White Light/White Heat re-issues

2. Dolly Parton – “PMS Blues”

Don’t fuck with Dolly y’all. S’all I’m sayin’.

3. Portishead – Roseland  NYC Live

If you love Portishead, you’ll thrill at how their sound interacted with a full orchestra in this live recording; if you hate them, it’s boring repetitive crap. No middle ground (I’m in the first camp)

4. TS Eliot vs. Portishead – The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock

I was looking for an audio recording of Eliot reading “The Hollow Men,” when I came across this beauty. Eliot reads, and Portishead play in the background a tad too loudly. A marriage made in…well, somewhere.

4. Baxter Dury – Happy Soup

Ian’s son mumbles along in the same sing-speak style as his later father. Infectious poppy fun.

5. Barbara Keith – “All Along the Watchtower”

Call me a heretic, but as much as I love and respect Jimi’s cover, I prefer Bob’s original. This however, is quite stunning. Love the record playing in the video.

6.  The Who – Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy

It’s rare that a greatest hits album actually is. This one, which came out in 1971 is a fantastic packaging of those early Who records. Tight bursts of energy; maybe the perfect Who collection.

7. The Yardbirds – “I’m Waiting for the Man”

Maybe the earliest cover of this song. Kinda crappy sound quality, but no less vital for it. A track from their ’68 US tour.

8. Pavement – Wowee Zowee

When the band explains the sound of their record due to excess weed consumption, you might wonder. The third record of Pavement is less commercial that Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, more in keeping with slanted and Enchanted . Quite wonderful  though, especially if you find the Sordid Sentinels edition with all those extra tracks.

9. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds  – Push the Sky Away

Strangely enough I picked up the live record before this one. The latest Nick Cave album shows just why we love the man so. Heart-breakingly beautiful songs. Nick Cave is a towering talent. The deluxe edition has a DVD with two curious tracks on it.

10 Morrissey – Autobiography

The long awaited book. From it’s opening paragraphs, it’s clear that this really will be a book every Smiths fan would read. Morrissey’s chapter-less tone is quite smashing, quite dreary, and informative depending on which part you’re at. Haven’t finished it yet, but it’s fascinating stuff (well, maybe not the stuff about Mike Joyce’s lawsuit).

15 CM on snow tomorrow; another 15 CM on Tuesday.

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