Music Notes August 2018

August 31, 2018 at 12:11 pm (Uncategorized)

As the kids go back to school…

1 Bobby Fuller Four – “I Fought the Law (El Paso)”

Came across this one on You Tube recently. It’s the demo version of the song. A little heavier sound which might even be better than the version we all know and love.


2 Dean Wareham – “Lonesome Cowboy Bill”

Not entirely sure where this is available – I subscribe to Dean Wareham’s mailing list, and it just showed up in my mail box last week. Rather lovely cover of the old Velvet Underground song from Loaded. 

3 Kit B. – “Four Obscure B Sides”

Heard about this band this morning courtesy of Louder Than War. Described as a sort of Young Marble giants for 2018, the record has a lo-fi charm that’s hard to resist. Down load from the band’s site. I particularly like the track “Swisser Swatter.”

4 Margo Price with Jack White – “Honey we can’t afford to look this cheap”

Appropriately shaky recording of the old White Stripes song from a show in Nashville.


5 Lulu and the Lampshades – “You’re Gonna Miss Me”

Yeah, I know Anna Kendrick does this in one of those Pitch Perfect movies, but I like this version better because it’s a Carter Family song sung with a British accent.


6 The Cowboy Junkies – All That Reckoning

First saw the Cowboy Junkies around the time their version of “Sweet Jane” was breaking. They played Clinton’s Tavern on Bloor Street. We saw close to the front, and the audience was still louder than the band. And yet, they were hypnotic (it didn’t work quite so well when I saw them a couple of years later at Ontario Place). Good to have them back.

7 Miley Cyrus – “Jolene”

Now that Dolly Parton’s back in the news after her posting of that meme, why not remember a great song of hers done effectively by Ms. Cyrus?


8 Half Man Half Biscuit – “Knobheads on Quiz Shows”

A fantastic track off the band’s new album, No-One Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your Fuckin Hedge Cut



9 Kaelan Minka – Manadas

Icelandic post-punk but dabbling in goth sounds. Moody, but affecting

10 Mitski – Be the Cowboy

Less punky that the previous album Puberty 2, but no less wonderful. The Toronto show in October has been moved from the Opera House to the Danforth Music Hall.

Enjoy back to school. 

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