Monday, October 31, 2005

Friday, October 28, 2005

Mart Eitzel - Sleeping Beauty

With his new album Candy Ass, Mark Eitzel has continued to frustrate the serious rock critics by producing music that doesn't match their doomed poet with a silly hat image. That said, I'm a sucker for the same. Listening to it reminds me of Hood's cold house album at times.

So here is a straight critic-approved classic Eitzel doomed poet with a silly hat tune:

Mark Eitzel - Sleeping Beauty

and one with no discernable "real" instuments on (also check "Cotton Candy Tenth Power" if you get a chance)

Mark Eitzel - Homeland Pastoral

Buy it
Mark Eitzel - official site
American Music Club
very old KCRW show from 60 watt silver lining

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Maximilian Hecker - Rose

As recommended to me by a man I shifted some turf with for my next door neighbour. This begins gently enough, with a vocal styling not a million miles for the recent Antony and the Johnsons, twinkles along nicely in a laid back Blue Moods of Spain/Paul Quinn and the Independents' Will I Ever be Inside of You kind of vein, before someone hits the shoegaze guitar button about two thirds in and the angst surfaces only to submerge again and finish with the piano going a bit bonkers and then - a reprise. Not enough reprises in songs these days. Anyway here it is:

Maximilian Heckler - Rose

Album review
Buy It

Friday, October 21, 2005

Dolly Parton - The Bargain Store


Not sure if this as been posted here already, but I thought I'd repost it just to keep Kate happy.

Dolly Parton - The Bargain Store

To quote Kate, “it’s a poignant tale where Dolly uses the analogy of a Poundstretcher to describe her current state”.

And in "these boots were made for walking" kind of feel here she is again:

Dolly Parton - Dumb Blonde

Thursday, October 13, 2005

rachel goswell - if

Taken from the rather splendid compilation friends and lovers - the songs of Bread, this is Mojave 3's Rachel Goswell (she has a solo album too you know) singing the cheesy, but classic If. Also covered by Dolly Parton and her album Halos and Horns, although Dolly doubled up the time for a kind of joyous end of the world compared to Rachel's.

Here we get the purity of the vocal (and the sentiment) against a tremelo/phased guitar line grounded with an acoustic guitar and tantalising few bars of Robert Kirby-esque keyboard/string arrangement.

Rachel Goswell - If

And because I'm writing this on a delayed train home here's Dave Derby's rather straight take on I use the soap:

Dave Derby - I use the Soap

and the Holy Sons' Beck-style treatment of Last Time:

Holy Sons - Last Time

Buy it

Friday, October 07, 2005

Nashville and Fiddles - June Drucker


Howdy pardners.
It's Friday night, I'm fresh back from a trip to Nashville and am setting the pace for the weekend with some old time fiddle music to get us all dancing around our respective kitchens.

June Drucker is better known as a bassist, but she surely has a way with a fiddle. Treat yourself and have a listen to her rendition of Darkest Angel by for a healthy dose of fiddle goodness.

Buy it

P.S. I can wholeheartedly recommend a visit to the Music Valley Wax Museum for some truly hilarious and terrifying effigies of your favourite lonesome folk. Sadly, no website, but rest assured, the photos will be making an appearance here soon.