Monday, April 24, 2006

Josh Ritter - the animal years

With a gently worn edge to his increasingly Springsteen sounding voice, Josh Ritter's latest album touches on simple truths, simply told. In fact timing is everything here, the deliberately low key production makes it easy to disregard the album as background music, but the truth is it's an album that comes alive with a pair of headphones on in a quiet room - this is not commuting music, at least not for me.

Listen: Josh Ritter - Good Man
Listen: Josh Ritter - Monster Ballads


Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Gene Pitney RIP

Sad news as Gene Pitney found dead in hotel.

Listen to the man's greatness: Gene Pitney - 24 Hours From Tulsa


Beirut at the catbirdseat

Now wishing I'd bought the five string guitar-like instrument in Barcelona. I definately didn't have enough money for a charango like the one on the Beirut track at the catbirdset.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Josh Rouse - Scorchio in Catalan

We're just back from our holidays - 5 days in Barcelona on the pretext of my convalescence. Staying in an apartment in the slightly seedier end of town, we had a holiday soundtrack of about 8 CDs, but the new spanish-inspired Josh Rouse album was the most played. It's only 33 minutes long, with a happy-go-lucky vibe that suited the place perfectly. Sunny music for a sunny place that will help to speed up healing of all kinds. Here's the track that was declared as the one to put on a compilation tape -it's a corker that sounds good, even through the walls.

Listen: Josh Rouse - Givin'It Up

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And after a hard day of exploring the city, this tune was just the job for winding down to with a glass of Cava and some rockin' Scrabble. The more serene album finale:
Listen: Josh Rouse - El Otro Lado

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