Friday, April 27, 2007

Dancing Round The Kitchen

Well folks,

Okay - it's the weekend, the sun is shining, I'm in a good mood. It's time for some new songs for the kitchen. Let me explain.

I often describe some of my favourite songs as "being good for dancing round the kitchen to". This isn't just because my descriptive powers are painfully meagre - although you can make up your own mind about that.

Instead, it's a term I find myself using to talk about the tunes that you seek out to keep you company whilst you cook, clean, read the papers, tend the baby (Howard) or tend the houseplants (me). Sometimes it's to do with familiarity, but, for me, it's more about melody and being able to sing along or just feel somehow nourished by what's on the stereo.

Let me illustrate my point with a couple of favourites that are on heavy rotation in the Northern Lonesome HQ kitchen. Play these and I can guarantee that life will be good.

**Warning: (relatively) uptempo tunes ahead**

Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell - Don't Make It Better

Buy Begonias

Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight - Whiskeytown

Buy the fantastic Stranger’s Almanac (pronto!)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Townes Van Zandt - Black Crow Blues

This is taken from the collection of early recordings called In the Beginning, this track offers a typically sparse, downbeat lesson in understatement. Not sure about that reverb effect going on in the background though.

Listen: Townes Van Zandt - Black Crow Blues

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

jon itkin's big gold guitar

Jon tells me we're on, which is nice. He also sent a couple of his songs and a picture with a nice thinline telecaster on the wall. Here they all are and I'll leave it to you to make up your own mind about his art, I'll just say that I think it fits right in here.

Listen: Jon Itkin - Fool to wonder
Listen: Jon Itkin - Ten-pack of years

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Mark Kozelek and Rachel Goswell - Around and around

This short and sweet track is taken from last year's Take Me Home: a Tribute to John Denver, which features other lonesome favorites like Will Oldham, undiluted RHP and Low. It's worth a listen even if you don't know any John Denver beyond the obvious...

Also of note: our RSS feed now lets you download the mp3 - I hadn't realised feedburner was doing that, sorry. Also the blogroll on the left is tidied up, so no more blogs that last posted in July 2005 (and there were a few). So if you want to reset your Feed to either:

Listen: Mark Kozelek and Rachel Goswell - Around and around

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Bokononist last rites:

God made mud.
God got lonesome.
So God said to some of the mud, "Sit up!"
"See all I've made," said God, "the hills, the sea, the sky, the stars."
And I was some of the mud that got to sit up and look around.
Lucky me, lucky mud.
I, mud, sat up and saw what a nice job God had done.
Nice going, God.

from Cat's Cradle

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Eastmountainsouth - Mark's Song

A lovely pedal steel laden boy-girl country song, taken from their self-titled 2003 album. They seem to be still a going concern, but the last I heard of them was featured on the Elizabethtown soundtrack.

Listen: Eastmountainsouth - Mark's Song

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Josh Rouse - Car Crash

This is a bit uplifting for lonesome, but somehow fitting. Josh Rouse provided the soundtrack to Beth and I's visit to Barcelona this time last year with his lovely Subtitulo album. His new EP is called She's Spanish, I'm American and it has the same sweet boy/girl thing going on and a song about a car crash in a taxi cab - it's like it was meant to be! As Beth says 'there's nothing wrong with a bit of uplifting now and then', so here we go:

Listen: Josh Rouse - Car Crash
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