Monday, October 15, 2007
It's been at least a couple of weeks since either of us posted something AMC-related, so allow me to rectify that immediately and to celebrate last night's stellar Eitzel gig at The Luminaire.
I know that some people find the Eitzel back catalogue a bit overwhelming - I can sympathise, (I feel the same way about, say, The Mountain Goats), so let me make a heartfelt suggestion. Leave the covers/jazzy/Greek stuff for later and go straight for the dark delights of Songs of Love.
My Lastfm profile is evidence of my love of all things early 90s AMC/Eitzel. It's a prime example of a band hitting its creative peak at a time when you are most susceptible to it. I first heard Songs of Love on the B side of a tape that Howard did for me way back in the midst of adolescence; I thought it was him, his response was a typically understated "thank you". Seeing Eitzel at Reading in 1994 was quite extraordinary and then finding Everclear in Jumbo Records later for a fiver (having by then progressed to CDs) probably played an instrumental part in me moving to Leeds.
Having survived a run of bad luck and armed with only an acoustic guitar, Mark Eitzel laughs and cries his way through a set that pulls from the early AMC albums and proves what a trooper he is. Dark music is for people who are healthy enough to take it, indeed. I could happily post the whole album - and if you stick around long enough, we probably will - but here are two from the hard to find California album. Enjoy.
Listen - Mark Eitzel - Firefly
Listen - Mark Eitzel - Blue and Grey Shirt.
Buy Songs of Love
More info and what looks like the entire Love Songs for Patriots album for free on the official site.
Posted by Beth at 10:55 am