Iron and Wine – Jezebel
I went to see Iron and Wine on Friday night. In the past when I’ve seen them I have to admit I haven’t always been captivated. However, Friday I was. This was in no small part due to the band Sam Beam assembled for the tour. It’s to their credit the gig lost something halfway through when they peeled off one by one to leave Sam Beam to do a couple of songs on his own. You just wanted them to stay on. One of the older songs the band reinterpreted – one of the highlights of the gig – was ‘Jezebel’ off the Woman King EP.
In a final message Starman can be heard complaining that listening to ‘Life on Mars’ on a loop was ‘doing my f**king head in’ and that he much preferred Bowie’s ‘later more pop-driven eighties stuff’ – News Biscuit
I guessed as much. Let’s not play it again, Elon. There are alternatives.
Neil Young – Razor Love
Because it’s Sunday night after a busy weekend and my head hurts. And Neil Young’s barely there voice is about as much as I can manage. A lovely album Silver and Gold.
This week, in their ongoing quest to put movie stars on the moon, Elon Musk’s SpaceX sent a car into space. I over simplify I know, perhaps misunderstand the motives, but the why and wherefores are not my primary concern here. My concern is the music.
It was reported the car’s radio was set to play “a David Bowie soundtrack on a loop”. I’m guessing here, but did ‘Space Oddity’, along maybe with ‘Starman’, make up that entire soundtrack by any chance? I like David Bowie. In fact there’s a nice documentary currently on the BBC iPlayer about him. And I like ‘Space Oddity’ and ‘Starman’. But let’s mix it up, let’s broaden the range, let’s make it even odder.
I already offered up a while back one song to play, which amazingly hasn’t yet (to my knowledge) been taken (literally) up. Nevertheless, in a moment of optimism, I’m suggesting another:
Can you hear me Elon Musk? Can you heeeeaaaaarrrr me?
Reading: To Save Everything, Click Here, Evgeny Morozov
You know it’s going to be a slow Friday work day when you wander into the Beach Boys Wikipedia to find out exactly when the song ‘Kokomo’ was released, and after an indeterminate amount of time later emerge blinking from the Two and Half Men Wikipedia page, because you wondered just how did they work it when Charlie Sheen left? Then…you write about doing it.
Deer Tick – Jumpstarting
I was asked if I wanted to come see Deer Tick at the splendid Islington Assembly Hall on Tuesday by my friend Doug. He thought I might like them. And he thought right. They had just the right mix of irreverence and craft in what they do live to make them a great listen to someone who’d not heard them before.
Since the gig I’ve been listening constantly to the two records they released last year – Deer Tick Vol. 1 and Deer Tick Vol. 2 – which demonstrate the different kind of songs they write. ‘Jumpstarting’ is off Deer Tick Vol. 2, the “rockier” record of the two.