Black Mountain – Mothers of the Sun
Years after the “event” I emerge from my shelter pod. I am pleased to have survived. As I join the queue of people, I am thankful others have too. I remember those who have not. The queue is long and I cannot see the end. Nor do I know what the queue is for. I ask those in the line if they know what this queue is for. They say they do not. A woman gives me some water in exchange for some of my bread. The queue moves. The overriding feeling I have, and the feelings of those in the queue with me, I’d say is hope. In the distance there is a sound. We listen. We nod. Riff.
Any Trouble – Honolulu
Choosing The Only Ones last week reminded me of Any Trouble. Any Trouble were signed to Stiff Records in the early 80s; the label who Wreckless Eric, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, and De Feelgood, to name a few, called home. And if you know the record label or have heard those bands, you might know what to expect from Any Trouble. And listening to Any Trouble’s first album, Where Are All The Nice Girls?, there is that same aesthetic, and it’s a great example of guitar pop from that era, but it’s more soulful than what you might expect.
The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet
I know – an obvious song to choose by them. And I could have perhaps chosen something a little less obvious. But shoot me. The song’s a classic.
Vince Gill – When I Call Your Name
Since arguing the last two weeks for and against my proposition that the best country songs are the ones which teeter on the brink of parody of the genre, I’ve completely confused myself. Where I used to think ‘When I Call Your Name’ was definitely an example of a song to support my proposition, listening to it again, now I’m not too sure.
Gretchen Peters – Five Minutes
To challenge my proposition last week that some of the best (contemporary) country songs are ones that threaten to tip into parody of the genre, I’ve chosen for this week’s song ‘Five Minutes’.
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Sturgill Simpson – The Promise
Some of the best country ballads are those that teeter on tipping over into parody. This balancing act is what produces in ‘The Promise’ a feeling of it being both contemporary and timeless. Sturgill’s sound on this song is unapologetically country ballad. As a listener you laugh, experience an emotional pull, and sing along when Simpson delivers the song’s ending chorus fortissimo.
Early Day Miners – Sans Revival
I’m looking forward to the paperback publication of Erin Osman’s Jason Molina: Riding With The Ghost. Not just because the book is about Molina, but because I’ve always thought there’s a book to be had in writing about the bands that sprung up in the Midwest during the late 90s and early zeros; bands like Songs: Ohia and Early Day Miners, who both released records on the Secretly Canadian label; and looking at the blurb to Osman’s book, she might have written it.
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