This album’s been in heavy rotation lately. All the tracks are consistently great, but it really picks up with the third track, “Busman’s Holiday.” The jangle-y guitars and California haze make me want to re-watch DiG! (2004), the classic documentary chronicling the volatile and brilliant Brian Jonestown Massacre. Check the video below. Enjoy!
Allah-Las, “Busman’s Holiday”
I’ve been a big fan of Roadside Graves since I discovered them via Aquarium Drunkard a few years back. My choice album was typically My Son’s Home (2009) for the more organic and acoustic instrumentation, as well as the epic track “Ruby,” and I had appreciated the blend of Arcade Fire and Drive-By Truckers that their first album, No One Will Know Where You’ve Been (2007), showcased; however, my appreciation for their more recent work, the 2010 EP You Won’t Be Happy With Me and last year’s full-length We Can Take Care of Ourselves, had been tempered by my opinion that they lacked the alt-country tones that had initially attracted me to Roadside Graves. Feeling experimental on a drizzly day, I put on You Won’t Be Happy With Me it finally clicked. I’ve been an addict for the seven-minute long “Liv Tyler” ever since. The epic structure of the song is based around several distinct movements that each build the driving rhythm and lyrics to end in a glorious cathartic binge of howling electric guitar, thundering drums and insistent piano. I love when I realize how wrong I am about songs this good. Enjoy!
The Roadside Graves, “Liv Tyler” (from You Won’t Be Happy With Me, 2010)
Because I’m back in the West, I’ve got access to Satellite Radio once again. I heard this little garage-rock gem on Sirius XMU the other night. White Fence is a project put together by Tim Presley, and his new album, Family Perfume, Vol. 1 was released earlier this month by Woodsist, to be followed by Vol. 2 on May 15th. Anyways, enjoy this fun little track, and pick up a copy at your local independent record retailer.
White Fence, “A Hermes Blues” (from em>Family Perfume, Vol. 1, 2012)
I’ll be jetting off to England later today, so expect the flow of posts to be curtailed for the next two weeks or so. Though we’ll mostly be touring around the countryside, we will be spending two nights in London, which will be capped off with a WU LYF show at Heaven. To get in the mood, here’s the video for WU LYF’s excellent “We Bros.”
WU LYF, “We Bros” (from Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, 2011)
You may remember a few weeks back, Titus Andronicus bandleader Patrick Stickles premiered two new tracks on the New Jersey radio station WFMU. Yesterday, Stickles tweeted a link to a free mixtape of Titus rarities, including the single version of one of those two tracks, “Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With the Flood of Detritus.” Need I say more? Grab it here.
Earlier this week, Tennessee country-rockers Lucero dropped their first album since 2009’s 1372 Overton and Park. The new album, entitled Women & Work, more predominantly features keyboardist Rick Steff as well as a horn section, giving the album a tone that alternates between Jukebox Country (“On My Way Downtown,” “When I Was Young”) and Bruce Springsteen (“Like Lightning”). Ben Nichols’ trademark gravel-tone anchors each track, while Brian Venable’s guitar maintains the blend of Southern twang and punk grit that Lucero is known for. As someone who spent much of their teenage years listening to Lucero, it’s hard for me to objectively weigh their continuing work. This album seems to both fit the Lucero mold and carry it a step further, allowing the band to expand their sound without alienating their fanbase. Needless to say, it seems like an album of solid tracks that any fan Lucero ought to appreciate. Check out the album preview below, and listen to the first single “Sometimes” here.
Lucero, “Women & Work – Album Preview”
Lucero, “Sometimes” (from Women & Work, 2012)
New live video from everyone’s favourite Sudburian alt-country rockers, Pistol George Warren. I’ve posted the video because its seems that Alan Lomax is often the glue that holds this blog together, and here we have PGW performing “I’m a Soldier in the Army of the Lord” from the Alan Lomax compiled Land Where the Blues Began. You may remember that another group from Ontario, Toronto’s Bruce Peninsula, have also used tracks from Land Where the Blues Began as inspiration. (Read about it here.) Check out the live video, recorded at Bertolo’s Old Rock on January 28th, 2012, and listen to the original track from Land Where the Blues Began below.
Pistol George Warren, “I’m a Soldier in the Army of the Lord” (Live, 2012)
Congregation of the Church of God, Clarksdale, MS, “I’m a Soldier in the Army of the Lord”