Sunday, January 31, 2010

Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard-One Fast Move and I'm Gone

"'One fast move or I'm gone,' I realize, gone the way of the last three years of drunken hopelessness... that feeling when you wake up with the delirium tremens with the fear of early death dripping from your ears like those special heavy cobwebs spiders weave in the hot countries, the feeling of being a bentback mudmad monster groaning underground in hot steaming mud pulling a long hot burden nowhere, the feeling of standing...."

The most pleasant surprise of 2009 had to be the paring of Son Volt's Jay Farrar and Death Cab for Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard for the album "One Fast Move and I'm Gone". The album was inspired from Jack Kerouac's classic novel "Big Sur" about Jack attempting (and failing) to come to terms with his life after "On the Road".

Taking quotes from the novel and merging it with original lyrics, Jay Farrar (teaming with Ben Gibbard) created a project that could have been a complete mess and turned it into my favorite album of the year. That fact that on paper Ben and Jay seem worlds apart musically only adds to the joy of the project. If you don't already have this, it is a must hear.

Last night at the funky Turner Ballroom in Milwaukee, WI, I had the pleasure of seeing Ben and Jay perform the project live. Never the most dynamic performers, Jay and Ben simply let the songs and Kerouac's masterful words do the talking. Thanks to You Tube, I found video of the entire show they performed at the El Ray Theater back in October. Here are some highlights.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Raise a Toast to Saint Joe Strummer!!

After a ridiculously long absence from this blog, I return to give you a great one. This is a benefit show from the great Joe Strummer & his Mescaleros from 2002 supporting the cause of local firefighters. Not only does the show kick total ass, Joe was joined for the first and last time by former Clash-mate Mick Jones for the encores.

Truly a special show and a great sounding one from one of the most important artists of all time.


Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
Acton Town Hall, West London, UK
15th November 2002

"A benefit for striking firefighters"

01. Shaktar Donetsk
02. Bhindi Bhagee
03. Rudie Can’t Fail
04. Tony Adams
05. White Man
06. Mega Bottle Ride
07. Get Down Moses
08. Police & Thieves
09. Cool ‘n’ Out
10. Police on My Back
11. Johnny Appleseed
12. Coma Girl
13. I Fought the Law
14. Bankrobber*
15. White Riot*
16. London’s Burning*

* With Mick Jones

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

And the Song of 2009 Is?

Well Happy New Year all. Sorry for the lack of "end of the year" best lists here. I am working on one, I promise. 2009 really was a great year for new music.

At the very least, my favorite song I heard all year is by far Califone's "Funeral Singers". I just can't stop listening to it and the album is amazing to boot.