Archive for November, 2004

Brand New One Star Hotel

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

I had seven other posts lined up for the week but One Star Hotel has catapulted to the top of the posting schedule with their new release Good Morning, West Gordon. This Philadelphia band name drops Flaming Lips, Neil Young, Wilco and Big Star practically the four pilars of Songs:Illinois. I found them surfing my favorite online music store Miles Of Music.


To download right click and change the file name to whatever you want and add .mp3 (any problems please leave a comment)

Can’t Be Trusted

Frustrated And Free


These guys had their record release party in Phily last week and one week later their gear was stolen from their rehearsel space so, show ‘em some love and buy the new record.

Cub Country – Another Web Gem

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

These guys are coming to Schubas in Chicago on Dec. 7 and if it’s not 50 degrees below and if my toddler son slept through the night the day before I’ll be there. Cub Country is Jeremy Chatelain the bassist from Jets To Brazil and his assorted friends and troublemakers. They’re touring on their own and with Maplewood (whom I heard first on Lonesome Music). The music is surprising in a way coming from a member of JTB but I guess that says something about why I love that band – they’re full of surprises.


Their newest release Stay Poor, Stay Happy was released on September 28 2004 on Future Farmer Records and their are two downloads online. Their debut was put out by Jets To Brazil’s label Jade Tree and there are two downloads from that release as well.

The Salt Islands [Download]

Missed The Train [Download]

St Louis [Download]

High Vinta High [Download]

Johnny Paycheck (his songs performed by Neko Case, Jeff Tweedy and Robbie Fulks)

Monday, November 29th, 2004

I don’t know anything about Johnny Paycheck. Besides the fact that he was an outlaw country singer and the man who made “Take This Job And Shove It” a hit. Frankly I don’t have time to delve into his past releases, history, or the pychosis of Johnny Paycheck but fortunately Robbie Fulks has done it for me with his stellar tribut record. Instead of letting 12 artists do a song and send it in for inclusion on the tribute Robbie put together a killer band and had all of the artists come to him and perform with the house band. This gives the album a cohesiveness lacking in many tributes.

The stars of Touch My Heart a tribute to Johnny Paycheck are Neko Case, Jim Lauderdale, Dave Alvin, and Jeff Tweedy and from the old school George Jones, Johnny Bush and Buck Owens. I’ve included links to 5 songs from this 2004 Sugarhill release but you’ll really need to buy this one to appreciate it fully.


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If I’m Gonna Sink I might As Well Go To The Bottom – Neko Case

Shakin The Blues – Robbie Fulks

I Want You To Know – Jim Lauderdale

Motel Time Again – Bobby Bare Jr. (written by Bobby Bare Sr.)

Take This Job And Shove It – Bobby Bare, Radney Foster, Buck Owens and Jeff Tweedy

Two From Merle Haggard

Sunday, November 28th, 2004

In anticipation of Mondays big Johnny Paycheck post here’s two from Merle Haggard courtesy of the Anti website. Anti Records has taken a “chance” on many artists that the majors have either dropped or ignored (Tom Waits, Joe Henry, Solomon Burke). Merle Haggard had one of those great, painfull country music lives primarily involving prison stays, drugs and loose women. He was one of the innovators of hardcore country and honkytonk that the current bunch of alt-country artists have so lovingly tryed to copy and improve upon.


Here’s two songs one from each of his Anti releases:

If You’ve Got The Money

Wishin All These Old Things Were New

Saturday’s Short Sharp Post (A Day Early) – Luke Temple

Saturday, November 27th, 2004

Just a quickie (as always on Saturday-or at least the last two weeks anyway). Luke Temple is a Seattle resident (by way of Salem, Ma). Recently signed to Mill Pond Records his full length debut, Hold A Match For A Gasoline World, will be out in early 2005. For now we’ve got these two tracks from his debut self-titled ep


old new york [Download]

make right with you [Download]

Someone did a quick little post the other day on The Incredible Moses Leroy

Friday, November 26th, 2004

That reminds me of the random little record by Math And Science. Apparently the guy behind this is P.J. Olsson’s drummer John Wolf. His debut is similar to some of the music by The Incredible Moses Leroy and The Postal Service (and conjures up the playful electro-pop of Depeche Mode before them). The disc is still available at Amazon although the company that released it is out of business.

Here’s 3 from the debut from Math And Science To download right click and change the file name to whatever you want and add .mp3 (any problems please leave a comment)


She Left Me


This has probably been posted a hundred times but if you haven’t heard the Postal Service you’re missing out. So courtesy of Sub Pop here’s “Such Great Heights”:

Such Great Heights

Just a short, quick post for the Thanksgiving holiday

Thursday, November 25th, 2004

I found Dave Gleason’s Wasted Days through the Gina Villalobos website; it would behoove you all to check them both out. Dave Gleason is part of some west coast alt-country, california-soul thing. He’s clearly been around the block and back and it shows in his songs.

It’s a holiday so that’s all you’ll get from me today. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pullin Up The Tracks [Download]

The Only One [Download]

Funky String Quartet [Download]

South Virginia Breakdown [Download]

A DB Cooper addition to Bedroom Dancing’s post

Thursday, November 25th, 2004

Here’s just a quick addition to a great DB Cooper post by Bedroom Dancing. Todd Snider has one of the definitive songs on the subject matter (I had no idea there was more than one song really). So here it is Todd Snider’s song “DB Cooper” from his release Happy To Be Here on John Prine’s label Oh Boy Records.

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DB Cooper

I have shockingly little Elvis Presley in my collection

Wednesday, November 24th, 2004

But what I’ve got has got to be one of his best. It’s a cd called The Million Dollar Quartet and features Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis fooling around in a studio at the start of their careers. If you only know Elvis from his movies or from his embarrassing Las Vegas stage you’ve got to check this out or any of his early Sun recordings for Sam Phillips. On December 4, 1956 the music gods did some of their best work and got these four giants together in one room and just let the tape roll (warts and all).

Because I’m in the middle of my Gospel kick I’m just going to put up the gospel numbers, they’re actually some of the best. To download right click and change the file name to whatever you want and add .mp3 (any problems please leave a comment)

Just A Little Talk With Jesus

Jesus Walked That Lonesome Road

I shall Not Be Moved

Peace In The Valley

Blessed Jesus

As We Travel Along The Jericho Road

As a bonus I’ve added “Brown-Eyed Handsome Man” (the band trys together to remember the lyrics).

Brown Eyed Handsome Man (pt 1)

Brown Eyed Handsome Man (pt 2)

Brown Eyed Handsome Man (pt 3)

And as a double bonus “Don’t Be Cruel” with Elvis Presley describing how he lifted his sound and antics from a guy he went to see in a club four nights staight.

Don’t Be Cruel (pt 1)

Don’t Be Cruel (pt 2)

Don’t Be Cruel (pt 3)

Violent Femmes Post Part 2 -Gordan Gano’s Gospel Side Project – The Mercy Seat

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

I honor of being picked up by the aggregator here’s my second post of the day and part 2 of the Violent Femmes Gospel adventure. As I said in that original Iris Dement Gospel post Gordan Gano of the Violent Femmes joined a Gospel band called The Mercy Seat and recorded one fine record with them in 1987 on Slash Reocrds. It featured Zena Von Heppinstall on lead vocals and Gordan on guitar and vocals. It is a very uplifting record unlike the more dour Gospel record the Violent Femmes put out, Hallowed Ground.

There’s not much info anywhere about this release but it was and is a favorite of mine. I believe it would only be available today used on vinyl. If you ever see it at a garage/estate sale snatch it up. Here’s some cuts off the self-titled and only release by The Mercy Seat. To download right click and change the file name to whatever you want and add .mp3 (any problems please leave a comment)

Let Me Ride/Soul On Right

Don’t Forget About Me/I Don’t Need

PS I copied these from vinyl and song 1 merged with song 2 and song 3 with song 4. But they’re all great and stick with “Don’t Forget About Me” until it really kicks in.

The Violent Femmes controversial and brilliant second release Hallowed Ground is a s close to a Gospel record as you’ll find in indie rock…

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

The Violent Femmes Hallowed Ground is for me a gospel record disguised as indie rock teen angst. It upset and tantalized critics and fans alike with it’s mix of secular topics interspersed with religous imagery. Songs like “It’s Gonna Rain” and “Black Girls” could be viewed as uptempo rockers or as preachin’ gospel tunes. Gordan Gano was the son of a Baptist preacher and while he no doubt rebelled against his father, he was also apparently born again and the resulting record was Hallowed Ground.

These songs as brilliant as they are were written during his high school years but unlike the first Femmes release the music grew and changed over time. The addition of the squelling horn of John Zorn, the banjo of Tony Trishka and the piano of Mark Van Hecke created a sound more similar to folk/country/free jazz than the staight ahead punk of their debut. they have also clearly grown as musicians; particularly Brian Ritchie whose bass playing and various percussion fills pr0ve him to be the equal to Gordan Gano in the group ( this was also proved by his two SST solo releases).

Every song on this record is a keeper but I’ve chosen four to continue the Gospel music theme. To download right click and change the file name to whatever you want and add .mp3 (any problems please leave a comment)

Jesus Walking On The Water

Hallowed Ground

Black Girls

It’s Gonna Rain

As a bonus here are two songs from the Femmes’ fourth record ironically called 3 (we always thought that they called it 3 because their actual third record was so bad)

Outside The Palace

See My Ships

A God Damned Twangy Week Continues…

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Well it seems like it’s gonna be a twangy week or so and on top of that it’s going to be all Gospel. Go figure! The Iris Dement new release Lifelines has inspired me, not to worship, but to proslethize a little bit of the benefits of gospel. In that Iris Dement post I mentioned Johnny Cash and now that my vinyl is accessible to me I can share with you his 1959 record Hymns By Johnny Cash.

In The mid 50′s apparently this was the music Johnny Cash first wanted to record for Sun Records but Sam Phillips convinced Cash to wait. As the decade was coming to an end he got his chance and recorded this record for Columbia. There is a cd reissue of this or you can probably find the vinyl used somewhere. To download right click and change the file name to whatever you want and add .mp3 (any problems please leave a comment)

It Was Jesus

The Old Account

Swing Low Sweet chariot

Johnny Cash revisited the hymnal with the excellent My Mother’s Hymn Book on American Records. Here’s some songs from that under-appreciated release.

I Shall Not Be Moved

I Am A Pilgrim

When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

When He Reached Down

PS This post goes out to my comrades in arm at Bigrockcandymountain, lonesomemusic, and honey,whereyoubeensolong? just cause I think they’ll like it and if you want to hear more great music you should check them out

Rex Aquarium (Sunday’s quick post)

Sunday, November 21st, 2004

Another quick post for Sunday. Rex Aquarium is a Californian band with very little info on their website. They do have three songs to download though and that’s enough for me.

Alicia [Download]

Rex Aquarium [Download]

Turn Around [Download]

For Stars ( a quick post for a dreary Saturday)

Saturday, November 20th, 2004

For Saturday and Sunday I’ve decided to do very brief posts with very little editorializing. Not as many people check in on these days so for those that do they’ll be rewarded with these little tidbits. So here goes; some tracks from the San Francisco Bay area band For Stars (whose two recent records were put out by the consistently great label Future Farmers:

It Doesn’t Really Matter [Download]

Lend Out Your Love [Download]

Cowboys Lost At Sea [Download]

The Wires [Download]
(Live at The Fillmore)

Worldwide MP3Blogger Exclusive – Tracks from Allsion Krauss’ Upcoming Release

Friday, November 19th, 2004

I could be wrong but I think I beat the indie rock, dj and hip-hop mp3 bloggers with these exclusive tracks from Allison Krauss And Union Station’s upcoming release Lonely Runs Both Ways due out Nov. 23. I guess it helps that none of them would care for this release and besides even in a very small bluegrass community there is no hype building for this release. Unlike the indie rock world hype is anthema (isn’t that a word?) to many of these smaller music genres. This is despite the fact that Allsion Krauss is one of the best selling bluegrass artists ever and has one of the most beautiful voices, plays stellar fiddle and was the involved in the biggest music phenomina of the 90′s with her contributions to the soundtrack of O’ Brother Where Art Thou .

Too bad really because she and her band have created another winner. Here’s a couple songs featuring Allison Krauss or Dan Tyminski (singer of “Man of Constant Sorrow” from O’ Brother). Restless is the first single.


Rain Please Go Away

Pre-order this now from Amazon

Iris Dement – Brand New Gospel Disc

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

I should be the last one to like Gospel since I don’t even believe in god and really detest organized religion but there is something about a singer pleading to God for forgivenes that really gets me. Artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and The Violent Femmes have sung Gospel music (in fact Gordon Gano had his own Gospel band called The Mercy Seat but that’s a seperate post). Iris Dement adds to the long list of secular artists singing Gospel with her hew release Lifeline on Flariella Records.

Iris first made a splash with her autobiographical record My Life. It turned a lot of heads both with her amazing songs and her unusual vocal delivery. The backing band created music that just oozed a rural existence. Essentially it was real country music that Nashville of course ignored. Several albums later now Iris decided to turn her talents to her mother’s favorite music – Gospel. She tackles many songs that are in the public domain and contributes one original gospel number called “He Reached Down” that reminds me of any number of classic Johnny Cash songs.

He Reached Down

The Old Gospel Ship

I’ve Got That Old Time Religion In My Heart

Buy this or any of Iris’ excellent releases through her website, click here.

Tim Lee was in the influential 80′s power pop group The Windbreakers

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Tim Lee has resurfaced of late with a solo recording career. The Windbreakers was a project Tim put together with Bobby Sutliff. They released several records to critical acclaim but never recorded for a major label. They have been associated over the years with Mitch Easter, Richard Barone and Matt Pucci of Rain Parade.

The Windbreakers

Tim Lee’s new record
No Discretion came out in September of this year and has been written up in the alt-country bible No Depression.

Any Part Of This [Download]

Anywhere But Here [Download]

Highway 49 [Download]


I Wanna Believe [Download]

Bobby Sutliff continues to make gorgeous jangly pop post The Windbreakers. Here’s a couple from his website:

Wild Mountain Thyme [Download]

New York’s A Lonely Town [Download]

Foot In Mouth [Download]

Marla Jane [Download]

Richard Barone was in the important NY band The Bongo’s and played with or was associated with Tim and Bobby. It seems it was quite a scene. He makes some real pretty pop too. Here’s some live tracks from his website.

Yet Another Midnight

This is his signature song live, listen ’til at least the chorus I implore you – To The Pure

123 Infinity

Goodbye Luna

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Luna’s been getting lots of press (both blogger and mainstream) for it’s farewell tour. They just came through Chicago and had previews and reviews up the wazoo. It’s nice to see the band that Galaxie 500 was to become receive such enthusiastic praise. I found an English website with all sorts of Luna, Galaxie 500 and Dean Wareham nuggets (even a Velvet Underground tune) and can now share it with all of you. Let’s hope Dean and company will continue to perform/record in some form in the near future.

Galaxie 500 –
Here She Comes Now [Download]

Luna –
Only Women Bleed [Download]

Dean Wareham –
Crazy People demo from 1991 [Download]

And of course everyone’s favorite

Galaxie 500 –

Tugboat (live in London) [Download]

And in honor of a new record from Mercury Rev here’s their version of

Tugboat [Download]

Beaver Nelson – what a great country singers name

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Unfortunately Beaver’s not really a country singer, although he does reside in Austin. He’s been signed to various very small independent labels but despite this has always made a dent on the Americana charts.

The Beauty In Store

Eleven Again

His debut Little Brother was a near perfect record aided in no small part by Scrappy Jud Newcomb multi-instumental flourishes. His 2001 followup Undisturbed struck me as not nearly as strong.

Fallen Down


Moviola and friends

Sunday, November 14th, 2004

Found the Columbus, Ohio band Moviola through a No Depression magazine review. They’ve been together 10 years , put out six records and done split singles with everyone from The Handsome Family to Cobra Verde.

Their website describes them as playing “dusty country-through-a-space-echo, folk soul and adult lullabyes.” This is a very accurate description and places them firmly in my territory. Their new record is called East Of Eager on Anyway Records. Here’s a song from that new one and a couple from the back catalog.

Kew Garden Hills [Download]

John Butler Train [Download]

There’s A Hole In the Aviary [Download]

Turns out Jake Housh from Moviola is in another band with his brother Josh called Catalpa Boys, they’re also on Anyway Records and also have a song or two to sample.

No Word [Download]

Stained Glass [Download]

Josh House is in a third band, a San Francisco band called Our Lady Of The Highway with one record out and a second waiting to find a label. They’ve been named Best Rock Band for 2004 by The East Bay Express. Any record execs out there should listen to these songs from their finished yet unreleased record:

Duet [Download]

These Roads [Download]

Here’s two from their debut About Leaving avaialbale on their website for $10.

Canyon Song [Download]

Elegant [Download]