I did a cursory glance at all of the mp3 blogs in the universe (actually just a quick search of Elbo.ws) and found no one talking about the new record by The Waco Brothers. Freedom and Weep is the new cd from The Waco Brothers on Bloodshot Records. Is this just too obvious? Are they passe? Is the band, that basically used to be the English socialist punk group The Mekons, over the hill?
Jon Langford (Mekons, Pine Valley Cosmonauts) is the leader of this woozy, boozy unapalogetic bunch. This time the record covers topics as topical as christians dismantling democracy, time slipping away and the feeling that we are all just pawns in some bigger, elusive game. Here’s two from Freedom and Weep, buy it here now.
Added bonus here’s Bloodshot’s newest signing, Detroit’s The Deadstring Brothers. Nice to see Bloodshot rading the talent from our sister city. With The Deadstrings Brothers you get a little more Stones/Kinks thrown into their alt-country and a little less Cash/Haggard. Here’s two from their debut on Times Beach.
Said The Gramaphone is back with it’s “Said The Guests” series. Prominent band leaders and sing-songwriters comment on the bands that mean something to them. This month it’s Will Sheff from Okerville River and Shearwater who does an expert job of exploring the music of Tim Hardin.