I’m completely bowled over by what I hear from Tracy Huffman, his new record Ever Notice A Crow and the Californian label Boronda Records. I mean honestly it’s as if a truck rolled right over me. The song “California” alone totally negates the recent article in the New York Times claiming alt-country/roots rock is dead. That this roots-rockin-americana sound is coming out of the land of overdubs and backrubs (L.A. just so you know) is even more astounding. Click here to read the producers notes on the recording of this album and it’ll all be revealed how they got such a great raw sound. Here’s a couple crucial quotes:
There’ no layered guitars, Tracy is in the left speaker Glen is in the right. At one point during “The Crow” I quit playing notes and picked up a beer can and ran it across the bass strings to make barnyard noises. Tracy didn’t flinch.
Tracy wanted to show us this song, “It’s Alright”. I had a tamborine laying on the floor and as Tracy was showing us the song, Mike stepped on the tamborine and clapped his hands. Tracy was singing into one of the drum kits microphones. That ended up being the recording on the record. That was the first time Mike and I ever heard the song.
“Sumptum like that”, that was Tracy’s statement after every take. The band didn’t know the songs and Tracy didn’t want to play them more than twice or so. So that was it. Here it is, “Ever Notice A Crow” the new album by Tracy Huffman.
The record is ragged and right and this sample from it is pure sonic bliss. You can buy it here now from Miles Of Music and it’s no surprise that they’ve deemed it an “It’s A Cracker” release which means if you don’t like it for any reason you can return it. With all that I’ve written so far I feel like I haven’t even said anything about the song “California”. Besides the quality of the lyrics and the vocals, it’s the lead guitar of Glen Serba (Badfinger/Comander Cody guitartist) that puts this in the sphere of classic americana bands like The Wild Seeds, The Silos, The Jayhawks or even the Counting Crows (on their best day!). So buy it here.
I love the little extras that sites like Catbird Seat, Chromewaves and Said The Gramophone regularly add to the bottom of their posts. I hope you enjoy these tidbits as much as I do.
-For some reason it’s only been the foreign blogs writing about Niobe. A band that is a strange mix of Billie Holiday and Portishead. Find out more at Tomlab.
-The Pernice Brothers have a song up from their upcoming record. All you need to do is visit their site and sign up for their newsletter email. I haven’t even heard it yet but let’s just assume it’s typical Pernice goodness.
-Speaking of Catbird Records they have their new release ready for sale from the London band Tap Tap. I’m sure it’s great but even better is the new system Ryan devised to compensate the artist. Besides any money the band will get from cd sales Catbird has also added a little checkbox to click that will give a $1 tip directly to the artist. Cool!
Tap Tap – 100,000 Thoughts