Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I am an uncle today!

My sister and my brother-in-law had their first child today! They gave birth to a 6 pound 6 ounce 19 inch long boy. His name is either going to be Hunter or Matthew Louis. I know this is not a baby blog but I am very excited today.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Ryan Adams & Neal Casal

This is a pretty sweet acoustic set between Ryan Adams and Neal Casal. It takes place from St. James Church in Ireleand on 2007-06-06. Enjoy!

Download - Ryan Adams & Neal Casal - St. James Church 2007-06-06

List of Ryan Adams Demo's

Apparently here are list of demo's Mr. Ryan has finished.

1.Disappearing Act
2.Crossed-Out Name
4.Something Sweet
5.I’m Sorry of “Sorry”
6.Bad Dreams
7.Put it In Reverse
8.I’m Rags
9.I See A RainyFace
10.Damage Me
11.Roll Credits
13.Sinking Ships
14.I Made My Bed
16.Run For Your Life
17.Blank Pages

songs I have written/made demonstrations of since last weekend or whenever MAGICK version three started. fuck. DEMOS ARE DONE (both solo and Cards…phew

Saturday, April 26, 2008

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges Thoughts

These are my notes from a thorough listen of My Morning Jacket's Evil Urges.

Evil Urges
The strings are so beautiful
Bo really shines
Trippy as fuck at the end (Listen to the deep voice sing along with James)
Bo had to be doing drugs

Touch Me Pt. I
Pink Floyd

Highly Suspicious
Jim James voice is amazing no matter what comes out of his mouth
2:35 scream

I'm Amazed
Vocals and guitar solo's!
Dueling guitars
Jim James solo just made me crap

Thank You Too
A goodbye song
Jim James guitar again, I have this vivid image of him bending each note

Sec Walkin'
Bo is really fucking good

Two Halves
DO WAP almost

Sounds like it should be coming out of an old transistor radio
Strings are beautiful

Look At You
Pink Floyd in a garage band at prom, such an awesome visual

Aluminum Park
Guitar solo again

Almost sounds like Oasis could play this song
A rager

Smokin' From Shootin'

Touch Me Pt. II
Confirms they have the potential to be our Pink Floyd
The beat and the omni chord riff they always go back to
Patrick is a sick fucking percussionist
Carl is bad ass
Tommy's bass is perfect
BO "Ma Fuckin" Koster

Side notes
Absolutely 100% like nothing I have ever heard.
I hope this group of people make music for a long fucking time.

After listening to this I can see if people start comparing them to a "US Radiohead." This does not bother me, it is a good thing! That is saying they could do anything and be great at it!

These are my notes. I love this band. I have a newfound appreciation for Mr. Bo Koster.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Bloomfield-Kooper-Stills - Super Session

A couple of years ago I was working at IT Helpdesk and a friend of mine, an older guy that happened to listen to some sweet tunes, handed me Bloomfield-Kooper-Stills - Super Session. He knew I was in to classic stuff, CSN and sometimes Y, blues, all sorts of stuff. This is an album that only takes one listen to get into it. I was scrolling through my iPod looking for something I had not listened to lately and this struck me. Apparently Bloomfield and Kooper set out to make an album, finished the first side and then Bloomfield, a heroin addict, disappeared and Kooper called on Stephen Stills to finish the album. I would say that this is perfect music to throw on the stereo, mix a drink and hang out; it is a really great record with some great blues/jazz jams. Check it out.

Download - Bloomfield-Kooper-Stills - Super Session - SIDE ONE
Download - Bloomfield-Kooper-Stills - Super Session - SIDE TWO

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Ryan Adams - Live at Concerto Music Store - 2003-11-20

This is a nice little set. A buddy of mine sent me the YouTube of This Is It a while back and I ripped the audio from the all the YouTube's to make this show. There is probably a torrent out there for this somewhere but whatever. Anyway, this is a cool show, if you watch the videos it is him and a couple guys playing in a little music shop in Amsterdam. This Is It is quite good too. My friends and I have been saying for a while now, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals need to redo all of Rock 'n' Roll in the same vein as This Is It off of Follow The Lights. It would be magical, just magical.

Give her a listen, definately worth it.

Oh yeah, that picture is NOT from the music store.

Download - Ryan Adams - Live at Concerto Music Store - 2003-11-20

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Fred Durst is Somewhat of a Guitar God

Seriously, I had no fucking idea. What was Wes Borland thinking when he got out of this band?

Friday, April 18, 2008

Neil Young vs. Jim James?

This is an interesting article and in no way is he trying to decide which is better. James is often compared to Young and I can see why. They both have that unique voice, that instantly recognizable tone and style to their guitar playing and they are both always moving forward as musicians; bouncing from style to style, exploring unknown territory. The same with Ryan Adams and Jeff Tweedy. Those three guys should do something together. Then again, maybe not, the entire Universe may implode from an extra large dose of awesomeness and then we all would be fucked. Check out this article, it is a good read.

Rolling Stone magazine praises...

The Steam Engine! Just a couple weeks old and look who is reporting on us!

EDIT: This was a joke, I thought the obviously different font and the odd nature of the text would let people know that I was kidding.
Sorry for the lame joke.

My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges download

My favorite Louisville band just gave a special gift to all of their devoted fans; Evil Urges the title track of their new album is available for download. Once again, I am amazed.

Download Evil Urges

Monday, April 14, 2008

Ryan Adams - "Demos are done"

“ DEMOS ARE DONE (both solo and Cards…phew. Started new Paintings tonight. Movie to follow.
Sorry for the Delay (like you care) on NEONIGHTS. i keep finding more and more old signs with lights here and there at night-time/
kinda great though- for walks and stuff when i need to clear my head from work.
happy weekend Foggy. ”

Check out his very odd..err.., interesting blog here.

Friday, April 11, 2008

MMJ - Touch Me I'm Going To Scream Pt. 2

I am listening to the studio version right now. Let me figure out how to rip this bastard.

Okay, got it.

The SXSW version is basically identical, this version does not have the scream at the end however. The studio production sounds fantastic.

My Morning Jacket - Touch Me I'm About To Scream Pt. II

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Ryan Adams - These Girls (Rock Version)

When Ryan Adams came out with Easy Tiger they made a video for every song and made some alternate versions of some of the songs. This version is sick. He throws in some extra lyrics like 'We started playing twister with ourrrrr tongues.."

Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - These Girls (Rock Version)

Umphrey's Mcgee at The Egyptian Theatre

I had the good fortune to see Umphrey's Mcgee in basically my backyard Tuesday night. Pre-show I was taking out my garbage and I heard them rehearse Pink Floyd's Fearless off of the album Meddle, this was sweet because I love the Floyd and I love Meddle! They played it through and then talked about what they can do within the song; working at it, critiquing it. These guys are the most amazing group of musicians I have ever seen. Jake Cinninger might be the best guitarist on the planet, he possess' every and any style on the planet and can switch between styles at the drop of a hat. I do not have time to further review but check these guys out man.


Whole Band:

Monday, April 7, 2008

Rolling Stone Album Preview: Evil Urges

This is a pretty cool little segment. Jim James explains five of the new songs from Evil Urges.

A Podcast Of Sorts

I have no clue what officially makes a Podcast but here are a bunch of songs that I am into.

Wilco - Panthers
Thom Yorke - Cymbal Rush
Iron & Wine - Love Song of the Buzzard
The Who - Amazing Journey
Radiohead - Videotape (Scotch Mist Version)
Jim James - Dondante
Neil Young - Star of Bethlehem
Jeff Tweedy - Airline to Heaven
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - September (Alt. Version)
Benjamin Sells - A Priori Blues
Elliott Smith - Place Pigalle
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - What Sin (Henry Rollins Version)
Sun Kil Moon - Lost Verses
The Lightning Bug Situation - Iraqi Man and Baby Daughter, 2007
Widespread Panic - Mr. Soul (Neil Young Cover)

The Steam Engine Podcast Numero Uno (that is Number One to less cultured individuals)

Friday, April 4, 2008

Dead Confederate

Neil Young's On The Beach is one of my favorite albums of all time. The song On The Beach is a bluesy, dark, 70's bongo hipster masterpiece that instantly puts a vision of a dark room, lots of smoke and a strung out hippie with sunglasses on hitting his bongos on your mind. I love this song. Well, Dead Confederate apparently loves it too. My first exposure to these guys was them doing a fucking awesome job covering this song. They got the feel of this song down man. Unfortunately, I have no god damn idea what happened to that file. BUT, their self titled EP is even better. It is a great mix of hard and classic rock, it has a very serious tone to it. Definitely buy their EP, I got it from Amazon, I am not sure if it is on iTunes. Really enjoy this, it is some good shit and it kicks ass, so, basically, we got some kick ass shit (Black Sheep joke).

Dead Confederate - Selected Songs from The Dead Confederate EP


Thursday, April 3, 2008

And the press release...

“The world today is such a confused place. Things that people think are good values are obviously twisted, but there are other things considered evil that obviously aren’t. There is real evil out there, but “Evil Urges” is about how all of these things that you’ve been told are evil really aren’t, unless they’re actually hurting something or somebody.” -Jim James

There’s an old saying that every human cell in the body is changed over a period of seven years, thus every seven years we become a new person. If this is the case My Morning Jacket has defied this idiom by collectively shedding its skin innumerable times since its inception a decade ago in Louisville, Kentucky.

The past several My Morning Jacket albums have each reflected the passion that the band shares for music of all categories while continuing to nurture their signature aesthetic. Stylistically, Evil Urges is the album that My Morning Jacket has been making for almost ten years. Their previous work has emboldened them with the confidence to continue to grow in ways few artists would be capable of achieving. Admirably, Jim James’ songwriting manages to remain as organic and cohesive as ever, making their musical leaps forward fluid, logical, entertaining, and inspiring.

More than ever before, the band treated the studio itself as a musical instrument for the recording of Evil Urges. Thus co-producers Jim James and Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, White Stripes) truly collaborated on the band’s most ambitious and convincingly executed album to date.

Although their last album, Okonokos, has been hailed as one of the best live albums of the new millennium, My Morning Jacket is a band that holds no desire to merely replicate their past work. As kinetic and transcendent as their legendary shows are, the band is not attempting to achieve concert realism with the recording of the new album. Within opening track, “Evil Urges,” alone, this focused eclecticism is immediately evident. It is clear that My Morning Jacket have officially outgrown their ‘best live band’ label. Now, Jim James (guitar, vox), Two Tone Tommy (bass), Patrick Hallahan (drums), Carl Broemel (guitar) and Bo Koster (keys) are ready to be the best band, period.

Supposed new My Morning Jacket cover art

Supposedly this is the new cover art for Evil Urges.

More My Morning Jacket...

Yes I know that this blog has been My Morning Jacket heavy but with their new album coming out in June all I can do is wait in anticipation, sharing all that I can and hoping I spread the word! I was cruising the iTunes store the other day to see if there was any MMJ that I did not have. Turns out there was and boy was I missing out! Check out the Split: My Morning Jacket / Songs: Ohia. How Do You Know, Come Closer and The Year In Review are all Jacket songs I was not familiar with and Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia (who I will be getting into) contributes the song Translation, extremely reminiscent of late mid to late 60's Crosby, Stills and Nash (that is a good thing).

I have a few other choice cuts I will be saving for later posts, for now enjoy My Morning Jacket play How Do You Know and Come Closer PLUS (HOLY FUCKING SHIT!) Jason Molina play Translation.

My Morning Jacked & Songs: Ohia

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood

Radiohead are an unbelievable band. I had never heard anything from them until about eight months ago when I forced myself to get into anything I could get my hands on. Then again, nothing was really forced, all of it is great and I love everything they have ever touched. Thom Yorke's solo stuff is amazing (The Eraser) and Johnny Greenwood has done some soundtracks, solo records and is the composer in residence at BBC since 2004 (There Will Be Blood soundtrack: sick). I originally got this recording from the really great blog The Rawking Refuses to Stop! I listen to this quite regularly and am jealous of every mother fucker in the audience every time. This is in Electric Ladyland Studio's in New York. Remember that fat fuck Matt Pinfield from MTV? He is hosting the event! Man, I am way sweeter then that guy. It is Hail to the Thief era and they play a nice selection of tunes from their catalog. Anyways, listen to this, get into this, even if you have not listened to Radiohead, this is a great starting point.

Thom Yorke & Johnny Greenwood - Electric Lady Land Studio's