Wednesday, June 27, 2007


The newest recurring feature on HSW...."Whathaveyou." Larry King style rapid fire snippets regarding a wide array of miscellany pertaining to, for the most part, the current musical climate. Of course, gross editorializing will ensue. Enjoy:

  • Let's not kid ourselves: Jack White has the best voice in rock and roll.
  • No matter what you think of Bright Eyes, "Four Winds" is one of the best composed songs of the past couple of years.
  • Sufjan Stevens' characteristic ivory work lends a great deal to The National's stellar track, "Ada." But "Start A War" is still Boxer's best song.
  • I finally picked up a Velvet Underground album and was massively underwhelmed. It's the Andy Warhol one. Had to be there?
  • The Wilco VW ads are very tastefully done.
  • Two brilliant 2006 albums that I've discovered in 2007: Boys and Girls in America by The Hold Steady and Post-War by M. Ward.
  • There's word that Beck has recorded an album's worth of classic country songs. This is something I've long hoped for, so it will be much anticipated.
  • Because of initial disappointment, I didn't pay enough attention to Arcade Fire's Neon Bible. Perhaps a revisit is in store in the near future.
  • Fingers crossed for new releases from Band of Horses and Radiohead before year's end. If I had to choose one, it'd be BOH. We know what Radiohead is capable of. Let's see if Ben and the boys can deliver with their second go-round.
  • Lucinda Williams' latest release, West, was so disappointing that I hold little hope for her future creative output. Thank goodness for Car Wheels.
That's all for now. I hope to make this a weekly thing, but you know how that goes.


Thomas said...

The Beck stuff of which you speak could either be titled "A Western," "Banjo Story" or both. I've had those two guys on my computer for a long time; as well as I can remember I thought they'd always been some rough cuts left over from extra studio time or something. I'll pay more attention to them now that you mention it!

George said...

I gotcha...well I may have to take a listen to those bad boys. Have you heard the Sin City duet he did with Emmylou? Thing of beauty.

dianne727 said...

are you being serious with that jack white comment?


Unknown said...

Dianne, don't be hatin'. You know how awesome Jack is.

George said...

Dianne probably thinks it's Josh Ritter...

George said...

And, by best, I mean most versatile, gritty, soulful...remember, the parameters of rock and roll are different from folk, opera, etc...for what he does, he's the best at the moment. He certainly has Robert Plant and Axl Rose moments on Icky Thump. And listen to Conquest. That's some sick pipesmanship.

And by rock and roll, I'm talking straight drum/guitar/bass attack. Radiohead doesn't count. If they did, Thom would win.

dianne727 said...

hey now. i like jack white just fine. i've just never wet my pants over his voice, is all.

and wtf with the ritter comment? grrr.

Unknown said...

Ha ha! You made dianne mad. I just got the Lucinda disc in the mail, I hope I like it.