Friday, January 28, 2011

Whathaveyou - Friday, January 28, 2011

Various and Sundry Goings On About Music:
  • Wilco just announced that they're starting their own label. The boys have spent the last decade on Nonesuch, after their legendary parting of ways with Reprise that preceded the release of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. This will obviously allow them to release their own records, but also to accumulate their own roster. If the band is reading this, let me know if you're taking submissions. Anyway, I think it's a good move--Wilco's big enough to do something like this. Kind of like a head chef starting his own restaurant--who wouldn't want to work for themselves if they've got the means to do it? Also, this move goes further to prove my point that they've become something of a brand...and a fine brand at that!
  • I like to make fun of the Kings of Leon, but I do love their first two records (and I like the third one OK.) No matter their current degree of wankiness, I've got to take their side in this whole Glee fiasco. KOL turned down an offer from the producers of Glee to have one of their crappy new songs featured on the show, and now the main Glee guy has very publicly dressed the band down. KOL's response was pretty much a yawn and a bird, but it's annoying because you know legions of easily entertained tweeners are going to side with the show. To me, it seems pretty cut and dry: The guy isn't used to being snubbed, so now he's throwing a temper tantrum. Dude: Your crappy show is a cash cow, you're still raking in the dough, and it's their right to turn you down. Move on to the next band and STFU.
  • Real sad news to report, as Charlie Louvin passed away this week. I mentioned the Louvins in my Late As Usual post back in December. Louvin was a country/folk legend, and he kept on recording and performing right up to the end. Please do yourself a favor and check out Tragic Songs of Life for some of the most immaculate harmonies you'll ever hear.
  • Landed 4th row tickets for the Avett Brothers' upcoming performance at the Savannah Music Festival. It's at the same venue (Johnny Mercer Theater) where I caught them last year. They put on a helluva show then, and I don't doubt that I'm in store for more of the same this year. They'd better snap their streak of not playing "Talk on Indolence" when I'm in attendance...
Recent Listening:
  • Bob Dylan - The Times They Are a-Changin'
  • Jason Isbell - Here We Rest
  • David Bowie - Hunky Dory
  • Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
  • Smith Westerns - Dye It Blond
Upcoming Releases of Import:
  • Bright Eyes - The People's Key (February 15)
  • Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots (February 15)
  • The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh (February 22)
  • Toro y Moi - Underneath the Pine (February 22)
  • Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida (March)
  • Strokes - Angles (March 22)
  • Cass McCombs - WIT'S END (April 12)
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Here We Rest (April 12)
  • Okkervil River - I Am Very Far (May 10)
My Upcoming Concert Schedule:
  • Dr. Dog (Charleston, February 3)
  • Bright Eyes (Asheville, March 5)
  • The Avett Brothers (Savannah, March 30)
  • Iron and Wine w/Low Anthem (Savannah, April 23)
A Tube For You:
In honor of Charlie, here he is with brother Ira (who died in 1965) playing "Love Thy Neighbor" on a variety show of some sort. Charlie is the shorter one on guitar. Again, pay special attention to those harmonies. As someone who sings harmonies every now and again, it blow me away how effortless they make it seem.


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