Friday, March 18, 2011

Weekly Whathaveyou - Friday, March 18, 2011


Various and Sundry Goings On About Music:
  • Ryan Adams is touring Europe. It's the first tour of any kind he's embarked upon since 2009, back when I caught one of his final performances with the Cardinals. This Euro tour will be solo acoustic, featuring songs old and new. Speaking to the new songs, apparently Ryan's been recording with Glyn Johns, famed producer and father of Ethan Johns, who produced four of Ryan's albums (Heartbreaker, Gold, 29, and Pneumonia--technically a Whiskeytown album, but at that point the band was more of a collective behind Ryan and Caitlin Cary. It more closely resembles a Ryan solo disc than anything Whiskeytown did.) Anyway, I sure hope the European tour goes well and some US dates stem out of it. And I hope Ryan's next album is a return to form, for which he's long overdue.
  •  I recently acquired a bunch of Palace music--which includes albums under the name Palace Brothers, Palace Songs, and Palace Music. It's all Will Oldham, under names he used before assuming the Bonnie "Prince" Billy moniker. Really enjoying all of it so far, especially the unpolished, barebones stuff like 1994's Days In the Wake. If ever there was music of an eccentric folkie in a remote mountain cabin, this is it.
  • The new Strokes album Angles is out there, and it's none too shabby! The garage rock of This Is It only appears in small doses, but it's still got that snappy appeal of a Strokes album. I'm a huge fan of lead single "Under Cover of Darkness".
  • Just a few Housekeeping things: As mentioned work is killing me this month so it's going to be slow going round here. Will have Best of 11 up next week, as promised by the below post. The next two months, Best of 11 will be compressed to one post in order to make time/room for Indie Music MAYhem 2.0.
Recent Listening:
  • Weezer - Pinkerton
  • The Strokes - Angles
  • Bright Eyes - Fevers and Mirrors
  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - Darkness at the Edge of Town
  • Various early Will Oldham releases
Upcoming Releases of Import:
  • Strokes - Angles (March 22)
  • Cass McCombs - WIT'S END (April 12) 
  • TV On the Radio - Types of Light (April 12)
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Here We Rest (April 12)
  • Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (May 3)
  • Okkervil River - I Am Very Far (May 10)
  • Felice Brothers - Celebration, Florida (May 10)
  • Man Man - Life Fantastic
  • Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys (May 31)
  • My Morning Jacket - Circuital (Spring '11)
My Upcoming Concert Schedule:
  • The Avett Brothers (Savannah, March 30)
  • Iron and Wine w/Low Anthem (Savannah, April 23)
  • The Fleet Foxes (Atlanta, May 14)
A Tube For You:
Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day, so here's some Irishmen singing an ode to the fringedwellers (of sorts). It's the Pogues and their music video for "Dirty Old Town".

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