We love music, and are always on the hunt for new sounds. These four records have been on “heavy rotation” in our house the last few weeks. They don’t really have much in common, except they are phenomenally good. Made by artists with clear, inspiring musical visions. Highly recommended!
1. Montana Fix from the Gunnelpumpers – instrumental music of the highest order. Open-your-head music. An amazing, expansive mix of influences – classical, jazz, world music. The record is intense, moody, introspective, groovy, transcendent, atmospheric, mind-expanding. A great collection of grooves that roam across the sonic horizon. The collective vibe of this group is stunning. Inspired!
2. Invisible Way from Low – A quiet masterpiece. Hushed. Two beautiful voices. Crystalline songs. Hard. Diamond-like. A very unconventional drummer, and a unique sound. This record sneaks up on you. Can’t shake it.
3. Amok from Atoms for Peace – Thom Yorke’s other band. Groovier and looser than Radiohead. If you think that’s a good thing, also add in Flea on bass guitar. Total funky underlay! Thom Yorke actually sounds like he’s having fun, even if it’s sometimes hard to tell. Didn’t think Yorke really needed another really cool band. Didn’t think it was necessary. Guess what? This is a great record! Didn’t think it would fly? It flies!
4. Go-Go Boots from the Drive By Truckers – One of their best. Great band. Three distinctive singers. A powerhouse r&r sound with a loose, damn the torpedos feel. The songs are stories, and there’s some kind of loopy, gothic southern narrative thread. Recorded on analog tape. You can hear and feel it. Warm, organic, kick-ass. This is soul music. Feeds the soul. Their cover of Eddie Hinton’s song “Everybody Needs Love,” is just the best. Can’t get over it. Love.
“I’ve been falling so long it’s like gravity’s gone and I’m just floating.” – Mike Cooley, Drive By Truckers
Will I Miss the Sky?
Good morning existential crisis, your arrival is like the punch-line in a good joke. Things happen. We live in a little community where you see the same people all the time, you know the shop-keepers, neighbors and resturant owners, for good and bad. You say hello to the passing scene, spark up little conversations about this and that. Then one day something happens. A fluke accident. Death. Death, you are now a stranger, one day you will be a close friend. You try to remember the face, the laugh, you hear lines like “Will I miss the city lights? Will I miss the snow? Will I miss the laughter? Will I miss the jokes? Will I miss touch? Will I miss love? Will I miss you?” – Yoko Ono
Time on your side. vs. Time on my side.
I look through Fashion magazines all the time (it’s sort of part of my day job), a line from an advertisement sticks in my head….Time on your side….. music comes swirling in, cuz that’s what’s going on inside my head… (music, colors, visions) next thing I hear is, “Time is on my side, yes it is. Time is on my side, yes it is.” The Rolling Stones. The mind makes funny connections. Time on your side, time on my side – I realize that is a very different thing.
I’ve embraced this existential crisis. Today I have it with yogurt and tea. I discover that Antony and the Johnsons have a new live album, “Cut the World.” I see the Secretly Canadian logo in the corner of the ad. (We sent 10+1 to them, along with many other labels.) I see a little ray of light. I look foward to hearing this new piece. I am inspired by the creative work of others. The way someone runs a little community business, the way we support one another in life, or the way a fellow aritst creates a new surprise. I remember the face, I remember the muse. I see our project taking flight and opening doors to new worlds. Then incoming: “Man gets tired, Spirit don’t, Man surrenders, Spirit won’t, Man crawls, Spirit flies, Spirit lives when man dies.” – Mike Scott, The Waterboys