Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tough Shits

Got a bunch of emails to re-up this one.
Here ya go.

Play It Again, Asshole

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Townes Van Zandt - Delta Momma Blues

laughed at a memory of Taming the Shrew
woozy from the poles
every day is straw
in the sun
for days
like me:

on fire
and going about my chores



Saturday, April 23, 2011

Scion A/V Garage Show in Chicago


Scion is putting on another totally insane show in Chicago at the Empty Bottle.
Show is FREE and all you have to do to get in is RSVP here:


Generally, these are awesome, but get there earlyish to get in.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Robin Gibb - Robin's Reign

Nothing reminds me of my best friend more than a little Robin Gibb. Seems strange, surely, but his awkward falsetto and his musical attention to detail was the soundtrack for my first foray into being an adult.

Robin's later solo work How Old Are You? was something of an anthem for me. Not many others shared in this revery, but eventually some came around.

Robin's Reign took a while for even me to get into, but now is something of a conerstone for me. Nothing matches the sincerity and plaintiff nature of Robin's songwriting (see: 'The Worst Girl In This Town') and few things sound both so dramatic and honest simultaneously. Both bare and ornately adorned, Robin's crown will never fall.

Viva Robin!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Jake Thackray - Lah Di Dah

Well, not exactly what you'd expect from me I suppose. Jake is a Yorkshire boy who often gets thrown in with the goofy British entertainers from the time whose clever lyrics set them nicely aloof. Jake is no such doofus. He's much more akin to an English Jacques Brel or even Brassens.

Jake is clever and hilarious, no doubt, but...he's also a tremendous guitar player and a very skilled arranger.

'Personal Column' and 'Sister Josephine' (about a convict posing as a nun) are personal favorites along with 'Ulysses' (about his dog who fucks up all of his conquests in society and love).

This is no throwaway artist. Listen once to 'The Last Will and Testament of Jake Thackray' and you will certainly see.

Not for everyone, but when's the last time you heard something you liked that was?

This collection spans his records and is kinda large. Just give it a chance. Maybe while you're drunk.

Lah Di Dah

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winter, IL

A mix of all the droning, to calm to fake smile. Listen to it on the way to mom and dad's this season.

1. Joan of Arc
2. Grouper
3. Moondog
4. Aphex Twin
5. Thee Oh Sees
6. Yussuf Jerusalem
7. Kurt Vile
8. Vacations
9. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
10. Silver Jews
11. Gerry Rafferty
12. Sonny & the Sunsets
13. Television Personalities
14. The Chills
15. Bob Dylan
16. The Clash
17. Neil Young
18. Donovan

Winter, IL

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Television Personalities - Fashion Conscious

The TVPs are one of those bands I'll swoon in and out of. I'm always in favor of them but sometimes more than others, and due to this my "favorite album" by them is always rotating. This is currently residing on that mantle.

There's something comforting about the delivery of these songs and the overall plaintive demeanor that I can't quite place. Surely , Dan Treacey's life story is not common knowledge, but through collections of songs like this you can certainly get the jist. His romance with misery is something to behold.

There is a weird kind of memory that these records bring on. Like a memory of something really boring.

In a good way.

I'm Not Like Everybody Else