Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road (Live, Perth, 2/5/14)
"he takes Thunder Road and reshapes an adolescent anthem into an homage to age. It’s not just that he plays it solo and slow. He reforges all the crucial phrasings and melodic turns and dynamics to turn them downward. Where once they rose in defiance, now they fall. This 2014 rendering gently taps that earlier Bruce on the shoulder to both warn and console him. The Bruce in Perth, singing to the old (young) Bruce in Jersey, has accepted his age, and he has never been more beautiful. When he lets the audience sing, “Maybe we’re not that young anymore,” it’s one of the song’s few rising lines; it blooms as a statement not of loss but of gain, and it seems to fill his heart.” - David Dobbs
“I can’t defend myself very much. I was a studio singer, never singing off-key. I was used to having headphones and being in a controlled environment. Then, all of a sudden, I went to being onstage with the Dead in Winterland. Everything was so loud onstage. And not to mention being inebriated. I can’t defend myself very much, but I can’t blame it all on that. I’ve seen on Facebook people say, ‘Well, they didn’t always sing so great themselves!’”—Donna Jean-Godchaux describes what is was like being a singer wuth the Grateful Dead
Heavy, intensely angry and unapologetically feminist (the way it should be…). Night Witch from Tallahassee, FL are Nathan, Nick, Shaw and Rosie. Their songs cover topics such as alienation towards minorities in the hardcore punk scene, privilege, anxiety and hopelessness towards our current capitalist system. Their Winter 2013 Demo uses occasional samples and slower instrumental parts to contrast the explosive bursts of anger such as the flat out 25 second song ‘Dresses’. The demo is physically available as a tape from Spirit Cat and it’s their 13th release (Ooooo witchy!).
More from this UK group which has flipped my wig past few days. This is everything I love about music - wholly original, totally incongruous, provincial, angry, sarcastic, funky. Just unique punk here.
From their Bandcamp page: “I used to be in bands, fuckin hated it.”
I went down a massive rabbit hole this weekend after finding these guys on Bandcamp. I heard it referred to as Punk Hop, or rant music. This is incendiary stuff in the best tradition of 70s era British punk. Wow. May listen to this all week.
“Instead of letting Apple or another big retailer or service handle this free promotion, the way Daft Punk did to astounding effect, contributing to its eventual victory at the Grammy Awards, De La Soul is handling the whole thing on its own — the website is registered to David Jolicoeur, a.k.a. De La Soul’s Trugoy The Dove. That means instead of iTunes getting the email addresses, the way it did with Daft Punk, De La Soul gets to use them to promote whatever music it’s going to release later. There’s another side effect, of course; Rolling Stone, OK Player, ourselves, and 49,500 other Google News search results are writing about De La Soul for the first time in a while”—De La Soul Makes Music Free in Valentine’s Day Copyright End Run | Evolver.fm
Kelly Harrell & The Virginia String Band - My Name is John Johanna
I remember 20+ years ago or so my wife brought this record home from the library of the school where she was teaching middle school english, as she was preparing lessons on American folk music. I had heard about Harry Smith’s anthology, one couldn’t be a budding Dylanologist without being aware of it, but I had never touched it before. And I was astounded - it was the most mysterious thing I had ever seen or heard, the packaging, the liner notes, but most of all the music. It sounds like - it is - a window into the soul of America, but the weird, strange soul. I listened for hours and hours, barely comprehending its scope.