Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Heartworn Higways # 7

1. Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (mono)
(Ogden's Nut Gone Flake // Immediate // 1968)
2. The Byrds - Dolphin's Smile
(Notorious Byrd Brothers // Columbia // 1968)
3. Caribou - Sandy 
(Andorra // Merge // 2007)
4. Jefferson Airplane - Today
(Surrealistic Pillow // RCA Victor // 1967)
5. Curt Boettcher - Lament of the Astral Cowboy
(The Collected Curt Boettcher vol. 1 // Railroad Town Music // 2013)
6. Dungen - Barnen Undrar
(Skit i Allt // Subliminal Sounds // 2010)
7. Moby Grape - 8:05
(Moby Grape // Columbia // 1967)
8. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - I'll Search the Sky
(Ricochet // Liberty // 1967)
9. Comets on Fire - Hatched Upon the Age
(Avatar // Sub Pop // 2006)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Some of that California sunshine..

I can't remember the last time I almost couldn't wait for an album to be released, but I definitely have it that way with the debut album from GospelbeacH. Due to be released in October, it's going to be a favourite for sure.

The first single, "Sunshine Skyway" dropped a few weeks ago, and it's been on constant rotation ever since.

GospelbeacH is the new band from Brent Rademaker (Beachwood Sparks, The Tyde). Along with him he got Jason Soda, Tom Sanford, Kip Boardman and last but not least probably my favourite guitarplayer at the moment, Neal Casal. The album is called Pacific Surf Line, and just there you have a favourite album - just for the title. You just know it's going to be great.

The band's sound is drenched in California-history. Poco, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Byrds, Beach Boys and of course Beachwood Sparks. It sounds amazing. Hear for yourself in the live-set below - from the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Heartworn Highways #6

1. I Was A King - Make It Clear
(Losing Something Good For Something Better // Happy Soul Recordings // 2007)
2. Buffalo Springfield - Out Of My Mind
(Buffalo Springfield // ATCO Records // 1966)
3. Galaxie 500 - Summertime
(This Is Our Music // Rough Trade // 1990)
4. Martin Hagfors (feat. Anne Lise Frøkedal) - Kinky Lovers
(Producers Politics Passion // ME Records // 2014)
5. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - I Won't Hurt You
(Part One // Reprise Records // 1967)
6. Yo La Tengo - The Race Is On Again
(I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass // Matador // 2006)
7. The Byrds - Tribal Gathering
(The Notorious Byrd Brothers // Columbia // 1968)
8. Electric Eye - Kruskontroll
(Pick Up, Lift Off, Space, Time // Klangkollektivet // 2013)

Listen on Spotify or TiDAL (WiMP)

Photo: Stian Svehagen

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Modern Classics: Solomon Burke - Nashville

Back in 2006, when Nashville was released, I was working in a record store but I wasn't all that familiar with the career of Solomon Burke. My boss at the time were a big fan of the comeback album Don't Give Up On Me which came out some years earlier. I had heard that record and I liked it a lot, but I wasn't all that into soul and r'n'b. Country music on the other hand was something that I had really embraced around this time. So when this album was released it got a lot of spins in our store - and of course, I fell in love with it.

Fast forward almost ten years and here we are. I picked it out of my shelf and put it on earlier this week, for the first time in a really long time. Probably since 2006 I guess.  The first thing that hit me was that the album starts of with the brilliant Tom T. Hall song "That's How I Got to Memphis" which I had been looking around for before Christmas because I wanted to give it to a friend of mine. I was reminded about the song in one of the last episodes of the TV-series Newsroom late last fall. And then it's like - boom - it's been right under my nose the whole time. The song really sets the tone for the album, the beautiful cracks in Burke's voice and the subtle guitar playing of producer Buddy Miller.

The album flows on with an amazing Jim Lauderdale tune, with Lauderdale himself on guitar. It seems like this album is all about the feel, and believe me - the feeling is good. Buddy Miller's production makes it all feel like a some sort of family gathering where everyone just brings their guitar along and are having a really good time. It's a stellar line-up of contributors here, I'll tell you that. Lots of great songwriters and musicians. Dolly Parton, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Al Perkins, Sam Bush, Larry Campbell and the wizards Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.

They do "Valley of Tears", a song that fit Solomon Burke like a pair of well worn boots. It just gives me chills all over - in the best possible way.

This country record is one that really has got soul. It feels like mr. Solomon Burke sings a lot about his own life on this record and you can't help but believing in what he sings. Hats off to Solomon Burke, one of the best performers ever.

"I'll just keep on falling in love
'Til I get it right.
Right now I'm like a wounded bird
Hungry for the sky.."

Solomon Burke - Nashville was released by Shout! Factory the 26th of September 2006.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Heartworn Highways #5

1. Jonathan Wilson - The Way I Feel (Gentle Spirit // Bella Union // 2011)
2. David Crosby - Cowboy Movie (If I Could Only Remember My Name // Atlantic // 1971)
3. New Riders of the Purple Sage - All I Ever Wanted (New Riders of the Purple Sage // Columbia // 1971)
4. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Slip Away (Broken Arrow // Reprise // 1996)
5. R.E.M. - So Fast, So Numb (New Adventures in Hi-Fi // Warner Bros. // 1996)
6. Dire Straits - Wild West End (Dire Straits // Vertigo // 1979)
7. Dig Deeper - Time Trials (How You Spend Your Days // Snertingdal Records // 2015)

Listen on Spotify.
Listen on WiMP // TiDAL.

Photo: Stian Svehagen (c)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Modern Classics: The Decemberists - Her Majesty

I've always been drawn to the music of The Decemberists, but it's their most recent output I've been listening to the most. All of their earlier stuff has for me been a good song here and a great song there.

Today, a bit out of the blue I found my CD copy of Her Majesty and decided to put it on. It was a brilliant choice. Each and every song is really great. Not only "Billy Liar" and "Los Angeles, I'm Yours" which both have been favourites for a long time. I think this was one of the first times I've actually sat down and really listened to this album.

Colin Meloy is a wordsmith, and he has a way of writing small stories which almost always puts you right in the middle of the song. Of course, the guy has an impressive ear for a great melody as well. I have to mention "Billy Liar" again. Such an easygoing brilliant little song.

And what about the guitar lines and melody in "The Chimbley Sweep". Somewhere between Duane Eddy's surf twang, a eastern European folk song and a country classic.

"The Soldiering Life" must be one of the prettiest and most danceable songs written about war and soldiers. Yet it also got this almost hauntingly melancholy underneath.

Talking about haunting. The heartbreakingly simple melody in the story of your "Red Right Ankle". Pretty much shows of the genius that is Colin Meloy.  - And also why I love folk music.

The album Her Majesty was released on September 9th 2003 by Kill Rock Stars.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

December 23nd: Albums of the year 2014 (# 1 - 5)

1. Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Phosphorescent Harvest (Silver Arrow Records)
I finally got to see this gang at this years Mountain Jam-festival in upstate New York. A perfect vibe for these vibemasters. I am and have been a huge fan of The Black Crowes, but I have to admit that the Brotherhood really hits the right spot. Not as rocking as the Crowes, more jamming and grooving. Kind of like a train that just rolls along the tracks. Robinson's voice is as good as ever and it turns out that Neal Casal is a guitar god - not only a really talented songwriter. On the top of those two cats you got a real tight groove and the outer space sounds of the wizard Adam MacDougall.

Favourite song: Badlands Here We Come.

2. War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)
And now for something completely different. But then again, not really. Lost in the Dream is also all about the vibes. Hurry up slowly if you will. There is nothing hurried about this album, and it's all the better for it. Adam Granduciel's brilliant lyrics about depression and paranoia of the post-tour downs he got is a theme throughout the record. Musically the album has a sound that's a great mix of the americana of Bruce Springsteen (especially Tunnel of Love-era), Tom Petty and the space-rock of the Spacemen 3. Long, driving songs that sucks you in. Classic stuff.

Favourite song: Burning.

3. White Fence - For the Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)
Sixth time is the charm for Tim Presley and his White Fence. Where his earlier records have shown the potential in all their lo-fi glory, this one blossoms out in full. For the first time Presley has taken his songs into a real studio. He and producer Ty Segall (who also released a top notch record this year) has made this album into a timeless classic. This is sixties psychedelia for a modern audience. Some of these songs could have been on the first album by The Who, another one on a The Zombies-classic and a third could have been a Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd outtake. They of course weren't, and they don't sound like they were copied even. They just have that feel to them. Hats off to, Tim Presley.

Favourite song: Anger! Who Keeps You Under?

4. Hiss Golden Messenger - Lateness of Dancers (Merge Records)
I totally fell in love with MC Taylor and his Hiss Golden Messenger last year when Paradise of Bachelors re-released his early album Bad Debt. I was still listening to that album when this one was released, and I wasn't really ready for a new album yet. So I was a little late to this album, and yes, it's completely different to the hushed low key Bad Debt. This album is more in the vein of a lot of the albums that came out of the Woodstock-scene in the early seventies. You can hear traces of Van Morrison, Bobby Charles and The Band in these songs - and the songs, man, they are really good. Looking forward to what should be an amazing gig in Oslo this winter.

Favourite song: Southern Grammar.

5. Real Estate - Atlas (Domino Records)
There is nothing better than band that get better and better with each release, and with their third record the Real Estate has found gold. Probably one of the best jangly-guitar-indie records in a long long time. Atlas is an album where every song could be a hit - if we lived in a perfect world that is.
Just a hands down brilliant album.

Favourite song: Talking Backwards.