Monday, August 31, 2009

See her how she flies, golden sails across the skies..

Jimmy Webb - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
from the album El Mirage (Atlantic, 1977)

Just a song to end the weekend with, a fantastic song from a fantastic songwriter. Do yourself a favour and search out some of Jimmy Webb's albums. Other songs from his massive catalogue are "Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" made famous by among others Glen Campbell. More about him later. Also more about good old Jimmy Webb later. The Norwegian jazzsinger Radka Toneff also recorded a stunning version of this beautiful song. Listen to them both here.

Jimmy Webb - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Radka Toneff - The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

..I have an hour 'til the old men give me shit 'cause I don't like sports and I never will.

Richmond Fontaine - We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River
(Decor, 2009)

This is what I am listening to at the moment and so should you. In my opinion their best effort since 2005's Post To Wire. That album is something that I frequently turn back to. I get the same feeling when I listen to this new one. I have probably played it at least ten times since I first heard it last friday. Maybe that's not so much for you people, but for me that's a lot of listening to one album.

Check it out, a fantastic album. Probably one of the best all year.

A cool video of "You Can Move Back Here"

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Doing the E-street shuffle ..?

Entry #3,
Saturday, August 22nd 2009

1. Bruce Springsteen - Living in the Future
from the album Magic (Epic, 2007)

2. Hank Williams - Settin' the Woods on Fire
from the album Gold (Mercury Nashville, 2005)

3. Islands - Renaud
from the album Return to the Sea (Equator, 2006)

4. Devendra Banhart - Little Boys
from the album Cripple Crow (XL, 2005)

5. Jerry Garcia - I'll Take A Melody
from the album Reflections (Grateful Dead, 1976)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

..and I still know the song and her name and the reason.

The Gaslight Anthem with Bruce Springsteen - The '59 Sound
(Live from Hyde Park, London 2009)

This is really cool and a great quality clip.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A vial of hope and a vial of pain..

Arcade Fire - Miroir Noir: The Neon Bible Archives
(Merge, 2009)

Just saw this fantastic movie directed by Vincent Moon, the man behind the great videoblog La Blogotheque. This movie follows the Arcade Fire as they record and tour their second album, Neon Bible, in 2006 - 2007. Typically for Vincent Moon the movie is shot in grainy black and white and faded colours. For this movie I thought that technique really worked great. On some of his other work though I have found his style a bit too artsy and not that fitting. Anyhow, this movie comes much recommended either you are a fan or not. If you're not, you're probably going to be one at the end of the end credits. Yes, I really think they are THAT good. In fact I had almost forgotten how much I really love this band. I've seen them live two times and the first time at the Hove Festival in 2007 was one of the closest things to a religous moments I have ever had at a rock concert.

A clip from the movie available at La Blogotheque where the band are performing the songs "Neon Bible" and "Wake Up" inside an elevator after a show at the Olympia in Paris, France.

Doing the E-street shuffle ..?

Entry #2
Wednesday, August 19th 2009

1. Ryan Adams - Carolina Rain
From the album 29 (Lost Highway, 2005)

2. Terje Rypdal - Wes
From the album Bleak House (Karussell, 1968)

3. Oasis - Hung in a Bad Place
From the album Heathen Chemistry (Epic, 2002)

4. Heavy Hands - Before it Takes Hold
From the album Smoke Signals (Language of Stone, 2008)

5. Larsen-Feiten Band - Sierra
From the album Larsen-Feiten Band/Full Moon (Wounded Bird, 2005)

Monday, August 10, 2009

Going back to Yasgur's farm

Well, to paraphrase Neil Young - I'm not going back to Woodstock anytime soon. That said, I am going to be at Øya Festivalen here in Oslo all week. So maybe no posts here before earliest next Sunday. I may publish one or two small ones but the main focus this week is lots of music and also writing for the great blog Furore i Harare and also Øya! Both in Norwegian.

See y'all later.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

But when we are middle aged, tell me I loved you like a renegade..

The Rural Alberta Advantage - In the Summertime
from the album Hometowns (Saddle Creek, 2009)

Fantastic song and a very nice video. Take care. There is never enough love.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Doing the E-Street shuffle..?

Well, not exactly. This is going to be a new recurring post on Heartworn Highways. The plan is that every once in a while, once a week or something, I will set my iPod on shuffle and write down the first five songs and publish them here. No hocus pocus there. Just letting you know what's going in to my ears from time to time.

Entry #1
Monday, August 3rd. 2009

1. Hank Williams - Hey Good Lookin'
from the album Gold (Mercury Nashville, 2005)

2. Doktor Kosmos - Hjärndöd
from the album Ett Enkelt Svar: (Nons, 2005)

3. Joy Division - Atrocity Exhitbition (Live)
from the boxset Heart and Soul (London, 1998)

4. Dwight Yoakam - Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose
from the boxset Reprise Please Baby: The Warner Bros. Years (Rhino, 2002)

5. The Shins - We Will Become Silhouettes
from the Postal Service EP Such Great Heights (Sub Pop, 2003)

As always when you put something on shuffle, you never know what you are going to get.