Monday, November 30, 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 #6.

November 30th, 2009

1. Pavement - Fame Throwa (Live)
From the album Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Redux (Matador, 2002)

2. Wovenhand - The Beautiful Axe
From the album Ten Stones (Sounds Familyre, 2008)

3. Stephen Stills - Helplessly Hoping
From the album Just Roll Tape: April 26th 1968 (Rhino, 2007)

4. I-Nine - Same in Any Language
From the album Elizabethtown (Original Soundtrack) (RCA Records, 2005)

5. Dennis Wilson - Farewell My Friend
From the album Pacific Ocean Blue (Caribou, 1977)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"Neil Young" goes to Bel-Air

Jimmy Fallon as "Neil Young" - Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)

This is the best thing I've seen all day, in fact, it's the best thing I've seen in a long long time. Not only is it really funny, but it's so damn good that it makes you wonder if it's the real Neil Young sitting there. Fallon looks just like the Harvest-era Young and he sounds just like him to. This is good comedy.

One more thing, never noticed how good that Will Smith song really is. Hah..

Monday, November 23, 2009

I will fight like hell to hide that I'm giving up

Monsters of Folk - Live at The Troxy, London, November 17th 2009

Back from a great week in London. Lots of shopping and just walking aimlessly around and some sightseeing as well. The highlight probably was the Monsters of Folk gig at The Troxy. I was pretty psyched before this gig and still it lived up to my expectations. The lovely gentlemen, Mike Mogis, Conor Oberst, Jim James and M. Ward got to the stage and started off with "Say Please", the single from their selftitled album. From there on they didn't leave the stage before some two and a half hour later when they closed their set with "His Masters Voice".

Two and a half hour is an awful long time to entertain a sold out theatre when you as a group only has released one album which clocks in at about 45 minutes. That said, this group really did it. The touch of genius this night was the way that they filled up the set with solo sections where they sometimes backed each other and at other times did their own songs solo. So for me, a huge Bright Eyes fan, I sort of got my very own Bright Eyes concert within the Monsters of Folk concert. The highlights for me this evening was "We Are Nowhere And It's Now", "What A Wonderful Man", "Bermuda Highway", "Map of the World" and the fantastic closer with "Losin' Yo Head", "At the Bottom of Everything", "Whole Lotta Losin'" and "Another Travellin' Song". The two latter rocking so hard and showing of such a joy in the playing that I just sat there grinning. Another highlight worth mentioning was when the band let their "hired" drummer, Will Johnson, have the spotlight for a great solo rendition of his instant goosebump song "Just to Know What You've Been Dreaming".

A great evening. Thank you very very much to Conor, Jim, Mike and M.

Bright Eyes - We Are Nowhere And It's Now

My Morning Jacket - What a Wonderful Man

Will Johnson - Just to Know What You've Been Dreaming

Monsters of Folk - Whole Lotta Losin'

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I was waiting for the cross-town train in the London underground

The Postal Service - Clark Gable
from the album Give Up (Sub Pop, 2003)

Tomorrow I will be heading over the North Sea for a trip to London. I have never been there so I'm really looking forward to it. There will probably be some touristy things I will have to do, like visiting the zebra-crossing at Abbey Road and that sort of stuff. We also have tickets to see the great Monsters of Folk on Tuesday. This is the third time I have had tickets to see Jim James in concert. Both of the previous gigs with My Morning Jacket were cancelled so, Jim, you better not get sick this time. Third time is the charm and that sort of thing. Getting really psyched about that gig. Hopefully it will be a classic. I'll post something about it when I come home.

The Postal Service - Clark Gable

Monsters of Folk - Losin' Yo' Head

Sunday, November 8, 2009

(500) Days of Summer

Went to the cinema tonight and saw the movie (500) Days of Summer. A great movie to see on a sunday. It is easygoing, kinda funny, has a great soundtrack and the leading roles are played by the gorgeous and cool Zooey Deschanel and equally cool Joseph Gordon-Lewitt. So this film is the inspiration for todays song of the day.

The Smiths - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want

Zooey Deschanel's own band She & Him also does a cover of this song on the soundtrack from the movie.

Thursday, November 5, 2009


I really really really wish I was in Cali right about now. A fine group of my favourite gentlemen are doing a little tour of Northern California this week. The merry gentlemen are the following: Andy Cabic, Johnathan Rice, Jonathan Wilson, Farmer Dave Scher and Neal Casal. What a supergroup. Friday they will be playing in glorious Sonoma. Man, I wish I could teleport,..

Here you can see them in a short clip from the gig in San Francisco on November 1st.

Emerald Triangle Live in SF 11/02 from (((folkYEAH!))) on Vimeo.