Monday, March 29, 2010

Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name..

The Avett Brothers - Live at Garage, Oslo, Norway.
March 27th 2010.

I can't remember the last time I was as psyched before a gig than I were before this one. When you are that psyched you more than often go home a bit dissapointed. This time I went home even more psyched than before the gig. I was totally blown away by the energy and intensity in the Avett Brothers performance. Easily the best gig of the year so far. Probably the best gig I've been to the last years also.

The band took the stage with a fantastic level of energy and from there on the energy level never faltered. They even took it up several notches during the gig. The venue, Garage has a capacity of about 300, and is a farely small venue. Low ceiling and the audience is within reach of the artists.

The Avett Brothers delievered a great concert full of highlights. Set opener "Laundry Room" were hauntingly beautiful. Two of my favourites "Shame" and "And it Spread" also deserves mention. The punky bluegrass take of "I Killed Sally's Lover" which closed the set showed off the fantastic intensity.

Even with all those highlights, the one song that really made this gig perfect for me was the harrowing "Murder in the City". A song I actually hadn't heard before, and still it had me standing there shivering with tears down my cheeks. Well done Scott and Seth Avett. Thanks for being you, and thanks for what is probably going to be the best concert I'll see this year.

"If I get murdered in the city
Don't go revenging in my name
One person dead from such is plenty
No need to go get locked away
When I leave your arms
The things I think of
No need to get over alarmed
I'm coming home

I wonder which brother is better
Which one our parents loved the most
I sure did get in lots of trouble
They seemed to let the other go
A tear fell from my father's eye
I wondered what my dad would say
He said, I love you and I'm proud of you both,
In so many different ways

If I get murdered in the city
Go read the letter in my desk
Don't bother with all my belongings
Pay attention to the list
Make sure my sister knows I love her
Make sure my mother knows the same
Always remember there was nothing worth sharing
Like the love that let us share our name
Always remember there was nothing worth sharing
Like the love that let us share our name"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I never travel far, without a little Big Star

The Replacements - Alex Chilton
from the album Pleased To Meet Me (Sire, 1987)

A sad sad day today. Alex Chilton, you will be missed. Thank you for all the great music. This is my tribute. Heartworn Highways remember the late great mr. Chilton with The Replacements classic tribute.

"..I never travel far, without a little Big Star

Runnin' 'round the house, Mickey Mouse and the Tarot cards.
Falling asleep with a flop pop video on.
If he was from Venus, would he meet us on the moon?
If he died in Memphis, then that'd be cool, babe.

Children by the million sing for Alex Chilton when he comes 'round
They sing "I'm in love. What's that song?
I'm in love with that song.." "

Friday, March 12, 2010

You had your chance, you blew it..

Monzano - Since U Been Gone
(live from p3 Popsalongen, Kelly Clarkson cover)

This is two of my very best friends doing a great cover of one of my all time favourite songs, Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone". They are in a band called Monzano and have just released a great album called By This Time Last Year Everything Will Seem Younger. Check them out and check this great cover.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sail away, away..

Genesis - A Trick of the Tail
(Charisma, February 20th 1976)

A Trick of the Tail were the first album Genesis released after the departure of vocalist and lyricist Peter Gabriel in 1975. While the band didn't quite know how to continue when Gabriel quit, they went in to London's Trident Studio in autumn of 1975. Keyboardist Peter Banks wasn't a stranger to the thought of continuing as a instrumental band. With that in mind the band recorded the bulk of the album without lyrics. Drummer Phil Collins had been singing backup on the bands earlier releases and he recorded a vocal-take for the song "Squonk" which ended up in him becoming the vocalist, something he was reluctant to. That decission however were taken after the band had auditioned some 400 singers.

The resulting album is one of my favourite by Genesis. I am not deeply familiar with all their material so this may change in the future. While the lyrics tend to get a bit to "out there" for me the melodies are great. Especially the tracks "Squonk", "Ripples" and "A Trick of the Tail" stand out for me. Collins' vocals are great throughout the album, a great double-track effect makes it even better on some tracks. Some reviewers even said that Collins sang more like Gabriel than Gabriel did.

The instrumental album closer "Los Endos" is also really great, and may be telling us some of the direction the band may have taken had they chosen the instrumental path. Though this track is very good I for one are very happy that they didn't take that path.

A Trick of the Tail are a great album, perhaps the best of the middle-era Genesis. Maybe not prog enough for the progenthuiasts but more than progressive enough for the rest of us.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Songs For Beginners

Be Yourself: A Tribute to Graham Nash's Songs For Beginners

Just pre-ordered my copy of this sweet gem. (((folkYEAH!))) and Grassroots Records are about to release this Graham Nash tribute album with artists such as Vetiver, Brendan Benson, Robin Pecknold (from Fleet Foxes) and many other great artists.

A big thank you to Jody over at When You Awake for writing about this album, maybe it would have passed under my radar. You can pre-order it here.

"BE YOURSELF" GRAHAM NASH 2010 TRIBUTE ADVANCE EPK #2 promo from (((folkYEAH!))) on Vimeo.