March 11, 2015
Parker Millsap – Parker Millsap (2014)
Like many a young man today, Parker Millsap expresses himself through pop culture touchpoints – people At the Bar are in Wizard of Oz roles; nursery rhyme characters are Quite Contrary on drug corners. He yearns to be a good man when he grows up, asking a lover to Forgive Me for not yet being a full man and promising another he won’t be The Villain who ties damsels to railway tracks.
Much like fellow Oklahoman John Fullbright [Songs, 2014], Millsap is making Americana relevant to post-teen Holden Caulfields. He deftly uses humour, self-awareness and catchy rockabilly to poke at all the emotional conflicts of being, as he explains it, a largely happy person trying to keep adulthood from becoming a lifelong melancholy melody.
February 17, 2015
Mark Erelli – Milltowns (2014)
Bill Morrissey was a Robert Frost of folk music, capturing the natural beauty and harsh realities of New Hampshire and its decaying mill towns.
Mark Erelli, an accomplished northeastern folkie in his own right, was noodling around one evening and started playing a Morrissey song. Not bad, he thought, and tried another. And thus was born Milltowns, 12 covers and an original, the title track, about his relationship with the man himself.
Milltowns is – no exaggeration – an album no folk collection is complete without.
July 23, 2014
This week’s Spill blog letter challenge asks for an eclectic mix of songs by bands and singers who start with the letter L.
Labelle – Lady Marmelade: Voulez vous dancez in the discotheque avec moi, ce soir?
Abbey Lincoln – Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?: Her two gifts: singing and social activism
Little Feat – Cold, Cold, Cold: Bonnie Raitt makes a great band celestial
Austin Lucas – Alone In Memphis: Found under hard roots in the Glossary
Lifter Puller – I Like The Lights: I’ve tapped Craig Finn for F (Finn), L (Lifter), and H (Hold Steady). I’m an admirer, ok?
Lissie – To Ramona: Dylan wrote this for her to sing. It’s about Baez and Lissie wasn’t even born yet, but whatevs
Louisiana Funky Butts Brass Band – Les Bon Temps Rouler: Chosen for the name? Moi?
Peggy Lee – Fever: Pop perfection
David Lindley – Twist and Shout: Music needs more gifted eccentrics
Mary Lou Lord – His Indie World: Evoking memories of Jill Sobule is a very good thing
Ray Lamontagne – God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise: Nose singer, but with such feeling
Jim Lauderdale – Janis Jones: Who wants him picking on their album? EVERYBODY
Loretta Lynn (w Jack White) – Portland Oregon: Jack endeavouring to reinvent all music genres
Low – $20: Sublime lo-fi
July 16, 2014
This week’s Spill blog letter challenge asks for an eclectic mix of songs by bands and singers who start with the letters X,Q or Z.
– The Dead Of Night
: A top modern bluesmen
– Little Bird
: Great guitar; angelic, Raittish voice
Quaker City Night Hawks
– Fox in the Hen House
: New 70s southern rock
– Keep Yourself Alive
: My first stereo record! The guitar going between speakers delaying me learning there were not miniature people inside
– The First To Fall
: aka UK’s Matt Hill. On the funeral of a friend who committed suicide l, from his 2010 five-star thoughtful folk album Spectrology.
– Suite Motown
: Everybodyfields still going strong solo
– Excitable Boy
: No one sounded more like a novelty act and was one.
– Your Phone’s Off The Hook, But You’re Not
: What a debut by a great overall band. Gotta have punk the week the last Ramone dies
: Whatever their sound is, it’s gripping and rousing.
– Dans Ma Rue
: What’s she saying? Je suis un personne ne pas savoir; it sounds a bit naughty and so, so Parisian. *rouges*
– Tobacco Road
: Classic British Invasion cover of John Loudermilk classic
ZZ Top & John Lee Hooker
– Boom Boom
: A perfect blues rock pairing
July 9, 2014
This week’s Spill blog letter challenge asks for an eclectic mix of songs by bands and singers who start with the letter H.
Its a max of 13, and I could have done all legends – Billie Holiday, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Howlin’ Wolf, Rosa Henderson, Slim Harpo, Son House, John Lee Hooker, W C Handy, Mississippi John Hurt … Merle Haggard. But I didn’t 🙂
July 3, 2014
This week’s Spill blog letter challenge asks for an eclectic mix of songs by bands and singers who start with the letter I.