Today is the first day of Hanukkah, beginning at sundown.
Saints don't, but we sure as hell do. We bother with most everything that matters: music, movies, culture, entertainment and booze
...but mostly music: the most ungodly vice of all.
Last week, another one of my new favorites of 2008 made his debut on Letterman. Check out Jamey Johnson above, and check out his 2008 debut album That Lonesome Song. This album will more than likely be in my top albums of '08 (list to come). "In Color", the song performed above, is his most radio friendly song on his album...and sappiest as well, other than "Women" maybe. However, the rest of the songs stem from somewhere else.
Johnson rides that coat tails of the Country Outlaws of years past, and even worse, the wave of Outlaw shtick that has been overplayed as of late by the likes of the faux rednecks, toughnecks and roughnecks in "country music" today. However, when hearing Johnson sing his tunes of the good times, the bad times, and even of the ones he can't remember, you can't help but actually believe him when he tells you about it. He sounds rough, he looks rough. He is rough. With songs like "High Cost of Living", "Angel" and "Mowin' Down the Roses", Johnson sings the truth, and you know it.
With his Possum attitude, his Cash-like sense of humor, and a sound like Waylon, Jamey Johnson reminds us all of what we truly miss in Nashville, and that we are being inundated by "pop music with a cowboy hat". Johnson yearns for the olden days, where country music was "three chords and the truth". A time when Nashville wasn't slick...and it certainly wasn't pretty...well, at least the guys weren't. They weren't good looking; they weren't groomed; they weren't sober; they weren't always nice. They were real. And kinda scary.
While Johnson's music, and appearance, may not make anyone turn and run, he does succeed in reminding the listener that country music can be fun and a little dangerous at the same time. But what Johnson is best at is reminding us of what we missed out on when our Daddy's were coming up in the '60s and '70s. That sound. That swagger. That bar fight. The Truth. Sadly, those times are gone. But at least we have Jamey Johnson doing his best to carry on the tradition of the true Outlaw sound...and it's still not slick or pretty. It's simply just the truth.
Last week, The Gaslight Anthem, one of my new favorite bands from 2008, was on Letterman. They performed their song "The '59 Sound", which, if you haven't heard, you need to check it out above. I would advise listening to the album version too, especially if you are not too impressed with their performance here (the album is better...).
The Gaslight Anthem are from Jersey, and uncoincidentally, sound like a punk rock version of The Boss, if they had Social Distortion, Against Me! and the Killers' bastard love child of rock playing their music and singing with Springsteen writing the lyrics.
I started with 2008's The '59 Sound, but those that I have talked to that have been a fan for a little while have told me to start with 2007's Sink or Swim and go from there. The Gaslight Anthem's The '59 Sound will be in the top of my list for '08, so keep an eye out for that.
The first single from The Lonely Island featuring SNL's Andy Samberg. The Lonely Island's debut album "INCREDIBAD"will be in stores 2/10/2009. This video features guest appearances by Molly Sims, Jamie Lynn Sigler, and Justin Timberlake. The Lonely Island is Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone.
As always with Samberg, this is too funny.
Morrissey will make a stop at the Orange Peel in Asheville on Monday, March 9th in support of Years of Refusal. Tickets go on sale on Friday, December 19th at Noon here. Tickets are $40 in advance. Eli "Paperboy" Reed will open the show.If you missed last summer's Moz show at the Tennessee Theatre, you missed out. Don't miss this opportunity to see the Pope of Mope, especially up close and personal in a club setting.
Here's the alternate video version for the Eagles of Death Metal's new fuzzy foot tapper, "Wannabe in LA" from their latest release Heart On. This version features the pinbox that was popular about ten years ago. You could find it at the mall. Remember?
It's the toy that all the kids would press their hands on and leave an imprint of the bird. Then their parents would fix it back to normal, or maybe make a peace sign if they no one was looking. I wonder if they still make those, where they are at, how much they might cost, and what they are actually called.
Anyways, check the video out, or you can see the original video version here.
You don't have too many chances to catch legends anymore, so you have to take advantage when you can. I would suggest taking advantage of this opportunity here in Knoxville on Sunday night at the Tennessee Theatre.
David Byrne will perform songs from his latest album, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, the collaboration with famed Talking Heads producer Brian Eno. Although Eno will not be present, I'm sure Byrne will do just fine on his own, as he has been for the last two decades.
See other Byrne related posts here.
Check out Smashing Pumpkins' (if they can be called that anymore) new tune "G.L.O.W.". Ironically, this sounds more like the Pumpkins of yore, and not the split personalities of soft, industrial and electronica that they were prone to producing in their latter days. See what you think.
I guess if Axl can come out as GNR still, Billy Corgan can continue the same too, despite there is only half of the original members now, but it sounds like old school Pumpkins with a modern updated sound.
Here's more new Boss for you, from his upcoming album Working on a Dream. As we reported here, the new record will be out in late January. While the single "Working on a Dream" hasn't been as well received as one might think, "My Lucky Day" seems to be more of a classic Springsteen tune, complete with prominent keys and sax, driving drums, a good hook, and of course that "Bruce rasp" that we all love.
You know, the voice that made him The Boss.
The Drive-By Truckers premiered their new video yesterday for "Perfect Timing", off of Brighter Than Creation's Dark. The video features Scott Baxendale, maker of Baxendale Guitars at the Colfax Guitar Shop in Denver, as he rushes to finish his Wes Freed-inspired guitar for Cooley...it turns out to be a beautiful guitar too. Check it out, along with a special appearance by The King.
Check out Baxendale's work here...and his very impressive client list. Some of the notables, along with DBT and Jason Isbell, are Hank III, Joe Walsh, James Burton, Willie Nelson, Guided By Voices, Nashville Pussy, Steve "The Colonel" Cropper, Travis Tritt and a ton more.