Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tonight is a Night for "Approximately Infinite Universe" by Yoko Ono (1972) [I Know I'm Probably in the Minority on this one...]

[...and also on the fact that I vastly prefer Yoko Ono to Paul McCartney. John made the right choice.]

I really dig this album.

Here's the first cut "Yang Yang" off of 1972's Approximately Infinite Universe:

Over the course of the past couple of years I have fallen in love all over again with Lennon's post-Beatles work and with much of Yoko's solo work, and can hardly bear to listen to the Beatles at all (even though I own the Mono Box). [As to Macca's post-Beatles work? I find all of it to be absolutely dreadful save for one song. One song? That's right, one song. I'll reveal which song that is down the road.]

Here's song #2 on Side 4 of the double-LP:

Gosh, who is Joel Nohnn on this song? He sure is a great guitar player!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

This Morning is a Morning for "Some Velvet Morning" by Lee & Nancy

One of my favorite songs (perhaps my favorite duet) of all time, 1967's "Some Velvet Morning" by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra:

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Today is a Day for "Mines" by Menomena (2010)

Another album that has been in heavy rotation day and night at Jams, Mofo headquarters the last week or so is the fourth album, entitled Mines, from the Portland, OR group Menomena. A friend gave me the MP3s and I liked the album so much I purchased the vinyl record. Here they are doing TAOS, the second song off the album, on Oregon Public Broadcasting's music show:

Menomena - TAOS (Live at OPB) from on Vimeo.

While this is an album that is best heard on the home hi-fi with the volume level way up, you can also check out the complete album for yourselves at grooveshark, mofos:

Friday, September 17, 2010

Today is a Day for "The Very Best of Wynn Stewart 1958-62"

I have been on somewhat of a Wynn Stewart jag the last couple of days. Wynn was an early adopter of what would come to be known as the "Bakersfied sound" in C&W music--some of the first country music to incorporate the backbeat and shiny electric instrumentation. He paved the way for the Bakersfield scenesters Buck Owens and Merle Haggard who followed in his musical footsteps. Stewart was born in Missiouri in 1934, moved to California with his family soon after WWII, and died of a heart attack at the age of 51 in 1985 in the middle of an attempted musical comeback. If you want a collection of his material, find yourself a digital or physical copy of this album: The Very Best of Wynn Stewart: 1958-1962.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Today is a Day for Grinderman 2 by Grinderman (2010)

Even better than Grinderman 1. Check out the latest release from this side project of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds for yourselves, mofos (and check out the guitar playing by guest Robert Fripp on track 3):

I have been listening to Nick Cave for 20+ years now and it makes me strangely happy that he is still relevant and kicking ass.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Wish I Could be There (Matador Records 21st Birthday Party "Lost Weekend" edition)

Jeebus, the final lineup for the 3-day celebration next month in Vegas looks simply incredible:

Oct. 1
Sonic Youth
Fucked Up
Cold Cave
Guitar Youth

Oct. 2
Belle & Sebastian
Cat Power
Perfume Genius
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

Oct. 3
The Clean
Times New Viking
Kurt Vile
Guided By Voices
Yo La Tengo
Liz Phair
The New Pornographers
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Tonight is a Night for the nice FM recording of Luna, 6-12-1998, Hultsfred, Sweden

Good stuff Maynard.

Let me know if you want it.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Today was a Day for Of Montreal on the Cemetary Gates Sessions

I have been listening to the new of Montreal album a whole bunch this last week and am bummed that I will likely miss seeing a show on their joint tour with Janelle Monae.