Jonny Fritz/Brad Paisley
The corndog factor
Jonny Fritz: Dad Country (ATO)
Brad Paisley: Wheelhouse (Arista Nashville)
Two or three great songs and a fair number of pretty good ones‑-I'm especially partial to "Karate," a bash-his-face wife-abuse song that deserves more attention than it's been getting, and "Those Crazy Christians," where Paisley fulfills his God quotient by stating his distance so admiringly it'll do evangelicalism more good than an entire sacred album. But a lot of the time he's trying too hard to say too little or trying too clumsily to say too much, sometimes even with his trusty guitar. And the LL Cool J rap is just a flat-out embarrassment. B PLUS
And yes, Bob is officially 10 years older than me again. Pretty inspirational, gotta say.
(EDIT: Oops, I see Joe didn't miss it. Well, sorry I almost missed it.)
Robert - Looking forward to your reading tomorrow. Oh, and by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Steve, I recently purchased Freedy Johnston Live at McCabes Guitar Shop (1998, released 2006) and glad I did. "Evie's Tears" and "Western Skies" the standouts.
Also, looking forward to Record Store Day tomorrow with a live performance from Deborah Conway (ex-Do-Re-Mi).
Was I seeing things or were those Nanobots and Shaking the Habitual review apparitions this afternoon on EW? Very excited about the Knife--an A said the ghostly visitation.
Just wanted to say that I saw Freedy Johnston in a tiny venue on Saturday, no band, just him, an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar. He played for two hours straight, sounded great, and did a pithy and knowing version of Night and Day on his electric.
He also closed with one from a yet-to-be-released album about a PTSD war vet begging a VA nurse for some drugs--stark, moving, and nicely off-center. I know most of his records--with obvious exceptions--only have one or really two good ones, but that one was arresting. He's someone I never would have found without our host, and it's just this kind of introduction that I am eternally grateful to him for. The rest of you EW'ers I find fascinating as well, regardless of whether you are real or not real, ontologically, metaphysically, virtually, or in any other, sense.
The problem I have with" thumb downers" is that if
Robert Christgau -or a few others I could name- put their name to some of the
heaviest thumbed down posts of the past-
I doubt they would get 1 per cent of the thumbs down received.
Of course, there's also the big cheese factor. Don't want to outweigh anyone else.
All of Tsai Chih Chung's books are wonderful. He's been called the Charles Schultz of Taiwan. Wish more of his work was translated (has a book on ghosts I'd love to see). Or at least in print.
about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.
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