No, Not That Womack & Womack
Tommy Womack: There, I Said It! (Cedar Creek '07)
Rising from the icky depths of the lyrically, vocally, and harmonically abject "A Songwriter's Prayer," a 40-year-old Nashville lifer finds solace in a forgotten WTF he wrote at 28 and by age 44 comes up with a bunch of new ones about bad jobs, fluorescent lighting, and low-grade cigarette, beer, and Xanax dependency. The climax would be the proud admission "I'm Never Gonna Be a Rock Star" except that the climax is the seven-minute must-hear "Alpha Male & the Canine Mystery Blood," a world-historically unromantic rocker about rock after 40. Also crucial is "Nice Day," about his boy and his wife and a friend's swimming pool. It won a prize. A MINUS
Tommy Womack: Now What! (Cedar Creek)
Reflective without wallowing in might-have-beens, his nasal drawl weary and at ease with itself, he's an established failure who's calmed down considerably for a pimple on Dylan's ass who believes the best thing about ADD is that it never bothers you too long. "90 Miles an Hour on a Dead End Street" is no advertisement for chianti just as "Pot Head Blues" is no advertisement for cannabis. In one strong song, he feels the heat of an old flame on a checkout line and is so glad the burns have healed. In several other strong songs, he pitches woo wifeward. A MINUS
Got to see the amazing Coup at Brooklyn Bowl Thursday night. They've retooled as a quite Street Sweeperized band, and it was a fabulous show. Guitarist B'Nai Rebelfront was all over the place. Silk E sounded fabulous--including, bizarrely on a cover of "Satellite of Love" that followed an abbreviated "Me and Jesus the Pimp." And Boots Riley is some kind of front man wearing a beautiful Black Cowboy duster and fringed pants, a Jagger strut and trying out some Howlin' Wolf (by way of Taj Mahal?) vocal moves.
And reminding us that if you don't show up the Movement won't look like you.
Tommy Gets His Tons ...oh damn I'm late. Still play that album once a week. Which reminds me didn't Colin Meloy write the 33 1/3 about Let It Be? Isn't that one of the oddest choices for that record? I haven't read it, and I'm doubly dubious to do so unless some of our esteemed EW'ers convince me otherwise.
Also, apropos of nada --
First day of spring two days ago, it snowed all day and all night. Today it was mid 50's, not a cloud in the sky, the streets were all clear, so my wife and I took our first bike ride of the year. Downtown, across the bridge, one park to another. Ended up at a Starbucks in a strip mall for liquid nourishment and an oatmeal raisin cookie. Typical Starbucks crowd -- friendly female bald barista with huge hoop earrings, free wi-fi users, two homeless looking guys licking the dregs of their cups for the 20th time, a college student in aviator sunglasses waiting for a friend. And then "Madame George" from Astral Weeks came on the sound system and I instantly thought, what would Lester Bangs have to say about all this?
2) Resolution on the second Womack photo is unusually shitlisty because all the other images I found had a white border I had no idea how to Gimp off (because I'm an idiot, I mean). This was the only square I could find. Cam must have a better computer than mine if he could tell the type on the shirt is reversed when I didn't even recognize Keith. Then again, I already knew that.
Chris, sorry I'm down one Facebook friend, but hope I'm not down a friend...
Re last thread, sorry this is late, but some nice Fatoumata Diawara from Later here: http://bit.ly/GTwp3v
George, I like the avatar, I went to the same school.
Terry Riley fans may care to know that Tom Ravenscroft played In C in its entirety on BBC 6 Music the other night. Available here for a few days: http://bbc.in/GDRomI
Womack's Now What! CD cover is so deglamorized that it's practically glam.
So I chose work over EMP today and I'm reading some tweets now and it sounds like it was a great conference today. Here's hoping we get some feedback this evening from any EWitnesses who were lucky enough to attend today. Wish I could have heard Banning Eyre on Cairo pop especially, and the Stampfel interview too. Well...I'll definitely be there tomorrow.
I used to own It Will Stand: Minit Records 1960-1963 but I sold my vinyl when Xgau reviewed a CD equivalent called Finger Poppin' and Stompin' Feet: 20 Classic Allen Toussaint Productions for Minit Records 1960-1962 which actually includes 10 of the 14 tracks from the earlier comp. Now I see that the CD is selling used for only $ 49.95. WOw - thanks George Alias for sharing that great Nawlins music.
Re: PPU VIII - Kolejnice duni - this translates to Rails Rumble and it includes studio recordings from 1977-1982, including their epic dirge 100 Points (100 bodu) which tries the patience of even this PPU Fan. Lots of other great stuff on here though.
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.