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
Hello, to add to Dan's question on what records I still turn to in spite of the digital options. The classics that were analog to begin with...I have the Beatles on CD, digital, mono, stereo, you name it and yet I still yank the records off the shelf when I want to hear them clicks, pops and all. Abbey Road needs to be heard on vinyl. No CD captures the bottom end of that record like the vinyl does..IHO. Ditto for Born To Run. My copy of that album is well worn and yet I rarely pull the CD off the shelf. I don't even own any Zeppelin on CD or digital. CCR, Hendrix, Floyd, Marley. Jazz goes vinyl for sure if I have the option. But records can be a pain in the a$$. They attract dust like crazy. Static. They are easily damaged. You need a fairly good rig to get the most out of the medium. It's certainly not plug and play nor portable and modern recordings are less night and day. The whole "vinyl sounds better" is partly a consumer hook. My ipod sounds pretty damn great running through my amp and so do CDs. That said, on Record Store Day I have my eye on the releases of Hell On Heels and especially Funeral Dress on the black circles
Recently started relistening to Glen Campbell
Speaking of vinyl to digital conversions - here's a question for Witnesses: which pieces of vinyl keep drawing you back despite having the digital version? And for what reason? Sound quality? Emotion?
Because it is, at least if you're not acclimated to it.
And these audio snobs used to say it like it was some mystical, undefinable thing
He has also programmed several artist-specific web radio stations for Clear Channel.Does anyone know anything about this?
I think in the beginning, the whole vinyl thing was a response to terrible mp3 quality
Let me assure you that that wasn't the case when I started buying vinyl in 1984. Later on, I kept doing vinyl because charging $5-10 extra for a CD was f**king robbery that I still don't understand why anyone tolerated (of course nowadays prices are the other way around and I pretty much ignore vinyl).
this "warmth" that people talk about is really constant, low-level distortion.
You say that like it's a bad thing.
hmm... Ornette's live "Caravan of Dreams" - that's not digital yet... although knowing this community, it will be shortly.
Funny, I just digitized this a few months ago: http://goo.gl/wZ1bI
which pieces of vinyl keep drawing you back despite having the digital version?
For what it's worth, I would say "none" for vinyl. Probably a ton of personal reasons why but my preference for music is totally digital, and when I buy a CD it's so I can rip it in high quality. I have one small rack for CDs and right now it's holding 8 jewel cases. After I rip them, they just take up space and I've even thrown some away. Many have been lost.
I think in the beginning, the whole vinyl thing was a response to terrible mp3 quality. At that point (up to about 2006), vinyl often did sound better. Also, you're more likely to play a turntable through better speakers than crap powered computer speakers. But when affordable disk space allowed for great mp3 quality, a lot of peoples music collections became digital. Vinyl usually sounds pretty bad to me now. Dust on the thing, old and beat up needle, and this "warmth" that people talk about is really constant, low-level distortion. I have a small vinyl colletion that is on the top shelf of a closet, and my turntable is down in the basement with other stuff.
A few friends have turntables and it's like a conversation piece, it's more fun to take out the big sleeve and make a big to-do about putting it on.
"Maps" and "99 Problems" are '04?They're both tracks from 2003 that didn't get released as singles until 2004. However, "Maps" is a tricky one since it was all over the polls in 2003 - it was #18 in P&J that year, and then #9 in 2004. To avoid splitting the vote, though, I would consider it a 2004 release.
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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