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
Maybe store it away for a time when you're desperate.
Tickets to Jack White's May 19th show in Asheville just sold out in less than five minutes. To which I say...
Thinking about reviews that read like you need to hear someone NOW, has anyone else read the PFork review for Action Jackson's Blue Chips download? Who is this Jeff Weiss? At first I didn't quite get what he was saying because he's so damned wordy and lists far too many pop culture references (and yes, because it's on PFork), but I finally got it at the end. That final paragraph reads like a laundry list, but so does that mixtape. Reading his other reviews, he's not always this good, but at least he's interesting.
As partial and wholly inadequate payback to Cam for all the goodies he's posted here, which I have been very happy to download, I offered to send him something in return from my meager collection. Amazingly, there was apparently one item he didn't have: "It Will Stand" Minit Records: 1960-1963, Xgau's top reissue of 1986 and resident of the "Gone But Not Forgotten" section of the 90s CG collection.
Allen Toussaint is all over the record as producer and songwriter, with 9 of the 14 tracks credited by Toussaint to his father or mother (Naomi Neville; no relation to those other Nevilles, as far as I can tell), and all but 2 of the others Toussaint originals or cowrites. It includes a couple of Aaron Neville's first recordings and the originals of "Lipstick Traces" and "Fortune Teller." It has never been reissued on CD. Enjoy: http://goo dot gl/4P4gw
PPU VIII - Kolejnice duni. Best I can tell this is a random collection of studio tracks. The computer tried to tell me this was an album named Birth Control by a band named Plastic People. I manually changed the songs, but it included the artwork for the album in the zip file, so ignore that. Part six of seven.
FYI: New Amadou & Mariam, Folila, out April 10, includes collaborations with Santigold and TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe.
Been listening to a lot from that scene lately because a) it rocks and b) I'm currently planning a road trip to Memphis/Nashville/Mississippi Delta in May5 Spot. East Nashville. Monday nights. Sweaty, old-school southern soul. Don't miss it.
Danm it-I lost the bet. I thought someone would
thumb-down me sooner. Sht.
Another problem with ADD - the thumb-downers who
act before they think.
What's the zip, Cam? Go NC-though I'm a Big East
guy at the end of the day.
the best thing about ADD is that it never bothers you too long
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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