Yo Ma Ma-Stephen Kalinich & Jon Tiven/Wussy
The garage band grows (ever) older
Yo Ma Ma: Symptomology/Stephen Kalinich & Jon Tiven: Shortcuts to Infinity (MsMusic)
Wussy: Berneice Huff and son, Bill sings . . . Popular Favorites (free Shake It mixtape)
I claim no objectivity about this wittingly ramshackle collection of remixes, demos, live versions, covers, and ancient interview snippets except as regards the number of times I've chosen to put it on at bedtime or breakfast‑-partly because my wife is as big a fan as I am, but partly because I knew by play two that what nonfans might consider its self-indulgences would never obtrude. The excellent new songs are all southern Ohio covers, two from their allies in the Afghan Whigs and one from someone named Jenny Mae. But if you believe that Lisa Walker may be the finest female singer working today, and that this band has never written a song you'll mind hearing again, then alternate versions are just a way to reaccess her vocal invention and their collective touch. Even the 2:33 worth of snippets fit in‑-Chuck and Mark are funny guys. Available gratis, of course, to anyone who likes 'em enough to visit their website. B PLUS
This is no reflection on Milo of course--he did his job, and I appreciate him sharing the fruit of his labor. But it's kind of hard out here for us fans sometimes. If I had the money to by entire albums for each of these, I would. Promise. The songs I am listening to are terrific. But alas that's not going to happen anytime soon. (I did get a teaching gig though, so who knows what the future holds?)
For those looking for the Dan Willis track, digital outlets list it as "Gnossienne7," all one word. In other news, I learned that Henry Threadgill's hard-to-find 1983 album Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket is now available as a download at iTunes. Recommended.
Because tomorrow and the next day have basically been canceled, I had enough time to finish my jazz discs early. And in the interest of not disrupting the new Friday titles, I'll post the track lists now.
My parameters for inclusion may seem obscure, but there's reasons every number was included, however eccentric. Just ask if you have questions.
IN AND OUT OF DUTCH
1. Tony Overwater Trio, "Tourist Point of View"
2. Dan Willis and Velvet Gentlemen, "Gnossienne #7"
3. Mary Halvorson Quintet, "Sinks When
She Rounds the Bend (No. 22)"
4. Danny Frankel, "Apple Cider Vinegar"
5. Michael Formanek, "Soft Reality"
6. Wadada Leo Smith, "Emmett Till: Defiant, Fearless"
7. J.D. Allen Trio, "The Matador and the Bull (Toro)"
8. Nublu Orchestra/Butch Morris, "Preservation"
1. Ahleuchatistas, "Vanished"
2. Rudresh Mahanthappa, "Waiting Is Forbidden"
3. Roscoe Mitchell, "Carefree #2"
4. The Whammies, "Dutch Masters"
5. Henry Threadgil Zooid, "Ambient Pressure Thereby"
6. David Virelles, "Our Birthright"
7. Neil Pearlman, "The Laundry Set"
8. Ravi Coltrane, "Marilyn & Tammy"
9. Steve Lehman Trio, "Mr. E."
WARE THE WILD THINGS ARE
1. Jenny Scheinman, "A Ride with Polly Jean"
2. Mole, "PB"
3. Tim Berne, "Scanners"
4. Vijay Iyer Trio, "Little Pocket Sized Demons"
5. Food, "Galactic Roll"
6. Mucca Pazza, "Last Days"
7. Bud Powell, "Celia"
8. Weasel Walter/Mary Halvorson/Peter Evans,
9. David S. Ware Quartet, ""Freedom Suite, Part One"
Bradley, Dylan's own "Lord Protect my Child" always worked better for me than "Forever Young", especially sung by Susan Tedeschi. I haven't got around to Parenthood yet- too much parenting to do, but I am sure "FY" could work tearjerkingly in a tv/cinematic setting. Beautiful melody.
Now, I rate Brad Paisley's "Just like me" more. And the sicko in me will always love RT's "End of the Rainbow". Experiencing a child growing up certainly makes these songs ring a little louder.
I made a CD of my 3.5 yr old's favourite songs last week. He seriously loves these, nothin' do do with me pushin' 'em on him:
I can't stand it (clapton)
Octopuses Garden (Love version with strings an' all)
Only Love can Break your Heart
Man Gave Names to all the animals
Get off of my cloud
Here comes the Sun
Keep on Rockin' in the Freeworld
You are my sunshine
He just loves riffs.
Using my Nero disc-burning system, whenever I insert a source disc that contains something like a video or cover art as well as the music tracks, I cannot get the tracks to open for individual copying, only playing. What can be done?
And much less "Forever Young". I never could get into Planet Waves sufficiently since no matter which side you played, you couldn't get away from it. We like Dylan for his opaqueness, not his clarity.
Mongo get frisky feelings too.
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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