in honor of the new death cab cd, which came out today, i have a short documentary about the making of the new album that was done exclusively for current tv. it’s nothing too terribly exciting, but if you are a death cab fan you will probably find it interesting and and entertaining. if nothing else it’s a way to hear a little bit of the new album before you decide to rush out and buy it. i’m not sure what i think of the new stuff so far, and will probably do a review in the future once i get the chance to hear the album in its entirety. so for now, here is this little documentary and one of the two songs i have heard so far.
i had some high expectations for this album. i had the opportunity to see the crows play live last august on the minor league baseball park tour, which was absolutely incredible. adam duritz is an amazing performer. during that show, he played a couple of songs from the new album and then described to us the theme around which their then upcoming album was based around. the album, released back in march, is a concept album. the first half, called saturday nights, duritz said was about the sin and the debauchery and just about screwing up, and then the sunday mornings is more about dealing with the effects of those saturday nights. and he said that the music of each would fit with its corresponding theme. one of the ways they went about achieving this is by having two different guys produce the separate halves of the album. gil norton, who produced the foo fighters most recent and jimmy eat world’s futures, did the first six tracks (saturday nights) and the closer. and then brian deck, who produced iron and wine’s most recent and josh ritter’s animal years, did the rest (sunday mornings). so obviously i was really excited about this idea, especially about the sunday mornings part, because i typically like more sad and melancholy songs. but saturday nights wasn’t quite as rock n’ roll as i expected. and i expected saturday mornings to be more stripped down and to have a more somber tone in sound. and so far i love the saturday nights and have been slightly disappointed with the sunday mornings, which is not the reaction i expected to have. but if my past experience is any indication of how i will respond, i’m sure i will grow to love the sunday mornings just as much if not more. because some of my favorites, such as anna begins and raining in baltimore took many many listens before they became my favorites.
i was surprised though as i listened to the lyrics to see the way that duritz decided to portray the different times. i just assumed that he had bought into our culture and would see the fun, and the fulfillment that goes along with the saturday night lifestyle and then not until sunday morning did i expect him to deal with the reality and the loneliness of it all. but i think the characters living in this saturday night world are dealing with the despair that they are succumbing themselves to by seeking fulfillment in all the wrong places. and then sunday mornings they are looking back with regret in a more raw and subdued state of mind. in no way can this album be described as cheery. there is no hangin’ around-like pick me up track. but that is ok with me and i think that this is definitely going to be an album that i will enjoy for years to come.
counting crows – los angeles (lost during a site crash 7/23)
i’m not a huge fan of remixes. mainly because all it ususually is is turning a great folk song into a techno song. which can be fun at times, but not something i am gonna listen to over and over. but this new remix of a josh ritter song i think is worth listening. i am really enjoying it. instead of just adding a bunch of extra crap… they just accentuated all the horn and sax parts and laid a real sweet beat underneath it all. so crank up the volume, make sure the bass is on, and get ready to dance.
so apparently the song is too big for me to upload on here, but you should still go here to this guys blog and download it.
but for those of you who have never even heard the original, here it is. i hope it makes your ears bleed.
other than the beach boys, at least for the past five years, ever since i saw them live @ cain’s ballroom, guster has been my favorite band. i have seen them live four times now and i don’t feel like it is even near enough. and one of my favorite tunes that they do live is a cover of a kooky talking heads song that talks about about how awful this fictional world where all the parking lots and discount stores are gone, and all they have are flowers and mountains and rivers. it is a very fun song and it really fits with guster’s live performance. i was really glad they decided to include on their live cd/dvd they came out with a couple years ago. i hope you enjoy it as much as i do.