Hello my friends and loyal readers. I realize that if you have the television on tonight that you undoubtably be watching college football all evening. But in case of a blow-out, I thought I would give you all a back-up option. Wilco is going to be playing on the famous Austin City Limits television show on PBS. Should be a great show to watch. I haven’t been able to see them live yet, but I have caught several of their performances on late night television which have each boosted my appreciation for this super talented band. They have been closing a lot of their tours lately with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” If they do it again tonight you’ll surely be in for a treat. Here is a preview of what you most likely get to see in the encore.
I wish I could put into words what Colour Revolt means to me. But I can’t. Unfortunately, when you come to this blog you expect to read a little, therefore I am expected to write a little. If I don’t then my editor fires me, and then I am out of a job. But since I am not getting paid for this I guess its not that big a deal.
Rather than pour out accolades (which you will undoubtedly read with a grain of salt since you already know how I feel about them) I will merely let the music speak for itself. Here are three songs from Colour Revolt that I think are most telling of their musical styling.
The first song is off of their self-titled EP, which I consider one of the best EP’s ever put out. I honestly listened to these 6 songs over the course of 2 years more than any other album or artist. The sheer aggression in their sound is incomparible. Even the most hardcore of hardcore metal bands fail to capture the aggression that Colour Revolt acheives on this EP.
Colour Revolt-Change Your Face or Change Your Name (removed 2/13/09)
The second song is from their newest release (March 2008) “Plunder, Beg, and Curse”. After 2 years of waiting and anticipating their first full length album under the name Colour Revolt (they released an album under the name “Fletcher” in 2003), I will admit I was a little nervous. I was afraid that I had hyped up this release too much and that it could never match the expectations that its predecessor demanded. Fortunately, this was not the case.
Colour Revolt-Swamp (removed 2/13/09)
This last song is another off “Plunder, Beg, Curse”, but just to show you their brilliance and range I am going to include a version they did for Daytrotter.
Colour Revolt- Naked & Red (removed 2/13/09)
Colour Revolt- Naked & Red (Daytrotter Session) (removed 2/13/09)
And since this is a preview for a live music event, I thought I should also include a live performance.
I hope your ears bleed the colours of the rainbow.
Beck, everyone’s favorite beat-dropping Scientologist, is all set for his headlining gig on the second night of ACL Fest this year. Hot off the heels of the critically acclaimed Modern Guilt, which showcased a more somber, decidedly sparse soundscape, the musical chameleon will visit Austin before meandering his way through a string of shows in the chilly Northeast. It seems likely that Beck’s live act will very much resemble his new aesthetic; in a recent Pitchfork interview, when asked if the stage puppets from last tour would make a reappearance, Beck answered gravely that the new tour wouldn’t feature “anything [he] felt was a gimmick”. Bummer! But puppets or no, Beck’s performance promises plenty of great tunes, new and old.
Since his smash hit “Loser” in 1994, Beck has explored nearly every persona known to popular music, and this artistic schizophrenia makes him one of the most exciting musicians of our time. A conscious effort to invent, to avoid creative complacency, drives Beck’s career, and I urge anyone attending the festival this year to grab the closest piece of lawn around. It will be arguably the best show of the weekend. Have fun!
Here is one of our favorites off of the new album.
And here is a fun cover of the late great Daniel Johnston that I just recently stumbled upon. Hope your ears bleed.
He’s just another name on the never-ending list of acoustic folk singer-songwriters. Or is he? Scott Bondy, like my last ACL highlight, has totally reinvented himself for his newest release. The former frontman of the 90’s grunge-rock outfit Verbena, who now performs under the moniker A.A. Bondy, has just released his first solo effort, American Hearts. And I am here to tell you that this musical transformation is worth your attention, especially if you are planning on attending the Austin City Limits music festival. I am having a hard time putting into words why this guy stands out among the ever-growing mass of aspiring musicians armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar. How about this. His music sort of exudes a similar sense of honesty and sincerity you get from guys like Ray Lamontagne, Ryan Adams, and Bob Dylan. Not really sure what that means, except for that I think that he deserves some of the respect that these guys are getting.
In all seriousness I think one of the easiest ways for me to describe him would be an American version of Fionn Regan. I can’t believe that it took me this long to hear one of the best alt-country albums of the past decade. Had I heard it just a couple months earlier, it would have had a real good shot of making my top ten list. So please check it out. I have here for your listening pleasure, the title track from American Hearts and then a traditional track he recorded for Daytrotter that he heard from a guy named Blind Willie McTell. I have no doubt that after hearing these songs that A.A. Bondy will end up on your must-see list for ACL.
A.A. Bondy – American Hearts (removed 2/13/09)
A.A. Bondy – You Got To Die (Daytrotter Session) (removed 2/13/09)
“When you hear this song, I hope your ears bleed.”