You sent me on a trip down memory lane and I found this article on the Boulder, CO music scene.
I feel really lucky to have spent time in such a beautiful place and as a bonus got to see a lot of really great music. For a small city there was an amazing amount of diverse quality music everywhere you went. My first night freshman year I didn't know anyone but was introduced to a cousin I had never met and we hit the town not knowing anything and stumbled into a bar Big Head Todd and the Monsters were playing. We totally fell in love with Todd like everyone else and went back there most Tuesday nights until they outgrew the place. They sang all covers at first but great really original ones like beautiful version of Dire Straight's Romeo and Juliet and a sped up version of Mona Lisa, you could tell they were a special trio.
Then about three years later they had an album release party and were so proud they didn't play any covers. We saw him at the famous Red Rocks amphitheater have a jam off with Buddy Guy and he totally held his own and the place went nuts. They were real hometown heroes and everyone was rooting for them.
They hit it big with a platinum Album a couple years after I left Boulder and at the apex of their fame I was going to see them in Chicago and called my old friend from Boulder to tell him. Ten minutes later he calls back saying Todd would be leaving VIP passes for me and my friends and to come say hi after the show. I was floored, I wasn't THAT close with them more friends of friends but they acted like we were long lost besties. They were so sweet.
Here's an Adam tangent song(random fact, someone posted a picture of Adam's name on the marque in Portland and BHTatM was on there too playing the next night) it doesn't show off his voice but you can see how great he is on guitar.
The other band I was closer to, Leftover Salmon. They were a rock/bluegrass/country/cajun band and when you saw them play you new you were in for a late night of dancing your ass off. They used to play at this old inn about 45 minutes up the mountains and would invite everyone to sleep at the abandoned school house they lived in so they wouldn't have to drive down the mountain in the middle of the night. They were crazy but lots of fun.
About 10 years after I last saw them, I saw that they were playing around the corner from my house in Chicago and made my friends go. It was a fun little reunion, the whole band and crew came back to my house after the show until the beer ran out. We then moved to their tour bus and they were still as insane and funny as I remembered them. Sadly the banjo player died shortly after from cancer. He was a sweet soul.
Here's them playing a more traditional bluegrass song
Funny when looking up these videos I was thinking wow Todd and Vince got old, then I remembered ... so did I. :shock:
Wow Jamie. I'm officially a Big Head Todd fan now. This is gorgeous. I thought it was a Van Morrison song (sounds like something from Astral Weeks). Did he write this?
Yes Todd wrote this and most all their songs. Yeah I can see a little Van Morrison now that you mention it, I always heard a lot of comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughn. That song was all over the radio for a while about....18 years ago. :shock:
mika I haven't listend to music for about 8 years so I have a black hole in my brain for anything even semi current so I'm enjoying your picks. I'm a big fan of covers too, sent you a pm.
So... to keep this thread going I'll toss out an old favorite (who am I kidding, all my favorites are at least relatively old :roll: ) that I would love to hear Adam sing. Nina is another one of those singers who I love anything she chose to sing. I love how primal this song is and can totally imagine Adam taking it to church. That is if he could get over that fact that it IS actually a church song.
--- I saw that perf by Norah and Dave and was overwhelmed to see two of my fav people doing such an amazing duet. I think my love for Dave Grohl is well-documented but I'm always surprised at how many people don't realize what an amazing artist and person he is. Frankly, if people don't know who the drummer for Nirvana was and lead for Foo Fighters is, I am at a loss. If you haven't seen the FF VH-1 special - you should - Dave loves to chat and he has a great story re Bob Dylan. (Dave's on my list - with Adam of course - for perfect dinner party and no, people have to have more to offer than hotness to qualify. Adam is so much more than a pretty voice/face IMO.)
And I love Norah too - so much. I've been enjoying her duets album and thinking Adam should def do one of these one day. She takes up a good part of the Sunday a.m. playlist as well as the 'chill evening w/friends' one. I was going to relate a Norah story a while back but it's always hard to tell how much musical interest there is on the main thread of squee. Norah was on Tavis Smiley (boo - man's kinda of an idiot) but she said something I thought was interesting. After her first album just blew up - I think she took home 4 or 5 grammys too - she realized that she would likely never have that level of commercial success again and wondered how she would handled that. She finally decided that chasing similar success was probably pointless and would lead her to trying to shape her music to something besides her own vision. So now she says she does whatever interests her and that her label is okay with (and they're flexible because she has a dependable - if not huge - fanbase - and critics tend to love her.) I thought that was very mature and every artist should consider her wisdom.
--- Paul McCartney. You know, in my earlier days I was fascinated by the Beatles story (even more than their music truth be told) and particularly impressed that while the others def. had 'reactions' to the virtually unprecedented (for a band) level of attn/craziness they recvd, Paul seemed to be the one who most took it in stride and I told a friend that I thought that prob. had something to do with the fact that he grew up the center of love and even with death of his mom seemed to have an unusally (for the time) healthy view of relationships - esp w/women. Therefore, I think what came with Beatles was less of a shock to him and his healthy ego and I don't mean that in a snarky way.
-- Merle Haggard. Having spent a chunk of my life in Nashville - on music row - there's very little country music that appeals to me. But I want to give Merle a special shoutout not only cause he's def. classic old school but because I just watched "Shut Up and Sing" again - the doc about the Dixie Chicks and what they went through. I handn't realized he - not knowing them at all - spoke up for them and pointed out as an actual veteran - unlike the nasty new country guys with their big cowboy hats and Wal Mart patriotism- he thought the way the Chicks were being treated was an insult to the men/women who had died for freedom of speech. I was like - "You go, Merle!!!" And yeah FUTK!
Okay, I offer you Carbon Leaf - a band I used to go see when they were in VA. Not new (sorry Jaime) or earthshaking but thought they might appeal. In my driving playlists:) I really like 'The Boxer' - NOT a cover of the Simon/Garfunkel tune. Sorry it's a fanvid for some show (Caprica?) but couldn't find anything else other than live vids with bad audio. The next one is "A Life Less Ordinary."
He is new to me. He has a beautiful voice with a melancholy quality that grabs me and pulls me in. His previous band was the Czars and they received critical accolades but never achieved commercial success.
This song, "Marz," is from his first solo album (a collaboration with Midlake) "Queen of Denmark." The lyrics aren't just about candy, but apparently his childhood in Michigan was turbulent and the local candy shop was the one place he went to escape.
Bridgey, it's funny that you should select "A Song to the Siren" by the Cocteau twins because I was going to post the Czars' version. The Czars were asked to cover it for a Tim Buckley tribute album and Grant's etherial voice really suits the song. I would love to hear Adam sing this song as the lyrics are lovely and it has an atmospheric quality similar to "Broken Open." It has also been covered by Robert Plant and Bryan Ferry, but I prefer the Czars' version.
A Song to the Siren:
Long afloat on shipless oceans I did all my best to smile 'til your singing eyes and fingers Drew me loving to your isle And you sang Sail to me Sail to me Let me enfold you Here I am Here I am Waiting to hold you
Did I dream you dreamed about me? Were you hare when I was fox? Now my foolish boat is leaning Broken lovelorn on your rocks, For you sing, 'touch me not, touch me not, come back tomorrow: O my heart, o my heart shies from the sorrow'
I am puzzled as the newborn child I am troubled at the tide: Should I stand amid the breakers? Should I lie with death my bride? Hear me sing, 'swim to me, swim to me, let me enfold you: Here I am, here I am, waiting to hold you'
More from John Grant. He also turns his anger and pain of dealing with his homosexuality into snark. If you are easily offended, don't listen (cursing and politically incorrect slurs are used for effect)
I must admit, other than "Alison" and other of his more well known songs, I haven't taken the time to listen to his music. But this track from his new CD, National Ransom, transports you to another place and time. It is infectious and induces instant happiness!
A Voice in the Dark
You can read right through a book of matches But that won’t make you smart You can laugh in the face of watches But time will only break your heart Kings reign beneath umbrellas Hide pennies down in cellars And money pours down and yet Not everyone gets soaking wet When bores and bullies conspire To stamp out your spark Listen for… A Voice In The Dark Not a moment too soon as we blue the moon And a wolf begins to howl in tune I announced for all mankind A boon Stand aside you big baboon Now I’m the a prize invention You’re the image of yourself Forget your cares And disapproving stares I’m not here to try to jump your borders Just ask your nieces and daughters I’m flat as sole, I’m happy as a clam But they don’t know the kind of man I am Little fish swimming in a jealous shoal Now my net is overflowing And I suddenly seem to be all seeing and all knowing I’ve got something right there They you need to hear But have no fear Lend a hand Lend an ear If your rent-money is in arrears We’ll be striking up a symphony bandstand Long of hair and loose of tooth There’ll be pirouettes and startling handstands And who but acrobats know how to tell the truth When is said that then redundant They gallivant in peg-leg pants I‘ll be your servant You’ll be my pal I’ll be ever faithful you know I shall There’s no fool like an old fool Who blames it all upon his youth When times are tough and you find you’re down Without a star to wish upon Just listen for… A Voice In The Dark I was striking through a box of matches Hoping that one would spark I heard somebody calling to me A voice in the dark A sound both wild and gentle Daring and confidential I thought there was music playing But it was all and only talk When liars and bullies conspire to stamp out spark Fill up that empty space in your heart Listen up, when the herald says, “Hark” Believe in just a voice in the dark…
Has anyone seen Elvis Costello's show on Sundance called Spectacle. He has had some amazing guests. There's some interview time, Elvis performs the artist's songs, the artist performs their own songs, Elvis and the artist duet. Really really good stuff. Here's a link to the site. You can watch videos of some of the shows there. Sadly there is no upcoming schedule listed. I hope it comes on again.