November62013
"If there ain’t no whiskey and women, lord, behind them Heavenly doors…I’m gonna take my chances down below and of that you can be sure."
Photo by Philippe_Courchesne (flickr)

"If there ain’t no whiskey and women, lord, behind them Heavenly doors…I’m gonna take my chances down below and of that you can be sure."

Photo by Philippe_Courchesne (flickr)

October212013
“Time was like water but I was the sea
I’d have never noticed it passin’
Except for the turning of night into day
And the turning of day into cursin’” Townes Van Zandt
October202013
“Ride the blue wind high and free, she’ll lead you down through misery…leave you low come time to go, alone and low as low can be.” Townes Van Zandt
June222013
Don’t waste your worry on me, I always find what I need, come and go as I please, I got my skeleton key.
Dessa’s new album Parts of Speech will be officially released on Tuesday, 6/25/13. Preorders have already shipped and I’ve had the good fortune to hear the album in its entirety. Let me be the first to say that it is fantastic from start to finish. The sound is a bit more “electronic” than her debut album or Castor, the Twin, but still very melodic and interesting throughout. Lyrical quality is superb, retaining the erudite quality and precise delivery that sets Dessa apart from her contemporaries. “The Man I Knew” and “Beekeeper” are obvious highlights that have previously been “leaked” in Dessa’s live shows and bonus tracks. “Skeleton Key” and “The Lamb” are impressive additions. In my opinion, a few of the slower and more experimental tracks fall flat, such as “Dear Marie” and “Warsaw.” In spite of this, there’s a lot to love about this release. Highly recommended. 
Track ratings:
1. The Man I Knew *****
2. Call Off Your Ghost ****
3. Warsaw ***
4. Skeleton Key ****
5. Dear Marie ***
6. I’m Going Down ***
7. Fighting Fish ****
8. The Lamb *****
9. The Beekeeper *****
10. Annabelle ****
11. It’s Only Me ****
12. Sound The Bells ****

Don’t waste your worry on me, I always find what I need, come and go as I please, I got my skeleton key.


Dessa’s new album Parts of Speech will be officially released on Tuesday, 6/25/13. Preorders have already shipped and I’ve had the good fortune to hear the album in its entirety. Let me be the first to say that it is fantastic from start to finish. The sound is a bit more “electronic” than her debut album or Castor, the Twin, but still very melodic and interesting throughout. Lyrical quality is superb, retaining the erudite quality and precise delivery that sets Dessa apart from her contemporaries. The Man I Knew” and “Beekeeper” are obvious highlights that have previously been “leaked” in Dessa’s live shows and bonus tracks. “Skeleton Key” and “The Lamb” are impressive additions. In my opinion, a few of the slower and more experimental tracks fall flat, such as “Dear Marie” and “Warsaw.” In spite of this, there’s a lot to love about this release. Highly recommended. 

Track ratings:

1. The Man I Knew *****

2. Call Off Your Ghost ****

3. Warsaw ***

4. Skeleton Key ****

5. Dear Marie ***

6. I’m Going Down ***

7. Fighting Fish ****

8. The Lamb *****

9. The Beekeeper *****

10. Annabelle ****

11. It’s Only Me ****

12. Sound The Bells ****

May222013
You can slip inTry to find meHold your breath andFlat deny meIt makes no differenceTo my thinkin’I’ll be here whenYou start sinkin’.

You can slip in
Try to find me
Hold your breath and
Flat deny me
It makes no difference
To my thinkin’
I’ll be here when
You start sinkin’.

1PM
"Don’t you take it too bad, if you’re feeling unfeeling, feeling unloving, feeling alone. Cause it ain’t you to blame, babe, it’s just some kind of game made, out of all of this living that we got left to do."

"Don’t you take it too bad, if you’re feeling unfeeling, feeling unloving, feeling alone. Cause it ain’t you to blame, babe, it’s just some kind of game made, out of all of this living that we got left to do."

April82013
Well man gave names to all the animals, in the beginning, in the beginning…

Well man gave names to all the animals, in the beginning, in the beginning…

March252013
Won’t you lend your lungs to me, mine are collapsing, plant my feet and bitterly breathe up the time that’s passing. Breath I’ll take and breath I’ll give and pray the day ain’t poisoned, stand among the ones who live in lonely indecision. 
Photo: “Breathe” by SalaBoli on flickr

Won’t you lend your lungs to me, mine are collapsing, plant my feet and bitterly breathe up the time that’s passing. Breath I’ll take and breath I’ll give and pray the day ain’t poisoned, stand among the ones who live in lonely indecision. 

Photo: “Breathe” by SalaBoli on flickr

March202013
"Unpredictable times call for the reliable friend."
So this isn’t a TVZ post. I feel at liberty to stray from the great man’s back catalog to highlight some good new music. After all, the amount of Townes stuff out there is finite. Furthermore, listening to “Tecumseh Valley” on repeat gets pretty depressing after a while. 
Clutch has been rocking out since 1990 now and has amassed a pretty epic back catalog. They’re certainly not an album-a-year band, though. In my opinion, 2009’s Strange Cousins from the West was a bit disappointing, leaving 2007’s From Beale St. To Oblivion as their last standout release. I’m happy to say that Earth Rocker, released last week, keeps company with the band’s best albums. 
Except perhaps in lyrical content, no one should have cause to accuse frontman Neil Fallon of subtlety. Earth Rocker is in-your-face rock, with the excellent slow number “Gone Cold” providing the only respite from the electric attack. 
Track ratings:
1) Earth Rocker: 6/10 It rocks, but is a bit…weird. To be expected of Clutch, but kind of a guilty pleasure in my opinion.
2) Crucial Velocity: 9/10 This song really gets the album going, definitely the best on “Side 1.”
3) Mr. Freedom: 5/10 Doesn’t do much for me, standard fare
4) D.C. Sound Attack: 7/10 A bit better, still forgettable
5) Unto The Breach: 8/10 Neat track with some cool obscure vocal references
6) Gone Cold: 9/10 Awesome slow song, needs a music video to accompany it
7) The Face: 5/10 Back to mediocrity
8) Book, Saddle, and Go: 7/10 Cool song, even if I don’t understand what it’s about
9) Cyborg Bette: 8/10 Why you gotta run so hot, Neil?
10) Oh, Isabella: 9/10 Presumably about the Queen of Spain during Columbus’ time. And it rocks, of course
11) The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…: 9/10 I don’t know what he’s requesting, but I feel compelled to oblige him. 

"Unpredictable times call for the reliable friend."

So this isn’t a TVZ post. I feel at liberty to stray from the great man’s back catalog to highlight some good new music. After all, the amount of Townes stuff out there is finite. Furthermore, listening to “Tecumseh Valley” on repeat gets pretty depressing after a while. 

Clutch has been rocking out since 1990 now and has amassed a pretty epic back catalog. They’re certainly not an album-a-year band, though. In my opinion, 2009’s Strange Cousins from the West was a bit disappointing, leaving 2007’s From Beale St. To Oblivion as their last standout release. I’m happy to say that Earth Rocker, released last week, keeps company with the band’s best albums. 

Except perhaps in lyrical content, no one should have cause to accuse frontman Neil Fallon of subtlety. Earth Rocker is in-your-face rock, with the excellent slow number “Gone Cold” providing the only respite from the electric attack. 

Track ratings:

1) Earth Rocker: 6/10 It rocks, but is a bit…weird. To be expected of Clutch, but kind of a guilty pleasure in my opinion.

2) Crucial Velocity: 9/10 This song really gets the album going, definitely the best on “Side 1.”

3) Mr. Freedom: 5/10 Doesn’t do much for me, standard fare

4) D.C. Sound Attack: 7/10 A bit better, still forgettable

5) Unto The Breach: 8/10 Neat track with some cool obscure vocal references

6) Gone Cold: 9/10 Awesome slow song, needs a music video to accompany it

7) The Face: 5/10 Back to mediocrity

8) Book, Saddle, and Go: 7/10 Cool song, even if I don’t understand what it’s about

9) Cyborg Bette: 8/10 Why you gotta run so hot, Neil?

10) Oh, Isabella: 9/10 Presumably about the Queen of Spain during Columbus’ time. And it rocks, of course

11) The Wolf Man Kindly Requests…: 9/10 I don’t know what he’s requesting, but I feel compelled to oblige him. 

March172013
Well my home is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, my home is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, my home is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and I ain’t comin’ back here anymore. 
Well I seen this whole wide country over from New York City down to Mexico, and I seen the joyful and the sorrow, and I ain’t comin’ back here anymore. So if Mr. Sinbad can you hear me, down there in Grayson, Louisiani-O, well I’ll lay a joint upon your gra-ave sir, then I ain’t comin’ back here anymore. 

Well my home is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, my home is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, my home is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and I ain’t comin’ back here anymore. 

Well I seen this whole wide country over from New York City down to Mexico, and I seen the joyful and the sorrow, and I ain’t comin’ back here anymore. So if Mr. Sinbad can you hear me, down there in Grayson, Louisiani-O, well I’ll lay a joint upon your gra-ave sir, then I ain’t comin’ back here anymore. 

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