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Friday, December 21, 2007

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Below are a few of the posts from when we had a brief time over at Wordpress. We're back here at our original site, but you can get here by www.permandskullet.com

Phosphorescent (Matthew Houck) succeeds like never before with his latest release Pride on the Secretly Canadian / Dead Oceans label. Whether it was moving to Brooklyn or just growth as an artist, Pride is all that I had hope Phosphorescent would be. A fan ever since A Hundred Times Or More, I’ve always wanted a song like Cocaine Lights or My Dove, My Lamb... and now we have it. With hints of Dennis Wilson’s ghost on a Will Oldham island during camp town races backed by the angelic choir you heard the day your grandma died, Pride rises near the top of 2007 releases, and as mentioned, Phosphorescent’s best. If you are in the area, Phosphorescent will be playing this years Troika Music Festival in Durham on November 3rd and Bull City Headquarters. Below is a track, but this is a must own album.

(mp3) A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise


Castanets have been a staple here at TPATS from the beginning and with the release of the latest, In The Vines, we are excited! After reading the below snippets from AK we feel kind of bad, but this album really harnesses a raw emotion that allows the listener to tap into, and really relate, or should I say, an almost palpable feeling. like blood in the mouth. You can taste it and with this release you can not only hear it, but you can feel it. A rustic journey that was there as soon as I opened the door.

Asthmatic Kitty wrote, “Ray Raposa of Castanets had almost finished his follow-up to First Light’s Freeze (2005) when three men in strange masks mugged him at gunpoint in front of his home in Bedstuy, Brooklyn. Stealing Raposa’s rent money, iPod and security, the three thieves climaxed a year of depression and nomadic, nocturnal dislocation. Not long after the mugging, Raposa completed In The Vines.

They go on to say, “If the Castanets’ debut, Cathedral (2004) was a road narrative and First Light’s Freeze a malaise of longing, In The Vines is an attempt to reconcile the fear of the spaces between the journeys. Says Raposa, “There is a definite rootlessness. Not so much pursuit as just waking up somewhere else, then somewhere else again. I have had to halt production and/or writing and/or thinking about this album repeatedly due to actual, incapacitating depressions. Totally crippling. The bad kind. Off of the road, it’s been a pretty bad year.

One man’s horror is another man’s pleasure and Castanets, and the release In The Vines, rise to the occasion and deliver an amazing LP. Below are two tracks from the release and links to acquire. Enjoy.

(mp3) Sway
(mp3) This is the Early Game

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Over at Planet Claire Aligre FM 93.1 they have mp3’s of Rio en Medio (aka Danielle Stech Homsy ) live in-studio performance. All the tracks of this intimate set are worth downloading. Below is one of the tracks, but if you want all three check it out here.

(mp3) Everyone is Someone’s

Run Around, Run Around is the latest release from Shelby Sifers on Oh! Map Records. I wrote about Shelby and her release Yeah and I’m In Love Too last year and was thrilled to hear about this latest release. Her soft, delicate, child-like vocals are back and it’s music to my ears on this rain soaked morning. Below is a track that hopefully will be spinning in your head all day.

(mp3) Blackberry

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Surfing around the internet a few weeks ago and came across a great recording of Joanna Newsom’s show from 11-25- 06 at the Bottletree in Birmingham, AL.

I’ve yet to see her perform live and I’m dying to. She has the most beautiful voice and her comments between songs are so endearing it’s hard not to fall instantly in love with her spirit. Love the traditional Scottish song as well…a real treat.

The track listing is as follows and if you’re interested in the show, just grab the zip file. Have a great weekend!

Bridges and Balloons
The Book of Right On
Traditional Scottish Song
Emily
Monkey & Bear
Sawdust & Diamonds
Only Skin
Cosmia
Sadie
Peach, Plum, Pear

ZIP file


What does it mean to be human? That’s a good question…and a question posed by the track below from Old Time Relijun’s latest release, Catharsis In Crisis.

The panting, the hollering horns, the strained liquor soaked vocal chords vibrate the relijun into my headphones and take total control. If you have not experienced the old time relijun, then it’s a must you download the track below, followed by a download of the album, and prior efforts, from emusic, and then if you are in the area, an upcoming concert. OTR will be preforming with, TPATS favorite Midtown Dickens of all people, at the Local 506 on November 2nd.

Below is a track from the current releae that will give you nightmares you’ll come to embrace. Enjoy.

(mp3) Daemon Meeting

I remember when Seabear was a solo act and I posted about Sindri and his music back in 2005. Well Seabear is now a collective of seven and they have recently released the album The Ghost That Carried Us Away on the Morr Music label.

Gone are the rustic acoustic nights and now a magical multi-instrumental dream like room where the performers are on a circular rotating stage playing for children with light reflecting from prisms twinkling upon the walls as the room tilts. Bears and beavers, trees and birds join in the swaying and listening of the soft alluring vocals and a smile fills the room as the walls break away to a meadow that allows all to hear what Seabear has become.

Thoughts, and you know I like thoughts, but these are the thoughts that come through as I listen to this amazing lp. It’s wonderful to see the transformation from what was once a darker Icelandic solo act, to a group that’s filled with light hearted, rich instrumentation that cry out for headphones as Sindri intertwines his delightful voices with each note. Below is a track from the release with links to acquire.

(mp3) I Sing I Swim

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I’ve posted this before, but due to it no longer being available on Big O at this time, I thought I would repost it here in honor of Neil Young’s upcoming release Chrome Dreams II. You can pre-order that release from iTunes HERE and get the song Dirty Old Man immediately. The below 6 tracks are different from the “official releases” and the descriptions and information is quoted from the info that was made available on Big O at the time these tracks were available:

“Chrome Dreams was planned for release in 1977 then abandoned. Instead Neil Young released American Stars & Bars that year. Four songs on Chrome Dreams were included in American Stars & Bars. A fifth, Hold Back The Tears, was rerecorded with a band and added to American Stars & Bars. The version on Chrome Dreams is a solo recording.One song, Captain Kennedy, was later released on Hawks & Doves in 1980. The remaining six songs were all eventually released but in rerecorded versions…”

“In the early 1990s, an acetate of Chrome Dreams emerged in the collector’s market in Germany, finally putting to rest rumours of the album’s existence. On the acetate bore a date and year, March 16, 1977 and all the songs.”

“…the tracklist below is the exact album submitted to Reprise as Chrome Dreams.” - Big O

Songs discription from Big O

1. Pochahontas 3.24m
Neil Young and instruments. Recorded Sept 1975. Released Rust Never Sleeps 1979 but this is “naked mix” with the vocals up front.

2. Will To Love 7.11m
Neil Young and instruments. Recorded May 1976. Released American Stars & Bars 1977. SAME

3. Star Of Bethlehem 2.42m
Neil Young, Emmylou Harris [vocals]; Ben Keith [dobro, vocals]; Tim Drummond [bs]. Recorded November 1974. Released American Stars & Bars 1977. SAME

4. Like A Hurricane 8.14m
Neil Young, Frank Sampedro [gtr]; Billy Talbot [bs]; Ralph Molina [drms]. Recorded November 1975. Released American Stars & Bars 1977. SAME. Note the version of the 2005 reissue of AS&B is 8.20m. Longer fade?

5. Too Far Gone 2.41m
Neil Young, Frank Sampedro [mandolin]. Recorded November 1976. Diff version found on Freedom released in 1989.

6. Hold Back The Tears 5.16m
Neil Young and instruments. Released American Stars & Bars 1977 but this is the solo version and not the same.

7. Homegrown 2.20m
Neil Young, Frank Sampedro [gtr]; Billy Talbot [bs, vcls]; Ralph Molina [drms, vcls]. Recorded November 1975. Released American Stars & Bars 1977. SAME

8. Captain Kennedy 2.55m
Neil Young and instruments. Recorded September 1975. Released Hawks & Doves 1980. SAME

9. Stringman 3.32m
Neil Young and instruments. Recorded live in concert March 1976. Diff version found on Unplugged 1993.

10. Sedan Delivery 5.22m
Neil Young, Frank Sampedro [gtr]; Billy Talbot [bs, vcls]; Ralph Molina [drms, vcls]. Recorded November 1976. Diff version found on Rust Never Sleeps 1979, this is longer and sounds like “grunge”.

11. Powderfinger 3.23m
Neil Young and instruments. Recorded September 1975. Diff version found on Rust Never Sleeps 1979. This is shorter and without Crazy Horse.

12. Look Out For My Love 4.06m
Neil Young, Frank Sampedro [gtr]; Billy Talbot [bs]; Ralph Molina [drms]. Recorded November 1976. Released on Comes A Time 1978. SAME

A big thanks to Big O for the great live and unreleased shows they make available each week and make sure to pre-order Neil Young’s latest release Chrome Dreams II from iTunes HERE.


Look who’s on Emusic… It’s our friend Sean from Daytrotter. This is a perfect way for them to get their site and their excellent musical recordings out to the masses. As one downloader said, “Really an excellent selection of music. Had never heard of daytrotter before either, and wish I had earlier.”

If you are unfamilar with Daytrotter.com then you are missing out…seriously. What better way to describe their site than to use their own words…

Daytrotter.com: two featured bands, eight Daytrotter Session songs each week.

There are so many music/entertainment websites that copy one another, scrambling so fast to “discover” or present something new to the world. And just because you get there first, it doesn’t really make you an explorer. We did poke a stars and stripes into the moon, but we could always see it. We knew it was there. It wasn’t new. We can always come along and say we did, saw, heard something first, but we’re never right. What Daytrotter is attempting to do is to not kid around with you and tell you that we found something that you never knew existed. We are going to contribute to the musical landscape, not just toss it around like a used book or a stolen pick-up line. We’re going to give you something that you truly have never heard. We are not giving you songs from someone you love’s record album, thereby stealing from someone you love. We’re giving you exclusive, re-worked, alternate versions of old songs and unreleased tracks by some of your favorite bands and by a lot of your next favorite bands.

Daytrotter Sessions

These fine people – as they’re traveling through America’s heartland – take two hours out of their travels between shows to stop in for a Daytrotter Session at Futureappletree Studio One in downtown Rock Island, Ill. The name of the city is not ironic. They use borrowed instruments, play with their touring mates, utilize a often unkempt toilet, eat some food and then cram back into their vans for the last half of the drive. What they leave behind is a pile of ashes, sometimes a forgotten stocking hat and four absolutely collectible songs that often impart on whomever listens to them the true intensity that these musicians put into their art, sometimes with more clarity than they do when they have months to tinker with overdubs and experiments. These songs are them as they are on that particular day, on that particular tour – dirty and alive. We want you to make this your new home as it is ours. We promise that you will love it here.” - Sean at Daytrotter

Go download Vol. 1…for free of course, HERE. The track listing is below along with my favorite from the release.

The Days and Nights of Lust and Presumption - 31 Knots
The Future Pt. 1 - Voxtrot
Suffer For Fashion - Of Montreal
Ain’t It Strange - Dr. Dog
Untitled 1 - O’Death
Jut Jut/Lazer Wahnsinn - Jason Forrest
Slow Show - The National

(mp3) Untitled 1 (Daytrotter Sessions) - O Death


Jens Lekman has been a staple here at TPATS for quite some time so you can imagine our excitement that on October 9th, Lekman and Secretly Canadian will be releasing Night Falls Over Kortedala stateside. If you liked his prior work then I really think you will love this latest release. Bringing what’s great from the 50’s/ 60’s, what’s great about Swedish pop musicians, what’s great about pianos, horns, ukes, and a voice that everyone, boys and girls, should swoon for, is just the tip of the iceburg of why Night Falls Over Kortedala will be on most top ten lists by the end of the year. Highly recommended!

Below is a statement from the Secretly Canadian website about the release:

“Jens arduously labored over the songs on Night Falls Over Kortedala over the last three years between relentless tours (which ranged from full blown 8-piece ensembles to just Jens alone with a ukelele at the mic). Kortedala refers to a neighborhood in Jens’ hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden, where his studio Koredala Beauty Center is located. It also refers to a vague musical pop sound with hints of tropicalia that has been coming out of Gothenburg’s clubs over the last few years. Having more in common with Paul Simon’s Graceland, Jens’ latest is a response to more than an engagement in today’s Kortedala music of his Swedish peers. An exercise in insularity, Night Falls Over Kortedala has achieved its specific sound not from going out but from Jens staying in and coming to grips with the sounds he had in his head, or as he said, “from the sound of my own voice reverberating off my home’s old ’50s brick walls, from the ghosts of everyone who’s lived here before me clapping along with their little ecto-plasm hands.” - SC

Below is the track list and two songs from the upcoming release.

SONG LIST:
And I Remember Every Kiss
Sipping On the Sweet Nectar
The Opposite of Hallelujah
A Postcard to Nina
Into Eternity
I’m Leaving You Because I Don’t Love You
If I Could Cry (it would feel like this)
Your Arms Around Me
Shirin
It Was a Strange Time in My Life
Kanske Ar Jag Kar I Dig
Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo

(mp3) The Opposite of Hallelujah
(mp3) Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo

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There is something real familiar about the music of Siberian. Listening to their new album, With Me, (released October 23rd) has brought on thoughts, not exact parallels mind you, but thoughts of such artists as mid-nineties Radiohead on Wolf and Crane , Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Interpol, and REM via the UP moments. Now I know that is a tall order to fill, but like I said, they aren’t those bands, but there are moments on the album that make me recall those bands. Maybe it’s the way Finn Parnell’s vocals ring out, maybe it’s the guitars, or the excellent instrumentation, maybe it’s my state of mind, but I assure you that With Me will be a solid release and a solid acquisition.

Immediate stand out tracks are Belgian Beer and Catholic Girl, Paper Birds, the above mentioned Wolf and Crane, and Islands Forever, but you can stream the entire album here and get a great feel of what Siberian has to offer. Recommended for those late nights alone on the road, the office, florescent lighting, and anywhere else you have time to think. Each song on With Me has the potential to be a soundtrack unto itself…and I guess what I mean is, that the songs Siberian create remind me of songs that are made for moments. The songs recall that feeling of chapters, those thoughts that you look back on, thoughts you have when you walked in the rain after a year long relationship ended, the moment you met that perfect someone on the subway, defining moments that Siberian could have been a part of and now, hopefully will be.

Below is a track from With Me, which will be released on October 23rd, and links to acquire.

(mp3) Belgian Beer and Catholic Girl

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Soul Is My Music: The Best of Bobby Patterson

Bobby Patterson’s 1966-1970 work for the Jetstar and Abnak labels culminates in this excellent two disc compilation. Not only does it feature some of the Dallas based soul/bluesman’s best work, but it also includes nine previously unreleased tracks (including a few alternate versions of songs that came out on singles).

Patterson resides somewhere in the soul/blues genre that Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding live in and this release has further solidified his place in it. He floats between a Motown and Stax feel, but sounding so much like similar artists of that day, unfortunately Patterson sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. That’s why this release, on the excellent Sundazzed label, is so important. It provides the listener with a chance to hear and experience the one and only, electric Bobby Patterson.

Over the years, Patterson has succeeded in promoting, producing, and writing for other artists, including working promotion at Malaco Records for 28 years. He currently does a weekday morning show on Dallas’ KKDA-AM and recently headlined SXSW’s Ponderosa Stomp. So he’s still belting those notes, and if you are in the Dallas area, I would only assume, that Bobby Patterson would be a must see show.

Below is an unreleased track from the collection with links to acquire. Hope you enjoy.

(mp3) Then You’ll Know (previously unreleased)

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Quick post about the upcoming Child Bite release Gold Thriller. I really dug their last release Wild Feasts and from what I’ve heard from this one, they have succedded in producing a superior album. With thoughts of mid-ninties hardcore, but with todays technologies, blips, and ADD, mixed with experimental flare and surprisingly dancable songs, at least foot pounding..come on, and an energy that seems to be lacking in some facets of modern music, Gold Thriller succeeds to TPATS. The Wake County Fair is on it’s way and trust me, as I ride The Gravitron or The Himalayan reverse style, Child Bite will be the ones pushing me to the edge. Below are two tracks to give you an example of what we mean. Ape Along was my initial favorite, but it’s up in the air now. Enjoy.

(mp3) Don’t Do What Your Body Tells You To Do
(mp3) Ape Along

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Long awaited by myself, and probably half the world, is Radiohead’s 7 Lp entitled In Rainbows. The band has been giving glimpses into the album through concerts for a while now and finally on October 10th we all have a chance to hear the completed work through digital download, oh and it’s practically free considering their own “make your own price for the digital download” feature. Now I know I will pay quite a bit more because this has to be the absolutely greatest and coolest idea I’ve ever heard for a band to release their material. And not just any band, but one of the most popular bands on the planet.

Since they are no longer tied to a record contract, they pretty much have the right to do what they want, and apparently they want to please their fans. Also available in December, and I have already pre-ordered this, is a box set that for £40 you receive a cd version, a vinyl version, outtakes cd, photos, lyrics, and a free digital download (available Oct. 10th). This has to be hands down the most genius way to release an album yet. Shaking up the man are we…leave it to Radiohead.

Below is the tracklist for the album:

CD 1

15 STEP
BODYSNATCHERS
NUDE
WEIRD FISHES/ARPEGGI
ALL I NEED
FAUST ARP
RECKONER
HOUSE OF CARDS
JIGSAW FALLING INTO PLACE
VIDEOTAPE

CD 2

MK 1
DOWN IS THE NEW UP
GO SLOWLY
MK 2
LAST FLOWERS
UP ON THE LADDER
BANGERS AND MASH
4 MINUTE WARNING

Below are two tracks of live material that will appear on this release. They are both from the June 5, 2006 concert in Boston.

(mp3) 15 Step (live)
(mp3) Videotape (live)

BONUS

For you loyal readers we do have a treat. “From The Basement is a music series that features the most intimate live performances from the finest musicians on the planet”. Well below is the track Videotape from these performances. It is Thom solo with piano and it’s absolutely amazing. You can download all the performances (Thom Yorke, White Stripes, and Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid) in glorious high definition video through iTunes HERE.

(mp3) Videotape (From the Basement)

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Billy Joe Shaver is a true classic Country & Western troubadour. That’s a fact. Unfortunately he never became a house hold name, but among other musicians he is an inspiration. Others who have recorded Shaver’s material include a who’ who list; Kris Kristofferson, Tom T. Hall, Bare, The Allman Brothers, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash to name a few.

Shaver’s real breakthrough came in 1973 when Waylon Jennings released Honky Tonk Heroes, an album composed almost entirely of Shaver penned songs. With that success, Shaver’s debut album, Old Five and Dimers Like Me, followed and was produced by Kris Kristofferson and released by Monument (Kristofferson’s label) in 1973.

That’s just a bit of history, but the album I wanted to focus on is 2004’s Billy and the Kid from Compadre Records. Maybe not a “classic” in the sense of the word, but a moving and touching album none the less. The basis for this release seems more therapeutic than anything else as we have Shaver and producer Tony Colton collecting and finishing songs by Shaver’s late son Eddy Shaver. The emotional struggles on this release are overwhelming and tear at your heart when you realize that within a matter of a year, Shaver lost his mother, wife, son, and moter-in-law. That’s a year no man should have to endure.

Shaver succeeds on all accounts with Billy and the Kid as an album. He lays out his broken heart for all to hear and makes a musically pleasing album considering the events that took place prior to this release. My favorite song on the album, and it’s listed below, is the song Fame. It is a stripped down song, just Shaver’s raw and warbled voice and his guitar. He’s thankful for what he has become and addresses his fame, his loss, and allows a glimpse of faith and love in the purest form. Shaver’s work is Highly recommended.

(mp3) Fame

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Tokyo Albums

Emusic has done it again with making available a true classic in Johnny Hartman’s The Tokyo Albums. This release is comprised of 2 rare Japanese only albums: Trane’s Favorites and Johnny Hartman Meets Terumasa Hino.

Trane’s Favorites was originally released only in Japan, later being released in the US as For Trane. This seriously has to be one of Hartman’s greatest recordings, and certainly one of his greatest jazz sessions. “Trane” clearly is in reference to John Coltrane, in which Hartman work with and released one of my all time favorite records, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.

The second album that appears on this collection is another Japanese session from 1972, featuring trumpeter Terumasa Hino. This album was never released here in the US. The album is more laid back and allows for Hartman’s own interpretations of these songs to shine through. A real highlight for me with this part of the release is Hino’s solo pieces. I was not familiar with Hino, and his solos seem to really compliment Hartman’s gorgeous rich baritone voice.

The Tokyo Albums tracklisting is as follows:

1. Greensleeves
2. On a Clear Day
3. My Favorite Things
4. Violets for Your Furs
5. Nature Boy
6. Summertime
7. Why Did I Choose You
8. Shadow of Your Smile
9. Fly Me to the Moon
10. Nearness of You
11. I’m Glad There Is You
12. On Green Dolphin Street
13. My Funny Valentine
14. Sometimes I’m Happy
15. S’posin’

I highly recommend you download the album. The below track is from the Johnny Hartman Meets Terumasa Hino part of the album and is Hartman’s own interpretation of the classic My Funny Valentine. Enjoy.

(mp3) My Funny Valentine

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