September 18, 2007

Summer Is Over: Disc Two

Another week of pro and college football has passed. Both of our teams—PC’s Buckeyes and Browns, and my Nittany Lions and Steelers—came away with wins. Good weekend for sports. And the weather was perfect. Chilly fall days, crisp blue skies, and cool nights. Nothing better. PC criticized the title of my last post—yes, it wasn’t entirely accurate, but then again, since I’m a Penn State fan, I can’t exactly take up Ohio State’s cause. I just hope that anyone who plays Michigan ends up beating them.

As promised, here’s disc two of the annual fall mix. The first mix has expired, but if you have a request, I'm sure we can get a few back up.

Ghost Riders In the Sky – The Ramrods
A mix of surf instrumental and cowboy punk—I don’t know what you’d call it other than original and great.

Dreamer – Jenn Grant
Another original soung—Jenn Grant mixes up traditional folk, found sounds, and some good beats. She’s every bit as good as Feist but isn’t on an iPod commercial.

Monkberry Moon Delight – Paul McCartney
I consider this Sir Paul’s most underrated song off the largely forgotten album Ram. It sounds as if Paul, along with those back-up singers, snorted five pounds of coke before the producer hit the record button. He screams the lyrics and sounds like a maniac. But it’s loaded with energy, absurd lyrics, and a bass line that propels this thing into infinity.

In Your Veins – The Soundtrack of Our Lives
This Swedish band has been around for years and sound like the perfect throwback to the sixties. This melancholy tracks, with the strings, the delicate piano, and the haunting vocals are sublime.

No Moon – Iron & Wine
Nothing like some dusty, old-timey sounding music for the fall.

Place to Be – Nick Drake
Not there is anything to say here that hasn’t already been said.

Milk and Honey – Jackson C. Frank
Check out the history of this guy. Music this pretty only comes from someone this tortured—see above song.

King Harvest (Has Surely Come) – The Band
Scarecrow and a yellow moon,
and pretty soon a carnival on the edge of town,
King Harvest has surely come.

Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo – Jens Lekman
This song just reminds of driving around with friends in high school, with nowhere to go, except somewhere we didn’t want to be.

Sunny Sunday Mill Valley Groove Day – Frank Black
I love this song, but damned if it isn’t hard to sing along with that chorus.

Forget Marie – Lee Hazelwood
Gonna go as far as fourteen dollars will take a fool like me…

These Dreams – Jim Croce
Another great artist who died way too young—seems there are too many on this mix. Croce had his own guitar playing style and voice. He’ll always remain one of my favorites.

Seasons – Chris Cornell
One of my favorites off the Singles soundtrack. Cornell’s voice, as always, is amazing. And the acoustic guitars. I love it.

House on the Lake – Rosanne Cash
This is my favorite song off her very good Black Cadillac, an elegy to the famous lake house Johnny and June shared.

Round the Bend – Beck
Sea Change makes my desert island list, the closest anyone has gotten to recording a Hank Williams album since Hank stopped doing it in 1953. The straight-forward lyrics, the finger-picking, the misery and heartache, the strings—this is his masterpiece and I don’t think he’ll ever top it.

California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and the Papas
All the leaves are brown. And the sky is gray.

Pretty Ballerina – The Left Banke
That off-key piano reminds me of leaves falling.

Laid a Highway – Tift Merritt
If country music still had any balls left, Tift Merritt would be a fucking star—sorry Faith Hill, but you suck. Tift is a great songwriter, singer, and has a great stage presence. I could listen to her all day.

Route 23 – Chatham County Line
A fine bluegrass band from North Carolina—saw them open for Tift Merritt during my former life. Another song about a road passing a town by. Reminds me of what recently happened in the area where I grew up.

I Saw the Light – Hank Williams
I’ve said this many times—Hank Williams is one of the best songwriters because he never wasted a word. This gospel song is poetic, beautiful, and tragic, considering the vices that eventually killed Williams. His voice is alive and strong in this, as it always will be.

All the Young Dudes – Mott the Hoople
Yes, maybe the only time Hank Sr. and glam rock have been juxtaposed with each other. The soaring chorus, the angst-soaked delivery of the lyrics—it was all written by David Bowie, who claims the song is about the apocalypse, not a trashing of the 60s as most thought.

Long May You Run – Neil Young
An elegy to his first car, but it could just as well be about anything.


thehauntedtooth said...

Just wanted to be the first one to ask JV what the fuck he was thinking even holding Beck up to someone like Hank Williams. ???
Sheesh. I like Beck. He's talented as all get out. But,come on...

eric said...

JV, you know I love you, man, but PC DOES have a point. However-Long May You Run might be one of the greatest songs ever written. Cheers.