Eric Lindell Finds A Way

Eric Lindell – “If Love Can’t Find a Way”

California bluesman Eric Lindell lays it out on this sweet and unpretentious song about love.

Eric Lindell
“If Love Can’t Find a Way” (mp3)
from “Gulf Coast Highway”
(Alligator Records)

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Tony Alva is a Rock and Roll Star..

Opal Book Club – “Tony Alva”

Gr8 song about the gr8est sk8rs ever. It’s funny, it’s irreverent, AND it ROCKS! Opal Book Club from Berkeley, CA, layin’ down the wizdumb.

Opal Book Club
“Tony Alva” (mp3)
from “MP3 Jackpot Winners”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)

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Yeah Yeah it’s the The Brian Jonestown Massacre!

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – “Yeah – Yeah”

What a bloody great opening line!  “I never worry, I leave it to fate, I’m not in a hurry, I’m already late..” BJM, always a fun ride.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
“Yeah – Yeah” (mp3)
from “My Bloody Underground”
(‘a’ Records)

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Juliana Hatfield & Richard Butler share a Lonely Love

Juliana Hatfield, Richard Butler – “This Lonely Love”

I love Juliana Hatfield, ok, let’s just lay that out. Her perseverence and dedication to her craft, even as the record bidniz crumbled around her and onto her, is admirable in itself, but to go through all the travails she’s experienced and still come up with songs like this is another thing! Boy-girl duet “This Lonely Love,” (featuring Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs as the boy!) reflects Hatfield’s long standing habit of developing hopeless crushes on aloof and self absorbed sexy and usually stoned rock musicians. I confess share this problem with her, alas, and so love this song even more. Thanks Din for the tip 😉

Juliana Hatfield, Richard Butler
“This Lonely Love (feat. Richard Butler)” (mp3)
from “How to Walk Away”
(Ye Olde Records)

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Amazing song from a Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit – “The Modern Leper”

Look, this band is called Frightened Rabbit. So I already think they’re great, before I listen to a damn note. They have an album called “The Midnight Organ Fight” and I’m like, please don’t suck, you have not my permission to suck, you must rise to the quality of thy names. So. Behold “The Modern Leper” and like me, you shall not be disappointed. This song is stunning, flat out brilliant. A revelation. I’m not kidding. Looking forward to hearing more from the band that made this track. Wow.

Frightened Rabbit
“The Modern Leper” (mp3)
from “The Midnight Organ Fight”
(Fat Cat Records)

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Hips’ Singer Bluhm Blooms Solo

Tim Bluhm – “Spooked Cat Blues”

It is well known to those who know me that I LOVE the Mother Hips. So it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that I’m all over Tim Bluhm’s solo work as well. “House of Bluhm” is a marvelous solo record from the Hips’ guitar slinging, singing, wandering rock soul man.

Tim Bluhm
“Spooked Cat Blues” (mp3)
from “House of Bluhm”
(reapandsow, Inc.)

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How do I love thee, Mother Hips?

The Mother Hips – “Time We Had”

Let me count the ways! In the 1990’s post-Nirvana grunge-fest, when everyone and their monkey had a grunge band and a demo tape and a junk habit they’d like to be interviewed about, there were still sincere bands driving coast to coast rocking the music they loved, even as the record industry took a swan dive into the toilet. The Mother Hips was one such band. Creative integrity is a given for them, not a product of a band meeting or a marketing strategy, but something that flows from them like blood from an open vein.

The Mother Hips
“Time We Had” (mp3)
from “Kiss The Crystal Flake”
(Camera Records)

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I’ll never forget how the ‘Hips walked on stage the first time I saw them. They had a quiet reverence about them, slithering into a little improv as they warmed up the stage and the crowd, deceiving me for a minute that they were, well, a hippy jam band! But no, jam bands don’t write songs like this, full of hooks you want to hear again, eargasmic vocal arrangements you want to sing, and diamond sharp Beatle-esque bridges. Play the record. If you’re not in a convertible with the top down on a sunny Highway 1 in Cali, you just might think you are!

Over the New Moon with Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith – “High Times”

Sweet beautiful sad lovely rapturous heavenly shoe gazing god, Elliott Smith.

“I’m so sick and tired of trying to change your mind, when it’s so easy to disconnect mine, high times, high times, yeah I feel fine.”

There’s reasons this guy is missed and loved so much. That soft, sincere voice, the abundant flow of quotable lines, and something else, harder to describe, which sets him apart. Smith left us too soon, but his work remains one of those things that makes life more enjoyable.

Elliott Smith
“High Times” (mp3)
from “New Moon”
(Kill Rock Stars)

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