Aside from frequent listens to new releases on Mog or Spotify when I’m piddling about the house, the place where I love to treat myself to good tunes is in the car. My car player isn’t the greatest; it’s got good sound but it it just a basic 6-CD changer with no randomizing capability (or, maybe it does, but I’ve never learned it.) Anyway, I like to load up the changer with CDs that work well together.
Today, I drove to Hanscom AFB on a mission to fill the fridge and the pantry, as well as to stock the liquor cabinet. On the drive, I listened to these:
After a stunning display of accolades for Adele in last night’s Grammy awards, I’m ready for some new tunes to get into the running for next year’s awards.
Band of Skulls -Sweet Sour -
Eisley -Deep Space Ep – Stream it here. Heartless Bastards-Arrow- Stream it here. I love Erika Wennerstrom‘s vocals. Howlin Rain -Russian Wilds- You can stream it here, on RDIO.
Amos Lee-As The Crow Flies – Stream available here. Punch Brothers-Who’s Feeling Young Now – The Chris Thile-led band delivers another engergetic string-fest.
Rumer-Seasons Of My Soul- She’s got a very smooth voice, and I know there will be Dusty Springfield comparisons, starting with me. I listened to the album this morning on Spotify. Very nice, but not stand-out-ish.
Shearwater-Animal Joy -NPR had the stream, but it will disappear soon. Good stuff. This is the first week in awhile that there’s been more than one release I’ve been diggin’ after the preview stream. Things are looking up.
I dragged out the album boxes and one of the first records I pulled out was one I had almost forgotten: the Buckingham Nicks record from 1973. Lindsey and Stevie (or, Stevi, as spelled in the liner notes) were still 2 years away from super-stardom when “Fleetwood Mac” hit the bigtime in 1975. They recorded this one at Sound City in LA, and it was produced by Keith Olsen (owner of 45 Gold/Platinum Record Awards and 6 Grammies.)
Here is “Crystal” in its original, if overproduced, form. Yes, there are stings and, I think, synth wind instruments, but the beauty of Lindsey’s guitar and the vocal play between the two of them is just plain lovely. In comparison, Olsen’s production on the “Fleetwood Mac” album was quite a bit more polished and lots less cheesy.
I recorded a raw .wav file, then attempted to clean it up with Audacity, and this is my first time working with files like this. It’s just a little shaky, and I didn’t remove the small pops you hear from my needle riding the grooves.
Oh, this record never made it to CD, so, until it does, this is what you get.
Oh, I do love being a music geek when there are so many techno tools. I’ve had my DAK mixer since July, and I hooked it up to an old (really old) desktop machine in what is now my younger son’s room. He didn’t like me in there taking up his space, so when we recently acquired a new laptop, I scarfed the old one to use as my recording machine. The old Technics turntable (vintage 1977 or 78) is still going strong. Now I have to unbox all of those LP’s!
I did buy a reissue of The Ramones, which I do need to record, but I dragged out an old Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers album, along with a mediocre Jeff Beck Group release that, despite its generally “meh” nature, contains a few great songs.
Let’s see if this works.
Jeff Beck Group – Going Down.
I love this song, not only for Beck’s great guitar, but for Clive Chaman’s awesome bass playing, and Max Middleton’s piano. I just wish Rod Stewart were the lead vocal, although Bob Tench is raspy enough to carry it off.
Now, to get out those boxes and get out and hit the used vinyl shops.
I admit it; I used to think of Jonathan Coulton as a poor-man’s Ben Folds, but I got over that. Now I think of Jonathan as an indie tour-de-force.It’s great to hear him with a full band, fulfilling the dreams of geeks everywhere. (I count myself among them.)