Here's one from the forthcoming Silver Jews record.
Like all of David Berman's songs, it contains some winning lyrics.
Case in point:
Pain works on a sliding scale
So does pleasure in a candy jail
True love doesn't come around
anymore than fate allows
on a Monday in Ft. Lauderdale.
"Candy Jail" mp3
by Silver Jews, 2008.
available on Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea
"Inside The Golden Days of Missing You" mp3
by Silver Jews, 1996.
available on The Natural Bridge
"Honk If You're Lonely" mp3
by Silver Jews, 1998.
available on American Water
"Death of an Heir of Sorrows" mp3
by Silver Jews, 2001.
available on Bright Flight
"I'm Gonna Love The Hell Out of You" mp3
by Silver Jews, 2001.
available on Tennessee
"I'm Getting Back Into Getting Back Into You" mp3
by Silver Jews, 2005.
available on Tanglewood Numbers
photo: Hollywood, CA, 1987. © Ted Barron
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I spent the other day at MOMA with the boy, who is on spring break, taking in a few shows including the fantastic Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today. If you're in NYC, go see it. Here's some colorful selections. We'll get back to the vinyl soon - when I have the time.
In the meantime, dig this...
"Blue Sky Day" mp3
by The Died Pretty, 1986.
available on Free Dirt
"Baby Blue" mp3
by Badfinger, 1971.
available on Straight Up
"Oh Red (take 1)" mp3
by Howlin' Wolf, 1952.
available on Memphis Days: Definitive Edition, Vol. 1
"Red Cadillac & A Black Mustache" mp3
by Warren Smith, 1957.
available on Uranium Rock: The Best of Warren Smith
"Yellow Sarong" mp3
by Yo La Tengo, 1990.
available on Fakebook
"Yellow Coat" mp3
by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, 1957.
available on The OKeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-1957
"Green Mind" mp3
by Dinosaur Jr. 1989.
available on Green Mind
"Green Lights" mp3
by NRBQ, 1978.
available on NRBQ at Yankee Stadium
all photos: © Ted Barron, 2008.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I love this song.
Melancholic, joyous, and triumphant
with thunderous drums to deliver you
from the pain into laughter.
"Shopping Trolley" mp3
by Beth Orton, 2006.
available on Comfort of Strangers
Photo: Tompkins Square Park, 1985. © Ted Barron
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
This post is obvious, I'd be surprised if it hasn't been done already. Four songs: two chords each - Peter Laughner throws in a descending minor chord progression, but only to return to the stark two chord template laid out in Lou Reed's "Heroin." All of these songs follow that model and are indebted to the original as well as it's precursor. "Heroin" becomes "Amphetamine," which was coincidentally the drug of choice for both of these songwriters. Unfortunately, speed kills. Peter Laughner died at 24. He worshipped Lou Reed - as did his pal and running buddy Lester Bangs who followed him to the grave a few years later and whose best piece of writing may be his obituary for Laughner. Jeff Tweedy quotes "Amphetamine" directly in "Misunderstood," the cacophonous opener to Wilco's Being There.
Take the guitar player for a ride
'cause he ain't never been satisfied
He thinks he owes some kind of debt
Be years before he gets over it
Musically, it tips it's hat to "Heroin." It's not as sublime or shocking as John Cale's droning, and then screeching viola, or Mo Tucker's mathematical, cymballess drumming, but it was 1996 not 1966, and these things were already appropriated countless times and taken for granted in indie rock. It was a departure for Wilco, and alienated some of their fans, who were holding onto some weird and bogus ideal of alternative country purity. The Laughner reference is an inspired one. Josh Ritter's "Thin Blue Flame" is an apocalyptic vision of American society at war and turmoil. A lot of wordy images and the same two chords played on the guitar and then the piano and like on "Misunderstood," building to a noisy crescendo. It's the most sober of all these selections, but again there's a reference to illicit substances.
Bringing justice to the enemies not the other way round
They’re guilty when killed and they’re killed where they’re found
If what’s loosed on earth will be loosed up on high
It’s a Hell of a Heaven we must go to when we die
Where even Laurel begs Hardy for vengeance please
The fat man is crying on his hands and his knees
Back in the peacetime he caught roses on the stage
Now he twists indecision takes bourbon for rage
Lead pellets peppering aluminum
Halcyon, laudanum and Opium
This record knocked me out when I first heard it.
Actually, all of these records did and still do.
by The Velvet Underground, 1967.
available on The Velvet Underground & Nico
by Peter Laughner, 1975.
available on Take the Guitar Player for a Ride
out of print
by Wilco, 1996.
available on Being There
"Thin Blue Flame" mp3
by Josh Ritter, 2006.
available on Animal Years
Buy: Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung by Lester Bangs
top photo: © Ted Barron
This blog does not endorse drug abuse.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Danny Federici 1950-2008.
"Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street" mp3
By Bruce Springsteen, 1973.
WBCN Boston Radio Broadcast
"Bishop Danced" mp3
By Bruce Springsteen, 1973.
Live at Max's Kansas City
available on Tracks
by Bruce Springsteen, 1974.
available on The Genuine Tracks
To make a donation to the Danny Federici Melanoma Fund click HERE
Read Bruce Springsteen's eulogy from the funeral HERE
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Posted by Ted Barron at 12:32 AM
Monday, April 14, 2008
"I saw that photograph of the men standing around the pool table, and read that phrase, '2-Kool 2-Be 4-Gotten,' and the inspiration was obvious. Every time I sing that song I credit Birney Imes. Birney's work is, in photography, what a good blues song is to me-gritty, edgy in all its parallels."
This record is ten years old now. It sounds as good to me now as it did then. I remember how thrilled I was when I made the connection between the record I was listening to and the book of photographs that I had been looking at. I love it when work by artists in one medium cross reference work by artists working in another medium. It can also be a tiresome exercise when the point of the work is the reference itself. Such is not the case here. A lot of the lyrics from this song are taken directly from the words on the walls in the photographs from Birney Imes' book Juke Joint, but in the end what you get is a Lucinda Williams song. As a photographer, and one who has photographed musicians, it's rewarding and revelatory to find that we are often drinking from the same well. I know a lot of photographers and some my closest friends are photographers, but the most rewarding exchanges have often come from the musicians, painters, writers, filmmakers, and friends working in other mediums. Maybe there is less competition there, or that the discussion rarely strays to shop talk. But more than likely it's the recognition that we find a commonality through our ideas and our collection of cultural influences, and in that, it validates for us what we do and why it matters to us.
"2 Kool 2 Be 4-gotten" mp3
by Lucinda Williams, 1998.
available on Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
Photograph by Birney Imes
Freedom Village Juke, Washington County 1985.
from the book Juke Joint, University of Mississippi Press. © 1990
Saturday, April 12, 2008
and now a word from Doug Sahm...
"Yesterday Got In The Way" mp3
by Sir Douglas Quintet, 1970.
available on 1+1+1=4: Return of Doug Saldana
"Poison Love" mp3
by Doug Sahm and Band, 1973.
available on Doug Sahm and Band
"At The Crossroads" (alt mix) mp3
by Sir Douglas Quintet, 1969.
available on Mendocino
"At The Crossroads" mp3
by Mott The Hoople, 1969.
available on Mott the Hoople
photograph: Natchez Bus Station, 1988. © Ted Barron
Monday, April 7, 2008
The other day, in my current state of nagging frustration, I found myself drinking coffee pre-dawn in my kitchen listening to the ipod on shuffle and contemplating what lay ahead for another day. Just then, "No Satisfaction" by Black Mountain came up and reentered my consciousness after a lengthy absence. "Oh yeah, " I thought. "How is it that Steve Jobs always knows what I need to hear?"
No Satisfaction = Frustration.
Thanks for reminding me.
The ipod is insidious in it's ability to pull things out of the air - like a vague or general horoscope that's been programmed by you. Maybe I'm just impressionable, or find it hard to ignore coincidence. Satisfaction is the humblest and most realistic of aspirations. It is way below the spiritual quest for enlightenment, transcendence, serenity, bliss or whatever it is we try to strive for in our lives - or maybe it's all the same. In frustration, we find these states to be transitory or just out reach. Here's some songs that look at the notion of what satisfaction is or more often is not, and what that feeling is if we don't get what we want. So, with that said, "let's light up your town and get things happening"
"No Satisfaction" mp3
by Black Mountain, 2005.
available on Black Mountain
by Ken Boothe, 1968.
available on Freedom Street
"What I'll Do For Satisfaction" mp3
by Johnny Daye, 1967.
available on The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-1968
"I'll Be Satisfied" mp3
by Don Covay, 1965.
available on Mercy!/See-Saw
"Just To Satisfy You" mp3
by Waylon Jennings, 1969.
available on The Essential Waylon Jennings
by Sonny Boy Williamson, 1957.
available on Down and Out Blues
by The Replacements, 1984.
available on Let It Be
"I Can't Be Satisfied" mp3
by Muddy Waters, 1947.
available on The Definitive Collection
"Satisfied Mind" mp3
by Jonathan Richman, 1992.
available on Jonathan Goes Country
"Uptight / Satisfaction" mp3
by Stevie Wonder with The Rolling Stones, 1972.
available on Keep Your Motor Runnin'
"You Can't Always Get What You Want" mp3
by The Rolling Stones, 1968.
available on Could You Walk On Water
bootleg - different stereo mix
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
When I heard Martin Scorsese (one of my favorite directors) was making a documentary about The Rolling Stones (my favorite band) naturally I was interested. Neither of these artists have been particularly exciting to me for quite some time, but the signifigance of the work they made in their prime make them matter more than most nonetheless. When I found out Shine A Light is a documentary about a 2006 Rolling Stones concert, I pretty much lost interest.
Scorsese and The Stones are the director and subject of the two best concert films ever, The Last Waltz and Gimme Shelter. No competition there. This is, well, just another Stones concert movie, and there are lots of them: Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones; Gimme Shelter; Let's Spend The Night Together; Robert Frank's excellent documentary of their '72 tour Cocksucker Blues (which will finally get a legitimate release this year from Steidl); and let's not forget The Tami Show.
The most interesting thing about this film is the title. "Shine A Light" is one of my favorite tracks from one of my favorite records. It's about Brian Jones, the first of many casualties of people close to the Stones. Gram Parsons died trying to emulate his pal Keith Richards; Danny Seymour, photographer and filmmaker who made Cocksucker Blues with Robert Frank disappeared shortly after making the film; Someone actually gets murdered in Gimme Shelter; and ironically, Ahmet Ertegun, while at the Beacon Theatre to attend the concert from which this film is made, fell and hit his head, eventually going into a coma and dying.
Here's an outtake version of "Shine A Light." Looser and funkier than the released version. I guarantee you this is better than the film. Also, a weird Brian Jones era Rolling Stones version of a Beach Boys classic.
"Get A Line On You (Shine A Light)" mp3
by The Rolling Stones, 1968(?)
with Leon Russell on piano
"I Get Around" mp3
by The Rolling Stones, 1965.
"Shine A Light" mp3
by The Rolling Stones, 1972.
available on Exile on Main St.