What are you listening to right now?

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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby verbal gymnastics » Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:18 pm

All mod cons - The Jam

Great album.
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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby Jack of All Parades » Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:44 pm

"All La Glory" The Band

http://youtu.be/RuZYC4aiMn4
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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby migdd » Thu Feb 26, 2015 9:16 pm

Tomorrow Is My Turn, the debut "solo" album from Rhiannon Giddens.

Fellow Carolinian Giddens really knows her musical history, particularly the history of music from the lower Piedmont. Most folks on this board know her from her involvement with The New Basement Tapes but nothing on that humdrum album can even hint at the talent on display here. Giddens blends bluegrass, regional Negro music and pure country blues into a wicked brew that both honors those traditions and spurs some of her best singing yet.

I've not felt this charged about a female vocalist since I had the fortune of seeing k.d. lang perform live at Spirit Square in Charlotte, NC back in 1989. Giddens is the real deal and this album is fertile ground.

I can't wait to see and hear her in the flesh at Spirit Square on April 1.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby jardine » Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:58 am

re giddens new cd, her voice on this new cd occasionally reminds me of anne sophie von otter.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby verbal gymnastics » Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:47 pm

1989 - Taylor Swift

I'm enjoying it more than I expected.
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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby migdd » Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:06 pm

jardine wrote:re giddens new cd, her voice on this new cd occasionally reminds me of anne sophie von otter.


Riddens studied opera and it shows through in some of her phrasings. You can hear some of that in the title track.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby Jack of All Parades » Thu Jul 23, 2015 6:02 pm

Slightly more than half the way into 2015 and I think I have found my favorite record for the year. Two years ago "Southeastern" by Jason Isbell held my ears and mind in awe. His new record, released a week ago, "Something More Than Free", is having the same effect upon me this year. As I approach sixty I find myself more settled in my likes and dislikes and less inclined to tackle the new. Mr. Isbell has disturbed my equilibrium in challenging ways. He has expanded my ability to be empathetic and to be drawn outward towards other souls who may be struggling and in pain. He has taught me what craftsmanship and words can do when combined with simple but elegant melodies. He possesses a lyrical precision that most often reminds me of Flannery O'Connor at her comic/insightful best as one of her wounded characters would come to life on the page when I first read her. Isbell's people are imperfect and they often struggle against their imperfections trying to attain a quality of grace and dignity in their lives. Living an individual life is a struggle; it is not a pop song. The first song on the new record, "If It Takes a Lifetime", catches the intricacy of his writing-it is filled with lines that don't judge or preach but instead tell a story that pointedly speaks to the lives most people live today. I am particularly fond of the line about fighting 'the urge to live inside my telephone.' He puts this forth in a sprightly melody and with a honeyed tenor voice that belies the struggles given voice within the lyric. This is just one example from an album that is filled with comparable songs. His songwriting is daunting and I am in awe of his talent. He is playing in Stroudsburg, PA on my birthday. I am so tempted to play hookey from work and to take a road trip.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby ice nine » Fri Sep 04, 2015 9:31 pm

Fancy - Bobby Gentry
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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby mood swung » Mon Oct 05, 2015 6:07 pm

love me some T-swizzle, VG. She fascinates me for some reason. I find her songwriting/singing a little middle of the road, a little too cautious sometimes, but I keep trying to understand her nonetheless.

Gotta agree with you on Jason Isbell, Jack. I weeded half an acre of garden listening to that. Well to that and The Reef. But it was nice to be excited about an album!

Bobby Gentry!! sadly, the only Fancy I know is Iggy Azalea's. I will go now and listen in shame.
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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby verbal gymnastics » Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:12 am

I also like Red by Taylor Swift.

I'm currently listening to Introducing Darlene Love. Great album. I'm really enjoying this one and there's some terrific songs on there. None of the contributing songwriters can be accused of giving her throwaway songs.
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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby sheeptotheslaughter » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:21 am

The New Basement Tapes..............finally
Tama Impala

and I am trying to wade through Captain Beefheart' s musical output until I find the stuff my friends used to play me during my single days between marriages. I asked them and they didn't know. (too many drugs to remember, them not me) Just started on Safe as Milk, good but not what I was looking for.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby sheeptotheslaughter » Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:22 am

verbal gymnastics wrote:All mod cons - The Jam

Great album.

Love it

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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby Jack of All Parades » Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:51 am

mood swung wrote:love me some T-swizzle, VG. She fascinates me for some reason. I find her songwriting/singing a little middle of the road, a little too cautious sometimes, but I keep trying to understand her nonetheless.

Gotta agree with you on Jason Isbell, Jack. I weeded half an acre of garden listening to that. Well to that and The Reef. But it was nice to be excited about an album!

Bobby Gentry!! sadly, the only Fancy I know is Iggy Azalea's. I will go now and listen in shame.


Go, Go, Go young Mr. Isbell- that album, like its predecessor, never wears out.

These days the new one from Dave Rawlings Machine- Nashville Obsolete. It is one languid and involved reflection on bad romance, transience, busted dreams and the meanness of Southern Gothic. Gillian Welch's plaintive harmonies are always there to punctuate the gloom. "Pilgrim" is one mean-spirited journey in the tradition of Dylan at his vitriolic best.
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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby verbal gymnastics » Thu Oct 08, 2015 12:47 pm

Costello music - The Fratellis

I love this album.
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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby Jack of All Parades » Sun Oct 11, 2015 9:27 am

God, I love this. It is setting the tone for my day. How do six players manage to sound like a big band? Thank heaven for a young Clifford Brown.

https://youtu.be/3UVD4aO1yTQ
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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby invisible Pole » Tue Nov 10, 2015 1:36 pm

Enjoying a new album from the Chills, their first in almost 20 years.
Bouncing melodies, fine arrangements, engaged lyrics - all in all, a great return.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby Jack of All Parades » Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:57 pm

Wow- thank you for posting that. That is a band that has long been off my radar. I so enjoyed Submarine Bells and The Soft Bomb back in the day. I will have to check this out. Thank you, again.
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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby invisible Pole » Tue Nov 10, 2015 5:23 pm

You're welcome, Jack. Glad to see an EC fan who also likes The Chills.
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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby Jack of All Parades » Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:40 am

Thanks to Poor Deportee I have been unable to get this song out of my head the last few weeks-it is providing an antidote to the negativity that is enveloping the land below the 49th and it is a good toe tapper, as well: "I'm going to where the women are big and tall"

https://youtu.be/DgiR63aabCs
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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby verbal gymnastics » Sat Nov 28, 2015 8:55 am

I'm currently listening to 5 year old mini VG2 singing Away in a manger whilst walking around holding a baby doll who is playing the part of the baby Jesus.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby Jack of All Parades » Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:55 am

That is an image like 'sugar plums dancing' to plant in one's head.....

The remastered "Nebraska" in the cubicle-stark, high and lonesome and ominous- not the vision to have in one's head at this time of the year. Perhaps my favorite record by this musician.
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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby verbal gymnastics » Thu Dec 03, 2015 6:33 pm

Nebraska is my favourite Bruce Springsteen album as well - I must give it a listen.
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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby verbal gymnastics » Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:57 am

I've been listening to a lot of Bruce Springsteen and got the 15CD 1978 Live Collection for Christmas. It's an unbelievably cheap price - £15!

I'm going to start on that one once I've listened to The River.
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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby bambooneedle » Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:15 am

HOW did you get that deal, VG?!

He's kind of lost me, since The Rising really, but am keen to check out some of these reissue things especially the officially released doco films of the respective periods - from Born To Run to The River. I have plenty of great bootlegs from that period, too.

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Re: What are you listening to right now?

Postby verbal gymnastics » Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:55 pm

Hi bambooneedle

It's always great to know you're still around.

This is the Bruce Springsteen set I'm referring to:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Complete-19 ... B0182RI9A0
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