Archive | January, 2013

The Jon Stewart Rule

I have what I call the “Jon Stewart Rule” when it comes to jokes that are supposedly too immature or silly or whatever for a man of my age to make/enjoy. Mr. Stewart is almost exactly my age, and as long as it’s OK for him to make those jokes on his show, then it’s OK for me to enjoy them.

Jimmy Miller’s drum sound

Been listening to a lot of Rolling Stones on my commute, and it struck me that the drum sound that Jimmy Miller (or Glyn Johns) got for them at Olympic Studios. On songs like “Moonlight Mile” or “Stray Cat Blues” or the bootleg outtake “Blood Red Wine” he makes the toms sound like meteors and the crash cymbals sound like skyrockets.

I’d like to think that Jimmy Page was taking notes when he was trying to figure out how Zeppelin was going to sound.

My Current Music Mix – January 17, 2013

I used to do this back on my website, but stopped in 2004. Figured I could start doing it again here.

This is the list of albums, etc, that is currently on my “House Mix” iTunes playlist.

Some of these I love, some I hate, but I’m still crazy enough to sample all of these.

Done in chronological order as to when it was added to that mix.

  • Japandroids – Celebration Rock (2012)
  • The Long Winters – Ultimatum EP (2005)
  • Bob Dylan – Tempest (2012)
  • And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Lost Songs (2012)
  • Beth Orton – Sugaring Season (2012)
  • Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012)
  • Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill (2012)
  • The Soundtrack of our Lives – A Present From The Past (2005)
  • Turning Curious – Soul Light Seasons (1986)
  • Original Cast Recording – The Book of Mormon (2011)
  • Soundgarden – King Animal (2012)
  • The Close Lobsters – Radio Clyde 1989 (1989)
  • The Close Lobsters – “I Grow So Young” (2012)
  • Nude Beach – II (2012)
  • Guided by Voices – The Bears For Lunch (2012)
  • Cody ChesnuTT – Landing on A Hundred (2012)
  • The Coup – Sorry to Bother You (2012)
  • Peter Buck – Peter Buck (2012)
  • Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day (2012)
  • Old 97’s – Too Far To Care Demos (2012)
  • Wussy – Funeral Dress (2005)
  • The Rolling Stones – “Doom & Gloom / One More Shot” (2012)
  • The Long Winters – Cat’s Cradle 06-16-2004 (2004)
  • Jimmy Cliff – Rebirth (2012)
  • Father John Misty – Fear Fun (2012)
  • First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar (2012)
  • Woods – Bend Beyond (2012)
  • Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now (2012)
  • Howler – America Give Up (2012)
  • King Tuff – King Tuff (2012)
  • Kelly Hogan – I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (2012)
  • Yo La Tengo – Fade (2013)
  • Todd Snider – Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker (2012)
  • Lyle Lovett – Release Me (2012)
  • Big Boi – Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (2012)
  • Mike Cooley – The Fool on Every Corner (2012)
  • Sex Pistols –  Demos (2012)
  • Buckingham-Nicks – Buckingham-Nicks (1973)
  • The Sneetches – Starfucker (1995)
  • New Order – Hollywood 11-04-1986 (1986)
  • Robyn Hitchcock – Trolley Bus 2 (2010)
  • Tift Merritt – Traveling Alone (2012)
  • Tom Waits – Blue Valentine (1978)
  • Walkmen – Bows + Arrows (2004)
  • Delaney & Bonnie – Motel Shot (1971)
  • Christopher Owens – Lysandre (2013)

The Rolling Stones’ Psychedelic Album

  Everybody gives the Rolling Stones shit because Their Satanic Majesties Request wasn’t that great of an album – it was too muddy and foggy, and – worst of all – the songwriting wasn’t really up to snuff.  

And that has always been my biggest problem with it : the songwriting. I mean, Between The Buttons wasn’t really a typical Stones album, either – it stole liberally from both Dylan and The Kinks – but it remains one of my all-time favorites

So while psychedelia really wasn’t their strength, they did record about an album’s worth of great psychedelic songs during that period.

So imagine that instead of all of those formless jams and songs about gompers, the Rolling Stones had released an album (or EP) with this tracklisting:

  1. 2000 Light Years From Home
  2. Dandelion
  3. Citadel
  4. Child of the Moon
  5. The Lantern
  6. 2000 Man
  7. She’s A Rainbow
  8. We Love You

Pretty killer, right? (I was tempted to stick “Please Go Home” in here, but 1) it was too much of Bo Diddley homage, and 2) it was on the U.K. Between The Buttons.