I couldn’t resist Tiger Eyes this week, it’s what my sister-in-law used to call my brother. He certainly has unusually amber eyes, and quite a bit of facial hair, though (disappointingly) no stripes. I digress, as usual. Here’s this week’s splendid selection for you. Many thanks to all and please keep the worms coming to firstname.lastname@example.org. Grrr!
Vintage Trouble: Another Man’s Words (acoustic version) – DsD: I’m currently obsessed with VT’s 2011 debut album, having discovered it after reading a feature on them ahead of next month’s release of their new LP. Two Christmasses in one summer! Here’s a stripped back version of AMW, so you can take in their quality at a more leisurely pace.
The Staves – Black & White – DebbyM: There’s currently an ad campaign over here where all the billboards at the station are pasted over with squares of black and white. I think of this song every time I’m waiting for the train!
Bop English – Trying – Fuel: Bop English is in fact a Texan called James Petralli, who leads a band called “White Denim”. Read all about it here: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/apr/12/bop-english-constant-bop-review-deliriously-easy-to-listen-to. His voice reminds me of Gerry Rafferty (Ed.)
Peaking Lights – Tiger Eyes – glassarfemptee: I am not the only Peaking Lights fan in these parts, but we have never got Aaron & Indra into the Marconium. Here’s a lovely piece of the duo’s ethereal stoner loveliness from deepest Wisconsin. And judging by their occasional mix tapes, their record collection is to die for.
Steve Earle & The Dukes – The Tennessee Kid – tincanman: Steve takes on the blues with his latest album, Terraplane, including this paean to the Faustian myth of Robert Johnson’s Crossroads.
Country Joe McDonald – The Ballad of Tom Joad – goneforeign: If you haven’t read “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, you should. It’s a great novel that accurately describes the conditions of working people in the US during the great depression; in addition to the depression there was also a drought similar to what we’re having now, in fact it all seems so real and the conditions described all still exist. Woody Guthrie took the story and made it into this song, what’s amazing is that he hit every major storyline detail in such a short piece. Country Joe of the ‘Fish’ does it right.