Neil Young fans seem to like the fact that Neil Young can get away with anything he wants. So they really oughta like Neil's new album, Americana.
He's back with Crazy Horse this time around. And this album puts the "crazy" in Crazy Horse.
Neil says these are songs you remember from kindergarten, but rearranged by his band.
I can hear the quote now from Neil Young fans around the world: "Hey, it's Neil being Neil, whaddaya want?"
Imagine Late Night's Jimmy Fallon parodying Neil's sound and coming up with a rousing version of "Oh Susannah" or "Clementine." And that's just about what you get on this album.
Then just when you think you've figured out what's going on, they throw in the inexplicable cover of the classic Silhouettes doo-wop song "Get a Job." Complete with the sha-na-na-nas and dip-dip-dip-do-wops. What?
"Oh, that's just Neil being Neil."
I kind of do like their version of "Gallow's Pole" better than the Led Zeppelin/Robert Plant version. In fact it's all kind of growing on me. I love Neil so much, HE CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS!
The album is out now.
Maybe Neil's next project should be an album of covers of Willow Smith (Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's daughter).
Today's free download is from a local band on the rise: Phox. Hop on the bandwagon early, my friends - this talented group is quickly gaining fans, and you should be one of them. Fronted by the fantastic female vocalist Monica Martin, Phox features brothers Matt & Davey Roberts, as well as Matt Holmen, Cheston Van Huss, and Jason Krunnfusz. All six members have Baraboo roots and have been previously involved with other bands. Last fall, these hometown friends came together to form Phox, and you can download their trio of demos for free here.
If you're thinking that these will be shoddy garage demos, you'll be pleasantly surprised. The phoxes are a talented group of musicians, each yielding multiple instruments to craft a creative, folky sound. It's enough pop to have you singing along on the first listen, and it's enough rock to keep your ears interested. "Evil" is a catchy gem that you'll want to immediately play again. Go ahead, take a listen.
You're addicted to that irresitable intro already, aren't you? Guess what the best part is - they sound this good live. See for yourself this Friday, when Phox opens for Company of Thieves at the Majestic Theatre.
Flatpicking folk musician Doc Watson is being remembered today for his amazing flatpicking guitar style that influenced many, and intimidated others. And his smooth baritone voice was nothing to sneeze at either.
Blind since the age of one, Watson first learned how to play the harmonica at age 6, and learned banjo at 11, on a guitar his father made with the skin of the family cat who had died at age 16. (Creepy, or cool?) He learned to play guitar at a school for the blind in Raleigh N.C. on a Stella guitar his dad bought him for $12.
Hey, my first guitar was a Stella too...his must have had some magic in it for him to learn to play that well. Or he practiced, one of the two.
A lot of folks first heard Doc Watson's music on the amazing Will the Circle Be Unbroken album, a three album set that came out in 1972. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band got together all these old country and bluegrass performers and basically let them go..with most songs recorded on the first or second take, with delightful stage banter included.
So many of those performers have passed on (Earl Scruggs, Mother Maybelle Carter, Merle Travis, Roy Acuff), perhaps they're having a big old jam on the other side!
I'm lucky enough to have seen Doc Watson play the Madison Civic Center in the 1990s, and I was impressed at his ability. And I have to thank my boyfriend Mike for exposing me to his music. Mike said that Will the Circle Be Unbroken album was the one present he asked for in 1973, and he listened to it over and over again. Had I never met Mike I may have missed out on that music entirely.
As we head into the unofficial start of Summer, I offer these fine captions for your entertainment. Starting with our honorable mentions:
I like this one because I think Johnny Depp is the prettiest man on the planet Callie M I KNOW I saw a Johnny Depp one around here somewhere...
We can always count on Kraig to be clever Kraig When you find yourself having a Marie Antoinette day, stop on by Marley's Head Shop. We've got just what it takes to set your head straight.
Play on words ALWAYS works for me Tammy A Adam knew he was much more than 2 faced. Why couldn't anyone else see it? John C. My favorite store is Head Bath & Beyond.
Too true, too true. Patrick Dieter This is the LAST time I drop acid before going shopping at Wal-Mart!
A cautionary tale… Gary Charles the Lost & Found Department in Paris' Place de le Revolution.
Any Mel Brooks caption works for me! Jeff Which one was it that I was looking for.....Abbey something.....Abbey Normal.....
And our WINNER of a 5 pack of very cool CD’s is Eric, who needs to contact me to get his prizes.
Eric Sheppard Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner is excited to finally go shopping for a head.
Have a safe and fun weekend!
I just discovered Gary Clark Jr., and I already feel like I've been missing out. Don't sit on this one, music lovers! If you currently dig The Black Keys or Alabama Shakes, pay attention -- and even if you don't, you'll still want to listen to this genre-hopping 28-year-old from Austin. Gary Clark Jr. takes his guitar on trips through blues, soul, rock, and even R&B. Expand your horizons with this music lovechild.
Today's free download lands somewhere in the crunchy rock 'n blues category, and brings Jimi Hendrix to mind, too. Head over to GCJ's website to snag his song "Bright Lights" in exchange for your email address. Don't stop there - you've heard this song, but you haven't heard it all. Keep listening to Gary Clark Jr.!
Looking for a reason to head down to Texas? Well now you definitely have one! The lineup for this year's Austin City Limits has been announced, and boy is it a doozy! Headlining acts include The Black Keys, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + The machine, Jack White, and The Avett Brothers. Rock, blues, and folk. What more could you want?
Well how about this: The Shins, Gotye, Weezer, Punch Brothers, Trampled by Turtles, Iggy & The Stooges, Andrew Bird, Metric, and The Lumineers! And that's only the starts of a long list of awesome artist only too good to be true.
So strap on your cowboy boots and hat and saunter on down to Texas for some musical delight.
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