Wednesday, September 30, 2009

(Almost Belatedly) Celebrating Music Month


So Whit got all excited about this music month thing. He wanted others to chip in, and we said okay, partially to help him out, but mostly to keep him quiet, so we can go back to picking our noses and wiping our boogers under our cubicle desktops. He then went and wrtoe all these fancy 18,000 word opuses that involve hard work, creativity, intelligence and image embedding. Frankly, it intimidates the hell out of lazy sacks like TJ and me. Mostly TJ, actually, but me to some extent as well. I'm too apathetic to be intimidated.

But since Whit has logged about a million words on his eclectic musical tastes, I felt it appropriate to throw 200 o so of my own into the mix. I haven't been able to fish my balls out of my wife's large purse much recently, so it's been hard to go out and see live music. But I was able to sneak out the other night and discover a band that is well suited for the musical, cultural and sartorial tastes of our vast, fashion forward readership.

The band is Truth and Salvage Co. They look like a cross between the Eagles and the Band, circa 1978. And they sound exactly like a cross between those two bands. Cocaine-laced country rock with a nod to traditional folk. I have no idea what that last sentence means, but it's true. I think. The web-site gives the band's story, so I'll spare the regurgitation, but Chris Robinson produced their EP, they are opening for a new-and-improved Black Crowes on tour this summer, and they're likely to come your way again sometime in the next few months. The web version of their tunes is good, but won't do their live show justice.

The biggest challenge this band will have is how to grow when four different membes of the band write songs, and how to stay out of rehab. Check them out if they come your way.


And while you're at it, go buy the new Black Crowes album. The band has a new sound, thanks to the addition of slide guitar maestro (and North Mississippi Allstars frontman) Luther Dickinson on lead guitar. He and Rich Robinson have some good chemistry, and the new album is much more varied than what you've come to expect from the Crowes. Their tracks alternate between folk, bluegrass, country and the 1970's-era blues rock sound that sounds like the best stuff the Rolling Stones have.

14 comments:

rob said...

tr, do you know the avett brothers? you might like them based on what you think of truth & salvage. punky bluegrass/folk/rock with killer harmonies.

skipping around threads here to answer shlara's question in the last one, i'll be posting a review of the u2 show at some point. short version: show good-to-quite-good, traffic leaving fedex almost bad enough to make it not fun. but not quite.

TR said...

Never heard of them, but always in the market for something new. I will give them a shot.

TR said...

Actually, I remember the Friday Wall Street Journal's Weekend edition had something on them. Knew it sounded familiar. Yes, my life is that lame at the moment. The Wall Street Journal is my pop culture exposure.

TJ said...

I guess you could say you were tardy to the party.

rob said...

if you're talking to me, i was way early to the party, but tardy getting home. 'twas nearly 2:00 when i laid my head on my pillow, thanks to the 90-minute, 300-yard journey from parking spot to fedex exit. fucking dan snyder.

Mark said...

Don't be tardy to the party. Ooooh, ohoooh.

Mark said...

So...Monta Ellis. Kind of a dick, huh?

rob said...

do tell

Mark said...

He basically said that there was no way that he was going to play with Steph Curry. His reasoning was sound (they're both basically udnersized 2 guards) but he did it in such a way (both in attitude and how public it was...at media day) that there's no way that Curry can feel comfortable playing with him. I'm sure this will lead to even worse chemistry on the Warriors than already existed (among the worst in the league last year)and eventually led to the to of them refusing to even make eye contact with one another.

This incident along with the scooter fiasco from last summer leads me to believe that Ellis is an overrated, self-entitled, selfish asshole. Just a guess.

TJ said...

Who's fired up for Hawaii at Louisiana Tech tonight?

Yeah...

TJ said...

Mark, please tell me you've seen DeShawn Stevenson's new tattoos?

Mark said...

I have. I have to say, the artwork on honest Abe is pretty good. His son's name on his hairline is just a terrible idea and it looks like it was written by a 3rd grader. The crack on his forehead is a blatant bit of Lil' Wayne's style (and its not cool on Lil' Wayne) and I don't even know where to begin on the backwards Pirates 'P' on his cheekbone.

What a fucking nut case that guy is.

TJ said...

I still can't believe Clete Thomas is white.

TJ said...

And, with both their seasons on the line, the Tigers are running some kid named Eddie Bonine out there to face for the Twins...my second least favorite person on Earth, Carl Pavano.