pepper

published on September 25th, 2011

pepper

I was researching to see if any band had covered Captain Beefheart's "sure nuff n yes i do" when I came across an article listing the song as one of the Kills favorites. This is how I discovered the Kills put out a new album "blood pressures".  I'm completely addicted to the first song "future starts slow" (who cares if it's a drum machine!).  As for the rest of the album. . . it's okay.  There are always a couple songs on each album that I'm crazy about. . .and the rest are okay.  Let's call these pepper bands, you know, where you only need a couple flakes to flavor your playlist.  I want to be mad about all their music because they seem like a band you should be mad about, but I'm still waiting for an album I can play all the way through.  To their credit, it's a major accomplishment to write just one song people love, I couldn't do it.  Given that they've put out 4 albums and there's always a song or two on each album that ROCKS, I'd say they're doing much better than most...

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sure nuff n yes i do

published on September 23rd, 2011

sure nuff n yes i do

Richard Perry's work with the Pointer Sisters in the 1980's is well known.  Recently I discovered, to my surprise, that Perry produced my favorite Captain Beefheart album "Safe as Milk".  Although the recording of "Safe as Milk" leaves something to be desired, In my opinion it is far superior to the better known "Trout Mask Replica".  The best song on this album, that some band ought to have covered by now, is "sure nuff n yes i do".  This song epitomizes why Captain Beefheart had a music career at all, it's super bluesy.  

filthy funky

published on April 16th, 2011

filthy funky

Many times I'll buy an album based on the cover or the year.  These were my motivations for buying "Filthy!" by Papa John Creach out of the dollar pile.  I had no idea what I would hear when I played this album. . . but it was only a dollar.  Usually, I don't dig solely instrumental music but this was good!  He has some soul singers in the background, which adds to the funkiness.  Papa John Creach was a well known fiddle player from the late 60's to the early 90's.  He played with bands like Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane.  In my opinion, this is the best of his own albums.     

all Time Favorite

published on April 4th, 2011

all Time Favorite

Sometimes I buy records on a whim and never listen to them.  I spend a good amount of time listening to the same music and then one day I'll get bored and change my entire repertoire.  So, about ten years ago I had become completely bored and was searching through my albums to see if there was anything I'd never given a listen to.  I stumbled across "Court and Spark" by Joni Mitchell.  

My parents were late baby boomers.  They grew up listening to Joni Mitchell and passed it down to me.  I remember my father listening to "Blue" mostly.  When I was a teenager, I loved "Clouds" and "Ladies of the Canyon" but I had never heard of "Court and Spark".  So, when I  finally listened to this album,  I called my father to tell him about it and he said "your mom and I used to listen to that constantly right before you were born."  I think this is why I have an amazing affinity to this album, it must have permeated my soul in the womb.  I can honestly say this is one of my top 5 albums of...

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