Sunday, January 11, 2009

Tooth of Crime (T-Bone Burnett)

though i discovered it late in the year, this noir masterpiece is my favorite album of 2008. it's true that '08 was not a great listening year for me. but, that might be why i really love this record. it GRABBED me and made me listen to it over and over. it demanded my time.

Tooth of Crime features a song co-written by Roy Orbison (Kill Zone), along with one of my favorite voices, Sam Phillips (formerly married to T-Bone Burnett). the album is a soundtrack to the second version of Sam Shepard's play of the same name. the play was re-written with some new music by Burnett in 1996, but the songs were only recently finished. and i am in love with them.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


This clip exemplifies why Mary J. Blige is a heroine... Humble, beautiful, and capable of totally entrancing huge groups of people.

Be patient... It will get you, too.

Friday, May 30, 2008


Guitarist Bill Frisell's new album is AMAZING, beautiful, moving, powerful, shake your head and yell "DAMN" kind of music. Oh my gosh I can't even describe it. You can stream it from his label's website. When you buy the CD through them, you also get immediate mp3 downloads. Have a listen and see if it suits you. I won't say how crazy you are if it doesn't. I'm working on my diplomacy.

Friday, May 23, 2008

New Most Favorites: The Archive

THIS blog began when the New Most Faves started to overwhelm the original blog. Here's the archive, from whence we came...
  • Nouknouk - Confection for the Eyes
  • MUSE - Absolution
  • Inara George - It's mellifluous.
  • Melody Gardot makes new standards like it's 1949.
  • Ray LaMontagne's new album is like the best of Joe Cocker on codeine (produced by the amazing Ethan Johns), but listening to this music makes my heart beat faster.
  • Addictive modern take on electronic pop - I am obsessed with Ghostland Observatory
  • Pandora is like the whole world making a mix tape just for you.
  • C19H21N3O with a rum and coke
  • Amon Tobin slays me every which electronic way.
  • Mary J. Blige's album The Breakthrough is definitely in my top 5 of 2006 and it's only March.
  • Finally, some Cat Power I can get behind.
  • Mute Math - These boys rock.
  • Without Gravity is for fans of mazzy star and sleeping pills.
  • Roots in Gasoline by Scouts Honor reminds me of Rollins' early Black Flag days.
  • Kathleen Edwards The guitar work on her latest record makes my heart ache.
  • Maimou - Juliana Sheffield's lyrics and voice are deliciously haunted.
  • You can't not listen to Paul McCartney's Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Beck).
  • Everything about Sia's Colour the Small One is beautiful.
  • The Langley Schools Music Project for aspiring ethnomusicologists everywhere: elementary students covering 70's pop hits in the cafeteria
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Try out the track "How Long Do I Have to Wait for You" and do whatever you have to do to SEE HER LIVE.
  • Jupiter One Creative, original NEW new wave from NYC
  • It still amazes me to find people who haven't heard the wonder that is Patty Griffin.
  • Martha Wainwright, sister of Rufus - Raw weird talent runs in her blood.
  • and now for something completely different

    This just in from my favorite Chicago screamos, Scouts Honor. It's no secret that I adore frontman Jared Grabb. His solo acoustic sets would make anyone swoon. Not to say that this isn't also romantic...

    Scouts Honor "Prison Bars" at Substage in Germany on 5-8-08

    Saturday, April 19, 2008

    don't need the work like you need the work done

    thanks to Kevin Connor for turning me onto Todd Snider. we share Portland, OR and Austin, TX connections, so about 300 people had already told me to check todd out, but after finally hearing these two songs, i'm sold. i guess it took three hundred and 1.

    Watch Beer Run
    Watch Lookin For a Job

    Monday, March 24, 2008

    current girl crushes

    i REALLY so love Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward together in the band She and Him. Check out their MySpace site and listen to "This is Not a Test." It's like eating 70's country-tinged pop treats on the most comfy couch with Patsy Cline and Linda Rondstadt.

    recently found the sweet sad joy of Sera Cahoone through SXSW:

    Link to Sera Cahoon on MySpace for more great songs.