The new Moe Meguro record is completely recorded, but it needs to be mixed and mastered before we can press it.
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I Was A King – A Name That Hurts To Say (29 plays)
This band was one of the first that I posted about around two years ago on this blog. There’s something very basic and beautiful about the lyrics:
Watch the breeze touch your hair, reveals your eyes. All your kindness makes me sad. Seems what’s leaving you won’t come my way, all the good things seem to pass.
Oh, also, the guitar playing on this track is so subtle and magnificent. Listen to how the chords melt into each other! You can’t even hear the strumming. Whatever the technique or production trickery, the result is a beautiful, chiming, wash of guitar.
Big Star – Lovely Day (Demo) (49 plays)
This track was the precursor to what eventually become "Stroke It Noel" on Big Star's Sister Lovers record. I really love this version of the song; it’s a stripped down arrangement: just vocals and 12-string guitar. The vocals are almost the complete opposite of “Stroke It Noel.” “Stroke It Noel” has a lot of almost bluesy-but-Bach-y descending melodies, but “Lovely Day" (for which there’s also a "full band" version of the song which is comprised of the "Lovely Day" vocals/lyrics over the "Stroke It Noel" instrumentals) has these gorgeous, almost Beatle-esque ascending melodies. The first time that I heard this demo, I wasn’t that impressed and I definitely preferred “Stroke It Noel;” however, over time this demo has become one of my favorite Big Star tracks!
Pattern Is Movement – Peach Trees (25 plays)
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. Anyways, here’s another great band that never got the attention that they probably deserved. This track is off their 2008 album, All Together. They haven’t done anything that I’m aware of since then, which is a real shame.
Pattern Is Movement started off as a full band that made some pretty cool quasi-orchestral, kind of math-y/indie sounding music that had a lot in common sonically with Rob Crow and his projects like Thingy or Pinback. In 2008, Pattern Is Movement stripped down to a two-piece group (just keyboards/vocals and drums) and recorded All Together with engineer/producer Scott Solter. Scott Solter is a total magician in the studio and there are all sorts of amazing, beautifully musical sounds on All Together that would probably be impossible to recreate in a live scenario. Indeed, it’s a testament to how good Pattern In Movement’s songwriting is that even without all of the studio bells and whistles, they still managed to give an absolutely stunning performance as a two-piece when I saw them in San Francisco back in 2008. Definitely one of the better bands of the 00’s, I really hope they’re still making music!
Rube Waddell – Mohandas (9 plays)
A good Tom Waits-ish group that nobody’s ever heard of from SF.
Bill Frisell – Farmer (9 plays)
I love that you can hear Frisell wheezing in the background halfway through this.
Pavement – Gold Soundz (0 plays)
Three and a half weeks of R&R in the New Zealand summer coming to an end in a few days. So long to the Shire.
Bill Frisell – Arkansas [Part 1] (19 plays)
The arrangement on this tune is absolutely stunning. Every time I hear a Frisell tune with a folk-ish vibe, it reminds me how much I want to purchase a pedal steel. Cry about it.