The Lower Lights is a group of amazing musicians and performers who have taken it upon themselves to rework some of our hymns in a style that is newer and somewhat less, well, churchy and starchy than we may be used to. The style of their albums is folky and bluegrassy, yet still spiritual and perhaps even more meaningful than the original arrangement, at least to some. We’ve talked about them before, when their first album came out. I’m happy to let you know that their second volume of hymns came out last month, and even happier to tell you that it’s even better than volume 1 (which is saying something). (more…)
We haven’t talked about Foo Fighters new album, Wasting Light, which was released a couple weeks ago, and which reunited Grohl with Butch Vig, the Nirvana producer. I was planning to do a post on it but then I saw them perform on Letterman and thought the videos of that performance were just awesome, so I’m posting one of them above. As with most Foo Fighters albums, this album has some great tracks and some that just are over the top. One of the tracks, called “I Should Have Known” features Krist Novoselic on bass and appears to be a memoir of their former bandmate’s death, with Grohl repeatedly singing “I cannot forgive you yet.” Seriously. I think this album is one of the best albums this band has ever done.
My favorite track is the one above. I also really like “Walk.” Let me know your thoughts on this new Foo.
It’s the rare rock band nowadays that rocks a baby grand as its primary weapon of choice, but Jack’s Mannequin is that band. (more…)
Ok, here it is, because you demanded it: The list of the top albms of 2009. I was hoping we could do this in a dialogue like last year, or maybe a KulturCast, but that doesn’t seem like it’s happening. So, without further ado, and in no particular order (I’ll let you argue over that), I give you the best albums of 2009: (more…)
It Might Get Loud is a rockumentary about the electric guitar, as seen through the eyes of three iconic artists from three different generations: Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White. During the course of the movie we find out how each of these amazing performers approaches the craft of creating music, their philosophies concerning the guitar as an instrument (some of which turn out to be in direct conflict with each other), and their personal histories and attitudes concerning their various bands and landmark careers. In a word, it’s fascinating. (more…)
Band of Skulls is a new 3-piece british band that has recently released its debut album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey. You can listen to the whole album on their website. This band is getting a lot of attention right out of the gate and for good reason. Bassist/vocalist Emma Richardson looks and sounds like a young Chrissy Hynde (but hotter). Guitarist/vocalist Russell Marsden sounds like a cross between Caleb Followill and Jack White (but hotter). Drummer Matt Hayward is intense without being overwhelming (but he’s not quite so hot). This is definitely a new band you will want to check out and will keep listening to for a long time to come. They are going to be huge (remember, you heard it here first).