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Ron Sexsmith- Retriever

Posted August 30, 2007 By admin

While Ron Sexsmith has had littl problem establishing his idntity as a songwriter with the warm, compassionate intelligence of his lyrics, as a recording artist he’s been a bit harder to pin down. After escaping the tape-loop jungle of Mitchell Froom’s production on his first three major-label albums, Sexsmith has seen his music matched with the roots-oriented pop approach of Blue Boy and the subtle electronic textures of Cobblestone Runway, each successful but in decidedly different ways. At first listen, Sexsmith’s sixth album, Retriever, sounds like an attempt to move back to the style of Other Songs or Whereabouts, but without the production excesses of those sessions; many of the melodies boast ’60s-influenced pop hooks, and Martin Terefe’s production subtly reinforces the Beatlesque qualities of the music, with occasional side trips into the land of ’70s singer/songwriters (“Whatever It Takes” could almost pass for a lost Bill Withers track). But the results have a more open and organic feel than Froom’s thematically similar work, employing real strings and less cluttered arrangements, and Sexsmith sounds quite comfortable in these surroundings. While Sexsmith sounded decidedly awkward and self-conscious as a singer on his early albums, he’s grown into a vocalist who delivers his material with a genuine and compelling commitment on his recent albums, and Retriever sounds like his most confident and accomplished set to date. And as a writer, Sexsmith is still gloriously one of a kind, a man who can write about love without sounding either cloying or bitter, and can document both the bright and dark sides of life with honesty, heart, and clear perception. Most songwriters could go their whole careers without penning a song as strong as “How on Earth,” “Imaginary Friends,” or “For the Driver,” and those are just three of the high points on Retriever; if you know Sexsmith’s work, then you already have a good idea of how good this album is, and if you don’t, this is a fine place to get acquainted.– Mark Deming (AllMusic.com)

Dandelion Wine
Whatever It Takes
Not About To Lose

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Ryan Adams-Live

Posted August 27, 2007 By admin

Here’s a few videos of Ryan Adams on a French TV show (sorry, not sure of the name). Pretty cool performance, and an interview thrown in here and there. Enjoy.

Everybody Knows

Goodnight Rose

Halloween Head

The Sun Also Sets

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Janis Joplin @ Woodstock

Posted August 25, 2007 By admin

Day Two
Performer Nine
8-16-69

Janis Joplin

-Raise Your Hand
-As Good As You’ve Been To This World
-To Love Somebody
-Summertime
-Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)
-Kosmic Blues
-Can’t Turn You Loose
-Work Me Lord
-Piece Of My Heart
-Ball and Chain

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Cover songs

Posted August 24, 2007 By admin

I’ve run across some pretty interesting covers the last few weeks, and thought I’d post them. Some sounds close to the originals, and some sound vastly different. Either way, each artist gives the song a little of themselves and makes for a nice & interesting listen.

JoJo- Beautiful Girls (Sean Kingston)
Robyn- Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson)
Elvis Costello- Ring Of Fire (Johnny Cash)
Paolo Nutini- Rehab (Amy Winehouse)
Mandy Moore- Umbrella (Rihanna)

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Creedence Clearwater Revival @ Woodstock

Posted August 22, 2007 By admin

Day Two
Performer Eight
8-16-69

Creedence Clearwater Revival

-Born On The Bayou
-Green River
-Ninety-Nine And A Half (Won’t Do)
-Commotion
-Bootleg
-Bad Moon Rising
-Proud Mary
-I Put A Spell On You
-Night Time Is The Right Time
-Keep On Choogin’
-Suzy Q

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Eva Cassidy

Posted August 21, 2007 By admin

“She could sing anything . . . and make it sound like it was the only music that mattered.”
Richard Harrington, The Washington Post

That quote pretty much sums up what Eva Cassidy can do to a person. For me personally, the first time I heard her I was at a friends house and I was just speechless. There are very few musicians that have ever made me feel that way, and she is still the only one that still has the same effect after years of listening. To really appreciate Eva, you have to know the story behind the music, and it’s a tragic one to say the least. Eva died at far too young age of 33, of melanoma. Even faced with the horrible reality she was dying, she managed to sing a version of “What A Wonderful World” at a concert hosted in her honor. That should show you how amazing a person Eva was.

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