So, I’m in a funk, y’all.
(Hey, it happens. ‘Tis all part of the charm that is “Ri”…)
I have Shuffles here on my cork board, waiting…I have a concert review I need to write…I have a three year old boy who desperately needs to get out of the house and run…and here I sit, still in my jammies with embarrassingly little to show for the six and a half hours I’ve been awake today.
Alright, I’m going to move my derriere off this chair and out to the park. Maybe Liam and I will have a Picnic Lunch, and hopefully the sunshine and brisk air will give me a good attitude ass kicking. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with the VERY FIRST SHUFFLE here at MSM, from WAAAYYY back in July, starring yours truly. (The “Mom” side of The MSM…)
TODAY’S GUEST DJ:
Ri from Chasing Liam and Vacuity.
Okay, she has other blogs, too…y’know, like this one… but we don’t want you to think she has a ‘problem’. Ahem.
“…I dig music.” [/Billy Crudup as Russell Hammond in Almost Famous]
I’d been in a “New Music Rut” for a long time until recently. I’d tell you why, but ruts are rarely interesting. I’ve experienced a new awakening, and it’s like pouring water on parched Earth…all sorts of dormant seeds are sprouting again.
Thanks to some incredibly intelligent, fabulously witty, devastatingly gorgeous yet appropriately humble *snerk* buddies, I’ve been exposed to some wonderful new artists. Spurred by their enthusiasm, I’ve gone looking and discovered some great ones on my own as well. It’s like a new music love-fest, and I’m Heidi Fleiss.
Without further ado, I’ll give you the run down on my “Shuffle”. Comments are welcome and encouraged. I’ll have awards for ‘Most Creative Use of Flattering Superlatives’. First prize for that is a set of Henkel steak knives, or maybe a loaf of Wonder Bread. Depends on how the Economy does next week.
Gabriel and the Vagabond: Foy Vance
Loved it from the first ten notes. When I heard Foy’s accent (he’s from Northern Ireland), I melted. When I really listened to the lyrics, I was humbled. By the end of this one, I’m normally singing at the top of my lungs. Feels good.
Making Pies: Patty Griffin
I secretly love tjay for many reasons, including introducing me to this one – right up my musical alley. Well, one of them. This one just gets under my skin, and the lyrics are real to me, y’know? Not sad, though it probably should be. Makes me want to call my Aunts.
Where I Lead Me: Townes Van Zandt
This would probably be a good time to mention that I consider Townes to be my “husband in Heaven”. Ever since I discovered him and his music (thanks to my wonderful “actual husband” – smooches, Baby!), I just GOT him, y’know? A tortured genius, brilliant guitarist, achingly beautiful lyricist. Yep, Townes Van Zandt kicks all kinds of ass. This is one of my favorites. Liam likes to dance around the living room to it.
The Wrote and The Writ: Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit
Found this one on my own. Some music blog, maybe? I dunno, but I’m a sucker for intelligent and snarky lyrics, and Johnny provides them. Makes you think – I love it. I love a good banjo, too. He’s a Brit…lots of them are creeping into my music collection, come to think of it…
Moment of the Year: The Doubtful Guest
Credit goes to Hannah, my bouncy, beautiful buddy from Wales who lives in London. She’s the official “High Chancellor of New Music”, though she’s been neglecting her duties of late. (I suspect a dude is responsible.) She sent me an edict to go and seek out “Way of Not” by these guys (also British), and I obeyed. I loved that, and dug further. This song may be my favorite of the Shuffle. Lots of stuff going on. I’m bopping to it now as I type. If my hair were still long enough for a ponytail, it’d be swingin’ like a metronome.
Gypsy Woman – Jonathan Tyler and The Northern Lights
Need some good, ass-kickin’ Rock with a side of Texas hell-yeah? JT&NL’s got it. Thanks to this heads up actually goes to THE Jason Castro, though I have to credit my buddy Ash for delving further into this group and helping me to settle in as a fantard. Quite a few friends have checked out shows (they’re on tour right now. With Kid Rock and Lynrd Skynrd. Seriously.)
She Painted Pictures: Liam Frost and the Slowdown Family
Chalk another one up to Hannah. This is from their 2006 album, “Show Me How the Spectres Dance”, and if I remember correctly, was her theme song that summer. I love it – reminds me of college, for some reason. Not available on iTunes here in the US…I had to buy it and download directly from the record label. Definitely worth the pounds! (How many things can you say THAT about? heh.)
Sleepwalking: Jay Nash
Not sure how Jay snuck into my radar. I’m thinking it was Elizabeth (aka McLovin) first, though…I think they’re having an affair or something. (kidding. I think.) He’s currently touring with Justin Nozuka, and by all accounts is a sweetie who is easy on the eyes who happens to put on an awesome show and play his heart out. Works for me! This whole album is for the win. I’m digging.
So, there you have it. If you like these songs, support the artists and buy them. Now, let’s see yours! Just the songs and artists will work if you’re pressed for time…I’ll look ‘em up.