Saturday, April 08, 2006

Power Metal Saturdays

Friday, April 07, 2006

New Sufjan In July. . . sort of

Asthmatic Kitty Records will be releasing The Avalanche on July 11th 2006. The album contains 21 tracks (songs, demos, instrumentals, interludes) left over from the Illinoise era. Originally intended to be a double lp, Illinoise eventually turned out as a single disc leaving behind numerous tracks on the proverbial studio floor. After some fine tuning by Stevens and his group of musicians in late 05' early 06' these tracks were compiled and are now set to be released. More Info

Track List:

  1. The Avalanche
  2. Dear Mr Supercomputer
  3. Adlai Stevenson
  4. The Vivian Girls Are Visited In the Night by Saint Dargarius and his Squadron of Benevolent Butterflies
  5. Chicago (acoustic version)
  6. The Henney Buggy Band
  7. Saul Bellow
  8. Carlyle Lake
  9. Springfield, or Bobby Got a Shadfly Caught in his Hair
  10. The Mistress Witch from McClure (or, The Mind That Knows Itself)
  11. Kaskaskia River
  12. Chicago (adult contemporary easy listening version)
  13. Inaugural Pop Music for Jane Margaret Byrne
  14. No Man's Land
  15. The Palm Sunday Tornado Hits Crystal Lake
  16. The Pick-up
  17. The Perpetual Self, or "What Would Saul Alinsky Do?"
  18. For Clyde Tombaugh
  19. Chicago (Multiple Personality Disorder version)
  20. Pittsfield
  21. The Undivided Self (for Eppie and Popo)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Time for some Elliott

One of the great things about Elliott is the vast catalogue of material he has left behind. In addition to six studio albums, rarities and demos, which hopefully will continue to appear as the years go by, fans have a multitude of live shows they can explore. Anyone who wanted to do so could, for the most part, compile a live version of of each of his albums with the luxary of picking and choosing the best performance of a particular song. Here are a couple live performances I am particularly fond of from the basement-era. As always. . .please enjoy!

Elliott Smith - King's Crossing (live)

Elliott Smith - Coast to Coast (live acoustic) *highly recommended*

Elliott Smith - Fond Farewell (live)

Elliott Smith - Twilight (live)

Elliott Smith - A distorted reality is now a necessity to be free (live)

buy Elliott Smith records

Monday, April 03, 2006

Songs from the Motion Picture Empire Records

A little nostalgia with these tunes from a great film from an even greater time. Can you feel the memories rushing back?

Daniel Johnston - Rock n' Roll/Ega

Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet

Gin Blossoms - Till I hear it from you

Better than Ezra - Circle of friends

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Live Assortment

Live Sunday Mix. . . but first, See Kyle Draw

REM - California Dreaming (mamas and the papas cover) buy

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Brandy (live) buy

Iggy Pop - The Passenger (live) buy

Jon Brion - Creep (radiohead cover) buy

Elliott Smith - LA (live) buy

Friday, March 31, 2006

Elliott Smith Olympia DVD

Thanks to some kind folks over at SweetAddy, we now have a dvd quality version of Elliott's Olympia, Wa. performance.

Individual performances can be viewed here from the youtube website, like the one below.

Elliott Smith - Rose Parade (Live, Olympia, Wa 7-17-99)

A zip file of the show provided by the Trash Treasury can be found here

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Rocky Votolato

Rocky Votolato is the best thing i've heard in a long while. His most recent album, Makers, is simply superb. From the first song and single, White Daisy Passing, to the album's namesake closer you will never get bored. His whiskey soaked voice accompanied by angelic guitar work as well as a plethora of other unique instruments make for a fine piece of work. If it's one album I implore you to get, it's Makers (other than all of Elliott Smith's albums which is a given), you surely will not be dissappointed. Check out the Rolling Stone article.

Special performance of white daisy passing from votolato's myspace site

Rocky Votolato - White daisy passing

For more of Rocky's music please visit his myspace site
Thigh Roller