I haven’t put one of these together in a couple of weeks due to party plans (it was amazing in case you were wondering) and I don’t feel bad about it. But now that I have no excuse left here are some links to get you through the weekend!
Gillian Welch covers As Long As The Grass Shall Grow on Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited, an Americana tribute to Johnny Cash.
Fifty years ago this October, Johnny Cash released Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian, a concept album that turned its back on virtually everything else that was happening in country music — from countrypolitan arrangements to the Bakersfield sound — and blazed its own trail.
Joe Pug covers Springsteen on Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute to Born in the U.S.A.
It is at once a testament to the timelessness of the Boss’s songwriting and to the unchanged economic torpor of working people in America that this song is so relevant 30 years later. I was thrilled and honored that Lightning Rod Records gave me the opportunity to try to interpret one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite artists.
Jenny Owen Youngs starts an advice column for Noisey
In our new column “Any Questions? with Jenny Owen Youngs,” we hand the reigns over our favorite Brooklyn songstress and let her answer your questions. What qualifies a woman whose hobbies include Instagramming stuffed Ninja Turles (see above) to dole out advice? Nothing really, she’s just a sage lady. You can heed her wisdom or not. That’s up to you. Here’s her first crack at answering your questions. (And if you’d like to ask her questions anonymously, you can do so here.)
Charley “The City Mouse” Fasano gives us a stream of his new EP Retrospect/ed
Retrospect/ed is a multimedia collaboration of storytelling, block printing and film between poet and artist Charly Fasano and Memphis, Tennessee’s Lucero. It is a It is available as a 7 inch vinyl record that includes an illustrated book, mp3 download code as well as bonus tracks of the first 7 inch Charly Fasano and Lucero released in 2006 and a hand pulled linocut block print that appears in the book. It is also available as a pocket book that will include a mp3 download code.
The podcast Improv4Humans, in which host/UCB founder Matt Besser and three other comedians do improv sketches together, has featured some great musical guests in the past few months. In the musical episodes, the sketches are inspired by songs the guests play in studio. Most recently was Chris Farren from Fake Problems; there was Hallelujah the Hills in May; and Drag the River in April.
Hallelujah the Hills
Drag the River
Olivia Jean has an album coming out, Third Man Records has samples for you
Bathtub Love Killings is the debut solo LP from Olivia Jean, the multi-instrumentalist who cut her teeth in the Third Man stable backing folks as varied as Karen Elson, Wanda Jackson and Jack White in addition to fronting the much-loved Black Belles. Jean has accrued a lifetime of experience in a few short years, from highlight performances on The Colbert Report, Conan, Late Show With David Letterman and The Grand Old Opry stage to having one of her songs used as the theme for the television series Elvira’s Movie Macabre. Produced by Jack White, Bathtub Love Killings showcases Jean as a songwriting force to be reckoned with. Playing damn-near every instrument she could get her hands on, the result is a well-rounded, catchy record that’s chock-a-block full of ear worm moments.