Making my blog rounds this morning I saw something worth reposting over on Saving Country Music. Apparently 15 tracks from early sessions that would utlimately give birth to Johnny’s American Recordings have been assembled and offered for free. Now, I haven’t listened to them yet but according to Saving Country Music, “It’s just Johnny Cash and his guitar, sitting in Rick Rubin’s living room, except for one track accompanied by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. No overdubbs, just a live mic, warts and all.”
Okay, I’ll just put it right out on front street. I’m pretty sure Brothers is gonna be my favorite album of 2010. The only competition I expect it to get is from the upcoming Two Cow Garage album, but it’s a tough one to beat. I mean, they even manage to make whistling in a song good in “Tighten Up”. When was the last time a song had decent whistling in it? Last I can think of is “Civil War” by Guns-n-Roses.
So there. It’s Essential Listening and I suspect everyone’s heard the cd and read a bazillion reviews about it by now so I’m not gonna write about that. Instead, I am gonna write about sticking with a band even though you’re not to sure you like where they’re headed. See, I “discovered” The Black Keys when I downloaded The Big Come Up and Thickfreakness, and by the time they released Rubber Factory I was a card carrying member of The Black Key’s fanboy club. A position that was only cemented in place when they came to town on their Rubber Factory tour and absolutely killed it in front of 100 (maybe) people at Skipper’s Smokehouse. Then came Magic Potion. Now, admittedly, it’s not a bad album, and on the rare occasion I hear it and I wonder why I don’t listen to it more than I actually do, but the point is it just doesn’t catch me like those first albums did. When Attack & Release came out it held my attention even less and I figured my run with The Black Keys was coming to an end. They were headed in one direction, and I was missing the huge fuzzed bluesy attack of the past. That said, I still picked up Dan’s solo cd (I listened to it twice) and seeing that a cd was produced by Auerbach is usually all I need to pick up an album by an artist I’ve never heard of.
Imagine my surprise when found myself giddy in musical love with “Tighten Up” and “Next Girl” after they initially leaked to the internet. I didn’t wanna get too excited but it became less and less possible with each listen to “Next Girl”. So, along came release day and there I was at my local music store with the worst album cover of 2010 in my hands waiting to see if the rest of the album could stack up with the lead singles. A question which, at this point, we all know my answer too. It’s like the band finally made the sound they were fishing for with Magic Potion and Attack & Release, and it took them finally spreading their wings a little under solo albums and projects like Blakroc for it to finally be realized. Personally, I am glad I stuck along for the ride. It makes me want to go back, knowing the end result, and listen to Magic Potion and Attack & Release in a different light. If I could only stop listening to Brothers…
Well. I’ll be a motherfucker. I never expected to still be doing these 12 months after the first one but here we are. Furthermore, I feel as though they are an integral part of the site now days. For some reason, I don’t really care to much about the stats for the podcast but today I took a peek at them and according to the stats there are 2500 subscribers to this fucker! I don’t know if that’s a lot or a pathetic number in podcast world but I am pretty sure it’s more people than the average Rays game gets. I hope it’s 5000 by this time next year. With that said, let’s talk about this month’s podcast.
For the one year anniversary I’ve brought y’all, what I feel like, is the best podcast to date from a production standpoint….and musically it’s pretty friggin’ stellar to. I open it with a small collection of happy birthday tracks before settling into a show full of brand new material. We got brand new tracks from The Black Keys, American Aquarium, Red Clay River, I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House, Gaslight Anthem and The Morning Pages. Also, in celebration of our birthday, we’re bringing you the best give away the podcast has had to date but to know about that you’re gonna have to actually listen to the damn thing. Another thing that was super cool about this month’s podcast is that there were actually requests from twitter and facebook that ended up getting played. If you have something you wanna hear played follow me on Facebook or Twitter and make a request when I solicit them next month.
As always, below you’ll find the track listing for the show. Please tell your friends and Facebook/Twitter followers about it, I’ll greatly appreciate it.