Monday, January 31, 2011

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1965)

Do you ever feel like you're just doing things because people expect them of you? Do you ever feel like your whole life is based on other people's needs? They are some scary things to ask yourself but when you are feeling the pressure of the outside world, those things run through my mind. I just want to sit in my room all day and listen to records. If that was acceptable, I could die happy.

This record makes me happy...weird considering it's the blues. Paul Butterfield was born and raised in Chicago and grew up around the Chicago blues scene in the 50's and 60's. When he started the Paul Butterfield Blues Band with Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield, they incorporated their adolescent attitude into their music. Fast, raw, and ruthless blues with killer harmonica leads that doesn't disappoint. The slower more traditional tracks make you feel like you just wandered into a smoke filled blues bar movie scene. They even recorded some some of their own renditions of classics such as Muddy Waters' I've Got My Mojo Workin', Elmore James' Shake Your Moneymaker and Willy Dixon's Mellow Down Easy. I've been addicted to this album since I heard it so I hope you enjoy The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band album.

P.S. This is their first album.


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Friday, January 28, 2011

The Bees Made Honey In the Lions Skull (2008)

The past few days have been horrible. I am incredibly sick and haven't been this sick in a long time. I have no energy to do anything except listen to music. This album sounds like how I feel. Slow and sludgy.

Earth's album The Bees Made Honey In the Lion's Skull is an unusual album. Earth, who started in the early 90's in Seattle, Washington, used to play distorted Black Sabbath-esque metal. The lead guitarist and original member since the beginning used to be roommates with Kurt Cobain and he even sings on a song from their first album. Over the years, they have proved that they are one of the best bands in heavy music today. But, the thing is, this album isn't that "heavy" per say. I guess Dylan started listening to country music and incorporated it into his songwriting. They play at 50 BPM but isn't boring at all. The album has so much depth and is an amazing album front to back. It sounds like if you took Black Sabbath and The Flying Burrito Brothers and threw them in a blender. Honestly, one of my favorite records of the 2000's. It came out on Southern Lord so that must say something. The soundtrack of impeding doom!


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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Astral Weeks (1968)

Hey folks. I haven't updated in a while but I figured since I just got a new computer, might as well. A lot has happened since I moved from New York. I moved to Philly for a little while then moved back home to San Francisco. A lot has changed for me since moving back. I'm dating the girl of my dreams and am FINALLY back in school. Not to mention, I just found an awesome parking spot and I'm sitting in a cozy spot in my room listening to this record. Thought I would share it with you kind folks who actually look at this...if you exist.

Van Morrison's album Astral Weeks is a beautiful piece of music. This is his first album. Blowin' Your Mind doesn't count because it was a compilation album filled with singles. Yes, Brown Eyed Girl is an awesome song but it was meant to just be a single. That album was compiled without Morrison's consent. This album is unusual compared to the rest of Morrison's catalog. Each song is pretty lengthy (in a good way) and there are tons of instruments in the mix. Strings, bells, flutes, horns, piano, percussion, acoustic guitars, etc. There aren't any hit singles on this album but he did a tour a couple of years ago and played this album in it's entirety. That has to say something. Anyway, if you already love this guy and haven't heard this album, you are seriously missing out. This album has the power to mellow me out regardless of my mood. Enjoy.


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