My Morning Jacket
For obvious reasons, I worry about bands with members who resemble raging hippies. My Morning Jacket falls directly into this category, but somewhere between lead singer Jim James’ fuzzy neck beard and drummer Patrick Hallahan’s old flip-flops resides a certain musical genius. Furthermore, the band’s several ponytails do nothing to taint the haunting, lonely depths of this record, which are filled out with washes of reverb and lit up by James’ bright, expansive vocals. “Reverb makes everything right, like a recording you can stick your head into and swim around in,” James told New Music. Yep, you can definitely jump off a diving board into this stuff, and I recommend doing so, like, now.-Jennifer Sherowski
East Grand Blues
Prize Brigade/V2 Records
I admit that it’s a little strange to hear something that sounds like it was made 30 years ago being played by a couple of twenty-something hipsters. But when you consider the existence of The White Stripes and the fact that this band is on tour with ‘em, then it really ain’t at all out of the ordinary. Now, while The White Stripes are obviously channeling Led Zeppelin, The Greenhornes seem to be paying respect to something a little more psychedelic, like The Byrds or The Zombies. It’s basic, aggressive, and still somehow authentic, despite the obvious era-borrowing going on in there. In other words, it is the real thing, if the “real thing” is f-kin’ rock music, which, last time I checked, it was.-J.S.
Every once in a while, I’ll get a CD that I’m afraid to open-for no other reason than because I love the band so much I’m afraid it’s going to suck. It’s something I like to call Metallicitous: when you have to say, “Oh, (insert band’s name here)? Yeah, their first three albums were great … ” While that doesn’t sound all that bad, it still implies that you’ve lost some respect for them. You used to buy their records, but now they suck. When I got this CD, it took a week to open it. I love Fed X, and by the far-off chance that this record wasn’t as good as the others, I refused to crack the seal.
Once I did finally open it, I damn near punched myself in the face for depriving myself of the sweet, sweet riffs contained within that cellophane for seven days. How they make all that sound with no bass player and only four strings on their guitars is beyond me. Go out and get this record, and since the band’s pretty much always on tour, check that out, too. This is not a request-if you don’t obey, a hundred rats will crawl into your bed and chew your ears off.-C.C.
Brain Lozenge is a little slice of heaven right here in the Sounds column. Sometimes we review old stuff, sometimes new-maybe a CD, a DVD, or what the hell, even a book. Whatever it is, it’s guaranteed to soothe your mind … thus, the name.-Chris Coyle
Dress Your Family In Corduroy And Denim
By David Sedaris
If you’re one of them folks who reads a lot, chances are you already know how amazing David Sedaris is. If you’re one of those people who sits around waiting for Hollywood to make a movie out of all the books you want to read-well, you’re an idiot. Even if the entertainment industry did come out with a movie based on the collections of autobiographical stories that have become Sedaris’ signature, they could never do any justice to his style of writing. It would be like watching that stupid Mork And Mindy remake movie. Man, watching that thing was like whacking myself in the crotch with a track shoe.
Back to the book-like Sedaris’ other works, Dress Your Family takes a look into the life of David and his family in a series of short stories that will make you both laugh out loud and feel like your family isn’t that insane after all. Once you’re done with this, you should check out Me Talk Pretty One Day and Naked-those kick ass, too.
DCP’s “Siix Days Before The Wedding” Playlist
1. Pennywise: “Bro Hymn”
2. Wes Makepeace: Any song
3. A Tribe Called Quest: “I Left My Wallet In El Segundo”
4. NOFX: “Lisa And Louise”
5. Ben Harper: “Better Together”
6. Jack Johnson: “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing”
7. Funkdoobiest: “Doobie Show”
8. Bad Religion: “No Control”
9. Strung Out: “Population Control”
10. Led Zeppelin: “Whole Lotta Love”
Photo: Chris Owen