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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Acoustically Speaking - Setting Sun



A new resurrected music series celebrating artistry in pubs, studios and practice rooms.
I bring you the best acoustic music in the world - both past and present!


Surf's Up - FIVE SONGS in today's session:

Two firsts here. I have yet to post any of the new Arctic Monkeys tracks. I am still chewing on the new album - and don't get me wrong, it's good. I just can't see the need to plug it. There really isn't any need for any more hype. Now this song, "Bakery" is an as-of-yet unreleased track - yep, SUPER rare. Here is what I do know about the song. It is exceptionally good and scheduled to be released as a "B-Side" for a forthcoming single off the new album. Here are the Arctic Monkeys playing "Bakery" live in the WFNX (Boston) studio.

Doug Marstsh is the vocal stylings behind Built to Spill - the best thing to emerge from Idaho since the potato. Here is a track that demonstrates that his guitar is as memorable as his voice. As with all tracks in this series - Highly Recommended. Go Doug.

A permanent favorite from Adams' Heartbreaker album. It's been raining hard here in Boston for the last couple of days. That's all it takes to put this one back in my mind. My favorite lyric: (obvious in my mind) - Ryan's protagonist in this song loses his hat to a mean-spirited gust of wind which he has personified for our benefit... Listen for it!

Bob Dylan - Spanish Harlem Incident

Oh Bob - you coy dog! You've been doing this for four decades now. This is one of my all-time favorite Dylan tracks from a super-underrated album. It's 1964 and Dylan released this track on "Another Side of" album. The song is about a woman, or is it about a place in the city, or about a point in time? He never really makes it clear, but my money is on the girl. The winner lyrically comes in the third stanza at the end of the song....

"On the cliffs of your wildcat charms I'm riding,
I know I'm 'round you but I don't know where.
You have slayed me, you have made me,
I got to know, babe, will I be touching you
So I can tell if I am really real."

Drive By Truckers - Panties in Your Purse

This was a most untraditional selection - but ultimately; surprises are what this acoustic series is all about. Drive By Truckers are an exceptionally good and criminally underrated group from Athens, GA. This is a song about emotion and doubt. A bit of country twang, some rock spirit and a little acoustic might is just perfect.

EARLIER POSTS IN THIS SERIES:
Acoustic Sessions 1 - A Fresh Start


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