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HenryJLittlefinger
Jan 31, 2010

stomp clap


me your dad posted:

Not sure if anyone will know, but what the hell -

The Supersuckers are coming to DC (and playing a local BBQ joint of all places). Does anyone know if they typically focus on their country material or the rock stuff when they play live?

Last time I saw them, Eddie opened for the Supersuckers with a pedal steel dude named Jordan Schapiro and they did all good country poo poo. The Supersuckers set was a lot more rock from what I recall. That was probably 12 years ago though.

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El Miguel
Oct 30, 2003


me your dad posted:

Not sure if anyone will know, but what the hell -

The Supersuckers are coming to DC (and playing a local BBQ joint of all places). Does anyone know if they typically focus on their country material or the rock stuff when they play live?

They have been known to do one or the other or both. Hill Country is a nice venue - I saw Slim Cessna's Autoclub there a few months back. It's a small enough place that I'm kind of surprised, too. Since they just did a country tour to support the new record, this might be the rock show.

me your dad
Jul 25, 2006



Thanks. I may chance it and go. I like the country stuff more than the rock material but the rock stuff is what originally got me into them so I'm sure it'll be a good show either way.

BeastOfExmoor
Aug 19, 2003
"Mr. Phillips found old Johnny Cash when he was high, high before he ever took those pills, and he's still too proud to die.."

Not music, but I recently got linked to Otis Gibbs "Thanks For Giving A drat" podcast because he had a Jason Molina episode. I glanced through the backlog of episodes and there were a ton of interesting episodes and guests. This is the only podcast I've found that deals with alt. country/country history, etc.

https://soundcloud.com/otisgibbs/se...ing-a-drat-with

sportsgenius86
Jun 17, 2008

THE STREAK IS OVER


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNAhJz2u0no

BigFactory
Sep 17, 2002



Gillian Welch is putting out (a remastered?) Harrow & the Harvest on wax if that's your thing. Pre-order from Acony or Amazon. Ships in July.

ColonelJohnMatrix
Jun 24, 2006

Because all fucking hell is going to break loose

Ugh, The Nashville Sound is so good!

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/12/53027...nashville-sound

edit- Just finished my first listen through. This is a brilliant record. On a first listen I enjoy it a lot more than I did Southeastern and Something More Than Free and that's saying something. Some of those songs had to grow on me a bit whereas I love everything on TNS already.

ColonelJohnMatrix fucked around with this message at Jun 12, 2017 around 14:29

Bonzo
Mar 11, 2004



Fun Shoe

That bass line on Cumberland Gap is awesome.

He also released a live album of covers for Record Store Day. If you can find a copy its worth picking up

Here's them doing Can’t You Hear Me Knocking by the Stones. https://vimeo.com/217780199

JnnyThndrs
May 29, 2001

HERE ARE THE FUCKING TOWELS

Bonzo posted:

That bass line on Cumberland Gap is awesome.

He also released a live album of covers for Record Store Day. If you can find a copy its worth picking up

Here's them doing Can’t You Hear Me Knocking by the Stones. https://vimeo.com/217780199

This is fuckin' great, thanks for clueing me in on it.

BigFactory
Sep 17, 2002



It's weird that on a cover they played so straight they didn't do the high harmony in the chorus. Felt very absent.

stealie72
Jan 10, 2007

Their eyes locked and suddenly there was the sound of breaking glass.



As a 40 something who thought he would have life a lot more figured out by this point, Tupelo is like multiple kicks to the gut.

MrBling
Aug 21, 2003

Oozing machismo

The Guardian did a nice interview with Steve Earle. Talks about his many wives, drug problems and his autistic son.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2...utlaw-interview

And there's this gem about mainstream Nashville country music.

quote:

“The best stuff coming out of Nashville is all by women except for Chris Stapleton. He’s great. The guys just wanna sing about getting hosed up. They’re just doing hip-hop for people who are afraid of black people. I like the new Kendrick Lamar record, so I’ll just listen to that.”

ColonelJohnMatrix
Jun 24, 2006

Because all fucking hell is going to break loose

That's a pretty funny statement as after reading it and doing some thinking about the people I know that listen to that stuff...I'd say he's pretty on the nose.

Also, I've listened to Nashville Sound about 6 times now and it's my favorite album of his, Tupelo being my favorite song on it.

Tias
May 25, 2008

Destroying property is not violence, no matter how much corporate media tries to create the equation.

Put this loser on ignore immediately!


Would this thread be interested in a playlist of scandinavian folk music? I've been into it since always, and thought you might get a kick out of the instrumentation.

nm
Jan 28, 2008

"I saw Minos the Space Judge holding a golden sceptre and passing sentence upon the Martians. There he presided, and around him the noble Space Prosecutors sought the firm justice of space law."

Checking in to say that if MP3s were like records, I'd have to buy another copy of Nashville Sound because I've played it so loving much.

El Jebus
Jun 18, 2008


nm posted:

Checking in to say that if MP3s were like records, I'd have to buy another copy of Nashville Sound because I've played it so loving much.

If that was the case, I think the Spotify tracks would be unplayable at this point. This album is on point the entire time. Anxiety following If We Were Vampires just feels perfect.

Ohvee
Jun 17, 2001


Echoing the praise for The Almighty Isbell.

But also...

Tias posted:

Would this thread be interested in a playlist of scandinavian folk music? I've been into it since always, and thought you might get a kick out of the instrumentation.
I am very much interested in hearing this.

stealie72
Jan 10, 2007

Their eyes locked and suddenly there was the sound of breaking glass.


If you even remotely like classic country, listen to this album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRBvAi341PE

This review says it better than I could: http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/z...ountry-mastery/

Saving Country Music posted:

Zephanaiah OHora’s This Highway just very well might be a modern classic country masterpiece. Okay, it could have used a couple of quicker-paced songs to keep the energy flowing, or a little more spice to separate the tracks from each other. But otherwise, it’s flawless for what it is, which is a reawakening of everything brilliant and beautiful about the Countrypolitan era of country music, while leaving all the superfluousness of strings and choruses and other overproduction aside.

Tias
May 25, 2008

Destroying property is not violence, no matter how much corporate media tries to create the equation.

Put this loser on ignore immediately!


(effort post, hope you enjoy!)


Well, we can't rightly discuss scandinavian folk without sperging out over my favorite band, Hedningarna! This Swedish group, the name literally means "the heathens", consists of some awfully skilled trad musicians, and they commonly use many different kinds of strings and pipes. One of them, a trained luthier, even built his own instruments for the band..

Their sound is characterized by the "drone" of keyharp, hurdy-gurdy or bassy strings driving the song on. Oh, and they have a plethora of straight up insane Finnish singers, so that's also something! They use the 'joik' which is a traditional sami magic chant that doesn't really mean anything, but is meant to improvise the voices of animals and gods so as to enact ritual drama.

Like most scandi folk groups, they eventually incorporated electronic instruments and samples, but check out the 1989 self-titled album* for an amazing trad-folk take on various polkas and hopsas(reels).

Here's my all-time favorite song, "Drafur and Gildur", a lay that details two brothers or maybe friends absolutely wrecking the poo poo out of a troll ambush with axes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLT7N7pOEXI

They stretch extremely wide in their inspirations though, and you can find anything from wishy-washy scandi rock to islamic chants on their records. I cannot recommend the self-title, "Trä" and "Hippjokk" enough, though all their records are worth a listen.

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqYpbifIMws

Next up is Gjallarhorn(name of the massive lur horn that Heimdallr uses to alert Asgard of danger with)! These guys are like a more modern( for lack of a better term) version of Hedningarna, making the interesting choice of didgeridoos to supply the drone backing. Later this was replaced by the sub contrabass recorder as the drone effect and bass of the band.

They are/were(?) definitely skilled, and use a massive blend of strings, drums and pipes to accent a truly magnificient singer. Jenny Wilhelms just hit the clear, crisp Scandinavian notes that make the hair on the back of yer neck stand on end! Like Hedningarnas singers, she incorporates ancient vocal traditions, namely the practice of kulning.

I want to pick out one song, though I'd rather just recommend all of their 1997 masterpiece record Ranarop("Call of the Sea Witch"):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swtH2bMxD-E

I think their version of "Herr Olof" is the best version I've ever heard. It's a song about a dude who takes a wrong turn and falls into a mermaids cavern, whereafter he is given a magic potion that makes him forget his family and friends and opts to drown with the mermaid rather than go home. I've always enjoyed it, but it was only recently I re-read the lyrics and realized what a loving grim ballad it is!

They have made two other records, but to me they just kinda fall flat in comparison with Ranarop, I don't know.

Then we have Garmarna( I think this would be "the vultures"!? Not sure, my Swedish isn't great), another great Swedish band, that, like the others, has kind of stopped playing

They take on a more traditional take of classic scandi folk songs, using plenty of violins, a hurdy-gurdy and sometimes an e-bow. Emma Härdelin ties it together with a kind of rural rollicking take on vocals.

I'd recommend their epos, Guds Spelemän(God's troubadours), as nearly all the songs own:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sej3V-bqSqc

Härdelin also sings with a band called Triakel, which mainly covers material from the Swedish region of Jämteland, but I must admit I haven't heard it.

Onto the Danish stuff!

The best known Danish folk group is probably Sorten Muld, which strictly is more of an electro-folk band, but they remain awesome! There is no doubt that their best work is their interpretation of "Ravnen"( the Raven), check it out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBRukQ4d7zc

Members would later go on to form Valravn and Virelai, both amazing trad interpreters. I saw Virelai this friday, and can confirm they still kick rear end. Here are some songs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90iR_xtumcA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kcR3U-yU8U

I will round this post off - but I will probably remember more come tomorrow - with Asynje, who to me is best at the kind of folk we do in Denmark. I opt to include "Hr Oluf", which is actually a different song than the one above, it's also known as "og Dansen går gennem Lunden"("..as the dance continued through the meadow"), a terrific tale of a dude riding to his marriage and meeting an elvish woman, who takes offense that he won't dance with her, and gives him some kind of virulent elf cancer that waits to kill him till he reaches his bride:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t360MVYFL0

(Nanna Barslev from Asynje also sings in Huldre, which in my opinion is some of the very best Danish folk metal every made, check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wZNXkBJn4c )

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El Miguel
Oct 30, 2003


stealie72 posted:

If you even remotely like classic country, listen to this album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRBvAi341PE

This review says it better than I could: http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/z...ountry-mastery/

Man, I genuinely like Trigger. I've been reading SCM for years, and that guy has turned me on to quite a few of my favorites.

Collateral Damage
Jun 13, 2009

I'll be on me best behavior!


Tias posted:

Then we have Garmarna( I think this would be "the vultures"!? Not sure, my Swedish isn't great)
I think it's supposed to reference Garmr, a mythological hound or wolf in norse mythology whose howling was said to presage Ragnarök.

Collateral Damage fucked around with this message at Jun 21, 2017 around 11:58

Tias
May 25, 2008

Destroying property is not violence, no matter how much corporate media tries to create the equation.

Put this loser on ignore immediately!


Oh, that makes sense! Thanks.

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BeastOfExmoor
Aug 19, 2003
"Mr. Phillips found old Johnny Cash when he was high, high before he ever took those pills, and he's still too proud to die.."

stealie72 posted:

If you even remotely like classic country, listen to this album:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRBvAi341PE

This review says it better than I could: http://www.savingcountrymusic.com/z...ountry-mastery/

drat, this is fantastic. Thanks for the recommendation, I haven't been this excited listening to an album for this first time in quite a while. Recently I spent much of a five day roadtrip working my way through Bear Family's "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, Hillbilly Music" series. You could drop any song from this album into the middle of those classic songs and it'd fit in perfectly.

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