I just did an interview with Waxoholics...we covered all my favorite stuff like albums and songs and Kevn Kinney and JP Olsen. `Thanks to Dead Weather Denver for some great questions. Click HERE to read all about it.
Tune in to Archer this season and hear new country music performed and written by Kevn Kinney, Jessy Lynn Martens and myself. We even did a bluegrass version of "Danger Zone" and got to record with the man himself, Kenny Loggins. An album of music from the show will be released in the coming months as well. Fun.
These are records I found myself listening to/enjoying the most that were released over the course of this year. Here's to 2012... $O$ by Die Antwoord is an incredibly interesting recording top to bottom. These are guys are also the most visually intriguing band I encountered this year. My heartfelt apologies to Lady Gaga.
A Thing Called Divine Fits by Divine Fits was my favorite "indie rock" type release this year. I've long been a huge fan of the great Columbus, OH drummer Sam Brown and though this recording may not give the listener a true impression of how good he is, it does show that so far as musicality in the world of drumming is concerned, Sam Brown has to be near the top of that list these days. Excellent songs and really fun guitar playing to boot.
Righteous Buck & The Skull Scorchers is actually a record that came out in 2010. But I just got hip to it this year. It's from the band's Comfest (a great music and arts festival in Goodale Park in Columbus, OH) set and it's absolutely smoking. You can get it at www.righteousbuckandtheskullscorchers.bandcamp.com.
O' Be Joyful by Shovels and Rope is a beautiful record. The song "Birmingham" has some truly great lines in it. "Making something out of nothing with a scratcher and our hope," is one that comes to mind. Michael and Cary Ann have a way of simplifying things to get to the heart of a song. This record is full of text-book representations of what a song needs to be to reach you...simple and great.
Songs about Cars, Space and The Ramones by Drivin' N' Cryin' has the best pop/rock song I've heard this year on it. The tune "Hot Wheels" is really tremendous. Am I biased? Probably. Do I care? Absolutely not. I dare you to find a better straight ahead pop/rock tune that came out this year. Just gorgeously jangly and always appropriately nostalgic. Features my favorite rock guitarist discovery this year, the great, Sadler Vaden.
Shit Sandwich by Elmo Buzz & The Eastside Bulldogs. My favorite rock'n'roll record of the year. You really can't go wrong with a band that includes both Bobby Keys and Todd Snider. "37206" is my favorite tune on the record, clocking in at a whopping 1:56. If you're looking for the real deal, this is it. Brilliantly under played (but also perhaps not) and filled with great Snider one liners like "Hey pretty boy, go back to Franklin, nobody here wants to talk about publishing," these songs are a great glimpse into life on the true East Side of Nashville, TN and will do wonders to affirm any sort of paranoia you may have about the ways of the world at large.
There you have it folks. May your 2013 be merry and bright. May you find the guts to say it all and the wisdom to know when.
My latest EP, The Thinking Man's Filth is out today on First Of Three Records. You can listen to it in it's entirety and download it right now by clicking here: www.altobviously.bandcamp.com. Happy listening. ALT
The Thinking Man's Filth a new EP by yours truly will be released on Tuesday November 20th via First Of Three Records at all major digital retailers as well here on this website. It's almost entirely just me and an acoustic guitar, with shades of Molly Hatchet...it's loud at times and there's many a chord to be heard as well. I also chose to record one cover song on this record, Dirty Angel by my favorite songwriter of all time, Kevn Kinney. The track listing is as follows:1.) Junk Food & Drugs
2.) Everything That I Have Is Broken
3.) Santa Monica & Vine
4.) Ocean Of Days
5.) Dirty Angel (Kevn Kinney)
6.) My Camera
I'm playing a benefit tonight at The Bowery Electric at 327 Bowery New York, NY. There is a really great lineup and we could all use your support to help those who were affected by the recent hurricane. Hope to see you there. Here is the lineup with times: Kevin Mcwha Steele 8:00pm Daniel Chavez 8:15pm Rene & Nick 8:30pm Kev'n Kinney 8:45pm Willie Nile 9:00pm James Maddock 9:15pm Steve Earle 9:30pm Jesse Malin 9:45pm Aaron Lee Tasjan 10pm Lenny Kaye 10:15pm Matt Pinfield - 10:25 The Indecent 10:35pm Romans - 10:45pm BAD BRAINS TRIBUTE 11pm
Got a couple new dates up on the shows page...back this Monday September 24th by popular demand, we'll be doing another Shayni Rae's Truckstop at The Bedford in Williamsburg in Brooklyn...me, Kevn Kinney and Findlay Brown...same 3 guys, same 3 chords. During the month of October I'll be out Californy way to play with Alberta Cross and to produce a new EP for Adam Levy. In the mean time, I'm finishing up work on my latest EP, The Thinking Man's Filth. It's just me and a guitar and a fuzz pedal. It'll be out soon and will be available in all digital retailers as well as at www.altobviously.bandcamp.com. September 2012
September 24th Brooklyn, NY The Bedford 8pm (As part of Shayni Rae's Truckstop also featuring Kevn Kinney & Findlay Brown.)
September 26th New York, NY Bowery Electric 9pm (As part of The Old Soul Revival.)
November 27th Columbus, OH Shadow Box Live Time TBA (As part of The Columbus Songwriter Sessions.)