Jack also doesn’t allow media outlets to contact me directly. If they want to reach me they have to draft a song-poem in language that would have been used in Depression-era Appalachia, and record it on one of those wire recorders that Alan Lomax used. Then they have to put the wire reel between two pieces of birch bark and seal it with glue of their own devising.
“Sometimes Jack will drop by unexpectedly in the hot-air balloon he bought from George Jones, and we’ll sit in my office and drink moonshine from baby skulls.”
‘living hell comes at such high degrees’
Summer is a strangely slow time for tuneage–we tend to go back to the classics, to old favorites, rather than digging our fingers into the new music that’s out.
I like this song. I like that it is three years old and from a band that disbanded too early. I’m a strange sentimentalist. Also, considering the song came out in 2009, it should have gotten more attention considering how perfectly indie it sounds. They opened for Grizzly Bear that year.
I also like that there is a nice lyrical complexity in Blood. But the slow-build up has a pay-off. The gentlest of harmonies, the glockenspiel, the soft whistles and “wooos” lead to something strange and very lovely. You end up in the fourth minute before you realize there hasn’t been any “singing” for almost 60 seconds.
In fact, the last third of the song is completely removed of any “lyrics.” Blood shucks its sound and it feels like you’ve emerged into a completely new song.
Video Premiere: Houndmouth, “Penitentiary”
Kentucky folk-rockers Houndmouth, or, as UK paper The Gaurdian calls them, the “American Mumford & Sons,” released their self-titled, debut EP today on Rough Trade Records. Watch the video for the single “Penitentiary,” a Band-style singalong, below. It’s the perfect song for the dog days of summer.
“Katie [Toupin] and I were roadtripping home from California when we made a pit-stop in Reno,” says Houndmouth’s guitarist/vocalist Matt Meyers about the song’s origins. “Her brother and some friends were going to Texas and we had to split ways after a long trip together.We started chatting with a group of homeless guys outside of truck stop about how they were down on their luck, kind of resembling the character in the song. I started thinking about the unfortunate downturns these guys had seen and got to writing. I liked the Texas setting better, so I went with that. ”
“I wrote a verse that felt comfortable and natural to me, so much so that I didn’t feel like it needed to change for the chorus. So we just stuck with the two-chord structure and built it up from there.”
i want to do this to my hair.
Read An Excerpt From Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll
The excellent new book Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll examines the heartland rocker’s iconic discography in rich detail, while providing interesting biographical details along the way. In this exclusive excerpt (featuring two passages from chapter 9), author Marc Dolan writes about how the birth of Springsteen’s first child would inspire his early 90′s output and reinvigorate his career.
Read the excerpt here