This multi-talented gent was playing “Sloop John B” when I walked by on my way out of Can Can last Friday afternoon. Quite the fancy lunch, Mrs. YHT and I had. Tasty onion soup, salads, and bread that tasted exactly like Goldfish. So fancy!
The Beach Boys — “Sloop John B” [Spotify/iTunes]
Found a copy of the San Quentin live album last week at Goodwill. It’s a little on the dirty side, but I got a thing of Titebond II and I’m gonna try the wood glue trick on it.
Did you hear the thing about how Merle Haggard was in the audience for one of Johnny Cash’s San Quentin shows? Apparently it was more than a decade earlier than the one they recorded there, but still — pretty wild.
I’ve never actually heard that album, I don’t think, but this one’s a favorite.
Johnny Cash — “Folsom Prison Blues” [Spotify/iTunes]
- CD Monday update: Hush is a really interesting study in limitations and boundaries. For so much of it, it sounds like Bobby McFerrin is keeping up — compensating for the fact that, especially in the classical pieces, the human voice isn’t made to cleanly switch between tones quickly. But then comes “Hoedown!” and Yo-Yo Ma is the one having to keep up and compensate. That willingness for both to push up against their limits — and push hard, in sometimes less than flattering ways — shows a generosity of spirit that makes this album really special, I think.
- Sturgill First Listen, if’n you hadn’t yet.
- I’d recommend the First Listen of this Sam Beam/Jesca Hoop album. I’d also recommend watching this video during the chorus of “Soft Place To Land.” I did coincidentally, and it was pure joy.
- Two other albums I spent time with this week: Robbie Fulks’ new one, Upland Stories, and Glenn Jones’ Fleeting. I really like “Fare Thee Well, Carolina Gals” from the former and “Mother’s Day” from the latter. Also really like the cover of Fleeting. Gonna be hard to resist if I see it in a record store.
- No show updates for this week — I’m on full-time daddy duty with Mrs. YHT out of town. Might use this opportunity to engage in some Bob Dylan indoctrination. The adults in the household are split 1 for and 1 against, so Baby YHT has the swing vote…
I vote that everyone has a great weekend!
Two very exciting things happened last Friday.
- Battles reissued their killer Mirrored album, and…
- A thoughtful neighbor brought by a generous chunk of fresh challah she’d gotten at the Weinstein JCC.
I got to enjoy both on Saturday morning, as Mrs. YHT and I (with Baby YHT’s help, of course) made challah french toast and bacon with the sounds of “Atlas” and the rest of Mirrored drifting in from the living room.
Given how long I’ve been hoping to get my hands on this album, and how tasty challah french toast is, the net effect scraped the happiness ceiling for me. It really doesn’t get much better.
Battles — “Atlas” [Spotify/iTunes]
Gifted by my mom, picked this week by Baby YHT. Fitting, given that this is the time of year when I get to reunite with my paralyzing fear of bees…
Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin — “Flight of the Bumblebee” [Spotify/iTunes]
Seen while running today. Turntable set up to serenade Patterson and Belmont while the mural was being worked on. Didn’t recognize what was playing when I took the picture, but I passed by again on the way back and “Southern Man” was blasting. Great song, great mural. This is why I love public art so much.
[Update: I’ve since learned that the artist’s name is Nils Westergard, and he posted a request in association with this mural — that people fill out a survey that asks about public art in Richmond. Click here to complete the survey.]
Neil Young — “Southern Man” [YouTube/iTunes]
Happy Friday! A few news and notes items before you hit the club:
- Congrats to Clair Morgan on the USA Today/FTW song premiere! Very exciting to see this record off to a great start, because it’s damn good and lots and lots of people need to hear it. Can’t wait to spin my vinyl copy. Be sure to check them out tonight at Hardywood!
- THIS IS NOT A DRILL… BATTLES IS REISSUING MIRRORED. This has been on my holy grail list for a while — one of the albums I’m most jealous that my sister and brother-in-law have and I don’t. I seriously check the “B” section of every record store I go into, just in case. Very excited about this development.
- I found a used copy of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Yanqui U.X.O. this week. Such an interesting album. I actually hadn’t heard it, but recognized the cover and gave it a listen in the store. Really tense and beautiful, but one of the most compelling things about it is when it was released. Post 9/11 but pre-Iraq invasion. What an eerie time to look back on.
- Gorgeous new song from Moses Sumney. Feels like he’s pushing into more realized territory with each song he releases. (Here’s a thing I wrote after seeing him open for Sufjan.)
- I have a gig Saturday night at Capital Ale House opening for the SteppinStone reunion, but another great Saturday shindig will be happening over at the Broadberry with Southern Belles. Either way, you can’t lose.
Three of the last four teams in the tournament will lose between now and Monday… hope yours wins!