Sunday, January 21, 2007


Here's my allotted 90 downloads from eMusic this month:

Out to Hunch by Hasil Adkins. I actually downloaded this while writing my review of Best of Haze a couple of weeks ago. If there was ever any dout that Adkins wasn't flying in from his own planet since his earliest career, this should put a stop to that.

The Evil One (Plus One) (Bonus Disc)
by Roky Erikson. I didn't notice when The Evil One appeared in its latest reissue form a few years ago that it included a bonus disc. Here you'll find live versions of the songs, as done on a San Francisco radio program The Modern Human Show in the late '70s, plus interview segments.


We Didn't See You On Sunday by P.W. Long. Compared with P.W.'s live show, which I saw at South by Southwest last year (and where I took this groovy photo), this one's pretty sedate -- and some are actually kinda purdy. Mostly acoustic tunes. Still enjoyable, though.

Darkness at Noon by A Hawk and a Hacksaw plus other stray H&H tracks from Leaf Label compilations . Here's another album I downloaded while writing a review of another album by the artist. I like the recent one, The Way the Wind Blows, better.

Sonic Grammar by Ornette Coleman . It's just plain comforting that giants like Coleman still walk aong us. This album, recorded live in Germany in 2005 -- with a quartet that includes two basses plus Coleman's son Denardo on drums -- is an understated jewel.

Boys and Girls in America by The Hold Steady . I might have been the only critic in criticdom not to list this in my Top 10 of 2006. I dunno ... I found it very listenable, but I think Marah does the early Springsteen thing better. (Probably a good thing my comment feature is broken at this writing.)

Funky Donkey Vols. 1 & 2 by Luther Thomas. This album, recorded in a St. Louis church in 1973, is a fun little mix of free jazz and Blaxploitation funk, especially the 20-minute title track. (There's only three songs on the whole album. I'm not sure what the "volumes" thing is all about.) Saxman Thomas leads the band known as Human Arts Ensemble. Lester Bowie plays trumpet.

I had one track left over. I downloaded the song "Mr. Grieves" from Young Liars by T.V. on the Radio. I'm a brand new convert to this band, having just gotten hold of Return To Cookie Mountain. I intend to download more of them next month.


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