Americana

Shakey Graves @ 9:30 Club - 5/15/2018

Shakey Graves @ 9:30 Club - 5/15/2018

As Alejandro Rose-Garcia’s foreboding tweet went in December: “Next album. New sound. Sell your suspenders.” How true it was.

Can’t Wake Up did away with the Americana-influenced busker music that helped him gain fame and instead embraced the music of Harry Nilsson and The Beatles to create dreamlike, woozy soundscapes that embraced a different kind of guitar sound. As he said to Billboard in May, “Some part of me feels compelled to poke the bear about why people have such issues with growth or change because everything is changing so obviously around us.” Even with the change in sound forthcoming, it wasn’t hard for Shakey Graves to sell out two nights at 9:30 Club, though some may have come to the show wondering which version of Rose-Garcia they would see that night.


Episode 347: By The Way, I Forgive You - Brandi Carlile

Episode 347: By The Way, I Forgive You - Brandi Carlile

On her latest LPBrandi Carlile isn't so much returning to her roots as she is challenging the idea of what folk and Americana can be, and maybe should become. Sonically and stylistically diverse, the Dave Cobb produced By The Way, I Forgive You is a seemingly unconnected collection of songs that, taken together, packs an emotional wallop unlike anything in Carlile's career. 

PLUS! Eduardo goes crate digging and comes back with a killer track from Italian singer/songwriter Pino Daniele that Steely Dan fans are gonna love!


Episode 326: Lost At Last, Vol. 1 - Langhorne Slim

Episode 326: Lost At Last, Vol. 1 - Langhorne Slim

Over the course of nine LP's Langhorne Slim (real name Sean Scolnick) has been crafting folk-pop gems that have taken him from small, backroom shows to the stages of the legendary Newport Folk Festival.

On his latest effort, Lost At Last, Vol. 1, having grown weary of the usual recording cycle and the daily pressures of always being connected, the singer/songwriter and his band "...holed up in a friend's house in San Francisco to rehearse about twenty-five songs for five days and headed up to Stinson Beach to play 'em live in a room all together and press record." 

The result? Nothing less than one of the best albums of 2017. An album that feels spontaneous yet lived in, with songs that are just the right salve at just the right time to help heal the spiritual wounds that this year has set upon us all. 


Episode 311: Wildflowers - Tom Petty [Discologist]

Episode 311: Wildflowers - Tom Petty [Discologist]

David Bowie was from Mars. Prince was from another universe. But Tom Petty? Tom Petty was one of us. And now he's gone.

Joining us in the basement to celebrate this legend's passing are our good friends Marcus K. Dowling (Decades, Capitol Wrestling), the National Museum of African American History and Culture's  Timothy Anne Burnside, and...Timothy's Mom.

It's a bittersweet episode of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast as we eulogize one of the greatest storytellers of the modern era by celebrating Wildflowers, Tom Petty's career-defining "solo" album that isn't just one of the best of his career, but one of the best LP's of all-time.


Episode 309: Poor David's Almanack - David Rawlings

Episode 309: Poor David's Almanack - David Rawlings

David Rawlings has made a career out of being the literal best. His work with Gillian Welch and under the moniker of The Dave Rawlings Machine isn't just a shining example of how "pure" music can succeed; it is peerless. With Poor David's Almanack,  Rawlings and crew are growing up (the Machine is no more) and digging deep into the traditions that continue to shape their musical direction and legacy.

PLUS! The duo of Penny & Sparrow is taking Nashville, and the world by storm with their pop/folk sensibilities and stunning harmonies. Get acquainted with the track "Double Heart" off their latest LP, Wendigo, out now!


Episode 306: Purgatory - Tyler Childers

Episode 306: Purgatory - Tyler Childers

Tyler Childers is a new voice in a long line of artists being saddled with the title of "saviour of country music." Does his latest LP Purgatory have what it takes or is this just another transmission from a tone-deaf industry that doesn't realize country can never die? Marcus K. Dowling and Eduardo Nunes join Kevin in the basement to discuss.

PLUS! If making your album in public is the hot new thing, why isn't anyone giving Washington, DC's Beauty Pill at least some of the credit? Then, dudes supreme Futurebirds cover an Aimee Mann classic, and we've got a listen.


Episode 82: Lauren Calve

Episode 82: Lauren Calve

In this week’s episode we sit down with up-and-coming singer/songwriter Lauren Calve. Soulful, storied and powerful are just few of the words that come to mind when talking about her debut EP, Between The Creek and the Tracks, and Lauren filled us on the inspirations for her music, the unique recording experience (in a barn!!) that produced her debut, and much, much more. So tune in and meet an artist that you’re going to be hearing a lot about soon on Episode 82 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast.

 


REVIEW: Neil Young and Crazy Horse - American

I know, I know. Where do I get off writing a review of Neil Young? I’m just some guy who loves music, and that genius of a rocker has been creating some of best (and most heartfelt) music the world has ever known for nearly 50 years. This ornery old man (Young, not me), whose voice sounds increasingly like it emanates from his jowls, can do whatever he wants. Nothing he might produce today can diminish the sheer greatness of his 70’s work. “Down by the River” and “Cortez the Killer” have two of the most awe-inspiring guitar solos ever. I’ll cut you if you think otherwise. “Ohio” is perhaps the greatest protest song this side of Bob Dylan, and “A Man Needs a Maid” manages to contain the most sorrowful sexism I’ve ever heard.

Mr. Young (decorum required!) is the very model of what an aging artist should be. Instead of rehashing what we’ve heard for decades, he instead innovates, experiments and pushes boundaries. You want a concept album about driving an electrified 1959 Lincoln Continental across country to make a point about oil consumption (which, incidentally, later blew up)? Check. You want a topical album about how criminal the Bush Administration was? Check. You want a rockabilly or soul album? Check. You want the best-damn soundtrack to a Jim Jarmusch movie ever? Check. You want country folk? Check. Check. You want proto “grunge”? Check. Check. Check. And do you want an entire album of folk standard with Crazy Horse? Turns out, probably not.