F*ck Yeah

The Guardian’s coverage of Dylan’s winning the Nobel Prize for Literature seemed spot on.
The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar
BOB DYLAN
Prayed in the ghetto with my face in the cement,
Heard the last moan of a boxer, seen the massacre of the innocent
Felt around for the light switch, became nauseated.
She was walking down the hallway while the walls deteriorated.

East of the Jordan, hard as the Rock of Gibraltar,
I see the burning of the page, Curtain risin’ on a new age,
See the groom still waitin’ at the altar.

Try to be pure at heart, they arrest you for robbery,
Mistake your shyness for aloofness, your silence for snobbery,
Got the message this morning, the one that was sent to me
About the madness of becomin’ what one was never meant to be.

West of the Jordan, east of the Rock of Gibraltar,
I see the burning of the stage,
Curtain risin’ on a new age,
See the groom still waitin’ at the altar.

Don’t know what I can say about Claudette that wouldn’t come back to haunt me,
Finally had to give her up ’bout the time she began to want me.
But I know God has mercy on them who are slandered and humiliated.
I’d a-done anything for that woman if she didn’t make me feel so obligated.

West of the Jordan, west of the Rock of Gibraltar,
I see the burning of the cage,
Curtain risin’ on a new stage,
See the groom still waitin’ at the altar.

Put your hand on my head, baby, do I have a temperature?
I see people who are supposed to know better standin’ around like furniture.
There’s a wall between you and what you want and you got to leap it,
Tonight you got the power to take it, tomorrow you won’t have the power to
keep it.

West of the Jordan, east of the Rock of Gibraltar,
I see the burning of the stage, Curtain risin’ on a new age,
See the groom still waitin’ at the altar.

Cities on fire, phones out of order,
They’re killing nuns and soldiers, there’s fighting on the border.
What can I say about Claudette?
Ain’t seen her since January,
She could be respectably married or running a whorehouse in Buenos Aires.

West of the Jordan, west of the Rock of Gibraltar,
I see the burning of the stage,
Curtain risin’ on a new age,
See the groom still waitin’ at the altar.
Copyright © 1981 Special Rider Music

So, I Met This Guy. . .

Above are roots. . .recovering today the crucial elements of wash and noise.

Friday I was trying to see a piece of art at an opening here in Cleveland, and, I really mean trying to see it, thus trying to look into and through and around and right at map and territory.

A young man walked up to me and asked me what I thought, or something like that, and I was hesitant, asked if he was (perhaps,) the artist, and, I thought he told me he was not the artist. He wondered if speaking in response to the artist’s question might mean I would give the artist something less than my ‘unfettered viewpoint.”

At the time I didn’t get into the answer. It starts with me stating, “I like to know when the artist is asking, versus anybody else.” As an artist, in the engagement with the viewer, I’d like to work my way to the unfettered response, and work all the way to the deeply intentional response. So, as a viewer I prefer to proceed in the same manner.

As it turned out, throughout are conversation, I didn’t catch on to the fact that this gentlemen was the artist! Nevertheless, when I happened to mention that I too was an artist, and that my art was more influenced by music than it was by art, he affirmed this was true for him too!

But I remained unable in the real time of our all too brief, yet compelling conversation, to connect up two simple dots.

Coda.

The next day I wound my way from his musical name, Machine Listener, to his artist’s web site. Matthew Gallagher

After going through some of his audio opus–it was the background in my studio yesterday, and, then reading an interview and reading what he has to say, I could only end up for the first time in over two years wondering about musical collaboration. I’m thirty-five years older, yet the overlap in interests and concerns is apparently a very deep pool.

Matthew’s Soundcloud is full of sharp experiments. This track stood out.

Alicia Witt

Alicia Witt

I was really happy to see the fine actress Alicia Witt take a character role in last year’s season of Justified. It wasn’t the best season of my favorite TV show, but it did bring Ms. Witt back onto my screen as the non-sociopathic sibling of a Florida crime family. She acquitted herself excellently and even got to exact revenge on her crime boss bro.

She’s a good singer/songwriter too. I recently learned this and so now can you.

Hoon’s Tune & Muso Faves of Faves – 2014

Over the past week I’ve unveiled some of the music that brought me satisfaction and, often, extraordinary moments of sonic alignment–which is how great music strikes me, and, has struck me for forty-five years.

Nowadays it is clear that musical culture in the USA revolves around everybody being their own mix master. Almost all the music mentioned in the previous week’s post can be sampled via Spotify or Pandora. It can be purchased at iTunes or Amazon or GooglePlay, yet the best place to purchase it, is at the artist’s web site–where such an opportunity exists.

The following is my ordering of my very favorite releases from last year. This evaluation isn’t intended to parse artistic merit. It just serves my desire to name Wussy the album of the year, and to put their superb Attica in the company of other peerless examples of vital musical artistry.

12 ESSENTIAL RECORDINGS – 2014
1. Wussy – Attica |buy direct| ***record of the year*** 
2. The Swans – To Be Kind |buy direct|
3. Sam Newsome – The Straight Horn of Africa A Path to Liberation (Art of the Soprano, V2) |buy Amazon|
4. Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania) – Tzenni |buy direct|
5. D’Angelo & The Vanguard – Black Messiah |buy Amazon|
6. Hassan Hakmoun (Morocco) – Unity |buy Amazon|
7. Tisziji Munoz – Taking You Out There! Live |buy direct|
8. Irma Thomas – Full Time Woman (The Lost Cotillion Album)
|buy Lousiana Music Factory|
9. Aya Nishina – Flora [from 2013] |buy|
10.The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream |buy direct|
11.Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music |buy direct|
12.FKA Twigs – LP1 |buy Amazon|

Special Mention – Archival Discovery of the Year


John Coltrane – Offering – Live at Temple University |buy Resonance Records|

Hoon’s Tunes and Muso Faves 2014 – Pop, Rock, Country&Folk

Wussy-Attica

Wussy is the greatest rock band in the world today. Hear for yourself. Go for it.

Their 2014 album has been given due by experts.

They sound like a merger of The Band’s earthiness and The Replacements’ garage power.

Great songs hammered home by musicians wholly devoted to do the hammering.

ROCK
Wussy – Attica!


The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
Arial Pink – Pom Pom
Ex Hex – Rips

POWER POP

The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
Sloan – Commonwealth
Bell Gardens – Slow Dawns for Lost Conclusions

VOICE

FKA Twigs – LP1
Amy LaVere – Runaway’s Diary
Alison May – Loved Dark
Grouper – Ruins

COUNTRY/FOLK

Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
Amelia White – Old Postcard
Angaleena Presley – American Middle Class
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn – Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Billy Joe Shaver – Long in the Tooth

OLD HIPPIES – “OLD-TIMER’S DIVISION”

The Both – The Both (Amy Mann & Ted Leo)
various artists – Link Of Chain A Songwriters Tribute To Chris Smither
Jon Dee Graham – Do Not Forget
Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems

ARCHIVAL DISCOVERIES
The Velvet Underground / live
R.E.M. – Complete Rarities I.R.S. 1982-1987
Love – Black Beauty
The 13th Floor Elevators – Live Evolution Lost
Grateful Dead – 1972-11-18 Houston, TX
Grateful Dead – Dave’s Pick’s Volume 10 1969-12-12 Thelma, LA Dec 12 1969

REISSUES
Bob Dylan & the Band – The Complete Basement Tapes
The Velvet Underground / s.t.