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Nov 20, 2016, 11:47am

Just a quick unanswerable question for late on a Sunday morning: why did Lucinda Williams decide to get so mannered and up her own rabbit hole when she was SO GOOD already?

Nov 20, 2016, 4:11pm

When Car Wheels came out and everyone acted like it was the second coming. She believed all the hype and it just about killed her talent.

Nov 21, 2016, 5:40pm

Right before Car Wheels hit, she was hanging out a lot at the bar/restaurant I managed - though I don't know her very well beyond quick conversations at the bar and a handful of mutual friends. She's really really really insecure, like everything about her is right on the edge of just quivering away into nothing. But it's funny because she's also kind of incredibly unpleasant and it's hard to tell which feeds the other -- does her insecurity make her unpleasant, or is it the other way around? And then the record came out and she was even MORE of a nightmare basking in it and then the demand to follow up immediately was looming almost instantly -- and she waited famously long times between projects prior to that. So I think all of that feeds all of the rest of it and somehow that pressure to make more product is just not the right hothouse for her particular set of issues.

But you're right, Lauren -- nothing memorable since Car Wheels. It's kind of shocking, really, because I swear there have been fifteen albums since.

Nov 24, 2016, 8:27pm

When we first moved to Nashville, we went to see Lucinda playing the songs for what was to be Car Wheels and she was so neurotic and panicky on stage, it was very painful to watch. My husband was actually offended by it - it bothered me less but I could see his point, she's a professional and even if you are trying out stuff, get a fucking grip. I revered her and was probably in such a swoon about seeing her that it didn't bother me as much and I do think that Car Wheels record is pretty great. But then the hype machine started rolling and youch.

Dic 1, 2016, 3:08pm

Jeez. She sounds like a neurotic nightmare. I've never been into her stuff, and this doesn't incite me to try her out any more! I would probably be with your husband on the "get a fucking grip" bench. Guess I should see if I can listen to Car Wheels.

Dic 1, 2016, 7:27pm

I just got Martha Wainwright's new album and sheesh, it's a keeper. The opening song Around the Bend is fantastically catchy. Most songs are by her but the record also features songs by Beth Orton, Glen Hansard, her brother Rufus.

There's something a bit P. Smith about it, although very very pretty.

Dg, do you have this?

Dic 1, 2016, 10:03pm

Clickity click click click.

Dic 2, 2016, 6:54am

I don't have it yet and this week's purchase is the Hamilton Mixtape. Next week, though!

Dic 2, 2016, 12:05pm

Upon repeated listening, I do think: crazy with a capitol k. But I still like it.

Dic 2, 2016, 5:11pm

She has been hit or miss for me in the past -- I do think she's NUTS -- but her swooping Stormy Weather almost stole the whole Rufus/Judy Carnegie Hall show, so I sort of admire her for doing it -- she strode onstage and just TOOK IT.

Dic 11, 2016, 5:15pm

Bruce showed me that this morning. She was so nervous! I was happy that she hit her stride before the song was over.

Dic 11, 2016, 10:36pm

I saw Patti and Dylan on a double bill at the Beacon Theater in ohh must've been 1995. Really solid good show, if not packed with surprises. I remember Patti's fans smoked much better weed than Bob's, which made some sense.

Ene 6, 2017, 10:46am

There are isolated post-Car Wheels Lucinda songs I like, though not entire albums.

Editado: Ene 16, 2017, 10:03pm

We were in Memphis this weekend and toured Stax. How did I get to be 56 and not know about Wattstax ?

Here's a tiny bit.

Abr 7, 2017, 7:19pm

Michelle Shocked is doing a thing here at City Winery (I hate the space I hate the space I hate the space) that's a three show series -- one in June, one in July and one in August -- where she's performing her first three big albums - Short Sharp Shocked in June, Captain Swing in July and Arkansas Traveler in August. I have to miss the last one -- which is of course the only one I am really DYING to go to (it's a Top Five record for me) -- but those first two albums are so short! I can't imagine it feeling like an evening out. But I'm going!

Abr 8, 2017, 2:26pm

I'll go with, if you want a companion. The space is DEADLY, I agree, but I'm seeing Dave Davies there in a month.

Abr 8, 2017, 3:02pm

Unfortunately, I'm someone ELSE'S guest but I'll let you know if I end up with any extra tickets -- this guy is a serial canceler.

It's such a terrible room and then there's the added thing of everyone sitting around with fancy stemware, just waiting to get knocked over with a few arm swings. I dunno HOW Kate Pierson played there, because her whole THING is to get people swinging around.

Abr 8, 2017, 4:10pm

Agreed. It's very static, deadening space. I really want to see X again but I cannot reconcile myself to not being able to get up and dance.

But they get a lot of performers of a certain age - I imagine it's a very comfortable place to come and play, clean and not disgusting.

Abr 8, 2017, 5:09pm

"I really want to see X again but I cannot reconcile myself to not being able to get up and dance."

While being forced to drink a fancy glass of sauvignon blanc and eat an enoki mushroom pizza. That's not very Exene!

Abr 9, 2017, 6:12pm

It's like the polar opposite of Excene! Hence, my dilemma.

Editado: Abr 22, 2017, 9:57am

Listening and loving The Dead South (had to laugh at the guy who is dressed like a hassid, but thats ok - all their songs are making me smile)

Abr 30, 2017, 12:26am

YouTube has everything. Was talking with my sisters on how patient my mom was during our teens with the stereo blaring. Laura Nyro, Dionne Warwick, Emerson, Lake and Palmer to name a few were okay with her. But she drew the line at Iron Butterfly

I had to look it up and there it is!

Editado: Abr 30, 2017, 9:14pm

OMG I can still do the drum solo with my hands on my thighs. So I can remember that but still can't remember where I put my bloody keys

Mayo 1, 2017, 11:18pm

Laughing 😂....and can so identify!

Mayo 2, 2017, 3:28pm

There's always a good show on any given night in Nashville, so sometimes I hate to crow too much but tonight is an Emmylou Harris show at the Ryman. She plays here like every other ten minutes, so that alone isn't a big deal, but tonight's band is her old Nash Ramblers lineup ( sans Roy Huskey Jr, who's dead), which was her last band before she hitched up with Daniel Lanois in the early 90s and went a different direction. I do still say the Lanois-produced Wrecking Ball is the best mainstream-ish record of the 90s, but I have an affinity for that period right before that, when she was in between successes and was just singing straight-up traditional bluegrass and country songs to half-empty houses.

This show is an anniversary one to mark the release of her At the Ryman, which pretty much signaled that the Ryman itself could and should be saved (it had been spruced up on the outside somewhat, but no concerts happened there anymore). At the time of the recording, the balcony was completely off-limits for fear that people would just fall through it. Now the city is unimaginable without it.

Mayo 2, 2017, 5:03pm

Are you going? I thought about it but spent all my music money on Dave Davies this month.

That's a good band though. Damn.

Mayo 2, 2017, 6:36pm

I "gave" tickets to Sister Meg for her birthday.

Editado: Mayo 2, 2017, 9:48pm

Two dear friends took us to see Melissa Etheridge in concert last Thursday. I was familiar with a few of her hits, but she never really caught on with me. Mrs Nancy was almost completely unfamiliar. We met our friends at the venue (small historical hall in Lexington MA) and on our way there I said to Holley, "I just hope I don't get a headache."

Goodness and holy shit. She is an amazing performer and her band is fabulous. Turns out her current album is called MEMPHIS ROCK AND SOUL, and it's hits from the old Stax Records. She did several of those, including "Respect Yourself," "Memphis Train," "Hold On, I'm Comin'."

There were like a million lesbians there of all ages, and it turns out our friends had bought fourth-row center tickets, and I'm pretty sure we were mingling with totally committed Melissa groupies. They all knew what was coming way before we did. Etheridge connected with people directly, and she clearly knew several of the women around us. Most of them (at an obviously predetermined time) charged the stage to sing and clap and dance and catch Melissa's guitar picks and drumsticks. It was positively delightful and just what we needed. I wish we could do it again.

edit: here's a great article about the Memphis album.

Mayo 2, 2017, 10:25pm

Oh yeah. I saw her in 1996—like you, never a fan, but I got roped into going with a friend who had recently come out and it was like her second concert and the other ticketgoer had bailed on her, so I would have felt bad saying no. And it was a really kickass show! She's a great performer, had a tight band, lots of cool guitars that she swapped out every couple of songs. And the crowd was just diehard. The whole show was very infectiously likeable.

Glad to hear you all are having fun out and about, Miz Nancy.

Mayo 2, 2017, 10:52pm

The Emmylou thing was recorded for PBS, broadcast sometime in August. It was a good show, very focused, only the live album reconstructed. She was realllly struggling for the high notes early on and I thought "oh lord, this is gonna be on TV; hope it ain't pledge week!" but then at the end, they re-did the first three songs and they were perfect! So that was funny. THEY WERE PREDICTING MY CRITICISM.

Mayo 3, 2017, 4:54pm

Nancy, I got roped into an Indigo girls concert in the early 90s with similar results. #1 it was THE hot date for all lesbians in the Chicagoland area and my friend Anna and I were in the middle of it. Singing, dancing, incredibly fun. Didn't make me a diehard fan but I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Shoutout to Holly!

Mayo 13, 2017, 7:02pm

I'm a touch late to this -- it came out this time last year -- but I am completely in love with the Teddy Thompson/Kelly Jones duet record, Little Windows. I have a serious love for country duets and it seems like every four or five years or so, there's a great one -- that Thad Cockrell/Caitlin Cary one, Begonias....and then there was the Kelly Willis one with her husband (there are two, the first one's better) and now this. It's SO SO SO good, in classic countrypolitan style.

Lauren, have you heard it? Or did you maybe mention it to me?

Mayo 15, 2017, 4:39pm

I did and I saw them play together last year as part of a free Brit show during that Americanapalooza thing.

They could not be cuter - he is a real ginger dish - and I like it but it feels a bit too pretty to me. It does go down easy though.

Ii'm with you though - that Kelly Willis/whathisname record is a stunner. Cheater's Game. Sheesh.

Mayo 15, 2017, 6:17pm

It also reminds me a little of She & Him -- part of the too-pretty-sounding accusation is true in that way. I think it's because they sing TOGETHER on the whole thing, almost no back-and-forth, and the harmony is almost too right on the money.

That Kort record is another in the good duets series, the Kurt Wagner/Courtney Tidwell thing -- Invariable Heartache.

Editado: Mayo 16, 2017, 6:09pm

Dg, have you ever heard Kathryn Williams? She's a singer songwriter type from the UK and she has one record with Neill Maccoll (son of Ewan Maccoll and Peggy Seeger) that is quite beautiful and achieves some of that duet sweetness - more of the Teddy and Linda Thompson variety than Dolly and Porter but still really good.

(her most recent record Hypoxia - which was influenced by Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar was superb as well)

Mayo 18, 2017, 11:17pm

Ooh, y'all. Duly noted.

Editado: Jun 1, 2017, 11:40am

I am totally obsessed with the new Alice Coltrane record on Luaka Bop. As you may or may not know, after John Coltrane died, Alice got into Hindu and Vedic studies very deeply, eventually founding an ashram in her home and then moving to a larger multi-acre site outside LA . She wrote and recorded devotional music in the 1980s and early 90s that were sold on cassette to benefit the ashram and this cd is a selection of ten of the pieces. She plays organ, harp and synthesizer and sings - it's really cool to hear her voice - and there are other pieces arranged for choral singing.

It's all swoopy, chanty, stuff and your mileage may vary, but I love it.

Jun 1, 2017, 12:53pm

Oh, good rec Lauren. I'm listening to it now and enjoying it a great deal.

A few years ago, I heard an interview with/about Krishna Da and although New Age music is not my thing at.all I love his Live Ananda album. I know it's more Western than Eastern, but it smooths all the edges for me, particularly when I'm having an anxiety attack.

Jun 6, 2017, 1:19pm

It's lovely, isn't it?

On Saturday, a friend had an extra ticket to Four voices - Joan Baez, the Indigo girls, and Mary-Chapin Carpenter. I know. Little eyeroll. But it was really good - and Ms Baez was a total surprise. I have never been a huge fan - which I know really destroys my folk-cred so please don't tell anyone. Not only can she still sing but she's a wicked good guitar player, super sexy - still! - and quite funny. She seemed very tickled to still be a badass in kind of a mentor-y way, though I will say, it was obvious when she was running out of steam, one of the other ladies was there to pick up the slack.

It was a bit like the Viers-Case-Lang show last year - four mikes, but no band, everyone on stage the whole time, singing their own and eachother's songs. There was an unsurprising amount of political commentary, audience sing alongs, and some new things, like a beautiful a capella version of the hymn This is My Song which is set to a Sibelius tune.

I love Mary-Chapin's voice and it gave me goosebumps to hear her, although she looked dreadful - terribly thin and her coloring was off.

The funniest moment - to me - was the end of Diamonds and Rust - which had been sung as a solo by Baez and in a very heartfelt and earnest manner - I think the last line is And if you're offering me diamonds and rust, I've already paid, which she sang as And if you're offering me diamonds and rust, well, I'll take the diamonds. Delivered with a wink. Everyone cracked up.

also, I want to be friends with Amy Ray. Who knows her?

Jun 6, 2017, 5:20pm

I might have told this story before but once when Baez was playing one half of the Belcourt theater, I was in the other half watching the John Cameron Mitchell movie Shortbus and riiiiight at the moment that one gentleman began intoning the lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner into the, uhm, well, asshole of another gentleman, you could hear through the walls a high-pitched, wavering Baez warbling "mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord...."

Jun 6, 2017, 5:23pm

Boy, talk about feeling old. The record store I used to go to because it was right near my school is closing. Record Theatre. God, the vast numbers of pop music 45s I used to buy with my best friend. The thing is, I remember when it opened, because it was such a big deal. And now it is finally closing "after 40 years." Which means I was around 10 when I was first in there buying those Shawn Cassidy singles at like $1.50 a piece.

Jun 19, 2017, 10:59am

I saw that 4 Voices concert on Fri night. I thought it was beautiful. I especially loved all 4 of them doing the old folk song, "The Water is Wide."

Editado: Jun 19, 2017, 12:06pm

Wasn't it a treat, Nancy?

I wish I'd heard The Water is Wide but I like that all the concerts were a bit different. After the Indigo Girls sang Rise of the Black Messiah - awesome in its own right, Baez stepped up to the mike, said whatever she was going to sing didn't seem to relevant all of a sudden and broke into Swing Low Sweet Chariot, even stepping away from the mike for a totally unamplified moment - a very Ryman Auditorium thing but still totally cool.

Did MCC look a little under the weather to you?

Jun 19, 2017, 1:02pm

Yeah. She looked like she just rolled out of bed. But she sounded great.

Jun 20, 2017, 11:02am

I have a friend whose first and middle names are Joan Baez. That is all.

Jun 20, 2017, 5:21pm

I bet he's nice.

Ago 22, 2017, 9:02pm

Dg, do you have the new Shelby Lynn/Alison Moorer record. it's very good. A few missteps, but what works is mighty fine and very up your alley.

Ago 22, 2017, 9:43pm

I instagrammed about it last week! I love it. There's one I skip, though -- I hate the version of Silver Wings.

Ago 23, 2017, 2:25pm

Really? I love that. I skip Lithium. I think it sounds horrible.

Sep 12, 2017, 11:08am

Another duets record for those who love them - Bonnie Prince Billie and Dawn McCarthy What the Brothers Sang. All Everlys covers, but with a few exceptions, not the usual suspects.

A beautiful beautiful record.

Sep 12, 2017, 6:09pm

clickity click clickity

Sep 13, 2017, 10:25am

Yes, it's so you. I've steered clear of Will Oldham for a long time - it seemed like such a commitment. But I love this record.

Oct 27, 2017, 1:39pm

Last night I went to a birthday celebration/listening party for the new Bootsy Collins record and it really was like the weirdest funniest talent show ever with a range of performers from a smooth crooning type to an awesome bass player from the Ivory Coast to a blues band from Memphis and presiding over it all Bootsy himself, resplendent in gold and black with the signature star-shaped eye glasses.

The best thing was that the audience was totally diverse, not just racially but age -wise as well. There were loads of African-American couples very dressed up for a night out, young guys in sparkly Bootsy glasses, your now-requisite Nashville hipster types with their beards and tattoos and a few frat boy groups. Also, a few people in full-out Funkadelic gear - capes, sequins, dreads, robes, spacemen gear etc.

It was similar to when I went to see George Clinton speak about afro-futurism at the Vanderbilt div school - Baptist preachers, session players, music fans, sci fi heads. The Funkadelics cast a wide wide net.

Dic 23, 2017, 11:08am

Ok, I just had a shock to my system- apparently someone decided that Hallelujah needed to be made into a Christian song. What, doesn't the church have enough? I get that it has relgious overtones,but I suspect Leonard Cohen is spinning in his grave...

Feb 16, 2018, 10:37am

This will be my third year at the music festival Big Ears in Knoxville. Just let out a little orgasmic squeak. If you haven't heard Anna+ Elisabeth and you like American traditional music, check them out.

Inspired by Big Ears artists who carry the torch of traditional music with their unique twist (to name a few: Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn, J Douglas, Wu Fei), we decided to dig deep into Knoxville’s musical heritage. Here’s a taste of our Appalachian Happening, curated by Anna Roberts-Gevalt:

THURSDAY: Join us for a square dance on Market Square (or as it is lovingly called in Knoxville, the “Square on the Square") with Knoxville caller Stan Sharp alongside Anna Roberts-Gevalt and percussive dancer Becky Hill. Be on the look-out for Big Ears artist pickers making a surprise appearance to join in with Knoxville’s all-star string band, The A Four Forties. After the Square on the Square, head to the Jig & Reel for a late night old time jam hosted by Anna & Elizabeth, which will continue till the early hours of the morning…

FRIDAY: Anna Roberts-Gevalt welcomes players to join an Eternal Jam noon-6pm on Market Square with a rotating cast of pickers. Bring your instrument and jam with Big Ears artists and special guests, then head back to the Jig & Reel Friday night for another late night session, this time with an Irish flavor, led by Sam Amidon & Cleek Schrey.

SATURDAY: Sam Amidon will lead a morning sing at the Knoxville Museum of Art with Old Harp singers from around the region. The Eternal Jam will be kicking again noon-6pm on Market Square. And as dusk falls, over 30 players will convene on Market Square to pick and play in Big Ears’ first Fiddler’s Convention. Jam with us during the day, and join as fiddlers invade Market Square as night falls.

But that’s just the beginning…stay tuned as more details about the Appalachian Happening are revealed!

Mar 29, 2018, 3:45pm

It was just that cool, although the weather didn't cooperate and I slept through the sacred harp singers. But the Appalachian music was fantastic, especially the Thursday night traditional music jam when everyone around me - including the two bros I was sharing a table with - started clogging. for real!

Other super treats were Roscoe Mitchell's epic piece Bells for the South Side, free jazz drummer Milford Graves offering life lessons, the singers from Alice Coltrane's ashram and David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) and Marc Ribot ripping it up.

This may be the favorite music-y thing I do all year.

Jun 1, 2018, 4:58pm

We saw Raul Malo last weekend at a very small venue in Rockport. I've been a fan for years, but never had seen him live. Hi voice--LIVE--is unbelievable. It was a beautiful concert. I think I want to marry him.

Jun 1, 2018, 5:12pm

I have a cuh-razy story about his sister-in-law, who I used to work with. It involves a two-hundred dollar phone call to Cuba and a hamburger-bun-steaming machine but it's an in-person kind of story. Raul used to hang out at the restaurant I managed, but he was funny -- he made the rounds of ALL THE PLACES every night so he was never in any one place more than about five seconds

Jun 1, 2018, 11:46pm

NONE of that surprises me. He's a completely charming party guy. And when he opens his mouth and sings--everybody falls in love. He told a hilarious story about when Willie Nelson won the Gershwin Award. There was a tribute/concert for him that was broadcast on public television and Raul was one of the artist who got up and sang a Willie song. But the story is that the concert was at the Library of Congress and there was a makeshift dressing room for the artists. Raul was hanging out there and Willie showed up and asked if he wanted to share a joint before the show. And, as Raul said, you don't say no to Willie. They smoked the joint and a bunch of Senators walked by and pretended not to smell it. The way he told the story was hilarious.

At our concert, he threw out some hints and people started bringing him shots of tequila. It was funny and his performance actually improved. His singing voice is more incredible than you would ever know from his recordings. I am completely in love with him. If you ever get a chance to see him live, don't miss it. I brought five people who had no idea who he was, and they all left in tears and in love. We saw him six days ago and I've heard him in my head every day since. One of the people we brought was my 82 year-old mother who had no idea who she was going to see. She sat next to me and--like daughter, like mother--wept through most of it.

He lives in Nashville--does he perform there often? I ask because I might move there just to hear that voice. I'm not kidding--it was a life-changing experience. If any of you Nashvillians run into him, ask him if he's interested in leaving his wife for two old fat lesbians. I'm sure he'll jump at the opportunity.

Jun 2, 2018, 12:40pm

Hah, I know and worked with his sister-in-law too but I think it's a different one. He's married into a Cuban family of sisters - each one more gorgeous than the last.

Yes, he lives here. I think my younger son sold weed to his kids. Sigh.

He does have the most spectacular voice and Nancy, I'll do what I can. :)

Editado: Jun 2, 2018, 9:33pm

Yes, one of the twins, Lauren.

Those Mavericks guys are all still around town -- they're like regular people at the grocery store or wherever. And the drummer was my art dealer (I have an art dealer!) during the Mavericks fallow years.

Sep 25, 2018, 11:49am

JUDIE SILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oct 17, 2018, 10:09am

Madeleine Peyroux. Where have I been?

Oct 17, 2018, 12:45pm

We saw Madeleine Peyroux in concert earlier this year. She was wonderful.

Oct 17, 2018, 1:44pm

The book festival was held at our public library which was having a huge used cd sale. I could not resist building my stock for the radio show and at $2 a pop, could take a few chances. Wonderful!

Oct 17, 2018, 2:09pm

Madeleine Peyroux was the last concert my sister and I took my mom to.

Oct 17, 2018, 7:46pm

The first couple of Peyroux records made me nervous because she sounded so Holiday-esque it seemed like a stunt -- a pleasant enough stunt, but still a stunt. But then that Half a Perfect World record came out and I thought she was really doing something more interesting, interpreting the standards songbook in her own way, redefining how we think of what a "standard" can be; there was suddenly a point of view. I've been a fan since -- and I loooooove that Secular Hymns collection from a few years ago.

Oct 17, 2018, 10:23pm

That's the one I got - Secular Hymns. It's so good!!

Oct 18, 2018, 2:48pm

Yes, that's the one!

Dic 20, 2018, 2:09pm

Anyone have a best album list for 2018? It was an amazing year for women, especially young, feminist, and queer women.)


1. She Remembers Everything - Rosanne Cash. My girl Rosanne has outdone herself this time. The title song is powerful and haunting--you can't listen to it without thinking about the brave young women gymnasts or Christine Blasey Ford, among others.

Rifles and Rosary Beads - Mary Gauthier

Dirty Computer - Janelle Monae

Interstate Gospel - Pistol Annies

Dic 21, 2018, 10:42am

I like that Rosanne Cash album too although it feels a tiny bit formulaic. It's almost too tasteful. But I agree - that song is a killer.

Nancy, have you ever heard Lisa O'Neill? She's an Irish singer with a very...……unique voice. Her latest album Heard a Long Gone Song is a mix of traditional (but very stripped down) tunes, Pogue covers and original songs. I think she's incredible.

Her stuff can be hard to find in the US but its all over the net and there are already used copies selling on amazon.

The Pistol Annies are a blast, aren't they?

Editado: Dic 21, 2018, 11:08am

I'll check out Lisa O'Neill, although I tend to be a bit allergic to Irish singers. I'll let you know. Another one I liked a lot is By the Way, I Forgive You - Brandi Carlile. It took a while for me to listen to it because I kept thinking she was Belinda Carlisle of the GoGos.

Dic 21, 2018, 3:02pm

I cried to Brandi Carlile's song "Mother" in the car the other day. So now she's on my list.

I listened to lots of Monae's album this year (Prince!), and Childish Gambino's newest and a fair amount of Tyler the Creator because that's what Erin was listening too (and wouldn't make my top ten) but not much else stuck -- but that' mostly because I stuck to shuffle mode on Spotify.

Dic 21, 2018, 3:52pm

Janelle Monae is a genius. I think.

Dic 21, 2018, 4:32pm

I think so too. I've had a crush on her since that first (ish) fabulous video with her dancing (Tightrope --

Dic 22, 2018, 8:19am

iTunes tells me that the two records I listened to the most this year are Julianna Hatfield's album of Olivia Newton-John's covers and Tracey Thorn's Record, though I've been telling everyone I liked the Kacey Musgraves album the best (it's a perfect country record). It's funny because I've said again and again that Hatfiedl doesn't mess with the ONJ songs enough -- a lot of them are pretty straight ahead covers, just with more guitar -- but I guess I liked it anyway!

This year's was the first time a Brandi Carlisle album hit me the right way, and I do like the Rosanne record quite a bit even though I feel like some of the cuts aren't quiiiite full-fledged songs yet. But I'm just so relieved that she's still making records that I give it a thumbs up regardless.

Other things I quite liked:

Meshell Ndegeocello: Ventriloquism

Perfume Genius: No Shape (technically 2017)

And my find of the year was an old podcast series of vintage Shanghai pop records from the 30s and 40s. There are only 17 episodes (each is between one and two hours in length and curated thematically) and the host seems to have stopped podcasting a few years ago -- so by all means, download them while you can because they are a real treasure and a true pleasure.

Dic 22, 2018, 11:43am

dg, is Tracy Thorn from Everything but the Girl? Where do I start with her/them?

I have the same question about Aimee Mann.

Dic 22, 2018, 1:51pm

Oh, yes, that Kacey Musgraves album is great. I couldn't quite catch on to the Tracey Thorn, though.

Dic 22, 2018, 2:58pm

Having a radio show is absolute license to buy music. Just saying.

Dic 22, 2018, 3:18pm

I think the thing with Everything But the Girl is to just start with the first records -- there was a big shift in their music at about the 2/3 mark when that Missing song got remixed and was turned into a dance thing that was everywhere for a while and to be honest, I am less interested in their career after the shift (though I still listen to it all!). But before that, it was all just British folk pop with a lounge tinge. So Everything But the Girl, Love Not Money, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, Idlewild. Those four will get you going and then we can talk about solo Thorn (and Ben Watt, too, he has his own things going).

I will warn you that some of the early EBTG things feature an occasional lite-jazz sax, which can be trying.

Thorn has also a BAJILLION collaborative things (she is worse than Enmmylou; they ask, she says yes) -- Style Council, Massive Attack, the Go-Betweens...just a bajillion.

Editado: Dic 22, 2018, 4:37pm

Linda Thompson, who I revere and who is a FB 'friend' thinks really highly of her as a singer and as a writer. She has a couple of memoirs out. I feel I've needed to make my way over to her for years. 2019 will be the year of Aimee and Tracy, I think.

Dic 22, 2018, 5:12pm

My favorite Aimee Man albums are Bachelor No. 2 and Lost in Space. I have the newest, Mental Illness, but haven't listened to it enough for it to really get under my skin. I don't think you can go wrong with any of her stuff, but then I'm a fan.

Great music suggestions here, thanks.

Dic 22, 2018, 7:13pm

I think Mental Illness is great. Huge Aimee fan.

Editado: Dic 22, 2018, 10:05pm

Lauren, the male half of EBTG -- Ben Watt -- was ill with Churg-Strauss Syndrome for a long time; he wrote a terrific, terrifying book about it, Patient. They had kind of a Debbie Harry-nurses-Chris-Stein-back-to-health arc.

Tracey has a book called Bedsit Disco Queen that's also terrific and funny and she has a new one coming in 2019, Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia. I basically think she can do no wrong. She also has just an absolute perfect confident sense of her voice -- and I mean that two ways: which songs she sounds best on and what subjects she should write about (musically and otherwise).

Dic 24, 2018, 6:42pm

>85 DG_Strong: She's got a second book too, right? I think I wishlisted them both once upon a time on your recommendation, DG.

I'm listening to Lauren's Christmas Eve show while I'm making a maple custard pie and as un-Christmassy as I am, it's all very good.

Dic 24, 2018, 10:14pm

Yes, she has another book, Naked at the Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing -- it's less about her personally and more about, well, singing.

Dic 26, 2018, 11:58am

I'm definitely going to dive into that pool.

Thanks for listening, Lisa. As someone who has gone on record not liking Christmas music, I think I did a decent job.

Dic 26, 2018, 9:22pm

lauren, did you ever see my message?

Dic 27, 2018, 10:16am

I did. You should have received an email from me yesterday. Did you?

Dic 27, 2018, 10:25am

no i didn't. you sent it to my email or message wall?

Dic 27, 2018, 1:08pm

Your email cindydavid4 address.

It has an attachment.

Dic 29, 2018, 12:54am

Well, what a nice little record club! A bunch of those are on my best of list for 2018 as well. And oh, Aimee Mann: Bachelor No. 2 (Or, the Last Remains of the Dodo), with @#%&*! Smilers a super close second—mainly for Freeway, Thirty One Today and It’s Over. There are a couple of songs from the Magnolia soundtrack on Bachelor, so if you like that then this album is a good place to go next. I saw her live last year, and she was fantastic.

Ene 11, 2019, 2:48am

Do you suppose Garfeild could have been a countertenor?

Mar 8, 2019, 4:35pm

I'm planning a pre- St Patricks Day show featuring Irish lit put to music - not just a line here or there but whole poems or passages. There's loads of Yeats, Joyce and some Cullom but if you know of anything, esp if its not one ofthose three - please let me know .


Mar 8, 2019, 8:40pm

Will it be Irish music? (Coming from a huge Irish family that was deluged with Irish music and many were damaged by it.)

Mar 8, 2019, 10:21pm

Not necessarily.... the poets and writer are Irish (it's basically Yeats and Joyce with a little bit of Patrick Kavanagh) , but not all the singers or musicians are. I'll warn you personally if there are pipers, jigs or The Clancy Brothers.

Mar 9, 2019, 10:38am


Mar 9, 2019, 1:09pm


Mar 9, 2019, 9:45pm

OK so don't click on the dancing Irish parrot.

Mar 10, 2019, 5:14pm

Love it.

Mar 13, 2019, 5:54pm

Nancy, I ended up picking up a slot on 3/17 and shifted all my Irish-poetry-put-to-music to Sunday when I'll be subbing for my mentor DJ Alexis. So Monday was just the usual - Neneh Cherry, the Slits, Norman Blake, Charles Lloyd and nary a bagpipe to be heard. Safe for all Nancies.

Mar 13, 2019, 6:18pm

Thanks. I'll check it out!

Mar 13, 2019, 7:39pm

You’re such a fine DJ, Lauren.

Mar 14, 2019, 3:53pm

I take requests, Lisa.

Mar 17, 2019, 8:16am

Lauren, here's what I posted on my private FB Rockers Challenge page, which asked for a song today that was Irish in some way or other: a very young Van Morrison and Them in 1964 playing "Baby Please Don't Go." But only because someone else posted The Undertones doing "Teenage Kicks" first. That's about it for me and Irish music, though some other folks had some good entries—Pogues, of course, but Thin Lizzy, Cranberries, Boomtown Rats, Stiff Little Fingers.

As for requests, that maybe requires a letter, or at least a separate email...

Mar 17, 2019, 3:37pm

After discovering her through a children's book, Little Melba and her Big Trombone, I am very much enjoying Melba Liston, even though I don't listen to much music, and fewer instrumentals. There's something about her work that makes me pay attention.

Mar 19, 2019, 11:03am

God, I love Them. Their version of Here Comes the Night is really one of my favorite songs ever.

The dj before me on Sunday was playing the Pogues and Black 47. I had a bit of Shane McGowan in my show too - he recorded An Irish Airman Contemplates His Death for a collection of contemporary Irish artists responding to Yeats.

All in all, it was a good combination of pretty stuff and noisy stuff which kinda sums me up.

Abr 18, 2019, 10:34am

SHAMELESS SELF PROMO - my radio show is now 2 hours. 3:0-5:00 on Monday and you can live stream from or listen via the archives.

Yay me.

Abr 18, 2019, 11:22am

>109 laurenbufferd: And well deserved.

Abr 19, 2019, 9:10pm

Congrats, LB!

How come the radio archives sometimes just have a couple of songs from your show? I may have to set the clock and livestream.

Editado: Abr 26, 2019, 10:49am

The archives are not perfect and we are constantly working on them.

It's going to be almost all Duke Ellington on 4/28 so if you like that kind of thing.....

This has been a great creative outlet and I can say here, in the company of friends, that it is also a great distraction. Like hot yoga, I can only think about exactly what I'm doing while I'm doing it and nothing else. That, right now, is one of life's great reliefs.

Abr 26, 2019, 11:40am

I know what you mean, Lauren. I'd like to be better at that.

Abr 26, 2019, 12:35pm

>112 laurenbufferd: Work is that distraction for me. Which makes me... kind of one-sided, lately. But whatever, I'll take it.

Ago 27, 2019, 10:15am

I sat in for another dj who does a show on British pop. If you were alive during the 1980s, you might like this set.

Sep 10, 2019, 7:42am

>115 laurenbufferd: I listened to part of it before being rudely interrupted. So good, Lauren.

In the I Love My Job department, my coworker just lent me a copy of Amy Rigby's upcoming bio, Girl to City, so I need to make room on the reading rolls for this.

Sep 10, 2019, 2:09pm

That looks good Lisa -- I'll add it to my wish list.

Sep 10, 2019, 2:11pm

Some of you might have seen this on Instagram already, but I saw Kamasi Washington when I was in Minneapolis for a weekend recently, and he and his band rocked my world. Always amazing when the live performance completely changes how you read/listen to their recorded music.

Sep 10, 2019, 2:36pm

Yeah! I've seen him twice. It was the closest I could ever come to seeing Coltrane/Sly in the Family Stone. What a band! Also, Patrice Quinn, the singer, is the daughter of Dorothy Pitman Hughes, the civil rights activist. Just a little Kamasi trivia.

Oct 14, 2019, 9:22pm

Shameless self-promotion - all music with a literary theme. One Irish song - warning to Nancy.

Oct 15, 2019, 1:45pm

I appreciate your shameless self promotion! The link means I'll listen to the show.

Oct 15, 2019, 1:51pm

Ha! Funny, LB. I'm listening.

Editado: Oct 15, 2019, 3:22pm

I think I'm listening to the Irish song right now! (The Watersons?)

I thought Dark Honey was a really pretty song.

on edit: and I love the cover of All Apologies.

Oct 16, 2019, 10:37am

OOps, that was the Jewish high holiday show (hence all the songs about being sorry and apples and honey. And Leonard Cohen) . That does have a lot of traditional music in it - Nancy, you better run, girl.

I can't link from work - all high band width broadcasting stuff is blocked - but I will when I get home. Cause I know you are all hanging on my every word!

Mir - isn't that an amazing song? Nancy Kerr is a wonderful fiddler and trad singer but I like her songwriting too. I find that song so moving. And yes, I am a huge Kathryn Williams fan. I kind of stumbled upon her - I think I sought her out through a friends recommendation and got completely hooked. The Nirvana is from a whole album of covers called Relations and I think her song choices are just spot on.

Editado: Oct 16, 2019, 11:07am

Lauren, just finished listening to this mornings show - wow! Sounds like my old days in SLC KRCL Radio Free Zion...Loved the pigeon song, been decades since I heardd it. Think I'll make it a habit to turn in during your show!

Editado: Oct 16, 2019, 11:15am

Thanks so much! Independent radio is a great thing. Pigeon song?

Oct 16, 2019, 2:39pm

I did enjoy the set, Lauren.

Oct 16, 2019, 7:16pm

Oct 17, 2019, 11:12am

100% not.

Feb 12, 2020, 8:55am

World-famous pianist’s magnificent, $200,000 piano dropped and destroyed by movers

This must have been a terrible loss for her, but, why oh why, would she risk anything like that by dragging it around the world with her?

Feb 12, 2020, 3:50pm

OMG! Unless she needed the insurance money more than the piano.

I think theres someone else who travels with his piano.

Abr 28, 2020, 1:38pm

Has anyone else been listening to Fiona Apple's new album, Fetch the Bolt Cutters? It is an audio miracle. Highly, highly recommended.

Abr 28, 2020, 5:43pm

It's so good and weird in a predictable way. I mean that as a compliment; "it's a comfortable challenge" is probably the better way to put it.

Abr 28, 2020, 8:46pm

A few of those songs are fierce, as the kids say.

Abr 29, 2020, 12:05pm

I really love it. And I can usually just take a little of her at a time. Like Kate Bush.

Abr 30, 2020, 3:17pm

I agree with that.

Mayo 5, 2020, 12:11pm

"it's a comfortable challenge" -- this. Not new, really, but a good listen that is repeatable and has enough chewy bits to make the re-listen invigorating.

Mayo 6, 2020, 3:06pm

The Fiona Apple album isn't new?

Mayo 6, 2020, 10:32pm

I think she means nothing NEW in the groundbreaking sense

Mayo 8, 2020, 12:30am

I was in 7th heaven watching Once Were Brothers. I was obsessed with The Band once upon a time. Nice trip down memory lane.

Mayo 9, 2020, 4:55pm

Thanks, dg. Slow on the uptake lately.

Mayo 14, 2020, 7:08pm

I liked it too, Pat. And I am 100% Team Levon but lately, I've been thinking how hard it must have been for Robbie Robertson to be the only sober grown-up in the room.

Nov 13, 2020, 8:10pm

So I just saw an article about Lenny Kravits in NYT. Listened to a bit of Let Love Rule and would like to hear more. Any suggestions where to start with him?

Nov 14, 2020, 2:25pm

Let Love Rule is where to start, though Are You Gonna Go My Way is my favorite.

Nov 15, 2020, 12:46am


Mar 24, 11:28pm

Has anybody tried Radiooooo? I read about it, I think NYT, today and I can't stop playing with it. It's really interesting and kind of vast.