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Jason Isbell is a singer/songwriter from Alabama with a new album out called “Southeastern” and it’s easily one of the best things I’ve heard so far in 2013. Here’s my favourite song from the album, “Traveling Alone”.
The kind of gentle acoustic strumming you hear on “Traveling Alone” is typical of about two-thirds of the album, but Isbell and his band also break out the electric guitars for a couple of higher-energy rockin’ numbers, like “Super 8″ and “Flying Over Water”.
There’s an interesting contrast on this album between the gentle acoustic numbers, the pudgy, harmless-looking gentleman staring at me from the album cover, and the dark content of the lyrics that pop up from time to time.
Camera Obscura are back with a terrific new album, Desire Lines, and here’s a sample from YouTube of what I’m assuming is the first single, “Do It Again”.
In case you missed the subtle nuances of the lyrics, the song is about doin’ it, and then doin’ it again.
“You were insatiable
I was more than capable”
The National have a new album out called “Trouble Will Find Me” and I’m liking it a lot, especially the opening track “I Should Live In Salt”. I couldn’t find a decent version of that song on YouTube, so here’s the first single “Demons” which is also very good.
Or from Amazon.ca
Mud – 7/10 (Directed By Jeff Nichols, Starring Matthew McConaughey)
When does a good movie feel like a disappointment? When the viewer goes into the film with expectations that are too high.
Mud is certainly a good movie, but I don’t think it’s a masterpiece like Jeff Nichols’ debut film “Take Shelter”, and Matthew McConaughey gives an interesting performance as the mysterious, charming drifter known only as Mud, but he isn’t as mesmerizing as he was in “Killer Joe” or “Magic Mike”. Even though I may have been hoping for a bit too much from Mud, the movie is still very much worth seeing, especially if CGI car chases and binge drinking douchebags are not your idea of entertainment.
Prince and his new bandmates 3RDEYEGIRL played a show in Minnesota recently and delivered a surprise, funky, instrumental version of Pearl Jam’s “Evenflow” during the encore. It was captured for posterity and the only thing missing is purple flannel.
Prince’s new project has a single available for download, and you can see the official video here. When you hear what their own material sounds like the idea of a Pearl Jam cover seems considerably less surprising, especially since it was an instrumental, so you don’t have the wrap your head around the idea of Prince trying to sing like Eddie Vedder.