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Jason Isbell “Different Days”
Jason Isbell’s Southeastern is the kind of record that you play at work and a song comes up and you stop what you’re doing and pull out the lyric sheet and wonder how in the world someone is capable of writing a song as good as that. And then another song—the next song, probably—comes up, and you do the same thing again. And again.
For those wondering if Jason Isbell would ever put together an album filled with songs equal to his Drive-By Truckers stunners like “Outfit” or “Decoration Day” or “Danko/Manuel”, Southeastern is that album.
And when the place comes ablaze with a thousand dropped names I don’t know who to call. But I got a friend over there in the government block And he knows the situation and he’s taking stock, I think I’ll call him up now Put him on the spot, tonight.
The NSA just saw me upload this song.
And oh yeah…
On a night like this I deserve to get kissed at least once or twice
New Moodio is Eleventh Dream Day’s “lost record,” a parallel world version of El Moodio. It is also the snapshot of a band at its peak. Recorded and mixed in just a few days, there is an urgency and excitement that courses through these songs played by a band empowered by freedom and possibility.
Chicago’s finest, and they’re still crackling and ripping, 20 years later.
Since tumblr has for the moment deigned that an mp3 file is not an audio file (wtf), uploading this from a ripped file from The Dentists’ indispensable compilation, Dressed was not possible. So you can stare at the cover to Some People Are On The Pitch They Think It’s Over It Is Now while YouTube does its thing.
By the way, I did have an excellent dream this jingle jangle morning. 9 1/2 hours of sleep will facilitate that.
Jimmy Jules and the Nuclear Soul System “The New Year”
I didn’t post any Christmas music here this year. Actually, until a few days ago, I hadn’t posted anything at all here in months. But tucked on the tail-end of one of my favorite holiday compilations of recent years, In the Christmas Groove, is this bit of new beginnings, positive-thinking, feel-good, disco-soul. Oh, yeah!!
Just remember kids: “Only the strong survive, there’s just no time to fool around and jive.” Oh, yeah!!