&ot absonderpop: March 2006

Friday, March 31, 2006

All that's left for us now are moments like these

Now here's the inevitable The Mountain Goats posting…

I was sort of a late-comer to the music of John Darnielle, but if there ever was a contender for the "New Bob Dylan"-moniker, I'd put my money on this one.

Being brought up on Billy Bragg and the Pogues (and the former being the most prominent reason for me switching from playing keyboards to the guitar), you just have to love John Darnielle's guitar style. I prefer someone handling the strings the way he does a million times over the styles of what are usually regarded as "good" guitarists. And don't even let me start about his gifted songwriting...

I'd really appreciate, if he re-released ALL of his old stuff on CD. A couple of weeks ago, two of the Shrimper tapes (Hot Garden Stomp and The Hound Chronicles) went up for sale on ebay, selling for $56.36 and $81.56 respectively. Now this exceeded my budget by far and dampened my completist desire a good deal.

So if anyone out there is ready to sell their copies of said cassettes at a somewhat more reasonable price, feel free to contact me. I'm looking for the Come, Come to the Sunset Tree-vinyl as well, as John Darnielle hasn't toured Europe since the release. I'd be almost as grateful, if one of you was willing to share these albums ;-)

Now here are two The Mountain Goats b-sides. The first one was taken from See America Right, the second one from Letter to Belgium.

New Chevrolet in Flames
Attention All Pickpockets

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Many girls have taken you for a ride

A couple of years ago, I had the rare chance to see Daniel Johnston perform in Germany. As far as I know, he only visited Germany twice, although he had planned to play some gigs last summer, which sadly had to be cancelled due to his deteriorating health.

If you don't know about Daniel, be sure to check out this page.

Alas, without further ado, here's the music-related posting I had originally intended to be the first. It might or might not set the mood for upcoming postings, but starting off with one of my all time favourites in as many different versions as I have in my collection, doesn't seem to be a bad idea…

Daniel Johnston: Speeding Motorcycle
Yo La Tengo: Speeding Motorcycle
Yo La Tengo feat. Daniel Johnston: Speeding Motorcycle
Mary Lou Lord: Speeding Motorcycle
The Pastels: Speeding Motorcycle
Lou Barlow: Speeding Motorcycle

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R.I.P. Nikki…

I was going to start this blog with something completely different and on a much lighter note…

But I just found out that one of my all time Rock'n'Roll heroes passed away last night, aged 49.

I had the chance to see him perform a couple of times over the last 20 years, both with bigger audiences and during more intimate solo-sets. The picture was taken at one such occasion on December, 30th 2004 at the MuK in Gießen, Germany.

I talked to Nikki about booking him for a private party not quite a year ago (a shame, that someone with as much talent as him could be booked for such little money!!!), which didn't work out because of scheduling problems.

Therefore, in honour of the late, great Mr. Sudden, a couple of tracks from his +30 years-spanning career.

Jacobites: Road of Broken Dreams
Jacobites: Before I Die
Nikki Sudden: Death is Hanging over Me


Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Yet another music-related blog

I've been toying for quite some time with the idea to start my own mp3-blog.

So, here it is.

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