shambling back to your neuro-doorstep. naw i’m sober but i haven’t posted on here in forever (partially being sort of at a permanent state of lower-energy due to a functional body disorder i’ve developed over the past year and a half; partially because i have a lot of other outlets for writing. i also had a bullshit entire school year last year so there’s that.)
but i feel energetic enough to sort of get a kick out of posting about this. it’s a really beautiful mix put together by Steve Gunn, who’s done some stuff with Kurt Vile as part of his band, as part of a duo with John Truscinski and on his own. really great American Primitive inspired stuff that doesn’t get into the boring Fahey/Basho-worship as too much of that neo-AmPrim stuff does. in fact, i’m not even sure that it’s very accurate to call him AmPrim, although it certainly is hypnotic, droning, technically-adept solo guitar with a toe in Americana (broadly construed.)
anyways, this mix is super awesome. i think so far my favorite is the second tune; i’ve never actually listened to LMC but this is making me definitely want to, “religion is something within you” (which i want to assume is a traditional, though Google only shows some sketchy results for one version by Blind Joe Taggart and given the relative commonness of titles like that, i’m guessing it’s a sort of faux-traditional.)
there are some other nice surprises, too — Willie Wright and Donnie/Joe Emerson, both of which rotated hard at my place of radio employment, WXYC. they’re both pretty gorgeous. the Wright thing, in particular, is very blissed-out — one of my 20 housemates came in while i was playing it today and was like “i thought you were like a bluegrass, punk, jazz guy — what’s this, Jack Johnson?” but then the pedal steels came in. i have a certain proclivity for really obsessive attention to detail in terms of my personal life but i seriously think it came into rotation during the exact week that i decided “hey, i actually really like college”. this was also like one of the last weeks i distinctly remember not being sick during. and also like, for one of the first times in my life, really being happy with the way i looked physically. so lots of weird stuff going on hearing that song.
anyways, though i’ve not actually listened to a ton of SG, i did catch his set at Hopscotch last year on a whim (it mostly costs money, though XYC, and Duke’s station, WXDU, do some free stuff.) it was a couple weeks after a really nasty breakup and i went with a person that i was in the middle of becoming very close to and who rules hard. somehow in ~10 years of being a total music nerd (since i was old enough to be like not “a child” basically) i had never really been to a show that i later heard a recording of and the awesome dude over at Doom and Gloom From the Tomb posted a recording of the show, available here. it’s remarkably pacific (in the “peaceful” sense, though the “west coast” sense probably works, too) recording. no obvious emotional content or anything, nothing particularly triggering or anything. and the songs themselves are so improvisational and shimmering that they don’t really leave a super distinct feeling of memory as much as like a pop song. what really gave me that “stiff hairs” feeling was the stage banter, i mean we’re talking Das Unheimliche up-and-down here — like, holy shit, i remember this dude telling this anecdote. and the weird thing is, i do a lot of audio work, so i’m used to sometimes like listening to everyday conversations that i’d forgotten having had with interviewees and being like “hey, weird, i forgot that silly joke they made” or “fuck, i tell that funny story too much.” but something about this (probably that i didn’t listen to it until like eight, nine months after the event) was just really spooky and cool.
in conclusion, i have a complicated relationship to the music of Steve Gunn as well as the music he apparently listens to and i encourage you to listen to this mix, get drunk, fall off of a roof (safely), whatever.
Elliott dedicated his first album, Roman Candle, to his father, Gary Mac Smith. It was Gary who bought him his first guitar and taught him how to play “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” on it.
(Source: Virtual Elliott Smith Wall)
Wilco & Fleet Foxes (Bob Dylan Cover) // I Shall Be Released (Live)
I picked this up based on its description: “medieval folk” from 1970. The intricate and melodious picking of the Amazing Blondel, Eddie Baird, John Gladwin, and Terry Wincott, do not disappoint! Their music was based on renaissance forms, in theory, and they did use period instruments such as lutes, crumhorns, cittern, and Theorbo. Here is the track “Pavan” from their album Evensong. Island Records 1970.
Instrumental // Elliott Smith (Satyricon, Portland 10-14-99)