June 12, 2012 - It Rock And Roll

Day: June 12, 2012

The five-disc box set Arkeology comprised entirely of previously unreleased material: 70 never-before-heard tracks including new songs finished as recently as 2011 plus an “unheard history of rare studio gems, live sessions, concert recordings, radio interviews, covers, demos and B-sides.”Among the new songs on Arkeology: “Waiting Such a Long Time” (2008), “Everybody’s Falling in Love” (2011) and “Photograph,” the latter described as a “sprawling piano anthem” recorded over 17 years (1994 to 2011). Other artifacts include demos recorded as early as 1985, “a pitch-shifted, effects-heavy rendition” of “What is Love All About” (from 1993’s Bang!) and live versions of familiar hits such as “Ship of Fools” recorded in Boulder, Colo., in 1998, and fan favorites including “Love Street” (from 1990?s Goodbye Jumbo) recorded at 2006’s Bonnaroo Festival.

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That’s the name of Nelson Bragg’s publishing company, and also the phrase this writer uttered 11 times over after being overwhelmed by Bragg’s sophomore effort, the near-perfect We Get What We Want. What we get is 11 little slices of pure pop heaven, each featuring Bragg’s understated melodic gifts and multi-instrumental talents. The overall vibe is of a ’60s-era sunshine-pop record, lovingly updated and wrapped in a beautifully sung and artfully played and produced package.Bragg colors We Get What We Want with many different shades from his musical paintbox: there’s some cool straight-up power pop with “You Could Believe,” recorded with instrumental assistance from Michael Simmons from California-based popsters sparkle*jets UK; there’s lilting, jangly confections such as “I’m in No Mood” and “Welcome to Nowheresville,” whose 12-string guitars and warm, inviting melodies are sure to get popheads’ loins a-tingling; there’s a brief country-inflected diversion with “She Used to Love Me,” which also features a great little psychedelic twist at the song’s outset; and there’s a dreamy duet with the most talented Anny Celsi on the languid, stunning “Time and Tyde Agree,” which is the aural equivalent of a gentle ocean breeze.Bragg also reverently covers his current boss Brian Wilson on a winning take of “Baby Let Your Hair Grow Long,” bathes a tune titled “Steel Derrick 1979″ in nostalgic beauty via some more lovely vocals and a set of lyrics that recall his Massachusetts childhood, and peppers the rather bitter “What She’s Done to him” with an insistent, galloping drumbeat and plenty of horns, courtesy of the talented Probyn Gregory. The disc closes with an acoustic guitar-based chill of a tune, the brief, self-confessional “Everything I Want to Be.” It’s a perfect wrap up to a marvelous album that is certain to rank high on many year-end best of 2012 lists.

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Gothic southern literary imagery, tales of dying and despair, a haggard, mounful voice that hovers somewhere between Nick Cave and Gillian Welch — yet the bleak, brutal music of Alabama-raised, Seattle-based songwriter Lindsay Fuller manages to find its own special intoxicating beauty. Newly signed to ATO, Fuller follows up her 2010 sophomore album The Last Light I See with You, Anniversary , another collection of darkly wondrous, powerful songs that both float in the ether and hit like a ton of bricks. Producer/bassist Paul Bryan (Aimee Mann, Grant Lee Phillips) surrounds Fuller and her acoustic with a studio band that rolls and rumbles like impending storm clouds of tremeloed guitar lines and shuffling rhythms, turning songs like “One More Song” (video below) into gritty, black shrouded hymns of regret, remorse and revenge.

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