Saturday, May 27, 2006

Paradise for me

My town -- the town where no music ever comes -- has become musical paradise lately. In June alone I have tickets for Nickel Creek whose accompanying act is Ben Lee. Then just a few days later, I'll be seeing John Hiatt along with the North Mississippi Allstars. And then (yes there is more) in September the woman I've always wanted to see, Bonnie Raitt, will be here with Keb' Mo'. I've always managed to miss Bonnie Raitt when she's been close to this area, and now she will actually be here -- with Keb' Mo'!

New Music for Me

Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood. Neko Case is, as Poppy reminded me, a member of The New Pornographers. This is her latest solo project and it's well worth the listen. I was hooked from the very first song, Margaret vs. Pauline, and Neko's voice kept me hooked until the last note of the very last song.

Bruce Springsteen: We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions. This is the most effecting Springsteen album in ages. Shenandoah and Mary Don't You Weep stick with me long after I've quit listening to the album. I've always enjoyed Springsteen's more folky albums and here, with interpretations of Pete Seeger's versions of traditional folksongs, he is brilliant.

The Dixie Chicks: Taking the Long Way: The reviews I've read of the Chicks' latest cd all love it. I think it's boring and the song that gets the most air play -- Not Ready to Make Nice -- is a rehash of the what happened to them after the comment Natalie Maines made about Bush. Sometimes things change after repeated listenings though, and I hope that happens here. Their last album, Home, had songs that had me singing them all day -- White Trash Wedding and Tortured, Tangled Hearts -- and songs that made me cry with every listen -- Travlin' Soldier. Taking the Long Way is no Home but maybe when I've listened to it more, I will discover that it has its own treasures.

Wilco: A.M. : I know this is not new but it's new for me. I've kindof approached Wilco in a backass way. First I got Summerteeth which I loved but rarely listened to, then I got the Mermaid Avenue albums which I love and listen to all the time and I went backwards with Wilco from there. I like A. M. ; I Must Be High makes me laugh.


Poppymom said...

You've got better shows coming to your area than arecoming to St. Louis! I'm jealous. I saw Bonnie with Keb'Mo in '98. Great show. John Hiatt's awesome live, too. And with No. MS All-stars? Damn, I'm jealous!

1. Still need to download Neko. Clara Jane's hooked on "Honkey Tonk Hiccups" from "The Virginian".

2. I wish I could listen to Seeger Sessions beyond "John Henry". Blame my kid. "Mary, Don't You Weep" is wonderful. If I had to pick a favorite, though, it would probably be "Pay Me My Money Down".

3. I downloaded "Taking the Long Way" on Tuesday, but haven't listened yet. I like "Not Ready to Make Nice" but agree with the critic who said it's a great song to hear once. With most DC albums, it's taken me awhile to warm up to them and I don't expect this to be any different. I am concerned about the California rock comparisons I've seen because to me, California rock = boring. I was hoping this wouldn't be an entire CD of Dixie Chicks covering Fleetwood Mac.

4. I love "A.M.". Can't drive past the Casino Queen without bellowing, "My lord your mean! I'll be gambling like a fiend on your tables so green!" In fact, I spent the day after my 21st birthday on the Casino Queen, exactly one year before "A.M."'s release.

"Box Full of Letters" has a permanent spot on my all-time top 15.

And for the record, if you ever come to St. Louis, I do a mean Wilco tour of the area. Just ask your fellow library-person, Exena (

Katya said...

I was in St. Louis several years ago but haven't been back. It would be fun to go back an do a Wilco tour.

I'm hoping the Chicks cd grows on me -- I'm Not Ready to Make Nice is one of those songs that when I put the cd on my iPod, I think I just should've left off.

I also love Pay Me My Money Down -- it's a great song.

BabelBabe said...

LOVE Wilco. AM is good.

also, saw Keb Mo in concert at a small club here - he was amazing. Enjoy!

BabelBabe said...

also, you should hear Primo's rendition of Casino Queen.

Katya said...

I would just LOVE to hear Primo sing Casino Queen!

I also got the new Chili Peppers cd yesterday -- I really like it so far.