David Lynch’s Music Supervisor Giving Away New Solo Album

David Lynch’s Music Supervisor Giving Away New Solo Album

Dean Hurley, who has worked as a music supervisor for David Lynch, is giving away a new solo album.  The link above is to the article and if you click on the free download will give you a zip for the record which you can download to your iTunes.  The vocals are all old soul samples, while somehow the music is inspire by Hans Zimmer’s score for, wait a minute, Days of Thunder!  It sounds like a strange concept for sure, but I am willing to give it a try as I love his work with Lynch and also with singer Chrysta Bell.

Fleetwood Mac’s Primitive Blues

I always like the blues played by Fleetwood Mac when Peter Green was in the band.  It’s primitive in a really charming way.  Half of the songs feature the same riff being played over and over again.  The recording is distorted.  When you hear blues bands out so many of the times they are what I call bow tie blues, where they are kind of clinical.  It’s blues music for white men that listen between golf rounds.  Or you sort of get the inspired by Stevie Ray wanking off blues.  Stevie Ray was a one of a kind and had his thing, but most people that copy him just ape him or water him down.  I like when blues music is kind of shitty.  I like when someone is choking a guitar and you aren’t quite sure they know what they are doing, but somehow they get the feel and the rhythm just right.

Three Songs for Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day here are three songs that deal with those who went to war, both those that came back and those that didn’t.  All three of these songs feature great writing, with lived in characters that are fully formed.  There is no mindless flag waving going on here.  They all treat veterans like people, not like political imagery.  In the first two there are even some short injections of dark humor.

Johnny Cash – Drive On

Marah – Round Eye Blues

Bruce Springsteen – The Wall

On a personal note I feel mixed emotions on Memorial Day as I scan the headlines.  In our country we are always told to “support the troops”.  But usually after the fact, after we have sent them out to be broken, after we have sent some to the final place they will see.  Nothing to me says support the troops more than not sending them into war in the first place unless absolutely necessary.  On Memorial Day you often read in the news about people getting easily offended over some kind of symbol they find disrespectful or something someone said. But where were these people when we allowed our leaders to send our young men and women to places they should have never been?  Many of them were waving flags blindly.  There are real lives that are damaged, families broken up.  I’m for all kinds of healthcare, etc., when our troops come home.  However, the best way to support the troops is through peace.

The O’Jays – Rich Get Richer

I wrote briefly about The O’Jays earlier.  They are one of my favorite soul groups.  I always thought this song was fantastic.  Dealing with the haves and have-nots long before our current economic situation, the song addresses the increasing greed of the 1%.  However, that’s only a part of why I love this song.  The production and playing on it is ridiculous.  It’s like everyone is on space coke, flying as fast as possible towards a dark star.  And we won’t even mention the insanity of their Travelin’ At the Speed of Thought!

Dylan’s First Letterman Gig and 80’s Dylan

Dylan’s First Letterman Gig

People have been talking about Dylan playing on Letterman’s second to last show.  This is an interesting article about Dylan’s first Letterman gig, when he was struggling in the 80’s, around the release of Infidels.

I’ve always loved Infidels.  Dylan’s lyrics are amazing on that record.  I also like the oddball combination of him with Sly and Robbie, the great reggae rhythm section.  Another Dylan 80’s album I really like is Empire Burlesque.  There are many that will bemoan the 80’s production, and I understand that urge, but the songs themselves are largely fantastic.  Most Dylan fans will mention Dark Eyes, but Emotionally Yours, later made great by the O’Jays, is a fantastic ballad.  Tight Connection to My Heart is also an excellent pop song with great lyrics.  In some ways I feel like the 80’s production at times, if you can do away with your prejudice, makes lyrics like, “They’re beating the devil out of a guy who’s wearing a powder-blue whig”, even more insane and absurd, heightening the comedy.

Twinkle Passes Away

Pop star Twinkle has passed away.  I found out about her through The Smiths cover version of her song Golden Lights.  (Which I actually like, despite many fans problem with the song.)  However, the real reason why this news matters to me is that I absolutely adore her teenage death disc Terry. (above)  I am extremely fond of the “death disc”.  These are pop songs that are about teenage tragedies.  Other songs in this genre include Leader of the Pack and Dead Man’s Curve.  I love the duality of the genre, where effervescent melodies are combined with death.  This song is extremely great, one of my favorites in the genre, because Twinkle’s voice is largely dead pan, highlighting the comedic element of the song.  It’s if at an extremely young age she is telling the listener that, “oh well, these things happen.”  And they do.  Twinkle is stoic in the face of tragedy, narrating the song with a removed distance.  She has excepted the hand that fate has dealt.  Her singing represents the idea that tragedy plus time equals comedy.  It’s one of those times when song and singer are greatly matched, providing layers to the material that might not be there in another interpretation.  Twinkle is beyond us now.  Is Terry still waiting?

Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott, and the Song Renegade

If there is a band that is underrated, it is Thin Lizzy.  As far as rock band with two guitar, bass, and drums goes they as good as anyone.  There are bands that were more original.  There were bands that were more consistent and had longer periods of peak creativity.  However, when Thin Lizzy were at their best, as far as rock music goes, they are hard to beat.  Their grooves swing, their playing is musical and memorable, and in Phil Lynott they had a truly great songwriter and frontman.  He might have not have been a poet on the level of someone like Dylan, but he wrote lyrics that were evocative and just plain cool.  (Cool is not a term I like to use a lot.  However, if anyone earned that word, it was Lynott.  He also sometimes wrote lyrics in meters and rhyme schemes that are unique in rock music.)  He had voice with real swagger that was able to be vulnerable when needed.

In my opinion any fan of rock music should own four albums:  FightingJailbreakBad Reputationand Black Rose.  All the Thin Lizzy records have something of merit, but those four are front to back classics.  The early records it still seems like they were finding their voice.  After Black Rose Lynott’s drug problems seemed to take their toll on his abilities slightly, although there were still plenty of great songs to come, if not great albums.  Johnny the Fox is sort of the odd album out.  It was recorded during their peak, but is a concept record.  Although it is close to being great, it has a few songs that are more generic than typical Lizzy fair.

The above song, Renegade, is not taking from one of the four that I mentioned above.  It is later period Thin Lizzy.  The instrumental section goes on a little too long possibly, but overall it is a great song that has a cinematic mood and showcases Lynott’s effortless cool.  I picked it because it precisely because it is somewhat of a lost gem.  It is one of those songs that would feel good late night in a bar, when you foolishly think you can do anything.

It is off of the album with the same name.  However, I would definitely start with with one of the four albums I mentioned above, and eventually get all four.  Thin Lizzy come about as close to embodying rock music as just about any band I can think of.