Paul Westerberg Interview 2004
Paul Westerberg has always been one of my favorite songwriters. One thing that often gets lost in the mainstream press, who are much more content telling Replacements drinking stories, is how great of a melody writer he is. In fact I would put him up as one of America’s greatest melody writers since the beginning of rock n roll. I mean other than someone like Brian Wilson, there aren’t many people that have written as many great melodies as he has. But unlike a lot of people that can write great melodies, his songs also often have a grittiness to them. His songs aren’t antiseptic sounding, nor overly sweet. It is that contrast that makes him stand out. You often get one or the other, but rarely both. His songs feel lived in and true, while at the same time being highly memorable. Even his more polished major label recordings have Kenny Jones (Faces) like drums on them and Westerberg’s rumpled sandpaper vocals.
I remember one time in the Shinyribs van I put the above song on, Finally Here Once, and about 10 seconds into the song the van went completely silent. Afterwards everyone remarked on what a great song it was. It’s an extremely lo-fi recording, so people weren’t getting off on some kind of sonic deal. It’s just great writing.
Anyway, I saw that his website put the above 2004 interview on it, which I had read at the time, but found interesting going back to.
The new Neil Young + Promise of the Real album, The Monsanto Years, is out now. This is a protest album Neil recorded with Willie Nelson’s sons, among others. I haven’t heard the album yet, so I can’t comment on it. Neil’s Living With War is one of my favorite political albums of all time. I like political music in general. Even if I don’t agree with every point an artist makes, I like when people aren’t afraid to go out on a limb. There is some good fun to be had out there!
Obama to Unveil Plan to Bring Overtime Pay to 5 Million
Another interesting article, this time a headline over at Huffpo. If you look at the widening wage gap between owners and workers, especially if you look at it over the course of history in the last hundred years, you will see that things have gotten completely out of whack. Don’t take my word for it, do the research. This looks to be a way that Obama is looking to help lessen the outrageous disparity that has arisen in this country between rich and poor.
Supreme Court Rules Against Gerrymandering
An interesting article about a Supreme Court ruling that could be extremely important, but that has not gotten as much press as Obamacare and gay marriage. I’m just starting to read some articles on this, but it looks like it is worth learning about.
Here is the Shinyribs band playing the Sir Douglas Quintet’s She’s About A Mover with Doug Sahm’s son Shawn Sahm. Cheryl Sahm posted this on Facebook earlier today and it was actually the first time I have seen the footage. It was a great night of fun. Just thought I’d share it with all of you.
My brother showed this to me today. It is a series of scenes from HBO’s Season 2 of True Detective. We laughed liked hyenas for the entire five minutes. Jet fucking black. I loved the fist season and this clip makes me want to see the second season like yesterday. It is an understatement to say there some really great lines. I’ve always liked Colin Farrell’s work, but he is entering a new land of sweetness here.
Danzig Talks Covers Record
In the above Rolling Stone article Glenn Danzig announces that his long awaited covers album will be coming out in late July/early August. The album will be called Skeletons. I have been waiting for this to come out ever since I heard the above song Devil’s Angels, which sounds as much like a Misfits song as anything he has released since being in that band.