Sifting through last year's blog entries, I got a hankering to jaw at some random unknown readers again. Plus I got plenty of music stuffs to jaw about, so if you need recommendation as to what to do with your ears these days, I can provide!
1. Chissum Worthington
- A year after my obsession began, I finally got to meet and hang with the man AND see him in live performance when Hopey
and I trekked to the West Coast last month for our honeymoon odyssey. He was out tour guide for a day in LA and I have a picture of the two of us outaude the Bob's Big Boy in Signal Hill. The rest of 2008 is pure gravy. Not only that, but I got him to upload some free tracks to last.fm, so visit his page and take all you want. (I especially recommend Cocorenos
, since I've now been there and can attest to the power of their chips 'n salsa, carne asada, and those deservedly-infamous Cadillac Margaritas. Awesome jukebox, too!)
- The night after we supped at Cocorenos with Chissum and Johnny Pumpkin
, we returned for breakfast with Freddie Lemke. I was also pleased to make his acquaintance, as Sound Awake
is one of my favorite albums of the past three years (and not *just* because of the title, fellow fanatics of The Beach Boys
and Todd Rundgren
will find much to love here). He gave me a copy of his first album, Wonderful, and I look forward to his work in progress.
3. The Judy's
- Okay, if you didn't live in or around Houston in the 80s and are a fan of Devo
, The B-52's
, and/or Talking Heads
, have I got a discovery for you. The Judy's were the most popular (and best) New Wave band to hail from the area and enjoy a healthy fan following to this day. Their first two albums, Washarama
and Moo, were finally released on CD in December, and their bassist, Jeff Walton
, visited my show this past week to discuss them. There might be at least one reunion gig in Houston this summer; as a fan who was never able to make it to a first-wave gig, my fingers are knotted. Visit their website
and get ye in the know.
4. The Postal Service
- I picked up their three singles and Give Up
pretty cheap in January. Now that everyone's shut up about how awesome they are, I can relax and enjoy them at my leisure. Which I do.
5. Vampire Weekend
- I got a free download of Mansard Roof
last fall for the show. I must have listened to it five times in one hour that night. Now the album's here, and to my ears, it's the one to beat for '08. I've noticed that most of the positive reviews for their debut on Amazon have met with a mild attack of non-helpful votes. Damn sixth-graders need afterschool hobbies.
- It's official: In Rainbows
is my second-favorite RH album, right behind Kid A
, and I'd like to thank them for the opportunity of trying before buying. (And yes, I'm paid up.)
7. Via Audio
- They're working on a Houston stop before or after SXSW, potentially including an appearance on Sound Awake. Into The Rentals
? You won't feel alienated.
My classic-rock inclinations have been fed with recent cheap collections from Genesis
, while the heavier aspect of my library expanded late last year with AC/DC
, Judas Priest
and Van Halen
remasters. And then there's the bottomless myriad of CDs I picked up on the trip. Look for it all to show up on your dashboard (if we're friends or neighbors) over the next few months.