Friday, October 17, 2008

DBT Week in Review - 10/17/08

More calm before the October 3oth rock storm......

Update this week from Patterson....

Drive-By Truckers


1. CHILLOUT TENT - This is the song the me first fall in love with the band. If "Let There Be Rock" was my snapshot of going to The Rock Show back when I was a teenager, it could be argued that this one is theirs. At any rate, it tells a great story with both humor and pathos and like so many of their songs is cinematic as hell. I also love the irreverent reinvention of the sappy Greece "Summer Lovin'" scene into a classic slab of pop-culture revision that somehow manages to be both ironically detached and humanistically warm. A rare feat in modern culture, especially from a Rock and Roll Band.

One of my favorite songs of the decade.

2. LORD I'M DISCOURAGED - My favorite song on the new album and probably my favorite song so far this year. Also cinematic as hell (boy, it's hard not to use that phrase in describing this band). This song plays out like a five minute movie with humor and drama. Even a twist at the end. A beautiful piece of work with an absolutely bitchin' guitar solo to boot.

3. YOUR LITTLE HOODRAT FRIEND - This one plays out more like better version of classic era alternative rock (boy that's a funny concept in its own rite) turbo charged and taken up about ten notches in the writing department. Damn, they write great Rock and Roll songs. This song is truly hilarious from start to finish (getting even better as it builds up to the punch line) and it Rocks like pure hellfire. Many of my favorite songs ever written are structured like a well told joke that builds to the payoff punch line at the end. This one does that about as well as any song I could name.

4. STEVIE NICKS - I may be totally full of shit, but this one hits me like some kind of deconstructed Springsteen song (especially when it starts coming unhinged toward the end) and I mean this in the absolute best of ways. Listening to THS, I always got the feeling that they were trying to build their idea of an ultimate Rock and Roll Band, taking elements they all loved from their favorites growing up and reconstituting them on their own terms to build their version of the perfect beast. All of my favorite bands through the years seemed to take this approach; including The Clash and yes, Bruce Springsteen (and yes, Drive-By Truckers) and to me few have ever nailed the concept any better than The Hold Steady.

5. STAY POSITIVE - Here we have a great song that references it's own catchiness in the second verse ("The singalong songs will be our scriptures") immediately followed by the most amazingly unshakable singalong chorus of the last decade and a half. This song is a monster hit single waiting to happen and if there was any justice (or half decent radio) it would be blasting from every car stereo in America.


Check out the Unification occurring on both the DBT-Ninebullets Message Board and The Hold Steady's Message Board. - Message Board • View topic - Official Ninebullets I Love The Hold Steady Thread

The Hold Steady Message Board :: View topic - The Hold Steady Appreciation thread (NineBullets style)

________ | Uncut Music Award 2008 - Post details: Here it is... The Uncut Music Award Shortlist!:

"1. BON IVER – For Emma, Forever Ago (4AD)
2. DRIVE BY TRUCKERS – Brighter Than Creation’s Dark (New West)
3. ELBOW – The Seldom-Seen Kid (Fiction)
4. THE FELICE BROTHERS - The Felice Brothers (Loose)
5. FLEET FOXES – Fleet Foxes (Bella Union)
6. THE RACONTEURS – Consolers Of The Lonely (XL)
7. RADIOHEAD - In Rainbows (XL)
8. VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Vampire Weekend (XL)"

Patterson podcast in Amsterdam.

A Slice of the Shiny: Drive By Truckers' Patterson Hood September 19, 2008


Nice work in this Women without Whiskey 'tube cover.....



PC World - Business Center: Music Industry Optimistic About Digital Future:

"The music industry is going through a lot of changes as it tries to grapple with the move to digital, but these days it is much more upbeat about the future."

Uhhhhh.... yeah.

Eddie Vedder And Josh Brolin Swap Master Cleanse Stories


This should kill a good 3:48 for ya today. The literal version.


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