Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Murdering Oscar (and other love songs)

Happy 'Murdering Oscar (and other love songs)' album release day!

Be sure to go out and purchase a copy today!

Here's my review: It kicks much ass. Much. (Best album review I've ever done).

You too can have the following lyric running through your head bringing my joy to your life:

Uncle Phil said to me
The woman will be the death of me
Don't think there's anything I can do

Congrats to Patterson!

Patterson and his Super-Group The Screwtopians will be touring the next few weeks. Go out and catch a most excellent show!

Tour Dates


Express Night Out | Arts & Events | Tough Love Songs: Patterson Hood, 'Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)':

"'Murdering Oscar' ends with 'Back of a Bible,' one of two odes to Hood's wife. It's a love song about writing love songs, specifically how they cannot begin to capture or convey his feelings satisfactorily. Hood is, of course, being overly modest, as this album further proves he understands how a simple song can express complex and often contradictory emotions. In this regard, 'Murdering Oscar' kills."

Critics' Choice - New CDs by Mars Volta, Ginuwine, Holly Williams and Patterson Hood - Review - NYTimes.com:

"Neil Young stirred up echoes of the Civil War with his condemnatory “Southern Man” in 1970, soon to be answered by Lynyrd Skynyrd’s proud “Sweet Home Alabama.” Decades later Patterson Hood and the band he started in 1995, Drive-By Truckers, straddled a musical Mason-Dixon line by realizing what Mr. Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd shared: overdriven guitars and blunt, concise lyrics. Mr. Hood and the band have merged Mr. Young’s frazzled high vocals and Crazy Horse’s grungy trudge with a guitar twang, drawl and Southern perspective"

Patterson Hood: Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs) < Reviews | PopMatters:

"Patterson Hood is one of those songwriters for whom the pen moves faster than the mind. He writes, records, writes, records… like a Jack Kerouac or a Neil Young or a Stephen King, he pours himself out on the page and doesn’t linger much over the result. It’s like a reflex, an unconscious response: just write, sing it out, move on to the next idea. If the rhymes are thin, or the story a bit under-baked, just move along, friend, because when one of these things hits, it’s pure, raw, untouchable perfection."

Pitchfork: Patterson Hood: Murdering Oscar (and Other Love Songs):

"Nothing here totally upends what we already know of Hood's talents via the Truckers, but it does serve as a supplementary capsule capturing how he ticks, right down to his cover of the Runt-era Todd Rundgren proto alt-country gem 'The Range War', a response to anyone that, in Hood's words, thinks all he does is 'sit around and listen to Molly Hatchet.' What it and the originals on Murdering Oscar do is emphasize Hood's respect for and attraction to lyrical and emotional honestly above all else, the universals that have linked a lot of good music from the past to present. With every note, with every song, Hood sounds like he increasingly, if modestly, recognizes he's part of that great songwriting continuum, working hard to live up to his end of the obligation, as long as it takes."

Jambands.com | CD Reviews | Murdering Oscar (and other love songs) – Patterson Hood | 2009-06-22:

"I used to think that Paul Westerberg was the absolute master at writing clever, killer rock songs that said “eff you” but were somehow wistful at the same time.

I don’t know but Patterson Hood (best known as the leader of the Drive-By Truckers) has written the best one of all."

Catching Up With... Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers :: Features Music :: Articles :: Paste


Hood reaches back for songs | ajc.com:

"“I’m all about fun,” Hood said. “I’m at a point in my life that if it’s not fun or benefiting my family —- and preferably both —- then I just don’t want to do it.

“All that talk about great art coming from drama —- forget that. I’ve been there, I’ve had enough of that to draw on for the rest of my life. I don’t need it in my day-to-day life, and I sure as hell don’t need it in my band.”"

Old cassette tape leads to new solo abum for Patterson Hood | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal - Louisville, KY


Murdering Patterson and other old songs | Louisville's Alt-Weekly | LEO Weekly:

"And what about the paradoxical name of the album?
“It just kind of struck me as funny … It’s a true statement. ’Cause I think you can make an argument for each one of those songs, in one way or another, being somewhat of a love song. I’m not necessarily known for writing love songs, and my take on the love song probably isn’t going to put Lionel Richie out of business … let’s just put it that way.”"

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