Saturday, March 27, 2010

Lost Gem: "Paper Thin" - John Hiatt (1988)



"I was gonna get up off that bar stool...
Just as soon as I could figure it out."
-->John Hiatt<-- 


John Hiatt's ninth album..."Slow Turning" (1988)...is loaded with top to bottom diamonds. 

This warm-hearted troubadour is known for his clever songwriting...twisting phrases left of center...but always achingly dead-on.  Whether singing rockers of road-trip freedoms...or casting shadows on hard-lessons learned.

Sounds like a contradiction...but that's just John Hiatt.


Lost Gem:--> "Paper Thin"...oh man...but ain't this a solid  prime Hiatt rocker.  Exhilarating poundage with a raucous 'Stones' vibe.

Have you heard this one?


I was gonna get up off that bar stool
Just as soon as I could figure it out
Why I was sobering up at the car pool
Stood up at the dance with no twist and shout

When you're burnin' with your last desire
And every memory haunts you
You write it down in alcohol fire
'cause that's the only flame that wants you

When you're paper thin
Yeah, read all about it
When you were out of luck, well, luck was doin' alright
Now you're paper thin
Yeah, they can see right through ya
You just cut you're little finger on the edge of the night

Now do I really have to be responsible
For what I did between those tavern walls
I was just mixing up some chemicals
You could've heard a pin drop, could have heard time crawl

And every once in a while
You could hear you're own heart pound
Maybe some paper doll with a pasted on smile
Would let you write her number down

Good stuff!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Lost Gem: "Fine Memory" - Bob Seger (1975)


"And later as I was driving...
the sky was getting light.
And the sun came through the trees."

~ Bob Seger ~


"Beautiful Loser" (1975)...was Bob Seger's eighth album and was just one year away from one of the best live albums of all time.

"Live Bullet"...recorded in his hometown of Detroit...would, at last, put Bob on the road to stardom.

But it was on his "Beautiful Loser" release where the seeds of Seger's songwriting skills began to really take shape. Bringing it from the heart...and from the heartland.

Lost Gem:--> "Fine Memory"...is a gentle acoustic ballad.  
Beautiful in its simplicity.  Heart-aching in its complexity.

Have you heard this one?


Last night I saw you walking
Past my bed late at night
And the moon shone
Through your gown
Such a fine memory
I think I'm gonna take it with me

And later as you were sleeping
Sleeping close to me
I felt your hair on my skin
Such a fine memory
I know I'm gonna take it with me
I'm going to take it
Far as I go
I'm going to take it far as I go

And later as I was driving
The sky was getting light
And the sun came through the trees
I had a fine memory
Such a fine memory

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lost Gem: "Enemy" - Days Of The New (1999)


"Listen down,
you little man...
I'm not the one who's
tryin' to change you."
~ Days Of The New ~


This was Days Of The New's 2nd album and is often referred to as...The Green Album.

Led by Travis Meeks...this was mostly a new ensemble...with Meeks taking the band in an inspired and ambitious direction.

Meeks' underrated release...taps into an almost acoustical heavy metal drift...mixed with occasional orchestrated backing...that dips the toe into the techno pool. It works.

And it rewards the listener with repeated listens.

Lost Gem:--> "Enemy"...opens with electro-drum beats that lead into an aggressive acoustic guitar battle...creating vibes of ominous warning.
Urgent in delivery.

"Enemy"...is just one of several tracks on this forgotten puppy that deserve fresh ears to...'listen down'.

Have you heard this one?


Yeah  (Yeah)
Yeah  (Yeah)


Listen down you little man
I'm not the one who's tryin' to change you
And if you come to understand it'll be OK here
You need to change it
You need to change it now

I'm not the one who's tryin' to be
I'm not the one who's tryin' to be your enemy
That's something you need to change
I'm not the one who's tryin' to be your enemy
That's something you need to change

Listen down you little man
I'm not the one who's tryin' to change you
And if you come to understand it'll be OK here
You need to change it
You need to change it

So listen down you little man
I'm not the one who's tryin' to change you, yeah
And if you come to understand it'll be OK here
You need to change it
You need to change it now

I'm not the one who's tryin' to be
I'm not the one who's tryin' to be your enemy
That's something you need to change
I'm not the one that's tryin' to be your enemy, yeah
That's something you need to change
Yeah

I went in killing the sun I once won, I once won
I went in killing the sun I once won, I once won
I went in killing the sun I once won, I once won
I went in killing the sun I once won, I once won

Yeah  (Yeah)
Yeah  (Yeah)
You need to change it
You need to change it
You need to change it
You need to change it

I'm not the one who's tryin' to be
I'm not the one who's tryin' to be Your enemy.


Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lost Gem: "T.B. Sheets" - Van Morrison (1967)



"The cool room...
Lord...is a fool's room."
~ Van Morrison ~


Sometimes it depends on when you catch the train...that determines how long you want to ride.

If you've never been quite able to understand or connect with..."Van the Man"...then I strongly urge you to climb upon this..RnR choo-choo...right here.

This song and soul-stirring performance would almost stamp Morrison's HOF ticket alone.
(but...of course...one could say that about a dozen other Van songs).

And can you believe this was recorded in...1967?!

Lost Gem:--> "T.B. Sheets"...is awesome raw...with Van's bluesy intense recitation of an uncomfortable visit with a very sick friend...riding over a hypnotic repetitive riff.
Plus the emotional chill-inducing harp play from Van is nails.

Van was inducted in the RnR HoF in 1993.

Have you heard this one?


Now listen, Julie baby
It ain't natural for you to cry in the midnight.
It ain't natural for you to cry way into midnight through,
Until the wee small hours long 'fore the break of dawn,
Oh Lord, huh uh ha. Ha.

Now Julie, an' there ain't nothin' on my mind
More further 'way than what you're lookin' for.
I see the way you jumped at me, Lord, from behind the door
And looked into my eyes.
Your a little star struck innuendos
Inadequacies an' foreign bodies,
And the sunlight shining through the crack in the window pane
Numbs my brain,
And the sunlight shining through the crack in the window pane
Numbs my brain, oh Lord.

Ha, so open up the window and let me breathe.
I said open up the window, shh shh shh shh shh and let me breathe.
I'm looking down to the street below, Lord, I cried for you,
Ha ha, I cried, I cried for you, ha ha. Oh, Lord.

The cool room, Lord is a fool's room.
The cool room, Lord is a fool's room.
And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets
And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets
On your sick bed.

I gotta go, I gotta go
And you said, 'Please stay, I wanna, I wanna,
I want a drink of water, I want a drink of water,
Go in the kitchen get me a drink of water.'
I said, 'I gotta go, I gotta go, baby.'
I said, 'I'll send, I'll send somebody around here later.
You know we got John comin' around here later
With a bottle of wine for you, baby - but I gotta go.'

The cool room, Lord is a fool's room,
The cool room, Lord, Lord is a fool's room, a fool's room.
And I can almost smell your T.B. sheets,
I can almost smell your T.B. sheets, T.B.

I gotta go, I gotta go.
I'll send around, send around one that grumbles later on, babe.
We'll see what I can pick up for you, you know.
Yeah, I got a few things gotta do.
Don't worry about it, don't worry about it, don't worry.
Huh uh, go, go, go, I've gotta go, gotta go, gotta go, gotta go,

I turned on the radio,
If you wanna hear a few tunes, I'll turn on the radio for you.
There you go, there you go, there you go, baby, there you go, huh.

You'll be all right, too, huh huh, ha ha, yeah.
I know it ain't funny, it ain't funny at all, baby,
Always laying in the cool room, man, laying in the cool room,
In the cool room, in the cool room.


Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Lost Gem: "March Of The Black Queen" - Queen (1974)


"I reign with my left hand,
I rule with my right.
I'm lord of all darkness.
I'm queen of the night."
~ Queen ~


This lost gem can be found on Queen's 1974 release...aptly named..."Queen II".

Initially met with a cold reception...Queen II has since been recognized as a brilliant piece of craftsmanship.

The iconic album cover would be used to springboard their most famous video a few years later.

Lost Gem:--> "March Of The Black Queen"...is a jaw-dropping epic hammer-throw.  Frontman Mercury along with the guys sound loaded for bear...moving easily from gentle desperation to angry impatience both in tempo and attitude.

Harmonies are head-shaking and Brian May's guitar spank, at times, bring to mind angry fire bees swarming to defend their hive.

Have you heard this one?


Do you mean it
Do you mean it
Do you mean it
Why don't you mean it
Why do i follow you and where do you go

You've never seen nothing like it no never in your life
Like going up to heaven and then coming back alive
Let me tell you all about it -
And the world will so allow it
ooh give me a little time to choose
Water babies singing in a lily-pool delight
Blue powder monkeys praying in the dead of night
Here comes the black queen, poking in the pile
Fie-fo the black queen, marching single file
Take this, take that, bring them down to size.

Put them in the cellar with the naughty boys
A little nigger sugar then a rub-a dub-a baby oil
Black on, black on ever finger nail and toe
We've only begun - begun
Make this make that, keep making all that noise
Now I've got a belly-full
You can be my sugar-baby, you can be my honey chile, yes.

A voice from behind me reminds me
Spread out your wings you are an angel
Remember to deliver with the speed of light
A little bit of love and joy
Everything you do bears a will and a why and a wherefore
A little bit of love and joy
In each and every soul lies a man
And very soon he'll deceive and discover
But even till the end of his life, he'll bring a little love.

I reign with my left hand, i rule with my right
I'm lord of all darkness, I'm queen of the night
I've got the power - now do the march of the black queen
My life is in your hands, I'll fo and I'll fie
I'll be what you make me, I'll do what you like
I'll be a bad boy - I'll be your bad boy
I'll do the march of the black queen
Walking true to style
She's vulgar 'buse and vile
Fie-fo the black queen tattoos all her pies
She boils and she bakes and she never dots her "i's".

Forget your singalongs and your lullabies
Surrender to the city of the fireflies
Dance with the devil in beat with the band
To hell with all of you hand in hand
But now it's time to be gone - forever.


Good stuff!

Casey Chambers

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lost Gem: "Seven Days" - Ron Wood (1979)



"Seven more days...
all I gotta do is survive."

-->Ron Wood<--


"Gimme Some Neck"...(love the title)...was legendary Ron Wood's third solo offering...released in 1979.

And though production (Roy Baker)...at times sounds tinny...Wood delivers a pretty solid record.

Of course, having all the other Stones at your command...plus other top notch musicians in the studio...doesn't hurt too much.

Wood's vocals and guitar work are strong...and there is an infectious...looseness...heard throughout this release that would make even the most cynical thumbnosers...crack a smile.

"Seven Days"...is a Ron Wood killer. Written by "Bobby D."...Wood sings it like he means it. Even out-Dylan's Dylan...sounding like the rhyme king after a two-night bender.

Go get this!

Have you heard this one?



Seven days, seven more days she'll be comin'
I'll be waiting at the station for her to arrive
Seven more days, all I gotta do is survive.

She been gone ever since I been a child
Ever since I seen her smile, I ain't forgotten her eyes.
She had a face that could outshine the sun in the skies.

There's kissing in the valley,
Thieving in the alley,
Fighting every inch of the way.
Trying to be tender
With somebody I remember
In a night that's always brighter 'n the day.

Seven days, seven more days that are connected
Just like I expected, she'll be comin' on strong,
Seven more days, all that'll be gone.

I been good, I been good while I been waitin'
Maybe guilty of hesitatin', I just been holdin' on
Seven more days, all that'll be gone.

There's kissing in the valley,
Thieving in the alley,
Fighting every inch of the way.
Trying to be tender
with somebody I remember.
In a night that's always brighter 'n the day.

Good stuff!

Casey

Monday, March 8, 2010

Lost Gem: "John Wayne Gacy, Jr." - Sufjan Stevens (2005)



"And in my best behavior...
I am really just like him."
~ Sufjan Stevens ~



"Illinoise" (2005) was a tour-de-force of various folk-rock "avantgardeness" that defies description.

Sufjan is an amazingly talented artist....skilled in over twenty various instruments. And he creates a kaleidoscope of melodies filled with arrangements of beautiful strings and brass.

This ear-pleasing buffet runs a gamut of full orchestra tones to a down-low minimalism.

This must-own CD works on many levels...but what stands out for the listener is the love and perfection Sufjan puts into each song.  Begs for repeated listens.


Lost Gem:--> "John Wayne Gacy, Jr."...chills the spine with its sad, beautiful and unforgettably disturbing examination of a serial killer and how...much too closely...evil may lie within and around all of us. Stunning.

Have you heard this one?


His father was a drinker and his mother cried in bed
Folding John Wayne's t-shirts when the swingset hit his head
The neighbors they adored him
For his humor and his conversation
Look underneath the house there
Find the few living things, rotting fast, in their sleep
Oh the dead
27 people
Even more, they were boys, with their cars, summer jobs
Oh my God
Are you one of them?
He dressed up like a clown for them
With his face paint white and red
And on his best behavior
In a dark room on the bed he kissed them all
He'd kill ten thousand people
With a slight of his hand, running far, running fast to the dead
He took off all their clothes for them
He put a cloth on their lips, quiet hands, quiet kiss on the mouth
And in my best behavior
I am really just like him
Look beneath the floor boards
For the secrets I have hid.


Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Lost Gem: "Donna" - 10cc (1973)




"You made me stand up.
You made me sit down, Donna."
~ 10cc ~ 



10cc's self-titled debut...initially...sounds like a fluster-cluck of styles...in search of a definitive direction.

Yet there are still a few worthy tracks here...not to be missed. Power pop styles with great harmonies and musicianship...each produced with very smart attention.

Compelling mucho-respectable ear-candy.

Lost Gem:--> "Donna"...is a jaw-dropping...tongue-in-cheek...plate of pop falsetto perfection.  Like Brian Wilson & Frank Zappa playing Slap Jack...  And one that will have you walking around the house singing like a "little guuurl".

Have you heard this one?


Oh Donna
You made me stand up
You made me sit down, Donna
Sit down, Donna
Sit down
You made me stand up
Donna waiting by the telephone
Donna waiting for the phone to ring

Oh Donna
You make me break up
You make me break down, Donna
Break down, Donna
Break down
You make me break up
Meanwhile waiting by the telephone
Donna is waiting for the phone to ring

"Hello, darling
Yes I love you darling
Yes I love you"

Oh Donna
You made me stand up
You made me sit down, Donna
Sit down, Donna
Sit down
You make me stand up
Donna I'd stand on my head for you
Oh my love, my own one
Oh my love, my own one

Donna waiting by the telephone
Donna waiting for the phone to ring

Oh Donna
Oh Donna
Donna I love you.

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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