The subtitle of this post references a comment made by my friend Rex Silo regarding the fact that the reconstituted Black Flag is headlining a music festival in our hometown. By the way, Ear to the Ground favorites Black Jake and the Carnies as well as newly discovered FOTEM (friends of The End Men) John the Conqueror are also playing that festival. More details on all that later.
I decided today to add all the songs from my morning listening that I could into the Amazon Widget. Therefore, you will find music from George Gershwin, The Black Keys, + Shane MacGowan covering Townes Van Zandt. In addition, the pre-walk portion of the morning music featured some early period Hayden Coleman with a chunky, cool beat called “Vans (Down by the River)” which you can check out here:
- “Pride (In the Name of Love)” by U2 from The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
Seen at the time as a radical departure, U2 worked with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois for the first time on The Unforgettable Fire. The song, a stirring tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. contains a historical inaccuracy – “Early Morning April 4, shot rings out in the Memphis sky…”. King was shot in the late afternoon of April 4. Chalk it up as poetic license.
- “For the Summer” by Ray Lamontagne and the Pariah Dogs from God Willin’ and The Creek Don’t Rise (2010)
“Rollin’ through these hills I’ve known I’d be comin’ Ain’t a man alive that likes to be alone?” The New England based singer-songwriter with a cool song from his most recent studio album.
- “Neanderthal” by Willie Ames from Night Owl (2011)
More great music from the San Diego based singer-songwriter. There more I listen, the more I love this album.
- “It’s a Drag” by Tommy Stinson from It’s a Drag/Spork My Ears single (2012)
“Just another poor bastard born under a bloodshot moon” – a track from Stinson’s 2011 One Man Mutiny. Stinson was in his early teens when he started playing with the bands that would become the legendary Replacements. Lately, he’s been hanging out with Axl Rose in the current incarnation of G’n’R.
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