Todd’s Two Too! – December 22, 2017
Written by Todd Wahoske on January 21, 2018
Belle and Sebastian – Sweet Dew Lee – 6:29
Belle and Sebastian – Everything Is Now (Instrumental) – 5:29
Jim James – Tribute to 2 – ATO Records
Jim James or Yim Yames, is an American vocalist, guitarist, producer, and primary songwriter of the rock band My Morning Jacket. His new album, Tribute to 2 is the follow-up to Tribute to 2009’s EP of George Harrison covers. The new album contains cover songs by a wide variety of artists including The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, Dianne Izzo, Ray Noble and Al Bowlly, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Abbey Lincoln.
“It’s a really crazy time in the world right now, a lot of negative energy in the air,” James told Billboard recently. “A lot of the songs I feel are dealing with that, reflecting on the sadness of that. But also, a part of me likes to remember that life can also be beautiful.” The album is “dealing with that” more explicitly at times than at others: James imparts Abbey Lincoln’s world-weary ballad “The World Is Falling Down,” with its lamentations that “the news is really very sad,” with an urgent sorrow. And when he finds a plausible affinity with Brian Wilson on “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times,” the sense of alienation is amplified by how fed up James seems with what he sees all around him. The language here is identical to the the source material. But in James’ hands, in times like these, the covers can’t help but sound different.
We’re going to hear Jim James cover Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s song Lucky Man, then we’ll hear a cover Abbey Lincoln’s The World Is Falling Down.
Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems, Pt. 1– EP – Matador
When Belle & Sebastian were just starting out, they released three EPs, Dog on Wheels, Lazy Line Painter Jane and 3.. 6.. 9 Seconds of Light, over a six-month period that earned them much critical and popular acclaim. These EPs cemented the group's reputation as the premier twee indie band. The music was charming: effusively soft, self-reflective and fun. The lyrics celebrated innocence lost and found and lost again combined with chamber pop instrumentation that suggested the inherent value of formal feelings.
Twenty years later Belle & Sebastian are at it again. This month they've released the first of three new EPs under the collective title How to Solve Our Human Problems.
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