Monday, July 26, 2010

"The Weight" Performed by Gillian Welch & Old Crow Medicine Show

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) introduced me to two songstresses; I fell for Alison Krauss immediately, but it's taken me far longer to get acquainted with Gillian Welch, who is much more my type. And to think it took a CounterPunch article — Playing in the Church of the Rev. Gary Davis — introducing me to John Fahey and his American Primitivism. Of course, the original ain't that bad, either — The Band, The Weight. She also covers RadioheadGillian Welch - Black Star.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may appreciate the fact that both songstresses are regularly featured on Fordham University Radio - WFUV

By far the best radio station in NYC, if not the world.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of music - you should check out these two songs:

Upbeat - The Flaming Lips: "Yeah Yeah Yea song" (rather conservative lyrics if you listen through; amazing for a contemporary bubble gum pop song):

Melancholic - Low Anthem: "Charlie Darwin" (make of it what you will, but lyrics like: "Who can heed the words of Charlie Darwin, fighting for a system built to fail" and "lords of war just profit from decay, trade the children's promise for the jingle the way we trade our hard earned time for pay" might resonate with Christians.

11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uplifting - The Subdudes: "Poor Man's Paradise"

(Especially considering the affects of Hurricane Katrina, this song is quite inspiring: "Ain't it good to be alive" and "all God's children go to heaven; in a poor man's paradise").

Melancholic - Justin Vernon's cover of John Prine's "Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow):

12:06 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks for the links!

6:16 PM  

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