Friday, May 18, 2018

Guitar's Not Dead! May 2018 Playlist: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Courtney Barnett, Parquet Courts, Ty Segall & White Fence

Don't let anyone tell you guitar is dead! These days, we who love the guitar and rock and roll oft times despair the dominance of auto tune, pop music, synthesizers, and so on. But fear not! Guitars still ring loud & true!

Out Today (All featuring Bold Guitar):

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Sparkle Hard
Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really Feel
Parquet Courts Wide Awake!
Ty Segall & White Fence "Good Boy" (single, album Joy out July 20)

Add to The Playlist:

Stephen Malkmus "Middle America" (solo, acoustic), "Bertha" (Jerry Garcia tribute live feat David Hidalgo), "China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider" from Day Of The Dead: Tribute To The Grateful Dead, "Margaritaville" (Jimmy Buffett cover) and "Flaked Theme Song" from Flaked, "Solid Silk". "Shiggy", "Middle America", "Refute", "Freeze the Saints" and "Trigger Cut" (solo, acoustic from Live From Saint John's Episcopal Rectory)

Courtney Barnett "Never Tear Us Apart" (INXS cover for Aussie Apple Advert), and "Over Everything" & "Continental Breakfast" from Lotta Sea Lice with Kurt Vile

Parquet Courts "Soul And Cigarette", "Mount Napoleon", "Memphis Blues Again" from Milano (Daniele Luppi, Parquet Courts, and Karen O.), and "Frightened" (Mark E. Smith/The Fall cover) by A. Savage (singer/guitarist of Parquet Courts) and Thawing Dawn (A. Savage solo album)

Ty Segall Freedom's Goblin

Special Mentions: 

Folk/jazz legend Barbara Dane just celebrated her 91st birthday. Check out her new retrospective "Hot Jazz, Cool Blues & Hard-Hitting Songs"

Highly anticipated release coming in June, 14 "new" songs from The Byrds' Gene Clark (circa 1967) Gene Clark Sings For You.

Bonnie "Prince" Billy released a video of a Susanna cover "Wild Is The Will" for the anti-gun violence protest #NationalSchoolWalkout . The powerful video evokes the hope and despair that survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, most notably Emma Gonzalez, have come to represent.

Other Artists We've Enjoyed Lately: King Tuff, Tim Buckley (and read two Buckley books, by Underwood and Browne, both great), Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Love (50th anniversary of their classic Forever Changes), Horse Feathers, Gabor Szabo (as per Lee Underwood in the Buckley book), Johnny Cash (Total Sun Collection), Neil Young (Tonight's The Night Live At The Roxy), The Who (Live at The Fillmore East 1968), Doug Sahm, Paul Butterfield, Michael Bloomfield, John Prine, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, The Vaccines, Mick Ronson, David Bowie, and many others...

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