Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Day I Tried To Live

Today I discovered a new album that really made a impression of me after only my first listen. The album is "Blackberry Belle" by The Twilight Singers. Released in 2003 by One Little Indian Records, The Twilight Singers album and music somehow fell under my radar. Originally a side project for Greg Dulli (of The Afghan Whigs) to express himself musically in different ways then the Whigs albums allowed, he used The Twilight Singers to do so in between albums. It didn't work out like that though, and Dulli waited until the Whigs broke up in 1998 to release the debut from The Twilight Singers in 2000. Blackberry Belle is their second album, and in my opinion their best.

My knowledge of Dulli's music only began recently, a few months back, so by no means am I an expert on the man's work. I have grown to greatly appreciate it though! A few months back Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, QOTSA) announced that he would be joining Dulli to form a new band called The Gutter Twins. With this announcement, I knew it was time for me to check out Dulli's past work. I was greatly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It's not that I didn't think I would, but why had I never heard them before, and how come no one had ever mentioned them to me. Regardless of why that is, which I have no idea, Dulli is an incredible song writer, and shows it best on The Afghan Whigs' album "Gentlemen" and The Twilight Singers, "Blackberry Belle."

Blackberry Belle takes the listener deep into the atmospheric world of Dulli's soul. Joined by a crew of multi-instrumentalists included Galactic's drummer Stanton Moore and the aforementioned Mark Lanegan, The Twilight Singers deliver pure soul music, through the sounds of rock. Dulli's voice creates a dirt-soaked sounding passion from within, that in unmatched in today's scene. My favorite track is "The Killer," a slow rolling composition, complete with trip-hop sounding drums, that eventually bursts into multi layered walls of guitar. Easily a contender for a spot on my next mix. I highly recommend this album to anyone who enjoys music that can sound dirty, grimy, and beautiful all at the same time.


Moving along...I wanted to share the original mix in the Dan Goldin's Good Rock Music collection, Vol. 1. When I decided to make volume 1 back in May of 2006, it was during a period where I was transitioning from listening to primarily rap music, into switching to primarily rock music. As Tool have been my favorite band for almost 10 years now, it was the emergence of their new album at the time, "10,000 Days," that brought me back to the rock world. This is not to say I didn't stay current with the bands I liked, I just wasn't out searching for new rock. I would listen to the albums I knew and loved, but didn't stray far from those bands. When I made this mix, it was during a time that I took to listen to my old rock albums that I knew I loved, but never really sat down and took the time to truly listen to what the artists were doing and saying. I grew up loving the alternative rock scene and I knew that my interests in the genre had never faltered. New appreciation for bands that I already loved like Soundgarden and Queens of the Stone Age were born, and an undying loyalty to the early 90's sound was brought to life. Another collection of old classics, new favorites (new at the time), and rediscovered gems, here is the tracklisting that started the series...

Dan Goldin's Good Rock Music Vol. 1 (May 31, 2006)

1. Eagles of Death Metal - Flames Go Higher (Peace, Love, & Death Metal)
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Readymade (Stadium Arcadium)
3. Soundgarden - The Day I Tried to Live (Superunknown)
4. TOOL - Jambi (10,000 Days)
5. Queens of the Stone Age - The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret (Rated R)
6. Kyuss - Demon Cleaner (Welcome to Sky Valley)
7. Failure - Frogs (Magnified)
8. Queens of the Stone Age - Autopilot (Rated R)
9. Soundgarden - Blow Up the Outside World (Down on the Upside)
10. TOOL - The Pot (10,000 Days)
11. Queens of the Stone Age - In the Fade (Rated R)
12. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Warlocks (Stadium Arcadium)
13. Queens of the Stone Age - First It Giveth (Songs for the Deaf)
14. Soundgarden - Pretty Noose (Down on the Upside)
15. Eagles of Death Metal - Already Died (Peace, Love, & Death Metal)
16. Screaming Trees - Dying Days (Dust)
17. The Replicants - Just What I Needed (S/T)

DOWNLOAD HERE - Good Rock Music Vol. 1
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Ok, so this one doesn't have the greatest variety in the world, but you could see where my head was at. While it heavily relies on only a few bands, they are excellent songs regardless. A few notes on the mix...don't be turned of by the Eagles of Death Metal's name, they are by no means death metal, they're not anywhere close. The best "Boogie Rock" as they like to describe themselves I've ever heard. Album titles that include "Peace, Love, & Death Metal" and "Death By Sexy," should give you an idea of the style of this hard partying rock band. There are QOTSA songs on this mix sung by Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri, and Mark Lanegan, so they give a great feel of the full spectrum the band can cover. Other than that, I just want to say enjoy, and let me know what you think. More to come...

1 comment:

Jesse said...

I'm the first to comment!! i just downloaded your first mix and i like it a lot. the blog is great man, keep it up!