I don’t take to the airwaves to pimp things very often, but I’m a’fixin’ to testify.
Jeffrey Dean Foster’s new CD is nearly ready and he has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the cash needed to get it across the finish line. I’m fortunate enough to have actually heard this disc, entitled The Arrow, in its not quite finalized form and it’s fucking awesome. Seriously – it’s CD of the Year territory.
Many of you probably don’t know JDF. And that’s a damned shame. Continue reading Jeffrey Dean Foster’s new CD needs some Kickstart love
It’s easy to see how the mid-1980s Roots revival could have shaped Nashville into something completely different than the wasteland it is today.
Not long ago I was lamenting the embarrassing state of Country & Western music, and if you track down through the comments of that post you’ll see a couple folks, including our boy Otherwise, recommending that I investigate The Hangdogs. So I did, and they were right – Matt Grimm and Co. could flat out bring it.
It turns out that Otherwise actually knows Grimm and he introduced us, which led to an interesting e-mail exchange and my discovery of his latest solo disc. More on that in a bit.
This whole sequence set me to thinking. There was a moment, back in the mid-1980s, when something really interesting was happening in the music world. There was Lone Justice, based in LA, also home to Dave Alvin and The Blasters. Boston had the Del Fuegos. New York had the Del Lords. Wisconsin gave us The BoDeans. Continue reading Whatever happened to Country & Western?: imagining an alternate Nashville
I just tripped over this at Jeffrey Dean Foster’s FB page:
Until August 3rd CDBaby is selling JDF’s Million Star Hotel and The Pinetops’ Above Ground and Vertical for only $5.00 each for the digital download. Plus they are not taking any percentage of the sale. So get them while they are cheap and help out the artist.
If you don’t have these CDs, this offer is just next to stealing. Million Star Hotel is, in my view, one of the great albums of our generation even though most of you have never heard of it. I know, I know – if you’ve never heard of JDF, how can such a grandiose pronouncement possibly be true? It’s just hyperbole, right? Continue reading TunesDay ALERT: Jeffrey Dean Foster at CD Baby – the best $10 you’ll spend this week
Every once in awhile I come across unrelated stories that somehow associate themselves in my mind. Take these, for instance:
First, I hope you saw Lex’s tribute to Starchild (given name, Gary Shider), he of P-Funk fame. As Lex notes, Shider experienced problems where the cost of fighting the cancer that killed him was concerned.
Second, another American music icon, Alex Chilton, passed away earlier this year. Continue reading ArtSunday: Let the musicians die
This week’s TunesDay featured a couple of new videos from Jeffrey Dean Foster, including one for “The Summer of the Son of Sam,” which is maybe the best song on Million Star Hotel, which is in turn one of the best CDs that way too few people have ever heard in the history of popular music.
Anyhow, it’s always nice when a listener/reader/viewer sits down and truly invests themselves in a work of art, and that’s exactly what happened over at Secondat a couple of days ago. Not only do they examine the music, they also reflect back, in great detail, on the summer of 1977 – the Summer of the Son of Sam itself. That was an eventful three months, to be sure. As the writer points out, a lot happened during
the long summer of 1977: New York City’s historic blackout, the deaths of Elvis Presley and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and a radio telescope reception from deep space. Continue reading The summer of the Son of Sam: a fantastic critique at Secondat
All the light that shines on you
Is from a dying star
The star’s been dead a billion years
Now it’s shining off your car
To light your way…
Continue reading TunesDay night with Jeffrey Dean Foster
Our friend Jeffrey Dean Foster has a new video for “Corner of My Eye,” and we thought we’d share. It takes a distinctly indie approach, but in doing so conjures a lot of the actual warmth that attends Jeff’s music and live shows. Very nice.
Continue reading Saturday Video Roundup: new Jeffrey Dean Foster video
The results of last week’s Name Those Bands contest are in. In first place we have … a disqualification, sorta. Our friend Ubertramp logged in with an impressive 47 of 53. Seriously, that’s pretty damned good. But he has disqualified himself because I’m the one who turned him onto most of these outstanding artists and he felt like he might as well be cheating under the circumstances.
Wow – sportsmanship. What a concept.
So our next highest scorer, and the official winner, is … Continue reading TunesDay: Name those bands – and the winner is….
Tonight my good friend Jeffrey Dean Foster, who’s also one of the most outstanding musical artists I’ve ever run across, is playing a solo show back home in Winston-Salem, NC. I’m unspeakably happy to be back in Colorado, hopefully for good, but I miss being able to wander out on a night like this to grab a Duck Rabbit Wee Heavy and take in one of his remarkable sets.
Maybe he’ll play this one:
Continue reading 1,582 miles away
Welcome to the annual Lullaby Pit “Best of” list. And damn, what a year.
The Slammy: CD of the Year
Jeffrey Dean Foster – Million Star Hotel Continue reading The Best CDs of 2005