Monday, August 16, 2004

If I could see straight tonight...

Hookers Green No. 1 - On How The Illustrious Captain Moon Won The War For Us - Hookers Green No. 1 is a 2 piece from Scotland in the sense that They Might Be Giants are a two-piece from Brooklyn, operating under the monkers of J. Turgenev and NHG. Warm, lo-fi, orchestral indie rock, in the mold of the Microphones, with some of the jazzy swagger of Karate, this is the title track from Hookers Green's debut on SnowStorm records. Not only does it bump off McLusky for the "best album/song title of the year" award, it manages to be utterly fantastic. Exploding out of the gates full of horns and booming bass drums, and swaggering through warbly vocals and flutes and organs and the de rigeur bass and guitar. The thrill of discovering a band like this never gets old. There's noplace to buy this on either the bands site or the labels for that matter, but there are some more free MP3's, so go listen.


The Gunshy - Your Favorite Dylan Song - The Gunshy is another name for Pennsylvania based singer-songwriter Matt Arbogast, and whoever he manages to round up to play drums and stuff. "Your Favorite Dylan Song" is what Tom Waits might sound like if he had Dylans penchants for long, guitar driven epics. Nicotine scorched vocals, raw, intense guitar work, and a stripped down, bare bones approach to the word epic that makes every note, every phrase, burn with tension, with power. This track comes from TTIKTDA reader Gretchen, along with a bunch of other stuff she's sent me that may be popping up in the not too far off future. She's also one of our guest reviewers for the TTIKTDA mix thats going out as soon as I type this up. There's more MP3's at The Gunshy's site.

[You can buy the Gunshy's latest album, No Man's Blues from Latest Flame Records]

Things are brewing. You may see some changes here soon.

PSA - Oh, and like The Fork Man at the TofuHut it's my turn to start begging. Anyone got a job for a go-gettin night school student finishing his bachelors? I need money to keep this blog going! And Money means a job! Anybody?

8 Comments:

At 8/16/2004 12:35:00 PM, Blogger la1itree said...

I caught a song by the Gunshy at a little alley-way venue while passing through Salt Lake City last year. It was odd to see a really tall lanky blond guy belting out a pretty spot-on Tom Waits impression.

 
At 8/16/2004 02:45:00 PM, Blogger Brian W said...

Thanks for the songs. But one comment on the "shrinkster" URLs -- unlike some other redirect servers, you can't option-click (or right-click) the links to download the songs. Which makes it more likely that people will reload the songs in their browser window, thus using more bandwidth. I realize you have to stay ahead of the greedy people who run wget on every mp3 blog they can find, but maybe there's a different redirect service that is slightly less intrusive? Just a thought. Sorry to be a pain.

 
At 8/16/2004 04:39:00 PM, Blogger mr gilbert said...

fwiw, i haven't had a problem "option-clicking", but i'm also a mac/safari-user (if that makes a difference).

 
At 8/16/2004 04:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used Shrinkster instead of TinyURL this morning out of necessity - tinyurl seemed to be broken.

If it's a probably, I'll keep trying to switch back. Thanks for the heads up.

 
At 8/16/2004 04:50:00 PM, Blogger mr gilbert said...

correction: your old tinyurl links didn't pose a problem, but your new system does has the effect described above. oops.

 
At 8/16/2004 04:52:00 PM, Blogger mr gilbert said...

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At 8/19/2004 05:50:00 PM, Blogger Tyler Fedchuk and Paul Devro said...

Did you get any job offers from your post? It seems like a good way to find work, I'd hire you, but I live in canada.

 
At 12/24/2004 05:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello (i don't have a blog but i browse yr site all the time) wow i felt the need to comment when i saw this, my boyfriend lives in aberdeen and he is well-acquainted with the members of hookers green. i also had the privelige of smoking weed with them at all tomorrows parties in april this year :) i think they are releasing an album very soon, the song you posted is one of my personal favourites and it was nice to see it here!!! keep up the good work.


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