Thursday, September 11, 2008
Two Cow Garage- Your Humble Narrator
Speaking In Cursive, the forthcoming album by Two Cow Garage, is so shockingly good that it's forcing me to reassess the overall health of the alt-country genre.
Between No Depression ceasing print publication and many of the music's best artists following Jeff Tweedy out of the stylistic ghetto, I reckoned the sound was perilously close to receiving a grevious angel's escort to heaven. Yet Speaking In Cursive is no moldy exercise in nostalgia; Two Cow Garage's passionate new songs teem with vitality. I suspect the Ohio band learned a few tricks from the Hold Steady. With the addition of a keyboard player, they now swing as if Guy Clark had hijacked the E Street Band.
Need more? The boys go all helter skelter on a live version of the Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down."
Thinking of "Galveston"... (I've seen Jimmy Webb perform, but until I uncovered this video, I never realized that his ears are even more enormous than mine.)
Sakes alive! This tale about partying with Head East is hilarious.
Kansas City Click: Here's something no other music blogger would write- I'd gladly pay $9.89 to see Puddle of Mudd at the Midland tonight.
Ruben "El Gato Negro" Ramos is Saturday's headliner at Fiesta Hispana.
It's difficult to believe, but Awilo Longomba is supposedly performing Sunday at the Roxy in Overland Park.
(Image from Two Cow Garage's MySpace.)