Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Anti-War Detour, The Rest Coming Soon...

Annnnnnnd we’re back.

Sorry about the wait folks. Does it seem odd to you that I could go from posting here almost every day to going an entire month and a half without any sign of returning? It shouldn’t, because, as I am sure most of you are already aware, I am a member of a little band called Idiot Pilot and as such, I need to be on tour, a lot. Touring is not quite as glamorous as some people may be inclined to believe, in fact, it is downright grueling. If you like driving for 12 hours straight in a cramped van, carrying a bunch of shit around, playing your show (more often than not, a good thing), getting assaulted with hours of heavy music that makes your head hurt, and then repeating that for 2 months, you should totally start a band. Needless to say, there isn’t a lot of time to explore the finer points of music blogging.

But that is exactly what I intend to do. Something tells me a little writing will break up the monotony, and it’s going to give me a reason to start diving into some of my favorite music, which is always fun.

Based on some of the pervious posting that I have done it should come as no surprise that I am a huge fan of folk music. These days, in fact, I find myself identifying more with it than, say, good old-fashioned rock and roll. Tonight, I want to shine the spotlight on a subgenre of folk that am particularly enthralled with at the moment, which I am going to be calling Contemporary American Folk, otherwise known as Indie Folk Revival, which is probably equally as fitting. We already talked about Scottish songwriter Donovan, who’s lesser-known, melancholy tracks are some of my favorite songs ever written (but are, none the less, not very Americana in there themes) and of course, composer Aaron Copeland who’s songs are overwhelmingly American but certainly not folk, at least in these terms.

It is hard to pinpoint exactly when this particular movement of music took shape, but where the listening public seems to have first taken notice of the folk revival would be Omaha’s Bright Eyes. Now Bright Eyes has been around for a while (I remember listening to his EP’s while I would skateboard around town as a 7th grader), but with the release of 2002’s Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil the larger public took notice. I like Lifted, but it’s definitely not my favorite Bright Eyes record because the songwriting on it is much more in line with Alternative Rock than Folk. If that sounds better to you (which it probably does) then you should check out Lifted.

But I don’t want to talk about Bright Eyes just yet. I mean, come on, everyone knows Bright Eyes right? Right?

Okay, well we can take a SLIGHT detour into Bright Eyes land if we must (not that I mind, this song is amazing). I recommend that you check out this little ditty off of one of my favorite Bright Eyes records, “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning.” Also, as a side note, the backup vocals in this song happen to be none other than the legendary Emmylou Harris.

Landlocked Blues by Bright Eyes

Buy I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning

I was going to move on to the real point of this article but you know what, now that I think about it, I am going to leave you with this. This song is fucking sweet. Sit on it for a while, enjoy it, cherish it. I have been rambling for to long anyway. Gotta keep these short and sweet. We are going to pick up where we left off in a few days, hopefully just one day, actually, and THEN I will let everyone in on my absolute favorite artist of this little folk-rock revival. Besides, I am in a loud shitty club that’s full of smoke right now, and I need to get the hell out of here. Until next time.


Todd Michael Rogers said...

Hey Daniel, my friends started a wonderful folk band called
Danger & The Steel Cut Oats

you can hear them here:

also, have you heard the stuff bright eyes did with the album life? so good.

Todd Michael Rogers said...