Video: Kasey Anderson “I Was a Photograph”

Sitting here letting Kasey Anderson’s Nowhere Nights CD sink in so that I can properly summarize it in 100-150 words for the next issue of The Big Takeover. It’s a rather fantastic alt-country release, with reference points being Neil Young, Steve Earle, and Tom Petty. You’ll hear shades of all three in the track “I Was a Photograph”.

If you’re headed to SXSW, you’ll have a few opportunities to see Anderson as he kicks off his Nowhere Nights tour.

RIP Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse)

Rolling Stone is reporting that Mark Linkous, the mastermind behind Sparklehorse, took his own life on Saturday. This is terribly sad news and comes just months after Vic Chesnutt (who had worked with Linkous in the past) killed himself. And, as in Chesnutt’s case, just a look at song titles and a listen to lyrics reveal that Linkous made no secret about his sadness – “Heart of Darkness”, “I Almost Lost My Mind”, “Sick of Goodbyes”.

Linkous was one of the first musicians I ever spoke to for AtomicNed’s predecessor, Swizzle-Stick, and I found him to be a very interesting and enjoyable person to talk to. You can read that interview, done back in 1999, after the jump.

Free music Friday

Pepper Rabbit“Red Wine”
(twisted but tasty pop)

Jennifer Knapp“Dive In”
(stripped back folk and country-tinged rock)

Woven Bones“If it Feels Alright”
(the soundtrack to your screwed-up summer)

Riverboat Gamblers“Robots May Break Your Heart”
(“if Against Me! had paid their dues opening for Faster Pussycat at the Whisky in 1984, they might sound something like this” – Spin)

Class Actress“Careful What You Say”
(“sweetly spectral vocals over lush ’80s synths and dance beats” – Nylon)

Dinosaur Feathers“Vendela Vida”, “Teenage Whore”
(“1960’s pop, surf-rock guitar, mild tropical flourishes, maybe the B-52s” – NY Times)

Summer Cats“TV Guide”
(organ-driven bopper)

(disco project)

Benni Hemm“Retaliate”

The Young Sinclairs“Tribe”

Yukon Blonde “Blood Cops”
(compared to Midlake, CSN, Fleet Foxes, Fleetwood Mac)

Tour: Mumford & Sons / The Middle East

I love it when something like this happens – two bands that I’ve had in heavy rotation in 2010 – Mumford & Sons and The Middle East – are teaming up on a spring tour including a stop in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio.


May 14 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
May 16 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore at TLA
May 18 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
May 20 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
May 21 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
May 22 – Columbus, OH – Wexner Center
May 24 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
May 25 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
May 29 – George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival
May 30 – Vancouver, BC – 560 Club
May 31 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre
June 3 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
June 4 – Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
June 7 – Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm Room
June 9 – Austin, TX – Antone’s
June 10 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
June 12 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
June 14 – Bloomington, IN – The Bluebird
June 15 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
June 16 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar