Nuggets 214 – Troubadours 6

Often it’s the voice that makes a song. Take Edwyn Collins. He has two voices, the one he used with Orange Juice, and the gruff one you hear here, 20 years and two brain haemorrhages later. Both voices work, and "A Girl Like You" is a great song.

Voices are easily manipulated. A flat note is no longer any problem, a tweak here and, voila, it’s gone. This vocal botox has casualties. For me the soul gets sucked out. That’s why I prefer the botox-free live takes that feature here.

The session tracks in this mix are mainly from Daytrotter, a web site featuring music recorded by muso’s passing through Rock Island, Illinois. Although you can listen without subscribing it’s well worth the USD24 needed to subscribe for a year. Their Android and Iphone apps are pretty good.

Father John Misty, aka J Tillerman was recently the drummer with Fleet Foxes. After taking a skinful of drugs he found his own voice and his 2012 album, Fear Fun, is excellent.

Cover, more comments etc to come.

Nuggets 214 - Troubadours 6

Nuggets 214 – Troubadours 6 by Paul on Grooveshark

Nuggets 206 – Morning Voices & SXSW Day Whatever

I haven’t managed to blog to the end of my SXSW jaunt yet. The days are starting to merge in a colourful swirl of music and burritos. While making mixes I get flashbacks (to the bands that is, not so much the burritos) when I recognise a band.

Here’s Tashaki Miyaki. Before seeing them playing I had assumed that they were from Japan, but no, they are from LA with a female drummer on vocals. A Jesus and Mary Chain sound, wonderful.

Tashaki Miyaki at SXSW 2012

Tashaki Miyaki at SXSW 2012Tashaki Miyaki at SXSW 2012

Nuggets 206 - Morning Voices - Twiggy!

nuggets 206 morning by Paul on Grooveshark

(click above to listen to the tunes on Grooveshark)