Music Discoveries March-April 2024 #31

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Incredibly I realized this month that Tom Petty and Tom Waits were two different people. Honestly I had no idea. Whenever I heard either name, I would think, “Oh, that’s the Free Fallin /Living like a Refugee Guy.

I put my emusic subscription on hold for 3 months — pretty much because I thought I wanted to cancel, but wanted to give them an extra 3 months to collect more albums (if that were even possible). 3 months later, I started looking through the catalog. There’s so much garbage; is it really worth all my investigation? I’m leaning towards leaving.

Last week I did something unthinkable; I went to a live music concert. I learned that one of my fave singers, Jade Bird would be singing in Houston. She was doing a midweek concert at the Heights Theater in Houston, with Aubrey Hays opening for her. A few superficial remarks:

  • Heights Theater was such a wonderful venue especially for acoustic pop/rock. Tickets were reasonably-priced, the schedule had a lot of distinguished performers, but parking was on the street. The only drawback was that it took an hour to get there during rush hour, but I wanted to be there good and early.
  • Aubrey Hays was a treat to hear. Lots of slow wistful introspective songs. Kind of folk, kind of mumblecore, but she did remarkable things with her voice.
  • Jade Bird was one of the most energetic performers I’ve seen. It’s exhausting. My neighbor in the audience said that Jade Bird has a lot of rage inside of her, which is a funny thing to say, because Jade Bird has a goofy presence and is really hilarious onstage. (It’s even funnier that she’s from UK and living in Austin). She was only 26 — holy cow, born in 1997! But she had entered the music biz very early in life

Articles and Interviews

Emusic Purchases

Bandcamp Purchases

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Youtubey Things

.IRISH HOPES AND DREAMS: Here’s a great live version of that iconic Irish Cranberries song, Dreams. You can’t do better than their early album EVERYBODY ELSE IS DOING IT, SO WHY CAN’T WE? P.S. All the other live versions of “Dreams” on YT really suck!

Freegal and Library CDs

I’ve been listening to Eumir Deodata, a Brazilian music arranger and producer who did these amazing jazz arrangements. Probably the most famous was his version of Also Sprach Zarathustra, which reached the #2 spot on the pop charts in the USA in the 1970s. Memorably it appeared in the Peter Sellars movie Being There where Chance wandered out into the city streets for the first time in his life.

Toquinho, a Brazilian guitarist who was most known for his collaboration with songwriter Vinicius de Moraes

Reviews (Rateyourmusic /Personal Reviews, etc)

See also my rateyourmusic profile and my review spreadsheet.in Google Docs.


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