Listed: Jim Guthrie + Timothy Prudhomme
Guelph's Jim Guthrie, the namesake for Three Gut Records, released his 3rd album Now More Than Ever (Three Gut) this past June. Also a member of the Juno nominated Royal City, Guthrie has been playing music for well over a decade, expanding his repertoire from stripped down, simple folk, to the lush, stringed beauty of his recent output. Between touring the UK/US and Canada with and recording Royal Citys new album, Little Heart's Ease (also released in June) Guthrie jetted down to London, Ontario where he recorded his new album with Andy Magoffin (Two- Minute Miracles, Royal City, Constantines, Hidden Cameras) at the House of Miracles. For more information about Jim Guthrie check out www/threegutrecords.com.
1. Nina Simone Break Down and Let it All Out Her music has changed my life in last few years. I just started reading this book on my last European tour. It's harder to find in North America. I highly recommend anyone reading this to go buy, burn or steal her music. She sang with a fire that will far out live the sun.
2. Neil Young On the Beach What a perfect record. I used to have it on vinyl years ago but it walked. I just got it on CD again and it's so good. But in all honesty, it's really been quite a tennis match between On the Beach and Everybody Knows This Nowhere this summer. Both records have struck a perfect balance between short, shit-kicking rock tunes and epic ballad-type songs.
3. Louis Prima I recently downloaded a couple of songs and was blown away by the energy him and his band create. It made my hair stand on end. Kids these days only wish they rocked this hard. I wish I rocked this hard.
4. Blonde Redhead Misery is a Butterfly 2 months ago I did a solo tour across Canada. I stayed at a strangers house one night and he gave me a burn of this record. I didn't get a chance to listen to it until the end of the tour when I had to take a 3-day bus ride from Vancouver back to Toronto. It was a brutal bus ride. I would wait until the sun would go down every night and smoke a joint to prep myself for Misery is a Butterfly. Aside from the beautiful Canadian landscape, it was the best part about sitting on my ass for 3 days.
5. Elvis Presley I can't help but picture Elvis nursing his pet gut by dining on the medicine cabinet while I listen to 30 #1 Hits. Poor guy. I could never imagine what it would have been like to live his life. His version of "Can't Help Falling in Love" will always be in my top 5 greatest love song of all time!
6. Harry Nilsson Knnillssonn There are still many things about Harry Nilsson that I don't get. I have just recently learned of his genius so there are still lots of time to figure out his diverse career. I know he could give a shit what I think of him and that's why his music is so good. He just did his own thing and wrote some pretty fucking amazing pop songs. He then took his big fat stack of cash and made records like Knnillssonn. This is no ordinary pop record. I read somewhere that he intended the artwork for the record to screw with drunk people. If you can embrace his sense of humor in his music then you'll be hooked.
7. Scarlatti Best Sonates played by Scott Ross Domenico Scarlatti is a master of the harpsichord and he wrote something like 500-600 pieces for the instrument. They're like little pop songs to me. I picked up this record by chance about 6 years ago. I had no idea what it would sound like. I listen to it for a week or 2 every year. it will never get old.
8. The Daktaris Soul Explosion This record does not sound like it was recorded in the last few years. It's some of the heaviest soul-afro-funk made in the last 30 years!
9. Them Anthology It kicks ass.
10. The music of Will Oldham He has written so many good songs. He's a machine. A steam engine of emotion.
Timothy Prudhomme is the songwriter and rhythm guitarist for fuck, which played more than a minor role in the indie rock groundswell of the mid-1990s. Prudhomme started fuck somewhere in Oakland, California in 1993. After two albums on the tiny Rhesus Records, Prudhomme got his ticket to heaven, signing on with Matador Records in 1997. Their second album for the indie giant, Conduct is the bands pinnacle achievement. Prudhomme also released a solo record for Steve Shelleys Smells Like Records in 2002 (which was reviewed in Dusted here). Fucks latest album, Those Are Not My Bongos was released in Italy in 2003 on the Homesleep label, but recently was picked up by Future Farmer for a proper U.S. release.
1. World-Wide Radio Moment "That's Alright Mama" Last week, I strolled over to Sun Studios for the "50 years of Rock" free outdoor fest. Scotty Moore was there to turn on the record player. He was refreshingly flippant, as always. Afterwards, he did some of that smoothe geetar playing while DJ Fontana boom-boomed along. Sam the Sham was cute, too; Elvis was missed.
2. Harlan T. Bobo live on WEVL I just heard a great live show as it emanated from my radio. It always helps when the musician fills up the dull spots with Theremin, cello, lap steel, casio, bells, the kitchen sink, etc. Especially if done tastefully. Of course, it was peppered with my other favorite: 'Dead Air'. The best of both worlds!
3. Troggs One of the most under-rated of the Brit Invasion. Also, as I discovered a few nights ago, the greatest background music for playing board games.
4. Irving New-ish LA pop band. Good album; good live show. Lotsa harmonies a la Zombies/Beach Boys, but skewered by a touch of that modern day 'edginess'. I predict a Target commercial looms. the rest of this list would consist of best recent purchases:
5. Sam Cooke Nightbeat LP Beautiful, lush, cool beddy-bye music.
6. Arthur Alexander The Greatest CD Every cut coulda/shoulda been a hit. Helped launch the Muscle Shoals, y'know. Even the later stuff was classy.
7. Detroit Cobras Seven Easy Pieces Best 'new' vocalist in ages. Nobody else is belting 'em out like this broad. All three releases are top notch to mine ears.
8. Days of Heaven soundtrack LP from Terrence Malick's 2nd film (his first,Badlands, was grand too). Didn't realize that Morricone had done the score until I found this record at a garage sale. Per usual, beautiful.
9. the Myddle Class "Don't Let Me Sleep Too Long"b/w"I Happen to Love You" (Buddah Records) 45 Anytime I see a weird band name on a Buddah single I buy it (you should, too). Usually meant that it's a studio creation, whereby, the studio musicians really cut loose and did some kooky stuff; then they made up a name, released it, and if it sold, they'd hire some kids to go on the road and pretend to be the 'real' band. I don't think this was the case with the Myddle Class. It's toooo good! Best double-sided single I've heard in years. A pure specimen of that late 60's thing called 'garage rock'; nasty guitar, wall o' reverb, raw emoting. Oddly, it was produced by Gerry Goffin (Carol King's ex-songwriting partner). I now keep my eye peeled for more Goffin-related psych. Anyone know of such?
10. The Mauroks "Susan"b/w "Story of My Journey South" 45 (De-Lite Records) Another band of no history (and if anyone knows how I can get some more of these Mauroks, please get in touch. I would happily pay handsomely). Not even sure when it was made...60's? 70's? 80's?. A real time/mind warper on myriad levels. Tempo changes from heaven. Psychodelified lyrics . Each side is a 2 minute mini-suite; thanks especially to them outlandish codas. Supremely catchy! Stunningly stupefying! And oh so pretty. (and now I'm gonna go listen to it again.)
By Dusted Magazine