• Alcohol-Induced Night of Goodness

    11 Oct 2010, 17:01

    Fri 8 Oct – Drive-By Truckers, Hill Country Revue

    My voice is practically destroyed and left to ruins, with no timetable of re-emergence set in place just yet.

    That’s how incredible the show last night in Louisville, Kentucky was. It was the second time in five days (first on Sunday at The Vogue in Indianapolis) that I was getting the privilege to see Drive-By Truckers, who I am permanently convinced are the greatest band in the universe.

    It was the fourth week of their headlining tour, and this was the first show that featured Hill Country Revue as the opening act. When I saw them the weekend before it was California-based Henry Clay People who were on the road with them as the opening band. Although I can’t say that I enjoyed either Henry Clay or Hill Country, it is certain that the latter of the two is much more of a fitting act to precede the music of the Truckers. Where I borderline hated The Henry Clay People, I could mildly tolerate the jam band-ish music of Hill Country Revue. Plus, Patterson Hood came out at the end of their set to rock out for a few minutes…so that was a plus.

    My dad attended the show with me, which was a major achievement for him considering that he hasn’t been to a concert in what he said is almost exactly 30 years. I thought about how odd that was for the entire day, that he is going to a show for the first time in 30 years, and it’s with me - who he is almost exactly 30 years older than. Chuckle-worthy stuff. I turned him on to their music a little over a year ago, and he had always said that if he were to go to a rock show again, it would definitely be to see DBT’s.

    Needless to say, he was blown away.

    Again, like Sunday night in Indianapolis, they played for what nearly approached three hours of time, and the mixture of their entire catalog was spread evenly throughout. What made this show even more exciting than Sunday’s, though, was the electric feeling of intoxicated spontaneity and genuine mishaps within the performances. In other words, there was a lot more Jack Daniels being shared among the group on stage.

    Patterson fumbled the first verse of the set opener, “Drag The Lake Charlie”, and it was raucous and enjoyable. A real highlight of the night was when he completely lost sight of a portion of the words in “The Fourth Night of My Drinking”. This was such a fitting thing to witness. I like to close my eyes frequently during a show and imagine the many shapes and twisted roads in which their songs - especially those that include drunken tales - have taken over the last fifteen years.

    I’m glad to have made the rather pleasant and short trip of two and a half hours to see them again, because once is just not enough. I think twice is not nearly enough, either. I could see the Truckers 365 times a year and still want more. ‘Twas a glorious evening.
  • Yes...

    6 Oct 2010, 17:18

    Sun 3 Oct – Drive-By Truckers, The Henry Clay People

    I’m still recovering from the pummeling brilliance that was the Drive-By Truckers show on Sunday night at The Vogue. “The Godfathers of Southern Rock” showed why they do indeed deserve that title, playing for nearly a solid three hours.

    After a first set that included a heavy dose of songs supporting their latest record, The Big To-Do, the band took an alcohol-induced break before the encore. The second set proved to be a diverse onslaught of old and new tunes alike…played louder than loud. At one point during the encore I truly felt like the venue was going to crumbled down and fall apart, with all of us still standing and cheering them on as they played into the chilly fall night with no roof above our heads. I can’t recall at what point that exactly was, but if I had to guess I would say it was during Patterson Hood screaming the chorus to “Hell No, I Ain’t Happy” for what seemed like dozens of times, each time louder, with everyone in the entire place right there with him.

    Fucking great show.
  • Valid Question:

    22 Mar 2009, 18:31

    Is there anything better than The Magnetic Fields?

    I'm having a tough time finding a solid answer. For me personally, I don't think there is one, other than NO.
  • My 50 Favorite Albums of 2008

    5 Ene 2009, 21:47

    Here they are. If you want to read my thoughts on each individual album, scoot over to www.fergusonreviews.wordpress.com and check them out.

    01.Saturdays = Youth by M83
    02.Visiter by Dodos
    03.Dear Science by TV on the Radio
    04.April by Sun Kil Moon
    05.Third by Portishead
    06.For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
    07.The Midnight Organ Fight by Frightened Rabbit
    08.Lie Down in the Light by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
    09.Songs In A & E by Spiritualized
    10.In Ear Park by Department of Eagles
    11.Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    12.Distortion by The Magnetic Fields
    13.Microcastle/Weird Era Cont. by Deerhunter
    14.Street Horrrsing by Fuck Buttons
    15.You & Me by The Walkmen
    16.Fleet Foxes by Fleet Foxes
    17.808s & Heartbreak by Kanye West
    18.Caught in the Trees by Damien Jurado
    19.Asking For Flowers by Kathleen Edwards
    20.Brighter Than Creation's Dark by Drive-By Truckers
    21.Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend
    22.Lust Lust Lust by The Raveonettes
    23.The Stand Ins by Okkervil River
    24.Volume One by She & Him
    25.Rip It Off by Times New Viking
    26.Lost Wisdom by Mount Eerie w/Julie Doiron & Fred Squire
    27.Nouns by No Age
    28.Shallow Grave by The Tallest Man On Earth
    29.Devotion by Beach House
    30.Conor Oberst by Conor Oberst
    31.Heretic Pride by The Mountain Goats
    32.Rivers Arms by Balmorhea
    33.All Is Well by Samamidon
    34.Feed the Animals by Girl Talk
    35.Women As Lovers by Xiu Xiu
    36.I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too by Martha Wainwright
    37.Attack & Release by The Black Keys
    38.@#%&*! Smilers by Aimee Mann
    39.Modern Guilt by Beck
    40.At Mount Zoomer by Wolf Parade
    41.Here's To Being Here by Jason Collett
    42.Trouble in Dreams by Destroyer
    43.Car Alarm by The Sea and Cake
    44.Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea by Silver Jews
    45.Alas I Cannot Swim by Laura Marling
    46.Exit Strategy of the Soul by Ron Sexsmith
    47.A.M. by Karl Blau
    48.The Grand Archives by Grand Archives
    49.Sex Death Cassette by Rafter
    50.Real Emotional Trash by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
  • A New Film

    14 Nov 2008, 21:49

    Dancing Mountains (I Don't Know)

  • Alright, I Did It.

    15 Jul 2008, 20:10

    The thought of this was intriguing, so I finally did it.

    If you want to do it, here's how you can:
    1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc).
    2. Put it on shuffle.
    3. Press play.
    4. You can not change the song (No lying!)
    5. For every question, type the song that's playing.
    6. When you go to a new question, press the next button.


    Opening Credits:
    "Picture Framing The Gigantic Men Who Fought On Steam Boats" by Frog Eyes

    Waking Up:
    "High and Dry" by The Rolling Stones

    First Day At School:
    "Wilderness" by Archer Prewitt

    Falling In Love:
    "Little Locket" by Shearwater

    Fight Song:
    "Yesterday Cried" by Golden Smog

    Prom (like that would ever happen):
    "Heavey Metal Drummer (demo)" by Wilco

    "Buick Blues (Version One" by Lucinda Williams

    Mental Breakdown:
    "Sometimes" by Pearl Jam

    Life's OK:
    "No Wonder" by Neil Young

    "Volcano" by Beck

    "It's All Blooming Now Mt. Heart Attack"

    Getting Back Together:
    "Deep Waters" by Portishead

    "Sundress" by Ben Kweller

    Birth Of Child:
    "Over And Done With" by The Proclaimers

    Final Battle:
    "Hearts & Daggers" by Espers

    Death Scene:
    "Plastic Mylar" by Spoon

    Funeral Song:
    "As Ugly As I Seem (live)" by The White Stripes

    End Credits:
    "Sleep Sandwich" by Elvis Perkins

    So there it is. Some of these were extremely eerie landings.
  • Film #4 of 4

    14 Jul 2008, 6:21

    Ribs Out

  • Film #3 of 4

    13 Jul 2008, 6:16

    ...Where At Least I Know I'm Ignorant...

  • Film #2 of 4

    12 Jul 2008, 19:31

    Propinquity Is Not Fusion

  • Film #1 of 4

    12 Jul 2008, 4:42

    6/21/2008: 1 Day In 2 Parts