Here’s my e-Music downloads from the past month:
* Johnny Cash Sings The Ballads Of The American Indian: Bitter Tears. I had this on LP when I was a kid and I’ve been meaning to buy a CD for years. But I was inspired to download the album after reading this article in Salon about Cash, Ira Hayes, Peter LaFarge, Bitter Tears, a clueless music industry (thank God that’s all been cleared up by 2009) and Tricky Dick.
* My Shit Is Perfect by Bob Log III Here’s one of the most fun one-man bands out there.
This is just good down-home stomping blues with Log’s trademark distorted vocals (he performs in a motorcycle helmet making him look like some demented Power Ranger) and some scattered electronic embellishments.
I reviewed this album in a recent Terrell’s Tune-up. If you missed my words of wisdom, check it HERE
* Invisible Girl by The King Khan & BBQ Show. What distinguishes this dynamic duo from all the other punk/blues bashing two-man outfits out there is its anchor in raw doo-wop. Your basic punk-rock roar is colored by some Ruben & The Jets/Sha Na Na/rama-lama-ding-dong silliness, but the music is based on some seriously pretty melodies and occasional sweet harmonies.
My favorites are the ones where Mark “BBQ” Sultan’s high voice soars, such as “I’ll Be Loving You” and “Tryin’.” Sometimes he sounds like a more ragged Sam Cooke.
I also reviewed this album in that recent Terrell’s Tune-up. You can see the whole shebang HERE.