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Flashlite #218

DiemondsThe central piece today is our large block in which we compare the music of famous rockers and their children. We paired up Ethan and Glyn Johns, Ambrose Kenny and Broderick Smith, Lilly and John Hiat and Trixie and Chris Whitley. We also listen to the Cynics live in Cleveland, new music for Jimbo Mathus and we have one new name – Diemonds from Toronto in Canada.

Richard Thompson – Where’s Home;
Wendy And The Rockets – I Can’t Tell You;
Diemonds – Take on the Night;
Cream – The Coffee Song;
Jimbo Mathus And The Tri-State Coalition – White Buffalo;
The Cynics – Crawl;
The Cynics – Blue Train Station (Live in CLE);
The Mock Turtles – Time Between Why;
The Byrds – Why;
The Replacements – Bastards of Young;
Ethan Johns – Don’t Reach Too Far;
Faces – Stay With Me;
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Guns and Horses;
Lilly Hiatt And The Dropped Ponies – Big Bad Wolf;
John Hiatt – Woman Sawed in Half;
Chris Whitley – Narcotic Prayer;
Trixie Whitley – Hotel No Name;
Bob Dylan – Simple Twist Of Fate.

Mark Lanegan: Here Comes That Weird Chill

(Written in January 2004). The year just started and we already got an album that will definitely play an important role in the year’s best selection! This is a new one by Mark Lanegan and it’s louder and stronger than any Screaming Trees album, let alone his solo albums. It’s rough, it’s tough, it’s experimental, but still it rock and moves just like it should. His voice is still recognizable even though it often distorted by various studio effects. Drums are raw and guitars cut like razor blades. This is for the first time in years that Lanegan doesn’t collaborate with his long time companion Mike Johnson, so that in itself indicates a significant stylistic move. This is a unique represent of this loud new blues style that can be found for example on Christ Whitley’s album Terra Incognita, or Tarbox Ramblers, but it also has a favor of raw garage sound such as we know from Detroit and Memphis scenes – but perhaps in a little nicer package plus Tom Waits poetics. The album runs for only 30 minutes, but that’s cool – it just makes you wanna play it again. New cd-albums normally last too long anyway. LPs used to be much more carefully thought of. They say this is only a teaser before the full length album comes out! Woohoo!