Love and Mercy to you and your friends tonight

If you saw the tsunami celebrity extravaganza the other night, you may have seen Brian Wilson performing “Love & Mercy”, a simple and poignant tune from his 1988 solo debut. Before I ever found out that the tune was Brian’s, I heard the tune coming from Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, which I guess was in pre-Wilco times (maybe while he was in Uncle Tupelo). He was part of a side project called Golden Smog, which also contained members of Soul Asylum, the Replacements, the Jayhawks, and more. Sort of a supergroup that got together in the Minneapolis area in the late 80’s – early 90’s.

Well, I was quite taken by the song for it’s simplicity, beauty, and important message. Take a listen.

Golden Smog – Love and Mercy (live, acoustic, unknown location and date. if you know, let me know yo).

There’s a ghost that haunts this town

Steve Earle. Still a hidden gem. He’s managed to fly just enough below the radar that when I’m asked who I listen to, and one of my replies is Steve Earle, it always elicits a “hmm, haven’t heard of him”, or “what kind of music does he play?”. I can’t say country. I can’t say alt-country. Roots rocker? Singer songwriter? No, too tame. Blues, rock, country, bluegrass, just plain old American is Mr. Earle. All wrapped up tight into one opinionated, fiery sonuvabitch.

Well, after a brief prison vacation in the early 90’s, Steve has released some of the best albums I will ever own. ‘I Feel Alright’, ‘Train a Comin’, ‘El Corazon’, ‘Jerusalem’, ‘Transcendental Blues’, last year’s ‘The Revolution Starts Now’. He keeps churnin em out.

Anyhow, I came across this acoustic live version of “Halo ‘Round the Moon” a few years ago. It’s probably my most frequently played tune in my Steve Earle collection. It’s short, sweet, intense, sad, and beautiful. I remember seeing somewhere that this was recorded live in Sweden, but I’m not sure. If anyone knows, please let me know. He starts out with an intro about Galway Bay, the River Carrib , and the Wolfe Tone Bridge. The studio version appears on ‘Transcendental Blues’, which Steve wrote during a months-long stay in Galway. I hope someone out there enjoys it as much as I do (and the guy at the 2:06 mark who lets out a primal “EAAGGH”.

Steve Earle – Halo ‘Round the Moon (mp3) – live, acoustic – date and location unknown (anyone?)

See Steve’s Official Web Site
Steve Earle Original Unofficial Site
Check out Steve’s albums on Amazon
Find out more about Steve on All Music Guide.

A Toast…

Here’s a fun, gritty, laid back ode to one of my favorite non-beer beverages (right behind the mojito): Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Sangria Wine.” My meticulous research has dated this song back to the early 70’s, when it first appeared on the 1973 album ‘Viva Terlingua.’ I’m gonna have to check out this album, as I read on All Music, it was

“recorded live in Luckenbach, TX, on a hot August night in 1973…among the most legendary of “live” singer/songwriter albums ever released. It’s the ‘Live at the Fillmore East’ of redneck Texas folk-rock.”

Check it out on Amazon

It’s Worth a Try

Well, let’s have a go at it, shall we? As I immerse myself more and more into the endless world of internet blogs (music blogs in particular), I find myself itching to join the game. This is going to be trial and error, but I think it’s worth a shot. I am creating IckMusic out of my pure and unadulterated, compulsive and passionate love of music. I love traveling from blog to blog and discovering tunes, and reading other’s interpretations of songs, and, though I am by no means as eloquent as those I’ve seen, I figure it’s time for me to try. So, from my little corner of the world outside of Phoenix, Arizona, here you go…

Let me cut to the chase and put something out there. I just saw Calexico open for Wilco a few weeks ago, and was very impressed. Trumpets, a stand-up bass player, pedal steel, guitars… I’ve heard them referred to as Spaghetti Southwestern. Very cool stuff. From Tucson, Arizona, I give you… Calexico.

Calexico – Quattro

Calexico’s Web Site