Richard Thompson is my favorite guitarist living today, and one of my favorite songwriters. Lately, I've been listening to the score he recorded for Werner Herzog's great documentary, "Grizzly Man". Here's a clip of him recording "Tim and the Bears", a piece from that score, with Herzog listening right beside him in the studio:
Wow. Beautiful! Thanks for posting that.
I'm also a huge fan of both Richard and Teddy Thompson. Got to see them duet on Persuasion at Teddy's latest Largo show and I felt certain that my head would explode. (It didn't.)
Cannot recommend Teddy Thompson's albums highly enough.
Glad you liked that clip, Dorothy.
I like Teddy Thompson's music, too. I haven't heard all of it yet, but I like what I've heard. Ever hear his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Tonight Will Be Fine"? I thought it was one of the best performances in the Cohen concert documentary:
And here's Richard doing an insanely great electric solo at the Cropredy Festival in England:
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All of his albums are worthwhile. But his latest two, "Separate Ways" and "A Piece of What You Need" are really outstanding. You can stream the latter on his website. ("Where to Go From Here" is probably my favorite.) He definitely inherited his dad's gift for songwriting, though his sense of humor reminds me more of Loudon Wainwright III than Richard Thompson.
I just thought I'd throw out that Loudon and Richard Thompson are doing a show at UCLA in November.
Friday November 13, 2009 (hey that's my birthday!)
Time: 8:00PM - 11:00PM
Description: "Loud & Rich"
Location: Royce Hall - Auditorium
Admission: $48, 36, 24, 15 if you're a UCLA student.
Contact: UCLA Live
Also to keep this related, I'm currently listening to Over the Rhine, Imogen Heap and Mogwai.
Thanks for the info on that show, Liezl. I actually saw those two do a concert together back in '88 at the Park West in Chicago. I'm old.
Speaking of the very talented Thompsons and Wainwrights, here's a clip of Martha Wainwright doing her great song, "Bloody Motherfucking Asshole", on Jools Holland's TV show:
Oh and one more thing..
a free mp3 download, courtesy of amazon's twitter.
There's a new God Help the Girl EP called "Stills." I like it.
Future of the Left, Curses / Travels with Myself and Another
Electric Six, (post-Fire! material)
Ty Segall, self-titled
Pissed Jeans - King of jeans.
Thanks for posting that RT cover, pcmess. Great version of a great song.
I've loved The Feelies since I saw them open for Lou Reed way back in '89 and I just found this live clip of them doing one of my favorite songs of theirs, "Slipping Into Something":
I went crazy and picked up the new Big Star box set, "Keep An Eye on the Sky," yesterday.
Fantastic packaging. Sound is fantastic and I haven't even made it past the second of four discs yet. Perfect soundtrack for the approaching autumn.
That and a lot of Bathory lately. Gotta keep it real.