Michael Hodgkiss Poop 09




WILCO   Buy New or Used through amazon
Wilco WILCO THE ALBUM
By far the best recording of the year,and Wilco’s best not only for this year but in quite some time. Burned a few copies for my car, home, iPod, alarm clock, etc. Had the sucker on constantly and never got tired of listening to it.



Rosanne Cash THE LIST   Buy New or Used through amazon
Rosanne Cash THE LIST
Geez, I remember getting lists from my parents too, but my album would be filled with songs like MOW THE LAWN YOU LAZY SOB, or the famous MAKE SURE THERE IS GAS WHEN YOU BRING HER BACK. Thanks to The Man In Black’s truly educating his daughter. Now, we have this wonderful collection of truly amazing interpretations of classics.



Bob Dylan TOGETHER THROUGH LIFE   Buy New or Used through amazon
Bob Dylan TOGETHER THROUGH LIFE
Dylan,Dylan,Dylan….The man is still doing it, and I would bet his name is not included on 10% of the PooP lists. Why? Well he is not some esoteric band or obscure singer(?) songwriter from Iceland with no future except as a footnote for some flavor of the month’s reference as an influence.



Los Straightjackets  THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF LOS STRAIGHTJACKETS   Buy New or Used through amazon   OR   @ eMusic
Los Straightjackets THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF LOS STRAIGHTJACKETS
Speaking of obscure footnotes, remember The Raybeats?. The Jackets are a fun package, The Masked Avengers of guitar, bass, and drums. Who needs words? I love putting the record on and watch my 5 year old granddaughter dance to in front of the mirror. We also try to make up words to the tunes. Laughed my self silly a few times. Funny band name,too. I love band names like the FUCK BUTTONS, but whew. Imagine mom talking to Aunt Mary, “yea my son Gary is in a band, yea a regular rockstar in our neighborhood. Oh, what….the name of the band you want to know!!!!”



Avett Brothers   Buy New or Used through amazon   OR   @ eMusic
The Avett Brothers I AND LOVE AND YOU
Speaking of funny band names….nice collection of tunes here with pretty good musicianship and harmonies.



SON VOLT   Buy New or Used through amazon   
Son Volt AMERICAN CENTRAL DUST
Gave it a few curious listens with Levon Helm’s record in rotation and found something new on each as they played on and on. Ended up leaving both in rotation with Wilco. Still there.



Levon Helm   Buy New or Used through amazon
Levon Helm ELECTRIC DIRT
See above (plus hope his health is on the upswing, a true classic voice).



Norah Jones THE FALL   Buy New or Used through amazon
Norah Jones THE FALL
Do you like jazz? Do you like piano? Vocals? This was a long awaited return to some nice, sit down and listen to enjoyable music. A toe tapper.



Brad Paisley AMERICAN SATURDAY NIGHT   Buy New or Used through amazon
Brad Paisley AMERICAN SATURDAY NIGHT
Just out and out funny, with a hot guitar thrown in. The title track is outrageous.



Nellie McKay A TRIBUTE TO DORIS DAY   Buy New or Used through amazon
Nellie McKay NORMAL AS BLUEBERRY PIE: A TRIBUTE TO DORIS DAY
The title says it all.



OTHERS:
Curious listens from my excursion to below Mason Dixon and /or awaiting new releases from:
Cross Canadian Ragweed– newer heard of them before but they are played constantly on Sirius radio.
Zac Brown Band– up for a Grammy. BIG down south, I mean huge.
Trailer Choir– Just out and out funny.
Southern Culture On The Skids – SCOTS as the ads state….
Lost Trailers– Saw these guys live, they can do it.



Best New (for Me) Venue: City Winery Saw Richard Thompson on Halloween.



RIP: IMAC in Huntington, also Michael the proprietor and his dog.



Short but sweet, until next time………



Johnny Jah (mch)






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