Yesterday’s post aside, I haven’t been overly focused on music this week. I am reading a book about bluegrass, so I’ve been randomly running through the Bill Monroe lately. Bluegrass has often been associated with “hillbilly” music, but the reality is it’s very structured and provides maybe the best mix of technical skill and heart of any genre. One thing I learned is that, while it is acoustic music in one sense, it is electric in another. Because band members “took solos” in the same way that jazz players did, bluegrass required a complex choreography as soloists came forward to the microphone in order to stand out. None of the reading has convinced me, however, that a bluegrass cover of Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper” wouldn’t be amazing!
I got a promo in the mail yesterday for a film titled Paul McCartney Really Is Dead. I’m hoping to watch it in the next few days, so maybe I’ll have a review done next week. I’m really looking forward to it, because, while I doubt it will convince me that McCartney is actually dead, the “Paul is Dead” rumors and clues might be rock’s best conspiracy story.
Well, back to the business at hand. Here’s my (partial) list:
Carrie Rodriguez – Love and Circumstance
Thinking Machines – Work Tapes
Down By Law – Fly the Flag
Pama International – Float Like a Butterfly
Paul Simon – Graceland
Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love
Bedouin Soundclash – Street Gospels