Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The New American Songbook

I was at the bookstore this weekend, looking for the MOJO 15-track tribute to The Who. They didn't have it. Instead, they had the Springsteen issue, with two CD's to choose from: one with classic Americana, and the other with new stuff. Both compilations are solid, so the choice was tough. I decided on the new one, for the live song by My Morning Jacket's Jim James.

It's a folk song clothed in video game blips. It's as though he's singing in a cave, with drops of water falling into surrounding wells - some shallow, some deep, and those wells are plugged into sound processors.

Jim James - Sooner (Live) (mp3)

Kelley Stoltz's The Sun Comes Through (mp3) is great, too.

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