Sunday, June 7, 2009

toasting the black

This is a song that ought to be heard.

Even with the windows flung wide on a clear late afternoon sky, and a hangover pining for a cloud to skate away on.

Hank Williams slumped in a corner under a folded deck of cards and Charles Bukowski alone on the barstool with his cardboard suitcase and a glass of warm, flat Corona. Uncle Sam's "The Wild Bunch" playing on a black and white portable tv behind the pretzels on the bar.

An emaciated cat with eyes like pesos waiting for the penny to drop; the jukebox to skip, and the whores to roll on in.

"Wait for the [upcoming] album is shortened by the digital release of the singles “Our Love is Smoking” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and corresponding music videos: the first filmed by Gerald Foster and directed by Vanessa Ly and the second animated by Michael David Friend and directed by Shoja Azari."

Is that a glockenspiel in there just before the lugubrious long horns lurch in ?

God bless their pretty clatter and peal. As bright as tiny slivers of ice.

ELECTRIC BLACK: REIGN THE NIGHT from "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry b/w Reign The Night" 45 (Mad Apple Music) 2009 (US)


Ramone666 said...

Like the song and the music Ib, especially that violin. Vocals are as flat as Buk´s Corona though, fake Hank, Cash & Cave.

Pearl said...

I love these guys, and I love the vocals as well, I heard it kinda Tom Waits but less depressing.
(Its hard to find anything new these days that doesn't sound like someone else from yesteryear)

ib said...

The fiddle - by Tucker Rountree, I believe - is nicely pitched, for sure.

I won't argue with you, Ramone 666, regards Johnny B's obviously theatrical air, but under the greasepaint there lurks a fine two step serenade; with or without the purloined wooden leg.

Thanks for your comment too, Pearl.

Anonymous said...

The fiddle was played by Heather 'Lil Mama ' Hardly.

ib said...

Thanks for the correction, anon.