Bob Dylan – The Cairns Collection Vol. 3

I resequenced my favourite tracks from Bob Dylan’s Tell Tale Signs on to a single CD (or 80-minute playlist). I offer it up for the few who still like listening to CDs as albums without random play.

1. Tell Ol’ Bill
2. Dreamin’ of You
3. Everything is Broken
4. Mississippi (#1)
5. Most of the Time
6. Dignity (piano)
7. Dignity
8. Series of Dreams
9. Huck’s Tune
10. I Can’t Wait
11. Red River Shore
12. ‘Cross the Green Mountain
13. Ain’t Talkin’
14. Ring Them Bells (live)
15. Mississippi (#2)

Black Ice, AC/DC’s New Album

I’m sick and tired of people saying that we put out 11 albums that sound exactly the same. In fact, we’ve put out 12 albums that sound exactly the same.

Angus Young, AC/DC

That’s an old quote; make that 17 albums!

Their new album is called Black Ice, and I haven’t heard anything from it since I don’t listen to commercial radio.

The first release and video from Black Ice is called Rock and Roll Train. Here’s a video about the making of the video. The band’s old but they don’t look nor sound much different than 20 years ago.

I like them as a reliable rock and roll band; that is, you know what to expect from anything new, as Angus admitted.

They do have some excellent songs I never tire of:
Back In Black
You Shook Me All Night Long
Who Made Who
Thunderstruck

Lots more one can add to that list.

Tom Waits and Jolie Holland News

I’m at work. I can’t ramble on pointlessly like I usually do. So here it is.

Jolie Holland has a new album called The Living and the Dead. Click the link for more details and a free track. I like it!

He’s the love child of Howlin’ Wolf and the Cookie Monster’s sister and he’s only getting better with age. Tom Waits. He’s #1 on my list of performers I’d want to see live.

I’d pay big money for it, but he’s released an entire 2.5 hour concert free of charge on NPR.org from his recent Glitter and Doom tour. It’s a good quality recording. I’ve listened to it every day since I downloaded it last week. (I installed iTunes just for the concert.) Songs like “Make it Rain” and “Hoist That Rag” are shotgun blasts. He does “9th and Hennepin” and “All The World is Green” and others you think you might know, but you don’t. They don’t sound like the record (much like Dylan’s live performances). They sound like new songs. I love it.

A History of Robert Johnson

robert johnsonAnyone read the Vanity Fair article by Frank DiGiacomo called Portrait of a Phantom? It begins with the story of a guy finding what he believes might be a photograph of Robert Johnson and his efforts to authenticate it.

In the seven decades since his mysterious death, bluesman Robert Johnson’s legend has grown — the tragically short life, the “crossroads” tale of supernatural talent, the genuine gift that inspired Dylan, Clapton, and other greats — but his image remains elusive: only two photos of Johnson have ever been seen by the public. In 2005, on eBay, guitar maven Zeke Schein thought he’d found a third.

In the telling of the photograph’s story, DiGiacomo paints the most comprehensive history of Johnson’s life I’ve ever read. Admittedly, I haven’t read much, but it’s still an interesting article. And it’s kind of cool to see a new photograph of someone who might be Robert Johnson.

Daniel Lanois In Moncton

(Updated with post concert review (Oct. 18, 2008). See below.)
Daniel Lanois
Daniel Lanois is coming to Moncton, New Brunswick in October!

Critically acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Daniel Lanois will perform in support of his latest release Here Is What Is, the soundtrack to his feature-length documentary of the same name, at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

He’s going to St. John’s, Newfoundland, too.

This will be my first concert in 15+ years.

Post-concert Update (October 18, 2008):
The show was overwhelming. I had a lump in my throat, moved by his energy, his passion, and his music. Best show I ever saw. Astounding.

He had three young guys on bass, guitar, and drums backing him up, although he did a few numbers solo. He chatted, saying after one song how he wished THAT version they just played was on the studio album, and the whole night was like that: the band was tight and he was relaxed and comfortable – it was an excellent night for a jam session, which they did on a number of songs – long, intense solos making you want to dance in the aisles at times.

A couple of hours before the show he came out into the lobby with a Corona, answering questions from a bunch of us who heard about this opportunity on the radio. I sat a few feet from him as he stood there telling anecdotes about Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris.

Daniel Lanois seems to be famous to the famous, but not famous to the populace, which I think he’s humble about and grateful for. It allows him to come to a small theater in Moncton, New Brunswick, walking amongst us common folk with a beer in his hand, telling stories. I suspect he probably went to some pubs after the concert and may have participated in some impromptu jam sessions. Seeing him makes me want to start playing again, jamming with others.

Photos from the show and meeting him courtesy Marc Gallant: