I’ve been listening to The Long Surrender by Over The Rhine quite a lot these past few days, and that’s all thanks to MusicFog, a channel on Youtube filled with brilliant live recordings of various Americana artists. It’s not the first very nice thing I’ve found on their channel, and I strongly suggest you check it out. Before I ruin the surprise by telling you what kind of music it is (oh wait, I already did), here’s probably my favorite song from the album (and the live version on MusicFog is over here):
I could go on and talk about the gospel influences, the perfect balance between Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist who sing, play instruments on the album and also happen to be married on… the life. I could continue with some other terrible sentences about the universe, music and such, but I don’t like to ramble on. Instead, I’d rather point you to their song Bluebird which is pretty breathtaking, as well as The King Knows How, the two tracks which stand out the most on the album for me. Oh man, I almost forgot! Soon! Soon is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a long time! Go listen to it, there’s even an awesome amateur clip featuring (seemingly) real monks on Youtube!
Be way cool and buy The Long Surrender on iTunes or on Amazon!
2009 minus 1991, that’s… 18, right? Which means that Sarah Jarosz was 18 when she released Song Up In Her Head, her debut album. Who said there’s no more talent in kids these days? Ignorants, that’s who. Sarah plays the mandolin quite beautifully, not surprising since she’s been playing for almost ten years at the time the album was recorded, according to her bio. I really dig this title track, and it has grown on me even more after quite a few plays. It sounds more like bluegrass than anything else, although I guess you could call it folk or something extremely general, like “song” or even “music”. The album version wasn’t on YouTube (at least I could’t find it), so I took the liberty to put it on there:
If you like that (and you should if you’re human), definitely check out the acoustic (well, more acoustic, let’s call it sort of live) version she played for Music Fog, where it’s just her and her mandolin. Yes, the instrument she plays is bigger than you might think, but that’s because it’s actually an octave mandolin, which are therefore larger. For instance, you could also say that a pornstar has an octave penis. I don’t recommend it though.
What I recommend however is the rest of the album, and if you’re bored right now (or highly invested in this topic), go and listen to her cover of Shankill Butchers, a song originally by the brilliant Decemberists (listen to the original over here). I can’t tell which version I like best, which is weird because I usually have an opinion on that sort of stuff. They’re both amazing and horribly sad, considering the topic (yay murder!). And now I’m confused, because the Decemberists‘ version is spelled with two Hs (ShankHill) (on Amazon as well as on Youtube and the version I have myself) which is wrong, according to Wikipedia… It’s spelled correctly on Sarah Jarosz‘ album, so what happened there? Did she realize this and decide to correct the spelling for herself? Did she not notice and somehow got it right? Did something else happen? Does any of this matter at all? I guess not, so I’ll just stop writing now.
Be awesome and buy the album (Sarah Jarosz – Song Up In Her Head) on: iTunes or Amazon !