Monday, August 17, 2015

Sound & Groove, Episode 59: "Double Trouble" Part 2

Ryan Adams, often derided for his sometimes standoffish behaviour and arrogance but often praised for his significant songwriting acumen. Since debuting in the mid-90s with his rootsy, thrilling alt-country group Whiskeytown, he has attracted criticism both good and bad but musically it has mostly been good- especially to yours truly. Adams went solo as the millennium dawned, illiciting critical acclaim with Heartbreaker (2000). Mixed reviews often followed his albums to come but those who enjoyed his work extolled his virtues to the moon, insisting he was a modern day singer-songwriter genius. Meanwhile his doubters pointed out his reveling in music's past as too much of a classicist, all the while trying to recreate those sounds of yore and insert himself into the popular lexicon/vocabulary of classic rock and country. After his debut he proceeded to put out records at a dizzying pace not seen since the 60s and 70s heydays when artists were expected to produce at least 1 LP a year but the best ones were demanded by their record companies to churn out at least two. Even on his weaker albums there were plenty of incredible songs. One of his most recent standout cuts from his 2014 self-titled release- his 14th studio album in 14 years to go along with a handful of EPs- is here on part 2 of the double trouble music theme here on S&G Podcast.

Don't you just hate it when there are so many songs with the same title to to the point it gets confusing as to which song is which, which are covers and which artists did them? How many more times can we withstand an artist releasing a song titled the oh so unoriginal "Hold on"? Well here on the Sound & Groove Podcast, we decided to have fun with that by putting out 2 episodes (this being the 2nd of them) using that theme of doubling up on songs that share titles. No cover versions required! It's just one song of a certain title- picked somewhat arbitrarily I have to admit- followed by another of the same. 

So sit back and soak in another  musical journey through yet another themed podcast for your listening enjoyment. And if you're new to this podcast: Every month there will be a theme that the selection of music is centered around. It will be jam packed with my analysis, synopses, breakdowns, anecdotes and other witticisms you might enjoy while I play edited versions of each tune (to make room for talk and for a good 8-9 songs per 45 minute episode). And not to worry, each month will contain a different theme than the last. Got it? Get it? Good. Happy listening to you all!

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Track Listing:
1. Hey Love- Stevie Wonder (1967)
2. Hey Love- The Delfonics (1971)
3. I Know- Bonnie Raitt (1972)
4. I Know- Dionne Farris (1994)
5. I Wanna Be Your Lover- Yo La Tengo (2007)
6. I Wanna Be Your Lover- Prince (1979)
7. Hummingbird- Wilco (2004)
8. Hummingbird- B.B. King (1970)
9. Young Blood- The Beatles (1963)
10. Young Blood- Rickie Lee Jones (1979)
11. Stay with Me- Ryan Adams (2014)
12. Stay with Me- Faces (1971) 

Info of note:
Intro- "In Front" by Keith Jarrett (1972)
Outro- "Blue Streak" by Keith Jarrett (1974)
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