Twelve years ago this week: future platinum-selling Modest Mouse released their second full-length album, The Lonesome Crowded West, one of the best albums of the ‘90s. It was a sign of things to come, filled with dynamic shifts, the raw energy of Isaac Brock’s voice, and the dark, eerie sound that they’ve refined so that you can identify a Modest Mouse song in the space about about a chord and a half.
In celebration of Miles Davis’ 30 plus year stint with Columbia Records, Columbia/Legacy present Miles Davis: The Complete Columbia Album Collection. Exclusive to Amazon.com, the set will include reissues of Davis’ 52 recordings for Columbia plus bonus tracks, an artist biography, a fully annotated discography, a complete song index and rare photos of the jazz mastermind.
The set also contains previously unreleased footage of the Miles Davis Quintet’s European tour of 1967 on DVD, Live in Europe ‘67. Shot in Stockholm and Karlsruhe, Live in Europe ‘67 includes performances by: Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. Making the box set even more irresistible is the inclusion of the full performance from the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, which is also a first time release. Stream a few tracks after the jump.
Savath y Savalas The Predicate (Dub Version)
Releasing: January [CD] Now [digital]
The Predicate (Dub Version) is a Guillermo Scott Herren (Prefuse 73) remix of his group’s La Llama, and if you find “Pavo Real Plucked” to your liking, you can pick up the digital pre-release over at Stones Throw.
01 Adeu Salutation
02 Abri.l Closed
03 Pavo Real Plucked
04 Pajaros En Cadaques Shot
05 The Predicate and the Library
06 Me Voy and Resolved
07 La Loba Collection
08 There Is No Love in Your Heart
09 Me Voy Alone
10 Lamento Pobre Y Salida
If there was a checklist for Eels archetypes, “Little Bird”, the first track to see the light of day from the band’s forthcoming LP End Times, would fill up more check boxes than just about any other song that E has penned. A simple, delicately strummed melody with a capo at the fifth fret? Check. Direct appeals to God? Check. An avian-centric narrative? Check. Gratuitous use of the word “goddamn”? Check. Pining for a lost love? Double check.
That said, this is also quite possibly the best song that E has written since the landmark Daisies of the Galaxy. A spare, crushingly depressing, brutally honest confessional, the track finds E doing what he does best: moping. One listen to E’s gravelly voice as he admits, “Goddamn, I miss that girl”, should be enough to convince even the weariest of Eels fans that End Times just might be worth looking forward to.
This song won me over in about 3 seconds with its springy guitar, and though some might find Olof Arnalds’ oohing a little too bold, a little too Doris Day, I find it all the more idyllic. This is the musical equivalent of Snow White’s friendly forest animals. I don’t know what she’s saying, but it sounds warm and earnest, like she has my best interests in mind.