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Legendary Fugazi Releases “First Demo”

Legacy is a strange thing within the vast spectrum of music and the surrounding experiences it proposes. It can haunt, possess, or, in the case of those safe, kind and lucky enough, greatly bless those who inherit one. Indeed, the history of the band can, from a socio-historical perspective, be almost as influential as the music a band produces.

 

Fugazi has the regally blessed legacy that other musical groups hallucinate of.

In their twenty-six years of existence the band traveled to every continent and put out six full-lengths and multiple EPs. Their voracious touring habits and equally tenacious ethical ideals, including a vehement anti-record industry stance, virtual media blackout (especially MTV) and only playing all-ages shows, led to their gaining a serious underground following and breakthrough into the general cultural conscious even though they never even sold tshirts.

 

Though the band went on an indefinite hiatus in 2003 Dischord Records, the record label owned and operated by singer/guitarist Ian MacKaye, has recently released the band’s first demo for sale.

 

First Demo is a collection of tracks, with the exception of the previously unreleased “Turn Off Your Gun,” before they made it onto any Fugazi record. The work reads and listens like a Henry Miller or Herman Melville manuscript: excellent in its base line thought with the wonderful expressionist tendencies still waiting to be trimmed down for the final production.

 

The record is filled with nuances of Fugazi’s jam-based substance, with MacKaye’s original statement of having a band “like the Stooges with reggae” ringing true throughout the record, especially on the song “Joe #1 (instrumental).”
Throughout this work the listener finds an incredible sense of patient urgency, a refined feeling that stems from the band’s primary interest being in making music together, not so much the aspects of “band life” that so often cut a music group’s creativity before the fetus has any sense of cognition or serious claws. The obvious assurance here is that they had both, with the creativity and claws only growing as the entity that is Fugazi moves presently into legend and lore.

Buy it with real monies (not Bitcoin or Monopoly currency) at Dischord Records.

The 600th Special Episode Playlist


600Special-TARS That’s right, we’ve finally made it.
600 episodes of remarkable, one-of-a-kind radio. What this episode showcases is not just great music, that’s a given (if I do say so myself). Actually, one of the best things about our 12 year history and now 600th show is that we’ve been able to share the impact that great music has on each others’ lives.

So this week, it’s not just a collection of music that fits into a theme. Each of these songs comes with a story, many shared by listeners like you who told us of music that has a very special meaning in their worlds. I’ll share a few songs and stories of my own. And as an extra feature, I’ve got 2 special segments from a few producers and music connoisseurs who have produced something unique for us.

Enjoy!

Song / Length / Artist / Album / Label / Year Released
Hour 1 Playlist

All My Favorite People 6:42 Over the Rhine The Long Surrender (Bonus Track Version) Great Speckled Dog 2011

Benediction 3:36 Joshua James Build Me This Intelligent Noise Records LLC 2009

Not To Blame 4:18 Joni Mitchell Turbulent Indigo Reprise Records 1994

Planets Of The Universe 4:46 Stevie Nicks Crystal Visions…The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks Reprise Records 2007

The Lime Tree 4:06 Trevor Hall The Rascals Have Returned – EP

Geffen Records 2006

Say You Want Me 3:53 Augustana Life Imitating Life Razor & Tie Recordings 2014

Don’t Think About Her When You’re Trying To Drive 4:33 Little Village Little Village Reprise Records 1992

Two Faces 3:03 Bruce Springsteen Tunnel Of Love Bruce Springsteen 1987

That Someone Is You 1:44 R.E.M. Collapse Into Now R.E.M. 2011

The Sparrow 3:25 Wendy Austyn The Sparrow EP Wendy Austyn 2010

Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies 4:50 Pete Seeger The Essential Pete Seeger Sony Records 1961 Contributed By Trae Doty

Bottle Of Tears 4:14 Elliott Park Fly Boy Elliott Park 2010

I Will Not Be Broken 5:04 Ben Harper Give Till It’s Gone Ben Harper 2011

Braille 4:56 Regina Spektor 11:11 Regina Spektor 2001

Hr 2 Playlist

Moon River 2:48 Elliott Park Fly Boy Elliott Park 2010

Blood and Bones (Acoustic Version) 2:47 William Fitzsimmons Gold in the Shadow Nettwerk Productions 2011

Standing In The Doorway 7:43 Bob Dylan Time Out Of Mind Sony Music 1997

Most Of The Time 5:30 Sophie Zelmani Masked & Anonymous Grateful Dead Productions 2003

My Love Hasn’t Grown Cold 6:23 Bethany Dillon Imagination Sparrow Records 2005

Kitchenware & Candybars 8:06 Stone Temple Pilots 12 Gracious Melodies Atlantic Recordings 1994

Decision of the Skies 4:26 Blues Traveler Bridge Interscope Geffen 2001

Social Work and Mysteries of the Great Beyond 1:02 Jeremy Strom Songs for Dave 2011


Headlong 5:21 The Frames For the Birds Overcoat Recordings 2001

Walking Far From Home 4:46 Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean Warner Bros 2011

Metamorphos 8:15 Dave Holland Quintet Points Of View ECM 1998 contributed by Aaron Robison

“Drawing Blood” is Americana at its Finest

Americana, defined by the Americana Music Association as “contemporary music that incorporates elements of various American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres upon which it may draw,” may be an inclusive genre, but it is definitely not an easy one. Relying heavily on a rich musical heritage and archetypically American-roots themes, Americana demands dedication, talent, and vitality of spirit in equal measure. Fans of the genre expect, in one breath, both a firm grasp of established style and innovation in songwriting. It’s this tension that makes Americana such a robust, dynamic genre. Like branches of a tree, each artist relies on those common “roots,”  but also adds their own experiences like a patchwork of multicolored bark and leaves.

Into this honorable lineage step Jeremy & Lynne, a singer songwriter duo from Ohio. Having collaborated on recordings since 2012, the pair finally released their first album, Drawing Blood, this March. For a relatively new band, J&L already have an excellent grasp on the genre. Although most of their songs are based on quite simple chord progressions, their lyrics and songwriting style clearly identify their work as no-nonsense Americana music. One characteristic of roots music might be, for instance, energetic acoustic strumming and lyrics steeped in metaphor to convey  thoughtful ideas. For instance, in the eponymous track of the album, the chorus goes:

“Without that grain of sand, there won’t be a pearl. / No grist inside the mill in your happy little world. The words that turn the wheel aren’t the ones you want to feel. / It’s the ones that draw the blood that seem to be most real.”

Drawing Blood

What unifies the various elements of Americana is the centrality of storytelling – whether folk, bluegrass, country, blues, or whatever else, these hold fast to an affinity for sharing personal experiences. This comes out most obviously in the subject matter of the songs. Jeremy & Lynne make excellent use of their musical space to give room to their past stories, inviting the audience to walk the shores of Lake Erie or watch the destructive behavior of a crazy ex girlfriend. These fragments of a life are at once fundamentally individual and radically universal. Certainly, not everyone goes through what the songwriters have, but the beauty of this narrative method is that we are included, participants in the collective display of memories. In much the same way that close friends share the most personal life details, Americana fans are privy to the inner lives of the artists themselves.

For those looking for the next Americana group for their collection and new listeners eager to get into the genre alike, Jeremy & Lynne are two excellent artists who make greatness happen in their collaboration.

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