Thursday, November 15, 2007

Listening Post: Something Old, Something New

Two of my favorite songs from two different eras.

Great Northern is a fantastic band out of L.A. which features Solon Bixler, one of the early members of 30 Seconds to Mars.

From their full-length album Trading Twilight for Daylight, which was released last May, here's Home.

When I was growing up, there were few bands I loved like The Waterboys.

Mike Scott, Karl Wallinger and company recorded some of the most powerful, passionate and, as it would turn out, enduring music of the 80s or any other decade.

This song is not only brilliant from start to finish, but it features one of the greatest singular moments in recorded rock and roll. When Scott sings, "You came like a comet, blazing your trail" and the sound of that triumphant shot echoes across the vocals, I get chills.

Every time.

Here's the live version of Whole of the Moon.


Old School Dave said...

Thanks for the reminder and reason to dust off This is the Sea LP.


Schwa said...

I was working at a coffee shop a few years ago when one of those irritating street festivals with beer and live music and more beer was going on. The kind of thing where middle-aged non-customers demanded to use our bathroom because they were _not_ going to use the port-a-johns and how could I possibly expect them to use the port-a-johns when we had a perfectly nice bathroom (nice being a relative term) even though they weren't paying customers? The kind of thing where drunks stumble in, order shit, change their minds halfway through me making it, and neglect to leave a tip or conveniently ignore the five signs on the counter that say "WE DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS" until it's time to pay.

Anyhoo, bands were playing on a stage out front, in the middle of the closed off street. I ignored it for the most part until I heard "Whole of the Moon". What the hell? So I begged an off-duty cow-orker to take the counter while I ran outside. It was them, and I got to see them perform one of my favorite songs for free. A pleasant surprise for an otherwise unpleasant afternoon.