Archive for July, 2008

Oh My Damn… Two Cow Garage’s New Album …


Fucking. Amazing.

The world is not ready for this. I have the songs. Unmastered. And in no particular order.

Two words sum the whole 45 minutes up:

Fucking. Amazing.

I loved “Three” like it was my own. “Speaking In Cursive” is ten times better than “Three” … and that’s the truth.

It. Is. Fucking. Amazing.

September 30, 2008. You will realize the genius that is Micah, Shane, Chris, Andy & Cody.


5 Questions with … Roy Davis


One of the things I love about the Internet is the amazing ability to find music, and for musicians to find fans.

Case in point – Roy Davis & The Dregs, from Portland, Maine. I got a friend request from them, a few weeks before their show in Columbus on July 21, at the Rumba. Sadly, not many saw the show. You missed a great performance by a great band.

I will readily admit not listening to their music until the day of the show, and it was only then I realized just how good these guys were. I had to go to the show.

And, Roy was nice enough to talk before the show … which is the first of a new series here on the new music blog called “5 Questions (more or less) With …”

So … with that in mind, here is 5 Questions (more or less) With … Roy Davis, where we discuss the tour, the impact of MySpace on music, and a Columbus legend – White Castle.  (Yeah, and dumbass me clearly says it was the Beastie Boys with “You Be Illin'” … DOH … that would be Run-D.M.C. … I am so losing points on the hip-hop street cred scoresheet.)

He was gracious enough to allow me to post an MP3 from his great CD “Deadweight” … which is easily on my top 10 so far for 2008.

Download: “Till The Night Is Gone”  • Visit: Roy Davis on MySpace

The North American Drakebow


Drake of Razorbliss

Drake Tulloh of Razorbliss

Ryan Smith “I Just Want To Feel That Way”


Ryan Smith’s new EP, “I Just Want To Feel That Way” is a bit darker in lyrical content, a bit more experimental in sound, a big stretch from the singer/songwriter/acoustic guitar he’s often associated with, and in quite heavy rotation on my iPod these days. It also could be the best six Paul Westerberg songs that Paul Westerberg neither wrote nor recorded. That’s a huge compliment (If you just said “Who?” just stop reading now and Google the genius that is Paul Westerberg, The Replacements, and head out and purchase his amazing solo work. Now. Really. Google. Now.).

Ryan’s previous release, “Neil Avenue,” is a long-time favorite, and as anyone who knows me knows the in-between single release “Girls With The Glasses” knows that so could be my life story.

But with “I Just want To Feel That Way” Ryan shows he has grown as a songwriter, and musician, and is able to comfortably move away from the single six-string and incorporate multi-instrumental mixing, layering, and tracking, along with some noise and sound effects that really add to the darker lyrical context here.

Song by song breakdown:

1. Good Intentions Where do go now from this place? Straight into a great track with a wonderful mix of instruments, all layered right and mixed well. It’s the track that sets the tone for the album.

2. This Is Not A Tragedy A guitar heavy track (both acoustic and electric) that tells the abstract tales of “a bad bad thing” that turns out to be a blessing, to someone involved.

3. Santa Cruz This is perhaps my favorite song on the EP, a collection of urban legends, broken hearts, disappointment and hypocricy pulled together on a piano backbone with some wicked guitar licks in between verses.

“Just a few hours ago my bride-to-be
Told me she didn’t know me that well.
Now she’s on a bus to Boston
I’m doin’ alright in Hell.
You ain’t heard the worst of it yet.
There’s a part I regret.”

4. A Few Hundred Miles Another lost love song that opens with the line “Won’t you come back from Kentucky, tell me that you love me, and I’ll stop lying about your death.” Toss in bus tickets, a new man, a ring and a lost wedding invitation … it just gets better!

5. I Just Want To Feel That Way A very great tune that really drove home the Paul Westerberg reference. There’s nothing better than a great missing you and how you made me feel song. Paul Westerberg made a solo career out of (think “Love Untold” or “Lookin’ Out Forever”)

6. Following The Ambulance Home Death comes early here, leaving the narrator to question his own life, wonder about his death, and everything that surrounds and intertwines both. Great use of sound effects, violin and questioning everything.

You can buy this from iTunes, amazon and rhapsody … it’s well worth the $6.

Ryan Smith on Myspace