Friday, December 30, 2005

Super Duper

Drum roll please. A major event in the...errr...blogosphere(?) is about to occur. The Big Rock Candy Mountain Top Two Albums of the year. As voted on by, well, me, world-renowned music scholar and all around smartass.

First, a few albums I enjoyed that didn't make the top ten (numbers 11-19?):

Son Volt: Okemah and the Melody of Riot
John Prine: Fair and Square
The Fall: Fall Heads Roll
Langhorn Slim: When the Sun's Gone Down
Various: For A Decade of Sin (BloodShot anniversary release)
Laura Cantrell: Humming By the Flowered Vine
Heartless Bastards: Stairs and Elevators
The DirtBombs: If You Don't Already Have A Look
Richard Buckner and Jon Langford: Sir Dark Invader vs. The Fanglord

There's about a million more albums I'd recommend (I haven't even scratched the surface of the albums I bought this year, but didn't come out this year...that's for later posts).

Sorry. Here's my top two, then:

2. Jack O. and the Tearjerkers: Don't Throw Your Love Away (Sympathy For the Record Industry)

Not that long ago, this was the album to beat, so far as my favorite album of the year went. Here's what I said:
I can't seem to take Jack Oblivian's Jack O. & the Tearjerkers disc, "Don't Throw Your Love Away" out of my cd player. It aint stuck, I just aint willin' to stop listening (blatant lie of course. I had to take it out to load it up to the server. All men are liars). This well may be the album to beat this year, so far as the Mountain's top ten is concerned. Aw, I'm just gushin' here. It's a Memphis soul stew trashjunk frenzy of Exile outtake grease drippings and leering joyous menace. Unlike a recent album by another Jack, you can sing along without feeling like a 12 year old discovering his first hard on. Nah, this Jack knows what to do with it. And he's going to take you down to the corner with him. Spin won't review it, radio won't play it, and ipod won't be using it in a commercial. That should give you an idea how good it is. It's rock'n'roll. Remember that?

That seems to sum it up pretty well. It'd take a pretty fucking perfect album to beat this one out.

Jack O. and the Tearjackers: Mad Dog 20/20 (mp3)

Jack O. and the Tearjerkers: Dope Sniffin' Dog (mp3)

1. The Detroit Cobras: Baby (BloodShot Records)
A quick confession: I have a huge crush on Rachel Nagy, lead singer for The Detroit Cobras. Had to get that little bit of fanboy fluff out of the way. Please don't tell the Missus. Hailing from, where else, Detroit, Michigan, the Cobras are a cover band, and rightful heirs to the Soul and R&B legacy of that fine city. Like the early Stones did for blues, the Cobras do for those classic, lost, fatback and cornbread sides of the 50's and 60's. Stewed in the gutter and slathered in swaggering sex, this collection of songs doesn't so much interpret, but grabs, humps, and fucks, squeezing into rough-hewn diamonds, sharp, jagged, and enticing with the promise of something forbidden. Rachel Nagy's voice is, to paraphrase the Immortal Bard Sam Spade, the stuff that wet dreams are made of. Raspy and nicotine-stained, full of suggestive sway, black and blue hurt that still wants to party, the soul of soul. It's a force of nature. This aint no sensitive warbling. This is sweaty, stained, nasty, greasy, chicken-fried, deep holler, oilcan rhythm and blues. And you can dance to it. Not a wrong step, not a clunker on the album. Nothing made the Mountain happier this year. This should be hailed as a classic. Hell, I'll say it, it is a classic.

Detroit Cobras: I Wanna Holler (But the Town's Too Small) (mp3)

Detroit Cobras: Hot Dog (Watch Me Eat) (mp3)

That's it. Time to kiss 2005 goodbye. Bye bye. Thanks for visiting. I'll be back next week. Have a good New Year, and, since it's not the correct thing to say these days, I'll say it: Drink up. Listen to the Detroit Cobras.


countrygrrl said...

wow these tracks really do rock!!! fabby dabby dozzzzzzy....

Anonymous said...

It looks like I'm going to have to spend more money. I just received my Bloodshot order, but I did not buy the Cobras or Biram. I'm going to have to put in another order with these two albums. The Cobra's sound awesome.
I've also been eyeing up those Nashville comps for some time. You've put me over the brink.
You should have some sort of warning on your site that it may be dangerous to your wallet.

Anyways, I will take your advice and drink up. It was Pabst last night, I think it will be Leinie's tonight and I will celebrate the New Year festivities with some Milwaukee' Best. The only one missing is some Blatz. As you can see I only drink premium beer.

Great top ten list, great Christmas music and a great blog.
Have a Happy New Year,
John (from Milw)

Reverend Frost said...

Happy New Yeaaaaaaaaar !
Why Yeaaaaaaaaar?
'Cos 2006 will be a hell of a Yeaaaaaaaaar

Maxim de Winter said...

Hey, remarkable selection of great music to end the year. Thanks for sharing. I've been in the land of No Broadband for 10 days so it's great to get home and find all this stuff just awaiting download... By the way, didja ever get the ICFM cds I sent? I might be able to make up for it if you didn't - email me via ICFM and I'll tell you how!

All best and so forth in the oh-so-happening Future...

guapo said...

Oh Baby, Rachel!!!!
I know what you mean!
Saw them here in the UK....

bigrockcandymountain said...

gee whiz...happy nude year to all y'all...and thanks.

Anonymous said...

I don't wanna do it...but I'm gonna do it. I love ya and yer blog, but I have to disagree - in snotty terms, no less - with your #1 CD of 2005.

Rather than go into rock-critic-speak to explain and go all "blah-buh-blah-buh-blah," I'll just say it plain n' simple.

The Detroit Cobras were done a few years ago, but somebody forgot to tell them.

I like their first couple a lot, but this new one is crap, and their live show is awful. It was only watchable because Greg Cartwright was playing guitar for them.