Friday, April 27, 2007

Can't Buy a Gun

Mr. Kucinich, you have my vote. 'Course I live in Illinois, so it really doesn't matter.

Unsurprisingly, I'm putting the Book Club thingy I mentioned last post off 'til after the Top 100 Drinking Songs extravaganza (Coming next week!). It was really just a book review anyway.

I normally don't cover "new releases" very often. I figger other folks cover those things pretty well elsewhere. But there have been some intriguing records hitting the aluminum or vinyl circuit over the last couple of months: Son Volt, Mavis Staples, Detroit Cobras, Dean and Britta, and Mary Weiss, to name a few. And it's a rare and wonderful occasion when we get a new Billy Childish and a new Holly Golightly record in the same month. Lucky us. I've made it my life's goal to expose as many folks of the world as possible to the genius of Billy Childish, and his new album contains a swell little pot stirrer of a tune where he takes the piss on the great pretender, and Michael Jackson lookalike, Jack White. Hooray, Billy.

But I'm gonna focus on Miss Golightly and her new album, "You Can't Buy A Gun When You're Crying", performed under the moniker Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs. Essentially it's Holly and a feller goes by the name of Lawyer Dave.

Golightly has always flirted with a little neo-noir Country styling, and this record seems inevitable. It's a sepia-filtered affair, drawn from Southern Gothic that could only be imagined by a girl from a faraway land. Creaky and rattling, the tunes play from the back of a wagon, straw and hayseed clogging the amps. It's an eerie backwoods-styled album full of bad men and badder women, demons, devils,guns, and medicine water.

It's easily my album of the year up to this point. And it features my song of the year, "Devil Do".


Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: Devil Do (mp3)

Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: You Can't Buy A Gun (mp3)

Special Bonus: The Jack White piss-take, and second best song of the year.

Wild Billy Childish and the Musicians of the British Empire: Bugger The Buffs (mp3)

See you on Monday, where we'll raise our glasses.


Anonymous said...

Jack White as the pretender? Hmmm...yeah, you either love him or hate. "Devil Do" would've been a better Tom Waits tune.

bigrockcandymountain said...

Except, of course, for the fact that Tom neither wrote or performed the song....

Dan said...

Love this Holly Golightly! She reminds me a bit of early Maria Muldaur, especially on "You Can't Buy A Gun". And that's a very good thing. Nice post, and thanks.

Testify said...

I saw Holly Golightly live last week and she was great.Her band were truly fantastic especially The Bongolian who played keyboards and her drummer Bruce, who just swings y'know what I mean?

S'funny because I'm not convinced by the genius of BC and in fact left half way through the only gig of his I've been to see.

Becky said...

You may enjoy this...

Rock & Roll Doctor said...

This has got to be Billy's best moment yet and I think he really hits the mark with his barbed comments - Good on yer Billy me old mucker !