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Dan Maxwell “Thank You My Dear (Demo)” — demo’d for Let Me Run’s Broken Strings Session
a few years ago i wrote a song about how difficult it is to write a song about being happy and being in a good place. i had written countless songs about being ”down” and certainly about drinking - but i wanted to write something to reflect my head space at that point. things were really good at the time. I’d finally finished the albatross that was college, i was playing in a new band, and i had the best girlfriend around. but writing a song expressing good feelings is f**king HARD. i didn’t want to write a party song, i didn’t want to write a silly song. i just wanted to write a good serious song about being in a good place. also, credit where credit is due. i think it was an expansion on a seed i’d heard in one or potentially more of many ingested and subconsciously stored tom petty documentaries and interviews where he mentions this exact idea.
So, to elaborate, i had begun playing in a band called let me run at that point that was in the process of writing a record - so i took the song to them thinking it would be an acoustic track not unlike this crude (read: VERY CRUDE) demo. the band hashed it out and it turned into a bombastic rock track that in hindsight i like a lot more than i did at the time. its no secret that i didn’t stay with the band long, and certainly not long enough to see the release, but this song made it onto the record and in reviews of the record, the song was repeatedly mentioned favorably (to the amusement of my loving girlfriend).
flash forward more time than i thought had passed: last night while bar tending and running around like a maniac during a sold out show i was stopped by a guy who looked only vaguely familiar and i attribute MOST of that familiarity to the samiam shirt he was wearing (a rare sight in hoboken to be sure). he recognized me and introduced himself as Michael and said he was a friend of Andy diamond’s - who happens to be a good friend of mine and a long time supporter of my songwriting and my bands (also the subject of a song by some other NJ band that does OK these days). he was also integral in my joining let me run. Michael told me that he had gotten married last year and at the wedding they gave out mix CDs with their party favors and on the CD was this song “thank you my dear”. we chatted for a minute and he was telling me how much he liked the song and how much it meant to his wife and him etc etc. he also told me how much he enjoyed that record still and asked if i’d be playing again anytime soon (which i am - as i’ve mentioned here a bunch).
this is the second time in as many weeks that I’ve gotten kind words about this let me run record i worked on. in hindsight its really nice to have worked on something people like this much. at the time - lets just say i didn’t enjoy the experience. but given the time that has passed i’m proud of the record and especially this song and its an honor that people connect with it so strongly. its a shame things didn’t work out with the band but i do honestly think its all for the best. they are doing really awesome things right now - they just made a record with a veritable legend in J. Robbins (i cant count how many of my favorite albums have his name on the back) and i have my new record about to come out that i couldn’t be prouder of. but we still have that Broken Strings EP and that brief period where we played some great shows.
so, that all said - here is a never previously released demo of the song “thank you my dear” that i recorded in my old bedroom at my mom’s old house on a rainy night in order to send it to the band. i think i recorded 5 acoustic demos on that night 4 of which got recorded and 3 of which ended up on the record. one of those will also be on my new record - pretty good night i guess haha.
i hope you can make it through listening let alone enjoy it. thanks!
joey and kelley kneiser from the great GLOSSARY playing “cheap wooden cross” off of their latest album, Long Live All Of Us - http://couchbycouchwest.com/joey-kelly-of-glossary-cheap-wooden-cross/. Glossary has been one of my favorite bands for a couple of years now. you can check them out on their website here OR you can go snag ALL of their fantastic albums here at their newly minted bandcamp site for $5 each including the tremendous The Better Angels Of Our Nature which happens to forego the $5 price and is free!!!
the criminally underrated kent eugene goolsby of the equally (obviously) underrated THE ONLY SONS playing the title track from their forthcoming album, When The New Wears Off - http://couchbycouchwest.com/kent-goolsby-the-only-sons-when-the-new-wears-off/. The Only Sons are a band that I came to through Glossary and who I have enjoyed ever since - especially their album Steel Hearts available here also for free!!
using my words… also - do yourself a favor and listen to MRS MAGICIAN. (click through the picture to see the article)
edit: please dont be fooled - cults f***ing sucks.
best song. best band. best album.
i updated the “what i’m listening to” section at the header of my blog here… though, this time i did not necessarily find d/l links for the albums since i’m lazy (but i did give you amazon links to preview the albums where available). also worth noting is i’m now listening to these through the headphones pictured above courtesy of @thealiplante and christmas (she is actually the best… you can google it). click through the picture (or here) for more info on these headphones. i highly recommend them to ANYONE who likes music and comfortable headphones and style and cool colors and start up businesses and everyone else also. also they work with the iphone for calls and stuff which will be good when mine comes tomorrow. cant wait.
again, incase any of you missed it.
(this time with appropriate links to my write ups)
1. Tommy Stinson “One Man Mutiny” - http://fridaynightiskillingme.tumblr.com/post/13549698300/1-tommy-stinson-one-man-mutiny-it-should
2. Dawes “Nothing is Wrong” - http://fridaynightiskillingme.tumblr.com/post/13549390340/2-dawes-nothing-is-wrong-its-rare-for-a-young
3. Wilco “The Whole Love” - http://fridaynightiskillingme.tumblr.com/post/13549226919/3-wilco-the-whole-love-like-the
4. The Decemberists “The King is Dead” - http://fridaynightiskillingme.tumblr.com/post/13549118755/4-the-decemberists-the-king-is-dead-the
5. Jason Isbell “Here We Rest” - http://fridaynightiskillingme.tumblr.com/post/13548862835/5-jason-isbell-here-we-rest-jason-isbell-is-one
6. David Bazan “Strange Negotiations” - http://fridaynightiskillingme.tumblr.com/post/13548595557/6-david-bazan-strange-negotiations-david-bazan
7. Kurt Vile “Smoke Ring For My Halo” - http://fridaynightiskillingme.tumblr.com/post/13548451641/7-kurt-vile-smoke-ring-for-my-halo-someone
8. The Damnwells “No One Listens To The Band Anymore” - http://fridaynightiskillingme.tumblr.com/post/13548336752/8-the-damnwells-no-one-listens-to-the-band
9. Real Estate “Days” - http://fridaynightiskillingme.tumblr.com/post/13548190667/9-real-estate-days-this-is-an-nj-band-i-like
10. Tyler Ramsey “The Valley Wind” - http://fridaynightiskillingme.tumblr.com/post/13548079413/10-tyler-ramsey-the-valley-wind-this-guy-is-in
Honorable Mentions: http://fridaynightiskillingme.tumblr.com/post/13550286246/honorable-mentions
Shouldve Been Betters: http://fridaynightiskillingme.tumblr.com/post/13550342007/shouldve-been-better
Liked, but ddin’t Love: http://fridaynightiskillingme.tumblr.com/post/13550389702/i-liked-but-didnt-love
Comatose. Eyes half closed. Arms wrapped up with the wounds all sewn.
1. Tommy Stinson “One Man Mutiny”
It should come as a surprise to no one that when Tommy Stinson puts out a new record - I am going to be into it. Not only is Tommy the bass player for the seminal punk band The Replacements, he is also the man behind the namesake of this very blog. His short-lived (yet fantastic) 1992 post Replacements group Bash & Pop only managed to churn out one album, but given the quality of said album, you’d think they knew they only had one chance before they even hit the studio. That album, Friday Night is Killing Me, also featured the song of the same name which is one of my favorite songs of all time.
Since that 1993 album (and seemingly record breaking amount of time until their breakup) Stinson has poked around with one impressive turn after another. His mid 90s alt rock band Perfect also only made one album (or at least only one that saw the light of day). In the late 90s, after a call from old friend, Josh Freese, he joined Axl Rose’s newest incarnation of what is sadly still called Guns N Roses and remains in that role to this day.. He has also played with childhood friends (and Minneapolis brethren) Soul Asylum since 2005, after the untimely death of their bassist Karl Mueller.
In 2004 Tommy released his first “proper” solo record Village Gorilla Head – a strong, albeit slightly unfocussed, record that buried his formidable songwriting in unnecessary production in some cases, and felt undercooked in others. That said the songs were great and left the listener waiting with bated breath for the next turn in the Stinson canon.
Flash forward to 2011, Tommy announces the release of One Man Mutiny, his first record in over 6 years. This time he made it a looser affair – musically nodding to mid 70s Stones, late era Replacements, and even bands like Whiskeytown - and, to boot he released it himself. This time he is joined by his fiancée Emily Roberts on many of the songs as she adds background vocals (notably on the infectious “Meant To Be”) and also for a gorgeous duet, “Destroy Me”. Also present is Roberts’ Uncle Chip Roberts who adds lap steel almost entirely across the record including the jovial and funny “Zero To Stupid”. So, not only is this record layered with familiar sounds – it is actually a family affair.
It is my favorite record of the year for many reasons – its Tommy, the tunes are great, the steel playing is rare and also refreshing - but mostly because I literally listened to only this for about two months this year, and in my musically hyperactive brain, I feel like that is saying quite a lot. Check it out. Buy it for people for Christmas. It’s a fantastic record. You cant go wrong.
how about also BLUE, duh. im witchu,...
feels like a good time to restate that i am 100% ride-or-die for that first Third Eye Blind album.
SHOW! TUESDAY MAY 28TH AT THE SIDEWALK CAFE
Leslie Paris Viking plays Tuesday, May 28 at Manhattan’s Sidewalk Cafe at 8.30, right after the Comedy.