Monday, July 17, 2006

Songs: Ohia

I was reminded of how much I like this band this past weekend. I won’t get into a full-fledged bio as a quick visit to AMG will tell you what you need to know, but at the heart of Songs: Ohia is prolific singer/songwriter Jason Molina. And yes, his high, fragile voice does have an uncanny resemblance to Neil Young in both tenor and lyricism (I’d say that’s a compliment). Take a listen to two of my favorite tracks: “Captain Badass” off 1999's Axxess & Ace, and “Farewell Transmission” from 2003’s Magnolia Electric Co, which is also the moniker he now records under since that release.

Songs: Ohia - Captain Badass

Songs: Ohia - Farewell Transmission

Monday, July 10, 2006

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Here’s a quick post just to drop an amazing song on you that appears on Nick Cave’s latest release Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus. It’s a double CD, and posted below is “Breathless,” which appears on the Lyre disc. It’s probably one of the most accessible songs he’s ever written—acoustic, sweet, tuneful—just a beautifully crafted love song with of a hint of darkness buried underneath it all. It’s AAC encoded, so you’ll need iTunes to listen. Enjoy, it’s a terrific song for the Summer.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Breathless