Picks for July 2006
Music: "Uncle Rock Plays Well With Others." The second disc from my friend Robert Burke Warren, aka Uncle Rock, is so much fun. My seven year old and I had an Uncle Rock-fest last night and listened to the record three times straight through. If you have kids in the single-digits in your household, I highly recommend both Uncle Rock records. My fave songs off this new one are ‘Picnic in the Graveyard’ and "Rock and Roll Babysitter’. Your seven year old will love this, and you’ll be happy to find music for kids that doesn’t condescend.
Oh, I’ve been listening to a lot lately: Josh Ritter (‘The Animal Years’), Nick Drake, Tori Amos, Eva Cassidy….. yeah, you got it. I’m retro. Josh Ritter gives me hope for the future, however. What a great songwriter.
I’ve also enjoyed the new Pretenders boxed set (do you not think "Brass in Pocket" one of the greatest rock and roll songs ever, ever?) and I found Lori McKenna’s record, "Bittertown", to be really interesting. She is a superb lyricist. Radio Paradise on iTunes plays some GREAT music. What a pleasure to find that station.
Most of all this month, I have been humbled by how great Wilco is. I played a festival with them in Ottawa, and stayed to watch their set. Jeff Tweedy reminded me, before he went on, of Golden Smog’s cover of my song "Seven Year Ache". I had failed to connect the dots there.
Film: Can I recommend "An Inconvenient Truth" two months in a row? It’s that important.
Favorite stop this summer: Paris. Mais oui. I stayed at the Relais Christine with two of my kids after the band and crew went back home, and we had the most lovely few days wandering around, eating at Laduree, going to the Cluny museum.