Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol 8: The Alabama Shakes

The Alabama Shakes consists of Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, and drummer Steve Johnson. 

Their hit song has me hooked since I heard it on NPR. Hearing it in passing, I actually though it was Jack White for a brief moment, but no, Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes rocks in her own unique way. The album is pretty solid, though, I’ve noticed some of the slowed down, acoustic, less produced versions on youtube tend to be more enjoyable.

No fishing planned for me this weekend. My hands are healing from some tight lined wounds. When my skin is split by a big fish, I have a stinging reminder for several days when I take notes, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, or reach to shake someone’s hand. It is a nice reminder. It seems fitting too. I leave a scar on a fish lip. Why shouldn’t get cut in return?

Tight lines lead to split fingers.

The hit single on the Alabama Shakes’ album is “Hold On.” It is a solid rock tune that you might just hear in one move my videos some day. If you are busy and can only listen to one more, go to the last one video.

“Boys and Girls” is a nice slow song. A bittersweet exploration about relationships that seem to run their course. On the bright side, she uses the term “fish.” So that’s good.

“Rise to the Sun” is has a line that really dose it for me. I think it is just her accent. “…where I belong, oh, where I was born…” It curls my lip and makes me feel like groovin’… You can picture me grooving, can’t you?

“I Found You.”   Just so good – “I’ve traveled a long way… but you know I’ve found you.”

I hope you’ve made it this far. I will leave you with a slower song to cap off your night.

“You Ain’t Alone” 
By the Alabama Shakes

Just listened to it again. I guess it isn’t that slow 🙂

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol 7. The Tallest Man on Earth

If you like Bob Dylan, I predict you, at the very least, will enjoy “Kristian Matsson (born April 30, 1983) … a singer-songwriter from DalarnaSweden” (thanks Wikipedia) who goes by the moniker “The Tallest Man on Earth.” If you don’t like Robert Zimmerman (Bob Dylan), I’d still recommend you give this guy a listen. I’m looking forward to his newest album which is set to come out this June. I’ll have to convince my local public library to get it. 


Anyway, while you are tying flies tonight, reading about fly fishing, enjoying that end-of-the-week desert or drink of your choice, or planing up your next outdoor trip, listen to the words and sounds of The Tallest Man on Earth and be thankful for music and the outdoors. Two very awesome things. 

“The Garden”
“Kids on the Run”

film&edit: Rolf Nylinder
some leftovers shots from a trip to “övre vindelälven/ the upper Vindel River” 
the tune: “Love is all” by “the tallest man on earth”
And if you still want more, here is a Tiny Desk Concert from NPR. 

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol. 6: Vacation Edition

The Bay

Tomorrow morning,
Sara and I are heading for warmer waters.
Fly rod and box in tow
My mornings will be spent lurking the beach
Watching the water for shifting shadows
And tailing fish, a poker player with an obvious tell.

I’ve been a houseplant resting
By a poorly lit window
Trying my best to look green.
I’ve only been able to pull off
The pale shade of lima been.

Flies for The Trip.

Tomorrow, tomorrow
Soak up the sun
On borrowed time.
Drink the food
And eat the vine
For vacations last
Too short in time.

As I leave you all
To your own devices
I share with you 
Beautiful voices.
The tunes that fill my mind
As I walk through wards
And daydream of places 
blue and warm.

To start I want to show you
Something quite unique.
The Tune Yards are a band
You have to see.

Next is someone
I’ve enjoyed for several years.
Lisa Hannigan used to back up Damien Rice
But she’s now out on her own for you to hear.

And lastly, is someone I found on
YouTube.
Zee Avi has an island feel
With an old school voice.
Enjoy.

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol 5: Sufjan Stevens

A friend made a CD for me of his favorite Sufjan (pronounced like the comment below:) Stevens songs and it hit me like a rock. He is pretty mellow, but the lyrics and melodies are spectacular. Now a lot of these songs have a similar sound, but I enjoy each of them. 

 I’ve got some plans to fish this weekend in western Virginia. Old Man Winter won’t be stopping this guy. Fish or no fish, it should be fun and I hope to bring you some good photos and/or video. 
Until then, I give you Sufjan Stevens.

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol. 4: Neighborhood Edition.

It occurred to me that I grew up next to some very musically talented people. So, for this edition of Rest Easy, Friday Night, I thought I would share some music from my “neighbors.”  I’m using neighbors loosely.  I went to high school with each of these people and we lived less than 5-10 miles apart.
Bret and I go back to little league baseball. He is a wonderful writer and has a sense of humor to rival Andy Samberg. I used to grab a mid-run glass of water from his house on those humid Minnesota summer days.

Second: Enter Jeramiah Nelson, also here, and here. A prolific troubadour who plays with many midwestern musicians including Brad Hoshaw (RE,FN: Vol 3). A year ahead of me in school, we took the bus home together in 5/6th grade. He was a bit of a rebel even then.

*note, “nothing to lose” was covered by Brad Hoshaw in the previous friday music post. That’s right, the dots are connecting.
Lastly, we’ll go with Nathan Miller and the Unstoppable Company. In all fairness, he is my brother’s age, but we still overlapped in high school.

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There is also Mark Noseworthy of Pink and Noseworthy who lived a mile or so away from us. He was in my brother’s grade as well. Great guitarist. To be honest, I don’t know his stuff as well. But the link is there if you are interested.
So ends the Neighborhood Edition of Rest Easy, Friday Night. That’s a lot of music.

Rest Easy, Friday Night. Vol. 3

I first saw/heard Brad Hoshaw and the Seven Dead Lies at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Ne. We listened for about 45 minutes and I bought their self-titled CD. It is outstanding. Here is his newest project. It is the “rough draft” of his upcoming CD. He will put the sales money from this rough album towards a fully produced studio album.

A slower sound. A step away from the light hearted. Calming and refreshing.

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He also dose a pretty decent version of a Ke-(money sign)-ha song.
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On a separate note, here is a paragraph from yesterday’s Writer’s Almanac, a daily email/radio short by Garrison Keillor on Minnesota Public Radio. The segments include a daily poem and noteable events in history that occurred on the day.
This blows my mind. It amazes me to think what this man has seen and heard.
Today is the 98th birthday of Joseph Medicine Crow-High Bird, best known as Joseph Medicine Crow, who was born in 1913 into the Apsaalooke people — the children of the large-beaked bird — near Lodge Grass on the Crow reservation in southern Montana. Joseph Crow is the oldest living man of the Crow tribe and the last traditional Crow chief. As a writer, he has produced seminal works on Native American history and reservation life. But it is for Medicine Crow’s writings on the victory of the Cheyenne and Lakota warriors led by Crazy Horse and Chief Gall over the U.S. Cavalry and George Armstrong Custer that he is best known.

Joseph was the first member of his tribe to attend college and was in the middle of graduate studies in anthropology when World War II began and he joined the Army as an infantry scout. He’d learned from his grandfather that a warrior must have the strength and intelligence to carry out four traditional military acts, a process called “counting-coup,” in order to qualify as a chief, and Medicine Crow completed all four during the war. One highly prestigious act was to make physical contact with an enemy and escape unharmed, and on one occasion, he fought and grappled with a German soldier whose life he then spared when the man screamed out for his mother. On another, Medicine Crow led a war party to steal 50 Nazi SS horses from a German camp, singing a Crow song of honor as they rode away.
After the war, Medicine Crow returned to Montana where he was appointed his tribe’s historian and anthropologist. He began writing academic works, collections of Crow stories and the Crow creation cycle, nonfiction books for children, and his memoirs, to mention just a few. Medicine Crow’s step-grandfather had been a scout for George Armstrong Custer and an eyewitness to Custer’s Last Stand along the Little Big Horn River, and as a boy Joseph had heard many stories of the battle; today, Medicine Crow is the last living person to have received direct oral testimony from a participant of Little Bighorn, which he has written about in Keep the Last Bullet for Yourself (The True Story of Custer’s Last Stand) and other works.
Medicine Crow has been awarded the American Bronze Star as well as the French Legion of Honor. A White House press release naming Medicine Crow as a recipient of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom praised him for his “contributions to the preservation of the culture and history of the First Americans,” saying that those achievements are only matched by “his importance as a role model to young Native Americans across the country.” 10/27/11 Writer’s Almanac

Rest Easy, Friday Night: Vol 2

Tonight I bring to you the musical equivalent of Peanut Butter and Jelly.  Both are strong independently and deserve their own spotlight, but when combined, it is a fusion creating an entire new entity.

I came across the album “Raising Sand” by Allison Kraus and Robert Plant a litter over a year ago.

The eerie qualities of Led Zeppelin’s front man are evened out by Kraus’ perfect pitch. Oh, sooooo good.

Let’s start slow with a song that has one of my favorite lines…. “Leaves were falling, just like embers. In colors red and gold, they set us on fire…”

Next we will pick up the pace with a cover that just plain rocks. I must have listened to this song 30 times. when I checked out the CD form the library.

We’ll finish it up with this softer whisper of a song. “Stick with me Baby.” Think of it as desert. A smooth chocolate mousse or the creamy, slow-churned pumpkin ice cream I picked up at the store tonight.

Enjoy the weekend everyone. Hope you get outside. We’ve got rain planned everyday.