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New Wilder Maker video: Only Child

Video: Wilder Maker – “Only Child”

Wilder Maker – Only Child

From the New Streets 7″, out now on Saddle Creek.

I like this song. It’s got cool guitar tones and an easy listening, lite rock vibe that works nicely with the boy/girl vocals and lyrics about “ice cream on the porch swing” and staying up too late, “the world on my screen.”

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We’ll Sweep Out the Ashes…for a Fee

Cremation ad over Parsons video
Gram could have actually used "cremation planning" services.

This is one of those times when my dueling interests collide. While watching a video of Gram Parsons a text ad for cremation services scrolled across the screen. Now, knowing a thing or two about how YouTube’s ad service attempts to match banners to content and known user behavior, this is more than just a creepy coincidence. I mean, what kind of algorithm put these elements together? Or what are Gram Parson’s fans clicking through after watching his videos?

For those who may not know, Gram Parsons had asked to be put to rest in Joshua Tree National Park. When he died at the age of 26, friends kept their promise and “stole” his body from LAX and eventually burned it in the desert. Due to a lack of clarity in the law at the time nobody was charged with a crime and the story now lives in the annals of rock and roll legend.

(Read a cached version of a great telling of the story here)

But how unsettling is this ad matching? What’s next, carpet cleaner over a Kurt Cobain tribute?

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Mick Jagger vs. Gram Parsons

Dominique Tarle: Rolling Stones - Keith with Gram Parsons

Photo by Dominique Tarle.

The Observer previews Stones in Exile, the new documentary about the making of Exile on Main Street. It’s a great write-up, pulling lots of great quotes from Keith and the rest of the gang. This part in particular piqued my interest:

Interestingly, the Stones in Exile documentary does not even mention Parsons, whose closeness to Richards rattled the possessive Jagger. “Keith and Gram were intimate like brothers,” says [photographer Dominique] Tarle, “especially musically. The idea was floating around that Gram would produce a Gram Parsons album for the newly formed Rolling Stones Records. Mick, I think, was a little afraid because that would mean that Gram and Keith might even tour together to promote it. And if there is no room for Mick, there is no room also for the Rolling Stones. So, yes, there was tension. You could feel it and I captured it on Mick’s face in some of my pictures.”

Sure, it’s just the interpretation of of events by a photographer who hung out with the band for a while, but still. What if, what if, what if…

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Exile on Main Street Reissue News

The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main StreetIn a year of amazing classic rock reissues (The Beatles, Neil Young, Big Star…) there’s one glaring omission: The Rolling StonesExile on Main Street.

Last year Reuters reported that Exile was scheduled for a late-2009 release, after the band’s other post-1971 studio albums were trickled out in the spring and summer. The report said that the albums would roll out in three batches:

…grouped by the albums’ original release dates, beginning on May 4 with 1971’s “Sticky Fingers,” 1973’s “Goats Head Soup,” 1974’s “It’s Only Rock’n’Roll” and 1976’s “Black And Blue.”

Four albums — 1978’s “Some Girls,” 1980’s “Emotional Rescue,” 1981’s “Tattoo You” and 1983’s “Undercover” — will roll out on June 8.

The final five — 1986’s “Dirty Work,” 1989’s “Steel Wheels,” 1994’s “Voodoo Lounge,” 1997’s “Bridges To Babylon” and 2005’s “A Bigger Bang” will reach stores on July 8.

All of which seem to have been released as planned. But Exile never did show up.

Now reports are that Exile on Main Street will roll out in May 2010 and will include a number of unreleased songs, including “Plunder My Soul,” “Following The River” and “Sophia Loren.”

Given the significance of the album maybe it’s justified to wait and make a special occasion of its reissue. If the sound quality is anything like the ABKCO reissues from 2002 then it’ll be more than worth the wait, but for heaven’s sake fellas, get on with it!

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Jonathan Richman on Gram Parsons

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It’s always strange to me when after years of admiring two different artists, I find out that they have a connection with each other. Until today, I never realized that Jonathan Richman had been friends with Gram Parsons.

In an interview in the Parsons biography, Grievous Angel, Richman explains the influence Parsons had on him, even turning him on to the Louvin Brothers.

So I listened and they sure were good. He probably got me to listen to more country-western and bluegrass music, that’s for sure. I became a fan of the Country Gentlemen, the group that did “Fox on the Run.” He got me thinking about different kinds of music than what I had been listening to before. One of the things that I like about Gram, is that he really wanted to play. He wanted to talk music and play. He would be invite me back to his little cabin in the backyard of Phil Kaufman’s house and we took out guitars and started playing. I liked that. He didn’t waste time. He wanted to, you know, play. […]

Continued after the jump…

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Sub Pop Looks Back and Offers Discounts

Sub Pop I like this. Sub Pop has a new feature on their site called For the Record that has staffers dig through the back catalog and write up something on the records that move them. This week’s feature is Beachwood Sparks Once We Were Trees, originally released on October 10, 2001.

Once we were Trees was my introduction to much of the country music that I would come to love. Before Beachwood Sparks, I didn’t have a sense of why or Grievous Angel were such revered records, to me they sounded like twangy earaches. It wasn’t an easy sell, in fact, it took a few years following the release of this record to get into a lot of those records, but I attribute OWWT to my love of John Phillips, Graham Parsons [sic], Townes Van Zandt, and The Byrds. They were also an introduction to a family of bands that I’ve come to love quite dearly, including: The Tyde, All Night Radio, Further, Mystic Chords of Memory, and Summer Hits (for more info: The Calming Seas). I owe a lot to this record.

I love the idea of pushing back stock in a way that is relevant to your readers and your business. They clearly have copies of this album laying around that they’d like to unload, but instead of just having a fire sale that slashes the prices of these mostly forgotten releases, we get a little context for why we should buy these records. Oh, and there is a discount: Pick it up through Thursday, July 30 here for $6 on CD/LP or $4 digitally.

MP3: Beachwood Sparks – “Confusion Is Nothing New”

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Flying Burrito Brothers – Long Black Limousine

MP3: The Flying Burrito Brothers – “Long Black Limousine” (live) from Gram Parsons Archives Vol. 1: The Flying Burrito Brothers “Live” at the Avalon 1969, due October 30 on Amoeba Records. The MP3 is only available through August 30, so get it while you can.

The two-disc, 27-track set includes a number of rarities from shows that featured the Burritos opening for the Grateful Dead on April 4, 5 and 6, 1969 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The shows were recorded by the legendary sound engineer/chemist Owsley “Bear” Stanley and are, according to Amoeba, “the highest quality Gram Parsons live material available.” More info.

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Gram Parsons Photographs

Gram Parsons: Fine Art Print Collection by Andee Nathanson.

Gram Parsons

$400 for an unframed 11″ x 14″ print created from the original negative and printed on archival silver gelatin paper, signed and dated by the photographer.

Listen to Gram Parsons biographer Jessica Hundley interview the photographer (30MB MP3).

Previously: A Buyers Guide to Gram Parsons.

A Buyers Guide to Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons - Fallen AngelSo while we were running our recent Gram Parsons contest, Rhino was nice enough to send us a review copy of the Fallen Angel DVD and the Complete Reprise Sessions box set. We’ve been writing about Parsons since the very first days of Glorious Noise. Like most music lovers, I go through different phases of music appreciation, and it had been a while since I’d gone on a kick of that real Gram goodness.

What follows, after a brief, subjective history lesson, is a chronological summary of Gram Parson’s recordings.

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Gram Parsons CD and DVD Contest

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Two lucky winners will receive great Gram Parsons packages!

One grand prize winner will receive the Complete Reprise Sessions CD box set, the Fallen Angel DVD, a Gram Parsons t-shirt, and a poster. And one runner-up will get the DVD, a t-shirt, and a poster.

The contest is over. It ended on June 25, 2006. Congratulations to Maham H from Chicago and to Julie L from Beaufort, NC!

Now go back to Glorious Noise and patiently wait for the next cool contest.

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