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Long Live Old Souls


Musically speaking, Amy Winehouse’s addictions did her in long ago.

We all waited around for a follow-up to her 2006 album, Back to Black. But as the years went by with no new records and a lot of cancelled concerts, I think we all knew where this story was going. Maybe two albums was all she had in her. I mean, what kind of songs would a well-adjusted clean-and-sober Amy Winehouse write anyway? I’d rather not speculate.

This is not to say that an artist needs to be drug-addled mess to make good music. I’m just saying that an artist like her — who knows how express genuine human emotion — is a rare and fleeting thing. Rare, but thankfully, not non-existent.

Enter the Shakes. An ocean of gratitude to Aquarium Drunkard for bringing my attention to this as-yet unsigned band from Athens, Alabama.

I know it’s a little odd to draw comparisons between a solo artist and a band, but I first heard the Shakes right around the time I found out Amy Winehouse died and was struck by the similarities. They’re both authentically soulful and they both sound like they’ve been around the block. The Shakes, however, are much more bluesy and hopefully a lot less self-destructive. Vocally, lead singer Brittany Howard bears a little more resemblance to Janis Joplin — another member of the infamous 27 Club. Let’s just hope she’s around longer than that.


-Eternal Pamnation

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So Sayeth Pam: Tangled Up in the 80s

Today is Bob Dylan’s 70th birthday. Every major and minor news outlet is rhapsodizing about his long and storied career. But when your career is as long and as storied as Dylan’s, you’re bound to release some clunkers every now and then. Plus, as the Onion points out, he has done some weird shit.

Sooooo in the middle of the eighties, Bob Dylan released a very eighties album called Empire Burlesque. Reviews were mixed at best, but the one big single from that record is still, to this day, one of my guilty pleasures. And in the interest of celebrating the good, the bad and the ugly side of our favorite musicians, I present to you the video for “Tight Connection to My Heart (Has Anyone Seen My Love),” directed by none other than Paul Schrader. Happy Birthday, Bob!

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So Sayeth Pam: The Raveonettes “Forget That You’re Young”

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I like a young American band that makes vintage-sounding reverbalicious melodies. Specifically if those bands are Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls or Dum Dum Girls. Call me a nationalist but I just happen to prefer their take on fuzz pop to that of their Danish predecessors, the Raveonettes. Which is not to say I dislike the Raveonettes. I like them just fine. In fact, I like them even more after learning that frontman Sune Rose Wagner helped produce the upcoming new Dum Dum Girls EP, He Gets Me High, due out March 1st. And I’m especially interested in hearing the rest of the Raveonettes forthcoming album after listening to their lovely new track, “Forget That You’re Young.”

I’m just gonna keep this on repeat til their full LP, Raven in the Grave, hits the street on April 5th.

- Pam Torno

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amy winehouse – back from the underground “it’s my party” cover

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It’s My Party Feat Amy Winehouse (Prod Mark Ronson) www.pinboardblog.com by PinBoardBlog.com

Look who crawled up from the darkness… Amy Winehouse! True to form, and working with what seems to be the only producer who can get a performance out of her. Ms Winehouse gives a rendition of Lesley Gore’s 1963 classic “It’s My Party”. She brings a lot of herself to this version. I wonder if how recent this recording is, could it be a left over outtake from the Back To Black sessions? It sounds like the Dap King backing her up instrumentally. The background vocal arrangement is great, very reminiscent of Ray Charles’ “I Can’t Stop Loving You”. I hope it’s an indication that there will be more new material soon. Very soon.

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