Friday, April 1, 2016

can I keep it around?



It's the way of the world. Not a single comment after the video on YT.

Used to amaze me how, in the city-est city of a city-happy world -- NYC -- a loser like me could see Buckner and the room wouldn't be the least bit crowded.  Not once out of five times live was it crowded.



Of course his song hadn't appeared in a Volkswagen commercial back then, back in the mid-late 90s. But he's still invisible, mostly.

Maybe it's the fact that his voice isn't crooning, smooth, silky, or whatever quality it is he's not providing for your sense of fancy/proper.

But then maybe you could look past that and listen to the lyrics.

Maybe the "country" in "alt-country" turns you off. If that's the case, more's the pity at your end of the world. Don't know what you're missing, etc.

Even NPR finds Buckner tolerable, y'know. 

That right there, it may explain his off-radar status!



This album is more likely to be familiar in its full-band sense, so start there. If you like it, go backward to Devotion+Doubt, then to Bloomed. Then go forward from Since.

18 comments:

Chet Redweld said...

The post title intentional: contrast the perspective Buckner offers in Lucky Buzz, to the one Mark Eitzel offers here --

https://youtu.be/ZeZWJK3To3A

1993 for AMC Mercury, 1998 for Buckner Since.

Both are Bukowskis of a sort.

Dwardo said...

Thanks. I look forward to your music posts. Richard is a forgotten gem of mine.

H.M. Lohmann said...

Chet, that might bring the tally to 6 viewers now. Congrats. Your editorial control is a model for all to follow. I know I follow it rigorously, to the best of my humble abilities.

I agree with Dwardo, you should post more music. If you want to.

Karl Franz Ochstradt said...

Yeah, how about some music Chet? Pay some freakin' homage to the Joe Henderson quote you see on the right margin, you lazy law-shark.

Dwardo said...

Give the 6 people what they want: Music and Bernie Sanders!

Paul Behrer said...

Don't get carried away, Karl, or we might see that loopy-headed Walt Greenglen appear to lobby for 10cc or George Michael or Barry Manilow. It's bad enough we endured several posts from that clown. Or let him have that separate blog he affiliated here. I'm surprised Chet hasn't C4'd the Greenglen blog, now that the lawsuit is in the rear view mirror. Maybe Chet's worried that the lawsuit victory is Pyrrhic because the trend continues in society anyway.

He's not going to tell us.

Meanwhile, here's some sensitive guy folk-rock like Ian Raymond used to woo the ladies:

https://youtu.be/hq9zDgJSakY?list=RDIz6Kgn8PSzY

Harold Caidagh said...

Freakin' Poi Dog Pondering album! I bet it gave rise to a whole bunch of bands like Beulah and Elf Power. And probably dozens of others I don't even know about.

https://youtu.be/J0U4CZ-4i8A

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDRaUvnshJcsvo31_hFlcnhjJCFzrGUgR

At least Beulah threw in sarcasm and Elf Power has a little Ween-ish jokey-mystical vibe in place of the earnestness.

H.M. Lohmann said...

Hey Paul, who's Ian Raymond?

Chet Redweld said...

As editor I'm familiar with the blog contents, Hy. I'm fairly certain Pablo is referring to the same person mentioned in the footnote here:

http://pezcandy.blogspot.com/2012/08/slaves-johnson.html

Chet Redweld said...

It would appear Dwardo's comment was waiting for approval while the chatter was ongoing, so now it breaks up the chatter.

Dwardo, I am powerful enough to approve posts and comments, but that doesn't rank highly enough to approve who will go into the White House. I can't put anyone there. As to Mr Sanders, I find his appeal like that of a typical Top 40 song, appealing at first listen/exposure, but easy to tire of because all the appeal is on top and nothing sits underneath. Also, as a matter of infotainment sea-sailing, I find it interesting that none of the negatives in his background are being discussed by anyone anywhere. The nearest I've seen are the blunderbuss "but he's a Socialist!" shrieks at reason.com. Mr Sanders may be a socialist, since that's a broad term/concept that seems fuzzy at best to me, but even as a socialist he's more of the Mussolini type and less of the Marx/Lenin type if his track record is the truest measure.

Paul Behrer said...

Is that a distinction w/o difference, Chet? Mussolini type vs Marx-Lenin type?

Chet Redweld said...

Italy and Russia are different countries with different people, different social ("cultural") histories. Italian cars vs Russian cars, which would you rather drive? Would you trust Italy or Russia to build you a fighter jet? Which country has more interesting native folklore, and which one has better fiction writers historically?

Could Solzhenitsyn have come from Italy? Does Italy have an analog for him?

Which country has a more violent history?

Which country has a longer history of slavery?

Dwardo said...

I'm surrounded by Berners and Killary disciples. We're at the exact same faux crossroads as 2008 only this time no one noticed the destruction of another Arab nation and the ongoing destruction of another in the last eight years. Bernie is Hopey Changey 2016, with an abominable record of bringing socialism to other nations at the end of carpet bombs and Tomahawk missiles. But he's not gonna get Killary's seat at Empire's roundtable.

But on another note, do check out a cat named Sam Outlaw. I saw him recently at a bar and found his brand of country quite refreshing.

Chet Redweld said...

Sam Outlaw? Is he the son of someone who was in The Outlaws?

Dwardo said...

I doubt he's related, but who knows. He was born Sam Morgan but took his mother's maiden to honor her according to his bio. His latest debut album was produced by Ry Cooder and his son Joachim. He's intentionally in a "California country" lane showing sounds of Gram Parsons with a nod to James Taylor and Jackson Browne. I dig the honesty in his voice and lyrics. The opposite of bombastic and vocal acrobatics.

Chet Redweld said...

Produced by Ry Cooder? That's an indicator of some artistic merit, I'd guess. Don't imagine Ry Cooder is one of those DFW-named little grey men Karl mentioned here, not based on his history.

Chet Redweld said...

Apparently that coding didn't work cleanly. The link for "here" should go here:

http://pezcandy.blogspot.com/2016/02/with-which-pattern-have-you-made-your.html

Chet Redweld said...

I just listened to Ghost Town on YouTube. Production is thick like Joe Boyd's work, and I thought I heard a little obvious snap of Ry Cooder's guitar about 2/3 through. A little more presence in the instruments would make it cleaner but it wasn't bad. Otherwise, the idea of something being a "ghost town" would vary depending on whether you use LA as a reference or a small town as a reference. Is he singing "country values for a city audience"? A perfectly working small town might be seen by an LAlien as a "ghost town" due to its lack of Starbucks & Chipotle, and absence of stimulating boutiques in which to spend surplus time and capital. Outlaw complains about a lack of cars on the road -- totally LAlien!