MoJo Author Feeds: Jon Young | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/rss/authors/10618 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Country-Folk Artist Eilen Jewell Sings About Love and Dusty Roads http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/country-folk-artist-eilen-jewell-sings-about-love-and-dusty-roads <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><strong>Eilen Jewell<br><em>Sundown Over Ghost Town</em><br> Signature Sounds</strong><br> &nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="217" src="/files/SIG2076%20SUNDOWN%20OVER%20GHOST%20TOWN%201500x1500.jpg" width="217"></div> <p>A cabaret artist masquerading as a country-folk performer, Idaho's Eilen Jewell sings with an unhurried elegance that evokes late-night intimacies and dusty roads with equal skill. (A Billie Holiday tribute album wouldn't be inappropriate.) Though her fifth album consists entirely of original songs, <em>Sundown Over Ghost Town</em> feels like a welcome return to a set of classics you've known forever, gently touching on desire, loneliness, and the longing for home. Paced by guitarist Jerry Miller and steel guitarist Jake Hoffman, Jewell's underrated band gracefully mixes breezy rockers and luminous ballads without straining for effect. Perfect for fans of Madeleine Peyroux.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 01 Jun 2015 10:00:13 +0000 Jon Young 276161 at http://www.motherjones.com The Freewheeling Fun of Jazz Guitarist Wes Montgomery's Live Concerts http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/compilation-jazz-guitar-virtuoso-wes-montgomerys-live-concerts-are-great-fun <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HldQ6-RZr5g" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Wes Montgomery<br><em>In the Beginning</em><br> Resonance</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="272" src="/files/Wes-COVER_outlined.jpeg" width="272"></div> <p>Near the end of his life, jazz guitar virtuoso Wes Montgomery (1923-1968) caught the ear of pop audiences with a series of records that were slick and sophisticated, but a little dull. This vibrant two-disc set is far more satisfying. Spanning 1949 to 1958, <em>In the Beginning</em> is dominated by live performances from Montgomery's hometown of Indianapolis, in small-group settings that often featured brothers Monk (bass) and Buddy (piano), along with underrated tenor sax player Alonzo "Pookie" Johnson. The recordings aren't perfect technically, and the playing isn't always razor-sharp, but all concerned sound like they're having a great time, especially Wes, who swings and struts with a freewheeling joy missing from his later work. Also included are five polished studio tracks produced by none other than a 22-year-old Quincy Jones, although these pale next to the spontaneous sounds of Wes Montgomery onstage, finding himself and having fun.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Music Mon, 25 May 2015 20:40:24 +0000 Jon Young 275701 at http://www.motherjones.com For Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, a Strong Round 2 http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/emmylou-harris-rodney-crowell-traveling-kind <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/crowellharrisover.jpg"></div> <p><strong>Emmylou Harris &amp; Rodney Crowell<br><em>The Traveling Kind</em><br> Nonesuch</strong><br> If only Hollywood sequels were this good. Following Old Yellow Moon, their captivating 2013 collaboration, rootsy stalwarts Emmylou and <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/05/contact-photo-interview-nashville-country-songwriter-rodney-crowell-emmylou-harris" target="_blank">Rodney</a> have recombined for another go-round, which may be even more entertaining than its predecessor. The two first crossed paths professionally 40 (!) years ago, when Crowell joined Harris&rsquo; band. Their recent work together has underscored the virtues of experience and, yes, age. No longer needing to prove anything, both seem as loose and confident as they've ever been, delivering heartrending tunes like "You Can't Say We Didn't Try" with the simple, sure-handed eloquence that marked the Everly Brothers' best, and rockin' out in fine style on the rollicking "Bring It on Home to Memphis." Harris' still-beautiful voice has acquired a darker, slightly rougher texture that adds authority, while the weathered grace of Crowell's singing makes him a perfect match. A fine job by all concerned, including the stellar players.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 18 May 2015 10:00:16 +0000 Jon Young 275396 at http://www.motherjones.com Blast From the Past: Billy Ward and His Dominoes http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/billy-ward-and-his-dominoes-complete-king-federal-singles <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/wardcover.jpg"></div> <p><strong>Billy Ward and His Dominoes<br><em>The Complete King/Federal Singles</em><br> Real Gone Music</strong></p> <p>Superstars on the 1950s R&amp;B scene, Billy Ward's Dominoes launched the careers of two amazing singers: Clyde McPhatter, who later fronted the earliest incarnation of the Drifters on such hits as "Money Honey" and "Such a Night," and Jackie Wilson, whose high-energy solo smashes included "Lonely Teardrops" and "Baby Workout." While this two-disc, 58-track collection is a mixed bag thanks to the corny likes of "Three Coins in the Fountain" and "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano," the high points are undeniably thrilling. Among them: the outrageously sleazy "Sixty Minute Man," showcasing single-entendre bass vocalist Bill Brown; the funereal lament 'The Bells," wherein McPhatter mixes hysterical sobbing and piercing shrieks in truly bizarre fashion; and Wilson's rip-snorting "You Can't Keep a Good Man Down." Crank up the time machine, pop a top, and let the fun begin.<br> &nbsp;</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 18 May 2015 10:00:15 +0000 Jon Young 275391 at http://www.motherjones.com Music Review: "Oh My Northern Soul" by Shilpa Ray http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/04/music-review-oh-my-northern-soul-shilpa-ray <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UTyo6gaqxk0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>TRACK 5</p> <p><strong>"Oh My Northern Soul"</strong></p> <p>From <a href="http://shilparay.net/" target="_blank">Shilpa Ray</a>'s <em>Last Year's Savage</em></p> <p>NORTHERN SPY</p> <p><strong>Liner notes:</strong> Oozing cool as she pumps her trademark harmonium, Ray declares independence, murmuring, "I wanna be anything and everything but good."</p> <p><strong>Behind the music:</strong> The New Jersey-raised provocateur previously fronted Beat the Devil and recorded as Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers. Aided by Nick Cave, she covered the Brecht-Weill classic "Pirate Jenny" on 2013's <em>Son of Rogues Gallery</em> comp.</p> <p><strong>Check it out if you like:</strong> The elegantly wasted, i.e., Tom Waits, Jolie Holland, and Marianne Faithfull.</p></body></html> Media Music Tue, 12 May 2015 04:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 272901 at http://www.motherjones.com Shelby Lynne's Down-Home Country Music Is the Real Deal http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/shelby-lynne-country-music-cant-imagine <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ehAsS8BPUD4?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Shelby Lynne<br><em>I Can't Imagine</em><br> Rounder</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/ShelbyLynne_FinalCover_RGB.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Shelby Lynne shouldn't be hurried. Her earthy voice works best at a leisurely pace, indicating hard-won lessons of a world-weary heart as well as pleasures of the moment worth savoring. (Not surprisingly, one of her new songs bears the Zen-like title "Be in the Now.") The thoroughly satisfying <em>I Can't Imagine</em> features Lynne's usual brew of down-home country, unadorned R&amp;B, plainspoken folk, and passionate gospel, but what it really sounds like is her own unique self. Like the great Tony Joe White (Lynne's spiritual kin), she's created a fresh and distinctive language out of these familiar sources, spinning tales of longing and fulfillment that never feel less than genuine.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 11 May 2015 10:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 274916 at http://www.motherjones.com Best Coast's "California Nights" Is an Enticing Combination of Angst and Beat http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/05/best-coast-california-nights-review <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7U5LWokfRHY?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>Best Coast<br><em>California Nights</em><br> Harvest</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Best%20Coast%20-%20California%20Nights%20-%20HR.jpg" style="height: 250px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>Bethany Cosentino, the singer-songwriter half of Best Coast&mdash;multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno is her longtime collaborator&mdash;excels at existential distress encased in a bright candy shell. <em>California Nights</em>, the duo's fine third album, is a delicious brew of big pop melodies, yearning vocals that wouldn't be out of place in an old-fashioned girl group, and densely textured wall-of-sound production. While Cosentino's lyrics are often disarmingly simple and direct, along the lines of "I love you" and "I miss you," collectively they can hint at deranged obsession, as if a crazed romantic poet had picked up an electric guitar and started a band. Having once sung "Who Have I Become?" she continues her soul-searching ways here on the soaring "So Unaware," asking, "What is life/What is love/What's the meaning of it all?/Do I even care?/Or is it just that I am so unaware?" Add equally restless tunes like "When Will I Change?" and "Sleep Won't Ever Come," and you've got the most enticing combination of angst and beat to be found anywhere.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 11 May 2015 10:00:09 +0000 Jon Young 274921 at http://www.motherjones.com Re-live the Kingbees' Rockabilly Revival http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2015/04/omnivore-kingbees-rockabilly-jamie-james-rexpanded-edition <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="473" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TkKFNDs9OVY?rel=0" width="630"></iframe></p> <p><strong>The Kingbees<br> self-titled<br> Omnivore</strong></p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/Kingbees%20-%20CD.jpg" style="height: 216px; width: 250px;"></div> <p>The rise of punk and new wave back in the late '70s and early '80s was accompanied by a mini-rockabilly revival, the most notable commercial success being Brian Setzer's Stray Cats. Another eminently satisfying act was Los Angeles' Kingbees, a spunky trio fronted by Jamie James, a spirited dude seemingly possessed by the ghost of Buddy Holly. There's nothing profound on the expanded edition of this crisp 1980 debut album&mdash;just a bunch of snappy originals, including the semi-hit "My Mistake" and deft covers of Don Gibson ("Sweet Sweet Girl to Me"), Eddie Cochran ("Somethin' Else") and Buddy himself ("Not Fade Away"). But if you need a quick pick-me-up, check out "Shake-Bop" or "Ting-a-Ling." They'll put a spring in your step, guaranteed.</p></body></html> Mixed Media Music Mon, 04 May 2015 10:00:07 +0000 Jon Young 274636 at http://www.motherjones.com Music Review: "Giant" by Django Django http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/04/music-review-giant-django-django <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2i9JiiyjFAo" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>TRACK 1</p> <p><strong>"Giant"</strong></p> <p>From Django Django's <a href="http://www.djangodjango.co.uk/" target="_blank"><em>Born Under Saturn</em></a></p> <p>RIBBON</p> <p><strong>Liner notes:</strong> Known for unlikely blends, the foursome combines sunny vocal harmonies, funky grooves, and surf guitar to refreshing effect on its sophomore album.</p> <p><strong>Behind the music:</strong> The musicians&mdash;drummer David Maclean is the brother of Beta Band's John Maclean&mdash;met at the Edinburgh College of Art. And no, it's not a Quentin Tarantino reference.</p> <p><strong>Check it out if you like:</strong> Eclectic Brit-poppers like Blur and Arctic Monkeys.</p> <p><em>We couldn't find a video for Giant<em> online</em>, but that doesn't mean you can't get a feel for Django Django. The above video is of "Reflections" one of the other songs off the band's new album Born Under Saturn. </em></p></body></html> Media Music Wed, 29 Apr 2015 04:00:06 +0000 Jon Young 272896 at http://www.motherjones.com Music Review: "Rubble" by Ambrosia Parsley http://www.motherjones.com/media/2015/04/music-review-rubble-ambrosia-parsley <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HKF46ojmUX8" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>TRACK 2</p> <p><strong>"Rubble"</strong></p> <p>From <a href="http://fargorecords.com/artist/ambrosia-parsley/" target="_blank">Ambrosia Parsley</a>'s <em>Weeping Cherry</em></p> <p>BARBES</p> <p><strong>Liner notes:</strong> This eerie ballad finds the former Shivaree leader consumed by existential dread, with droning guitar amplifying the creeping terror.</p> <p><strong>Behind the music:</strong> <em>Weeping Cherry</em>, Parsley's solo debut, was inspired by the deaths of friends and relatives, and features AA Bondy and Joan Wasser (from Joan As Police Woman).</p> <p><strong>Check it out if you like:</strong> Angsty grown-up pop (Sam Phillips, Jenny Lewis, Neko Case).</p></body></html> Media Music Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:00:10 +0000 Jon Young 272906 at http://www.motherjones.com