Thursday, December 07, 2006

'The Search' in stores March 6 -- Album Marks Farrar's and Son Volt's Most Diverse Record Yet

'The Search,' the intriguing new album from Son Volt, is set for release on March 6 on Transmit Sound/Legacy, and it's by far the band's most daring and diverse album yet. The follow-up to 2005's acclaimed 'Okemah and the Melody of Riot,' 'The Search' is a startlingly powerful and inspiring departure from the band's alt-country laden records, employing an exceptional variety of sounds, melodies, and arrangements.

"Instrumentally, the electric guitar was the focus of the last record 'Okemah', but for 'The Search' we wanted to try something new, " says songwriter Jay Farrar. "This time, we utilized different instrumentation to fit each song -- from guitar pedal loops to various keyboard sounds to horns."

The piano of 'Okemah's' gorgeous closing ballad "World Waits For You" returns here to open 'The Search' with the beautifully haunting processional "Slow Hearse." Laced with Eastern-style electric guitar and Farrar's signature vocals, the tune fades out to silence only to dive into 'The Picture,' a track that features an upbeat Memphis-style horn section combined with stirring lyrics that reflect on the current and future state of things, "when war is profit and profit is war."

There's the buzzing, Zeppelin-esque guitar of "Action"; the hypnotic, other-worldly riff of "Circadian Rhythm"; the vocal harmonizing of chanteuse Shannon McNally on "Highways and Cigarettes"; and the Big Brother commentary of title track "The Search," a solid rock song delivered as only Son Volt can.

'The Search' features Jay Farrar (vocal, guitar, piano), Dave Bryson (drums), Derry DeBorja (keyboards), Andrew Duplantis (bass, backing vocals) and Brad Rice (guitar).

Jay Farrar, who is currently wrapping up a run of dates with Anders Parker as part of their side-band Gob Iron in support of the duo's debut 'Death Songs For The Living,' will hit the road with Son Volt for a national tour in March.

"THE SEARCH" Track Listing
1. Slow Hearse
2. The Picture
3. Action
4. Underground Dream
5. Circadian Rhythm
6. Beacon Soul
7. The Search
8. Adrenaline and Heresy
9. Satellite
10. Automatic Society
11. Methamphetamine (.mp3)
12. L Train
13. Highways and Cigarettes
14. Phosphate Skin

Pre-Order Here

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Son Volt's 'World Waits For You' Featured on Grey's Anatomy

Way back in 1998 my favorite band Son Volt created a buzz when "Chanty", from the bands third album "Wide Swing Tremolo" was used in a 1999 VW Golf TDI commercial.

Fast forward nearly a decade later. The "World Waits For You" was featured on Grey's Anatomy on Thursday, November 30 on ABC. This song can be found on the classic 'Okemah And The Melody Of Riot' which came out in 2005.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Gary Jules

Gary Jules

In 2006 my friend Gary Jules recorded his self-produced, and self-titled album "Gary Jules", check it out if you like great music.

Sample songs here -- Gary's MySpace

Buy it here -- CDBaby.Com

More Gary -- HERE.

Monday, July 31, 2006

The Cantina Bar Tales

My friend David is currently (July/August) shooting an Indie film called 'The Cantina Bar Tales' in St. Louis.

Here is a snippet from the website...

'The Cantina Bar Tales is a comedy centered around three friends telling stories of their romantic misadventures at their favorite watering hole, a place known as the Cantina Bar. Adding perspective to this is a fourth friend, an English grad student teaching an undergrad class on three newly discovered chapters from Geoffrey Chaucer's 14th century literary masterpiece The Canterbury Tales.'

The video blog is especially amusing.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Mountain Lions in Missouri?

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Source: Conservation Commission of Missouri

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Friendly Henry's play Perc on the Park

My friend Mike plays in a band called the Friendly Henrys every 3rd Friday at Perc on the Park in Lafayette Square. Check them out sometime.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


Vintage Vinyl wants to invite all of you out to our big 25th Anniversary Celebration when we turn 6610 Delmar into a big all day music festival and block party. Featuring some of the best up and coming local and national acts, the music will be flowing and free starting at 12noon on May 13th. Throughout the day Vintage Vinyl will be having sales, contests and giveaways so come early, stay late and please be our guest as we celebrate the "silver anniversary" of being St. Louis' biggest and best independent record store. Thank you St. Louis (and the rest of you national and international customers) for 25 years of great loyalty, we look forward to seeing you all at the 50th Anniversary in 2031!

12:00PM Tobi Kai & The Strays
12:30PM Johnny O & The Jerks
1:00PM Love Experts
1:30PM LaPush
2:00PM Magnolia Summer
2:30PM Geoff Koch
3:00PM Russian Circles
3:30PM As Fast As
4:00PM Margot & The Nuclear So & So's
4:30PM Mason Jennings

5:00PM Mellowdrone
5:30PM Casey Reid
6:00PM Strays Don't Sleep
6:30PM Shawn Mullins
7:00PM Murder By Death
7:30PM Alexi Murdoch
8:00PM The Bronx

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Both Sides of the Gun

New Ben Harper record comes out this Tuesday. Nough' said.