FTC: Uncle Tupelo

While recently pondering the music world and my depression with the current state of Wilco, I started thinking back to a time when I really dug Jeff Tweedy’s music.  A time when Tweedy used to write music with current Son Volt front man Jay Farrar in the alt-country group Uncle Tupelo.  Now I can’t obviously claim that my young self was around when this band started up in the late 80s, but I do know that I’ve been smitten with them ever since I heard the twang of “Screen Door” off their rough edged debut LP No Depression.  That record introduced a band to the world with some young kids who couldn’t decide on punk or country, so they just decided to fuse the two.  Of course Uncle Tupelo is long since gone after many years together and many country jam filled albums under their belt.  With that huge discography, it’s tough to choose a favorite, but I’ve got to stick with their final album of 1993 Anodyne.  I’m also going with the album closer “Steal the Crumbs” which sort of seems right as a send off to the band since it appears as the closing track on their last recorded album together.  Sad…

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/12-Steal-The-Crumbs.mp3]

Gibbard & Farrar @ Antone’s (1/27)

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Date 1/27/10
Location Antones
Doors 8pm
Tickets Sold Out

The super duo of Death Cab for Cutie front man Ben Gibbard and Son Volt leading man Jay Farrar are stopping into town at Antone’s on Wednesday.  The recently formed group are touring in support of their Big Sur inspired colaborative project.  One of our favorite songwriters Will Johnson will also be on hand to open things up.

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Download: Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar – California Zephyr [MP3]

New Music From Son Volt

son_volt-band-2005It’s really sad that Jay Farrar’s band Son Volt has gotten little to no attention from online media after Uncle Tupelo broke up.  All praise continues to fall on Jeff Tweedy’s Wilco as they grow and grow to huge levels of success.  Well low and behold Son Volt has a new record coming out July 7th called American Central Dust and we just found first single “Down to the Wire” today on the internets.  Farrar still has one of the best voices in the modern alt-coutry era.

[audio: http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/02_down_to_the_wire.mp3]

Download: Son Volt – Down to the Wire [MP3]