Thursday, March 11, 2010

Episode 287

Songs To Learn And Sing - Episode 287

Photo: Dan Eccles (holding "The Champ") and Willy Vlautin pictured in Dublin City FM

This episode featured a radio session from Richmond Fontaine's Willy Vaultin and Dan Eccles. The guys came into the studio up in Dublin City FM, set up three radio mics and off they went. The tracks are raw but sound great. Dan's guitar playing is beautiful, his little amp "The Champ" did its job! They played five tracks for us, and Willy chatted about Richmond Fontaine's latest album We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded Like a River. We also chatted about Northline, Willy's second novel and the guys played Alison Johnson, a lovesong named after Nothline's main character. Lean on Pete, Willy's third novel has just been published by Fabor and Fabor. Willy talked about the novel's setting, Portland Meadows Racetrack, where he likes to people watch and write. A lot of literary critics tend to class all Willy's characters as white trash no-hopers, Willy sees them as regular people, the people he knows and understands. On the way back into town, Taxi drivers were demonstrating and blocking traffic, so apart from getting stuck on the quays for 90 minutes it was a nice evening. Willy and Dan play two shows in Whelan's this Saturday, March 13. The interview and radio session will be podcasted at a later date.      

Ticket Stub: Sparklehorse in Whelan's, 1998

This episode also paid tribute to Mark Linkous from Sparklehorse, who sadly passed away last weekend. Willy Vlautin remembered seeing the band play a great show in Portland in the late 90s when Mark was in a wheelchair. I saw the band twice over the years. I moved to Dublin in September 1998 and the band's show in Whelan's a few weeks later was the first gig I went to in the city. Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot had made a huge impression on me a few years earlier and like many others this gig remains one of my all time favourites. Sparklehorse were absolutely stunning on the night. I'd been in college with a guy and years later we realised that we'd both been in attendance at this gig. "Were you at that gig?" "Yeah!" We just shared a knowing smile. We didn't need to dissect the night. The ticket stub from the gig is above. Neutral Milk Hotel (Neutral Milk Honey on the ticket stub), even though on the tour, didn't make the Dublin gig. Never one to let a nice flyer pass me by I also grabbed the Sick of Goodbyes flyer from the venue on the night. it's reproduced below. I saw Sparklehorse 8 years later, again in Whelan's, when they toured the Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain album, it was another stunning performance. I played Someday I Will Treat You Good about 10 times on Sunday and just couldn't believe the news. Mark Linkous RIP.   

Flyer (front): Sparklehorse - Sick of Goodbyes, 1998

Flyer (back): Sparklehorse - Sick of Goodbyes, 1998

Episode 287 - 11/03/10
Willy Vlautin Interview
Willy Vlautin & Dan Eccles - The Boyfriends (radio session)
Willy Vlautin & Dan Eccles - Maybe We Were Both Born Blue (radio session)
Willy Vlautin & Dan Eccles - Alsion Johnson (radio session)
Willy Vlautin - St Ides, Parked Cars and Other People's Homes (radio session)
Willy Vlautin & Dan Eccles - Two Alone (radio session)

Mark Linkous Tribute
Sparklehorse - Someday I Will Treat You Good
Sparklehorse & Fennesz - Mark's Guitar Piece
Sparklehorse - More Yellow Birds
Dangermouse & Sparklehorse - Dark Night of the Soul (feat. Vic Chesnutt)
Sparklehorse - Happy Man (Memphis version)
Sparklehorse - Cow

Vowels - Two Wires
Vessels - An Idle Brain and the Devil's Workshop (Errors' remix)
Patrick Kelleher - Finds You (Thread Pulls remix) (playing with Channel One, The Button Factory, Mar 19)
Antoni Maiovvi - The Chase Pt1
Recoil - Edge of Life
Vindicatrix - A Long Straight Road In a Cold City
Home Video - Citizen
Jonny Trunk - Crank Two
Hexicon - Something Strange Beneath the Stars
Get Well Soon - 5 Steps 7 Swords
Power of Dreams - The Joke's On Me (playing Whelan's Mar 14)
Power of Dreams - Stay

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