One of the greatest voices of the civil rights movement, Odetta, passed away on December 2nd. The singer-songwriter and human rights activist brought an inspiring force to folk music. Bob Dylan said “The first thing that turned me on to folk singing was Odetta.” It was her influential role that led Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to ask her to join him in 1963 for his march on Washington and famous “I have a dream” speech. She had hoped to sing the very same song she sang that day, “I’m On My Way,” at the inauguration speech of President-elect Barack Obama. Needless to say, the legacy Odetta has left behind has been tremendous and too great to even begin to sum up in a short blog post (read more here). The Daily Rind is proud to be able to honor the life she lived in at least a small way.
Experience the power of Odetta on three of her most recent albums, “Blues Everywhere I Go” (her first Grammy nomination), “Lookin For A Home, A Tribute to Leadbelly” (W.C. Handy Award Nominee) and “Gonna Let It Shine, A Concert For The Holidays” (Grammy Nominee), all on M.C. Records.
A Chat With The Vivian Girls
Rhapsody’s very own John Norris recently hiked over to Brooklyn to spend some time with the trio known as the Vivian Girls. In an interview on what appears to be a rooftop, the four talk about many things, including their humble beginnings. Their low expectations led them to press a limited amount of their first album, but high demand pushed the scarce CD on Ebay for upwards of $100. Talk about some ripe fodder for the buzzing blogosphere. The girls approach the conversation with charming casualness and a laid back attitude, making it hard to deny the down to earth approachability and appeal of both their music and personalities.
Jump on over to Rhapsody’s blog to take a peek into the allure of the Vivian Girls. Thankfully In The Red re-released their debut and scarcity is no longer an issue. Grab the ten song gem here.
The Daily Rind Podcast: Week of December 1st
The Daily Rind’s weekly podcast is back. This week’s release kicks off with a new track from New Zealand post-rockers Cut Off Your Hands, who’s new EP gives us more to look forward to in their forthcoming full-length. The track is followed by the moody mod-ishness of The Raveonettes’ “Black/White,” one of a glut of new songs from the Danish Duo, as well as a previously unreleased track from New York singer/songwriter Toby Lightman as contributed to Serve3 , a benefit for World Hunger Year. We also throw in a remix from Au Revoir Simone’s Reverse Migration and a track from New York musicians-about-town, Gramercy Arms.
Download it here , subscribe on iTunes , and grab the albums at the links below.
Track 1: Cut Off Your Hands “Happy As Can Be” from Happy As Can Be [Frenchkiss]
Track 2: The Raveonettes “Black/White” from Beauty Dies [various]
Track 3: Toby Lightman “Color” from Serve3 [Hard Rock International and The Orchard]
Track 4: Au Revoir Simone “Lark (Ruff and Jam Remix)” from Reverse Migration [Our Secret Recording Company]
Track 5: Gramercy Arms “Looking At The Sun” from Gramercy Arms [Cheap Lullaby]
Bump music: Tipsy “A Night On The Town” from Buzzz [Ipecac Recordings]
The Daily Rind podcast: Week of December 1st
Another Sonic Dish Steaming With Casio Spirit
It is no surprise that Jerry Dimmer took the role of a cartoonist and illustrator for children’s books in another life. Now the man from Bruxelles, Belgium still refuses to follow any well worn paths and spends his time pushing the envelope with his genre busting musical universe under the name of Dim Dim. The songs on his new album Whip are like adventures through a twisted world created by Peter Max and Robert Crumb, with their almost neurotic blend of musical elements manifested in warped sambas and psychedelic waltzes. It will be a challenge not to grin with utter delight as you imagine one of his cartoon characters frolicking through the riff jungle. The brothers behind Dim Dim’s label Audio Dregs deserve three high fives apiece for keeping up the good work.
Top Ten Albums of 2008 – Aaron Turner (Isis)
With the changing of the times and 2009 rapidly approaching, The Daily Rind want to take a look back on what has been quite an awesome year in music. We asked some of our favorite labels and artists to narrow it down and tell us their top 10’s of 2008.
Aaron Turner, guitarist and vocalist from the band Isis, is the first to share his favorites with us. Ipecac Recordings’ Isis is an avant-garde metal band hailing from the city of angels. Their pseudo-concept albums stretch the bounds of heavy music and show an intellectualism that reaches artistic fans outside of strictly metal circles. Isis has impacted music with their unique personal vision, so let’s take a peek into Aaron Turner’s album selection:
AURA NOIR – Hades Rises Buy
SUN KIL MOON – April
HYDRA HEAD – 2008 Releases…all of them
LEVIATHAN – Massive Conspiracy Against All Life
PRURIENT – Cocaine Death + And Still, Wanting
OREN AMBARCHI – In The Pendulum’s Embrace
MEGADETH – Rust In Peace + Peace Sells But Who’s Buying (LP Reissues)
BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE– Dolores Buy
PORTISHEAD – III