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  • Forgotten Gems: Buffalo Tom - Pretty much the entire catalog

    A few days ago I posted on lyrics from Buffalo Tom on Facebook from their great song "Summer."

    One of my favorite things the song is the referencing of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.  I'm a sucker for songs that reference other bands/musicians, which sounds like a topic I should probably tackle in another post, so stay tuned for the that in the coming posts.

    The reaction to the post, while small, was swift, with exclusively people in their early 40s who had a connection to American indie rock getting really excited about the reference.  Not sure if this makes me an old fart whose personal favorites in music were better "back in my day," although those kids over there look mighty scary...

    Anyway, Buffalo Tom were a fantastic simple, American indie rock trio from Boston who had a whiff of fame because of a Nike commercial, but were beloved by those folks, usually east coast, who loved them.  Their simple songs were powerful, emotional and gave comfort to those who wrapped themselves in music like blankets. 

    Here's a perfect example of this blanket-rock.  Possibly my favorite song about the girl who got away.

    Their whole catalog is pretty great, but start with the above two tracks and let me know whatcha think.

     

  • What Music Nerds Talk About Over Drinks, or, The 49 Year Old Beatles Argument

    After a few industry-themed posts, I thought I'd do one for myself and my Move Some Air (MVA) friend and our dinner conversation.

    With all the constant reminders lately of how great the Beatles were, from The Grammys to SNL, to any time music is on a broadcast network, and with the near constant trotting out of Sir Paul for any music occasion that needs to feel the gravitas of legend, I feel the need to come out and reignite the argument (from 1965, this is a VERY current post), and stay that I'm a Stones guy.  I hear the Beatles, I understand the Beatles, but I FEEL the Stones. 

    Usually music nerd cocktails end up like the list scene from High Fidelity , and ours are no different.  My main argument (of which I'm always sorely in the the vast minority) usually argue that songs that reference the Stones are better than songs that mention the Beatles.  Since, for better or worse, we all know "Move Like Jagger" by heart at this point, these are tracks that were all important to me in my formative years and may have slipped through the cracks of time. 

    Feel free to share some of yours in the comments, in the meantime, here they are: 

    "Slow Turning" - John Hiatt

     

    "Summer" - Buffalo Tom

     

    "What Girls Want" - Material Issue

     "Behind The Wall Of Sleep" - The Smithereens

    And probably the best and most important of them all..the I walked down the aisle to as played by a string trio..

    "Thirteen" - Big Star