I love Jim James’ new album, Regions Of Light And Sound of God. I think it is playful, full of humour and good melodies. I like the fact that I can see why these songs are on his solo album instead of on a new release by My Morning Jacket.
I started to dig around the interweb and found a lot of very good cover versions done by Afghan Whigs, these are my ten favourites:
1. See and don’t see – Afghan Whigs:
“Man, these words are kind of desperate and lonely, and they’re surrounded by this funky song. I might have to strip this one down someday.” – Greg Dulli
Originally by Marie Queenie Lyons:
2. Lovecrimes – Afghan Whigs (Frank Ocean cover):
“LoveCrimes came to me immediately. I had played around with that one maybe a week after I heard it. When I was looking to have something to play with the guys—we jam covers all the time…we had it down in half an hour. So that one was very, very natural.” – Greg Dulli (to AV Club)
3. True love travels on a gravel road (audio only) – Afghan Whigs (Nick Lowe):
Ok, she is not new in the game, she has released two (good) albums before, but there haven’t been enough people paying attention. She’s a great artist.
In a couple of days (5 Feb), her new album will be released. It is called The Highway and she is releasing it independently, and she describes it as a new beginning. It will be released on Holly’s own label, Georgiana Records.
Her first single off the record is Drinkin’, what a wonderful song!
Holly Williams was born March 12, 1981 she is the granddaughter of Hank Williams Sr., the daughter of Hank Williams, Jr. and half-sister of country singer Hank Williams III.
Let you go (live on Leno):
Here are even more tracks from Holly Williams via the excellent Noisetrade website:
“It’s all about the songwriting for me. I still love songs that I wrote when I was 17. I was always attracted to the heavier stuff and the real stories that painted a very clear picture for you in your head. Tom Waits songs read like little movies in my head, and I hope listeners always walk away feeling like I’ve taken them somewhere. That desire has remained the same through and through.”