EPISODE 047 went up on Mixcloud at the start of this week (and you can also listen to / snag it over on iTunes) and today I continue with my 'few tracks at a time' ramblings about the songs I haven't already talked about. And since I usually aim to natter about 3 songs per post, and since it's 'Covers Friday' (or at least, that seems to be a thing on Tumblr) and this episode had exactly 3 non-Christmas* cover songs... well, I'm sure you've worked out where I'm going with this.
* If you use your imagination a little, these songs can kind of be Christmas songs too. 'Everything You Believe Is A Lie' perfectly captures the way one feels immediately after finding out that Santa Claus is not real; 'Angel In The Snow' has the word "snow" in it; and... well, the John Prine one just captures that lovey dovey feeling that seems to flutter around the air every now and again this time of year.
When I first came across this excellent The Burning Hell tribute album, I was instantly sold by the mere fact that Dan Mangan, Great Lake Swimmers, and John K Samson were involved. I was then extra sold when I read the reasoning behind this 'tribute' album:
"Nick Ferrio and Andrew Stratis conceived of this album in the spring of 2014 after Mathias had gone through a particularly hard time in his personal life. During the whole process of contacting the different contributors, divvying up songs and orchestrating manufacturing, they managed to keep it all a complete secret. In early October of the same year, with the help of Dan Mangan via video projection, Nick announced it to Mathias while he stood dumfounded on stage in front of a packed crowd at the Rock House in St. John's. Mathias was speechless and barely made it through the rest of the show. He still can't get over this.
But he did decide that all the money raised from the sales of this record will go to the wonderful Kingston Humane Society, in memory of Mary Beth Kom."
I had kind of convinced myself that I was vaguely familiar with The Burning Hell, but I think I was just lying to myself in that way that people who take pride in listening to a lot of music tend to say "yeah... I think I've heard of them before" to any band you mention (even if they're not real). The reality is that I probably am just familiar with the words "the" and "burning" and "hell", so the combination of those 3 words felt recognizable.
But after listening a few times through, I think it's safe to say that I was not familiar with the music made by the combination of those 3 words. Because I think I would remember song writing this interesting. Every song seems to manage to feel like they're veering off into "silly" with one line, and then they pull a u-turn into "clever" with the next. It happens again and again and makes for quite the enjoyable listen. You should definitely go check it out in full yourself (and then, like I've put on my to do list, go check out the folks responsible for the originals).
Speaking of great songwriters that manage to feel like they're veering off into "silly" with one line, and then pull a u-turn into "clever" with next (that's a reference to the write-up above if you tagged out of reading that one before the last paragraph)... John Prine has got to be one of the best at it. Not too many people can pull off lines like "smelling my undies", but John Prine can. And apparently, so can the folks from Typhoon, as their lovely little campfire sing-a-long cover proves.
Kris Ellestad recently put out a full album of covers (which you can get for free), and the whole thing is really great. Although, if I'm being truthful, I've been so hung up on repeating his Elliott Smith cover that I don't think I've even given the others a second go around on the headphones yet. So I'm going to try and do that soon... I just need to do a few more plays of 'Angel In The Snow' first.
Well, that's it for today. If you made it down here without clicking on anything above, you should probably head back up and correct that. Maybe even buy the artist a metaphorical pint if you like what you hear. And while we're listing things you should do if you haven't already, you should also probably go listen to the episode that these tracks feature on. And then I'll be back to talk about the rest of the songs from the episode that I haven't already talked about later next week. Or at least that's the plan (Xmas in Denmark is fast approaching).