Every Friday, Dusted Magazine publishes a series of music-related lists determined by our favorite artists. This week: Palace brethren The Anomoanon and some Canadian punks called The Constantines.
Listed: The Anomoanon + The Constantines
Led by Ned Oldham, the Anomoanon are the Wild Stallion in the Palce Music stable, honed for the rodeo instead of the fields. Oldham leads a revolving cast of musicians trained in the art of Southern Comfort - fellas can kick back with the best of 'em. Their latest album, Asleep Many Years in the Wood (Temporary Residence) is one of the year's finest so far. The group just wrapped up a short August tour, but will be back on the road in November. Ned bellied up to the bar for this week's Listed.
Confirmed Tour Dates
Nov. 8 - Wilmington, N.C.
Nov. 10 - Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
Nov. 14 - Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar
Other dates TBA
Here’s 10 in rotation
The Shaggs – Philosophy of the World (RCA) – “Very funny”… “One of the worst records ever…” etc. Actually reminds me of Nico’s best and Spector’s girl groups. Shambling-sounding at first, but actually highly organized – try to learn a Shagg’s song, rocker. “The fat people want what the skinny people got / and the skinny people want what the fat people got.” “Why do I do the things I do?” Primal, and complicated. Fun to speculate about, with their dad and all. Recorded in one day.
Shirley Collins and Dolly Collins – Anthems in Eden (Harvest) – Mixture of period instrument folk and best-of-genre folk rock – two or more separate sessions, I’m sure. The best melodies (I love “The Blacksmith” in “A Song Story”). Her imperfect voice is sublime; she never over-embellishes. No bridges, no choruses, just the same melody repeated, yet never boring. Dolly’s arrangements beat all.
Dead Meadow – s/t (Tollotta) – Keep missing them live, not as crazy about their live and second albums and haven’t heard their Matador debut. I keep coming around to that first album. The writer-guitarist has really wide, long ideas. Gushy, droning guitar lines in which every note really, really counts. Imagining all the other Sabbath-influenced bands out there being bummed out to hear this and realize that not with all the humbuckers and marshalls in the world can they match this genius path of highland metal fantasy.
The Fall – Slates etc. 10” (Rough Trade) – Got this when it came out, and listened to it just the other day. Wondered if it had been another Fall record that I’d bought first if I’d feel as strongly; like, if it’s just the doorway to the Fall rather than the greatness of this particular record. But it sounds more like a band than some Fall (and I haven’t heard it all). Watched a Fall documentary in Pittsburgh the other night – next morning watched a Pavement documentary. And like our drummer said, pretty funny watching the Pavement one after the Fall one. “Leave the Capitol”, “An Older Lover etc.”, & “Slates.”
The Who – “A Quick One” from Rock and Roll Circus (Polydor) – Just the right length for a rock operetta, and a quartet at the top of their game. All that great harmonizing – “nang, nang, nang, nang, nang, nang, nang, nang.” Everybody singing. The right mixture of melody and metal. Live, so good.
Lou Reed – “Live: Take No Prisoners” (Arista) – Blazing band and fast-thinking Reed. Great “Coney Island Baby”, “Street Hassle”, and “Sweet Jane”. Honoring a rock and roll stage-show aesthetic from before the day when some clever fuckers, uh, “tore rock and roll apart and put it back together.” Admittedly, sounds somewhat like the late-’70’s SNL band, but with a reason – a fighting Reed.
Hawaii Calls – Favorite Instrumentals of the Islands with Al Kealoha Perry presented by Webley Edwards (Capitol) – No one who obtains this record will be able to resist. The best of lap or pedal or slack key or whatever sort of bent steel electric guitar carries all the melodies, with tasteful light orchestration and a cool upright bass combo at the core. Listening to it, you are in a bath, and can eat slowly.
Music for Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble – Works by Galilei, Molinaro, Caroso, Gianoncelli, and Besard; The Vienna Mandolin and Guitar Ensemble, Vinzenz Hladky, conductor – Left to us by the people from whom we bought our house. Never heard of these late 16th and early 17th century composers before this record. Sounds like a dozen each guitars and mandolins. Lively, and, to agree with liner-notist Egon F. Kenton, “very pleasing and effective.”
Mellow Candle – Swaddling Songs (See for Miles) – It’s not fair not to include this just because Malkmus reportedly tried to perform one of the songs with his Jicks last year. Two Irish lasses singing, great band, and great production. Piano driven rock, towering, glistening.
Peter Green – End of the Game (Reprise) – Sounds like Grateful Dead’s Dark Star from the fiery Live Dead. Psychedelic jam builit of blues instrumentation.
Also – On your knees before Jimmy Page, songwriter, guitarist, producer.
Bryan Webb, Steve Lambke, Dallas Wehrle, Will Kidman and Doug MacGregor founded the Constantines in Guelph, Ontario in 1999, when their self-titled debut was nominated for a Juno Award. The group now lives in Toronto and have a new record out on Sub Pop called Shine A Light.
2003-08-30 Maberly Meltdown Maberly ONT
2003-09-02 Foggy Notions Sault Ste Marie ONT
2003-09-03 Lakehead University Thunder Bay ONT
2003-09-04 West End Cultural Centre Winnipeg, MB Canada
2003-09-05 Amigos Saskatoon SK
2003-09-06 The Exchange Regina SK
2003-09-07 Seedys Edmonton ONT
2003-09-08 Liberty Lounge Calgary ALB
2003-09-10 Brickyard Vancouver BC
2003-09-11 Logans Victoria BC
2003-09-12 Graceland Seattle WA
2003-09-13 Nocturnal Portland OR
2003-09-13 Easy Street Seattle WA Queen Anne store - 1 pm
2003-09-15 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco CA
2003-09-16 Bottom of the Hill San Francisco CA
2003-09-17 Chain Reaction Anaheim CA
2003-09-18 Troubadour Hollywood CA
2003-09-19 Canes Bar and Grill San Diego CA
2003-09-20 Skrappys Tucson AZ
2003-09-22 Emos Austin TX
2003-09-23 Mary Janes Houston TX
2003-09-24 Gypsy Tea Room Dallas TX
2003-09-25 Green Door Oklahoma City OK
2003-09-26 Creepy Crawl St. Louis MO
2003-09-27 The Bottom Lounge Chicago IL
2003-09-28 The Bottom Lounge Chicago IL
2003-09-30 Mad Planet Milwaukee WI
1. The Deadly Snakes – Ode to Joy (In the Red) – The best record to be listening to in Toronto this summer: "High park at night with the queens and the rest rooms and the rats in the moonlight."
1. Colossal squids – Best of all that is fearful and unknown and beautiful and alive – dinner plate eyes…parrot beaks…tiger claws – fighting with whales, in deep frozen waters.
1. CBC – Public broadcasting coast to coast.
1. Friends getting married, and having babies. – Cuba; Chicago; Virginia.
1. Dreaming everyday of Whitehorse, Yukon.
1. Tomatoes growing on the front step – Those suckers are getting ripe, if the damn squirrels don't get 'em. A close second – basil growing on the front step. Honorable mention – my neighbour has got nine-foot tall sunflowers growing on top of his house.
1. Campfires – May you always have strong fires with dry wood and no smoke. May it always boil your water, cook your eggs, and roast your ke-bobs.
1. Neil Young songs, Townes van Zandt songs, Playing slide guitar.
1. Raccoons – raccoons.
1. Oneida – Declaring, "We're not going to grow old and sad. We're going to grow old and fuckin' joyful and difficult." Amen.
By Dusted Magazine