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Fistful of Mercy

This is the first blog I have done about a band who has not released any music to date.

Fistful of Mercy is the latest band to get the super group moniker attached to them.  This is, often a dubious title as the sum is never equal to the parts.   Fistful of Mercy is comprised of Ben Harper, Joseph Arthur, and Dhani Harrison.  Their album, As I Call You Down, is scheduled to be released in October. 

Just for the record, this group makes my music pants a little crazy.  I’m a huge fan of both Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur.  Dhani Harrison might have a little genius in him as he is the progeny of the late, great, George Harrison. 

While they all have distinctive vocal styling, the comparison to harmonious groups of yesteryears such as Crosby, Stills, & Nash, and The Eagles might be thrown around as there becomes an increased awareness of Fistful of Mercy.

Recently they played eight songs at an invitation only event in Los Angeles hosted by radio station KCRW.  The set was decidedly acoustic with guitars and violin being the instrument of choice.  At one point, Harrison ventured to the piano while Harper and Arthur continued on guitar.

In addition to the KCRW show, the band has recently played a few shows and benefits.

Here are a few clips of the band.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkfIlV7Nur8

This clip is from “Voices for Justice” rally and features Eddie Vedder

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBTFm7JVtGI

 www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuRb_K0LbTA

 Great music awaits!


Mixed Tape Monday: Rain

Greetings readers of my blog!  Today is Mixed Tape Monday.  For those of you a little young for the mixed tape reference, a mixed tape was what you made for that special someone or yourself that was a compilation of various songs and artists.   The tape was arranged in a particular order to convey your feelings or mood.  Now, we can burn all the music to a playlist or disc and it has the same affect but just not the nostalgia.

 So, with that being said, each Monday will be Mixed Tape Monday and will have a whimsical topic based on well, my whims!  The list will be 15-20 songs that relate to stated whimsical topic.  Given the weather related events of the weekend, today’s topic is Rain.  In case you are not from the DFW area, it rained all weekend long.

 So, listed below are great songs that have rain in the title or referenced in the song. 

 Rain Mixed Tape:

  • Purple Rain
    • Prince
  • Louisiana Rain
    • Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  • Black Rain
    • Ben Harper
  • No Rain
    • Blind Melon
  • A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
    • Bob Dylan
  • Red Rain
    • Peter Gabriel
  • Rain King
    • Counting Crows
  • Have You Ever Seen the Rain
    • Credence Clearwater Revival
  • I Love the Rain the Most
    • Joe Purdy
  • Rain on the Scarecrow
    • John Mellencamp
  • Electrical Storm
    • Joseph Arthur
  • Rainslicker
    • Josh Ritter
  • Naked In the Rain
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • The Sky is Crying
    • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Something Sexy About the Rain
    • Kenny Chesney
  • November Rain
    • Guns N’ Roses
  • Washington Avenue
    • Pat Green
  • Sit and Listen to the Rain
    • Whiskeytown
  • So. Central Rain
    • R.E.M.
  • Riders On the Storm
    • The Doors

 Great music awaits!


You should be listening to Joseph Arthur!

Joseph Arthur is the singing /songwriting protégée of former Genesis front man and current world music guru Peter Gabriel.  Arthur was the first American recording artist singed to Gabriel’s Real World Records. 

 His 2000 release Come to Where I Am and the opening slot on tours with Ben Harper and Gomez helped Arthur attain a larger fan base.  He also briefly toured Europe with R.E.M. in 2004. 

 While Arthur’s name might be hazily familiar, you have probably heard one of his many songs on the following T.V. shows:

Scrubs Dawson’s Creek Grey’s Anatomy 
The L Word Without a Trace As the World Turns 
Numb3rs Laguna Beach Lie to Me 
House M.D  True Blood The O.C.
Friday Night Lights    

 In addition to the litany of T.V. shows, his music also appears in the following movies:  

The Bone Collector  The Bourne Identity Shallow Hal
American Wedding Shrek 2  

 Joseph Arthur Discography:

Albums EP’s
  • Big City Secrets
  • Come to Where I’m from
  • Redemption’s Son
  • Our Shadows Will Remain
  • Nuclear Daydream
  • Let’s Just Be
  • Temporary People

 

  • Cut and Blind
  • Vacancy
  • Junkyard Hearts I-IV
  • And the Thieves Are Gone
  • Could We Survive
  • Crazy Rain
  • Vagabond Skies
  • Foreign Girls

 Top 5 Joseph Arthur Songs:

  1. In the Sun (Come To Where I Am)
  2. Honey and the Moon (Redemption’s Son)
  3. A Smile that Explodes (Our Shadows Will Remain)
  4. The Real You (Come to Where I’m From)
  5. Black Lexus (Nuclear Daydream)

In 2006, he created his own record label Lonely Astronaut Records.  In the same year, his song “In the Sun” was covered by Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) and Chris Martin (Coldplay) as a Hurricane Katrina relief EP.  The album is only available on iTunes and is 6 versions of the song with various artists including Justin Timberlake, Will.i.am, and Arthur himself. 

Check out Joseph Arthur at www.josepharthur.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QotZ7TIaztw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skjj16bUS2s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9jzTQuflFw

Great music awaits!


25 albums you should own!

Over time, there have many great musical artists and from each artist comes an assortment of songs that become an album. In theory the sum of an album should be equal or greater than its parts (songs).  If only this were true.  Today, with streaming audio, and the ability to buy/download single songs, the allure and importance of the album has waned.  Artists might release several EP’s before they release a full length album. 

Growing up, I had to roll the dice and hope that each album I saved for would be as good as the song I heard on the radio.  Sadly, that was not always the case.  Domo arigato Mr. Roboto!

However, some artists do indeed get it right and below is a list of 25 albums you might not know but you should own.  This collection does not include live albums or greatest hits. 

Also, I do not include any type of review for the below artists/albums.  This is in an effort to allow you to form you own opinion, keep the blog reading to an acceptable time, and selfishly save me time writing the blog itself. 

Twenty Five albums you should own! (In no particular order):

Artist Album
Alexi Murdoch Time Without Consequences
Animal Liberation Orchestra Fly Between Falls
Arcade Fire Funeral
Ben Harper Welcome to the Cruel World
The Black Keys Attack and Release
Citizen Cope   The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
Chris Whitley Living with the Law
The Dead Weather Horehound
Drive-By Truckers Brighter Than Creation’s Dark
Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Jason Isbell Sirens of the Ditch
Jeffrey Foucault Stripping Cane
John Butler Trio Sunrise Over Sea
Joseph Arthur Come To Where I’m From
My Morning Jacket The Tennessee Fire
A Perfect Circle Mer De Noms
The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers
Slaid Cleaves Broke Down
Tom Petty She’s the One
The Tragically Hip Fully Completely
Joe Purdy Only Four Seasons
Son Volt Trace
Neko Case Middle Cyclone
Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered Days

 Great music awaits!