#tbt to XTC's 1979 hit "Making Plans for Nigel." Man, what a hypnotic, addictive song! Here's a little PSA: If you're into live television music performances from the 70s & 80s, you MUST check out the TopPop channel on YouTube. It was a Dutch TV show that ran from 1970 to 1988, and they are adding excellent sound and visual quality videos every single day (for over a year now), from huge stars like Bowie and Roxy Music to Dutch dance acts I've never heard of, etc. It's amazing how well these have been preserved, as though they're from a time capsule!
So, I learned something I'd never known the origins of. This interesting amalgam of country/western with a little pop/rock sense called the "Bakersfield Sound" was pioneered by this gent. Pop music with banjos and a clean-toned Telecaster. Buck left Texas for the west coast and found his calling in Bakersfield and then Hollywood. He was host of the show Hee Haw for decades.
I LOVE THE WAR ON DRUGS! Ok, let me rephrase that. I F-ING LOVE THE WAR ON DRUGS (want to swear so bad but IG does not approve, I've tried...). When Kurt Vile left the band after just one album some may have thought that that was the end but we should all agree on that they just keep getting better, both Vile solo & Granduciel. Although the predecessor "Slave Ambient" is a wonderful album I think 2014 "Lost In The Dream" is my favorite. Tracks like "Red Eyes", "Eyes To The Wind" & "An Ocean Between The Waves" are all so good the rest of the album could've just been white noise & I would rate it as one of their best anyway. Fortunately it's not white noise, it's magical indie pop/rock goodness, all of it. Do you agree with me? #thewarondrugs#warondrugs#lostinthedream#2014#secretlycanadian