Episode 48: Into the Hollywood Sky

The Greenwich Village record store, Rebel Rebel, where I found Wolfington's American Dreamsicle

For the past two months, music has seemed so fresh to me. It’s as if I’m hearing many records for the first time, even if they are old favorites. I can’t really explain why this is, but it is truly welcome. It is a little insane, though, because albums by everyone from Buffalo Springfield to Kitchens of Distinction have all sounded new to me! Obviously, I can distinguish between recordings made in different decades; it’s just that they have all sound so fresh.

This is especially wild when it comes to the new record by The Innocence Mission released last week. The band’s sound has remained ridiculously consistent through the years, with Karen’s hushed singing and Don’s reverb-laden, jazzy licks, and this album is no different. Yet, for some reason, it feels incredibly robust and new.

Anyway, hope you like this week’s selection.

  1. The Leaves Lift High – The Innocence Mission (My Room in the Trees/Badman/2010)
  2. All the Weather – The Innocence Mission (My Room in the Trees/Badman/2010)
  3. Wild Eyes – Vivian Girls (Vivian Girls/In The Red/2008)
  4. Aias – Aias (Aias 7″/Captured Tracks/2010)
  5. Ghost Rider – Suicide (Suicide/Mute/1977)
  6. Rainbows – John Wolfington (American Dreamsicle/2007)
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Radio Free Raytown – Episode #48 (7/23/10)

Oh yeah, check out Suicide’s Martin Rev performing with M.I.A. on The Late Night Show with David Letterman.

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5 thoughts on “Episode 48: Into the Hollywood Sky

  1. Shane says:

    Thank you for introducing me to The Innocence Mission! The most beautiful thing I’ve heard since Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions!

  2. You’re very welcome. I remember listening to a mixtape that my friend, Byron Kimmerly, made for me in college with songs from The Innocence Mission and The Sundays. Up to that point, I hated chick singers. (You have to remember what was popular in the mid-90s…Melissa Etheridge and Alanis Morissette have never done it for me.) That mixtape open my eyes/ears to a whole new world of cool music. Thanks, Byron!

  3. Brandon says:

    This was a great episode, all the way around.

    I forgot to mention to you the other day when we were talking about the IM that you need to check out Sibylle Baier. There are some parallels between her Karen Peris.

    p.s. I had a great time last night at The New Pornographers show – send me some of those picks you took.

  4. Thanks, man. And I’ll check out Baier’s work, that’s certainly a great comparison.

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