I hope you guys enjoyed these trippy tunes as much as I did.
Be sure and send some love over to the boys at Robotmonkeyarm ; a little encouragement goes a long way. I, for one, can’t wait to see what they come up with next!
For some similar far-out sounds, be sure and check out the albums below.
Be sure and check out Seven Strangers on Facebook, to keep up with all the new stuff coming up, and you can check out the album on Soundcloud and Stereokiller if you didn’t dig on the Youtube Video above.
Great stuff that would make Romero proud!
Enjoy the music.
All in all, “Ghost Ballads” is a beautiful and horrible new work of art from your pal and mine, Lonesome Wyatt. A true independent artist, who has blazed his own path filled with peculiar works of gloom, he makes the kind of music that all of us here at Horror Homework can certainly appreciate!
Be sure and pick up this gloriously dreary new album here, available today on vinyl, CD, cassette or digital download. And keep in touch with updates from Lonesome Wyatt himself on his official Facebook page!
One of the great things about growing up near Nashville, Tennessee was that you never knew who you were going to meet at times. Even at a young age, I was getting to meet celebrities who were world famous and I didn’t have a clue who they were. I remember being about seven years old and helping my mom at the convenience store she worked in with a drive through. I don’t remember why I was there that day, probably playing hooky from school. What I do remember was sitting on the stool and hearing the bell ring from the door at the drive through. My mom opened it up, talked to a man in a vehicle, and came back in. She told me to grab a bag of popcorn and fill it up for her. Then, she told me to take it to the door and she opened it up. Outside in the lane was a parked black limousine something I had never seen before at that age. The window was rolled down and a wrinkled hand was being held out from the window, waiting for me to hand him the popcorn. I said hello to the man then went back inside and sat back down on my stool. That is the memory that I have of meeting the Man in Black, Johnny Cash.
John R. Cash was born on February 26th, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas and would have been 81 years old today. He is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, in addition to being a songwriter, actor, and author. His crossover appeal earned him several fans from many genres, including inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. There were many events in his life that spawned his songs, from the death of his brother Jack, his drug and alcohol abuse, and meeting the love of his life, June Carter Cash. There are many incidents in his lifetime in which gained him his outlaw image, but the most he ever spent the night in jail was a night. After a failed suicide attempt, Johnny cleaned up his act and got off drugs with the help of his future wife, June Carter, and they were married in March of 1968. Johnny experienced several relapses, dating between then and 1992, where he served his final rehab stint at the Loma Linda Behavioural Medicine Centre in Loma Linda, California.
In the 70’s, he began becoming known as “The Man in Black” because of his performance attire. Johnny chose black on behalf of the poor and hungry, on behalf of, in his own words, “the prisoner who has long paid for his crime, and on behalf of those who have been betrayed by age or drugs. And with the Vietnam War as painful in my mind as it was in most other Americans’, I wore it ‘in mournin’ for the lives that could have been.’… Apart from the Vietnam War being over, I don’t see much reason to change my position… The old are still neglected, the poor are still poor, the young are still dying before their time, and we’re not making many moves to make things right. There’s still plenty of darkness to carry off.” This lead him to later on write a song he titled “The Man in Black” to describe his on-stage dress code.
In 1980, Cash became the Country Music Hall of Fame’s youngest living inductee at age 48. Although he did not have much success on the country music charts, he was still touring successfully. He did become a part of the country super-group The Highwaymen in the mid 80’s, which included Waylon Jennings,Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. Over the next several years, he would continue to write music, publish books and act in movies and television. In 1997, Cash was diagnosed with Shy-Drager syndrome, a form of multiple system atrophy. The diagnosis was later changed to autonomic neuropathy associated with diabetes. He was hospitalized in 1998 with severe pneumonia, which damaged his lungs. Despite not being able to tour, he still released two albums which gained him fans of the younger generation, especially with the cover of “Hurt” from rock band Nine Inch Nails.
June Carter Cash passed away May 15, 2003 at the age of 73. She had made Johnny promise that he would continue to work even after she passed and he did. Johnny went on to pen nearly 60 songs before his own death four months later. He passed away on September 12th, 2003 from complications from diabetes. One of Cash’s final collaborations American V: A Hundred Highways was released posthumously on July 4, 2006 and the album debuted in the No.1 position on the Billboard Top 200 album chart for the week ending July 22, 2006. In February of 2010, three days before what would have been Cash’s 78th birthday, the Cash Family, Rick Rubin, and Lost Highway Records released his second posthumous record, titled American VI: Ain’t No Grave.
Johnny Cash touched many lives throughout his career with his music and lyrics, mine included. So happy birthday Mr. Cash, here’s to remembering your legacy.
Earlier this week, Pitchfork reported that Trent Reznor was returning to his roots and reforming his influential project Nine Inch Nails, with an announcement of a new recording and extensive touring through 2013 – 14.
Here is the official statement from Trent Reznor :
NOTE FROM TRENT:
Nine Inch Nails are touring this year.
I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked – which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.
The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.
Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.
Although the major world tour won’t begin until 2014, NIN will begin playing concert dates this summer. According to Billboard, one of the group’s first shows will be at Lollapalooza.
Reznor is also reportedly planning to record some new NIN music. At the end of last year, he said that two new songs would appear on the band’s greatest hits compilation, due in 2014. Some time thereafter, he expects to release an eighth studio album.
Meanwhile, Reznor’s project with his wife Mariqueen Maandig and longtime collaborators Rob Sheridan and Atticus Ross, How to Destroy Angels (named after a great Coil song) will release their debut album “Welcome oblivion” March 5th.
Listen to their 2010 debut EP via Spotify here and pre-order the full-length release here.
Welcome back, Mr. Reznor!
In 1965, the song was re-recorded by Nina Simone, giving it a more seductive, sultry influence, and proving to be arguably the most popular version of the tune.
Check out her version here :
Later in the 1960’s, Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded their very popular version of the song.
Who could forget Bette Midler’s version from the 1993 film Hocus Pocus?
Of course, we all know and love Marilyn Manson’s version!
Most recently, legendary Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour recorded this haunting version with blues singer Mika Paris.
Well, I hope all of you have enjoyed this look at several wildly different interpretations of one seriously classic tune! Which version was your favorite?
Leave some comments.
Have a great VD, and stay safe out there in the world!
Let’s start off with a very mean track from the Man In Black himself.
This is “Cocaine Blues” by Johnny Cash!
Next up we have a great tune from one of my favorites, Lonesome Wyatt and the Holy Spooks! He is also a founding member of the excellent “Gothic Country” band known as Those Poor Bastards, who we will get to later.
For now, please enjoy “If you see Sabella…”
Next we have a cool track from Hank Williams III, who has proven himself to be a versatile and interesting performer. I saw him opening up for Reverend Horton Heat a few years back in Tampa, with his band, Assjack. The first half of the set was comprised of tearful twangy ballads and covers of his dad’s classics ; halfway through the show they switched gears and hit the crowd with a blast of insane metal! It was awesome.
Here we have his great working man’s anthem dedicated to the late great madman G.G Allin. This is the studio recording, but you can see a low sound quality live version here to get an idea of how it plays at a show!
“Punch, Fight, Fuck!”
Next up is a classic from the Violent Femmes great first album! “Country Death Song” comes this evil gem about pushing little girls down a well, that Femmes frontman Gordon Gano claims to have written while still in high school!
The next song on the list is “Blood in the Valley” by the great Gothic Country band Sons Of Perdition. A slow-burning, eerie tune from these macabre minstrels, this is one of my favorites!
Featuring a guest speech from Lonesome Wyatt at the end.
“This valley will flood with your hypocrite blood…”
In 1996, my favorite band of all time, Ween, released an album of country songs.
It was called “Twelve Golden Country Greats” and proved that these jokers were real musicians and in possession of the rare talent to perform easily within any genre!
Listen to all ten songs (that’s right, ten) from the album right here :
Next up is a great rockabilly-influenced tune from Spark Reatard & The Deadbillys.
Enjoy “The Gravedigger“!
From Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds‘ awesome 1995 album Murder Ballads, check out the twisted story of “Stagger Lee” below!
Next up is a great tune from the Hillbilly Moon Explosion.
“My Love Forevermore” has it all, just a great unique tune with a very cool video!
Fall in love right here :
Last but not least, we have the 11-minute epic song “Ill At Ease“, from Those Poor Bastards 2010 album “Gospel Haunted”.
A great tune with mesmerizing lyrics!
Well, I hope everyone has enjoyed this brief look at some of my favorite scary tunes with a country flavor. Do your homework and check out some more stuff from these great artists by following the links!
Lonesome Wyatt has been making the most creepily weird country music for the last decade or so, with several projects always in motion. My first experience with his unique take on country and western music came from his band, Those Poor Bastards, a duo who has released several albums full of strangeness and desperation.
His other band, Lonesome Wyatt and the Holy Spooks, recently released a great album called Heartsick, and a collection of early recordings called Moldy Basement Tapes. I saw a recent announcement on his Facebook page, that they will have another new album coming out this spring, called Ghost Ballads!
Of course, the best thing he ever did, in my opinion, was to team up with the great Rachel Brooke for a haunting album full of heartbreaking tunes, called A Bitter Harvest.
I had the good fortune to catch this duo live a few years back in a shitty little bar in Flori-duh, and even had the chance to shake their hands and tell them thanks for existing.
It was a great show, and I would love to see more collaborations between these two in the future!
(PS They did an incredible version of Nick Cave’s classic “Where The Wild Roses Grow”, that I would gladly kill to hear again!)
For more info on this book, and many of the releases mentioned here, be sure and visit the official store here, where many of these albums are available for sale on vinyl, CD, and even cassette!
Check them out, freaks!