mike wrote:There were a couple of really great local releases this year that will not get any kinda national press, but need to be heard.
Harlan T. Bobo - Too Much Love
This is hands down the best record to come out of Memphis in several years. Produced by Tim Proudhomme of the band Fuck and with members of the Reigning Sound & Viva La' American Deathray. An album about complete obssesion and a failing relationship. Harlan was hand making all the covers. No two were the same. After making and selling over 600 hand made sleeves, he was still having a hard time keeping up with demand so he just started selling them with one cover. We've had a terrible time keeping this thing is stock at Shangri-La becuase everytime we play it, whoever is in the store buys a copy. A masterpiece I tell ya! As far as a sound comparison, I'd say it's kinda folky Tom Waits meets early Beck.
Andy Groom's Living Room - Gratefull to Burn
The album that Syd Barrett & Wilco would make together. Great psychedelic alt-folk.
Don't take this as a shameless plug, but if your into giving either of these a try. You can order them from Shangri-La Records at :
Other great releases of 2004 you might not have heard:
Albert Ayler - Holy Ghost 9 CD box set - God bless the fine people at Revenant who have outdone themselves yet again.
Rogue Wave - OUt Of The Shadows - great power pop
Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days - Sam Beam left his four track in his bedroom and joined up with producer Brian Deck (RRM/former Califonian)
Andrew Bird - Fingerlings 2 - Live & Mostly solo Bird material, I dig seeing this guy live when he is playing without his band.
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