Monthly Archives: April 2014

Video: Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash Sing ‘Girl From the North Country,’ ‘The Johnny Cash Show,’ Plus More, 1969

Publicity still for “The Johnny Cash Show.”

On May 1, 1969, 45 years ago, Bob Dylan’s appearance on “The Johnny Cash Show” was taped at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Dylan did two songs on his own — “I Threw It All Away” and “Living the Blues” and then was joined by Johnny Cash for “Girl From the North Country,” a song they sang together on his latest album, Nashville Skyline.

Watch two video clips at the bottom of this post, plus audio of the third song.

After Johnny Cash died on September 12, 1003, Bob Dylan was asked for a comment. This is what he wrote:

I was asked to give a statement on Johnny’s passing and thought about writing a piece instead called “Cash Is King,” because that is the way I really feel. In plain terms, Johnny was and is the North Star; you could guide your ship by him — the greatest of the greats then and now. I first met him in ’62 or ’63 and saw him a lot in those years. Not so much recently, but in some kind of way he was with me more than people I see every day.

There wasn’t much music media in the early Sixties, and Sing Out! was the magazine covering all things folk in character. The editors had published a letter chastising me for the direction my music was going. Johnny wrote the magazine back an open letter telling the editors to shut up and let me sing, that I knew what I was doing. This was before I had ever met him, and the letter meant the world to me. I’ve kept the magazine to this day.

Of course, I knew of him before he ever heard of me. In ’55 or ’56, “I Walk the Line” played all summer on the radio, and it was different than anything else you had ever heard. The record sounded like a voice from the middle of the earth. It was so powerful and moving. It was profound, and so was the tone of it, every line; deep and rich, awesome and mysterious all at once. “I Walk the Line” had a monumental presence and a certain type of majesty that was humbling. Even a simple line like “I find it very, very easy to be true” can take your measure. We can remember that and see how far we fall short of it.

Johnny wrote thousands of lines like that. Truly he is what the land and country is all about, the heart and soul of it personified and what it means to be here; and he said it all in plain English. I think we can have recollections of him, but we can’t define him any more than we can define a fountain of truth, light and beauty. If we want to know what it means to be mortal, we need look no further than the Man in Black. Blessed with a profound imagination, he used the gift to express all the various lost causes of the human soul. This is a miraculous and humbling thing. Listen to him, and he always brings you to your senses. He rises high above all, and he’ll never die or be forgotten, even by persons not born yet — especially those persons — and that is forever.

The show aired on June 7, 1969.

Here’s a great piece that ran in Rolling Stone about Dylan’s appearance on the show.

“I Threw It All Away”:

“Living the Blues”:

Living The Blues by Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, “Girl From the North Country”:

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Audio: Live Version of Unreleased Arcade Fire Song, ‘Get Right,’ Appears Online

Someone has posted this live version of “Get Right,” a song that Arcade Fire may have recorded for Reflektor, but of course didn’t include on it.

This live version was recorded at Montreal’s Salsathèque club on September 9, 2013, according to Consequence of Sound.

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Video: Black Keys Do ‘Fever,’ Damon Albarn Does ‘Mr. Tempo’ on ‘Jools Holland’

Check out The Black Keyes and Damon Albarn performing on “Later… With Jools Holland.”

The Black Keys, “Fever”:

The Black Keys, “Gold on the Ceiling”:

Damon Albarn, “Mr. Tembo”:

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Audio: Courtney Love Rocks Hard with ‘Wedding Day’

Here’s the flip of Courtney Love’s single, “You Know My Name,” which she put online last week.

This one, “Wedding Day,” is better. It’s available as a download May 4.

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Audio: Neil Young Sings ‘Girl From the North Country’ on ‘A Letter Home,’ Plus More

Here’s Neil Young’s version of “Girl from the North Country,” which appears on his new album, A Letter Home.

Plus Neil Young’s cover of “Crazy”:

And “On the Road Again” (with Jack White adding vocals and piano):

“Needle of Death”:

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Am I a Crazy Dylanologist?

Author David Kinney puts it all in perspective.

By Michael Goldberg

I always wondered if I was a bit, well, over the top when it came to Bob Dylan. After all, I’ve been listening to his records since I was 13, and I’m still listening.

Yeah, a long fuckin’ time.

And just this past week I watched D.A. Pennebaker’s addendum to “Don’t Look Back,” a film called “1965 Revisited,” finished up Larry “Ratso” Sloman’s On the Road with Bob Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Review, watched a YouTube clip of Dylan and John Lennon having a very stoned conversation in the back of a cab for the benefit of a cameraman shooting the never released “Eat the Document,” and listened to outtakes from Blood on the Tracks, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde, recordings made when Dylan rehearsed with the Grateful Dead in 1986, mostly unreleased recordings of a 1963 Dylan appearance at Town Hall in New York and, and…

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

In my crowd in Marin County in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, I was the one leading our explorations into the new frontiers of rock. I was the first to get into the Mothers of Invention’s Freak Out, and Captain Beefheart’s Safe As Milk. I got my folks to drive me into San Francisco to buy an import copy of Pink Floyd’s trippy The Piper at the Gates of Dawn at the long-gone Gramophone Records on Polk Street. This was when Pink Floyd didn’t have a U.S. record label; when Syd Barrett hadn’t yet blown his mind.

Regards Dylan, I was his #1 fan, at least that’s how I saw it.

Sure the others I hung with dug Dylan, but I was the only one who bought the Great White Wonder bootleg when it showed up in a record store bin, and soon enough I had quite a few Dylan bootlegs, mysterious collections of songs that weren’t on his official releases, each in a white sleeve, usually with the name of the album stamped on the cover with one of those rubber stamps you could get made at a stationary store, typically to stamp your address in the left hand corner of an envelope.

These days we know artists record songs that don’t end up on official releases, and in fact, officially releasing those recordings years after they were made has become business as usual. But in 1969, when Great White Wonder was first released, it was a total shock to discover all this music I’d never heard before by an artist I totally dug. It was as if the world I’d known just fell away and another world was revealed, one with a hell of a lot more Dylan music than I had previously known.

When I got my hands on the supposed ‘Albert Hall’ live set (actually recorded at the Manchester Free Trade Hall as we learned many years later), and played it for the first time, it was the most ecstatic listening experience of my admittedly short life.

So you can understand why I’ve always considered myself obsessive regards Bob Dylan, and worried that there was something, well, extreme, maybe even a bit mental, about my obsession. There was a time — now this is back when I was 15, 16, so please don’t hold it against me — when I wanted so bad to look like Dylan, which I didn’t. (I’ve applied some of my own real Dylan fixation to the fictional character Writerman in my first novel, “True Love Scars,” which I’m publishing in August of this year.)

So I owe David Kinney a big thank-you. His excellent book, “The Dylanologists,” put my concerns to rest. I mean compared to the Dylan freaks profiled in Kinney’s book, I’m an average run-of-the-mill Dylan fan. Yeah, to be a Dylanologist you have to be operating on a whole other level.

Take Bill Pagel, who actually moved to Dylan’s hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota. Pagel spent years trying to buy the Hibbing house Dylan grew up in, and he succeeded in buying the Duluth, Minnesota house where Dylan’s folks, the Zimmermans, lived when Bob was born. Pagel also bought Dylan’s highchair, for God sakes! And a ceramic candy bowl that at one time belonged to Dylan’s grandmother.

Me, I can’t compete with a Bill Pagel.

For the rest of this column, please head to Addicted To Noise.

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R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker Form New ‘Supergroup’ They’re Tentatively Calling ‘super-Earth’

It was revealed today that R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Sleater-Kinney/Corin Tucker Band leader Corin Tucker have formed a new ‘supergroup’ they have currently named super-Earth, according to a story by Ned Lannamann in the Portland Mercury.

super-Earth also includes Buck’s cohorts Scott McCaughey, Bill Rieflin, and Kurt Bloch; the name super-Earth may change, the Portland Mercury reports.

The group’s first public appearance will take place at Portland’s Secret Society Ballroom tonight and Wednesday night.

Buck is headlining the gig.

The group is “performing an entire set of soon-to-be-album-sized new compositions by said Buck/Tucker combine,” McCaughey told the Portland Mercury.

I can’t wait to hear the songs, and the album.

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Video: Joni Mitchell Sings ‘Girl From the North Country.’ ‘I Shall Be Released’ & More

Joni Mitchell, 1969.

Joni Mitchell made some negative comments about Bob Dylan in 2010 and more recently.

Still, that didn’t stop her earlier in her career from singing his songs.

Check these out.

Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash, “Girl From the North Country,” October 1970:

Joni Mitchell and Pete Seeger, “Mr. Tambourine Man.” October 18, 1970:

“It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”:

Mama Cass, Joni Mitchell, Mary Travers, Mama Cass Show, 1969, “I Shall Be Released”:

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Watch: The Hold Steady Premiere New Video for ‘I Hope This Whole Thing Doesn’t Frighten You’ + More

New Hold Steady video, “I Hope This Whole Thing Doesn’t Frighten You.”

Until 3 a.m. ET you can watch it here. After that you can watch it right here at Days of the Crazy-Wild.

Below are four videos of The Hold Steady live.

The Hold Steady at WTTS FM’s Sun King Studio 92 in Indianapolis on April 25, 2014.

“The Ambassador”:

“Almost Everything”:



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Audio: Stream New Brian Eno/Karl Hyde Album, ‘Someday World’

New album due from Brian Eno and Karl Hyde, Someday World, will be released on May 6, 2014.

Right now you can give it a listen here.

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