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Looking Forward To Seeing You: A Golden Smog Collection

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Golden Smog  To Call My Own  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Looking Forward To Seeing You  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  You Make It Easy  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Pecan Pie  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Hurricane  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Jennifer Save Me  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Can't Even Tie Your Own Shoes  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Lost Love  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  5-22-02  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Ill Fated  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Until You Came Along  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Corvette  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Won't Be Coming Home  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Strangers  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Red Headed Stepchild  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Jane  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Frying Pan Eyes  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Radio King  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  Starman  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  I Can't Keep From Talking  buy on itunes
Golden Smog  buy on itunes

Comment:

As far as single-artist mixes from not-exactly-prolific supergroups goes, this one came out rather nicely, a jumbled mix of painfully melodic pop, upbeat power pop, and poppy-Americana. (Yeah, it's a bit on the poppy side, as I may have mentioned.)
Golden Smog have been an on-again, off-again midwestern pick-up band over the past decade or two, based largely around Gary Louris (Jayhawks), Dan Murphy (Soul Asylum), Kraig Johnson (Run Westy Run, Jayhawks) and Jeff Tweedy (Wilco, of course). Drummers have included Chris Mars (Replacements) and Jody Stephens (Big Star!). They didn't get off to the most promising start, largely being a live act with a lone ep of (relatively weak) covers -- none of which I bothered to include (though I went back and forth on their relatively loyal cover of the Stones' "Backstreet Girl," eventually cutting it for space). Their full-length 1996 debut was actually pretty decent, if a bit loose and unpolished (and clearly the work of a jumble of musicians contributing a couple tunes each), helped immensely by some likeable Tweedy tracks. But to my surprise, their two subsequent albums, 1998's Weird Tales and 2006's Another Fine Day, turned out to be outstanding, solid albums in their own right. Sure, as with any supergroup, there is some understandable choppiness that comes from multiple songwriters and vocalists with somewhat divergent styles (ranging from Louris' pretty Americana to Tweedy's experimental eclecticism to Murphy's harder-edged rock). But both albums are thoroughly enjoyable and sound like the work of a real band. (Both sound like they spent a bit more time in the studio as well, with a more polished feel.)
This mix excerpts all three albums and last year's (so-so) EP, reordered to keep things stylistically interesting. Just used a couple covers (Kinks, Bowie); thought about throwing in some bootleg live tracks to get some more amusing covers, but opted instead for a basic studio collection.
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divinyl
Date: 4/3/2008
One of my favorite bands. Thanks for the memories.
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Mesh
Date: 4/3/2008
I confess I'm mostly familiar with the songs from "Down By The Old Mainstream," but I think you've got this nailed. Nice work.
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anthony lombardi
Date: 4/3/2008
i've read up on them quite a few times but never bothered to check them out ("supergroups" tend to bore me), however if those two albums are as good as you say, perhaps i will...
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doowad
Date: 4/12/2008
They are not your ordinary supergroup, thanks for giving them the attention they deserve.

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