Another great sets of tunes from a John McCauley "supergroup",
This review is from: Diamond Rugs (Vinyl)
I love Deer Tick, even if, as an old fogey, some of John McCauley's antics on stage are sometimes too much for me. (He started one show apologizing for having just dropped acid. I just wanted to say - be a professional, do it after I've paid to see you!) Even this band's name, according to John, is a play on the phrase "Die, I am on drugs." But for all of his sophomoric stunts, there's no denying John is an incredible talent and he can convey so many different feelings with that scractchy voice of his. Here he provides the bulk of songs and they're terrific. As some critics have noted, they're very much in the rowdy, raucous vein of the last Deer Tick album "Divine Providence." As he did with the terrific Middle Brother album, when he joined forces with the lead singers of Dawes and Delta Spirit, John formed another alternative "supergroup" here with members of Dead Confederate, Black Lips, Los Lobos and Six Finger Satellite. I didn't know much about Dead Confederate until I saw Hardy Morris come on stage to do "Big God" with Deer Tick at a Boston concert and I was instantly impressed with the tune and its catchy chorus "It hurts to watch what you love so much." There's another Morris tune on this album, Country Mile, which he says was written as a tribute to a friend in a wheelchair, and it is a great song that finishes with some very interesting psychedlic guitar work. Ian Saint Pe of Black Lips was another big discovery for me here. He gets the album rolling with "Hightail" a solid, my lover done abandoned me lament, and later he seems to channel the ghost of Jim Carroll with another great song "Blue Mountains." As anyone who's seen a Deer Tick concert knows, John likes to do covers and there's a terrfic one here - as John takes lead vocal on the Mandarin Dynasty cover "I Took Note." When you're in a party mood and looking for some rowdy songs from a diverse range of talents, I think you can't go wrong with this one.
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Initial post: May 22, 2012 8:40:43 PM PDT
Does this vinyl come with an mp3 download as well?
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