But in this Tiny Desk Concert it’s just him on his acoustic guitar and Matt Rowland on keyboards (often employing a Hammond organ/1970s sound). This makes his songs fall more into the singer-songwriter category than the country superstar category. (I particularly enjoy the way the keyboards “build” for the instrumental section of the first song, “Don’t Wanna Know” when Rowland lays his arm on the keys.
Bare is very funny (and Rowland’s keyboard “comments” add to the humor). He introduces the second song “The Big Time,” a rocking catchy number about moving to Nashville to become famous. He seems to have a love/hate relationship with Nashville. He introduces the song by talking about hanging out with his friends and telling them, “I can’t wait til I become famous because I’ll never hang out with any of you motherfuckers again.”
As an introduction to the final song “Visit Me in Music City” he describes Nashville as making the worst music ever recorded and the best music ever recorded. He talks about a guy at a bluegrass festival who, upon realizing that Robert Plant was in the audience said he’d like to welcome Robert Plant from ZZ Top. “And this sums up Nashville.” This is a funny and actually sweet song that shows how charming Bare can be,
I enjoyed the whole set, and it totally changed what I thought I knew about Bobby Bare Jr. Check it out.
[READ: January 15, 2015] Captain Marvel
I was pretty excited to see a female super hero cross my desk. I don’t really know much about the history of Captain Marvel (who was a man at some point). Nor do I know why she is a woman now (there is a previous book in this new series written by DeConnick but I couldn’t find it).
This book opens in the middle of the action with Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, walking with several aliens (a robot creature, a green figure in a hood, a woman with snakes for hair and a bull-looking guy) on the Maniaciano Outpost. They are looking for something. The plan, which is a simple one, goes awry and soon they are all trying to escape at top speed. Captain Marvel has what they are looking for but they have lost the green woman. (Whose name is Tic).
Flash back six weeks ago where Captain Marvel is speaking to Captain America and she has just encountered a pod with, of all things, an alien girl with green skin. We see that Carol lives in the Statue of Liberty and is also friends with Iron Man. And as the first book closes we learn that she is ready to go back out on another mission. This one proves to be pretty dangerous and she is saved at the last minute with help from…The Guardians of the Galaxy (holy crossover Spiderman!–it looks like she will be getting her own movie in 2018, so just hold on to your tights for a few more years). (more…)