Back in July, I wrote to tell you about the preview I'd gotten of Under the Sun, the forthcoming solo album from Gordon Gano, former frontman for Violent Femmes:
My boyhood chum Paul Simcoe emailed me last week to sing the praises of the new Gordon Gano and the Ryans album Under the Sun. Paul and I grew up together, raised on the Violent Femmes (Gano's earlier band), and now that Paul's running Toronto's most excellent Criminal Records, he's a real treasure-house of kick-ass music suggestions.
Though the album isn't due out until Sept 1, Yep Roc, Gano's label, was kind enough to send me the album in MP3 form, and I've been seriously rocking to it ever since. It reminds me most of the Violent Femmes' underrated third album, The Blind Leading the Naked, with its mix of jangly, upbeat pop songs, semi-serious religious themes, and a few slow numbers that are more reminiscent of the track Good Feelings from the Femmes' eponymous debut album.
My standouts from this disc are Man in the Sand, Oholah Oholibah, Red, and Wave and Water
Well, it's September 1 and the album's out!
Gordon Gano & The Ryans (Yep Roc)
What her name is, however, he can not tell you.
There have been dozens and dozens of versions of the spiritual Wade in the Water. This version, recorded in 1965 by the Ramsey Lewis Trio, is my favorite.
I enjoy her whimsical, upbeat sweetness. I’ve been listening to this song a lot this week.
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