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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

only you can save the hero of the story

grant-lee phillips has long been one of my very favorite artists, from back in the grant lee buffalo days to his current days as a solo performer. at long last comes a new album from grant-lee, entitled strangelet and released today. from what i have heard so far, i must say that this sounds like the best work of his long and distinguished career. there has always been a warmth to his songs, reflective of what seems to be one of the last authentic personalities in los angeles--the kind of guy who would respond to a myspace add request with a personalized message and a belated happy birthday wish. the music is of course buoyed by one of the most expressive, wide-ranging voices in rock music, but also includes grant-lee on an assortment of instruments (piano, bass, guitar, organ, ukulele, etc.) as well as some help from r.e.m. guitarist peter buck. from grantleephillips.com:
strangelet's twelve tracks smoothly blend tales of heartache, conflict, and loss with stories of love, hope, and redemption. it's a work that is essentially grounded in the concept of confronting reality, relinquishing fear of the unknown, and refusing to be destroyed by things you can't see, things you can't control, and things that may not even exist.
on a few more notes, a lot of thought and effort has gone into the artwork and photographs in the album packaging, so i'd encourage everyone to make the effort to go the old-fashioned route and buy the actual cd. his myspace page has four songs from the album streaming to tide you over in the meantime, as well as videos for three of the songs. he's also got some shows coming up, including a stop at the troubadour that i will definitely be at, and look for a reprisal of his role as the town troubadour on gilmore girls sometime in april.

grant-lee phillips : "soft asylum (no way out)" mp3
from the lp strangelet (zoe/rounder, 2007)

grant-lee...
official site
on myspace
live:
Apr 23 2007 8:00P
Belly Up Tavern San Diego, California
Apr 24 2007 8:00P
Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California
Apr 27 2007 8:00P
The Troubadour Los Angeles, California
May 2 2007 8:00P
Soiled Dove Denver, Colorado
May 3 2007 8:00P
Lakeshore Theater Chicago, Illinois
May 8 2007 8:00P
The Paradise Boston, Massachusetts
May 9 2007 8:00P
Gramercy Theater New York City, New York
Jun 8 2007 2:30P
Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival Lawrence, Kansas

1 Comments:

Anonymous ideafix said...

Grant Lee is one of my favourites too. I just see him playing once a few year's ago and it was great. I hope the shows will be nice and wonder if a fan would send any tickets to my blog.:-)

April 4, 2007 at 3:07 PM  

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