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Ecovedo 101: Songs Of
An inspired and fitting local tribute to the well-loved and respected
Texas singer/songwriter musician, fighting the effects of Hepatitis C.
Ecovedo is a huge influence on many in the local music scene.
Some of his most ardent fans turn up on this album in every aspect from
the singers to the players to the cover art to the production. Any
time, money, blood, sweat and tears anybody could spare went into this
labour of love.
This album serves as a fine a primer if you aren't familiar with his
music. The artists here have also put their own spin on Alejandro's
muse, as opposed to just performing straight cover versions.
Highlights include: Ray Condo (in, sadly, his last session) gives a
jovial reading of "Everybody Loves Me" in fine shuffling, rockabilly
style. Herald Nix (expect a new album from him on the new Northern
Electric label) offers his chunky and melodic guitar in a slow waltz to
"Nickel And A Spoon.” The Sadies (not so local, but indie) along with
Blue Rodeo's Bazil Donovan and Glenn Milchem (The Goods, the Baz &
Stumpy Joe) take a seemingly unassuming turn at "Crooked Frame," which
later shows its enviable charms. A marvelous Beatles-Tomorrow Never
Knows treatment is given to "Home By Eleven" by members of The
Modernettes and Pointed Sticks.
You can hear the humbled respect in Butch Murphy's voice, as him and
his Bughouse 5 ride the highly memorable, driving melody of "Rhapsody.”
"Wave" is given an atmospheric slant by Bob Egan. Brian Goble
(Sub-humans) takes the lead vocal on an old school Punk version of
"Pyramid Of Tears,” backed by an encouraging bunch of youngsters known
as Solemn Fist. Joe Mavety's cool rendering of "About This Love"
includes finely punctuated, gentle wah-wahed guitar, timely mandolin
fills, later Hammond organ touches and warm backing vocals from Joni
Taylor. Other highlights: Kevin Kane's gorgeous version of "Follow You
Down" with later trumpet inclusions by the Salteens' Rob Caldon. Linda
McRae and Cheerful Lonesome's punchy go at "One More Time.”
Heather Griffin's (and Good Wood) fearless, full-throated vocals on
"Paradise.” Another grouping of Modernettes and Pointed Sticks members
under the guise of Captain Morgan on "Last To Know.”
And finally: the most unusual version on this impressive album: The
Minimalist Jug Band, making the most of a stressed out, talking voice
and washtub bass on "Thirteen Years.” All money raised from sales of
this album goes directly to assist Alejandro Escovedo in his recovery.
If you need more info on this project, please visit: http://songsofalejandro.com
Indie Rock /
Most all the songs have a bright sense of fun to them. They're not
overproduced and highly melodic in an old school sort of way; with a
bit of dirt allowed to settle to give these acts a more distinctive
This CD holds some fine ear candy and offers some refreshing variation
that makes for a very rewarding listen. (There are also a couple of
hidden live tracks. I won't tell you by whom).
The folks at Boompa should be greatly applauded in their efforts.
Boompa is one of many newer indie labels offering more unique local and
international acts a place to just be themselves.
Australia's Sekiden gets things off to a brisk start with their digital
meltdown opening--call and response ending with "Alexander.” Don't
blink, you'll miss it. Run Chico Run's "Jacques And Madeleine"
has an intriguing low-fi darkness-meets-lounge vibe to it.
Calgary's The Dudes arrive, their guitars giving you the impression
they're right for riding into the sunset with their catchy,
car-cruising, indie rock gem "Dropkick Queen of The Weekend.” Choppy,
hypnotic harmonizing guitars open Reverie Sound Revue's "Rip the
Universe" to an intelligent electro-back beat and deceivingly carefree
On to the much bally-hooed Sparrow, featuring Jason Zumpano, offering a
splendid slice of intelli-Pop in "Mountain On Mountain" with some fine
changes in tempo and welcoming descending chords. The Dirtmitts offer
their performance with something a bit faster, and simpler, but no less
charming: "House Arrest.”
Former Carnations member, Thom D'arcy, brings along his new project The
Ladies & Gentlemen, complete with circling keyboards fills, almost
whispered vocals and a chorus which doesn't leave your head: "You can
‘Stay’ if you want to. But you can't sleep in my bed." The keyboard
fills don't either. A more rhythmic, minimalist and electronic
adventure awaits you with Circlesquare's "Non-Revival Alarm.”
Other memorable tracks include: Natasha Thirsk's deceptively simple
"Don't Think,” which she funnily enough didn't want on the album. The
Lucksmith's, with their lovely 1960's tinge, with chiming guitars and
later trumpet fills (courtesy of The Salteens' Rob Calder) in "Midweek
Midmorning," and The Salteens closing out a very eventful listening
with an alternate version of "Time you Have Been Wasting.” Here come
the trumpet fills again! Yippee!!
To know more about all things Boompa visit: www.boompa.ca
Till Next Time, Happy Listening.