Matt Nathanson is one of my favorite artist and songwriters, if you haven’t noticed by all the stuff I post on here about him. I am not officially doing a series on him, but merely posting all the cool Singles and E.P,’s I have of his. One of those is called ‘Left & Right: Live at Fingerprints. Live at Park Ave’ and it is an E.P. that was released back on August 5, 2008. It was recorded at two separate solo acoustic in store appearances along his 2007-2008 tour for his ‘Some Mad Hope’ album. The shows were the ones at Fingerprints in Long Beach, California (Tracks 1-3 & 7-8) and the other was at Park Ave CDs which I believe is in Orlando, Florida (Tracks 4-6).
What is great about this release is how intimate the shows are. How casual the whole thing is. It is basically Matt and a guitar and the crowd. His banter is pretty hilarious at times like when he curses and then he sees a little kid the crowd and apologizes to the little person, but still goes on with his totally inappropriate banter. He opens with an acoustic performance of the song “Car Crash” which is already an amazing song, but here, it feels so personal and emotional as Matt really digs deep and gives it his all. Quite stunning.
Welcome to Black Friday and as a result, there aren’t a ton of new releases this week. In fact, it is Black Friday Record Store Day for 2022 so that is taking the steam away from the new releases. If you want the RSD releases…go to the bottom of the list and they are all there. I have nothing I really want from either the new releases or the RSD list so my wallet is getting a break which is great after last week’s Kiss box set for Creatures of the Night. It needs a break!! Let me know what you want or what we may have missed. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a great weekend!!
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Live at the Fillmore, 1997 – (Petty Legacy LLC / Warner)
David Bowie – Divine Symmetry – (Parlophone Records / Jones & Tintoretto Entertainment)
Ringo Starr – Live at the Greek Theater 2019 – (BFD)
Sword – III – (Massacre Records / Soulfood Music)
Our Mirage – Eclipse – (Arising Empire)
Stormzy – This is What I Mean – (Def Jam / Hashtag Merky Music / Universal)
Felix Riebl – Everyday Amen – (My Shore Productions / AWAL Recordings)
High Command – Eclipse of the Dual Moons – (Southern Lord)
Happy Friday and let me tell you I’m happy. My Kiss Creatures of the Night Box Set should be here this afternoon and I can’t wait as that is my big purchase for myself as I need everything Kiss!! But have my eye on that Queen The Miracle Box Set as well and might get that one too! We will see. Let me know what you are wanting this week or what we might have missed. Thanks as always for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!
The two I want….
Kiss – Creatures of the Night (40th Anniversary Edition) – (UMe / UMG)
Queen – The Miracle (Deluxe Edition or Collector’s Edition) – (Hollywood Records)
And all the rest…
Nickelback – Get Rollin’ – (Nickelback II Productions / BMG Rights Mgmt)
Disturbed – Divisive – (Reprise Records)
Michael Jackson – Thriller 40 – (Sony Music)
Dolly Parton – Diamonds & Rhinestones: The Greatest Hits Collection – (Sony Music)
In my further quest for owning all Matt Nathanson items listed on Discogs, I found another gem. This Promo CD is for the song “Suspended” off his 2003 album and major label debut called ‘Beneath these Fireworks’. The song didn’t chart, no surprise as he’s never been a big radio hits guy (even though his stuff is better than radio). The album didn’t do well either and shortly after releasing his first major label debut on Universal, Universal dropped him. Such is the story of so many artists and bands.
The song was written by Matt Nathanson, Mark Weinberg and Eric Bazillion who you know as a founding member of the band The Hooters. The song is about being in a relationship that might not be the best relationship, but man, the sex is so good you are willing to accept anything to stay in it. You suspend belief and think that is all is great just to stay for sex despite how lost and miserable you might be. Better for some human contact than nothing at all. Now, that is one way to look at it, the other is that he is fully committed and in love, but she’s not quite there. The line, “When you pretend that I’m all that you waited for”, shows that he knows she’s not in to it anymore, just pretending. But he’s okay…he loves her and wants to stay and be together.
November is in full swing. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it, but before then be thankful for the new music releases we have this week. We only have around 40 for you, but that is still quite a lot. There are couple I might pick up, but nothing I have to have right here and now. Let me know what you want to hear this week and what we may have missed. Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Guns ‘N Roses – Use Your Illusion Super Deluxe – (Geffen Records)
Another Promotional CD I found for Matt Nathanson thanks to Discogs is a “Sampler” CD for his 2003 album ‘Beneath These Fireworks’. That album was Matt’s major label debut album on Universal Records, but it wasn’t his first CD by any means. The CD was a 3 song sampler for his upcoming album and was sent around to the Radio DJs, I am assuming. The cover for the Promo is the same as the album cover, the only difference is instead of saying “Beneath These Fireworks”, it says “Sampler”.
The first song and actually the first single is “Sad Songs”. The song feels like it could be the Goo Goo Dolls. The chorus is so catchy and it has a great hook. His delivery of the lines is confident and earnest. For a song called “Sad Songs”, the music is more upbeat and gives us a great dichotomy in styles.
Happy Friday. Here is another great list of new releases for you. This time around we have just over 40 for you and I hope there is something you will enjoy. Me, I am going to skip this week and I hope to have something I want to hear soon as I’m not feeling any of this right now. That doesn’t mean you won’t have something you want to hear so let me know what floats your boat this week or what we may have missed. Thanks again, as always, for stopping by and spending a few moments with us each week.
The Pretty Reckless – Other Worlds – (Goin’ Down Inc. / Fearless Records / Concord)
Devin Townsend – Lightwork – (Hevy Devy Records / InsideOutMusic)
Dean Lewis – The Hardest Love – (Island Records / Universal)
Dermot Kennedy – Sonder – (Riggins Recordings / Interscope Records / Island Records)
First Aid Kit – Palomino – (Columbia Records / Sony Music)
Teddy Swims – Sleeping is Exhausting E.P. – (Swims Int. / Warner Records)
Luke Evans – A Song For You – (BMG Rights Mgmt)
Dayseeker – Dark Sun – (Spinefarm Records / Universal)
Happy Halloween!! October was not a good month for me. It was mostly Tricks and few Treats! The tricks were that I was recovering from an appendectomy and after two weeks of that, I caught a virus and then a bacterial infection and was sick for 2 more weeks. My motivation is now at all time low and I have no desire to write or even buy as my energy level is completely wiped. I haven’t written much at all this past month and don’t know when I will get back in to a full time mode, if I ever do. It was hard enough to even put this simple post together, but I am trying.
This month might be my smallest number of purchases in quite some time, but doesn’t mean it doesn’t have what I think are some really sweet Treats! I did get to one record store during the month on the sole day in between recovery and illness where I felt good. It didn’t last that long because by the afternoon, it all went down hill. Noble Records was having their 3rd Anniversary Drop and what a drop it was. I picked up a Kiss Bootleg. More to come on this one down the road, but this is a 1981 reissue of a 1978 bootleg of Kiss My Axe 1978.
While there I picked two albums I had reviewed in my You Pick It Series that won for albums I had never heard before. I grabbed Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats and George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass which was the owners personal copy. It is so clean and even includes the poster!!
In my further quest for owning all Matt Nathanson items listed on Discogs, I found another gem. This Promo CD is for “Room at the End of the World” by Matt Nathanson which is off his stellar 2011 album, ‘Modern Love’ and it was the 2nd single off the album. Although I don’t think the song charted, the album did debut at #17 on the Billboard charts. The fact that it didn’t chart is no surprise as Matt has never been a darling of public radio. His songs are way too good for radio as they are well crafted masterpieces and lyrical poems about life and he is pure talent unlike the bozos on radio. No, I am not biased…okay…yes I am. You got me!
The song was written by Matt Nathanson and Mark Weinberg. I believe the song is talking about being with the one you love and nothing can stop you. Even if the world was ending, you two would get a room and make the best of what was to come. I love how the song talks about how he was lost and had given up on love until he found “The One”. The One that makes him whole, The One that he will be with until the end of time, The One true love. There is line that says “one heart is never enough alone” and I don’t think it is saying you have to be with someone to be whole, I think it is saying that he never felt complete until he found her (or him). His lyrical phrasing is always so eloquent and so beautiful. He doesn’t sing a love song in the same cliched way other songs do.
Happy Friday. Halloween is just around the corner and we have some treats for you. No tricks! We have over 40 new releases coming your way for your listening pleasure as you continue to work on your scary, funny or sexy Halloween Costume. Don’t miss out!!! Let us know what you want to hear this week or what we may have missed. For me, only one I’ interested in hearing so should save some money this week. Thanks for stopping by and have a Hauntingly Great Weekend!!
Joe Lynn Turner – Belly of the Beast – (Mascot Label Group / Music Theories Recordings): Joe Lynn Turner is throwing all caution the wind, he is letting go of the wigs and letting loose the metal. I’m really excited about this one as he has one of the greatest rock voices out there and I can’t wait to see what he brings us this time around.
And then there is all the rest…
Foo Fighters – The Essential Foo Fighters – (Legacy Recordings)