Friday, February 09, 2007

Papercuts Top Ten On Dusted.

Mr. Papercut shares his top ten fav jams with today. The Papercuts embark on a nation tour opening for Grizzly Bear starting in Seattle next week.

02/16 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
02/17 Vancouver, BC @ Plaza Club
02/18 Portland, OR @ Mission Theatre (2 shows)
02/20 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
02/21 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
02/23 Tucson, AZ @ Plush
02/24 Marfa, TX @ Ballroom Marfa
02/26 Norman, OK @ Opolis
02/27 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
02/28 Austin, TX @ Emo's Jr
03/01 Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea's
03/02 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
03/03 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
03/04 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
03/06 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

Papercuts' Jason Quever grew up in a Northern California commune and broke into music (literally) by prising the locks from a vacationing friend's house to record piano tracks for Cass McCombs. His first collection of home-recorded material, 2000's Rejoicing Songs came out on Owen Ashworth's (Casiotone for the Painfully Alone) Cassingles label, hodge-podge of demos and rough mixes that nonetheless harbored unexpected moments of gorgeousness. The follow-up, Mockingbird on SF's tiny Antenna Farm, broadened Quever's sonic pallette with lush country folk arrangements, earned a four-star rating from Uncut magazine and got the attention of Vetiver's Andy Cabic. Quever has since joined the free folk nation, playing and recording with Cabic and signing with Gnomonsong. With Can't Go Back, out this month, Papercuts becomes the first Gnomonsong artist to sound more like Vetiver than Devendra Banhart, the songs full of space and ease and Laurel Canyon lyricism. Papercuts is touring the West Coast with Grizzly Bear this February, a combination that makes us foggy-eyed and daydreamy just thinking about it.

My favorite songs right now. *Note: this shall exclude every song on The White Album minus "Glass Onion."

1. Blind Joe Taggart - "I've Crossed the Separation Line"
No one around me seems to know about this gospel blues genius. He's my Robert Johnson. Every song on the record A Guitar Evangelist 1926 to 1931 is a classic.

2. Curtis Mayfield -"We the People Who are Darker than Blue"
He really didn't need to do anything with the rest of his life after writing "People Get Ready", but to prove it was no fluke he wrote hundreds of other amazing songs. This song chokes me up a bit, not necessarily for any other reason than it's so heartfelt, and there's no finger pointing.

3. Bo Diddley - "Cadillac"
It's hard to pick a particular Bo Diddley song. But this one proves to me that Chuck Berry was pretty good, but this guy brought down the tablet from the mountain.

4. The Kinks - "Wonderboy"
In the 33 1/3 book about Village Green the writer refers to this recording as an uninspired disappointment and a low point that Ray Davies took solace in John Lennon saying it was one of his favorite tracks of the year. That's ridiculous, this has been a really uplifting one for me, a purely positive, loving, innocent song that influenced my outlook greatly in the past couple years.

5. Gris Gris - "Baby You're Mine Now"
You think you've heard all the good songs and then the guy gives you the 7" for free and there's another amazing song on the b side. It was so exciting to hear a local band I liked this much.

6. Black Lips - "Boomerang"
Someone just turned me on to this. Like a great lost Troggs song, but still unique, I can't wait to see them now. If I wasn't so uptight this is the kind of music I'd be making.

7. Franciose Hardy - "Voila"
Maybe my most listened to song of the past 4 years. I don't know what it's about but i feel like I do just because of the way it sounds. It's like how a great film should let you know what's going on without dialogue, I feel like the melody and her tone of voice says it all.

8. Beach House - "Saltwater"
I would have liked to write this song, now I don't have to, I can go buy some Funions now instead. Can't wait to play with them.

9. Barbara Mason - "You Better Stop It"
I Found this 45 at a thrift store and sold it for $250 on ebay at a desperate moment. But that guy got a bargain, hits me every time and makes me want to stop it.

10. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - "New Years Kiss"
Best opening track. MF went and done it right, and at 2:02 minutes.

11. Leonard Cohen - "Chelsea Hotel"
I Drove my band mad listening to this song over and over again on tour. Lots of dead people around me I guess. There is an impossible to find movie of his 1972 tour and the version of this song on it would make anybody cry. Totally different and better lyrics too. I guess it's about Janis Joplin, which doesn't do much for me one way or the other, but I thought you should know.

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