So because of UK’s slowed mail system, I got to read about Eef Barzelay’s solo album on other blogs (like Dodge!) before I actually got to hear it. But man, it was worth the wait. You’d think that the solo album with just vocals and acoustic guitar would be a boring concept by now. You would also be wrong.
MP3: Eef Barzelay – Ballad of Bitter Honey
I can’t decide if I’m reading too much into the title song or not, but it seems to be a wonderful play on words. ‘Bitter Honey’ is written from the perspective of a back-up dancer in a hip-hop video. Not only is she literally a bitter ‘honey,’ but it also seems that her honest look at society shows that the good life isn’t as sweet as she’d hoped – hence the title. The lyrics are strangely well done in this song as well. Not only is it amazing that Eef is able to write from a feminine perspective, but in one from a world so different from his.
MP3: Eef Barzelay – Thanksgiving Waves
I guess I prefer this song for the musical flavor it adds. It reminds me of some of Clem Snide’s quirkier songs. Also Eef does a good job on the vocals. I can’t say that I’ve ever thought of him as a great vocalist, but he makes a good stab at it during this song.
On a side note, the guy who DJs before me at WRFL does a hip-hop show. I played ‘Bitter Honey’ as my first song Sunday morning because, you know, it’s fitting. The two girls who were with him burst out laughing at the ‘hoochie skanks’ part. One said “this was not at all what I was expecting.” Yeah, I’d say that about sums it up.
Exitfare looks to be a pretty promising blog. He’s got loads of great stuff up, ranging from the new Minus 5 to the new Moz.
I’ll be attending the Andrew Bird show at the Louisville Free Public Library tonight. Hopefully I’ll be able to film/get photos as well. If you’d like to read up on Mr. Bird, here’s an interview that I did.