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Posted: Jun 21, 2018 14:08

Very under-rated band. 
Posted: Mar 19, 2018 15:03

True Detective
Posted: Aug 24, 2017 21:15

This male singer sounds exactly like Jackie Leven on the Doll by Doll albums!  It's uncanny!  When Doll by Doll was pretty much disintegrated, Jackie Leven released "their" last album - Grand Passion.  Jackie Leven had brought a pretty young female singer into the mix to do a lot of duet type stuff (never a good sign - just call her Yoko) - but there were no singer credits on the album cover except Jackie and the producer (another bad sign). David Gilmour from Pink Floyd actually played on this album. It's got some decent music on it and then some really weird and ill-conceived stuff too.  But this band - The Handsome Family - reminds me so much of Jackie Leven and this song has a lot of the same type of interplay between male and female singers like the Grand Passion album did.  For those not familiar with Doll by Doll, check them out.  They are contemporaries of early U2 and did some shows with them before U2 hit the big time.  "Main Traveled Roads" is one of my favorite songs by them, but their first three albums are the best, with their first, "Remember" being the most raw ("Butcher Boy" is the standout tune on this record).  Worth the journey through the first three albums - The album named "Doll by Doll" is my favorite.  Skip Grand Passion (at least don't pay for it) and their live album is rough (a couple of cuts from it available on itunes) but this live album is not a good representation of their genius - obviously scraped together post mortem.  It's a shame that their three studio albums are not available on itunes.  I found Gypsy Blood on CD, but the others are probably vinyl only.  Quite a few of their songs on YouTube

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(Mighty Mighty Bostown)
Posted: Feb 16, 2017 10:56

Sometimes I look back and look at what I write on this site. I chuckle, wonder , and then say man, that was a while ago. Seemed like yesterday. 


Posted: Jun 26, 2014 - 14:05

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 TampaPurple wrote:

So some pop culture is ok, as long as you can feel smug and hipsterish about those elements you choose not to consume?
Awesome,,,,,,,,,I watched TV once and my eyes fell out.
This song was playing in the background though and it was great 
(New York, New York)
Posted: Feb 16, 2017 10:53

Kinda fun in a Tex Mex way. Edward Sharpe style. Ambient. 
(West Florida, where the gators roam)
Posted: Dec 16, 2016 21:09

 On_The_Beach wrote:

I did introduce him to my kitchen chair; they were an item for awhile. The  chair complained Clint talked too much.
Posted: Nov 22, 2016 6:22

First heard this from True Detective - an awesome mini series and fabulous song.
(Heart of the Channeled Scablands)
Posted: Nov 22, 2016 6:17

Fresh Air interview : http://www.npr.org/2016/09/19/494551824/for-the-handsome-family-music-is-a-safe-place-to-express-terrifying-things
(western NC)
Posted: Aug 30, 2016 10:21

I like the Lera Lynn cover of this song better than the original. 
Posted: Jun 18, 2016 2:16

 hanssachs wrote:
Somehow this loses a little more charm with every hearing ... meh.

Well this is my first listen and I'd say it's got a whole hell of a lot of charm to lose.  
Posted: Jun 11, 2016 23:17

Somehow this loses a little more charm with every hearing ... meh.
Posted: May 21, 2016 19:54

take my money!
(where great wine begins)
Posted: May 05, 2016 10:26

Bill, where do you find this stuff? You are a master!!!
Posted: Feb 05, 2016 12:15

Oh, I love this song. 
It set the mood for true detective perfectly.

And while I am the biggest Leonard Cohen fan there is - for season 2 Lera Lynn did a much better job. Still don't understand why Bill does not include her epic "the only thing worth fighting for"....


Posted: Feb 03, 2016 11:24

 msymmes wrote:
Did T Bone produce this?  

No it was self produced back in 2003 by the band.
T bone would have picked it for the show though..
Posted: Feb 03, 2016 11:24

 msymmes wrote:
Did T Bone produce this?  

No it was self produced back in 2003 by the band.
T bone would have picked it for the show though.. 
Posted: Jan 15, 2016 6:05

Love this song, first heard at True Detective S.1.
(Berkeley, CA)
Posted: Dec 10, 2015 16:02

This is really growing on me
(San Francisco, CA)
Posted: Dec 10, 2015 16:02

 BBoyes wrote:
OK, here's the soundtrack. Where's the movie?

True Detective season 1.
(Toronto, CA)
Posted: Nov 17, 2015 13:25

Did T Bone produce this?