I slacked on doing this post last week. I blame it partially on having no electricity off and on for several days thanks to Snowtober (and yes, that tree is sitting on my house, heavy with still-green leaves … oh, and I love my new house. LOVE.):
and partially on heading to Baltimore last Tuesday to see Spindrift, Dead Meadow, and The Black Angels. Amen and hallelujah, it was an incredible show. But that may be a post for another day. We’re talking about the Sons here, people. If you’re tuning in to this series late, I decided a few weeks back to highlight my favorite songs from each season of Sons of Anarchy. Here are the goodies from Season 1 and Season 2 but don’t let that stop you from checking out the other songs too. All in all, this show has some of my favorite characters, music, and non-Desperate Housewives drama on TV right now.
But enough talk.
It’s time to listen.
Richard Thompson: Dad’s Gonna Kill Me (Season 3, Episode 1) – Absolutely fantastic and skillful singer/songwriter stuff here. Reminds me somewhat of Tom Waits, but in a less bizarre and more soothing vocal type of way.
The McGuire Sisters: Sincerely (Season 3, Episode 2) – Okay. I’m a complete sucker for old music. It reminds me of lazy Sunday afternoons at Grandma Roth’s house. Her pork chops were always dry but the coffee was always hot and fresh and there were always tunes singing from her record player. I love this because it reminds of her (and the lyrics are pretty amazing). And yes, I did drink coffee as a wee one at Grandma Roth’s.
The White Buffalo: Damned (Season 3, Episode 3) – Wow. If you don’t hear the soul dripping from his lips then you may be missing your own. Beautiful, touching, I want more. I have chills down my spine.
Flatfoot 56: Son of Shame (Season 3, Episode 4) – My goodness, this season makes me want to go back to Ireland in a bad way. Full of passion and life, singing about the shite that life may sling at you but always ready to raise your head above the mess of it all. I love me some Irish tunes because it speaks to the blood pumping through my own veins. Granted, this band is from Chicago, but the bagpipes could make anyone believe otherwise.
The Dreadnoughts: Victory Square (Season 3, Episode 5) – Love, love, love. Irish, gypsy, pirate … if I were in any pub I’d be on my feet, Guinness or whiskey in-hand, dancing like mad. I do that sometimes, once in awhile, but you’ll probably never see it. This is awesome. And a ps: a Dreadnought was a type of battleship. I read it on Wikipedia.
Jennifer O’Connor and Kaia Wilson: The Church and the River (Season 3, Episode 6) – Haunting and lovely. I can close my eyes to this tune and feel peace and passion stirring in my heart at the same time.
Cave Country: Panda Party (Season 3, Episode 7) – So, this episode was difficult because the songs I had to choose from I wasn’t overly fond of. This was the one I picked for you. It’s nice enough, I guess. It just doesn’t speak to me.
Flatfoot 56: Shiny Eyes (Season 3, Episode 8 ) – Yes. This season is heavily peppered with Irish bands, tunes, and ballads. Any surprise? If it is a shocker then you need to sit down in front of the television (plant those cheeks firmly on the sofa) and figure out why. The tune is not the most impressive or memorable but the lyrics are just lovely.
The White Buffalo: Sweet Hereafter (Season 3, Episode 9) – Definitely reminding me of Eddie Vedder vocals. Another beautiful song. This is certainly a melodic and Irish season of SOA…
Crud!: Devil at the Wheel (Season 3, Episode 10) – I wasn’t as impressed with the live version as the studio version that I’ve posted here. The girl was just eye candy (just?, maybe, she sounds much better here), not that there is anything wrong with that. I’m just more interested in the music sounding good than the T&A. That’s just me and I won’t judge you if you feel differently. Anyway, this episode was a no-brainer. After so many folky or Irish songs I was looking forward to hearing this. I also added the album on my Spotify playlist so I can listen to more later.
Jonathan Clay: Gypsy Woman (Season 3, Episode 11) – Love blues roots. Love gypsy references. Maybe it is because I can relate to both subjects somewhat well. “Gypsy woman, she don’t make no sense at all…”. Fun, groovy song.
Sasquatch: Dragonfly (Season 3, Episode 12) – Another no-brainer for me. I enjoy this band, a lot. Heavy and driven with an appropriate amount of fuzz around the edges. Nice vocals. Good stuff. I like their album II better, I think. Small Stone Records puts out some amazing stuff. \m/. Seriously. Check it out (Backwoods Payback, The Brought Low, Acid King, Dixie Witch … drooooooling on my laptop).
Turbonegro: Get It On (Season 3, Episode 13) – Really? A Turbonegro song in this episode needs highlighted. Awesome band. And they’re from Norway and if you know me, you know I have a fondness for my Scandinavians.