Great, great loaded article.
So, so sad about this. It really feels like losing family.
Just as a note though, second post in a row that feels like a wikipedia by number about, arguably, one of the most important drummers in American rock and roll. Make the changes suggested above – you’ve got a mistitled Band album attributed to Bob Dylan. And Tom, no kidding, you have got to go and listen to Music From Big Pink. You won’t regret it. I promise. Do it for Levon.
No niche categories for Levon. In my book he’s one of the best rock and roll drummers that has been/will be – in the same vein as Ringo and Charlie Watts. There’s more personality and soul in one of those drum tracks than some people put to tape their entire careers. I’ve been on the brink of crying all night thinking about living in a world without Levon Helm.
For the record, he was hardly famous when he was working those oil rigs – just dodging all the boos that came from playing in Bob Dylan’s backup band after the “plug-in”. “The Band” hadn’t even named itself yet.
And R.E.M. is officially calling it quits today.
not frowning on anyone or trying to add to the self-righteousness of this post or thread,
both just turned my stomach a little more than usual.
Bummer, dude. I have my moments of feeling that way lately, but this one feels like they’ve got some footing back.
Who’s voice and music is most affecting to you right now?
scared. nervous. Lou? Lou!?
Only halfway through it, but this is some of the best I’ve heard from them in years.
(and I love everything they’ve done).
It is seriously affecting me. First of their records in a while where I don’t feel like a spectator.
Good grief. I’m trying to decide what makes me more sad:
pulling an semi-coherent, semi-juvenile rant off an artist’s blog,
slapping a shocker title on it and watching the hits roll in
or the rabid turn of comments underneath it.
feeling real TMZ up in here, yall.
or maybe it just feels like, Stereogum.
‘Get well soon, everybody.’
Yeah, the autotune is super, super thick and disturbing. It’s been growing ever since “Beer for My Horses.” Makes me wonder what the state of his voice is. But so what? You know? He’s almost 80. He’s had the wear and tear. He’s fixin’ to die. Let him sing out of tune damnit. He’s Willie Nelson!
Somebody needs to put in a call to Rick Rubin. We might need another round of American Recordings to seal out The Legend of Willie.