Monday, May 31, 2010

Cotton Mather - Innocent Street

This one is a response to a recent request. It's a collection a collection of demos, b-sides and compilation tracks by the Austin band Cotton Mather.

In the 90's Cotton Mather released three essential Power Pop albums that strongly evoked mid-period Beatles. In my opinion their second album Kontiki is one of "the" classics. Great songs, subtle and interesting production and a sequence that really hangs together. Lead singer Robert Harrison has evolved this sound in his latest project Future Clouds and Radar. He has two albums out that are well worth listening to.

The collection below is drawn from a series of postings from the sadly closed music blog Eternally Yours - so much thanks there:
  1. Flying (Tribute to Badfinger)
  2. Innocent Street (From Bam Balam Compilation)
  3. Spin My Wheels (Electric Version Posted on Website)
  4. Password (Working Demo)
  5. Little Star (From French Version of Kontiki)
  6. Don't Bother Me (Tribute to George Harrison)
  7. Homefront Cameo (Acoustic)
  8. Private Ruth (Acoustic Bonus from French Version of Kontiki)
  9. Lily Dreams on (Alternative Version from French Version of Kontiki)
  10. Ship Shape (From Crafty Flower Arranger)
  11. Aurora Bori Alice (Live Radio B-side of Password Single)
  12. Church of Wilson (Live Radio B-side of Password Single)
  13. Heaven's Helping (B-side from The Big Picture)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Owsley - Singles, Bonus and Compilation Tracks

I had been working on this project before hearing the news of Will Owsley's death.

This is a collection of tracks by Owsley from singles, guest appearances, and compilations:

  1. Psycho (A-side of single released in 2005)
  2. Changes (EP Track from Christian Band "Blue Sky Secret", co-written and some singing by Owsley)
  3. Endlessly (Demo)
  4. Mess With Me (Japanese bonus track from first album)
  5. Leave It All Behind (Demo for Amy Grant)
  6. Upside Down (B-side of single released in 2005)
  7. Got a Lot On My Head (From "Substitution Mass Confusion" Cars tribute)
  8. When Lonely Comes Around (From Owsley Yahoo Group sung by Owsley and Vince Gill and written by Owsley/Gill)
  9. Band On the Run (From Paul McCartney Tribute "Listen to What the Man Said")

Please fill me in if you know of any more rare tracks I've missed.So sad that there will be hearing no new work from Will.

Please support Will's family in their time of need. Donations in honor and memory of Will Owsley can be made to:

The Will Owsley Family Fund
c/o Christ Community Church
1215 Hillsboro Road
Franklin, TN 37069

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Will Owsley - We'll Miss You

I'm really having a hard time with the news that Will Owsley died today. Though I only caught his performance once, Owsley exemplified the kind of powerful tuneful music that Power Pop can be. He only released two official albums, but the quality of Owsley's music was of such a high order it will influence others in the space for years to come.

Will, we are going to miss you.