Trail Mix – Vic Chesnutt Vinyl Release On New West Records

first_imgBefore a couple years ago, I knew very little of Vic Chesnutt.I heard his name bandied about whenever my friends discussed their favorite songwriters. I knew he was a tragic figure, having been confined to a wheelchair since the age of eighteen after a devastating car crash, and that he died entirely too young. I knew he still managed to play guitar, even with the limited use of his hands, and I remember being surprised to learn that he had a bit role in Sling Blade, one of my favorite films.Recent years have seen me make efforts to relieve my ignorance. When I became interested in Vic’s music, I didn’t have to look far for an expert in the field. Charles Fontaine, one of my best friends, is a long time fan, acquaintance, and unofficial archivist for Vic. His collection of recorded and print material is impressive, with shelf upon shelf in his den dedicated to hours of nearly long lost, but thankfully not forgotten, live recordings, outtakes, and demos. It is a collection that would make any collector of any artist jealous, indicative of untold hours of work and unparalleled passion.When I got word that New West Records was going to be releasing a collection of Vic’s work on vinyl, I knew that I needed to chat with Charles, who is a serious fan of both Vic’s music and vinyl.Charles, who is enjoying his first couple weeks of fatherhood with his new daughter, Violet, was kind enough to take some time to chat with me about Vic’s music, his personal journey through it, and the pending release of Vic’s catalog on vinyl.BRO – Care to reminisce on the first time you heard Vic play?CF – The first time I heard a Vic song, it wasn’t actually Vic. My foray into his music came through the band Live. It was 1994 and I really loved their record Throwing Copper. In my pursuit to hear more stuff from them, I came across their live cover of Vic’s song “Supernatural.” It was so different from what I had been listening to and it instantly captivated me. I immediately went to my local Cat’s Music and tried to order a copy of Drunk, Vic’s record that had “Supernatural” on it. It took what felt like forever for it to come in. Once I heard it, I was hooked. As for hearing Vic play live, I wasn’t able to catch him until 2002 at a little place in Nashville called 12th & Porter. After that, I made the effort to see him on every tour thereafter and we became friendly. He was a hoot and an all around genuine guy.BRO – At what point did you make the transition from avid fan to unofficial archivist?CF – The thing about Vic is that he was so prolific. During his shows, he would often perform songs that he had either just written or that had never been released. I guess it’s always been in my nature to be a completist, so I started looking for and discovering live shows to find those gems that were never put on album. I eventually amassed such a collection that I ended up putting out live compilations of the unreleased songs. Vic used to be very fond of those and, whenever I would see him, I would hand him my newest comp. He seemed to appreciate the effort, and he would usually follow up after listening and tell me how much he enjoyed them. I collected live recordings from Vic’s earliest days through his final gig in 2009, home demos, unreleased cuts, outtakes, and albums, and I released over ten volumes of unreleased tracks totaling close to 150 songs. Some of those unreleased songs ended up being recorded and released before Vic died, which I was always pleased about, because there some incredible tunes there that needed to be heard.BRO – What one record are you most excited about in this vinyl release from New West?CF – I’ve always been partial to the early Texas Hotel records, so it’s nice to see a reissue of those, and the later stuff he recorded for New West is also excellent, but what I am really, truly excited about is the late September mystery release, which I understand is supposed to be unreleased stuff. I have no idea where it was culled from, nor what era we are talking about, but it’s got me giddy.BRO – Tell me about swapping paintings with Vic.CF – Vic was a creative sort. He was a musician, painter, and playwright, an all round bohemian. When I graduated from college, I had a shiny new Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree and I wanted to make art that I considered to be different from what I was making in school. One winter’s day in 1995, I went into my studio and put the song “Panic Pure,” from Vic’s 1992 album West of Rome, on repeat. I allowed what I heard in that song to influence my creative process and, a few hours later, I had created what I considered to be my first non-college piece of artwork. As a token of thanks for his inspiration, I presented that painting to Vic before a show in Asheville in 2003. He hung it above his fireplace, which to me was the coolest thing ever. A few years later, Vic sent me a watercolor that he had created and it remains one of my most prized possessions.BRO – What record should a listener new to Vic’s work grab from this collection?CF – Among Vic fans, the aforementioned West of Rome is his masterpiece. I can’t disagree with that. But picking a favorite Vic album or song is like picking a favorite child. It’s damned near impossible. He has songs for every mood. Some songs are maudlin, while others are down right goofy. I would suggest starting at the beginning with 1990’s Little and working through Vic’s growth, just as he did. Vic developed as a songwriter and his sound aged in a way that tells his story better than any book could.A total of seven Vic Chesnutt albums are slated for release on vinyl this year. The first, Little, came out last month. The second installment, Drunk, will be hitting the streets soon. The seven albums are available in a bundle or individually. Interested fans and vinyl collectors should point their browsers here to check out purchase options.And be sure to check out “Soft Picasso,” from Little, on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

Martinez hails ‘diamond’ Barkley

first_img Press Association The goal, and another fine individual performance, will ensure the 20-year-old will again be in the headlines after a string of excellent recent displays, and it is hard to see how Roy Hodgson can leave him out of England’s World Cup squad. The win moves Everton up to fourth in the Barclays Premier League table, and Martinez was left to heap more praise on his midfield starlet. “Ross is growing game by game. He is showing different aspects of his play, he is a quite incredible diamond of English football,” said the Everton manager. “The winning goal, technically, is as good as it gets. A lot has been said about Ross, but it’s always an understatement. “He’s an incredible listener and young man with a lot of potential. He always comes up with something different in a game to show he can develop. “I’m proud of seeing him grow. “You could see he was fighting with Romelu because Romelu really practices his free-kicks. “But Ross is a player who gets fed by feelings. He’s a natural talent who can play in any position. Seamus Coleman had given the visitors a 66th-minute lead with a ferocious strike, but they were pegged back when Bryan Oviedo put Dwight Tiendalli’s off-target effort into his own net. Everton were not to be denied, though, as Barkley stepped up with a free-kick which nicked the underside of the crossbar on its way in. “We didn’t know he could take free-kicks, but it’s good to know from now on.” Everton thoroughly merited their success, which tees up back-to-back home games against Sunderland and Southampton. Although the Merseysiders were not at their best, they still created the majority of the significant chances. And Martinez felt the win at one of his former clubs was as satisfying as any win during a season which has also included successes against Chelsea and Manchester United. “We had three difficult away games. At Old Trafford, the Emirates and the Liberty and this was the biggest test,” he said. “It’s easy to keep your concentration levels when you go to the other two, but unless you are 100 per cent when you haven’t got the ball, this Swansea side will punish you. “I couldn’t be happier. We weren’t at our best, but we kept Swansea quiet. We conceded a soft goal by our standards, but we had the desire and our determination to want to win the game was pleasing. “It’s the best satisfaction of the season.” Martinez was also confident the problem which saw Steven Pienaar limp off late in the game will not keep the South African out of the Boxing Day meeting with Sunderland. Swansea manager Michael Laudrup felt his side should have got something from the game. “I think we deserved more,” he said. “The first half was tight, there were not many chances but they came out second half and went in front with a strike from distance. “We fought back as we really wanted something out of this game but the thing that is most disappointing is I thought in the last 10 minutes they were happy to take a point. “We were still pushing to get a winner and then they got it from a free-kick. “But we have to accept it.” Laudrup also had praise for Barkley, saying: “He is a great talent, he is a great runner with the ball, he can play in tight areas, he is definitely a big talent. “He already has a lot of talents for someone so young.” Laudrup confirmed Swansea are set to make a decision on whether Michu undergoes surgery on an ankle injury. “We will know more tomorrow,” he said. “He may have a chance for Boxing Day but we will see, we will have a final opinion from an expert and then decide. “If tomorrow the information suggests he needs an operation he will have surgery in the very near future. “Obviously we are not happy he could be out for several weeks, but the most disappointed person is Michu. “If it is bad news tomorrow, added to what happened to Nathan Dyer last week, we will have to think about what to do in January.” Roberto Martinez described Ross Barkley as a footballing “diamond” after the midfielder further enhanced his ever-growing reputation by scoring a stunning winner in Everton’s 2-1 victory at Swansea.last_img read more

Scarlets stun Leinster

first_img After strong work from the forwards which took play to the Leinster line, the home side appeared to have butchered an overlap. However, they regrouped well and silky hands from Kiwi centre Regan King put full-back Jordan Williams over. A long-range Gopperth penalty reduced the arrears to two points, then it needed a try-saving tackle from Barclay to deny opposite number Jack Conan, with James Davies claiming a crucial turnover. The outstanding Barclay was then involved at the opposite end of the field, bursting through to set up the Scarlets third try, finished off with an outstretched hand by replacement Rory Pitman. Shingler couldn’t land the conversion and seven points separated the sides going into the final 13 minutes. Replacement Rhys Priestland landed a penalty to put more distance between the sides and Leinster left empty handed after a score by full-back Zane Kirchner was ruled out by the TMO in the final minutes. Press Association Scarlets boosted their European Champions Cup qualification ambitions by seeing off Leinster 23-13 in a rousing Guinness Pro12 clash at Parc y Scarlets. Both sides welcomed back Six Nations squad members with British and Irish Lions prop Cian Healy making his first Leinster start since September, while Wales centre Scott Williams had not pulled on a Scarlets jersey for six weeks. And the Scarlets’ vice-captain came to the fore in a bright start from the home side, which was rewarded with a penalty from fly-half Steve Shingler after 10 minutes. However, Leinster began to grow into the game as the half wore on and on 18 minutes they showed the clinical edge of champions to claim the game’s opening try. After Leinster had set up an attack in the home 22, former NRL star Ben Te’o cut an exquisite angle through the Scarlets midfield before stepping his way to score at the posts. Fly-half Jimmy Gopperth landed the simple conversion. The Wasps-bound number 10 added another three points following more pressure from the visitors, but Scarlets responded strongly and crossed for their first try just before the half-hour mark. Some slick handling by the home backs had Leinster on the back foot and Scotland back-rower John Barclay did well to squeeze in at the corner – although it needed the television match official to confirm the number eight had avoided touch in the process of touching down. Shingler was short with the conversion and it meant Leinster held a slender 10-8 advantage at the interval. However, a well-worked team try from the Scarlets wiped out that advantage 11 minutes after the restart. The home side remain outside of the top six, but are now just three points behind Connacht in the battle to book a place among Europe’s elite. It was a deserved win for the Llanelli-based region, who put a big dent in Leinster’s play-off hopes with just five rounds of action remaining. last_img read more

HAIL THE BRAVE SURFERS OF DUNFANAGHY!

first_imgThe brave pair get ready for their surf.There may have been hailstones on the beach in Dunfanaghy but that didn’t stop these brave surfers fro catching some waves.Up and awayvvvvve!The pair had to walk over the freezing balls of ice before taking to their boards in the freezing waters off Donegal.Luckily they had what looks like two very warm hooded wetsuits. But we can’t help thinking a nice armchair before a roaring fire would have been warmer!Many thanks to Paul McGlinchey for the pictures.The hailstones which came on the beach at Dunfanaghy.HAIL THE BRAVE SURFERS OF DUNFANAGHY! was last modified: January 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDunfanaghyhailstonessurferswaveslast_img read more