Jason Schwartzman has been an extraordinarily busy man. Yes, he’s the Jason Schwartzman from the likes of Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, and more recently Bored To Death, one of the funniest and most quirky shows to come out of HBO’s programming. Despite his heavy acting schedule, he’s also managed to put the time together for two albums, Nighttiming and Davy. In no way is music the lesser of his talents either, putting together gorgeously textured melodies and contributing most of the instruments himself, he is easily comparable to the likes of Paul McCartney and Elliott Smith. This song, “Courtyard” builds from a simple acoustic production to something more beautiful and ornate, something Elliott Smith might have written had he not passed away.
Finally a day off of work and a new mixtape to celebrate the beautiful summer weather, this mix features some new releases and old favorites, all in 100 percent summer mode, some you might have heard of, others maybe not, but this mix is meant to be played in track order, a sublime summer celebration. The full mix after the jump.
The lyrics cry longing, the instruments dance and the band grooves pay attention to that little guitar lick (you’ll see what I mean) Sharon Jones’s performance, it wouldn’t be a stretch to call her the female James Brown, and sax solo is worth the download alone.
she’s swinging from my heartstrings
singing that she’s climbing up.
she drinks bourbon from her daddy’s favorite coffee cup.
and she’s flying down the highway
crying that she won’t confess.
she’ll walk to charlotte like a princess
in her mama’s wedding dress.
and i watch her break away
more and more every day.
thats just the opening verse, some people have a way with words, and heck he’s gotta thing for melody and arranging too.
J. Geils was the ultimate bar band, they had fun, they didn’t get bogged down by ambition, they rocked a dirty gritty sound anchored by Peter Wolf’s gruff vocals, you can tell they’re just having fun here, and the slide solo in the middle is absolutely euphoric.
If for just one reason, get the song for its beat, because shit it is heavy. Another? Beck is a hell of a producer and arranger, this one plays out like an updated Bill Withers song, funky, soulful and full of power.