The Band, "Up on Cripple Creek"
Opening with Robbie Robertson's funky guitar lead, "Up on Cripple Creek" picks up right where Music from Big Pink's "The Weight" left off. And when Levon Helm hits the chorus, all breaks lose: "Up on cripple creek, she sends me / If I spring a leak, she mends me / I don't have to speak, she defends me / A drunkard's dream if I ever did see one." These lines paired with the lo-de-lo-de-hoos near the end just might make it the feel good song of 1969 and the best song ever about alcohol and/or girls. Excluding Bjork and Joanna Newsom, yodeling has never been sexier.
The Frames, Set List
First St. Patrick's Day, and now the Frames. I have this feeling that it's really awesome to be Irish, and the rest of us have no idea what we're missing. But, after 15 years and huge success in Europe, the Frames may finally be bringing their lucky charms to the States. Their current album, Burn the Maps, is great, but their live show is easily one of the best around. Listening to Hansard go from soft and sweet to screaming rock on their live album, Set List is a much better way to spend Patty's Day than making green cookies.