by Molly Lambert
Kicked out of Fairport Convention for rocking too hard, Ian Matthews fronted a couple bands and then made three awesome California country-rock albums in the early seventies. Valley Hi is produced by Monkee Mike Nesmith. Ian self-produced his 1974 album, Some Days You Eat The Bear…Some Days The Bear Eats You.
Matthews has a beautiful voice and impeccable taste in cover songs. He covers Crazy Horse’s Danny Whitten’s masterpiece “I Don’t Want To Talk About It” and one of my favorite songs from twee pioneers Honeybus. Also a great Steely Dan tune and the made-famous-by-Nico/The Royal Tenenbaums “These Days“, which I just found out Jackson Browne wrote when he was sixteen. Christ. I guess Conor Oberst started way young, but call me when he writes a song as good as “These Days.”
Ian Matthews’s pants are perhaps a bit too tight. Nice blazer though!
Ol’ 55 – Ian Matthews (Tom Waits cover): mp3
I Don’t Wanna Talk About It – Ian Matthews (Danny Whitten cover): mp3
These Days – Ian Matthews (Jackson Browne cover): mp3
Dirty Work – Ian Matthews (Steely Dan cover): mp3
Do I Still Figure In Your Life? – Ian Matthews (Honeybus cover): mp3
Tried So Hard – Ian Matthews (Gene Clark cover): mp3
Lots of great singer-songwriter-folk-country-seventies-rock downloads on my new favorite Japanese blog Time Has Told Me, authored by a genius who goes by the name Lizardson.
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Lizardson also has an ALL DOORS BOOTLEGS music blog called Tightrope Ride. I feel the way about Jim Morrison and The Doors the way I feel about organized religion. It’s not Jesus I have a problem with, it’s his followers. Except replace “followers” with “Ray Manzarek.”
Okay, I guess he’s kind of attractive. But leather pants are ghey.
More prog, folk, psych, acid madness at the prolific Lost-In-Tyme, written by a global team of music dork e-super-friends.
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Molly Lambert is Senior Editor of This Recording. She is keeping a vigil for The Butterscotch Stallion.