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Tag: Bob Dylan’s Grandma

Watch This: Another Full Session

There have been a few recent posts that have commented on (and made attempts to amend) the recent hiatus that Watch This experienced. There will be two more extended packets following this installment of the series and then Watch This will be caught back up to the current release cycle. After the last entry — the longest compilation of any kind that’s ever run on this site — nearly exhausted the finest full sessions of the past month and a half, it felt necessary to turn the attention to some more abbreviated sessions.

Now, for the sake of consistency of time, a few full sessions appear toward the end of the compilation below. There are 83 total videos in this package but, as is always the case for this extended version of Watch This, 25 performances are featured. Had they been able to fit in without repeating or more properly aligned with what this entry’s trying to accomplish (without being repeat inclusions for the artist), Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings all had sessions that would have made the cut. That trio of clips alone should serve as a testament to the strength of this edition of the series. So, as always, sit up, adjust the volume, lean back, and Watch This.

1. Bully (The Current)
2. Those Manic Seas (Little Elephant)
3. Potty Mouth (Bedhead Sessions)
4. Torres (Paste)
5. Eddi Front (Hooke)
6. Alabama Shakes (Paste)
7. Tacocat (WFUV)
8. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (KCRW)
9. Seratones (WFUV)
10. Frightened Rabbit (KCRW)
11. Music Band (Jam in the Van)
12. Charles Bradley (KINK)
13. Mass Gothic (Rhapsody)
14. Greys (Exclaim!)
15. Izzy True (Don Giovanni)
16. Black Beach (Allston Pudding)
17. Erik Blood (Band In Seattle)
18. Acid Dad (Jam in the Van)
19. Suuns (Exclaim!)
20. Diarrhea Planet (Jam in the Van)
21. Parquet Courts (Rough Trade)
22. Negative Scanner (Pressure Drop)
23. Wild Powwers (Band In Seattle)
24. Burnt Palms (Pressure Drop)
25. Wimps (Band In Seattle)

Diarrhea Planet – Bob Dylan’s Grandma (Stream)

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Editor’s Note: There’s been a month-long gap in coverage, thanks to near-incessant travel and other extenuating circumstances. The following run of posts that contain this note will be posts that should have appeared sometime within the past several weeks. Use these posts as an opportunity to catch up to the present release cycle or to simply discover some new music. Either way, enjoy.

After making their mark a few years back, Diarrhea Planet have refused to slow down- if anything, they’ve been fearlessly accelerating. Despite a slew of member changes and temporary setbacks, the band’s somehow grown more focused, a fact evidenced by the surprisingly sharp and (of course) ridiculously-titled “Bob Dylan’s Grandma”. The band scales back their trademark bombast here to latch onto something that feels clearer and less manic, which winds up benefiting the band in intriguingly unique ways.

By continuing to enhance their more melodic bent and trimming out the wild excess of their earlier material, the band winds up with a staggering number that somehow manages to feel completely of its time while still paying due reverence to the band’s influences from acts of decades long past. There’s a newfound emphasis on vocal performance and lyrical narrative as well, which suits the band far better than most may have expected.

Of course, there are still theatrics to be found that are peppered throughout “Bob Dylan’s Grandma” (this is a Diarrhea Planet song, after all)  but even those feel remarkably restrained, especially when compared to the vast majority of the band’s previous output. Tasteful dynamics drive and, arguably, dominate the proceedings which never veer too far off of one of the most direct courses the band’s ever set. All of the unexpected choices culminate in one of the band’s best efforts to date, leaving the impression that the band’s far from over and still has plenty of things left to say.

Listen to “Bob Dylan’s Grandma” below and pre-order Turn To Gold from Infinity Cat here.