Isolation Drills is the twelfth album by Dayton, Ohio indie rock group Guided by Voices. It was their second and final LP released under TVT Records and their second to feature a major rock producer in Rob Schnapf; the album was their first to chart on the Billboard 200, peaking at number 168. The album notably features instrumental contributions from Elliott Smith. "Skills Like This" was featured on the ESPN Ultimate X Soundtrack compilation album. "Glad Girls" was nominated for the High Times "Pot Song of the Year" award. "Chasing Heather Crazy" was named the 319th best song of the decade by Pitchfork. In 2014, the album was ranked number 92 on PopMatters' list of the Best Albums of the'00s. Isolation Drills is the highest rating album on the aggregate review website Metacritic of their submitted studio albums. All songs written by Robert Pollard. "Fair Touching" – 3:07 "Skills Like This" – 2:47 "Chasing Heather Crazy" – 2:53 "Frostman" – 0:55 "Twilight Campfighter" – 3:07 "Sister, I Need Wine" – 1:40 "Want One" – 1:48 "The Enemy" – 4:53 "Unspirited" – 2:25 "Glad Girls" – 3:49 "Run Wild" – 3:48 "Pivotal Film" – 3:10 "How's My Drinking" – 2:38 "The Brides Have Hit Glass" – 2:51 "Fine to See You" – 3:16 "Privately" – 4:05
Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith was an American singer and multi-instrumentalist. Smith was born in Omaha, raised in Texas, lived much of his life in Portland, where he first gained popularity. Smith's primary instrument was the guitar, though he used piano, bass guitar and harmonica. Smith had a distinctive vocal style, characterized by his "whispery, spiderweb-thin delivery", used multi-tracking to create vocal layers and harmonies. After playing in the rock band Heatmiser for several years, Smith began his solo career in 1994, with releases on the independent record labels Cavity Search and Kill Rock Stars. In 1997, he signed a contract with DreamWorks Records. Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song "Miss Misery"—included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting —was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1998. Smith was a heavy drinker and drug user, was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and major depressive disorder, his struggles with drugs and mental illness impacted his life and work, with these topics appearing in his lyrics.
In 2003, aged 34, he died in Los Angeles, from two stab wounds to the chest. The autopsy evidence was inconclusive as to whether the wounds were self-inflicted or the result of homicide. At the time of his death, Smith was working on his sixth studio album, From a Basement on the Hill, posthumously completed and released in 2004. Steven Paul Smith was born at the Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, the only child of Gary Smith, a student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Bunny Kay Berryman, an elementary school music teacher, his parents divorced when he was six months old, Smith moved with his mother to Duncanville, Texas. Smith had a tattoo of a map of Texas drawn on his upper arm and said: "I didn't get it because I like Texas, kind of the opposite, but I won't forget about it, although I'm tempted to because I don't like it there."Smith endured a difficult childhood and a troubled relationship with his stepfather Charlie Welch. Smith stated he may have been sexually abused by Welch at a young age, an allegation which Welch has denied.
He wrote about this part of his life in "Some Song". The name "Charlie" appears in songs "Flowers for Charlie" and "No Confidence Man." In a 2004 interview, Jennifer Chiba, Smith's partner at the time of his death, said that Smith's difficult childhood was why he needed to sedate himself with drugs as an adult: "He was remembering traumatic things from his childhood – parts of things. It's not my place to say what."For much of his childhood, Smith's family was a part of the Community of Christ but began attending services at a local Methodist Church. Smith felt that going to church did little for him, except make him "really scared of Hell". In 2001, he said: "I don't buy into any structured version of spirituality, but I have my own version of it."Smith began playing piano at age nine, at ten began learning guitar on a small acoustic guitar bought for him by his father. At this age he composed an original piano piece, "Fantasy", which won him a prize at an arts festival. Many of the people on his mother's side of the family were non-professional musicians.
At fourteen, Smith left his mother's home in Texas and moved to Portland, Oregon, to live with his father, working as a psychiatrist. It was around this time, he began experimenting with recording for the first time after borrowing a four-track recorder. At high school, Smith played guitar and piano, he graduated from Lincoln High School as a National Merit Scholar. After graduation, Smith began calling himself "Elliott", saying that he thought "Steve" sounded too much like a "jock" name, that "Steven" sounded "too bookish". According to friends, he had used the pseudonym "Elliott Stillwater-Rotter" during his time in the band A Murder of Crows. Biographer S. R. Shutt speculates that the name was either inspired by Elliott Avenue, a street that Smith had lived on in Portland, or that it was suggested by his then-girlfriend. A junior high acquaintance of Smith speculates Smith changed his name so as not to be confused with Steve Smith, the drummer of Journey. Smith graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1991 with a degree in philosophy and political science.
"Went straight through in four years", he explained to Under the Radar in 2003. "I guess it proved to myself that I could do something I didn't want to for four years. Except I did like what I was studying. At the time it seemed like,'This is your one and only chance to go to college and you had just better do it because some day you might wish that you did.' Plus, the whole reason I applied in the first place was because of my girlfriend, I had gotten accepted even though we had broken up before the first day." After he graduated, he "worked in a bakery back in Portland with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and legal theory". While at Hampshire, Smith formed the band Heatmiser with classmate Neil Gust. After Smith graduated from Hampshire, the band added drummer Tony Lash and bassist Brandt Peterson and began performing around Portland in 1992; the group released the albums Dead Air and Cop and Speeder as well as the Yellow No. 5 EP on Frontier Records. They were signed to Virgin Records to release
Dr. Dog is an American rock band based in Philadelphia, United States, its lineup consists of Toby Leaman, Scott McMicken, Frank McElroy, Zach Miller, Eric Slick. Lead vocal duties are shared with all members contributing harmonies. In addition, each band member has a nickname beginning with the letter T, they have explained that friends of the band receive nicknames, which are drawn from aspects of their lives and personalities; the band's musical styling of indie rock is influenced by bands of the 1960s, such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys, but they have touched upon more unrelated genres since their inception. Their earlier recordings show influence of the lo-fi sound and pop sensibilities of indie rock bands of the 1990s, such as Guided by Voices and Pavement, although recent albums have featured more polished production; the origins of Dr. Dog trace back to Leaman and McMicken first playing music together in eighth grade; the two never played covers, opting to write all of their own music.
The band began as an offshoot of Leaman's and McMicken's earlier music project, during college at West Chester University, PA, called Raccoon. Dr. Dog formed with the addition of Miller, drummer Ted Mark, guitarist Doug O'Donnell while attending West Chester, their early recordings were experimental and recorded on eight track. They self-recorded and self-released their first album The Psychedelic Swamp in 2001. Starting in 2002, Leaman, McMicken, O'Donnell played bluegrass with friends at the London Grill in the Fairmount Section of Philadelphia under the pseudonym "Conowingo Homeboys". Meanwhile, Leaman and O'Donnell split time in both Dr. Dog and another band, Doublehorse! They released Toothbrush in 2002. Mark left the band in 2003 and O'Donnell left in 2004. Juston Stens replaced Ted Mark on drums; the band's early years were spent in and around Philadelphia where they developed a small but dedicated fanbase touring with other local bands such as The Teeth. In 2004, My Morning Jacket invited them on two tours after a copy of Toothbrush was given to Jim James after a My Morning Jacket show.
Soon after, The New York Times music critic Kelefa Sanneh praised the group's album Easy Beat in a December 2004 article, leading to attention from other critics. They signed with Park The Van Records, who released the album Easy Beat, completed their first cross-country tour in 2005. A music video was released for the song "Fool's Life". Late 2005 saw the departure of Jones. Jones was replaced by a friend of Stens from New Jersey; the band continued to tour as their popularity grew, due in part to their use of the internet to promote their growing catalog. By 2006, Dr. Dog started using a new studio as well as new recording equipment. Philadelphia engineer/producer Bill Moriarty, who they share the studio with, is credited in helping the members use this new equipment to create particular sounds they wanted in their new recordings due to his vast knowledge in recording tools and methods; that year, they released the Takers and Leavers EP. Two of the tracks on the EP would be released on their next album.
In 2007, they released We All Belong, which has a markedly cleaner production compared to earlier albums. They appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman in support of the album. Through the late summer of 2007, Dr. Dog streamed ten unreleased tracks on their website, with a new song debuting weekly. Songs were posted each Monday from July 2 until September 3; these recordings were released as an album titled Passed Away, Vol. 1. In 2008, the band released Fate, they appeared again on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on July 17, 2008, in support of the album and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on April 2, 2009 as well as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. The band went on tour with The Cave Singers and label-mates Golden Boots. On July 29, 2009, Dr. Dog signed to ANTI- Records; the first album on their new label, titled Shame, was released on April 6, 2010. Scott McMicken characterized the album as more modern, a little more punk rock, more prominently featuring electric guitars, so as to reflect the band's live show.
In early 2010, Eric Slick replaced Juston Stens on drums for the Shame, Shame tours although Stens plays most of the drums on the record. Stens continues to make music with the Get Real Gang. Dr. Dog toured in support of Shame, Shame for about two years and performed again on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. For 2010's Black Friday Record Store Day, the band released a limited red and blue 7" collection of four tracks recorded in summer 2011; these were the first songs recorded with Eric Slick on drums. They were rer-eleased with Shame, Shame as a deluxe edition of the album. On October 26, 2011, McMicken announced that their new album, Be the Void would be released in February 2012. Recorded at the band's "Meth Beach" studio and co-produced by Nathan Sabatino of Golden Boots; this was the first full album made with Dimitri Manos in the band Golden Boots, as an official member of the band. He once filled in for Juston Stens last minute for a whole tour, they released a new 7" on a variety of colors for the November 2011 Record Store Day including the tracks "Warrior Man" and "Control Yourself" which would appear on Be The Void.
On January 31, 2012, Be The Void was first available to be streamed on Conan O'Brien's website one week before its official release. It was released on February 7 on ANTI- Records, they performed the song "That Old Black Hole" on Conan, February 8 an
Booker T. Jones
Booker Taliaferro Jones Jr. is an American multi-instrumentalist, record producer and arranger, best known as the frontman of the band Booker T. & the M. G.'s. He has worked in the studios with many well-known artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, earning him a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement. Booker T. Jones was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on November 12, 1944, he was named after his father, Booker T. Jones, Sr., named in honor of Booker T. Washington, the educator. Booker T. Jones, Sr. was a science teacher at the school, providing the family with a stable, lower middle-class lifestyle. Jones was musically a child prodigy, playing the oboe, trombone, double bass, piano at school and organ at church. Jones attended Booker T. Washington High School, the alma mater of Rufus Thomas, contributed with future stars like Isaac Hayes's writing partner David Porter, saxophonist Andrew Love of the Memphis Horns, soul singer/songwriter William Bell, Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White. Jones's entry into professional music came at the age of 16, when he played baritone saxophone on Satellite Records' first hit, "Cause I Love You," by Carla and Rufus.
Willie Mitchell hired Jones for his band, in which Jones started on sax and moved to bass. It was here. Jones formed a combo with White and Porter, in which he played guitar. While hanging around the Satellite Record Shop run by Estelle Axton, co-owner of Satellite Records with her brother Jim Stewart, Jones met record clerk Steve Cropper, who would become one of the MGs when the group formed in 1962. Besides Jones on organ and Cropper on guitar, Booker T. and the MGs featured Lewie Steinberg on bass guitar and Al Jackson, Jr. on drums. While still in high school, Jones co-wrote the group's classic instrumental "Green Onions,", a massive hit in 1962. Bob Altshuler wrote the sleeve notes on the first Booker T. & the M. G.'s album Green Onions released by Stax Records in 1962: musical talents became apparent at a early age. By the time he entered high school, Booker was a semi-professional, recognized as the most talented musician in his school, he was appointed director of the school band for four years, in addition, organized the school dance orchestra which played for proms throughout the Mid-South.
In the classroom, he concentrated on the studies of music theory and harmony.... Booker's multiple activities earned him a coveted honour, that of being listed in the students' "Who's Who of American High Schools." Booker's first instrument was the string bass. Booker came to the attention of record executive Jim Stewart in Memphis, while still in high school he worked as a staff musician for Stax Records, appearing as sideman on many recording dates for that label, it became obvious that one day Booker would be ready to record under his own name and several months Booker's first recording session was set. Over the next few years, Jones divided his time between studying classical music composition and transposition at Indiana University, playing with the MGs on the weekends back in Memphis, serving as a session musician with other Stax acts, writing songs that became regarded as classics, he wrote, with Eddie Floyd, "I've Never Found a Girl," Otis Redding's "I Love You More Than Words Can Say," and, with William Bell, bluesman Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign".
In 1970, Jones moved to California and stopped playing sessions for Stax after becoming frustrated with Stax's treatment of the MGs as employees rather than musicians. Though Jones was given the title of Vice President at Stax before leaving, as he put it, "There were titles given but we didn't make the decisions." While still under contract to Stax, he appeared on Stephen Stills's eponymous album. The 1971 album Melting Pot would be the last Booker T. & the M. G.'s album issued on Stax. Jones was married to sister of singer Rita Coolidge, he produced Priscilla's first album Gypsy Queen in 1970. Making the charts as a solo artist in 1981 with "I Want You," he produced an album by Rita Coolidge, plus Bill Withers's debut album Just as I Am, Willie Nelson's album Stardust. Jones has added his keyboard playing to artists ranging from the R&B/pop/blues of Ray Charles to the folk rock/country rock of Neil Young. On June 18, 1985, Jones married Nanine Warhurst, they have three children together, an additional five stepchildren from their prior relationships.
On March 1, 1995, Booker T. & the MGs won their first Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the song "Cruisin'". Jones still plays with his own small combo called the Booker T. Jones Band, his current touring group includes Vernon "Ice" Black, Darian Gray, Melvin Brannon. Jones was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, was honored with a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement on February 11, 2007. In 2007, Jones was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2009 he released a new solo album, Potato Hole, recorded with the Drive-By Truckers, featuring Neil Young, he performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival with Drive-By Truckers on J
"Baby Britain" is a song by American singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. It was released in 1999 by record label DreamWorks as the second single from his fourth studio album, XO. "Baby Britain" was released in 1999 by record label DreamWorks as the second single from his fourth studio album, XO. The single reached number 55 in the UK Singles Chart. A music video, directed by Steve Hanft, was made for the song. In the video, Smith can be seen in a recording studio playing various instruments, including a guitar, piano and drums. There is footage of Smith playing live; the band Bayside covered "Baby Britain" on their 2006 album Acoustic. CD single 1"Baby Britain" "Waltz #1" "The Enemy Is You"CD single 2"Baby Britain" "Some Song" "Bottle Up & Explode"7" single"Baby Britain" "Waltz #1" Elliott Smith - vocals, bass, mandolin, organ Rob Schnapf - guitars Joanna Bolme - recording Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics