Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Show Post: In House #1546

Among the multitude of tribute albums and compilations that seem to have come out last year, some of you may recall the Dream Brother tribute to Tim and Jeff Buckley. The collection features a rather hodge-podge assortment of artists, ranging from the Magic Numbers, to Sufjan Stevens, to Kathryn Williams, and their various takes on the songs of the late father-son duo. Today finally sees the album's domestic U.S. release on Rykodisc. (For more from the original post back in November, go here).

As for the Buckleys themselves, it seems that whatever attention Tim's work never received was more than made up for by his son, who, while a dynamic performer, has always been a bit overrated as a musician. It's not necessarily a surprise then that it's Tim's compositions that shine through on Dream Brother, in particular Kathryn Williams' blue version of "Buzzin' Fly," and Sufjan Stevens in-your-ear-intimate take on "She Is." As with any tribute collection, there are head-scratchers and missteps: Bitmap's completely lost version of the title track, for example, but all in all it's a successful, if modest, take on the Buckleys' music.

In House #1546.
Airdate: 1/31/06
Focus: U.S. release of Dream Brother: The Songs of Tim & Jeff Buckley, plus new music from Micha P. Hinson, Beth Orton, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan and more.

BONUS- from the Dream Brother tribute:
Kathryn Williams: "Buzzin' Fly" (MP3)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. DJ,
If I'd only known I would have brought you Tim's first LP(my favorite piece of his work--what a voice)--still in mint condition!
Talk soon.

6:33 AM  

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