To my ear it’s part Boston, part Chicago, and part Copenhagen, and sounds nothing like Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s Texas accent, but I’m reminded of her when I listen to him singI can’t imagine mistaking either voice for somebody else. (For a while I confused Gilmore with the character Smokey from The Big Lebowski, then I found out that it was Gilmore in the movie.) Gilmore’s most recent record, Come On Back, is a terrific collection of country hits; some songs are available for listening on his web site.
» Hear Jimmie Dale Gilmore at his web site
Other voices? Ira Kaplan’s, of Yo La Tengo, is an Eames Chair of sortsiconically comfortable for a certain set and long celebrated. I remember back when pushing YLT records made me feel very in-the-know and indie-meister; now, pushing a new YLT single, I want to buy a Passat.
» Hear new Yo La Tengo at Music For Robots
Seeing Sound Team last year, my friend Dmitri and I tried to place lead singer Matt Oliver’s voice. There’s wonderful brio and lots of thistle in there, but for some reason we went more for Elvis Costello than Bono, probably for earnestness-as-badge rather than earnestness-as-plea. Costello’s recently been jotting around with Allen Toussaint, a mish-mash that makes me wish Steely Dan would call up Manu Chao.
» Hear Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint at Soul Shower
Speaking of Manu Chao, and thinking of voices, I’m reminded of one of my favorite albums from this past year, 16 piano themes called Solo Piano by Gonzales, the Paris-based Canadian producer/instrumentalist/rapper/sasquatch. Sort of Eric Satie-like, sort of a soundtrack to a missing early Woody Allen silent picturea sample of the sound can be found in his deconstruction of Feist’s One Evening.
» Hear Gonzales at And Through The Wire
And, for the big finale, a ludicrous movie trailer dub that reminds me of Josh Allen’s Behind the Scenes: The Minority Report Trailer. Happy Wednesday.
» Hear Voice Over by Brian Joseph Davis at WFMU