“Bands I Wish I’d Made Up” is a Figment News feature where I’ll highlight a real band that I wish I’d made up.  You know, as a fake band.  Make sense?  No?  That’s half the point.  Stop thinking and start rockin’!

Jason Isbell is an artist I’ve followed for some time, first as a member of the Southern Rock band the Drive-By Truckers and in the last few years as a solo artist and leader of Jason Isbell and the 440 Unit.  He’s a troubadour in the truest sense of the word, wrapping roots rock music around lyrics that touch on the human condition with an intelligence and street smart Southern wit that belie his age.  He’s a storyteller and damn good one at that.  I submit this recent performance of his song “Elephant” on Sirius XM’s “Outlaw Country” as proof positive.

“Bands I Wish I’d Made Up” is a Figment News feature where I’ll highlight a real band that I wish I’d made up.  You know, as a fake band.  Make sense?  No?  That’s half the point.  Stop thinking and start rockin’!

Cloud Nothings are an indie-rock band from Cleveland, OH.  HELLO CLEVELAND!!! But I digress.  The band is a great mish-mash of indie, noise and post-hardcore music.  Their latest album, “Attack On Memory”, was released in January 2012, and easily made my Top 10 for the year.  They spent last fall opening for Silversun Pickups and are currently touring Down Under, so if they hit your town make sure to check them out.  Now without further ado I present Cloud Nothings…

This is a new feature here on Figment News where I’ll highlight a real band that I wish I’d made up.  You know, as a fake band.  Make sense?  No?  That’s half the point.  Stop thinking and start rockin’!

I love the idea of two bands that are similar but different at the same time collaborating on an album together.  BXI is a perfect example.  Take one part Japanese experimental rock band that likes to combine drone metal, sludge metal, noise rock, psychedelic rock, ambient and pop, and add to them a quintessential hard rock howler and front man.  The Japanese experimental rock band?  None other than the heaviest band in Japan – Boris.  The howler?  Ian Astbury, lead singer of The Cult, Holy Barbarians and The Doors of the 21st Century.  Mix this concoction up and you’ve got one potent rock band. Enjoy, but remember to listen responsibly.

This is a new feature here on Figment News where I’ll highlight a real band that I wish I’d made up.  You know, as a fake band.  Make sense?  No?  That’s half the point.  Stop thinking and start rockin’!

Okay, so Bernard Purdie is not a band per se, but he’s one hell of a musician, and when you hear him play it certainly sounds like there is more than one person playing – that’s how good he is.  Here’s “the most recorded drummer in the world” playing the 16th Note Shuffle. Take it away Bernard!

And as an added bonus here’s Bernard talking about his long career in the music business.

Bands I Wish I’d Made Up

February 24th, 2012

This is a new feature here on Figment News where I’ll highlight a real band that I wish I’d made up.  You know, as a fake band.  Make sense?  No?  That’s half the point.  Stop thinking and start rockin’!

The first band I wish I’d made up is the Diamond Rugs. Made up of members of the Black Lips, Deer Tick, Los Lobos, Dead Confederate, and Six Finger Satellite. It’s a supergroup of sorts and the kind of shambolic collaboration that is sorely lacking in rock n’ roll these days. So sit back, pop open a cool one and “Gimme A Beer”!

Diamond Rugs – “Gimme A Beer” – Live in Atlanta from Partisan Records on Vimeo.