My new favorite band this week is the Beaumonts - their new one is "Where Do You Want It?" and it's on Saustex Records. There's no pretense - it's all about sex, booze, drugs and rock & roll in a politically incorrect, screamingly funny collection of country rock songs.
The first two songs offer a clue, "I Like Drinkin"' and "I Like Women." Then there's "(If You Don't) Love the Lord," a honest question and an unpleasant answer, which I cannot repeat in a family newspaper, would be sufficient to make Pat Robertson's head explode (or as Bill Maher's calls him Evil Uncle Chuckles).
And the tune, "Toby Keith," about the right wing redneck is such a jaw dropper and a head shaker - doubt if he'll ever cover that one, but it makes "Don Henley Must Die" by Mojo Nixon seem fairly benign.
Dream triple bill: Pinkard & Bowden, the Reverend Billy C. Wirtz and the Beaumonts. This is twisted redneck rock at it's twisty-est. Twice.
The My Morning Jacket dude, Jim James, has a solo album, "Regions of Light and Sound of God" and it's on Ato Records. James still looks like the Meathead on the early seasons of "All in the Family" and when and if bearded hippies come back, he'll be like a god. Irrelevant visual esthetics aside, James' music is baroque and befuddled and nothing you want to hear twice. For example, on the first tune, the recurring chorus is a first grade flashback as he recites the vowels you should know, "A-E-I-O-U" (what no "sometimes Y?)
My Morning Jacket has become a faded Pepsi Generation t-shirt with holes in it.