“SONG FOR EWE”
with JOEL GION of BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is the percussionist and one of three original members from a band that wears its rock n roll portmanteau with pride, Brian Jonestown Massacre of “Dig!” film infamy.
He’s got sideburns that truly burn it up, and from a fellow wearer that’s about to rock I salute him. Although you could say hey to this original Mr. Tambourine Man, he’s got his very own psych singer-songwriter chops, releasing a slew of singles and the well-received “Apple Bonkers” album. But ahead of his second full-length, there’s a new single “Tomorrow” and today, here right now, he chooses a Love-ly “song for ewe”, it’s Joel Gion!
Joel’s new album was written in between two extensive 2016 tours with the very much still active Brian Jonestown Massacre and was written in a tumultuous year, originally calling out the political classism at the root of the Democratic conferences. Joel may have tapped in on a divisive disenfranchisement between the populous and the presidency, but in his own words “nobody in the free-thinking world would have ever dreamed things would wind up going this far south in the end”.
And in any event, Joel espouses living for the day, and being true to yourself however crazy things get. He’s all about spreading the love, which is apt, cos here’s his “song for ewe”…
“Love – Gather ‘Round
An obscure song from a not so obscure band. It’s the final track on the bombed “Out Here” album, the 1969 follow up album to the milestone “Forever Changes”.
While most of the record goes off in more of a new blues rock direction this song retains all the poetry and feeling of melancholic uplift as all the best Love moments that came before.
The lyrics are pure outsider sage backed by countrified floating guitar melodies picked in rare unclassification. It’s an unsung magic moment when Arthur Lee yet again goes next level on the whole world. These days a very hard to find and a pricey record.”
THANKS TO JOEL, SHAUNA AT SHAMELESS PR AND LILY CREIGHTMORE FOR HEADLINE PHOTO
“Tomorrow” is out now…