I know what you’re thinking: Damn, they forgot their Music Video Monday again. It’s happened before and I’m sure it will happen again, but this is not one of those times. I purposefully kept you out in the cold yesterday so I could premiere (on our blog) Bob Dylan’s new video for Duquesne Whistle from his 35th, yes 35th, studio album Tempest, available today. I will be purchasing this album later today to be sure and admittedly I’ve, also purposefully, not listened to anything from it simply because I like to go in fresh. Even today’s video I have not previewed, save for the first minute. It looks to be a fun, little video though, with hints of a scene from the incredible Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel movie, (500) Days of Summer. If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll know what I mean.
I know today is a devastating anniversary for American soils, but I find no truer testament to the contribution of American music than that of Mr. Robert Zimmerman (Dylan’s real name). So I thought he’d be a fitting contribution to this week’s installment of MVM. After all, what better way to say ‘fuck you, terrorists’ than to crank up Bob and crack open a Budweiser?
It hurts me to believe it, but I’m pretty sure not many of you reading this are big Dylan fans (after all, I’m the only one in the Hatch that blesses my ears with that raspy, smoky, sultry voice) but I encourage you to give him another shot. You don’t have to do so with this album, but check out his early stuff again. It speaks volumes even to this day. Whenever I listen to new singer/songwriters, be it Josh Ritter, Ryan Adams, Jose Gonzalez, Joe Purdy, or An Atlas to Follow, I always liken them to Dylan and if they can hold up (as most I just listed do), they are gold in my book. I’m looking forward to the purchase today so I can place the CD next to the other 34 albums of Dylan’s that I keep on their own shelf. I’ve heard from friends that he’s not much to listen to live anymore, but he still impresses me with his studio work and what he has to say. I hope he’ll eventually impress you too, once you take my advice and listen to his back catalogue that is (hell, just pick up Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks, Bringing It All Back Home, Desire, and Highway 61 Revisited and you’ll understand what I mean). Enjoy the week, folks and Happy Tuesday!