. I've been totally smitten with the fine and wonderful music of Denver's own John Common since discovering his pair of truly superb solo albums earlier this year. In fact along with Jeff Litman I would have to rate Mr Common as my best new find of the year trickling away from us even as I type. The news that his third album Beautiful Empty will be upon us early in the new year utterly warms me to the cockles of my heart. As a Xmas treat John has put up a free to download sampler of six tracks, four from the first two albums and one a piece from his former band Rainville's pair of albums. . .
This EP is a gift to say thanks for all of your support. Please share these tracks with your friends! These songs are all taken from our four last records: 1) "In A Bookstore" from Good To Be Born 2) "LGM" from Why Birds Fly 3) "Other Side Of Town" from Good To Be Born 4) "Flesh Wound" from Why Birds Fly 5) "How 'Bout You?" from The Longest Street In America 6) "Pass That Bottle Down" from Collecting Empties Hope you enjoy them. John .
And heres where to go to to buy the first two albums once you have also become totally smitten by the man's amazing talent. http://johncommon.com/ . . Good To Be Born Smart, introspective songs and lush, layered arrangements combine with artful production choices and inspired performances on this debut record from Denver-based songwriter/musician/singer John Common. A classic "head phone album" from start to finish, 'Good To Be Born' is this former Rainville frontman's exploration into startling new territory with strong roots but no boundaries. . . Why Birds Fly Why Birds Fly is a 13-song collection of scratched films and charred photos that chronicle how things come together and then fall apart. Call it the dark "disc two" from the Good To Be Born sessions. This record shows Common as an artist at ease with quiet acoustic numbers, wordless sound landscapes and fully-orchestrated rock stunners. Wrapped in radio static and shot out into space, Why Birds Fly is both a great question and a troubling answer.
"I see in the near future a crisis approaching. It unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. The money powers preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than a monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. It denounces, as public enemies, all who question its methods or throw light upon its crimes. I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me & the financial institutions at the rear, the latter is my greatest foe. Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in the hands of a few, and the Republic is destroyed." -Abraham Lincoln, (letter to William Elkins, Nov 21, 1864)