|Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Adam Joad - Scattered Hamlet|
|Written by Adam Joad|
|Sunday, 28 August 2016 04:00|
Hi Uber Rock readers! I am Adam Joad from Scattered Hamlet: I am the vocalist and play guitar and harmonica. We are prepping for our first FULL length album release later this year, our single, 'Swamp Rebel Machine', is out now. Check it out below.
These are my picks in no particular order, I have eclectic taste in music and I’m a fan of any style done well. I like to listen to stuff not in our genre a allot to get new ideas outside of box a little.
1.) 'Surrender' - Cheap Trick (from the album 'Heaven Tonight')
What a great band. I often watch live videos of these guys to get ideas for SH shows. They can create a seemingly simple pop rock song anyone can get into but at the same time add in tricks that show their skills as musicians. The key change in the last verse and outro is subtle but changes the entire feel of the tune. A lot of listeners may not catch that if they aren’t musicians but they definitely feel it. “Don’t give yourself away,” it has the swagger and that smokestack lightning I’m always looking for.
2.) 'Piano Man' - Billy Joel (from the album of the same name)
This song is timeless - it’s magic, it captures life. It’s my go to at any karaoke. Billy Joel, in addition to being a killer piano player and composer is also great at instrumentation layers and if it’s in the song he meant it to be there and it adds something. I connect with Billy Joel, he’s a blue collar man and he has a passion you can’t imitate. I always wondered if when an artist writes something this good if they know how special what they did was. If I wrote this I’d lay down the pen and walk away like I was the heavyweight champion of the world.... I’m glad Billy didn’t stop after this one though.
3.) 'Mr. Devil and the Black Widow Woman' - Beitthemeans (from the album 'Crude Alabama Storytellers')
Honestly for me Josh has some of the best feel on guitar that I’ve seen traveling all around the US. His approach to the slide is up there with Thorogood and some of the greats for me. I learned a lot playing with those guys and he and I are both really into '80s pop music so we always were rocking stuff like that before shows. This tune has it all and it’s from a 3 piece, if you don’t know this band you're missing out. I listen to it probably once a day when we aren’t on tour because it’s in my open G tuning guitar practice routine.
4.) 'Bad Mouth' - Fugazi (from the album 'First Demo')
Anyone that’s spent anytime in the punk community knows the power of Fugazi. I think this tune is Ian MacKaye and company at their best. We learned a lot from his Dischord model of album releases and controlling your creative direction. The rhythm section is unmistakeable and the message can be taken a lot of ways but the whole concept of “you can’t be what you were” always reminds me to live in the moment because that’s where life happens!
5.) 'In America' - Charlie Daniels (from the album 'Full Moon')
The guitars rip in this song and it’s as involved and tight as a lot of stuff that can be passed off as prog rock ---- but despite that it's very easy on the ears and the groove you can catch right away. I also think the message is important especially for people in the US. We’re really divided right now and that’s troubling, more so than I’ve ever seen in my life. 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' may be more popular but this song is what does it for me. It even references the Pittsburgh Steelers and growing up an hour South of Pittsburgh it always makes me think about home wherever I may be. For that early country rock or Southern rock though, this is a fine example.
6.) 'Purple Rain' - Prince (from the album of the same name)
I’m a huge Prince fan, and a Morris Day and the Time fan for that matter. With Prince and Lemmy both passing this year, it was a really hard year on musicians. These people just can’t be replaced. 'Purple Rain' originally wasn’t my favorite Prince track but as I’ve listened to it more and watched the original live version and realized most of this track was live and the epic guitar parts were improvised, it just brings it to a whole other level for me. We currently have a part in our set where Adam Newell does the whole lead break part as a tribute. As musicians we’ll be studying Prince for a long time.
7.) 'Stone The Crow' - Down (from the album 'NOLA')
What a talented line-up of players here. I discovered Corrosion of Conformity late, well after I started SH but this is one of the occasions when great musicians from other bands come together and it works. For me it’s Anselmo at his best too. We know Phil is hard but this song shows some soul and vulnerability. The guitar tones are right and I can’t say enough good things about this track.
8.) 'Free For All' - Ted Nugent (from the album of the same name)
Only one musician can finish a guitar run on a studio track with “suck it.” That’s Uncle Ted, he has that swagger, that skill, that magic. Like him or hate him he’s captivating. I’d like to spend an afternoon bowhunting or shooting with Ted on his ranch. I come from a long line of people and I know a lot of people who have similar perspectives as Uncle Ted so I’m generally not taken aback by his ramblings even if we aren’t always on the same page. Free for all is just funky and represents all the good things about rock and roll.... Come on, “When in doubt I whip it out, I got me a rock and roll band!” So awesome.
9.) 'Family Tradition' - Hank Williams Jr. (from the album of the same name)
We did this one with all my cousins at a wedding on karaoke. When my Grandma, who’s 97 right now, caught the boys of my generation doing something dumb she’d always say, “you guys are just like my brothers.” I come from a line of people who answered the call for the military, gambled, drank wild turkey and did all kinds of interesting things and I see me being in a band like this as part of that family tradition. Hank Jr. found himself on the tunes of this era stepping out of his iconic father’s shadow and bringing his own breed of country music. If modern Nashville sounded like this I’d probably make a country record.
10.) 'Promised Land' - Bruce Springsteen (from the album 'Darkness on the Edge of Town')
'Darkness of the Edge of Town' is my favorite Springsteen album and the Boss is probably my favorite artist. I had a buddy play in the E-Street band for a bit and after learning about him behind the scenes I’m even more of a Springsteen fan. I picked 'Promised Land' because the lyrics are clear and powerful and the instrumentation layers. Really though, 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' should be listened to as an album, which is really becoming a lost art. Sometimes I think I’m chasing things on the dark side of town in an effort to search for some kind of promised land --- this music speaks to me and a lot of different types of people.
11.) 'Carolina Blues' - Blues Traveller (from the album 'Straight on Till Morning')
This is how you bring modern blues to the mainstream. A sweet groove, repeating lyrics in the old blues style and some virtuoso harmonica weaved with guitar leads. I start bobbing my head and get all white man overbite when this tune comes on. I met John Popper after a set at the Viper room one night. I told him if I could have picked 3 people to not play harmonica in front of he’d be one, ha ha. He was really cool, he invited me to sit down in his booth and very humbly ask if it was cool if he gave me some harp tips. I accepted and for real, I look at the instrument entirely different now. He knows his stuff.
12.) '50,000 Unstoppable Watts' - Clutch (from the album 'Strange Cousins From the West')
I love some Clutch, like a lot of these bands I could have picked many of their tunes. I thought about 'Regulators' but this one just rips. I love the video for it too. Neil’s combination of mythology, conspiracy theory and pop culture is a lyrical approach most people couldn’t pull off. There’s a reason these guys have been around so long and they just keep getting better. Find a band that’s been out that long that gets better and honestly, there’s not very many. It’s hard to not get stale but these guys have the formula. They are from only a few hours from me so I give the Appalachian hill magic full credit for their badassness.
13.) 'Smokin' - Boston (from the self-titled album)
I could play this game all day, I love to talk about music. I almost gave this spot to Blue Oyster Cult but I went with Boston. Tom’s production, guitar tone and guitar harmonies are a classic rock staple. Brad’s vocal combination just brings it over the top. Boston is great at layering vocals too, just layering in general without being obnoxious. 'Smokin' isn’t my favorite Boston song but it’s a high energy and great introduction to the band for people who aren’t ready to sing power ballads with me, ha ha. He’s one of the reasons I’ve been interested lately in P-90’s on Les Pauls. I’ve never seen them live, I’d love to but I wish I had a time machine to catch them while Brad Delp was still alive.
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