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Jul 22, 2014

The Curse of China Bull and Garage Rockabilly

There’s something about Ghost of a Man that really makes me want to go to a dark corner of Mississippi and meet the devil. Never in my life did I think I would want to be even close to Mississippi. I’ve had and still have plenty of contempt for the South, but if recent trips to Bonnaroo have done anything is give me an appreciation for the South, even if it’s still mostly a backwoods area full of similarly backwoods people.

There’s something entirely fascinating about Southern culture. The swamps hide the secrets of its cotton plantations. The closest thing to a landed American gentry used to reside in the Antebellum South. Lynchings, Jim Crow, the Confederacy, Robert E. Lee and William Faulkner; all of these build a Southern mythos and a mythos entirely unique to the American states.

That’s what Paul Cary is so successful at recreating in Ghost of a Man. It’s a tribute to the American Southern mythos. It introduces the listener to a world where men with thick Cajun accents reside in swamps, where men play on jugs and where Robert Johnson traded his soul to the Devil in exchange of fame and glory. And it would be totally unfair to call Ghost of a Man as an exercise in aesthetic, dismissing it as it would be just another Tarantino film; because there are some solid, great tunes in this album!

Take for example the opening track “The Curse of China Bull” a rompy, rockabilly track where Cary reminisces about a long career in the punk rock scene. While the garage aesthetic has been recently used and abused by a wide range of hype bands, Cary does something here entirely inventive with the modern day genre. He harkens it back to the days of old blues musicians like Robert Johnson and Lead Belly. It is a history lesson on the real roots of rock and roll, of Southern Gothic novels, andhe is damn phenomenal at it.

I can honestly see this album becoming a top 10 favorite of mine, pretty soon. And I can honestly see myself delving much deeper into the world of Delta Blues musicians and listening to old ‘78’s and I want to sincerely thank Cary for that.

Grade: A+

Outstanding Tracks:

  • "The Curse of China Bull"
  • "Angel from Heaven"
  • "Ghost of a Man"
  • "Bad People"
  • "Green Monster"
Jul 22, 2014 / 25 notes


I discovered many a new gem on the most recent Flamgirlant mix tape, this Paul Cary track being one of them (and probably my favourite). It comes off a really great album called ‘Ghost of a Man' (released way back in 2010). It sounds like it should be playing on the juke box in an episode of True Blood, in a scene where something bad is about to happen. Or a scene where something bad just happened. Or when two people are about to have sex. Which, I guess, means it sounds like it could be played in any scene of True Blood.

Side note, through the discovery of Paul Cary and the internet clicking that followed, I ended up finding out about Candy Dinner, who are doing something cool.

Paul Cary: Facebook | Bandcamp 

Jul 22, 2014 / 502 notes



more garage rock trash here:

can’t not blog da mums

(via paul-cary-music)

Jul 22, 2014 / 89 notes
Jul 16, 2014 / 6 notes


Paul Cary - Coyote (2009)

Jul 16, 2014 / 23 notes


Love the 50s/60s influence on production.

Gonna eventually try to listen to Delta Blues. And I will thank Paul Cary for it

Jul 15, 2014

New Name and Version 3

I’m going to be focusing on reviewing albums on this blog from here on out. It’s going to turn into an outlet for my musical obsessions, as well as an outlet for me to practice my writing.

I won’t be sharing much from my Instagram on here anymore, and the subject matter for this blog will be strictly the music I am listening to and my thoughts about it. Yup, that means I’m cutting out any insight into my personal life. Can’t remember if I shared much, anyways.

I don’t want to put a strict timetable on when I’m going to be pushing reviews. I have various ideas I want to put into work through this blog and I think it’s better if I just allow a bit more of spontaneity and free-flow into my rigidly throughout, planned out and organized life. Sometimes a bit of flexibility can do wonders.

All opinions are mine, blah blah, blah blah. Let’s get on with this. Genuinely excited for this

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Jun 23, 2014

I love the World Cup :)

Mexico 😍😍
Jun 23, 2014 / 1 note

Mexico 😍😍

So this arrived right before the Mexico game. Thank you @hamiltonleithauser for the double celebration *fingers crossed* 👌
Jun 23, 2014

So this arrived right before the Mexico game. Thank you @hamiltonleithauser for the double celebration *fingers crossed* 👌

This is my #fcf #davidbowie
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