Medford's Black Record Collection Starts to Ramble Again

Medford's Black Record Collection, headed by singer-songwriters Michael Davis and Matt Foster, earned local praise for the dusty mix of bluegrass, traditional folk, and radio-friendly Americana on their 2006 debut The Flattville Murder Album and the 2008 follow-up, Eccentricity NOS. The group lost some momentum after that but they're starting to ramble around Knoxville once again. Davis shares what he's been listening to as the band ramps back up.

Neko Case

Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti-, 2006)

The sounds on this record (and most of her others) are near perfect complements to the kind of dark poetry that Neko Case is almost peerless in writing. This thing is pure art.

Radiohead

Kid A (Capitol, 2000)

I put this one in recently to just listen and learn again, but it never works because I end up in a trance through the whole thing. Great example of a record that sinks into you in a way that you feel it more than hear it.

Punch Brothers

Antifogmatic (Nonesuch, 2010)

These guys are amazing at being all-around musicians. You don't find better instrumentalists, but their songwriting, lyrical intent, and vocals are just as good. Plus, they make truly engaging, interesting music out of their classical presentation, which is rare.

St. Vincent

Actor (4AD, 2009)

This record is crack. No—meth. No—meth/crack. Every beat and tone and lyric is in the right place, and feels unique. I wish everyone in the world listened to this.

Dwight Yoakam

Hillbilly Deluxe (Reprise, 1987)

Old favorite. The upbeat rockabilly country on it is the kind you don't get anymore, but the heartbreaking narrative tunes on it like "Johnson's Love" and "1,000 Miles" are the important ones.