Levon Helm, drummer for The Band and singer on such all-time great songs as “The Weight” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, died after a battle with throat cancer on Thursday at the age of 71. That same day, ANR members Michael-John Hancock and Brian Robertson and saxophonist Paul Roth recorded “All La Glory”, a track off of The Band’s third studio album, Stage Fright (1970). “Levon Helm was a big hero of ours,” ANR explained when they posted the track online Saturday night, “much as he was a big hero to many.”
The Miami musicians’ choice of cover makes for a fitting commemoration of a great man laid to rest. “It’s time for you to dream away,” sings Levon in the sage Southern drawl that gave so many of The Band’s songs their inimitable American authenticity. “‘Cause for a big day that you’ve been through, you’ve done all the things that you wanted to.” Helm may not have done all the things that he wanted to, but he certainly lived a big life and made some beautiful music. Thanks to ANR for the moving tribute. You can listen to the original version of “All La Glory” after the jump. Enjoy.
In the spirit of Halloween, or plain ol’ murder, Miami synth rock duo ANR (Michael John Hancock and Brian Robertson) dropped “Bad Shit” via 10K Islands on Monday. Hancock seems to sing the pretty ditty from the perspective of a love-confounded murderer who can’t help himself: “Desperate women in my path/If you’d only done the math.” The warm arpeggio on guitar, Hancock’s soft crooning, and the precious piano touches only serve to make the chilling lyric creepier.
You’ve got a way to make me cry,
Make me call the FBI,
Say, “There’s nothing they can do.”
You got into some bad shit
And now you’re gonna pay for it
‘Cos I got into a bad mood.
It isn’t until the electronic kaleidoscope kicks in at 2:08 that the song turns overtly sinister, with Hancock singing “Getting home on a tightrope” in a wavering falsetto that suggests what this keyed-up character is capable of.
ANR is currently finishing up a tour that will end on Nov. 11 with a show at Bardot. Until then, get yourself into some “Bad Shit”.