So, the short version – I was hacked. But thanks to some great work from my hosting company HostGator, I’m back.

And back with a vengance. I have to thank my bestest music buddy in the whole wide world, Andrea, and her provision of a few of her recommended tunes. As I browsed through these, one of them suddenly jumped out at me – “Dandelion”, by the Damnwells.

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My initial reaction was, “Hmmmm, this is very Ryan Adams….Well, no, this is very Ryan Adams pre-Ryan Adams, when he was with a fantastic alt-country group called Whiskeytown”. Yes, yes I do actually think in sentences like that. Sad, isn’t it?

Anyway, I digress. Doing some research on the Damnwells (well, reading their Wikipedia entry), I gave myself a congratulatory pat on the back when I read:

and Steven Terry (ex-Whiskeytown) on drums.

Although said entry does insist they’re an “indie rock band”, they’re not really. They are, however, one of the few bands who “get” the way music is going in this day and age. From their website:

As of February 10, 2009, we will be offering the new Damnwells record, One Last Century, for free download from the website.

A few words regarding this free record.

I suppose the hardest thing to explain to people is why I’m giving this record away. “You’re just going to give it away?” seems antithetical to the human brain. “Is this just a bunch of b-sides or something? Some ‘give away’ material you don’t mind releasing into the ether?” No. Quite the contrary. I have never worked so hard or put so much of myself into a collection of recorded songs. It is for just this reason that I want to give it away. To me it makes perfect sense. I just want people to hear this music, and I don’t want them to have to enter into some kind of contractual agreement with a third party to do so. Download the record, copy it and give it to your friends, lovers, and enemies. Whatever. It’s so hard these days just to get the actual music into people’s houses and cars, let alone their ears. Besides, I know everyone’s broke, maybe I can supply the soundtrack. So, I just want to give this music away because I want people to hear it. I should have done this years ago. I’m starting over.

So, I give you a wonderful little ditty called Dandelion, all alt-country happiness and bouncy plucked guitars…I dare you not to tap your feet to this one…

Hey little stick around girl
I wanna know why
Why do you turn me outside?
Can’t you just turn around?
My money is on the heartbreak
My hands are on the wheel
Hey little kiss a while girl
Didn’t I see you cry?

Hey honey Saturday high
Even though it’s Monday night
I see you runnin’ ‘way girl
Runnin’ since your 16
My eyes are on the last page
Money’s come and gone
Hey honey what I want is
Whatever you gonna give
Whatever you gonna give
To me

I don’t wanna be a maybe
Baby let me drive you crazy
Wanna be your dandelion
Don’t you go and leave me stranded
I’m empty on my second hand and
So if you give me little time
I wanna be your dandelion

Hey little lonely smile girl
Singin’ behind your eyes
Destination’s never known but I’m always there on time
Money’s on the heartbreak
My hands are on the wheel
Hey honey what I want is
Whatever you gonna give
Whatever you gonna give
To me

I don’t wanna be a maybe
Baby let me drive you crazy
Wanna be your dandelion
Don’t you go and leave me stranded
I’m empty on my second hand and
So if you give me little time
I wanna be your dandelion

I don’t wanna be a maybe
Baby let me drive you crazy
Wanna be your dandelion
Don’t you go and leave me stranded
I’m empty on my second hand and
So if you give me little time
I wanna be your dandelion

So, get yourself to the Damnwells’ website, get yourself a copy of their new album “One Last Century” for free, and enjoy every second of it.

The Damnwells – Dandelion

www: The Damnwells official site