Band of Blacky Ranchette, the / Still Lookin' Good to Me
Album: Still Lookin' Good to Me   Collection:General
Artist:Band of Blacky Ranchette, the   Added:Dec 2003
Label:Thrill Jockey Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-01-12 Pull Date: 2004-03-15
Week Ending: Mar 7 Feb 15 Feb 8 Feb 1 Jan 25 Jan 18
Airplays: 1 1 1 3 3 5

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 20, 2011: Buford J. Sharkley's Train Tracks
Working on the Railroad
4. Mar 28, 2005: Stirling's Approximation
Mope-A-Long Rides Again
2. Aug 12, 2009: Brownian Motion
Getting It Made
5. Sep 06, 2004: The Longest Short Song Marathon
Searing Wine
3. Sep 05, 2007: Brownian Motion
Getting It Made
6. Feb 29, 2004: !rust belt!
Getting It Made

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2004-01-13
This is basically Giant Sand/Howie Gelb/Calexico in collaboration with all-stars such as Neko Case, M. Ward, Granddaddy, Cat Power. Twangy, upbeat, near-experimental western, alt.folk whatchamacallit thingamajig. “Blacky Ranchette” has been an occasional side project of Gelb for upwards of 20 years now. This latest endeavor mixes low-fi hand-held, live, home, and excellent studio recordings. The take home message is that Howie Gelb has attained god-like perfection in everything he does. The fact that the all-stars and his longtime bandmates John and Joey (Calexico) only add to it all. Undeniably majestic.

1) upbeat western ballad, classic twangy Gelb, Calexico drumming
2) lo-fi solo guit+vocs
3) M Ward on guitar, folky western ballad
4) Neko Case singing backup, upbeat western epic
5) brushed drums western, Richard Buckner, Neko Case singing, beautiful exotic flare with accordion, upright bass, piano
6) twangy guit+vocs ballad
7) Granddaddy collaboration: “I’ve been working on the railroad” medly, upbeat ditty
8) upbeat western
9) Kurt Wagner (Lambchop) on vocs, recorded outside Nashville airport, complete with a cop interrupting the recording
10) cowboy song, shine your boots and grab your honey, Neko Case on backups
11) upbeat stripped down twang duo with John
12) mostly piano solo ballad
13) upbeat guit ballad with Cat Power singing sorta too, mild bolero style guit
14) basically giant sand, live recording, big room sound, upbeat with great bass bowing, awesome, with sample music at end

Track Listing
1. The Train Singers Blues   8. Bored Lil Devil
2. Searing Wine   9. The Muss of Paradise
3. Rusty Tracks   10. Left Again
4. Mope-A-Long Rides Again   11. The Moons of Impulse
5. Getting It Made   12. Airstream
6. Under the Table   13. My Hoo Ha
7. Working on the Railroad   14. Square