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  1. Thanks for the stream link. A quick listen as I unpack boxes from yesterdays move and my initial impression is that this sounds vibrant. I am a pretty big fan of the Roots, I really like the pulse that ?uestlove puts on this record. I've been on a Jimmy Smith kick of late and this fits in nicely. Lou Reed saying "flava" makes me laugh so hard.....if they had Little Jimmy Scott jump out with some flavor the Bronx would be a perfect track.
  2. The Bicycle Thief- Rainin "It's 4 AM and I just got home And everybody's asleep So I just keep listenin' To Irma Thomas sing "It's rainin' and rainin'" Over and over again............................................the Bicycle Thief is Bob Forrest.....he is the guy in the hat counseling on celebrity rehab.... I am sure he is doing good work and is focused on his own health and well being but I miss his writing and singing. Joni Mithchell- When Furray Sings the Blues "Old Furry sings the blues Propped up in his bed With his dentures and his leg removed"... Yo La Tengo- Drug test "I see myself with headphones on I'm listening to Wake of the Flood" I have always heard the first line as " Ate a left over steak for breakfast, watching the sun go down".....the internets tell me something different...I like my version best...but I still don't like the Greatful Dead. Neil Young -Borrowed Tune "I'm singin' this borrowed tune I took from the Rolling Stones, Alone in this empty room Too wasted to write my own." Bruce Cockburn -"Last Night Of The World" "I'm sipping Flor De Caña and lime juice, it's three a.m. Blow a fruit fly off the rim of my glass The radio's playing Superchunk and the friends of Dean Martinez".......a mention really sneaking into the Meta thread, but come on Superchunk! In a Cockburn song! The Dream Syndicate- John Coltrane Stereo Blues "I got some John Coltrane on the Stereo baby, make it feel all right, I got some fine wine in the freezer mama, I know what you like" ......cue guitar solo.......cue Peter Case on Harmonica....
  3. I enjoyed the Great Shark Hunt, along with titles already mentioned. His writing for ESPN was good also. In march of 95 he wrote the The Song Of The Sausage Creature, it was a ride report of a Ducatti for Cycle World magazine. It is still hilarious. "Some people will tell you that slow is good - and it may be, on some days - but I am here to tell you that fast is better. I've always believed this, in spite of the trouble it's caused me. Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles, Bubba"....
  4. I've been traveling a lot for work, the Majeestic Silver Strings have been keeping me company. I have been enjoying it a lot. Andy, great interview.
  5. The Master and Margarita has enough weirdness for a whole album.
  6. draper

    Just Kids

    Just Kids, Patti Smith's memoir is at the top of the list of books getting read, passed around and discussed by a large group of my friends. A facebook post and a couple of pint fueled conversations about Patti, her work and her significance has lead to my friend Claire and I, DJing a set based on the book. http://www.kpbs.org/...iths-just-kids/ I have had fun with this. It is slightly hilarious to read copy lifted from a barroom anecdote suddenly showing up on bulletin boards, electronic or otherwise. I was a kid living in Saudi Arabia in 1975, my family returned to the States, for the Christmas holidays. Patti was on Saturday Night Live, if I remember correctly it was a short film of stills, largely made up of Mapplethorpe photo's. The soundtrack was Gloria. The intro was the most shocking thing I had ever heard. It has taking me years, sorting through to realize what I found so compelling. "Jesus died for somebodies sins, but not mine". I had never heard anything thing so self possessed and honest. A simple statement of fact, backed with piano chords that provided no place to hide. Expect no quarter and none will be given.There is no discussion about the nature of God, the relevance of theology, the personhood of Christ. It was a bold refusal to accept forgiveness. To allow another to suffer for one's transgressions. It was shocking to me, it remains so to this day. Four years later I was a freshman in college, I had signed up for a writing class taught by Miller Williams. I was in over my head. The class was on Thursday evening, it was the beginning of the Spring semester, late January. It was really cold and I decided I would drive across campus to class. I set out from my house, the cassette in the deck was Horses on one side, Wave on the other. I was listening to Horses. Two blocks from my house a guy ran a stop sign and totaled my car. ...."boy was in the hallway having a cup of tea, from the other end of the hallway a rhythm was generating"........."Angel looks down at him and says, “oh, pretty boy, Can't you show me nothing but surrender ? ”..... When the time has come for me to wrestle my demons and my angels, Patti has provided the soundtrack. I have been saved from my own nihilism more than once. Patti Smith, more than any other artist has provided a fire under my ass. She has done this for three and a half decades. I remain grateful. Tonight I get to spin some music to express my gratitude. If you need me, I'll be in the bar.
  7. I've searched and didn't find a Pete Dexter thread. The Southern Literature thread and the resurfacing of the Tree of Smoke thread have forced my hand. In fact Andy's description of the writing in Tree of Smoke as both beautiful and brutal made me think of Pete Dexter. Anyone read or reading Pete Dexter? He has the same kind of pugilistic style as Harry Crews with a bonus sense of humor a la Barry Hannah. I just finished Spooner and immediately wanted to read it again armed with a highlighter . There are passages that are so well crafted that I could commit them to memory. I loaned my copy out, I may have to go buy another copy just to underline and fill the margins with notes.
  8. I have been hitting repeat for Written On the Forehead. I would have never anticipated PJ sampling Niney the Observer.
  9. The Sound Is Fading........... Robbie? Really? reaching for relevance? I will be interested in hearing this.
  10. Harry Crews Barry Hannah John Kennedy Toole Lewis Nordan Carson McCullers Zora Neal Hurston Ellen Gilchrist
  11. http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/mb/mb100826fistful_of_mercy Saw this the other day.
  12. I think he "gets" americana.
  13. Hmmmm been travelling since the end of April.....working on a cold...feeling like crap but glad to be home.......and now this.......some salt and lemon for those spots where things are a little raw. Albuquerque- Neil Young It's a M*********er-Eels The King Of Carrot Flowers part 1 - Neutral Milk Hotel Boys, The Night Will Bury You- Richard Buckner Cow-Sparklehorse Little Suicides-Golden Palominos How Fortunate the Man with None- John Martyn Fistful of Love-Antony & the Johnsons Pineola-Lucinda Williams God Thing-Chris Whitley Sea Engines- Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard Different Stars- Trespassers William Love Will Tear Us Apart- Swans(Jarboe version) Song To the Siren- Tim Buckley Kangaroo- Alex Chilton When Under Ether-Pj Harvey Chopin: Prelude #4 in E minor... when I want to go all the way it's Claudio Arrau..when I am having some mercy on myself it is Jorge Bolet.
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