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    The Shack?

    I have had a couple of people talk to me about this. I am going to read it, has it been discussed?
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    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.
  3. 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.
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    Pretenders

    When I think Pretenders, I have to admit that I think of the original line up. James Honeyman Scott, Pete Farndon, Martin Chambers and Chrissie. This cannot be that. This is the most American sounding record I think Ms Hynde has ever made. Think guitars with more Fender than Marshall. For years I have thought Lucinda Williams listened to Chissie Hynde. I think the circle has turned. I get the impression that Chrissie has been listening to Lucinda. Chrissie Hynde has always been a self aware writer, but this is so present and clear eyed that is is surprising. The songs sound like "the Pretenders" but with a more open feeling, air, space, dare I say they sound comfortable. Pedal Steel helps keep rootsy feeling and Jim Keltners drumming is always a great addition. It might be that with Break Up the Concrete, Chrissie Hynde has found her own gravel road.
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    Pontypool

    I looked but haven't seen Pontypool discussed. I watched it last night on IFC on Demand. A zombie movie without zombies? A simple sample? Kill is kiss. The english language as a viral infection? Has anyone seen it? I am a sucker for small movies that do what they do well. With what amounts to one set and four characters, the movie kept my attention all while exploring some interesting ideas about language, personality, and Canadian/national identity politics.
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    Booker T and the Roots - The Road from Memphis

    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.
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    Meta-songs: Music about music

    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....
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    Hunter S. Thompson

    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"....
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    Meme mania.

    ......Magnets.........
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    Buddy Miller's Majestic Silver Strings

    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.
  11. As I was surfing around looking for Black Dub videos I chanced upon this: Buddy Miller, Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot, playing in Nashville. They have apparently recorded an album together. Anyone know anything about this? Have I just been asleep at the switch?
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    Pete Dexter

    Glad you are enjoying it.
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    Patti Smith - Banga

    The Master and Margarita has enough weirdness for a whole album.
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    PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

    I have been hitting repeat for Written On the Forehead. I would have never anticipated PJ sampling Niney the Observer.
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    Robbie Robertson - How to Become a Clarivoyant

    The Sound Is Fading........... Robbie? Really? reaching for relevance? I will be interested in hearing this.
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    Southern Literature

    Harry Crews Barry Hannah John Kennedy Toole Lewis Nordan Carson McCullers Zora Neal Hurston Ellen Gilchrist
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    Fistful of Mercy

    http://www.kcrw.com/music/programs/mb/mb100826fistful_of_mercy Saw this the other day.
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    Hugh Laurie - Let Them Talk

    I think he "gets" americana.
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    Songs of Abject Misery

    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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    I'm no longer writing this book ...

    Have you read: To Ride, Shoot Straight And Speak The Truth; Gunsite Press, Paulden, AZ, 1988 & 1990, ISBN 0-9621342-0-1 and by Paladin Press as ISBN 0-87364-973-7? Are you familiar with Jeff Cooper? Is this along the lines of what you are thinking? The late Col. Jeff Cooper.From his commentaries. "Does it not seem that far too much is being made of "a college education"? Just what is meant by that? A bachelor's degree from a major institution was at one time pretty significant, but now it seems to be solely a matter of money. We find that what used to be certification of a rounded personality is now sort of a remedial trade school. When I was a boy the major universities were distinguishable from the second rate. Perhaps they still are, but that is hard to verify. We find people majoring in some sort of tradecraft before they have learned to tell the Greek myths from the Old Testament. And in an increasingly technical culture, it is difficult to tell what matters in the way of background, and perhaps it does not, but still it is nice to know what is being paid for when one is paying for "a college education." When I went aboard the USS Pennsylvania at the beginning of World War II, officers of experience dined in the "ward room," whereas ensigns and second lieutenants were assigned to the "junior officer's mess." In the JO mess we took pleasure in needling each other about the relative backgrounds of the naval academy boys and the graduates of civilian universities. The naval academy boys insisted that our shortcoming was that we had never suffered a "pleb year," whereas we maintained that they had not obtained a "college education" but rather a trade school certificate. In those days the academy did attempt to turn out "officers and gentlemen," insisting upon such things as French and ballroom dancing, which was more than Harvard or Stanford could do. On the other hand, the academy boys were a distinctly unworldly group and without social contact for the previous four years. There was room for endless discussion here. Snuffy Puller, brother of the distinguished Chesty Puller, was our company commander at Basic School and made no attempt to conceal his scorn for what he thought of as "college boys." Just what a young man is good for at age 21 is a good question, but more depends upon his family than his school. This, of course, is assuming that he has a family. In today's culture there seems to be less and less of that. Before a young man leaves home, there are certain things he should know and certain skills at which he should be adept. We used to kick this around on watch and we covered a lot of ground. What should a young male of 21 know and what should he be able to do? There are no conclusive answers to those questions, but they are certainly worth asking. We agreed upon "civics" or what was called American government. A young man should know how this country is run and how it got that way. He should know the Federalist Papers and de Tocqueville, and he should know recent world history. If he does not know what has been tried in the past, he cannot very well avoid those pitfalls as they come up in the future. Superficialities, of course, are rife. A young man should be computer literate, and moreover should know Hemingway from James Joyce. He should know how to drive a car well - such as is not covered in "Driver Ed." He should know how to fly a light airplane. He should know how to shoot well. He should know elementary geography, both worldwide and local. He should have a cursory knowledge of both zoology and botany. He should know the fundamentals of agriculture and corporate economy. He should be well qualified in armed combat, boxing, wrestling, judo, or the equivalent. He should know how to manage a motorcycle. He should be comfortable in at least one foreign language, and more if appropriate to his background. He should be familiar with remedial medicine. These things should be available before a son leaves his father's household. They do not constitute "a college education," which may or may not be a trade school. Some of the academy boys were fairly well qualified for life, and some were not. The civilians varied widely from superior to disastrous. We had a major war to fight and we did the best we could, which was not bad, considering the problem. I met some pretty good people in that war and I am pleased to have known them. My first tour at sea-going was not deadly, and only a couple of my friends were killed. Later on things changed. The hazards of war as they stand today vary as to time and place, but the risk is always there. When large numbers of people of opposing viewpoints are trying to kill you, they may sometimes succeed. We play this as it comes."
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    I'm no longer writing this book ...

    I think, I see where you are trying to get to with the book idea. I'm not sure that "feminization" is what I would call what you are observing. There are changes afoot true, I think more study and observation is warranted. Societies are fluid as are social mores. What concerns me when the talk turns to "feminization" is that it sounds like bad things are happening. Are there any indications that things are improving? Is this all just a reaction to Iron John? I will grant you that things aren't like they used to be. There would appear to be a number of reasons. What do we call it if things are simply equalizing? I understand the concern. If you can take on this topic and avoid wallowing, I say bring it on. Have you read Shopcraft as Soulcraft? It starts off as an interesting premise that unwinds in an abyss of male self pity. If there are observable changes taking place, they warrant careful consideration. Are we willing to embrace this change changes if it turns out to be positive?
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    T-Bone Burnett (the misc. thread)

    I think his musical direction of Roy Orbison's Black and White Night was great. My favorite moments are James Burton schooling Springsteen, and the keyboard solo by Tom Waits that leaves almost everybody on stage with a WTF expression. He produced Leo Kottke's Time Step and I liked that album a lot.
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    T-Bone Burnett (the misc. thread)

    I love his version of Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend. The only concert I have ever paid a scalper for was Tom Waits, at the Wiltern in LA, circa Frank's Wild Years. I walked in right in front of T-Bone. The only regret I have is that I didn't tell Mr. Burnett how much I liked his work.
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    Searching for the Yarragh

    I spent all day traveling yesterday. The bulk of my reading was "When That Rough God Goes Riding: Listening To Van Morrison" by Greil Marcus. "Van Morrison's music, as I hear it holds a story- a story made of fragments. There is in his music from the very first , a kind of quest: for the moment when the magic word, riff, note or chord is found and everything is transformed. At any time a listener might think he or she has felt it, even glimpsed it, a realm beyond ordinary expression, reaching out as if to close your hand around such a moment, to grab for its air, then opening your fist to find a butterfly in it-" When Greil Marcus finds his rhythm he is the equal of any subject he tackles. He is more focused, yet as insightful and as passionate as Lester Bangs. This book really isn't about Van Morrison as much as it is about Van Morrison's music at those times when he finds the yarragh. It is really good writing about an elusive quality in an even more elusive singer. I am making a play list based on the songs written about in this book. I believe I will be able to levitate.
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    Prayer Request

    Sorry to hear about your Sister. Good luck with the interview. Praying away.
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