too much NC!NC!NC! is barely enough.
“If you’ve been following the saga of singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle, you know that he was arrested for battery, public intoxication, and resisting arrest last week, following a show at Radio Radio in Indianapolis.
Earle, who was released on bail, announced today that he will be suspending the remainder of his current tour dates, and will be checking into a rehab facility.”
so sad to hear; JTE just released his best album to date, Harlem River Blues.
Harlem River Blues
I woke up thinking of a song I hadn't thought of or heard in years: Art&Paul's America; I bought it on vinyl before vinyl was cool (BCD). vinyl that is long lost, and never bought on CD or .mp3 format.
there is not an official music video of the song that I can find; luckily someone uploaded the song to YT as soundtrack to several pics/short clips of Art&Paul. 'tis fine for listening but don't try to sync the sound to the visuals.
the line to which I woke up – "it took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw". a very pretty, very hard harmony
The Collective Family is a group of artists who give their music away! We got together and decided we’d rather share our music so that more people could enjoy it. After all, isn’t the most noble goal of mankind to make neat music and then put it online for free? Well, we think it is, anyway.
I havent’ listened to much from CLLCT but I’m weirdly in love with this: something that seems horrible in concept
“hey, lets redo Neutral Milk Hotel’s On an Aeroplane Over the Sea
yet it works.
I've never understood Bruce Springsteen's Dancing in the Dark – the music is so upbeat and the lyrics such a downer. but hey, he wrote it, he knew what he was doing. I was delighted to find a cover of Dancing…that's a lot closer to how I imagine it to be, very melancholic, quietly desperate.
took me a while to find the cover and then VOX refuses to upload it. it figures. ———–>
here's another cover. from the 1970 Amchitka concert, one of few tapes that had remained undiscovered 'til recently. Joni Mitchell has never sounded better.
on this my third year playing along with National Blog Posting Month – yes, hotrod, the name sucks. whaddaya gonna do – thought I'd try something a bit different, blogging on a theme. quite different from my previous nablopomo attempts, and hell, my blog overall, which is all over the fucking place.
so for this theme approach, I'll be digging into the side of my music collection that is not seen much in VOX: music from several Latin American countries, from different periods and musical styles.
again, I don't much trust to be successful at doing this, but the rough outline is four weeks with a different focus each:
week 1 - traditional Cuban son, boleros, Puerto Rico big bands (mostly 1940s-1960s)
week 2 - salsa, Nueyorican sound (1970s-1980s, some later and current)
week 3 - protest songs, the Nueva Trova de Cuba (1970-1990s, some later)
week 4 - Brazil – Tropicalia, samba, bossa nova (1950s-current)
things that don't fit anywhere else – tango, for example
we'll see what happens