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Thursday, July 27, 2006

and the locusts sang


They sang such a sweet melody indeed. Somehow listening to those Dylan studio sessions from the Saved/Shot of Love era, and (for the first time this year) harvesting the garden this morning, combined to get Day of the Locusts stuck in my head... a song I hadn't listened to for months!

But I'm not complaining. In fact, I'm adding it to the top of the list of songs I intend to learn, right after I relearn Love Minus Zero/No Limit.

On the garden side, picked a large bowl (probably 5 or 6 servings) of green beans, three heads of broccoli, and then after a search of the cucumbers, two six or seven inch cukes. Not a bad haul for the first day of picking.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

gems new and old

okay, leading off in the gems department, we have Mad Dog and Glory and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Okay, I guess since ex-girlfriend is in the theater its not really an obscure gem- but it did make me laugh, at least as much as tonight's episode of Last Comic Standing, and really, for a comedy, that's a good start. It was amusing seeing a Luke Wilson flick while You Me an Dupree played across the hall, their mugs on the poasters staring each other down. Wonder if Dupree clocked in with more than 3 people on a Tuesday at 7pm?

Anyway, thanks to a kind soul, I got a great introduction to the next era of Dylan on my journey through the past- the Saved/Shot of Love/Infidels era. And much to my surprise, I'm loving it. I must've listened to this particular track at least twenty times today:
Bob Dylan - High Away (get the whole bootleg here and here)

Hearing these tracks reminded me of just how much I enjoyed hearing the Black Crowes Sweet Pickle Salad boots, courtesy of An Aquarium Drunkard I'm not really a big Crowes fan but I love those four songs. If I had to pick...
Black Crowes - Clothes and Food

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

sheer brilliance

Is there any excuse for taking so long to finally listen to Abbey Road all the way through? I mean, aside from the fact that the old vinyl copy I have skips about once per minute and I could never make it past, oh, Come Together? But anyway. Side two strikes me as the primary motivation for about the first six or eight GBV albums.

Well, aside from exposing what a true rube I am, let me also mention this killer new song from Thunderbirds are Now! that You Ain't No Picasso has up. I've heard the band name and liked it, glad to finally hear them. The exclamation point in the band name is a tricky line to walk, especially after that Volcano band on Polyvinyl, the one with the worst band name ever, went and ruined both long names and exclamation points with one fell swoop.

One more spin for I Want You... a little more java code... then sleep.

Monday, July 17, 2006

three things, with colorfast


For the first time in a long time, I watched a newly purchased dvd within six months of purchase! And I'm glad I did. Short Cuts is incredible, and as a big fan of Carver and Altman, I can't believe it took me so long to get to it. It felt even more expansive than Nashville, but also more focused; instead of so many intersecting lives, Short Cuts is truly so many intersecting stories, and it really moves. The extras on disc two look great, we'll see if I get to them in the six-month window. Surprising trivia: Short Cuts, a sprawling 3 hour film, has no imdb trivia.

Secondly, Charlotte, NC, at least the downtown, is pretty sweet. I almost got used to being able to walk to work and dinner. Of course, we can walk to some parks and stores from our house, although the majority of the dining (w/in walking distance) from our house is fast food. New favorite for supper: bangers and mash.

Lastly, a track from the Overwhelming Colorfast.

This album, Moonlight and Castanets, was one of my favorite albums from about '97 through 2000. Hadn't listened to it for a while but it still sounds great- I'm trying to pick and post my five favorite tracks, but I'm having trouble whittling the list down past seven. So here's the first track. Trivia: Colorfast ended when its last incarnation was split by two chaps leaving to form a band called Oranger. As of about a year ago or so, Bob Reed, Colofast's frontman/driving force, has been playing with Oranger. And just today I see that Oranger's website lists a Colorfast show scheduled for August 10th.

overwhelming colorfast - starcrunch