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Monday, November 20, 2006

dylan in fairfax

Well, we didn't get Forever Young in Fairfax, or The Levee's Gonna Break, which was played the next night in Philly. What we got was a grade-A performance, and a fantastic set- in fact, the only four-song encore of the entire tour! I was very pleasantly surprised to hear Señor in the second slot, and I thought he really nailed the song. Bob's voice seemed strong all night, definitely the best of the three times I've seen him play- although to be fair, I was a true neophyte at the first show, and the sound was horrible.

Fairfax, Virginia
Patriot Center

November 17, 2006

1. Cat's In The Well
2. Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
3. Rollin' And Tumblin'
4. Boots Of Spanish Leather
5. Cold Irons Bound
6. When The Deal Goes Down
7. High Water (For Charley Patton)
8. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)
9. Masters Of War
10. Spirit On The Water
11. Tangled Up In Blue
12. Nettie Moore
13. Highway 61 Revisited

14. Love Sick
15. Thunder On The Mountain
16. Like A Rolling Stone
17. All Along The Watchtower

The Raconteurs, the lure that put me over the edge as to whether or not to attend this show, played a good, if somewhat long, opening set. They covered It Ain't Easy and Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), and closed with Steady As She Goes arranged with a much louder intro.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

friday the 17th

Friday the 17th is nearly here. Jayna and I are heading down to Fairfax, Virginia, to see Dylan. After seeing him in State College this summer I determined not to miss him again when he's in the area, and this is the closest he's getting on this leg of the never-ending tour. To boot, The Raconteurs are opening, and that icing on the cake made it an easy call to attend this show. Now, on the one hand, its at the end of the current tour, so I was concerned about vocal fatigue. But, on the other hand, judging by some of the recent setlists (Nov 12th and Wednesday), I'm somewhat getting my hopes up that he'll pull out a couple of gems. Of course, after hearing them play Forever Young in State College, I really don't have any place expecting anything else- but I'm still pulling for Senor, Joey, or The Man In Me (if I had to pick any of the recently played non-standards).

In other news of the day, Big Murth failed in his bid to become Majority Leader of the House. I'm hopeful that his loss will weaken Pelosi's position; but for purely political reasons, I think Murtha would have hurt the Democrats more had he won the position. Politics aside, I think the country is better off not having Murtha as the Majority Leader, no matter how many percentage points that may or may not have swung this way or that in two years time.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

the mogwai

It appears that there's some new Mogwai- some kind of a score for a film ... available at emusic...

I think Zidane is a soccer player or something, maybe he's a drinking buddy of the Mogwai. First impression while I sit here paying bills and trying to do four things at once: good, first track feels like CODY and I hope its not the only one that does.

Their site also notes that they're on the score of The Fountain, a film I've been waiting months for, and have just learned that our local theater just decided not to bring it in. Gotta keep a room open for Van Wilder Deux or something, I guess.

I was going to post a live Mogwai mp3 or two, but can't find them where I thought I had them. Its tough keeping mp3's straight between two computers and the mp3 player, eh. So here's something else entirely- a live take of one of my all-time favorites.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

introducing... redd jones

It is my pleasure to introduce to the world the latest genre-smashing death-defying EP from Redd Jones, entitled Introducing... Redd Jones and the Diamondbacks. And I do mean death-defying: the man's 127 years old, born before horseless carriages and sandpaper was even invented! The daguerreotype above is from an earlier group, Redd Jones and Two Other Guys, but the two other guys on either side of Redd are long gone.

1. surfing

2. summer jam

3. 2006 (the year we discovered camp)

4. four

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

aways a strange brew

Its always strange to spend a day listening to my fairly crappy mp3 demos as my 7 to 4 soundtrack. Over the past few years I've done a much better job of demo-ing the better-sounding things I come up with- but I've never done a good job of revisiting and doing anything with them. With big nature on again and starting from scratch, I think I'll try to reformulate a couple of the old ideas into big nature songs... once I relearn the parts.

Speaking of the 4-track, we had a pseudo-Vicars reunion last night as we recorded some music for potential use as the soundtrack to promotional videos for Sylvan Hills. Now I'll try to figure out how to get the stereo out into Audacity so I can do some semblance of mastering on the mix. As soon as I get it onto the computer, I'll post the mp3's (just for the heck of it).