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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

new song demo: U.S. Grant

Here's one I've been working on the past few months.

U.S. Grant

heaven and hell / are both a stone's throw away
you get your orders stamped / and you set off on your way

you can't stay in the station / it's not a permanent home
and you can't save anyone / if you die alone

so travel light, and fast / keep moving, night and day

cordwood like bodies / and bodies crouched below
our sword is hunger / and our shield is snow

a man won't last forever / once the hard tack has run out
and all he can consume / are his fears and his doubts
they will rot him through / like the devil in the ground

he may try to escape / but he may as soon lie down

i have seen my enemy / by the thousands killed
and at my hand / that destruction willed

tonight i share a roof / with men maimed by my hand
and i would not withhold from them / my very last dram
but eventually i must / ignore their cries

as i plan the increase / of the wounded and the dead.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

wilco loves you baby (5th time's the charm)

So after our last 2 Wilco gigs being kinda weird (saw them open for Neil Young in Philly, and then saw them at the really weird venue in Niagara), tonight's An Evening With Wilco at the Carnegie Music Hall was pure bliss. While I like every album, and everything they play, it was a blast to finally get to hear/see them play some songs from A.M., including Box Full of Letters and Passenger Side, two favorites.

—"The Price Is Right" theme music intro—
Wilco (the song)
Bull Black Nova
You Are My Face
One Wing
A Shot in the Arm
On and On and On :omg
Company In My Back
Deeper Down
Handshake Drugs
California Stars
Impossible Germany
I'll Fight
Poor Places>
----into acoustic set----
Spiders (Kidsmoke)
More Like The Moon :thumbup
Someday, Some Morning, Sometime>
Laminated Cat
When You Wake Up Feeling Old
Forget The Flowers
War on War
Passenger Side
----out of acoustic set----
Airline To Heaven
Via Chicago
Box Full of Letters
You Never Know
Jesus, etc. (crowd singalong)
Heavy Metal Drummer
Candyfloss :thumbup
Hate It Here
I'm The Man Who Loves You
Thank You Friends [Big Star]
Casino Queen>
Outtasite (Outta Mind)
I'm A Wheel (rave version)

from forums.viachicago

Sunday, April 11, 2010

overheard from Kyrgyzstan

The people who did this are scum. They should be hung in the street. Let me hang them. I am a doctor, but I will gladly renounce my profession to hang them.
- from an NPR story on Wednesday's uprising in Kyrgyzstan.

The audio will be available at noon today, so I'll be able to see how closely I remembered this quote from the doctor that was interviewed.