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the locals get up your nose PLUS: Villain Record Fair this Saturday!

NP: “Camille”Abdul Wadud. The aptly and amazingly titled “By Myself” record of solo cello work is maybe the greatest thing I’ve ever heard. Difficult as all hell to track down, It’s well worth it. Hit me up if you want the .mp3s of the whole thing.
NP: “Track C – Group Dancers”Charles Mingus. Another tough one to track down, but nowhere near as hard as the Wadud. It’s not my favorite Mingus, but there is something about this one that makes you keep coming back to it.
NP: “Any Day Now”James Brown. I forget that there are often solid album tracks on the James Brown records. Not just a singles artist.
NP: “South Of Cincinnati”Dwight Yoakam. This one kills me a little everytime I hear it. What a heartbreaker.
NP: “Till I Gain Control Again”Emmylou Harris. That Yoakam reminded me of this Emmylou.
NP: “Old Flame”Alabama. This song has been stuck somewhere in the back of my head since its sync on “The Americans” last year. It’s possible it was only replaced by the sync this year of Eddie Rabbitt’s “Drivin’ My Life Away.” That was a truly inspired drop, and I know that the music supervisor for that show was well paid, but they still deserve a bonus for that one.
NP: “Hard Life In Country”The Fall. Been returning to a lot of The Fall catalog these last few months, for obvious reasons. RIP Mark.
NP: “Street Hassle: a) Waltzing Matilda; b) Street Hassle; c) Slipaway”Lou Reed. Been revisiting a lot of the Lou Reed and John Cale records lately, too. Just because.
NP: “Pling!”Shuggie Otis. Somehow I’ve went from having no copies of this essential Shuggie Otis record to having 3 copies just in the last year. Thanks ebay buyers and sellers for being confused about the reissues. I’ll have one of the copies for sale this Saturday.
NP: “The Mincer”King Crimson. It’s not my favorite King Crimson album, but “Starless and Bible Black” is absolutely one of my favorite album titles ever (Yes… I know it’s from Dylan Thomas). What a phrase. I’m immediately taken back to the bible in the dresser drawer with all the obituaries and funeral notices in it.
NP: “Cheree”Suicide. Don’t need any excuse to pull out the first Suicide album.
NP: “Saint George”Dungen & Woods. The Marfa Myths collab between Dungen and Woods finally came out a month or two ago, and it’s truly great. Basically the best aspects of both bands, distilled into an immediate potion. This is the best track, I think, but check out the whole damn thing.
NP: “Birdman: Birdman Flies!”McDonald & Giles. This has turned into my driving record of choice the last year or so. What a recording. Give it a headphone listen.
NP: “Twice Told Tales Of The Pomegranate Forest”Harumi. I kept seeing this record pop up at record fairs for pretty pricy amounts, so I started to try to track it down without even ever having heard it. I finally found one Buy It Now on ebay for far below its normal going rate. You’ll probably hate me for putting this track on here, but there are definitely redeeming qualities of the whole (double) album.
NP: “Grinning In Your Face”Son House. Only after getting so far as finishing this playlist and getting ready to type this stuff up and post it have I learned that somewhere along the line Jack White called this one of his favorite songs ever and a ton of people know it for that reason. Oops. I’m a poser, I guess. Still… fabulous track from an essential record.
NP: “The Bones In The Ground”Robyn Hitchcock. I Often Dream Of Trains. It’s true. I do.
NP: “Night-Blooming Cereus”Protomartyr. This song has haunted me since the first time I heard it live, and the album version doesn’t disappoint. Wow. Breathtaking.
NP: ITUNES_STREAMITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: PODCASTPODCAST of all of the above songs. [95.4 MB, 104 minutes]
NP: ZIP_FILE.ZIP file of all of the above songs. [201 MB]



It has been a LONG time. I hope this finds you well.

I also wanted to give you a heads up on something I have been working on for a while. The Villain Record Fair will be this Saturday, June 16th at Villain in Brooklyn. I feel there is a need for a nice middle ground record fair between the mania of the WFMU Record Fair and the lots-of-people-there-for-lots-of-reasons-but-probably-not-records crowds of the Brooklyn Flea record sale. Both of those events are great, but I am hoping to build a little tamer / calmer version that still connects the good shit with the people who really want it. This first one might be a little lighter than I am hoping, but we’ll see. I’m committed to doing 2 a year for 2018 and 2019, so hopefully this one will start the ball rolling.

We’ll have 20 vendors, vinyl DJs, a full bar for those over 21, and a free cold Old Blue Last beer for everybody over 21 that shows up. $3 at the door. No early bird or pre-sale.

Saturday, June 16th
11 AM – 6 PM
307 Kent Ave.
in Williamsburg


ever look at a flower and hate it? PLUS: Mike Pace record release!

NP: “Please Visit Your National Parks”Oxford Collapse. My love of Oxford Collapse has never been doubted… I just looked it up: I’ve was writing about them in earlier incarnations of this playlist as early as July 2003. I think that’s a good start to what is to come.
NP: “From The Fire”100 Flowers. One can pick up the Warfrat Tales comp LP fairly cheaply, and one should do so, if only for the two tracks by 100 Flowers. Perhaps better known by their other name, The Urinals, I can best sum it up by saying I would REALLY love to go back in time and see this band.
NP: “Pretty Machines”Parkay Quarts . New Parquet Courts. Second full LP in a year, and this one isn’t outtakes and missteps… This thing is freaking essential. Check them out tonight on David Letterman!
NP: “Tiger Trap”Beat Happening. Some of these new Parquet Courts songs on Content Nausea made me think of Beat Happening… the reliance on delivery and vocal melody to bring something lovely out of the repetition… They don’t sound anything like one another, i suppose, but… here it is anyway..
NP: “One Step Ahead”Split Enz. I’ve been trying to find a way to use this Split Enz quote from an 80’s Playboy:
        NEIL-“The last person in the world you would go near is a girl that hangs around backstage”
        PLAYBOY-“Why is that?”
        TIM-“For a start we’re not chauvinists. We don’t believe in the plundering of women kind. We’re not like some who boast loudly and proudly of having had a different woman every night. The thing is, woman are there in rock and roll and if you want to use them you can. There are girls who are willing to sleep with you just ‘cos you are a pop star. Unfortunately, because of our catholic upbringings, we just can’t look upon girls as anything other then wonderful, intelligent, beautiful human beings.”
        Now, obviously this is at least a little bit of a pisstake for Playboy (and I could argue that Catholics aren’t really known for their respect for women/the female body), but this is still pretty genius.
NP: “Don’t Wanna Be Like That”Joe Jackson. Hyper-literate, overly-verbose power pop? What? You think I like that stuff?
NP: “Fire Sale”Mike Pace and the Child Actors. Alright, alright… I’m being a bit coy. The entire damn reason this playlist/email exists is to promote the Mike Pace and the Child Actors “Best Boy” LP coming out on The Self-Starter Foundation next Tuesday. Mike’s always been one of my favorite songwriters, and what I’ve done here is sandwich the first single off of “Best Boy” into the middle of a bunch of other great frenetic college rock/alternative/indie rock pop songs. Duh. Oh, and… that ELO/Boston guitar solo makes me giddy every time. Just have to say that.
NP: “David Soul”Weston. When I was 20 years old and living in Bethlehem, PA, I was pretty sure that Weston were one of the best bands in the world. Now, after another 20 years of listening, buying, viewing, working with, and otherwise having my life dominated by music, I can look back with a much greater depth of knowledge and say, for sure, that Weston were one of the greatest bands of all time.
NP: “Thin Line”Ken Chambers. I compared Oxford Collapse to Moving Targets recently and it got me going back and listening. This is a track from Ken Chambers’ excellent solo album from 1991.
NP: “Frustration Rock”Tyvek. Just gotta give Tyvek some props.
NP: “Ever”Flipper. Finally own a copy of this on LP (Thanks, Andrew!). I feel like more of a man. A woozy, angry, wobbly drunk man who may have just been sick on himself. If I ever write the movie that includes the (really happened) scene at CBGB’s which featured a drunk guy running by me chasing his girlfriend yelling “Beth! Beth! It was only a blowjob!”, I’m going to change the band to be Flipper and they’ll be playing this song.
NP: “Faith”Moving Targets. Couldn’t decide whether to put a Moving Targets song or a Ken Chambers song on this playlist, so, you know… like the way I buy records, I did both. This is a bit more in the Oxford Collapse songwriting school than that Ken Chambers solo song above.
NP: “Will Anything Happen?”Blondie. I always love this song out of place. When it’s not surrounded by other Blondie songs it can really be seen as the power pop gem that it is.
NP: “Humming Bee”Senator Flux. I had to put this song as far away from “Please Visit Your National Parks”, because, well… They may be the same song. But damn this song made me jump up and down in WLVR when I played it on the radio.
NP: “Clifton Wall”Soul Side. I had seen Soul Side once in my life in the early days of going to see shows, and honestly I didn’t know who they were; I just went because it was a show nearby. So to get to see them again a couple of weeks ago at St. Vitus was really a treat. To get to see a lot of other old pussypunks I hadn’t seen in years was the icing on that treat. The band (and the friends) did not disappoint. “Lipstick lies, it looks so good. Lipstick lies, but tastes so bad.”
NP: ITUNES_STREAMITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: SOUNDCLOUDSOUNDCLOUD – stream the entire playlist on soundcloud.
NP: PODCASTPODCAST of all of the above songs. [60.2 MB, 52:39 minutes]
NP: ZIP_FILE.ZIP file of all of the above songs. [83.4 MB]



The Self-Starter Foundation is proud to announce the impending release of the debut LP by Mike Pace and the Child Actors. Starting immediately you will be able to purchase the limited pressing LP via mailorder and on January 13, 2015 you may download the digital files via your favorite digital download purveyor (Amazon, Itunes, etc.).

There will also be a record release show on Friday, January 16th at Union Hall in Brooklyn. All who attend the show will have the possibility of purchasing the LP that night… we will hold back enough copies to cover attendance of the show. After that, we’ll let you know what we do with any copies which remain.


Parquet Courts perform on David Letterman tonight, Tuesday, January 6th. There will be a viewing party tonight from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM at Passenger Bar with yours truly DJing old vinyl.

Come out and have a pint with us!

when all the rainy pavement lead to you… Sophia Knapp live December 4th in Brooklyn!

NP: “The American Metaphysical Circus”The United States Of America. In 1968 White Noise were forming in London, The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band were putting out their third album in 18 months in Los Angeles, and (sorta) NYC transplants Joseph Byrd and Dorothy Moskowitz released the debut (and only) LP by The United States Of America. Not as electronic as the former, and not as poppy as the latter, The United States Of America combined avant composition, performance art, and renegade recording techniques to delightful effect. This is the first song on the album.
NP: “Facing Up To The Facts”Alternative TV. I recently bought this, the second LP from Alternative TV. I had heard it in the 80’s, but it hadn’t really stuck with me. I was shocked when I heard how experimental and weird it is from the vantage point of 2014. A stunning and creepy sophomore effort.
NP: “El Diluvio Y La Pasajera”Invisible. Dungen didn’t exactly invent the “Dungen sound,” Argentina’s Invisible would like you to know. Released in 1974, this is a beauty.
NP: “So Slow”Acetone. I got to see Acetone once around when this record came out, but I didn’t know the record as well as I wish I had. Essential for fans of Seam, Rex, Spain, etc..
NP: “The Rest Of The Day”Bedhead. Explosions In The Sky didn’t exactly invent the “Explosions In The Sky sound,” Bedhead would like you to know. 1996 shows that the good emo wasn’t quite dead yet.
NP: “A Morning Excuse”Amon Düül II. In 1973 Amon Düül II were already on their 6th or 7th record, depending on how you do the math. Crazy.
NP: “Memory Of A Free Festival”David Bowie. You really wouldn’t even know this was David Bowie if you didn’t know it was David Bowie.
NP: “Sun And Someone”Sophia Knapp. Unfortunately I can’t share any of the new Sophia Knapp record with any of ya’ll just yet (soon!), but here’s a track from last year’s Green Magic EP, recorded in Brazil.
NP: “Sundamental”Michael Chapman. Michael Chapman played Union Pool to about 45 people a couple of months ago. It was maybe the best show I’ve seen all year, and I’ve seen some doozies this year. Here’s an old song, but check out the recent releases, too. They are really quite good.
NP: “White Girl”X. Saw X four times this year, and they were great every time. I think this might be the best written punk song I’ve ever heard. Not the best one, mind you. And not the best written song ever. But… the best written punk song ever? It gets me every time. When John Doe steps up to the mic to sing, he looks like a man who remembers every single thing he’s ever done in his life. When Exene Cervenka steps up to the microphone, it seems as if the only real thing in the entire universe is that one 3-minute song. The world is lucky they found each other.
NP: “Chesterfield King”Jawbreaker. And if that “sit in the parking lot and hold your hand” line doesn’t make you think of “held your hand and watched TV” and “parkas clinging on the lawn”, well… then I guess you probably think Dear You is the best Jawbreaker album, and I feel sorry for you.
NP: “Dead End Job”The Police. Saw NYC’s premiere Police cover band A Humiliating Kick In The Crotch recently. They didn’t do this song, but they did (wisely) stick to the early rockers and it was a hell of a set.
NP: “Comin’ Up”Bud Powell. I found a beat up original copy of this old Blue Note LP recently, and damn if it doesn’t play just fine. Sublime.
NP: “It Does Not Pay To Be Hip”Shel Silverstein. I bought a copy of this first Shel Silverstein record recently, too. A fun listen.
NP: “Good Time Girl”Hello People. Part 1 of two songs about the same thing.
NP: “Motel Blues”Loudon Wainwright III. Part 2 of two songs about lecherous lonely rock n roll musicians. I’d say I should do a whole playlist of these kinds of songs one day, but isn’t that sorta what all rock n roll is about?
NP: “Trouble On The Western Survey”Vehicle Flips. The missing link between Stone Roses and The Mountain Goats? Should there be one? Did you know there was a third Vehicle Flips CD in 2000? Did you know there was once a band called Vehicle Flips at all (not to be confused with The Vehicle Birth)? I knew the early material, but honestly had no idea that this album ever existed. I’ve got some catching up to do.
NP: “The Conductor”Atoms & Void. Arlie Carstens has been working on this album for, oh, a decade or more. I could tell you the story, but it’s probably best for you to get it in their own words.
NP: “This Departing Landscape”Atoms & Void. But about the record… you see I’m putting 2 songs on here. Any album that starts at Blue Oyster Cult and ends at Scott Walker, while taking turns through a town called Slint and a river called The Blue Nile… well that album is alright by me. They mention Talk Talk in the bio, and, well… they don’t hit that, but Laughing Stock may very well be the most beautiful record ever recorded, so how could they? But do Atoms & Void touch on Leonard Cohen, Terry Allen, Sunny Day Real Estate, Philip Glass, Richard Hawley, Explosions In The Sky, etc. on this full-length? Yup. Sure do.
NP: “From A Late Night Train”The Blue Nile. What? You thought I was going to mention The Blue Nile, and then NOT put a song from their masterpiece “Hats?” Are you crazy?
NP: “Araçá Azul”Caetano Veloso. From Caetano’s weird 1973 album of the same name. It’s such a beautiful song, and a lovely close to a difficult, yet rewarding, playlist, but I’d be truly remiss if I didn’t direct you to the cover art of this LP.
NP: ITUNES_STREAMITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: SOUNDCLOUDSOUNDCLOUD – stream the entire playlist on soundcloud.
NP: PODCASTPODCAST of all of the above songs. [108.9 MB, 95:09 minutes]
NP: ZIP_FILE.ZIP file of all of the above songs. [161.0 MB]



Some big announcements here in the land of 30 Milkshakes / Highway Wolf / The Self-Starter Foundation.

Some of you know and others may not, but 30 Milkshakes has been working with Sophia Knapp for a while now. She has completed her record, and while it will not be coming out until next year, she is beginning to play shows again. She will be performing many of the new songs at these two shows, including her first NYC show in over a year. Please come out to one of these special events marking the start of a new album cycle (and new era) for the talented Miss Knapp!

Saturday Nov. 29th @ El Cid – Los Angeles, CA
Paz Lenchantin
Sophia Knapp
Mr. Pharmacist + AW

Here’s the Facebook event info.

Thursday December 4th @ Baby’s All Right – Brooklyn, NY
Sophia Knapp
Daniel Knox
Nico Turner
Non Human Persons
DJ set by Erika Spring

Here’s the Facebook event info.


Highway Wolf has been working with Parquet Courts for almost 2 years now, and they headline Webster Hall on December 11th. Tickets are almost sold out (really), so you should get yours today.

Before then, Highway Wolf’s other clients The Feelies have a few gigs, which is always worth noting:

Thu 12/04/14 New York, NY – Town Hall (w/ Yo La Tengo)
Fri 12/05/14 Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes
Sat 12/06/14 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar


And since this *is* still The Self-Starter Foundation NYC mailing list, it’s about damn time to make an actual Self-Starter announcement: On January 13, 2015 The Self-Starter Foundation will release the debut LP from Mike Pace And The Child Actors. You may remember Mike from his former band Oxford Collapse, absolutely one of my favorite NYC bands of all time, and I couldn’t be more tickled to be typing this. It will be LP and digital only; information as to how to order will be disseminated in December. The first single “Fire Sale” gets released next week. Stay tuned for that!

50 jazz records #01: Charlie Parker – Broadcast Performances Vol. 2

Here’s the deal: I’ll never be able to listen to music the same way I did when I was a teenager. I’ll never absorb it the same way; memorize it; learn it. Two factors, the first one is obvious: i’ve listened to way more music now, it’s way easier to listen to even more music now, and the real world obviously intrudes and i don’t get to put on the headphones and stare at the ceiling while listening to music very often. The other reason (perhaps even the other side of the same coin) is that I’ve been purchasing more and more jazz LPs. This mostly lyric-less form is obviously harder to memorize… longer compositions, less structure, more solos and improvisation, plus I don’t play any instruments, so I’m not able to approach these records from that angle. And I love it. It makes sense to me, and I trust my ear and, well, I’m happy it’s where I am as a listener right now. But I do feel like I’m not quite getting under the hood of some of these recordings.

This project is an attempt to dig a little deeper into it all. Sure, I know the players and the labels and the producers and writers, at least superficially. But do I know the chronology, the precedents, the reasons why? No. I do not. And sadly, I’m certain in most cases that I’ll never know. I’m not going to become an expert (thankfully, I’m not really trying to become one), but I’d like to be at least 99th percentile, you know?

That’s the origins of this project: It’s not to educate you, it’s to educate me. But I may as well post some of the results in the chance it helps connect the dots for anybody else out there.

I started with a simple idea: identify 50 of the most important players in jazz. I made the list off the top of my head. The first 30-35 were easy. Those came down as fast as I could type. Then the next 10 took maybe 5 more minutes. Then I looked at some of the recent purchases; scanned the collection. Expanded the list to 70-75 players, then whittled it back down to 50. Are there omissions or arguable choices? Of course. One of my criteria was that I had to own at least one LP by each of the players on my list, so I’ve missed some things just for that dumb reason. And I did willfully pick a wider date range of releases than I probably needed to, simply to get a wider window to explore.

Then I went and picked one LP from each of those folks. This is, of course, a fool’s mission with jazz: Max Roach plays on hundreds of records, not just “Max Roach” records. But I set the rule: whether talking about Ron Carter or Don Cherry or John Coltrane, the LP I selected had to be originally attributed to that player as the artist on the cover/spine.

I also didn’t necessarily pick the best or most well-known title by each artist. First, I don’t own every record, so I was just using what I have. And secondly, there’s already plenty written about “Kind Of Blue” or “Monk’s Dream” or “A Night in Tunisia” or “Saxophone Colossus.” I highly doubt I have anything to add to that canon.

I pulled the 50 LPs out of the stacks, then I arranged them chronologically by “primary recording date.” Which means I’m already fudging the numbers. What I have now is a pile of 50 albums ranked in order from oldest to newest by recording date (NOT release date).

I want to learn more about the world the recordings were created in. I want to understand them better, and I want understand popular and other music better. I want to put them in context in their own time, so that I can hopefully better understand them in the context of my own time.

Some notes about what you are about to read before we proceed any further: some of what is going to follow may actually, non-intuitively, be a bit subjective. Firstly, finding accurate release dates and publication dates is sometimes a bit sketchy, so I’ll be using the best guess of those who edit wikipedia pages and write blogs and such. Secondly, I’m going to be doing the picking, and while i do not have an agenda (or at least I don’t believe I have one just yet), I may be drawn to items which seem to be related or potentially can be woven into a bit of a narrative. Then again, perhaps not. I won’t know until I do the researching surrounding each set of dates. That’s part of the discovery of the context of these works. I don’t claim to be able to thoroughly understand or dissect the zeitgeist of a few certain days 34-66 years ago, but I should hope you wouldn’t believe anybody that claims they can really do so. I wasn’t there for any of these recording sessions… I don’t know what access (or care) any of these players or producers had for current events, film, popular music, architecture, etc. But what i’m trying to do is simply list some things that they MIGHT have known or been paying attention to, or merely at least have been exposed to. I’m not going to say “here’s a New Yorker article Charlie Parker would have read” nor am i going to conclude that Charlie Parker would have known the significance the founding of North Korea would have for world politics, well, up to this day (and obviously further into the future than I can predict). But I can know that on certain dates certain articles were published prominently in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Harper’s. I can tell you that on certain days certain songs were #1 in their respective charts (and here I’m going to need to be subjective again… if one song was #1 for ten weeks, and then bumped from #1 on the date i’m looking for, well… I’m probably going to conclude that the bumped song is actually “the biggest song in the USA before the recording session”. Perhaps that isn’t the most accurate distinction, but I ask this: which song is probably more likely to be hummed by somebody walking down the street or heard on the radio more times? I’m willing to wager it’s the song that was just #1 for ten weeks in a row.)

Books, architecture… who knows, really? I don’t. Just making some guesses, and obviously looking back at architecture with 34-66 years of hindsight is a lot easier than trying to imagine new buildings as they were built and how they were held by those that viewed them. Would the opening of a store in San Francisco been reported (and pictured) anywhere in NYC within the next few months? I can tell you this: Frank Lloyd Wright is mentioned 4 times in the New York Times in 1948, and only once was it really to do about any of his designs (November 19, 1948): And even then it didn’t show a picture of the planned theatre, but just a description of it. (and some grandiose statements from Frank Lloyd Wright: “Before a small, informal gathering of architects, designers, theatrical producers and actors at the Plaza Hotel, Mr. Wright described the first theatre [design] of his long career as the solution of physical problems that have beset the stage for centuries and as the probable answer to its survival in the face of being ‘done to death by the movies.'”). Thanks for saving live theater, Frank Lloyd Wright! So: am I going to go down the first rabbit hole only to find yet ANOTHER smaller rabbit hole (attempting to not just find out what important architecture was created in the weeks/months before the recording session, but also attempt to figure out if that architecture was trumpeted/heralded/critiqued/publicized in any way that the players may have come across)? To be clear, my answer is “Fuck no.” At best, I’m setting up the pins; it’s up to you or somebody else to knock ‘em down.

A further note about recording session dates: While many jazz records were recorded in a single session in a single day, sometimes some extra songs from another session are used, or the LP is otherwise filled-out. I’m going to list the recording of the record under the date on which the majority of the music was recorded. I’m not going by release date for these purposes… While I’m interested in the release dates of these records, what I’m really trying to explore here is the CONTEXT of these works. There’s that word “context” again. One of those words that is actually a bit difficult to explain, but you absolutely know it when you see it. The definition of context is: “the interrelated conditions in which something exists or occurs.” Synonyms are: “environment” and “setting”. So, i’m using it wrong, as I’m talking about the PRESUMED interrelated conditions in which these recordings were created. Context, minus authority. In other words: the internet.

That just went full circle, didn’t it?

#01: Charlie Parker – Broadcast Performances Vol. 2


Charlie Parker – Broadcast Performances Vol. 2 - stock photo     Charlie Parker – Broadcast Performances Vol. 2 - my LP

                           Artist: Charlie Parker
                           Album: Broadcast Performances Vol. 2
                           Primary Recording Date: September 4th, 1948 (I already made an exception to the “primary recording date” rule here… most of this record was recorded on January 1st, 1949, but since these recordings were originally live radio broadcasts, and not a studio recording session, I felt it made the most sense to use the earliest date.)
                           Players: Charlie Parker (alto saxophone), Curly Russell (bass), Tommy Potter (bass), Joe Harris (drums), Max Roach (drums), Al Haig (piano), Tadd Dameron (piano), Kenny Dorham (trumpet), Miles Davis (trumpet)
                           Original release information: ESP-Disk (I’m fiddling with the digital files here, fyi. ESP originally released 14 LPs of these live Charlie Parker recordings. Later, Savoy released various CDs of the same recordings. I’ve taken the exact songs/takes which are on the LP, extracted them from the Savoy CDs, and placed them into the digital files below. If you are looking to purchase these digital works, you should search for “Charlie Parker: The Complete Live Performances On Savoy (4-cd Set)”
                           Download: here

                           Where Purchased: Gimme Gimme Records in 2005 (I think)
                           City/State: New York, NY
                           Price: $8 (approx)

                           #1 song on the pop charts: “Twelfth Street Rag” – Pee Wee Hunt
                           #1 song on the R&B charts: “I Can’t Go On Without You” – Bull Moose Jackson and His Buffalo Bearcats
                           #1 song on the country charts: “Bouquet Of Roses” – Eddy Arnold

                           Most popular movie: “Johnny Belinda” – released September 14, 1948, this film with a rape as part of the subject matter is widely considered to be the first Hollywood film for which the “Motion Picture Production Code” restrictions on the subject were modified, allowing the film to be made. Although released ten days after the first recording date on this LP, I’m guessing it’s possible there may have already been some advertising and controversy brewing about this film. “Sorry, Wrong Number” was released on September 1st, and “That Lady in Ermine” was released August 24th, both of which were in the Top 20 grossing films of 1948.

                           Most popular fiction book: “The Naked and the Dead” – Norman Mailer
                           Most popular non-fiction book: “The Gathering Storm” – Winston Churchill

                           Most popular radio program: “The Walter Winchell Show”, a combination of entertainment gossip and political name-calling.
                           Most popular TV show: Television was still very much in its infancy… the most popular program on TV was “The Original Amateur Hour” on the (then) major DuMont Television Network. It’s worth noting that a show called “Toast Of The Town” first aired over the summer, which would eventually be known as “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

                           Big/recent New York Times headline / news story: This article: WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 — The United States Government, it was revealed today, has undertaken a basic review of its reparations policy in Germany to determine whether it is entirely consistent with the objectives of the European Recovery Program (disturbing the United Kingdom and France).
                           Timely New Yorker article(s): “A Letter From Paris” about French agriculture after Germany’s defeat and a story about the usage of the term “red herring” and the US House Of Representatives Committee On Un-American Activities.
                           Timely Harper’s article(s): An analysis of Thomas E. Dewey’s nomination for president by the Republican Party.
                           A Note About the above NY Times, New Yorker, and Harper’s links: You must be a subscriber and login to each of these publications to see the articles.

                           Other significant news highlight(s): In China, the Communist CPC party assume a dominant position in the Chinese Civil War (it will take another year to finally end the fighting and fully come into power). The USA and Soviet Union can’t decide how best to handle Korea, and eventually the “temporary” north/south split of the country at the 38th parallel starts to become more permanent. On August 15, 1948 the Republic of Korea (South Korea) is announced, while on September 9, 1948, a communist regime, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), was proclaimed under Kim Il Sung.
                           Other significant news highlight(s): Babe Ruth dies on August 16, 1948.
                           Other significant news highlight(s): August 25, 1948: The House Un-American Activities Committee holds its first-ever televised congressional hearing, featuring what has come to be known as “Confrontation Day” between Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss.

                           Recent architectural achievements: The VC Morris Gift Shop in San Francisco, designed in 1948 by Frank Lloyd Wright. Although the design of the Guggenheim Museum was already finished in 1948, this was the first opportunity to actually build the internal ramp design.

                           Listening Environment: home
                           Time: 1:11 AM, Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
                           Beverage: PBR
                           Weather: cool, overcast night
                           Notes: I’ve been working on setting up this project for almost a year. Let’s see how long it actually takes me to do the damn posts, now.


Track Listing:

52nd Street Theme
Slow Boat To China
Groovin’ High
East Of The Sun & West Of The Moon

So… This is a pretty horrible place to start this project. Originally live radio broadcasts, these weren’t meant to be an album or an album session in any way. Also, Symphony Syd introduces songs and conducts interviews, and as it was done live, you don’t get any uninterrupted full songs.

But, what you do get is some smoking bop from the “Metropolitan Bop’ra House” that was meant to be entertaining and immediate. And it sure is.

There’s a Max Roach drum solo in “Koko” that is about as sloppy as it gets. Charlie Parker sounds up front and showy. Everybody gets their turn, but these are the equivalent to the 3:05 power pop songs of 1940’s jazz.

My highlight is Symphony Syd asking Charlie Parker “It more or less puts bop in a more or less commercial sort of a groove, don’t you think?” and Charlie responding “Well, if you want to take it that way. But I mean, bop is just a title; i mean it’s all still music.” You think you invented the idea of accusing somebody a sell-out? You didn’t.

Nothing on this is essential, but to hear some solid versions of “Slow Boat To China” and “Ornithology” and “52nd Street Theme”, as actually performed in front of a live party audience in 1948… well… that’s alright by me. It’s short… just 8 songs and they go by fast. I’ve listened all the way through multiple times just now. This record is so damn inessential, it’s essential. Understand?


50 jazz records in context: The 50 Titles

Here’s the full list of the 50 titles I’m going to be using for this project. Are they the best or most important titles by all of these artists? No. Am I saying these are the 50 greatest jazz performers of all time? No. The most important? Also no. Should I have included Duke Ellington instead of Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard instead of Steve Lacy, ANYBODY instead of Patty Waters? Perhaps. But I wanted to include some surprises, exclude some obvious choices, look into some slightly-off-the-beaten-path recordings. I’m sure if I did this project 5 years ago it would have looked very different; 5 years from now it would also be different. This is a slice in time… It may have been done differently at a different time, but it’s accurate for what it is, and it’s set in stone. Honestly, I’ve already put over 100 hours into this project, and I haven’t even started writing or posting anything yet (nor, most importantly, LISTENING TO ANY MUSIC. duh).

So, yeah… Here’s the list I’m using (year is the year of the primary recording date… these ARE listed chronologically. Once they are each posted, you’ll be able to see the exact [when known] recording dates).

01. Charlie ParkerBroadcast Performances Vol. 2 (1948)
02. Bud Powell – The Amazing Bud Powell, Volume 2 (1953)
03. Miles Davis – ‘Round About Midnight (1955)
04. Mal Waldron Quintet – Mal-1 (1956)
05. Sonny Rollins – Volume 1 (1956)
06. Thelonious Monk And Gerry Mulligan – Mulligan Meets Monk (1957)
07. Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else (1958)
08. Lou Donaldson – Blues Walk (1958)
09. Thelonious Monk – Misterioso (1958)
10. Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol. 1 (1959)
11. John Coltrane – Giant Steps (1959)
12. Ornette Coleman – The Shape Of Jazz To Come (1959)
13. Wes Montgomery – The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery (1960)
14. Sam Jones – The Soul Society (1960)
15. Philly Joe Jones – Philly Joe’s Beat (1960)
16. John Coltrane & Don Cherry – The Avant-Garde (1960)
17. Paul Chambers – 1st Bassman (1961)
18. Oscar Peterson Trio – Affinity (1962)
19. Charles Mingus – Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (1963)
20. Hank Mobley – The Turnaround! (1963)
21. Herbie Hancock – My Point Of View (1963)
22. Bill Evans Trio – At Shelly’s Manne-Hole (1963)
23. The Art Farmer Quartet Featuring Jim Hall – “Live” At The Half-Note (1963)
24. Lee Morgan – Search For The New Land (1964)
25. The New Stan Getz Quartet Featuring Astrud Gilberto – Getz Au Go Go (1964)
26. Sonny Stitt – Soul People (1964)
27. Pharoah Sanders Quintet – Pharoah Sanders Quintet (1964)
28. Grant Green – Talkin’ About (1964)
29. Shirley Scott – Everybody Loves A Lover (1964)
30. Sun Ra – The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra, Vol. 1 (1965)
31. Max Roach – Drums Unlimited (1965)
32. Patty Waters – Sings (1965)
33. Yusef Lateef – A flat, G Flat And C (1966)
34. Elvin Jones – Midnight Walk (1966)
35. Cecil Taylor – Unit Structures (1966)
36. Gabor Szabo – Jazz Raga (1966)
37. Marion Brown – Three For Shepp (1966)
38. Wayne Shorter – Schizophrenia (1967)
39. Archie Shepp – The Magic Of Ju-Ju (1967)
40. Charlie Haden – Liberation Music Orchestra (1969)
40. Sunny Murray – Hommage To Africa (1969)
42. Alice Coltrane – Journey In Satchidananda (1970)
43. Alphonse Mouzon – The Essence Of Mystery (1972)
44. Hampton Hawes – Playin’ In The Yard (1973)
45. Milt Jackson – Olinga (1974)
46. Phil Woods – Musique Du Bois (1974)
47. Ron Carter – Spanish Blue (1974)
48. Steve Lacy – Trickles (1976)
49. Old And New Dreams – Old And New Dreams (1979)
50. The Art Ensemble Of Chicago – Urban Bushmen (1980)

i tell ya it was bad advice… & TONIGHT – Mountain High and Chris Newmyer DJ set!

NP: “Take My Advice”Kurt Vile. A bit longer playlist this time than usual, but there’s a lot of ground I wanted to cover. Kurt Vile starts us off nicely.
NP: “Advice to Medics”Sun Ra and His Arkestra. Lovely little piece.
NP: “A Word of Advice”Th’ Faith Healers. As if I ever need an excuse to listen to Th’ Faith Healers.
NP: “Don’t Touch My Bikini”The Halo Benders. Remember when going to a show was fun?
NP: “Advice On Arrest”The Desperate Bicycles. Always earnest. Funny how my only other real knowledge of the S.P.G. is from the “Young Ones.”
NP: “Never Trust A Man (With Egg On His Face)”Adam & The Ants. Peel Session recorded 35 years ago next week. Feel old?
NP: “Young Pussy Advisor”Chevy Heston. Always good for a fantastic song under 75 seconds in length.
NP: “Form And File”Archers Of Loaf. The next song is the reason I made this playlist. But this is the first song I wanted to add because of it.
NP: “Bad Advice”Protomartyr. As I said… This song is the reason for this entire playlist. The new Protomartyr record is freaking fantastic. A gargantuan leap forward. They still tick the Mission Of Burma / Wire / Fall / Husker Du / Pere Ubu boxes, but they’ve added an element of 1983 College Rock that’s really textural and lovely. Hints of Felt, R.E.M., Gang Of Four… I liked them before, but I was wholly unprepared for what they’ve done. Best record I’ve heard in a long long time.
NP: “Maybe Partying Will Help”Minutemen. And how can Protomartyr not make me think at least a little bit of Minutemen?
NP: “Good Advices”R.E.M.. This was the second song I thought of to put on this playlist, right after Archers Of Loaf.
NP: “Advice to the Graduate”Silver Jews. Some more college rock? Glad you asked!
NP: “Don’t Let Our Youth Go to Waste”Galaxie 500. Epic and beautiful. Still gives me goosebumps 25 years later.
NP: “Handsome Men”Rock Plaza Central. Any time I hear anything about elections or polls or surveys, I immediately think of this song.
NP: “Some Good Advice”Bill Fay. Seriously… some good advice..
NP: “Don’t Fall in Love if You Want to Die in Peace”Comet Gain. When twee was also sometimes beautiful. I should have also included that Radiolaria song from their first 7″… Didn’t realize that until just this second.
NP: “Don’t Go to Strangers”Etta Jones. Found a copy of this LP recently in Cleveland for a very fair price. It’s a great listen.
NP: “Advisory Committee”Mirah. I really need to go back and get all the Mirah albums. Note to self.
NP: “Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-On”Leonard Cohen. From “Death Of A Ladies’ Man.” A bit inessential, nice to hear Leonard having a bit of fun.
NP: “Advice to Schoolgirls”S.E. Rogie. From Sierra Leone, S.E. Rogie didn’t get to make many records, but they deserve to be heard by more folks..
NP: “Don’t Open The Door To Strangers”The Church. This is another song that I thought of immediately for this playlist, although it obviously sounds nothing at all like Protomartyr.
NP: “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White”The Standells. It’s true: sometimes good guys DON’T wear white.
NP: “Never Lose That Feeling / Never Learn”Swervedriver. Went back down the Swervedriver rabbit hole again recently. Happens every couple of years. Always loved this b-side / compilation track version.
NP: ITUNES_STREAMITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: SOUNDCLOUDSOUNDCLOUD – stream the entire playlist on soundcloud.
NP: PODCASTPODCAST of all of the above songs. [98.5 MB, 86:05 minutes]
NP: RAR_FILE.RAR file of all of the above songs. [121.0 MB]



I’m DJ’ing tonight, and new 30 Milkshakes client Mountain High are making their NYC debut!

9:00 PM – 2:00 AM
Passenger Bar

Here’s the Facebook event info.

i left that gal in dallas; i wound up in maine…

NP: “If I Could Only Fly (studio)”Blaze Foley. As almost always, it’s been forever since I’ve done one of these. So long that I can’t even necessarily remember why I picked some of the songs. There’s always a list in a .txt file; a directory with a pile of .mp3s. And perhaps some “notes.” But then it’s also a strange kind of lovely surprise. I open up the directory and sometimes think “I remember that” or, more interestingly, “I don’t remember that AT ALL.” This song is neither of those extremes, but I do remember when I became a bit obsessed with it a couple of months ago. For fans of Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, etc. Also, anybody that wants to hear a sad heartbreaking story of bad business deals, horrible luck, and shitty mistakes (think Badfinger, Townes Van Zandt) would do themselves a favor by doing some research on Blaze Foley.
NP: “Special”Violent Femmes. I woke up one morning with “special, special, what do you get? another day older and deeper in debt” stuck in my head. Now that I’ve listened to the song about 17 more times in the last 48 hours, I suspect that’s going to happen again sometime soon.
NP: “It’s All In My Head”Teenage Fanclub. Sublimely beautiful Teenage Fanclub song.
NP: “Wasted”Metz. Perhaps the hottest show I’ve been to in the last 5 years was a Parquet Courts show in a garage in Omaha last summer. But the second hottest show was Metz at Shea Stadium.
NP: “Concrete”New Bad Things. New Bad Things recently did a one-off reunion show in Portland, and, while I knew I wouldn’t do it, I did give it at least a fairytale daydream thought of trying to go. Miss this band terribly. Everything that was good about American Indie Rock in the early 90’s.
NP: “Rovin’ Gambler”Hank Thompson. The Central PA thrift stores haven’t been offering up many used LP gems for the last year or so, but I did find a couple of very nice old Kitty Wells and Hank Thompson LPs a couple of months ago. Happy to have ‘em.
NP: “That’ll Be the Day”The Bunch. This is one of my favorite Sandy Denny recordings. I’m not going to say this was “casually tossed off”, nor was it necessarily a hootenanny, but this record by The Bunch is lots of Fairport Convention folks and related folkies having a bit of fun. I really like this arrangement a lot, and Sandy Denny shows that she would have been a hell of a rock n roll singer if she had wanted to be.
NP: “Dance To The Music”Keef Hartley. Keef Hartley is one of those mysterious things for an LP record collector dork: I don’t even necessarily like the guy or know that much about him, and then one day I realize I have four original import Deram LPs of his. Strange. Inessential. But here it is.
NP: “Ebony Godfather”Joe Thomas. This, however, is one of those times I love being an LP record collector dork. Found a perfectly playable copy of this for $8 recently, when it normally sells for $25-$30. Simple pleasures. And it’s pretty damn good, too.
NP: “On Giving Up”High Places. Picked up a copy of this LP marked down somewhere for cheap. I hadn’t actually heard it, and it’s better than I thought it would be. This is my favorite song from it.
NP: “If I Could Only Fly (live)”Blaze Foley. Remember when I said I became a bit obsessed with this song? Well, yeah… I did. The first version above is a studio recording for an album. This here is a live version.
NP: “Santa Cruz Mountains”Eddie Callahan. Recently re-issued, this breezy California LP would be a classic if only more people have heard it.
NP: “Tears”Teenage Fanclub. A piano based Teenage Fanclub track. Also lovely. Was listening to a lot of Teenage Fanclub as I finally found a few of the LPs I had been missing. Now if only I could find a copy of “Songs From Northern Britain” for under $50, I’d have the whole set.
NP: “Around The Corner”The Evens. I missed every show of Amy and Ian last year, including one in Harrisburg, PA that I really should have made my way back to. A mistake.
NP: “I’m Through With Love”Lorez Alexandria. I found absolutely mint copies of two of the Lorez Impulse LPs a couple of months ago, and just couldn’t put them back. There’s something about those original mono Impulses… when the corners are crisp and liners are clean, they’re just about the most beautiful records you’ll ever hold. It’s hard to put them down.
NP: “If I Could Only Fly (demo)”Blaze Foley. And here’s a demo version of this song. Really lets you grasp the splendor and the depth of a song when you listen to it in all of its arrangements (there’s also a wonderful cover by Merle Haggard a couple of years ago which you should track down). A great song is a great song, in almost every format/arrangement/version. I think I’m back to being obsessed.
NP: ITUNES_STREAMITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: SOUNDCLOUDSOUNDCLOUD – stream the entire playlist on soundcloud.
NP: PODCASTPODCAST of all of the above songs. [68.7 MB, 60:05 minutes]
NP: RAR_FILE.RAR file of all of the above songs. [108.0 MB]

NR: Jay Kirk’s excellent piece “Bartók’s Monster” (about Béla Bartók and his recording trips through Transylvania) in the October issue of Harper’s that I just finally got around to reading. Unfortunately, the article is only available to subscribers, but I’ve downloaded the pdf. I’m not going to upload it, but if you’d like a copy, just email me and I’ll send it to you. Highly recommended… It’s actually worth the hassle.

NW: True Detective, Winter Olympics (not enough Biathalon!), “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?”, “Her”, “The Invisible Woman”, “Inside Llewyn Davis”, “Nebraska”, “Dallas Buyers Club”, “American Hustle”, etc. Attempting to get caught up.

NE: Sushi in LA, pizza in NYC. The way it should be.

ND: Narragansett tallboys and 12-year Elijah Craig manhattans.

he made me feel like i could play the guitar…

NP: “Since Yesterday”Strawberry Switchblade. If this isn’t stuck in your head all day, then you probably never liked the Darling Buds.
NP: “Threnody For Sharon Tate”Freddie Hubbard – Ihlan Mimaroglu. And if this doesn’t scare the bejeezus out of you, you’ve probably watched way too many Italian horror flicks.
NP: “Broken Cigarettes”Glocca Morra. If this gets stuck in your head, you must be pretty emo.
NP: “I Don’t Dare”Marsha Malamet. If you ever buy an LP just for the cover art, this is a pretty good place to start. It’s called “Coney Island Winter,” and that’s an appropriate name for this sometimes sparse, sometimes bleak (and other times over-orchestrated or showtune-y) record. There’s not much on the internet about this album, but what is throws around the names Kate Bush, Judy Collins, Carole King, Judee Sill, etc. Not bad company.
NP: “Structures For Sound – Pièces Nouvelles”Bernard & François Baschet. Purchased this gorgeous 10″ at Good Records a couple of months ago. Magical and surreal, the packaging and “new” instruments are perhaps actually better than the music within, but so glad to know about this.
NP: “It’s Choade My Dear”Connan Mockasin. This came out of left field. I don’t even know how to describe it. Just listen.
NP: “The Riddle”Jacco Gardner. Catchy as all hell. And pretty good, to boot.
NP: “Ask Me No Questions”Bridget St. John. If you only download one song from this list, make it this one. Nico, Beat Happening, Leonard Cohen, Bridget St. John… stark and haunting.
NP: “Holiday And Sport”Sone. Catchiest song of the 90’s? Maybe.
NP: “Wrong”Big Ups. Look for a new album from these NYC punks soon. Hot damn.
NP: “Growin’ Up American”The Colors. Downtown power pop punk from 1980. Anybody out there has this “Rave It Up” 45 for sale… let me know! (fun trivia: Robert Vickers, later of the Go-Betweens, was in The Colors!)
NP: “Scratch My Skin”Mushy. The solo electronic project of one Valentina Fanigliulo from Rome, Italy. Lush and beautiful.
NP: “Morgenspaziergang”Kraftwerk. The english translation of this song title is “A Morning Stroll”, or something along those lines. To go for a wander in the morning, basically. So damn pleasant it’s almost painful.
NP: “Numb”Andy Stott. Perhaps a bit too bombastic, this still touches on some things i really like. Worth a listen or five.
NP: “Stained Glass House”Shy Hunters. Blonde Redhead and Glass Rock fans take note. Indigo Street first came to my attention as part of the improv rock/jazz/dance collab Aye Aye Rabbit… she wields a mean axe, and has some serious vocal chops, too. Mandatory listening. And, hey! Big props to me… fully half of this playlist could be called contemporary. Amazing!
NP: “ITUNES_STREAM”ITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “WINAMP_STREAM”WINAMP (and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and REALPLAYER) USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “SOUNDCLOUD”SOUNDCLOUD – stream the entire playlist on soundcloud. Actually… don’t bother! I’m impressed with Soundcloud’s ability to find and remove copyrighted material. Wouldn’t let me upload this one. Will try again next time!
NP: “PODCAST”PODCAST of all of the above songs. [67.7 MB, 59:09 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [117.0 MB]

NR: I really should have mentioned this sooner, but Chris Eaton (of Rock Plaza Central) released his third novel, “Chris Eaton, A Biography” a few months back. I know how schmaltzy this sounds, but it really is a delight to read.
NR: It was time… I finally re-read “Infinite Jest” by David Foster Wallace. Even better than the first time, but guess what? The overwhelming desire upon finishing it? Yep… to read the damn thing AGAIN. Fuck.
NR: About halfway through Stendhal’s “The Red And The Black.” I can’t figure out if I like it or not.

NW: I watched the entire Breaking Bad series in under 6 weeks, so that I was able to watch the finale within 36 hours of it airing. And, surprise… it was worth it. No spoilers here, but… best music synch ever? Probably!
NW: “The Conversation”. 1974 Francis Ford Coppola movie that was presented on TCM the other night by Gilbert Gottfried. Fantastic movie that’s equal parts Three Days Of The Condor, Blow Out, and Sneakers (not that that movie should be in the same category as these others mentioned.) Best thing i’ve stumbled upon in a long long time. Speaking of Sneakers, Gilbert had a great line while talking to Robert Osborne… something along the lines of “your viewers are tuning in and saying ‘What happened to this guy? He used to interview Robert Redford, and now he’s stuck with Gilbert Gottfried?'”
NW: “The Pit And The Pendulum”. Vincent Price movie that TCM showed on Halloween night, while avoiding leaving the house in the East Village. It started out promising… a bit of the Name Of The Rose, a bit of the Wicker Man (before either of those two movies, of course), but ran out of gas a bit. Still, an impressive attempt at turning a psychological short story into a feature film.

NE: It’s been a long time since the last one of these, so i guess let’s do some highlights of the last six months? A hell of a good curry at Karma Asian in Denver.
NE: Vegan tomato soup and caesar salad, with some vegan poutine on the side, at The Owlery in Bloomington, IN.
NE: A grouse at St. John in London (as well as a delightfully simple cheese-and-chutney sandwich at the bar while waiting to be seated). Finally got to go here!
NE: Raspberry and ricotta pancakes, with berry and liqourice compote and creme fraiche, at The Modern Pantry in London.
NE: A simple lunch at Le Rouge et le Verre wine store in Paris.
NE: Mon Vieil Ami in Paris – A lovely chanterelle mushroom dish and for an entree a breast of veal. Perhaps a small notch down from the other time I dined there, but it’s still a real favorite destination restaurant for me.
NE: Waffle with jam and whipped cream at Mokka Kaffi in Reykjavik. I’ve been dreaming about this ever since.
NE: Artichoke and bufala mozzarella ravioli in a brown butter sage sauce at the Gioia Restaurante in the Palacio Duhau in Buenos Aires. Sadly, La Vineria de Gualterio Bolívar was closed the only time I could have gone. I need to go back.
NE: Cheeseburger and onion rings from Old Town Bar.

ND: Coffee milkshake at Davey’s in the East Village.
ND: Coffee milkshake at Ronnybrook Farm in Chelsea Market.
ND: Vanilla milkshake w/ 2 shots of espresso at Sundaes And Cones in the East Village.
ND: Yuengling and Shiner Bock.


Any good shows coming up? Let me know! I need to get out more.


lingers dark in the bark of the dogwood tree…

NP: “JC Auto”Sugar. I’ve been on a bit of a Sugar jag, even before these re-issues were announced/released. Highly recommend these deluxe re-issues with the entire live concert sets and tons of BBC sessions as extras. Anybody with an original 12″ of the Beaster EP, please get in touch… I’ll hook you up. Fierce.
NP: “Guilty Conscience”NEVER. New Jersey band that self-released an EP and then basically withered/imploded. Works well with the Sugar. And will work for any Failure fans out there.
NP: “Evening Return”Hood. Early Hood was a mighty beast. Pretty much everything that was good about home recording and the slacker/DIY/underground aesthetic.
NP: “A Place In The Sun”The Triffids. This song has been haunting me for the last year. Finally remembering to put it on one of these dang playlists. I bet the Go-Betweens were jealous as hell when they first heard this.
NP: “The Summer December Starts”Empress. This is what made me listen to the old Hood, actually… Found this Scottish Empress’s LP (there are quite a few bands named Empress) in the dollar bin at Princeton Record Exchange… It’s a record i’ve wanted since it came out almost 10 years ago, and I woulda paid 12 to 15 times as much, probably. This is one of the prettiest songs you will ever hear.
NP: “Dogwood”Terry Allen. Terry Allen just released his first new album in, basically, a generation. It’s caused me to become absolutely obsessed with his debut album “Juarez”. Imagine if Guy Clark had written “Fiestas + Fiascos” instead of Craig Finn. Do me a favor and when you are done with this, go and listen to the entire “Juarez” album in it’s entirety.
NP: “You Don’t Tell Me What To Do”Kris Kristofferson. And one of the best songwriters of all time released a new album at the end of last year, and I finally listened to it six months later. Not his finest work (how could it be, really?), but there’s some awfully nice stuff on it.
NP: “Frightened”The Fall. Woozy. Decidedly woozy. So good.
NP: “Get It When I Want It”Candi Staton. Oh, man… this just slays. For fans of Laura Lee, Betty Wright, etc.
NP: “Little Mama”Luis Gasca. There’s a copy of this in the bin at Academy that says something along the lines of “Despite the fact that Carlos Santana plays on this, this is a damn fine record.” Very true. This isn’t as fun as that Ramsey Lewis “Do Whatever Sets You Free” track i posted a ways back, but it’s definitely in the same ballpark.
NP: “Chicken Fat”Mel Brown. I’m a bit of a sucker for some (sorta cheesy) instrumental guitar funk. Mel Brown nails it with regularity.
NP: “Silver Spring”Speedy Ortiz. Bettie Serveert fans pay attention. That’s all I’m going to say.
NP: “Tonite”Les Rita Mitsouko. Some serious Bowie-channeling from these French new-wavers.
NP: “Emergency Human Blood Courier”Terry Allen. This is from the new Terry Allen album. Best record of 2013 so far… Nothing else is even close.
NP: “Belmont Girl Is Mad At Me”The Trypes. That Terry Allen song made me think of this previously-unreleased Trypes song, which just came out on the “Music For Neighbors” compilation. Mesmorizing. This one’s going to be in your head in a week, and you’ll have a hard time remembering what it is. Good luck.
NP: “ITUNES_STREAM”ITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “WINAMP_STREAM”WINAMP (and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and REALPLAYER) USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “SOUNDCLOUD”SOUNDCLOUD – stream the entire playlist on soundcloud.
NP: “PODCAST”PODCAST of all of the above songs. [70.6 MB, 61:44 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [106.0 MB]

NR: The sad and frustratring life story of Shulamith Firestone, best known as the author of “The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution” in 1970, in last week’s New Yorker, as written by Susan Faludi.
NR: Short fiction by T. Coraghessan Boyle in the same issue of the New Yorker, “The Night of the Satellite.”

NW: Almost done with The West Wing season 4 (for the, what, 4th or 5th time through?)… starting into Sports Night, but it’s going to be hard to get past the laugh track.
NW: And the season finale of the newly-canceled Touch. I’m not sure where they would have gone with it for another season, but it’s still sad to know it’s over. Not even remotely the best thing I’ve ever seen, but it was definitely better than its ratings. And by being canceled, it means that 24 has been tapped to start again, which really can’t at all be a good thing.

NE: Even more Potbelly’s wrecks (with oatmeal chocolate chip cookies).
NE: Fried chicken from the Redhead.
NE: Lunchtime burritos at Dos Toros and donuts from Peter Pan.
NE: As always, another outstanding meal at Lavagna.
NE: Hot Kitchen!

ND: Happy Hour margaritas at Rosa Mexicano.
ND: A lovely Lambrusco at dinner at In Vino, but I have completely forgotten the name of the producer.


What are you up to on Wednesday and Thursday and Saturday? Come to one of these shows:

Wednesday, May 15 – No Joy / Heaven at Mercury Lounge (early show)
Thursday, May 16 – No Joy / Weekend at Glasslands
Saturday, May 18 – The Feelies at Bell House


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and Sam just LOVES stereo component sets…

NP: “It’s Too Late”The Jim Carroll Band. There’s a Parquet Courts song that sounds like a Jim Carroll Band song, so it made me go back to give this one a listen. I remember hearing this in high school and thinking that this was punk fucking rock. It’s not… it’s just snotty rock and roll, but i guess so were the Ramones and the Sex Pistols, eh?
NP: “Teenage Life”Cowboys. Did you know Mark Eitzel used to be in a punk band as a teenager in Ohio? He was. And this is that band.
NP: “All My Life”Naked Skinnies. And after Cowboys broke up, and before Mark moved to San Francisco and formed American Music Club, he also did a 7″ as part of the band The Naked Skinnies. It’s a nice monotone unsettling song, both badly produced and perfectly produced. A bit of a revelation for me, truthfully. For those of you that are nerds about this sort of thing, the one-and-only Naked Skinnies single came out on Naked House records, a “label” (i’m pretty sure it’s the only Naked House release) run by Ron House, better known by lots of folks as the former frontman of Great Plains (check out these records on Homestead if you ever find them [usually cheaply] in the used bin!) and Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, and pretty much a Columbus, OH legend.
NP: “No Chance”Fresh Color. Following the above theme… Did you ever hear Fresh Color, the Swiss punk band that had Dieter Meier do vocals on this song, before he formed Yello? Now’s your chance. And it’s probably your only chance, as you ain’t gonna find the original 7″ easily: it sells for $100-$200.
NP: “Human Being”Coloured Balls. Fun stuff. Has just been re-issued. Did Danzig rip off the end of this song? Probably not, but… Maybe.
NP: “You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb”Ex Cops. And, hey… how about SOMETHING made within the last 30 years, eh? Good new stuff from NYC’s Ex Cops.
NP: “Take Me As I Am”Denise & Co.. A nice old tune from one of the “Girls In The Garage” comps.
NP: “I Want to Be Happy”Sammy Davis Jr.. Cheesy, yes. But fun enough every now and then.
NP: “One Has My Name The Other Has My Heart”Nat King Cole. Schmaltzy, but well done.
NP: “Ballad For New Souls”Muhal Richard Abrams. Really lovely. Everything in its right place. Chicago cat that’s played with Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, and lots of good folks.
NP: “In Memory Of My Seasons”Joseph Jarman/Famoudou Don Moye. Did you even notice the segue from the previous song? If you didn’t I’m doing something right. Art Ensemble of Chicago guys out on their own. They’ve also played with Muhal Richard Abrams above.
NP: “Denise”Nat Adderley. If there’s ever a 70’s sitcom about Denise, this will absolutely HAVE to be the theme song.
NP: “The Back Seat Of My Car”Paul & Linda McCartney. Been giving “RAM” a few listens lately, with all the hubbub over the monstrous (and apparently masterful) reissue. And, damn… yeah… it’s a great record! Shocking!
NP: “These Are The J.B.’s”The J.B.’s. Bought a Mexican copy of this LP in the El Chopo flea market in Mexico City recently. Used records there were tremendously overpriced, but I did find a decent copy of this, a Mexican pressing of the first B-52’s (“contiene ‘El Rock De La Langosta'”), and a Babe Ruth LP for decent enough prices that i bought them mostly so that i could say, yes, that i bought them at the El Chopo flea market in Mexico City. (Note the mental segueway from “We could end up in Mexico City” in the Paul & Linda song above).
NP: “The Meeting Place”Wanda Robinson. A spoken-poetry flute jam record from Baltimore in 1971. A beautifully packaged LP that i bought recently without bothering to listen to or doing any research. One look and I knew it was going to be pretty special. There was a lot of flute this playlist, huh?
NP: “Die Life”The Soft Moon. A bit of a palate-cleanser at the end of things. You are now free to pursue other listening.
NP: “ITUNES_STREAM”ITUNES USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “WINAMP_STREAM”WINAMP (and WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and REALPLAYER) USERS – stream all of the above songs.
NP: “PODCAST”PODCAST of all of the above songs. [70.3 MB, 61:24 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [119.0 MB]

NR: Pam Coloff’s award-nominated long-form journalism in Texas Monthly Magazine. One confirmed case of wrongful murder conviction, and another that sure seems like it. Here, here, and here. Essential (and scary) reading. Remind me to not be in the wrong place at the wrong time in Texas any time soon!

NW: Revisiting The West Wing season 3 and 4… and a lot of college basketball. Good thing it’s baseball season now!

NE: Even more Potbelly’s wrecks (with oatmeal chocolate chip cookies).
NE: Panera Bread. Lots of Panera Bread.
NE: Calabrese pizza at Nicoletta. Damn. REALLY good. and try the soft serve gelato with espresso caramel sauce for desert!

ND: Milkshakes from Sundaes And Cones, Veselka, The Satellite Room in DC.
ND: Yuengling and Evan Williams. Simple and easy and great. no complaints.


Slower than i wanted, but SXSW and some Feelies shows slowed me down… Here’s a new one!


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