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like a shingle on a roof in a windstorm…

NP: “Love More”Sharon Van Etten. Wow. What a song, and what a fucking performance thereof. This is the first fruits of (Philadelphia’s finest) Mr. Brian McTear’s new non-profit Weathervane Music Organization’s Shaking Through program, and what a way to start. (Kristin Thomas of Simple Machines/Tsunami/Future of Music Coalition also has a hand in Weathervane). A little trivia for you: the first time the words “The Self-Starter Foundation” appear on any record is on Brian’s old band (Mariner 9)’s first 7″, and that pre-dates the first Karate 7″ by a couple of weeks. Go here for some more information about Brian’s new venture. Oh, and… i probably shouldn’t have re-posted the .mp3 on the 30 Milkshakes servers, so… maybe head over to Weathervane and download it from over there, too, so that the powers-that-be will recognize their web traffic.
NP: “Coltrane Sundia”Magma. A nice simple piece from Magma. Not normally their strong suit. I just looked up “strong suit” to see if it should be hyphenated or (heaven forbid) one word… the example given is “Foreign policy was the President’s strong suit.” I hope that example wasn’t written between 2000 and 2008.
NP: “Neukoln”David Bowie. Something about that Magma piece made me think of this instrumental track.
NP: “Hallo Erde Hier Ist Alpha”Berluc. And somehow the song from Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy” made me think of this rather middle-of-the-road German band, that i just so happen to enjoy on occasion. This song is sorta their “Major Tom”, as i guess it’s a bit of a love song to Sigmund Jähns, the first German to go into space.
NP: “When Will I Be Loved”Linda Ronstadt. I’m being so INFORMATIVE this playlist. What the hell is going on? Anyway… how about a song i just remember hearing a million times on country radio when i was of single-digit age, and which i still think is fantastic? For blockbuster massive huge records, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more solid one than Linda’s “Heart Like A Wheel.”
NP: “Hell Walks The Street”Shirl Milete. Here’s somebody i know nothing about, except that he was a label-mate of Townes Van Zandt on Poppy in 1969, and that in 1970 and 1971 a couple of his songs were sold to Elvis Presley. Oh, and… he played guitar with Waylon Jennings somewhere along the line, too. That’s enough of a pedigree to make me perk up my ears. Truly, it’s not some lost classic record… but it is a solid and enjoyable listen. If you have a copy on vinyl for sale, I’ll give you $15 for it.
NP: “Military Madness”Graham Nash. Bill’s gotten me into this, the first post-Deja Vu solo record by Graham.
NP: “Schoolbuses Are For Children”Grant Hart. The new Grant Hart is a damn solid listen, from front to back. Well done, Mr. Hart.
NP: “Trinkets And Rings”Michael Chapman. I picked this Michael Chapman song a couple of weeks ago, and opted to not include it, simply because i didn’t want to be “that guy” that had a Michael Hurley and a Michael Chapman song in his playlist at the same time. And then Michael Chapman went and played a show last week, which i got to see, and now i need to put this on here now to be topical. He was great, by the way, but didn’t get to play long enough on the 6-act bill on a Monday night at Market Hotel.
NP: “Rosemary”Grateful Dead. Have you ever actually listened to the Grateful Dead? Most people i know haven’t. Hell… i didn’t listen to a Led Zeppelin record straight through until i was 26 probably, so why the hell would i listen to a Dead record? Not a huge mistake, but… definitely a mistake. I’ve got $10 over here for a decently clean copy of “Aoxomoxoa” on vinyl.
NP: “No Reservations”Hüsker Dü. Independent of the Grant Hart album above, i listened to the entire “Warehouse: Songs And Stories” album the other day while driving around Central Pennsylvania to get the full teenage experience. Damn if i could sing along to every song on this fucking record… EVERY SONG. All 20 of ‘em. At least the choruses, but, really… i’d say about 85% of the lyrics in general. Outside of the bands i’ve toured with or worked with, i don’t think i could say that about any records in the last 10 years. The Mountain Goats and Hot Chip are the only two artists i could even guess that that might be true of.
NP: “Mechanical Man”Devo. Early demo. Kinda frustrating.
NP: “Ferryboat”Tonto’s Expanding Head Band. TONTO is the world largest synthesizer, built in the late 60’s and early 70’s. It featured heavily on Stevie Wonder’s “Innervisions” and “Talking Book” records (as well as a million other records in the 70’s and later), but the creators also put out two records of their own. I originally put this on here because i was told that Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo now owns TONTO, but… wikipedia has just informed me that that is a misconception. Thanks, wikipedia.
NP: “My Heartbeat”Annie. Came on shuffle the other day. Still catchy a couple of years on.
NP: “Magic Man”Heart. And, well… still a fucking slamming song. Wow. In case you are wondering, the transition here is purely contrived: I went from Annie’s song “My Heartbeat” to a song off the “Dreamboat Annie” album by Heart. Thank you, good night.
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. [83.8 MB, 61:00 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [93.0 MB]

NR: nothing! although i did just buy “Vineland” by Thomas Pynchon at a thrift store for a buck. But i really should start the new Alice Munro collection before i do anything else.

NW: Movies that prominently feature people throwing up in them! First “Crazy Heart” and then “The Edge Of Darkness” (don’t ask). And, of course: TONS of curling! fuck! i really do love watching it. no irony! did you know that since 1983 there have been FOUR blind curlers that have participated in the World Curling Championships? this is one of the things one learns when one googles “russian curling team.” not that there’s any reason i would google the russian women’s curling team.


i’m about to leave on a little mini-tour, but will hopefully find the time to do playlists while i’m away. fingers crossed! thanks to those that have sent me music… i am working through it all! keep it coming!


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