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NP: “Fire”Robert Gordon w/ Link Wray. These Robert Gordon w/ Link Wray records are worth the dollar when you see them in the $1 bin, but not worth it when you see them for $4. A bit forgettable, but reasonably enjoyable while you are listening. This song, apparently, was originally written for Elvis, but he died before he could record a version.
NP: “West Virginia Gals”Al Hopkins And His Buckle Busters. Don’t sleep on the “lost” Volume 4 of Harry Smith’s “Anthology Of American Folk Music;” there’s some good stuff on here, too. Essential driving music on tour, actually. Just can’t listen to enough different styles and genres when you’re driving 6 hours a day every day for 50 days straight.
NP: “I Don’t Think Much About Her No More”Mickey Newbury. Alisdair from The Clientele originally introduced me to the genius of Mickey Newbury. Been slowly picking up all the records on vinyl… I’m only missing “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” and the original pressing of his masterpiece “Looks Like Rain.” This track is from that record. If you have a copy of the original on LP you’d like to get rid of, I got $30 for you over here.
NP: “Never Said”Liz Phair. This came on shuffle the other day on the ipod. It may sound even better today than it did back then, and damn… it sounded GREAT back then.
NP: “Swollen Sonnet”Cold Water Flat. Man this is the kind of indie rock I loved in 1992. Wow. Didn’t even realize it was a guitar solo and an organ back then… just thought it made me want to jump around like a fool. Good stuff.
NP: “Skeleton”Helium. Those first couple of Helium 7″‘s were real game-changers. And the “Pirate Prude” EP, too. This is from the debut album “The Dirt Of Luck”, though… for some reason it just made more sense to include this song instead of something earlier (and i don’t have rips of those first 7″‘s. Shit… note to self: find those.) [Update: they’re downloading while I type this. the internet IS amazing.] Side note: Pop Narcotic’s founder Bill Peregoy offered considerable assistance and advice to the the little fledgeling label The Self-Starter Foundation back in 1994, and for that I will always be grateful.
NP: “Coconut”Harry Nilsson. File Under: Songs You Thought Were Novelty Songs Growing Up, akin to Loudon Wainwright III’s “Dead Skunk” and “Yellow Submarine.”
NP: “Your Own Back Yard”Dion. This record’s having a weird little resurgence the last couple of years, I think partially because of all the Phil Spector arrest and court case craziness. Don’t let me try to revisionist-history-out-cool you: I only heard of it a year ago or so. Was pretty stoked to find a really clean copy for $4 recently. Thanks to Don The Astor Place Record Guy!
NP: “A Case Of You”Joni Mitchell. Tony from Great Lake Swimmers covered this song a couple of times on tour last year, and it was pretty breathtaking. Holy shit that little dude can sing. Doesn’t hurt to have this kind of source material, of course.
NP: “Charles”Scrawl. Any time I see a Scrawl record for under $5 in a used bin I buy a copy, knowing I’ll give it to somebody somewhere along the line. Most recent recipient of a copy of Scrawl’s “Smallmouth” is Reine from Dungen. I convinced him to buy a copy of “He’s Drunk” for $5 at Gimme Gimme and he really liked it, so when he came over I pulled out a copy of “Smallmouth” that I bought at the Williams Grove flea market in Central PA over the summer and gave it to him. I’m looking for copies of “Velvet Hammer” and “Bloodsucker” on vinyl that somehow went missing over the years, so… if you got copies of those you’d like to sell, i’m yer buyer. Wanna barter some nice Dylan or Doors records?
NP: “Devil’s Roof”Throwing Muses. Been listening to a lot of Warpaint lately. Reminded me to listen to some Throwing Muses, too. For some reason I keep finding all the Throwing Muses LPs for $3 and $4, so I’m slowly picking them up. I love the growly vocals on this one.
NP: “Library Shrine”Ditch Croaker. This is another golden indie rock oldie that good ol’ shuffle unearthed for me last week. When Ditch Croaker covered a Mountain Goats song (“The Monkey Song”) on a 7″ in 1995 it kinda blew my mind.
NP: “Caroline”Able Tasmans. A New Zealand band with an album title like “A Cuppa Tea And A Lie Down” is about as “built for Newmyer” as it gets. So in my wheelhouse it’s crazy I never heard of it until this year. Coulda had this in my life for a full 20+ years now, and I feel a pang of regret. Really! It’s that good! History lesson: Able Tasman was a Dutch explorer who was the first European to set foot on New Zealand and Van Diemen’s Land, which is today named after him instead: Tasmania. So that’s what The Edge was talking about in “Rattle And Hum!”
NP: “Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey”Sly And The Family Stone. Been always looking for a good copy of this LP, and keep finding it for $10 in great shape or $5 in terrible condition, I finally scored a solid clean copy of this for $1 at the Salvation Army between In Your Ear and The Paradise in Boston this spring. Hot damn.
NP: “Niggers Are Scared Of Revolution”The Last Poets. Got this for $8 at that same Williams Grove flea market trip mentioned above. Saw a copy for $75 and a copy for $40 while on the Dungen tour. A nice score on one of “the essentials.”
NP: “Sewin’ Up Avenues”Sensational. 1999 was a pretty fun year, but this record made it better. Last track was rap’s beginnings… this track stretched the bounds of how far hip hop can go.
NP: “Runaway [feat. Pusha T]”Kanye West. And this track… Well, this is where hip hop as gone today? Maybe? I don’t know… say what you will, but I like all the Kanye records, this one included. Maybe because I don’t really listen to them as if they are hip hop records, but just as, well, records. I like labels as much (or more!) than the next guy, but… maybe it’s best to keep them away from records like this. But what do I know: I bought “The Joshua Tree” and “Green” on the day they came out, and liked (and still like) those records, too.
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. [82.9 MB, 72:19 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [130.0 MB]

NR: “Distant Star” – Roberto Bolano. Not as soul-crushingingly spare and harsh as I was lead to believe it would be… but it is certainly cold and clinical in a enjoyable way.
NR: “At Swim-Two-Birds” – Flann O’Brien. Still trying to finish this damn thing. just picked it up for the first time in 9-12 months. It’s amazing. Every time i read a page i get angry that I’ve waited so long to read it.

NW: West Wing – season 5, episodes 13-22.
NW: West Wing – season 6, episodes 00-07.
NW: Rubicon – season 1, episodes 07-13. GREAT series. But when they use Rocket From The Crypt and Afghan Whigs songs as actual parts of the plot (ie. NOT a soundtrack), well… that’s pretty special. Episode 11 for those of you curious…
NW: Le Diner De Cons.
NW: Strangers On A Train.
NW: Monsters Inc..
NW: Moon.
NW: Arrested Development – season 1, episodes 01-17.

NE: Nonna’s Deli Sioso in Harrisburg.
NE: Spoon in Pittsburgh. Amazing meal, but… goddamn those cornbread mini-muffins… still craving them on a daily basis.
NE: Panera Bread everywhere.
NE: Lots of Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn.

ND: Yuengling. duh.
ND: William Larue Weller – Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bouron Whiskey (uncut/unfiltered, 125.3 proof). Only had a sip… it’s 90 bucks a bottle!
ND: Dancing Hares “Mad Hatter” 2007 Napa Valley red wine.
ND: Tröegs HopBack Amber Ale. Too hoppy for my taste, but… it is really quite good. But… man… this stuff gives me a hangover.
ND: Elijah Craig – 12-year bourbon. 2 shots over ice in a tall zombie glass, fill to the rim with apple cider. Add a splash of the juice from a jar of maraschino cherries; stir. Drink with a metal straw if you have one.


 
Probably nothing I could say here that I already haven’t sorta covered up above. Lunch? Yeah… let’s get lunch if you got an hour.

 


 
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