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i was out late the other night; fear and whiskey kept me going.

NP: “Hey King”US Maple. Been listening to a lot of jazz and Captain Beefheart lately, and it made me go back to this US Maple record. I guess I’m just pre-programmed to like jazz and Beefheart and such, because this record fits right into that tradition, but fuck if i new that in 1995… I just thought it was amazing. And I still do.
NP: “The Things Love Will Make You Do”Solomon Burke. Bought this LP a couple of months ago, and finally had a chance to listen to it. Great versions of a bunch of songs you’ve probably heard before. RIP, Solomon.
NP: “Togo”Old And New Dreams. $5 at Other Music for this gem… Charlie Haden, Dewey Redman, Ed Blackwell, and Don Cherry. Not the best jazz record I’ve ever heard, but… about as good of a $5 70’s jazz record as you are going to get.
NP: “Glass Rock”Glass Rock. This one has been on some sort of rotation for the last year… Really good driving/road music.
NP: “Chivalry.mp3″Mekons. $10 for the original Sin Records import of this at Academy… Probably should have been $15-$20, and it’s sorta a “must” for any collection. Wasn’t looking for it, but… I’m glad to have found it.
NP: “The Dolphins”Dion. From the 1968 “comeback record”. (Not to be confused with the 1975 comeback record produced by Phil Spector). This 1968 album contains songs by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix, and this Fred Neil cover.
NP: “Stand By Me”Tin Man. Finnish by way of California and Austria minimal techno on a suburban Pennsylvania hard core label… sometimes i DO love the world we live in.
NP: “If I Think Of Love”OP8. Was thinking about going to see Giant Sand and The Quavvers tonight, but at $22 i just couldn’t justify it, even if it will be a great show. But it made me go back and listen to this OP8 record I haven’t put on in 10 years. Accidental that OP8 became track #8 on this playlist.
NP: “Class War Tease”The Capstan Shafts. I’ve had this song somewhere in the back of my head for the last 7 or 8 months since I’ve heard it… an egregious oversight that I haven’t included it on one of these. If we went back to a time (say, 1994) where there were a lot of bands that sorta sounded like this, I don’t think I’d mind.
NP: “The Daily Oblivian”Overlord. And, so as not to make the same mistake, the local folks Overlord have a new album that’s not out for a few more weeks, but… dang… it’s tasty in a slightly more power-poppy / slightly less GBV-ey kinda way than the above.
NP: “Close My Eyes”Ride. Saw a band the other night that reminded me to go back and listen to those first two Ride 12″‘s. They’ve aged a bit, but… they’re still damn fine. Anybody out there have copies of the Fall EP, Nowhere LP, or Going Blank Again 2xLPs that you’re looking to unload, give me a ring before you throw ‘em on ebay or take them to Academy or whatever.
NP: “Summun, Bukmun, Umyun”Pharoah Sanders. $10 for this bad boy… Didn’t even remotely think twice about this Pennsylvania purchase. Cover’s got more wear than I’d like, but… pristine vinyl. Awesome. When I’m listening to Pharoah Sanders I’m pretty convinced that Pharoah Sanders is the best there is.
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. [73.4 MB, 64:08 minutes]
NP: “RAR_FILE”.RAR file of all of the above songs. [112 MB]

NR: “Arrowsmith” by Sinclair Lewis. 387 down, 77 to go!

NW: Downloaded, but have yet to watch, “The Wrong Door”… new British sketch comedy. Contains uncredited Matt Berry (Snuff Box, Mighty Boosh) in a few scenes.
NW: West Wing – season 1, episodes 01-22. Yeah… I started over. Again.

NE: Marrow Bone with chimichurri at Animal in Los Angeles. Absolutely perfect marrow bone… the chimichurri was a bit too acrid, but… i ate it off the top first, and then the juice that had flavored the top of the marrow bone got into every bite and it was pretty sublime.
NE: Toad In A Hole at home, with Trader Joe’s Tuscan Pane and Tears Of Fire hot sauce: The Sword’s special hot sauce made by the Tears Of Joy store in Austin, TX.
NE: Bacon and egg cheeseburger and fries at Egg. Not as good as it should be.

ND: 12 oz. bottles of Trader Jose beer.
ND: mimosas!


special announcement! i’m back on the DJ wagon, at least for the month!

every Wednesday in February i will be DJing happy hour at Lit, from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM. I will be spinning exclusively from vinyl 7″‘s released between 1985 and 1999.

For the first week, this Wednesday, February 2nd, i will play only records by artist names starting with the letters A-F. Of course, this is based on my alphabetizing schema, not yours, so it’s possible that we might disagree about some arbitrary filing decision i’ve made (but i’ll be right). just in the interest of full disclosure, of course.

So, we’re talking about Archers Of Loaf, Blonde Redhead, Come, Dag Nasty, East River Pipe, Fuel, etc. if you know me, you know what i like, so… come on out if you want to have a beer and hear some grandfatherly indie rock and emo singles. And still get home by your bedtime.

With your bartender Donovan and your owner Erik!

Here’s the Facebook Event Page.

Lit Lounge
93 2nd Ave.
New York, NY


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