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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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