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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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