Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Strokes Opener

what i'm listening to Right Now: Reginia Spektor, Songs - bon idee (streaming from reginaspektor.com)

Did I mention I had tickets to see the Strokes and Kings of Leon up in Baltimore?

Apparently this girl Regina Spektor will be opening the show. I like it. It's cool. She is associated with the anti-folk crowd, like Nellie McKay was (is?).

Should be a great show!


Monday, September 29, 2003

Dylan says Goodbye to Johnny Cash

what i'm listening to Right Now: Bob Dylan, Live at Town Hall Apr 12, 1963 - New Orleans Rag (bootleg)

Well sweet marie!!! I got my power back, FINALLY!! It was out for over a week!!!

I got lots to do to clean up and a million emails waiting for me, and all the other stuff that happens when your power has been off for 9 days (Fridge is completely empty).

Anyone who reads this knows that I dig Bob Dylan, and for about five weeks straight I've been obsessed with listening to these bootlegs that someone gave me. Well since I finally got my internet back, I went over to BobDylan.com to find out with the next Bootleg Series album (the Halloween show at the Philharmonic in 1964). I didn't find out, but I did read this, and I thought it was very touching (PS, on this Johnny Cash tribute album from this live tribute show, Dylan prefaces his performance by saying ""i just wanna say hi johnny....and i'm sorry we can't be there but....that's just the way it is. i wanna play you one of your songs about trains. i used to play this song before i ever wrote a song and i also wanna thank you for standing up for me way back when.":

Bob Dylan's Statement on Johnny Cash

I was asked to give a statement on Johnny's passing and thought about writing a piece instead called "Cash Is King," because that is the way I really feel. In plain terms, Johnny was and is the North Star; you could guide your ship by him -- the greatest of the greats then and now. I first met him in '62 or '63 and saw him a lot in those years. Not so much recently, but in some kind of way he was with me more than people I see every day.

There wasn't much music media in the early Sixties, and Sing Out! was the magazine covering all things folk in character. The editors had published a letter chastising me for the direction my music was going. Johnny wrote the magazine back an open letter telling the editors to shut up and let me sing, that I knew what I was doing. This was before I had ever met him, and the letter meant the world to me. I've kept the magazine to this day.

Of course, I knew of him before he ever heard of me. In '55 or '56, "I Walk the Line" played all summer on the radio, and it was different than anything else you had ever heard. The record sounded like a voice from the middle of the earth. It was so powerful and moving. It was profound, and so was the tone of it, every line; deep and rich, awesome and mysterious all at once. "I Walk the Line" had a monumental presence and a certain type of majesty that was humbling. Even a simple line like "I find it very, very easy to be true" can take your measure. We can remember that and see how far we fall short of it.

Johnny wrote thousands of lines like that. Truly he is what the land and country is all about, the heart and soul of it personified and what it means to be here; and he said it all in plain English. I think we can have recollections of him, but we can't define him any more than we can define a fountain of truth, light and beauty. If we want to know what it means to be mortal, we need look no further than the Man in Black. Blessed with a profound imagination, he used the gift to express all the various lost causes of the human soul. This is a miraculous and humbling thing. Listen to him, and he always brings you to your senses. He rises high above all, and he'll never die or be forgotten, even by persons not born yet -- especially those persons -- and that is forever.


Wednesday, September 17, 2003

what i'm listening to Right Now: Bob Dylan, Live 1966 - Visions of Johanna

The clouds have arrived and the wind is beginning to pick up. I've got the porch swing in the house, the trash cans in the shed, and the motorcycles in the sunroom. I have to waterproof this nice computer when the big stuff starts comin' down. I've done all I can do for now.

I assume the power will be out for a while so I'll be offline for a few days. Email is already down, and my New York Siren Festival pictures are broken till the University comes back online next week.

Till we meet again!


Monday, September 15, 2003

what i'm listening to Right Now: De La Soul, De La Soul is Dead - Oodles of O's

Holy Crap!!! See the "Thu PM" line. Right in the EXACT middle of that line is where I am sitting as I type!

Pray for me.

Storm's Path


NME to include Mix CD of Strokes Favorites! GOT TO FIND ONE!! Who Sells This Near Me???

"Room On Fire" reviewed!!!


Saturday, September 13, 2003

what i'm listening to Right Now: Buzzcocks, Mojo Mag. Punk Compilation - Orgasm Addict

American Splendor

Got this cool promotional button at the Naro last night. LOVED THIS MOVIE!!!


Oh, after the first listen, I didn't love the new Strokes single 12:51, (downloaded from their website), but later that same night, that little guitar/organ part that duels with Julian's vocals keep creeping into my brain. I listened to it again the next day like 20 times! I really like it! I hate to shill out the Hype, but that's a darn good tune!

AND I got tickets to see the Strokes AND the Kings of Leon in Baltimore. That's a 4-5 hour ride up, but, hey, that's the sacrifices that have to be made out here in the Real World.

Oh and there is a new Longwave song up on the Longwave website!


Wednesday, September 10, 2003

what i'm listening to Right Now: Bob Dylan - Don't Look Back (movie)

Up in the corner of my computer screen 23 year old Bob Dylan is in London, singing It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) at the Royal Albert Hall.

Last night I was driving home from Williamsburg and listened to this song on cassette twice in a row.

This morning I was going down Jinners "Peeps" list and noticing the Britney Rolling Stone captures. It reminded me to go look for a Nelly McKay blurb that is supposed to be in the Hillary Duff article of the Jimi Hendrix covered one. I didn’t find the blurb on the Rolling Stone website, but I stumbled on this:

http://www.rollingstone.com/news/newsarticle.asp?nid=18618 Read the third sentence from the end.

Weird that I've been so obsessed with this song and here is this writer recommending it.

Here is a legal 45 second streaming clip I got off of bobdylan.com.

Learn to play it on your own guitar.

I just couldn't help posting this. This is a real magazine I saw in the bookstore.




Tuesday, September 09, 2003

what i'm listening to Right Now: Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers - Pablo Picasso

Hey, hey, hey. I'm back!! I'm tanned and fat on sweets and fish steaks.

The beach had no internet so that was weird. When I got back, I had to catch up with all the music blogs. Well Mike D. went and moved his site to losingmyedge.com. Well I have to say I LOVE this website. It's the best on the web. I have a folder on my computer titled "I'm Losing My Edge" that contains nothing else except the MP3's he links. In fact, when I leave work today I'm going up to my local indy music store (Plan 9 in Williamsburg) to pick up my copy of the TV On the Radio EP that I would have never heard of had it not been for his site.

I altered my blog links and, well sorry Jinners but I bumped you down and put losingmyedge.com first. Not that I'm really ranking them, or the bands I link. Jinners is my super-close second favorite. I still can't recomend her enough (both of hers!).

I updated my albums with albums I've bought recently. There are two steps to getting your band linked on this site. I don't link 'em unless I (1) buy 'em, and (2) recommend 'em. Have to be both which is why I put off the Raveonettes so long. I'm loving this new album!! Guess I'm a sucker for the Major scale.

Nellie Mckay's demo CD came in so I was able to listen to her "studio" work. It's REALLY good!! Very impressive this one.

News from the Nellie Mckay website:

Look for Nellie in the October issue of Jane Magazine with Lucy Liu on the cover. The magazine has also put up an mp3 of Manhattan Avenue on its website: http://www.janemag.com/2001/jeff.html

Nellie scores a mention in the Sept 18 issue of Rolling Stone! The magazine selected our Harlem homegirl virtuoso as one of the country's top up-and-coming teens; see p.41

Nellie is currently in LA putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming album, due out in January.

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