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And, dang, am I enthusiastic about the deconstructo-folk of Alasdair Roberts and all his various running buddies. So, take a few minutes, good people, and give these videos a look and a listen.

The Bonnie Banks o' Airdrie
Home Lights Tour
Bonnie Susie Cleland
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As Hanna was blowing through town, I was standing in the middle of Hargett Street getting blown away by the Dexter Romweber Duo. I've seen Dexter play several times recently, but this was the first time in ages that I'd seen Sara drum. And what a joy it was to listen and to watch. They've just been signed to Bloodshot, and later this month will be in the Midwest playing some dates. Chicagoans! Madisonites! I heartily recommend the Romwebers as worthy of your valuable American dollars and your attendance.

The next day [ profile] barbmg  and I went back downtown to the International Festival, to get our fill of Iranian bean/noodle soup, Polish potato pancakes, pickled herring, mango lassi, Nepalese dumplings, and probably one or two other tasty treats.

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I will skip the meme-ing and tagging and get straight into seven songs I've been listening to lately.

1. "Admiral Cole," Alasdair Roberts. I've been on an Alasdair Roberts kick for almost a year now. This is one of the peppier tunes, but it's still about a sea voyage that, uh, doesn't go very well. Also known as "The Bold Benjamin."

2. "Little Queenie," Jerry Lee Lewis. Yeah, it's a Chuck Berry song, but the Killer does a revved up version of it. (As do the Stones, heck, as does the Velvet Underground.)

3. "Amphetamine," Peter Laughner. The Rocket from the Tombs reunion show and CD were great, but nobody sings "take the guitar player for a ride" like the guy who wrote it back in that strange time known as the 1970s. RIP.

4. "Focus On Sanity," Ornette Coleman. The Atlantic recordings boxed set is my default writing music. I can't have lyrics being sung when I'm trying to type words. I can have harmolodic saxophone, though.

5. "Oh Yoko!" John Lennon. Watched RUSHMORE for the first time in ages a few weeks back. For all its flaws, I still love many, many moments in that movie. Including all the soundtrack stuff, before that particular Anderson move got tired (although I will give him "Search and Destroy" in THE LIFE AQUATIC, no problem).

6. 'One More Minute," Chatham County Line. Local bluegrass boys make with the yearning.

7. "Blues Run the Game," Jackson C. Frank. OK, so this list sucks, because there are only males on it. Mea culpa. But I will end with this one, because it's So True. Maybe it shouldn't be, or doesn't have to be, though.
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Those are the directions I traveled in the past few weekends.

Some trips )
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This will be hopelessly geeky for some of you and completely normal for others. So it goes.

Maryland trip 2007 )
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The Alasdair Roberts song "Slowly Growing Old" might possibly be as good as it gets. Plucky captains of Google should be able to find it on the online. I can't stop playing it.
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This has been going around, and now it's here. I own five or more CDs (that's CDs, not vinyl, because I'm too lazy to count that) by these musicians:

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1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...

Opening Credits:
John Lee Hooker - Crawling King Snake
- Clearly our protagonist is going to learn a lesson about misogyny.

Waking Up:
Warren Zevon - Mohammed's Radio
- Much better.

Everybody's restless, and they got no place to go.

First Day At School:
Jerry Lee Lewis - What Made Milwaukee Famous
- Oops, our protagonist is a misogynist and a drunkard!

Falling In Love:
Cat Power - Schizophrenia's Weighted Me Down
- If the shoe fits...

Weighted down by possessions, weighted down by the gun,
Waited down by the river for you to come.

Fight Song:
Neil Young - Ambulance Blues
- I have many fight songs. This is but one.

It's hard to say the meaning of this song.

Breaking Up:
Junior Kimbrough - Meet Me in the City
- Yep.

Please, please don't leave me right now, girl, right now, right now, oh no, oh no.

The Lost Boys - Wake Up Sleepy Town
- Why are they having the prom in the morning? And who are those guys wearing teal kilts?

Life is Good:
Kirsty MacColl - They Don't Know
- Well, it is wildly upbeat, down to the throwback Wall of Sound production.

They don't know about us, and they've never heard of us.

Mental Breakdown:
Cat Power - Swee Dee Dee
- Chan's second and quite possibly not final appearance, now covering Michael Hurley instead of Skip Spence and SY. And of course apt.

I know everybody has a little hard luck sometimes.
I know lately I've been havin' mine.

The Beatles - She Said She Said
- Quite possibly their best song. Perfect for driving or anything else.

She said, I know what it's like to be dead.

Nick Drake - At the Chime of a City Clock
- Not my favorite of his, but good for flashbacks.

Getting Back Together:
Elvis Costello - Chemistry Class
- Not one of Elvis's better bits of wordplay.

If it wasn't for some accidents then some would never ever learn.

Porter Wagoner - I'll Fly Away
- At the wedding, our protagonist ponders death and a heavenly reward?!

Paying the Dues:
Two Dollar Guitar - Solitaire
- Back on track! Can't think of a better soundtrack to dues-paying than just about any 2$ Guitar song.

So where's the place to meet you now? I don't believe anyhow. Nothing lasts, nothing left.

The Night Before The War:
Two Dollar Guitar - Conversation with Myself
- Twenty-six seconds of electronic noises, why not?

Final Battle:
Gary Numan - Metal
- Clearly this is a robot battle.

Plug me in, and turn me on. Oh, everything is moving.

Moment of Triumph:
Cat Power - Half of You
- Further deponent sayeth not.

When you give half of you, I want all of you.

Death Scene:
Come - Submerge

I will sink so softly, and I will sink so deeply.

Funeral Song:
Come - Dead Molly
- Seriously, this is what came up!

No one can tell when you're invisible.

End Credits:
Cat Power - Evolution
- What a downer movie, huh? Can't wait for the sequel.

Better call on evolution, better way to make a revolution
Better make your mind up quick
Better make your mind up quick



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