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Rain – A Playlist

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To amuse myself, I make iTunes playlists. Below the fold is a playlist honoring the rain. I tried to remove all the “train” songs, and “brain” songs, and “Lorraine” songs, and so on, but maybe a few linger despite my best intentions. On the other hand, I left “rainbow”, and “raincoat” because, you know, that’s close enough. Stay dry! or stay wet!

parenthetical note: my Applescript1 only allowed me to select 100 songs at a time, so I broke my massive playlist into 4 sections.

Did I miss any?2

Do Just What You Used To Do
Do Just What You Used To Do

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Footnotes:
  1. originally via Dougscripts, but modified []
  2. also curious if Feedburner / Google will able to handle such a long post []

Written by Seth Anderson

January 10th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

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33 Baldwin Street Toronto Memory Lane

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Seth on Morley Yan's Motorcycle on 33 Baldwin St, Toronto, June 1979

Sitting on Morley Yan’s Motorcycle on 33 Baldwin St, Toronto, June 1979

When I was a child, during summers and around Christmas (and at various other times), we lived at the Ragnarokr Leather shop Co-op on 33 Baldwin Street, aka the Ragnarokr Cordwainery. For some reason1 I was trying to recall all the businesses located on that block. Here’s what I came up with:

A Chinese bakery, the name of which I cannot recall. Yung Sing Pastry Shop! That’s it. I don’t remember eating sweets so much from there as much as I recall eating stuffed pork buns, or various savory meat pastries.

A Chinese poultry shop, name forgotten. I don’t believe I ever went inside here, but they shared an alley with us, so walking by this place was always pungent, or worse. They had hanging fowls in the front window.

Hong Kong Grocery2 – a small store with basic foods and sundries. I recall being sent there to pick up items for meals – milk, or eggs, or whatever. The proprietor was a genial man – I recall him beaming at me as I came in running some errand or another for my mother. There was another grocery on the other side of the street, but I don’t recall going there often, unless with friends to buy candy. My uncle adds:

The grocery store was called Nik’s at first and then was sold to a Chinese guy from Honduras. He spoke Spanish. His first store was in a mining town in Honduras. When the gold ran out he moved to Toronto.

The Yellow Ford Truck – a clothing store (?) run by like minded American exiles. It might have been a head shop, but to be honest, I don’t really remember much about it. Perhaps children were not welcomed because of the kind of goods that were sold there.

Morningstar Trading Company– a clothing store specializing in Indian and Southeast Asian imports. I do remember hanging out here quite a bit. I guess it is still around in one form or another, though I don’t know if it is owned by the same principals.

Mandel’s Creamery – delicious Jewish dairy and cheese monger; fresh made cream cheese is what I primarily remember. This was also a place I would get sent to by my mother when she needed something. I think still around, though in a different location.

John Philips’ Baldwin Street Gallery – sadly, John Philips passed away recently, though not before my folks bought some nice prints from his extensive archive. I wish I could have met him as an adult, he probably would have given me some good photo tips.

Letki Designs – a jewelry store. I don’t recall too much about this place, other than my mom’s wedding band came from here, and my aunt Megan lived as an au pair3 briefly.

The Cosmic Egg – another clothing store, I think. Perhaps they sold surplus goods as well.

There were also two places right on the adjacent block of McCaul Street – Silverstein’s Bakery, and the Whole Earth Food store. Both of these places evoke smell memories, even after all this time.  I was frequently sent to pick up fresh rolls or a loaf of rye bread from Silverstein’s, and Whole Earth had those big buckets of freshly ground nut butters and bins of brown rice and so forth.

As far as aided recall, a lot of the Baldwin Village stores are listed here, but where’s the fun in that? Some of those I truly do not remember, like the Red Morning Communist Party, or Children of God / Imperial Pig, Amaranth-Pentacle or even the Sissler Gallery, which might have been right next door. I sort of remember Java Blues, a coffee shop that had a little sidewalk cafe adjunct.

Looking back, that stretch of Baldwin was pretty dense – you certainly didn’t need a car. I haven’t visited Baldwin Street since 1994 – I wonder how much remains the same? Not much I presume.

Footnotes:
  1. while taking a shower if you must know []
  2. I think. Maybe called Hong Chow’s? Maybe Wah Sing? []
  3. or something []

Written by Seth Anderson

January 7th, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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Technorati Revisted

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Technorati requires that this code

HYQ5WCYW8DZK

be included in a post in order to add this blog to their index. Many years ago, I frequently used Technorati, those days are past. Nonetheless, why not?

See how happy this makes me?

Christmas Cheer 
Christmas Cheer

Update: well that was useless, just like Technorati, I suppose. Oh well, only took a few moments of my time. Remind me to delete all future email from Technorati, unread.

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December 30th, 2012 at 12:27 am

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Email Of My Digital Day

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We Deliver - Just not Saturdays
We Deliver – Just not Saturdays

If you are interested, in the slightest, in my daily travails and triumphs, you should sign up for my daily email post – automatically created via Google’s Feedburner. In this email, you’ll see my most recent ten photographs, and I will do my best to give you a few interesting articles to read every day. Ideally, you’ll see portions of 9 or 101 articles, plus a sampling of my photographs of the day.

If my work day allows it, there might also be a few blog posts as well included in the email – which are usually longer entries, but to be honest, I don’t seem to have the stamina to create blog posts each and every day any more. Basically, the email will contain items that will never appear on the blog itself – mostly because I’m a lazy fr*ck.

As far as what kind of content you’ll receive in the email, I’d guess the mix of topics to roughly be:

  • Photographs
  • 40% national US politics
  • 5% Chicago politics
  • 5% local politics somewhere else like Texas or California, or somewhere I have an interest (Baltimore, Oregon, San Francisco, New York City, Guam, Austin, Yurtistan, yadda yadda). Yeah, I read a lot. I do. Every day, usually.
  • 10% music and music history – jazz, blues, rock, Bob Dylan, whatever. 
  • 10% film and film history – I am a film school drop-out after all
  • 10% Apple related – I’ve been a Mac user since before it was cool
  • 10% humor, or what I find funny 
  • 10% weird and unusual stories from the old, weird America and the old, weird world…

Truthfully, the email is a simple communication tool, and you should go ahead and sign up. Even if you don’t get around to reading every single one, you’ll still find items of interest when you do read the email. Plus, the email is free…

What do you have to lose?

Footnotes:
  1. the Feedburner limit []

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November 14th, 2012 at 10:43 am

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Repetition is Key

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Poisoning Him With Words
Poisoning Him With Words

The famous quote goes:1

Art is the highest task and the proper metaphysical activity of this life.

I have been taking photos for many years, since I was a child, actually, but I am not a master of the art – I need more practice.

Thomas Hawk, the stellar photographer and blogger, has proclaimed his goal as publishing a million photos in his lifetime. I’m more modest – I’ll be happy if I publish 5 photos a day for the rest of my life. Of course, both goals are built upon the idea that repetition of a process is essential to becoming more proficient at that process. In other words, the more times you do something, the better you’ll be at that task, the more you understand the limitations, the pitfalls, and you become better able to perform the task without thinking too much. Photography too.

As a thought experiment, can you remember learning to use a fork? Or a pair of chopsticks? And yet, today, you probably can make do if someone hands you a delicious meal and an eating utensil.

I took a look at my photo uploads to Flickr to use as a metric to my annual productivity. This is not a perfect statistic, as I upload some non-photographs occasionally2, and ideally shouldn’t include Hipstamatic photos in this total as I don’t process these often in Photoshop, but it does roughly show my productivity.

In 2004, my first year as a Flickr member, and the year I got my first digital SLR, I uploaded at least 113 photos3 to Flickr.

In 2005, I uploaded 530 photos

In 2006, I uploaded 697 photos

In 2007, I uploaded 1032 photos

In 2008, I uploaded 1314 photos

In 2009, I uploaded 1215 photos

In 2010, I uploaded 1415 photos

In 2011, I uploaded 1555 photos

So far in 2012, I have uploaded 1394 photos, but it is only November.4 If I stick to my 5 Photos A Day plan, I’ll upload another 230 or so, bringing this total up to 1629 photos. Volume, volume, volume! As of this morning, I have 58,862 photos in Lightroom, so there are plenty of raw materials to work with.

Footnotes:
  1. Friedrich Nietzsche from The Birth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Music []
  2. screenshots, and so on []
  3. some were subsequently deleted, but these are what remain []
  4. Actually ended up with 1548 []

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November 14th, 2012 at 10:17 am

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Random Friday – Too Much To Dream Last Night Edition

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A randomized selection from my iTunes library for your amusement and or bemusement.

 Random Artwork 2012 09 11

Random Artwork  

  1. Electric PrunesI Had Too Much To Dream Last Night
    Complete Reprise Singles
    I have a well documented fondness for garage rock. I know absolutely zero about this band, other than they were from the San Fernando Valley area, and this song was on the Lenny Kaye Nuggets series. Even after a thousand listens, still love that electric bee humming opening sound. 
  2. Cat Power3,6,9
    Sun
    songs that rhyme “nine” with “wine” are suspect, but this isn’t a bad tune.  
  3. Willie Nelson & Asleep At The WheelI Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None O’ This Jellyroll
    Willie & The Wheel
    Western Swing tune. Needs more beer, and maybe some peanut shells on the floor… 
  4. Anders Osborne & “Big Chief” Monk BoudreauxMeet The Boyz On The Battlefront
    Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box Of New Orleans
    I know this song from the Wild Tchoupitoulas – any other version will probably be lesser. Still has a good dance rhythm, just not as funky as the Wild Tchoupitoulas.
  5. Tom Tom ClubDowntown Rockers
    Downtown Rockers
    From their new EP, which isn’t bad, as far as these things go. Needs some angular David Byrne lyrics to really be good, and that’s not going to happen anytime soon. 
  6. Ron SexsmithThis Is Where I Belong
    This Is Where I Belong (Songs Of Ray Davies)
    another song that is lesser compared to the original, in this case, by the Kinks, on Face to Face. 
  7. Max RomeoI Chase The Devil
    War Ina Babylon
    Not sure why Max Romeo wants to wear an iron shirt, seems heavy, no matter, this song is very catchy. 
  8. Beau JocquePop That Coochie
    Roll Up The Rug Vol. 2
    Uhh, slightly NSFW zydeco tune. Pop that coochie all night… 
  9. PJ Harveywe float
    stories from the city, stories
    closing track from this odd PJ Harvey album, incarnation of her as a New York sophisticate, or something. Not her typical brash style, more understated. 
  10. Uncle TupeloNew Madrid
    Anodyne
    Unfortunately, the final album from one of my favorite artists, Uncle Tupelo.  Great song from a great album by a great band. Wilco is pretty good, but I’ll always have a special appreciation for Uncle Tupelo.
  11. Jimi Hendrix ExperienceMay This Be Love
    Are You Experienced?
    a favorite ballad from Hendrix’s debut album. Delicate guitar work makes this genius.
  12. Black SabbathHole In The Sky
    Sabotage
    a guilty pleasure, I love this riff-heavy propulsive song with nonsense lyrics. 
  13. James, SkipI’m So Glad
    The Rough Guide to Delta Blues
    Skip James is like no other blues singer, of his era at least.  Odd guitar tuning, and falsetto voice. This is a song that is much better than the Cream cover version. 
  14. Foo FightersRope
    Wasting Light
    Let me go on record as saying I like the acoustic version of Foo Fighters better that played at the recent Apple iPhone 5 announcement. And parenthetically, would Kurt Cobain have consented to playing at such a corporate event? Even for a corporation with indie cred like Apple? 

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September 14th, 2012 at 9:26 am

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Swanksalot’s Solipsism

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I Don't Wanna Look Down
I Don’t Wanna Look Down

I finally found a use for my long-standing Blogger account – all of my photos from Flickr and Instagram end up there. Thanks to the magic of IFTTT (If this than that, a great service if you have a few different online accounts), every photo that I upload to Flickr, every photo I upload to Instagram, every photo I “like” on Flickr, every photo I “like” on Instagram, every YouTube video I “favorite”, and so on is automatically uploaded into a Blogger post. If you are ever bored, you can browse this page for visual stimulation…

(click here to continue reading Swanksalot’s Solipsism.)

Whatever it is called when you add a pickled pepper to a martini
Whatever it is called when you add a pickled pepper to a martini

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September 11th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

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Randomizer Friday – Straight To Your Heart Like a Cannon Ball edition

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iTunes artwork - Guess the Album!
iTunes artwork – Guess the Album!

Been a while since I played the Friday Randomizer game. Here are today’s results.

  1. Morrison, Van(Straight To Your Heart) Like A Cannon Ball
    Tupelo Honey
    Today is Van Morrison’s birthday, in 1945, so I started with this quite decent track from Tupelo Honey, which to be honest is not in my top shelf of Van the Man albums. Love the R&B chorus chants of “toodle-ooddle-oooh” though…
  2. Field, TheSilent
    From Here We Go Sublime
    instrumental, electronica track. Slightly repetitive. Wouldn’t be out of place as a soundtrack in a progressive sushi bar. I might have fallen asleep for a second there.
  3. Beastie BoysGratitude [Live At Budokan 9-16-92]
    Check Your Head [Disc 2]
    Good times gone but you missed them
    What’s gone wrong in your system
    (original version better)
  4. Jones, Rickie LeeTried To Be A Man
    The Sermon On Exposition Boulevard
    an interesting track on a weird and interesting album with an odd genesis.
  5. Amalia RodriguesAi Mouraria
    Amália Sings Traditional Fado
    Portuguese fado tune, circa 1951. Perfect for sitting alone, having a late afternoon cocktail in a smoky bar.
  6. Group DouehWazan Samat
    Guitar Music From the Western Sahara
    hypnotic desert blues song, you either love the genre – like me – or don’t.
  7. FeistSo Sorry
    The Reminder
    melancholic Canadian singer/songwriter. I wanted to like it, but am too jaded and cynical I suppose…
  8. Strummer, JoeTennessee Rain
    Soundtrack of “Walker”
    I  got this album recently, while on a Joe Strummer kick. I should see the movie based on how much I like the soundtrack. Apparently, Strummer’s conceit was to only use instruments that would be available during the period the film is set (1840s). Nothing at all like The Clash, but quite delicious.
  9. Jansch, BertNeedle Of Death
    It Don’t Bother Me
    The most beautiful song about heroin addiction and death, ever. I doubt you could play it on guitar as well as guitar wizard Bert Jansch did, I know I can’t.
  10. CANMushroom (Live)
    Lost Tapes Box Set
    From this stellar boxed set. Original on Tago Mago. By the way, there was a video made for it, available here.
  11. N.W.A.Express Yourself
    Straight Outta Compton
    Probably the best song on this album, imo.
  12. Frog EyesBushels
    Tears of the Valedictorian
    no idea about deeper meaning on this track, or album, but it’s still pretty good, in the right mood. The vocalist, Carey Mercer, is on the verge of being whiny, buyer beware…
    I was a singer and I sang in your home
  13. Dead KennedysCalifornia Über Alles
    No Thanks! The ’70s Punk Rebellion
    bonus track. The version with Jerry Brown as governor of California…

And that’s that…

Randomizer 2012 08 31
Randomizer 2012-08-31 in no particular order

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August 31st, 2012 at 12:15 pm

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Songs We May Have Forgotten

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Songs We May Have Forgotten
Songs We May Have Forgotten (click to embiggen)

Sunset in the West Loop.

A Flickr pal asked me how I named this photo.

My response:

Short answer, I don’t know.

Longer answer: Titles are hard, especially after coming up with over 8,000 already1. I try not to repeat myself when naming the photos that I upload to Flickr, but it is a challenge. Some photographs name themselves, others have only a tangential, tenuous relation between subject and title. I’m a bit of a magpie, snatching up fragments of phrases from wherever I find them, or sometimes just from turning off my conscious brain for a second, and seeing what emerges from my subconscious.

Footnotes:
  1.  8,891 items uploaded to Flickr as of 8-31-2012 []

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August 31st, 2012 at 11:08 am

Buffalo National River

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My brother is getting married this fall, and instead of a traditional bacchanalia bachelor party, he decided to go on a kayak trip in the Buffalo National River Park in the Ozarks of Arkansas. I flew in Thursday night, and we left at 6 am the next morning headed toward Gilbert, Arkansas, about ten hours from Austin. We spent the first night camped along the Buffalo River,  checked into a nice, cozy cabin for the next two nights, then drove back to Austin. I left for home the next afternoon, only having enough time to eat delicious brisket at Black’s Barbecue in Lockhart, TX.

America’s First National River Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Once you arrive, prepare to journey from running rapids to quiet pools while surrounded by massive bluffs as you cruise through the Ozark Mountains down to the White River.

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Here are a few photos I took – my camera (and phone) both got wet on the first day out on the river because I wasn’t careful enough. The camera turned out only to need a new battery, but my phone hasn’t yet recovered. 

Buffalo River
Buffalo River

Hipstamatic photo – the only iPhone photo I uploaded before my phone (accidentally) got wet. I meant to leave the phone behind in our cabin, but mistakenly put it in the wrong backpack. Doh! Didn’t notice it was soaked through until the next morning when I was looking for it to call home. Double Doh!

Andrew - Buffalo National River
Andrew – Buffalo National River

My brother convinced most of us to grow a mustache (66% compliance).

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Written by Seth Anderson

August 4th, 2012 at 8:02 am

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Officially Hot

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Officially HotOfficially Hot, originally uploaded by swanksalot.

WeatherMan Lite reports the temperature as being 100ºF, with heat index as 111.3ºF.

That is hot. Whimper.

(My desktop rotates random images that I’ve uploaded to Flickr, this just happened to be active: www.flickr.com/photos/swanksalot/6101759035/ )

I don’t like this weather much. If the temperature is below zero degrees, I’m sort of curious about going outside. Bundle up, wear extra socks, and so on. Kind of an adventure.

In contrast, this kind of heat just makes me melt. I empathize for roofers and A/C repair folks and the like on days such as this…

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June 28th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

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Favorite Photos: Taken in May 2012

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Archives / Taken in / 2012 / May (86 items)

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Oops, forgot to post my May favorites, and now it is almost the end of June! Without further ado…

Rainy Daydreams
Rainy Daydreams
Shot with my Hipstamatic for iPhone

Lens: Salvador 84

Film: Blanko

Flash: Off

Biking at Henry Palmisano Park
Biking at Henry Palmisano Park
Under the smoke stack of the Fisk Generating Station, which hasn’t shut down quite yet…

Observe With a Pitiful Eye
Observe With a Pitiful Eye

Former Ramova Theater
Former Ramova Theater
On S. Halsted. Closed since the 1980s

See:

articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-07/news/ct-met-ramova…

or cinematreasures.org/theaters/1499 for instance

(looks like I have some dust specs on my camera mirror. Doh!)

Morgan Station on Lake
Morgan Station on Lake

No Reason To Get Excited
No Reason To Get Excited

almost a Super Moon goal…

In The Brightness of the Day
In The Brightness of the Day
Flag waver, May Day demonstration and Occupy Chicago march 

Only seven photos made the cut this month, slightly over 8% of the total. There were a couple almosts, but c’est la vie…

(Last month’s selection)

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June 26th, 2012 at 9:28 am

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Confluence of Events

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New Coil
New Coil

Saturday night our air conditioner failed. After a few sleepless nights filled with lots of tossing and turning and rearranging fans to create cross breezes, we got a new 4-ton A/C  with matching indoor cooling coil that accepts Puron aka R-410A1. Also our copper lineset between indoor and outdoor coils had to be replaced – or repaired, but easier to just replace. The furnace that the A/C is connected to is located about 6 feet from my office – where I’m sitting now – so the last few days have been disruptive.

Since the universe decided that cutting sheet metal in my ear was not enough of a distraction, our internet service went out on Tuesday, and is still wonky. We have resumed some connectivity as of last night, but we are connecting at near dialup speeds. I’m not kidding – I checked via a couple of those internet speed tests, and my desktop was reaching maximum 47kbps upload/download.  I’m old enough to remember 56kbps being a decent enough connecting speed, but that era ended long ago. These days connecting so slowly is torture. Especially when there was a spate of large system software updates, plus an Apple keynote video I wanted to watch.  

Anyway, there is apparently some problem with a pair bonded circuit. AT&T has come twice, as they provide service up to the basement of our building, and we’ve spent many hours on tech support with XO Communications.

Soon, I”ll be able to get back to my daily routine. I glanced at my email inbox, and there are over 200 emails in there waiting for me to glance at them, or godz forbid, respond to. 

On the bright side, our new air conditioner is running, and looks like just in time, per Tom Skilling’s forecast:

Weather forecast 2012 06 14 at 11 24 46 AM
Weather forecast 2012-06-14 at 11.24.46 AM.PNG


sigh, internet down again.

Footnotes:
  1. the government-mandated replacement for freon []

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June 14th, 2012 at 11:12 am

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Random Friday – Whatcha Drinkin edition

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Random iTunes shuffle today yielded:

  1. Hüsker DüWhatcha Drinkin’?
    New Day Rising

    one minute and thirty three seconds of punk-y bliss. The lyrics, in total:  

    I don’t care what you say, I don’t care what you’re drinking today. I don’t care what they say, I’ll be drinking today. I try not to drink anymore, I try not to drink anymore, and try not to think anymore.

  2. Boozoo ChavisGoin To The Zydeco
    Hey Do Right!

    and now for something completely different…some dance music, with accordion.

  3. McDowell, FredGravel Road Blues
    Good Morning, Little School Girl

    sometimes called “Mississippi Fred McDowell”, but since he allegedly hated that, I stripped Mississippi from his name. Bottle neck guitar master, with a harsh, country voice. Powerful, hypnotic stuff. Actually, this is dance music too, the insistent beat is there to be heard, and acted upon if you want.

  4. Marley, Bob & The WailersSomewhere To Lay My Head
    One Love at Studio One

    From a collection of ska and proto-reggae tracks recorded between 1964 and 1966, really a Wailers joint, not just Bob Marley. Dance music!

  5. Monk, TheloniousRuby, My Dear
    Monk’s Music

    A classic tune. Thelonious Monk liked to dance around in his idiosyncratic style during other musicians solos.

  6. R.E.M.Lightnin’ Hopkins
    Document

    As far as my ears can tell, this song has absolutely nothing to do with the blues musician, Lightnin’ Hopkins. Still love it.

  7. Kočani OrkestarGoodbye Macedonia
    Alone At My Wedding

    Balkan brass ensemble, with some Middle Eastern influences. I really like this album, but I don’t if it is representative of their other work or not.

  8. Yo La TengoDemons
    Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo

    Yo La Tengo used to be a favorite band of mine, but their later albums have not moved me. This album is a collection of singles, mostly cover versions, including this so-so swirling tune which was featured in the film I Shot Andy Warhol.

  9. Paddy BeadesMy Darlin’ Coleen Bawn
    From Galway To Dublin

    Extremely traditional Irish music from an early era. Mournful vocal and mournful fiddle.

  10. Costa, GalDivino Maravilhoso
    Tropicalia Essentials

    Weird Brazilian pop music with some nice fuzz guitar that sounds like an over-amplified bee, weaving in and out of the melody. I’m partial to it, but not to everyone’s taste, I’ll readily admit.

  11. Dylan, BobAlberta #4
    Self Portrait

    Universally, critics seem to hate this album, but there are a few good songs on it. This is almost an easy listening tempo, swings nicely.

  12. Remains, TheDon’t Look Back
    Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era

    Garage rock! I am a big fan of the genre, and this song doesn’t disappoint. Best played loudly.

  13. The JamI Got By In Time
    Collection

    Originally from The Jam’s first album, In The City, , a good closing tune for today’s randomness. Not really punk, not really British R&B, not quite New Wave, somewhere straddling all three genres…

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May 25th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

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Random Friday – Flute Loop Edition

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Stereo Sanctity
Stereo Sanctity

I haven’t played this game in a while1, so I’ll participate today. Apparently this is a joint France/Los Angeles joint. My notes in clover, duh…

  1. Beastie BoysFlute Loop
    Ill Communication
    Saddened by MCA’s death, the Beastie Boys were my age, basically, so having one of them die is a reminder that we have a short brutish time on the planet, and why wait? Smile now, there might not be a tomorrow. Two minute song from one of my favorite Beastie Boy albums, built off a funk/jazz flute loop. Rock the Nation, indeed.
  2. Lowe, NickNo Reason
    Basher -The Best of Nick Lowe
     No reason in the world…song originally from the Jesus of Cool album which every self-respecting hipster already owns.
  3. Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersBlues March
    Paris 1958
    I’m ready to march around the office, coffee cup in hand. I’ve never been to Paris, this might be close enough. Originally part of an 11-song three-LP set. 
  4. Johann Sebastian BachBach: Partitas, BWV 825-827, Vol. 1
    Bach: Keyboard Partita #2 In C Minor, BWV 826 – Courante- Gould, Glenn
    ahh, Bach… 
  5. BeltunerDe Rien
    Beltuner
    speaking of France, this is French folk music, with accordions, acoustic guitars and what not. Not sure how I got this, but it is fun. Unfortunately, too early to have a glass of wine with my coffee…  
  6. Sun RaLove In Outer Space
    Purple Night
    not the best Sun Ra album, if you have never heard Sun Ra, start elsewhere. The vocals seem to be coming from outer space, appropriately.
  7. LoveA House Is Not A Motel
    Forever Changes
    I love this song. I’ve heard it hundreds of times and am still not absolutely sure what is about, other than Arthur Lee’s drug influenced weirdness.  Another Los Angeles reference. 
  8. MekonsLearning To Live On Your Own
    The Mekons Rock ‘n’ Roll
    A great album, oft called country punk-esque, though this particular track is more sweet than crunchy.  Robert Christgau’s note on the Mekons is worth reading
  9. Watson, Doc And Clarence AshleyGod’s Gonna Ease My Troublin’ Mind
    Original Folkways Recordings 1960 – 1962 (Disc 2)
    you can’t play guitar nor banjo this well, and neither can I. Allegedly, Doc Watson didn’t even own an acoustic guitar at the time of this recording, though that could be apocryphal legend.
  10. Gram Parsons & The Flying Burrito BrothersSin City
    Gram Parsons Archives Vol. 1: Live At The Avalon Ballroom April 4th, 1969 
    I’ve never to Los Angeles either, though I lust after photographing the vintage neon there. A slice of country rock from the master of the Cosmic American genre, created in San Francisco a couple of days before me. 
  11. Kings Of LeonHoly Roller Novocaine
    Youth & Young Manhood
    debut album of this middle of the road “Southern Rock” band. Nothing special, but good in certain moods, especially if played loudly. Irritatingly, there is a multi-minute long silence in the middle of the song.
  12. The SaintsThe Prisoner
    Prehistoric Sounds
    punk rock with saxophones. Awesome! How come no one told me about the Saints years ago? Love this album.
  13. Soul BrothersHeyi Wena
    Jive Soweto (The Indestructible Beat Of Soweto Volume 4)
    From Allmusic: “Jive” is the generic term used to refer to South African pop music, and is often modified by reference to the featured instrument — hence sax jive and pennywhistle jive. If you’ve never heard South African jive, seek it out, you are in for a treat. Bouncy, happy music. The very first international album I got (or one of the first) was an earlier edition in this series, The Indestructible Beat of Soweto, volume 1 & 2.
  14. The Full TreatmentJust Can’t Wait
    Where The Action Is!: Los Angeles Nuggets 1965-1968 [Disc 3]
    Garage pop from Los Angeles. Another Rhino collection of single from another era. This song is a little too Beach Boys-esque for my taste, but there are a few seconds of psychedelic fun near the end.
  15. De La SoulTalkin’ Bout Hey Love
    De La Soul Is Dead
    Built off of a nice sample (Stevie Wonder maybe?), but disposable otherwise. 

Ok, I can’t count. Fifteen is not ten, a house is not a home, black is not grey…

A Little Wine With My Dinner

So I’m In My Grape Ape

I Feel Like A Winner When I Make A Mix Tape

Because I Get Ill

When I’m On The Pause Button

And I Get My Fill

And You Can’t Say Nothing

More Soul On This Train Then Don Cornelius

Got The Mad Subwoofer Pumping Bass For Your Anus

Just Getting On The Mic

At The Monthly Function

Wires Hitting Switches

Connecting At The Junction

Perlman’s Got Beats

And It Ain’t No Secret

Dante Found His Shit

But You Know He Freaked It

And So The Story Goes On

And On Down In S. D. 50 ’till Early Morning

Footnotes:
  1. the rules are simple, shuffle your music by song, pick out the first ten songs, list ’em []

Written by Seth Anderson

May 11th, 2012 at 8:49 am

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