I’ll Be Out of Touch for a Bit

Whether I'm Right Or Wrong
Whether I’m Right Or Wrong

Just in case you are trying to reach me in the next couple weeks – I’ll probably be unable to respond to you as I’ll be out in the boonies of central Ontario. Frostpocket, if you’ve heard mention of it. Near Mikisew Provincial Park if you haven’t. 




Frostpocket (click to embiggen)

Here’s a Google satellite Map of the area. There isn’t electricity, running water, nor an indoor toilet to be found on these 100 acres of mostly undeveloped land, so I’ll be a bit out of my comfort zone. I have a solar shower, if it is sunny enough to warm up, I may be able to take a shower every day or three. My dad and uncle have already arrived up there a couple days ago, presumedly smoothing over some of the roughest patches, but I won’t know the true status until I arrive. No matter, it will be fun to (almost) escape civilization for a brief moment. 

I should be back, fully connected to the grid in about ten days if all goes well.

If you need to contact me more urgently, try the usual channels. In our hyper-connected world, even South River might have a WiFi enabled coffee shop! Or not. If you are waiting for me to make a move on Words With Friends, you might have to wait, AT&T’s international data plan is a real ripoff…

FP back porch
Frostpocket back porch, circa 1994

And of course, no road trip would be complete without music. I’m taking these CDs, a collection of randomization from my iTunes library, mixed with old chestnuts, and a few personal favorites. Hopefully there isn’t too much dreck on here, I haven’t examined these too closely – I like the surprise of recognition when a song comes on that I haven’t heard in a while. If this list wears out its welcome too soon, I am bringing an iPod, and theoretically will be able to connect it to my rental car. 


  1. Scott Walker30 Century Man
    The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
  2. Rolling StonesYesterday’s Papers
    Between The Buttons
  3. Ramones, TheWhy Is It Always This Way?
    Rocket To Russia
  4. Bragg, BillyWhich Side Are You On
    Back To Basics
  5. ByrdsYou Ain’t Going Nowhere
    Sweetheart of the Rodeo
  6. Hooker, John LeeWhiskey And Wimmen
    Gold Collection
  7. Buzzcocks, TheEver Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)?
    Singles Going Steady
  8. PoguesYoung Ned Of The Hill
    Peace and Love
  9. Small FacesWide Eyed Girl On The Wall
    The Darlings Of Wapping Wharf Launderette
  10. Dylan, BobYou’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
    Blood On The Tracks
  11. Eno, BrianZawinul/Lava
    Another Green World
  12. Dinosaur JrLittle Fury Things
    You’re Living All Over Me
  13. Animals, TheWe Gotta Get Out Of This Place
    The Best Of The Animals (ABKCO)
  14. The Carter FamilyThe Wandering Boy
    Anchored In Love: Their Complete Victor Recordings 1927-1928
  15. Beastie BoysSomething’s Got To Give
    Check Your Head
  16. Gang Of FourAt Home He’s A Tourist
  17. Pink FloydWhen The Tigers Broke Free
    Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd
  18. Black, FrankFreedom Rock
    Teenager Of The Year
  19. Eric B. & RakimI Know You Got Soul
    Paid In Full
  20. Led ZeppelinWhat Is And What Should Never Be
    Led Zeppelin II
  21. John Lennon#9 Dream
    The John Lennon Collection
  22. Beta BandDry the Rain
    The Three E.P.’s
  23. Joy DivisionDecades


  1. Bukka WhiteAberdeen Mississippi Blues
    Shake ‘Em On Down
  2. Uncle TupeloAcuff-Rose
  3. Johnny “Guitar” WatsonAin’t That A Bitch
    What The Hell is This
  4. The StranglersAlways The Sun
    The All Time Greatest Rock Songs Of The 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s Vol2 Cd2
  5. Howlin’ WolfBack Door Man
    His Best (the Chess Anniversary Collectiion)
  6. BeatlesBad Boy
    Past Masters, Vol. 1
  7. Louis Jordan & His Tympany FiveBeans And Corn Bread
    Disc D: 1947-1949
  8. Sonic YouthBeauty Lies In The Eye
  9. Bahta Gèbrè-HeywètBèmgnot Alnorem
    Ethiopiques 1 Golden Years of Ethiopian Music 1969-1975
  10. Tubb, ErnestBlue Christmas (with the Andrews Sisters)
    The Definitive Collection
  11. Robin ThickeBlurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)
    Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell) – Single
  12. LunaBobby Peru
    Pup Tent
  13. Husker DuBooks About UFOs
    New Day Rising
  14. Doc and Merle WatsonBottle Of Wine
    Then And Now/Two Days In November
  15. Blind Willie JohnsonBottleneck Blues
    The Slide Guitar: Bottles, Knives & Steel
  16. Pink FloydBreathe
    Dark Side of the Moon Remastered
  17. Boys, TheBrickfield Nights
    Alternative Chartbusters
  18. The Bill Davis TrioBring The Money In
    The Okeh Rhythm & Blues Story 1949-1957
  19. Tim MaiaBrother Father Mother Sister
    World Psychedelic Classics 4: Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia
  20. Sam McGeeBuck Dancer’s Choice
    Imaginational Anthem, Vol. 6 : Origins Of American Primitive Guitar
  21. Dylan, BobBuckets Of Rain
    Blood On The Tracks
  22. FunkadelicCan You Get To That
    Maggot Brain
  23. Mavis StaplesCan You Get To That
    One True Vine
  24. Rolling StonesCan’t You Hear Me Knocking
    Sticky Fingers


  1. The Handsome FamilyCaterpillars
    Glory Days-Uncut July 2013
  2. Steve EarleChristmas In Washington
    El Corazón
  3. BadfingerCome Get It
    Come And Get It: The Best Of Badfinger
  4. Willie Nelson Feat. Lukas Nelson & Micah NelsonCome On Back Jesus
  5. Willie Nelson Feat. Lukas Nelson & Sheryl CrowCome On Up To The House
  6. Clark, GuyCornmeal Waltz
    My Favorite Picture Of You
  7. Butthole SurfersCreep In The Cellar
    Rembrandt Pussyhorse / Cream Corn From The Socket Of Davis
  8. Solomon BurkeDetroit City
    King Solomon
  9. StandellsDirty Water
    Guitar Rock 1966-1967
  10. Tim MaiaDo Leme Ao Pontal
    World Psychedelic Classics 4: Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia
  11. Flaming LipsDo You Realize??
    Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
  12. PretendersDon’t Get Me Wrong
    The All Time Greatest Rock Songs Of The 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s Vol2 Cd1
  13. Jerry Jeff WalkerDon’t It Make You Wanna Dance
    A Man Must Carry On
  14. Loudon Wainwright IIIThe Drinking Song
    Roll With It (Uncut September 2008)
  15. BeatlesDrive My Car
    Rubber Soul
  16. Tubb, ErnestDrivin’ Nails In My Coffin [Single Version]
    The Definitive Collection
  17. Pink FloydEclipse
    Dark Side of the Moon Remastered
  18. Sly & The Family StoneFamily Affair
    There’s A Riot Goin’ On
  19. White StripesFell In Love With A Girl
    White Blood Cells
  20. Ernest TubbFilipino Baby
    The Best Of Ernest Tubb
  21. Jansch, BertThe First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
    Jack Orion
  22. Mahal, TajFishin’ Blues
    Giant Step & De Ole Folks At Home
  23. Henry ThomasFishing Blues
    Anthology Of American Folk Music, Vol. 3 (Disc 2)


  1. Bukka WhiteFixin’ to Die Blues
    Dylan’s Scene: The Sound of Greenwich Village (Mojo – 12-2010)
  2. Dylan, BobForever Young (Continued)
    Planet Waves
  3. Led ZeppelinFour Sticks
    Led Zeppelin IV
  4. EasybeatsFriday On My Mind
    Guitar Rock 1966-1967
  5. Bayless RoseFrisco Blues
    Imaginational Anthem, Vol. 6 : Origins Of American Primitive Guitar
  6. Cocker, JoeGirl From The North Country
    Mad Dogs & Englishmen
  7. Canned HeatGoing Up The Country
    Best Of
  8. George HarrisonGot My Mind Set On You
    Cloud Nine
  9. Marvin GayeGot To Give It Up
    Disco Gold
  10. Costello, ElvisGreen Shirt
    Armed Forces
  11. Waits, TomHang On St. Christopher
    Franks Wild Years
  12. TurtlesHappy Together
    20 Greatest Hits
  13. BeckHe’s A Mighty Good Leader
    One Foot In The Grave
  14. Marley, Bob & The WailersThe Heathen
    Exodus – Movement Of Jah People
  15. Moby GrapeHey Grandma
    Crosstalk (The Best Of Moby Grape)
  16. Bob DylanHighway ’61 Revisited
    Highway 61 Revisited [2010 mono version]
  17. Bob DylanHouse Of The Risin’ Sun
    Bob Dylan (2010 Mono Version)
  18. Animals, TheHouse Of The Rising Sun
    The Best Of The Animals (ABKCO)
  19. Josh WhiteThe House of the Rising Sun
    Uncut: Tracks That Influenced Bob Dylan
  20. WhiskeytownHouses On The Hill
    Strangers Almanac
  21. Duran DuranHungry Like the Wolf
  22. Howlin’ WolfI Ain’t Superstitious
    Jack White’s Blues: Uncut 5-2012
  23. Steeleye SpanI See His Blood Upon the Rose
    Bedlam Born


  1. BeatlesI Should Have Known Better
    A Hard Day’s Night
  2. Dylan, BobI Threw It All Away
    Nashville Skyline
  3. Dylan, BobIf Not For You
    New Morning
  4. Nelson, WillieIf You Could See What’s Going Through My Mind
    Naked Willie
  5. The SwallowsIt Ain’t The Meat
    Best of Burlesque
  6. Creedence Clearwater RevivalIt Came Out Of The Sky
    Willy And The Poor Boys
  7. Charles, RayIt Should’ve Been Me
    The Best of Ray Charles: The Atlantic Years
  8. Bob DylanIt Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
    Highway 61 Revisited [2010 mono version]
  9. Dr. HorseJack, That Cat Was Clean
    The Best Of Burlesque
  10. Camper Van BeethovenJoe Stalin’s Cadillac
    The third album plus Vampire Can Mating Oven
  11. Bill OrcuttJohn Fahey Commemorative Beer Can
    Imaginational Anthem Vol. 5
  12. Sonic YouthKim’s Chords (Non-LP Version)
    Kim’s Chords – Single
  13. The SaintsKnow Your Product
    Eternally Yours
  14. Harris NewmanLake Shore Drive (Slight Return)
    Imaginational Anthem
  15. Warren ZevonLawyers, Guns And Money
    Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon
  16. Jerry Jeff WalkerLeavin’ Texas
    A Man Must Carry On
  17. TurtlesLet Me Be
    20 Greatest Hits
  18. Tim MaiaLet’s Have a Ball Tonight
    World Psychedelic Classics 4: Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia
  19. Joe WalshA Life Of Illusion
    Look What I Did! Anthology
  20. Smiths, TheLondon
    Louder Than Bombs
  21. Cash, Johnny & June CarterLong Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man
    Carryin’ On with Johnny Cash and June Carter
  22. Big Bill BroonzyLong Tall Mama
    Good Time Tonight
  23. Buckwheat ZydecoMa ‘Tit Fille
    On a Night Like This


  1. Specials, TheA Message To You Rudy
  2. Dylan, Bob & The BandMillion Dollar Bash
    The Basement Tapes
  3. The SaintsMini Mantra Part 1
    Uncut: New Mornings – 15 Tracks Of The Best New Music – 9-2013
  4. Led ZeppelinMisty Mountain Hop
    Led Zeppelin IV
  5. Moby GrapeMurder In My Heart For The Judge
  6. Bukka WhiteThe New ‘Frisco Train
    The Vintage Recordings 1930 – 1940 “Aberdeeen Mississippi Blues”
  7. Tim MaiaNobody Can Live Forever
    World Psychedelic Classics 4: Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia
  8. Tina TurnerNutbush City Limits
    Nutbush City Limits
  9. Tim MaiaO Caminho Do Bem
    World Psychedelic Classics 4: Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia
  10. Bob DylanOne Too Many Mornings
    The Times They Are A Changin’ (2010 Mono Version)
  11. Williamson, Sonny BoyOne Way Out
    The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson
  12. Michael ChapmanPolar Bear Fandango
    Wrecked Again
  13. The UpsettersPopcorn
    Eastwood Rides Again
  14. The BeatlesPositively 4th Street
    The “Let It Be” Rehearsals (Volume 2): All Things Must Pass (Part 1: Electric Set)
  15. Dylan, BobPretty Saro
    Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10
  16. Tim MaiaQue Beleza
    World Psychedelic Classics 4: Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia
  17. Clark, GuyRain In Durango
    My Favorite Picture Of You
  18. Barrett, SydRats
  19. The VenturesRock Nuts
    The Ventures Collection
  20. Professor LonghairRocket 88
    Big Chief
  21. Marley, Bob & The WailersRolling Stone
    One Love At Studeo One
  22. Professor LonghairRum & Coca-cola
    Big Chief
  23. Vieux Farka TouréSafare
    Mon Pays
  24. FunkadelicSexy Ways
    Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On


  1. Bukka WhiteShake ‘Em On Down
    Shake ‘Em On Down
  2. Moby GrapeSitting By The Window
    Moby Grape
  3. Swanksalot Orchestra, TheSlide control
    Swanky Headroom III
  4. Lowe, NickSo It Goes
    Basher -The Best of Nick Lowe
  5. Small FacesSong Of A Baker
    The Darlings Of Wapping Wharf Launderette
  6. Steve EarleSouth Nashville Blues
    I Feel Alright
  7. Mavis StaplesSow Good Seeds
    One True Vine
  8. Dylan, BobSpanish Harlem Incident
    Another Side Of Bob Dylan
  9. Happy MondaysStep On
    Pills ‘n’ Thrills And Bellyaches
  10. Sonics, TheStrychnine
    Here Are The Sonics!!!
  11. Bob DylanSubterranean Homesick Blues
    Bringing It All Back Home (2010 Mono Version)
  12. Brown, JamesSuper Bad
    Funk Power 1970: Brand New Thang
  13. Led ZeppelinTangerine
    Led Zeppelin III
  14. Pretenders, TheTattooed Love Boys
  15. Young, NeilTell Me Why
    After The Gold Rush
  16. Shawn David McMillenTexarkana 1971
    Imaginational Anthem Volume Three
  17. Blind Lemon JeffersonThat Crawlin’ Baby Blues
    King Of The Country Blues
  18. Steeleye SpanThere Was a Wealthy Merchant
    Bedlam Born
  19. Warren ZevonThings To Do In Denver When You’re Dead
    Genius: The Best of Warren Zevon
  20. Band, TheThis Wheel’s On Fire
    A Musical History
  21. CoastersThree Cool Cats
    The Best Of Burlesque
  22. Swanksalot Orchestra, TheTurkish Noodles with Souk
    Swanky Headroom III
  23. Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass BoysUncle Pen
    Appalachian Stomp: Bluegrass Classics
  24. Ernest TubbWalking The Floor Over You
    The Best Of Ernest Tubb
  25. Dylan, BobWallflower [Alternate Version]
    Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10

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