Monday, April 21, 2014
Sometimes when I can’t sleep, I sit up listening to the original songs used as samples for the most famous hip hop tracks of 1985 to 1995.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Albums for Easter listening:
Here are five restorative albums to spin today, while you’re making egg salad and breathing fresh spring air. It’s a mix of folk, country, funk, and gospel, good for this or any Sunday morning coming down.
American 2: Unchained
The Mountain Goats,
The Life of the World to Come
The Blind Boys of Alabama,
Spirit of the Century
Songs in the Key of Life
Friday, April 18, 2014
I don’t want to die
However dark tomorrow may be
Fold me a perfect square of sky
You are worth your weight in gold
You are worth your weight in sorrow, baby
Though you will never know why
The Traveling Wilburys-
The End of the Line
You know how on rough days you want some comfort food? Sometimes you want comfort music too.
Minnie the Moocher (1958)
To be clear, this song is about a New York barfly who goes to Chinatown and has an opium dream about opulent wealth, only to awaken in her poverty again. Poor Min.
Also, Cab Calloway is brilliant, maybe the best entertainer of his age.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
In Memory of W.B. Yeats
Lent this year has been particularly full of coldness and loss. Auden helps.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Crater Lake, Oregon. Magic is Real. God’s Love Is Written In Big Letters Called Refraction & Dispersion of Light Particles Through Water. Totally worth it.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Heron Blue (drum version)
I spend more time than I realized listening to Mark Kozelek.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Antônio Carlos Jobim: the life of a composer
Photos by Antônio Trindade
You’re Nobody ‘til Somebody Loves You
If you love music, you love Sam Cooke.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Tom Hiddleston as Martius in
Coriolanus. Saturday, April 5, 2014
Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash-
Girl From the North Country
I’ve been in the shit for a few weeks now, and this song is what I come back to.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Iron & Wine-
Dead Man’s Will
Here’s an old Sam Beam home recording from a Yeti compilation. He later made a terrific studio recording of this song with Calexico, but his old bedroom multi-track version has charms all its own.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
I know this is sad and obvious, but it’s been the worst week, and this is for Emma and Olivia.