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.

Johnny Cash, American 2: Unchained

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The Mountain Goats, The Life of the World to Come

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Sufjan Stevens, Seven Swans

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The Blind Boys of Alabama, Spirit of the Century

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Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life

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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

Elvis Perkins, Shampoo

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.

Cab Calloway- 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

W.H. Auden- In Memory of W.B. Yeats

Lent this year has been particularly full of coldness and loss.  Auden helps.

Monday, April 14, 2014
thesufjanstevensmodel5000:

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.

thesufjanstevensmodel5000:

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

Mark Kozelek- Heron Blue (drum version)

I spend more time than I realized listening to Mark Kozelek.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

randyhaddock:

Antônio Carlos Jobim: the life of a composer

Photos by Antônio Trindade

Sam Cooke- 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. 

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

Bon Iver- For Emma

I know this is sad and obvious, but it’s been the worst week, and this is for Emma and Olivia.