Damn the Torpedoes

 

Don’t Do Me Like That.

1950 – 2017

#RIPTOMPETTY

-David

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Hitchhiker

 

If you ever want to know what Neil Young at 30-years-old was doing one night in 1976, listen to his latest archival session recorded at the Indigo Ranch Studios called “Hitchhiker”. The acoustic recording is just Neil Young with a few instructions to the recording engineer before some of the songs. Names like Kennedy, Nixon, Brando, and Pocahontas commingled with mysterious figures from Young’s own imagination.

Lost to time, however, the songs were not. They made it on to Comes a Time and Rust Never Sleeps to Hawks & Doves and Le Noise. This album plays more like a cohesive set of demos than a missing chapter in his story, but that doesn’t make it any less affecting.

Go camping, take it on a surf trip or just stay in your office cube; just listen to this album. You might have a paradigm shift in your outlook on life.

From the song Campaigner – “Even Richard Nixon has got
Soul”.

Enjoy the music, David

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EL VY

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This new side project EL VY from Matt Berninger, lead singer of the National and collaborator Brent Knopf (a.k.a. the multi-instrumentalist and producer from Portland, Ore is triple Jesus. I love this side project there is not a bad song on the album.  For some reason a modern Leonard Cohen sound keeps coming to my mind, especially track six “No Time To Crank The Sun”, even though on “Sleeping Light” Berninger says “Ain’t no Leonard Cohen” On “Paul is Alive”, is a nostalgic coming-of-age tale about the Jockey Club, the long-defunct Cincinnati-area punk venue where many local and traveling hardcore punk bands performed. Most of the lyrics appear to be a gargling word soup, but when put to music everything seems to make sense. Like the opening lines (below) of “Return To The Moon”.

Scratched a ticket with a leg of a cricket
And I got triple Jesus.
Cashed it in for a siamese twin
At the family firing range.

Enjoy this soup it is very tasty. – David

Track List

  1. Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)
  2. I’m the Man to Be
  3. Paul Is Alive
  4. Need A Friend
  5. Silent Ivy Hotel
  6. No Time To Crank The Sun
  7. It’s A Game
  8. Sleepin’ Light (feat. Ural Thomas)
  9. Sad Case
  10. Happiness, Missouri
  11. Careless

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RIP 1999

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Don’t worry I wont hurt you. I only want to have some fun. 1979 partying like it’s 1999.

In 1979, I discovered Prince by some unlikely characters. I was 18 years old, off to college, moving in to the freshman dorms at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Setting up my stereo was first on my list and then trying to figure out where to put all my surfboards in a very small room. I got the stereo working and put on Supertramp, Breakfast in America and turned up the volume.

Dirty_MindSam and Tony were my dorm neighbors, they had just arrived from Detroit, Michigan. They walked in to my room carrying Prince’s Dirty Mind album, and asking a bunch of questions about surfing and my surfboards. Sam took Supertramp off the turntable and put on Prince saying you gotta listen to this guy. If you don’t know, the cover of “Dirty Mind” it is picture of Prince wearing girls black underwear a bandana with a new romantic jacket. I was concerned about these two at best but the music was funky and had good groove.

As time went on Sam kept bugging me about wanting to learn how to surf. I finally took him one day to the beach, set him up with a wetsuit and a board.  Sam was hooked after a few scrapes and tumble’s. I think he was one of the first black surfers on the Central Coast. I know he is still surfing, living the dream.

Now some 30 years later, Prince is on my regular rotation of music that I listen to while working. My lesson learned is never judge and album by its cover. I hope Prince is driving a little red Corvette to the beach, surfing perfect purple paisley waves somewhere, and partying like it’s 1999.

Purple and Paisley forever,

David

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Angus and Julia Stone

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This Australian brother-and-sister duo has something that is very rare. They are both talented artists in their own rite. Bring them together with super-bearded producer Rick Rubin and it is beautiful. The album “Angus and Julia Stone” released in 2014 has it all, great harmonies with just the right amount of Aussie twang.

This has been my go to album of late, while taking some long hikes to a remote surf break that I usually surf just by myself. The next time you need a time out of your hectic life, take a long walk and listen these tracks and you might find some solitude and a bit of inspiration.

Track List

  1.  A Heartbreak
  2. My Word for It
  3. Grizzly Bear
  4. Heart Beats Slow
  5. Wherever You Are
  6. Get Home
  7. Death Defying Acts
  8. Little Whiskey
  9. From the Stalls
  10. Other Things
  11. Please You
  12. Main Street
  13. Crash and Burn
  14. Do without
  15. All this Love

Enjoy your long walk with Angus and Julia.

David

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