Hermit of Mink Hollow

Todd-Hermit

 

Today’s Runner, Hermit Of Mink Hollow, is Rundgren’s emotional 1978 portrait of hunger, pain, and heartbreak; the isolation of poverty, transient hope, and the loneliness of life on American streets.

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Straight Shooter

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I told Herrmann this album is even better than the first one, and he said, “No F*ckin’ way”! Two games of pool and a six pack later my point was taken.

Bad Company’s second helping, Straight Shooter, rocks hard and steady. The first BadCo album was straight ahead hard rocking drums, guitars and vocals. Here that same formula is accented with acoustic highlights, keyboards and the occasional strings, and now that it’s turned 40 years old, its been remastered and sounds even better.

Both albums have been remastered, and these new Deluxe Editions each come with a second disc of alternative takes. The Straight Shooter package comes with two lost songs never released, See the Sunlight and All Night Long, and some b-sides, so it’s almost like getting a whole new/old Bad Company album from the band back when they were at their very best!

Great Stuff. Enjoy, then go pick up the boxes.
You won’t be disappointed!

Straight Shooter
Good Lovin’ Gone Bad
Feel Like Makin’ Love
Weep No More
Shooting Star
Deal with the Preacher
Wild Fire Woman
Anna
Call on Me

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Strict Joy

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The highly anticipated follow up to the Oscar winning soundtrack The Swell Season, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova deliver another powerfully haunting set in Strict Joy, which chronicles the struggle and distress of their highly creative and collaborative, “Once upon a time”, relationship.

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Nostalgia

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It’s nice to hear the absolutely beautiful instrument that is Annie Lennox’s voice still ring through the airwaves these days. Nostalgia is Lennox’s 6th solo album in the 20 plus years since the Eurythmics split. Every one better than the last, and this is no exception. Here she covers various Jazz and R&B standards including several Hoagy Carmichael numbers, the Porgy and Bess classic Summertime, and Ellington’s Mood Indgo just to name a few. There are many reasons you should buy this record, but for me it is her incredibly haunting rendition of Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit. It’s chilling, and utterly sobering.

She is the reason I’ll be watching the Grammys this year!

Today, divas are a dime a dozen, and there is certainly a lot more “gaga” and “bling” out there than ever before. Sunday’s Grammy Show is sure to be loaded. But you won’t find an elder statesman, or in this case states-woman, who is more beautiful and has the style, chic and pipes to go with it. She is the complete package, and given Annie’s reputation, I’m sure her performance on Sunday will be a sight to behold.

To wet your whistle, here is her duet with Bowie & Queen back in 1992.
Enjoy some Nostalgia.

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The Endangered Song

Endangered Song

 

Portugal. The Man

I’m driving my truck down south on 101, meeting a client and listening to KCRW on radio. I’m pissed, busy trying to get another clients job out the door. I have to go to this meeting, knowing that all he wants is someone to have a beer with. Maybe we might have breakthrough on this venture and get this new product moving toward market.

Driving fast and being late, which I hate. My crappy radio is hissing, scratchy in and out of reception. A song starts playing I have no idea who it is, but it hits me like a beautiful bullet. I’m hoping that the DJ is going to tell who it is before I have to get out of my truck. Luckily, the DJ say’s Portugal something blah blah. I grab a pen, which is not working and scratch it on an old ATM receipt just to have a clue. My meeting goes great, major progress and a good Mexican beer to boot.

I get home and did a little research about mystery on the googles. I found out the real name of the band is “Portugal. The Man” and the song named “Endangered Song”. Released on 7″ vinyl only 400 copies, which is meant to degrade with each listen. This record will not last forever. The band encouraged the recipients of the album to rip it and post digitally to keep the song alive. Much like the Sumatran tiger a rare tiger subspecies that inhabits the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It was classified as critically endangered in 2008 with a population of less than 400.

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Here some more information if you want to get involved. I did. http://www.endangeredsong.si.edu/.

“Endangered Song (Sumatran Tiger)”

You don’t have to worry [x4]

When I was tall, I was the tallest man alive
When my daddy built a home inside
If it gets too cold, I’ll let you in
If it gets too cold, I’ll let you in

As I became a butterfly
That’s what the future’s like
All the reasons are clear

I wrapped myself in colored lights
For the blackest
Is the night that we fear

I was born in the warmest sunrise
Still colder than the winters of widows
When I found myself deep inside, yeah
Electric seas were the blankets that made up my bed

You don’t have to worry [x4]

As I became a butterfly
That’s what the future’s like
All the reasons are clear

I wrapped myself in colored lights
For the blackest
Is the night that we fear

There’s no living warmer
Where we run
And where we hide
Is where we find

There’s no leaving my child
We will run [x3]

I was small, like the smallest thing you could find
Where you cannot see is just where I will hide
If it gets too cold, I’ll let you in
If it gets too cold, I’ll let you in

As I became a butterfly
That’s what the future’s like
All the reasons are clear

I wrapped myself in colored lights
For the blackest
Is the night that we fear.

Get involved – David

 

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The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys - Holland 1972

The Beach Boys – Holland 1972

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Times where changing and The Beach Boy were branching out in there musical expression. Holland is has so many flavors that taste so good. An interesting fact about the title track, “Sail on Salor” is Dennis Wilson was the original lead singer of the song. On the day he was supposed to record his lead vocal, he had just purchased a new surfboard and couldn’t wait to break it in. His impatience got the best of him, and he left the session with only a partially-recorded vocal and went surfing. Carl Wilson then asked Blondie Chaplin to sing lead. What a great song with Blondie Chaplin’s soulful voice. I hope the surf was good Dennis.

By mid-1972, a combination of Wilson’s focus waning from the Beach Boys to other creative outlets teamed with a growing addiction to cocaine led to Brian producing less music for the band than ever before and so the Beach Boys were hoping to jump-start his creative juices. Although he did make the trip (after three separate attempts to get on the plane), Wilson contributed little to the album, concentrating his musical efforts on “Mount Vernon and Fairway”, a ten-minute long “musical fairy tale” which is a strange story about a transistor radio fairy. I have included it in a separate track because it is so weird.

Due to homesickness, Al Jardine and Mike Love conspired to create a three-part song cycle as an ode to California. “I love this song because of all the mentions the central coast of California”. Mike Love donated the country-laced “Big Sur” (written three years earlier and here presented in 3/4 waltz time), while Love and Al Jardine delivered the partially spoken-word of Robinson Jeffers’ poem “Beaks of Eagles” and the shuffle-arranged “California”, which features Brian on its first two lines.

Holland is the nineteenth studio album by The Beach Boys, released in January 1973. It was recorded in Baambrugge, Netherlands over the summer of 1972 using a reconstructed studio sent from California. The photograph on the front sleeve of the “Holland” album is an upside down image of the Kromme Waal, a canal that runs through the center of Amsterdam.

Mount Vernon and Fairway

 

Enjoy the music. David

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