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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Top 4 for October 30, 2013

Big River – Johnny Cash from Johnny Cash at San Quentin

Middle Cyclone – Neko Case from Middle Cyclone

If only for “Can't scrape together quite enough to ride the bus to the outskirts of the fact that I need love”

Theme de Yoyo – Art Ensemble of Chicago from Les Stances a Sophie

From their French sojourn, the first recording, I believe, with Don Moye. [Well, no it isn't. But they did meet Don in France] Someone named Noreen Beasley claims on the internet to have written the lyrics, but I wouldn't protest too loudly. I was of course sold by the form of 8 measures of funky soul / 4 measures of free jazz / return to four measures of funky soul.


Levi Stubbs' Tears – Billy Bragg heard on This is the Modern World with Trouble on WFMU

I misheard the line as “she got herself a mobile phone so at least she could get some enjoyment out of being alone” before going “hey isn't this song from 25 years ago?” (ah, yes 1986 says Mr. Google) Watching people on the bus, and Louis CK on my brain apparently. Oh but, “When the world falls apart, some things stay in place” Amazing song, and a sad song. “One dark night he came home from the sea and put a hole in her body where no hole should be” “They stitched her back together but they left her heart in pieces on the floor”. Levi's not alone in his tears. Trouble speaks of how Billy always has the politics, but here shows he has the storytelling chops as well. I concur completely, but note the details of how our girl was “married before she was even entitled to vote” to a bloke “the sort that war always takes away”.

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