- We’ve been watching the Bugaloos, a kiddie fave of Wil’s. I remember it vaguely too, but I’m very much a child of H.R. Pufnstuf & Lidsville. #
- Feeling a little guilty for not confining my anti-spam foaming-at-the-mouth to my own webpage(s). #
- Listening to a Teresa James cover of DeZurik Sisters’ “Arizona Yodeler”. I’d never dream of even attempting that, mainly ‘cuz I can’t yodel. #
- Preparing an external drive for Time Machine. I’ve been living way too dangerously waiting for a Leopard-compatible version of SuperDuper. #
- Finished “The Millionaires” free audiobook from iTunes. Enjoyed it OK but felt like escapist fare compared to my usual diet of cyberpunk SF. #
- H.R. Pufnstuf (the character) was created for HemisFair ’68 in SAT & was the symbol of the fair. I was there, 4 yrs old. Wonder if I got it? #
Archive for the tag "country"
I want to talk about a particular music-related collectomania of mine. Well actually it’s such a deep and narrow subgenre of music that it’s hard to even call myself a collector, seein’ as how I can pretty much count these albums on one hand! Okay. I don’t know of a good term for this music so I just refer to it as "ambient country". Which is a horrible term I admit, but it’s the best I could do. This music, it’s kinda like Brian Eno but with guitars. It has to be instrumental, and it must be sparsely arranged. It should evoke rattlesnakes and desert landscapes that drone on and on. It should incorporate touches of slide guitar, steel guitar or maybe both. So anyway here’s my very short list of albums I love that more or less fall into the category I’m describing. If you can think of other albums along the same lines, post a comment!
- Ry Cooder Paris Texas soundtrack (the granddaddy of ‘em all!)
- Loren Mazzacane-Connors In Pittsburgh (Rian Murphy turned me on to this back in ’96 when we were recording my first album)
- A Small Good Thing Slim Westerns (which I discovered back in the glory days of Napster)
- World Standard Country Gazette (same thing)
- Bruce Kaphan Slider (which John W. turned me on to)
- Bill Frisell Ghost Town (an Eric Z. turnon)
We lost the great Skeeter Davis yesterday. She influenced and inspired me more than any other country artist I can think of; I’m sure I have more of her albums than any other single artist. I loved her and looked up to her in so many ways I can’t even express it right now… suffice it to say I will deeply mourn her loss, just like all her other fans all over the world. Goodbye Skeeter, we’ll miss you…
Oh Boing Boing, what would I do without you?
Whoo-hoo!! And don’t miss the link to the info about how Woody got the melody from the Carter Family… that is *rich*. I love it.
I’m speechless. The Man In Black is gone. :-(
An interview by Karyn Coughlin that appeared in the November 5-19, 1998 issue of The Weekly Week (Boston, MA)…
The Big Interview: Edith Frost
You have to like a singer who lists both good and bad reviews of her own music on her self-designed web site (at http://edithfrost.com/). At least I have to, anyway; It’s very charming, after all. Singer/songwriter Edith Frost is one of the several left-of-center acts on Chicago’s ueber-label Drag City Records. I first encountered her in the pages of "Puncture" magazine while visiting my parents over Thanksgiving weekend last year. Trapped as I was in rural (read: out-of-touch and boring) America, I had to wait until I was home in Boston before I could track down her debut, full-length release, Calling Over Time. I was quickly won over to her melancholy, Twin Peaks-like, country torch singer-ish style. Almost a year after that introduction Frost has another release: Telescopic. This time around she’s added some fuzzy psychedelia to her hodge-podge sound and I’m still smitten. She’ll be at T.T. The Bear’s in Cambridge on Saturday, November 7 with Sam Prekop (of The Sea and Cake and Shrimpboat) and Archer Prewitt (also of The Sea and Cake, as well as super-fun retro before retro was the thing band, The Coctails).