The figure came into focus. It rose, and stretched, and where before it had looked like a small child that had folded itself into a ball, now I could see it was someone fairly tall with the physique of a tennis player, all arms and legs and elbows. A curtain of dark and uncombed hair hung around his face, hiding everything but his eyes. It looked like he was stoned. It looked like he was asleep. It looked like he was the most wide-awake person in the history of the world. All of the above. Each time I replay the scene in my mind, it’s different. And each time it’s true. He was wearing a frayed white shirt and jeans and boots and a black corduroy jacket that seemed a size too large. I don’t usually pay much attention to clothes, but my first thought was … where can I get a black corduroy jacket?
On Nick Drake.
Bill Clinton plays ‘Midnight City’
Matthew Dear - “In The Middle (I Met You There) [ft. Jonny Pierce of The Drums]” (by Ghostly International)
#889: elizabeth cotten - washington blues & a jig (1969)
ms. cotten was jimi hendrix in a turtleneck, but a finer guitarist. and she would say, “i have a little jig i like to play. i don’t know how it came about. i play, then i ask people to name it. some said, ‘name it the birdcall.’ some said, ‘name it the waterfall,’ and somebody told me yesterday—a little something, i don’t know,” instead of lighting her instrument on fire.
The title track to JTE’s fourth album, Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, arrived today, replete with a raw, live-recorded feel befitting of such a surrendered morning after cut. Looking forward to hearing more of the set’s “Memphis-soul direction” soon, but in the meantime, give this promising preview a spin above and/or grab a free download over at RS.
Destroyer does New Order.
Wow, completely missed this excellent track last year from Owen Pallett and Shara Worden.
Charlie Parker laughing at Coleman Hawkins’s attempt to do playback on his own recorded improvisation
This is the coolest thing ever. In one of two known pieces of footage of Bird performing, the music is pre-recorded and the band is supposed to be pantomiming along. But he clearly thinks it’s stupid and starts to laugh until someone off-camera tells him to stop and then just look at his face. Bird was too cool for this world.
#886: tom waits - silent night & christmas card from a hooker in minneapolis (1978)
the trick to happy holidays is remembering that one december tom waits met a nun from johnsburg illinois whose convent let her out to celebrate new year’s eve. he found a wedding chapel for them in the yellow pages next to “massage,” and a registrar named watermelon called them mr. tom and ms. kathleen watts. they spent their honeymoon in william blake’s old irish house, where the radio was broken. the man at the front desk they called for assistance had gone out, looking for radio parts, and came back four days later. it was that or they met at a hollywood party while roy brown played. but friends, either way, may a little bit of some kind of heavenly peace be yours, too, this holiday season. see you in 2012.
Yo La Tengo - Tom Courtenay - 1998 Sydney (by tako808)