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Tunesday: The Minutemen, Corona

If you kids ever wonder why we olden shits scoff at your Beeber and all that empty Disney crap, it’s because the music we played to make the double-hung windows shake was unimaginably awesome. You know nothing about the 1980s–Patti Labell and Duran Duran?  I never once saw a girl wearing leg warmers on the street. Screw that.

Yes, I am that old guy shaking his fist at you and telling you to get out of my yard, but the Minutemen were the coolest band ever.  Ever.

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Tunesday: Dusty Brown

I’ve realized that I’m a musical schizophrenic–or worse.  My favorite music is probably either from that transition to “college alternative” via New Wave via Punk (if you can’t guess my age from that, shame on you) or old school country western, and the modern “Americana” music that draws so much spirit from it, but I also like blues and, increasingly, I respect electronica–or whatever the hell the over-reaching genre name is for the variety of synth-drenched mellow raver music that makes me realize that, if they’d had raves when I was young, and ecstasy, I would have been very intrigued…..

Tonight, while writing, I got hooked onto a bunch of songs by DJ-based Dusty Brown, and his/their mesmerizing syth-drenched guitars intertwining with singer Jessica Brown’s (Dusty’s sister) sumptuous tones. It starts out like same old same old mournful hipster gauze until, at  point, it goes all transcendental…

I can’t seem to find live videos, so you just have to listen–if anyone but me is still riding the web on a PC I’d recommend rounding up a few more from these kids in a new window and letting them ride.  You can get the EP free at Dusty Brown’s website.  It ain’t Portishead, but it ain’t half bad.  (Okay–totally doing Portishead next week).

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Tunesday: The Damned, Eloise

I used to love this song.  The Damned were a band I never quite figured out–very popular on college radio in the mid- to late-eighties, they had this sort of strange punk thing going on for a while the morphed into the elegiac stuff in this video.  I liked it all.

Aw, what the hell…here’s a classic recording of their best song, in my opinion. And this is whymy generation sneers at Bruno Mars.

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Tunesday: Social Distortion

So this is one of those songs for driving, when the light turns green and throttle goes down, surging down the on ramp, windows open, the road open ahead.

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Tunesday: Cake–Comfort Eagle

I don’t have a big, personally significant story that goes with this song–it’s just a freaking fantastic tune by a super cool band that too few people know about.  If I needed to claim a personal theme song it might very well be this one.  Just imagine me walking through the scene, maybe wearing boots and a cool jacket, looking grim and cocky.  It fits. Cake rocks. This isn’t the last Tunesday appearance for them.

And yes, if you noticed, this week’s Tunesday post is actually posting on WP Wednesday, which where I live is still Tuesday by four hours. Why post late?  Becuase I’m busy, and because I liked the Memorial Day post a lot and wanted it to stay up at the top of my blog stream longer, so more folks would notice it.

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Tunesday: Violent Femmes–Gone Daddy Gone

I was in tenth grade. Xylophone solo?  Hell, yes.  This song is even better now than it was 30 years ago.  I used to listen to these guys for hours.

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Tunesday: Lindi Ortega

lindi_ortegaAnother great, slightly under-the-radar singer/songwriter: Lindi Ortega doing “All My Friends.”  I picked this song in particular because not only is it a fantastic song by a talented artist with a mesmerizing voice, it would make the perfect opening song on a soundtrack of my nearly-finished novel, which opens with a whole lot of the protagonist’s friends wanting to see him dead.  Of course, with Ms. Ortega as the soundtrack, there would definitely be worse ways to go.

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Tunesday Preview: Be Good Tanyas–Light Enough To Travel

I’m starting to work back into the daily post thing–is it too cute to reconstitute the weekly music video as Tunesday…?  Seeing as it’s a pretty long stretch to call any business I’m about “cute,” I think I’m going to go for it–starting next week.  Since I already wrote the following introduction for today, we’ll call this a Special Preview.

It was still 4 degrees when I came in from shoveling snow this morning around 9am.  In the past 2 months I’ve had to heft, scrape, push, throw and chisel some sort of wintry substance–it’s been steadily frigid, so things have been consistently lovely, aesthetically speaking, rather than grey and brown and slushy, but I’m ready for the next step: daffodils.  I suppose they’re down there, somewhere, under all that snow, but until I see ’em for myself.
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In the meantime, let’s forget the chill for a moment with one of my very favorite songs, “Light Enough To Travel” by the old, long-gone Be-Good Tanyas.  It’s warm enough to melt the ice from our shoulders, at least for a while.

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