A Springsteen Cover Band Is a Fitting Choice for Trump’s Inauguration – The New Yorker

Absolutely fitting. An imposter band for an imposter President.


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(January 13, 2017) – John Carradine – Night Train to Mundo Finé

The title track from the 1966 B-movie (and that’s being generous), Red Zone Cuba (aka Night Train to Mundo Finé). I intended to put up Tennessee Ernie Ford singing his hokey 195o b-side single  “The Cry of the Wild Goose” tonight, after it came up on a random rotation during the drive home. Instead, my son brought to my attention a baritone actor, John Carradine (of Grapes of Wrath fame), singing an even hokier tune to open this nutty movie about prospectors after treasure in a Cuban tungsten mine who get caught up in the Bay of Pigs – happily unknown to me until now. The song, though, is too rich not to put up:

I’m on this ride
because I have no pride
in myself, or in men, or in God.

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In Apple-Spotify World, SoundCloud Can’t Find Room – Bloomberg


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(January 3, 2017): Eddie Palmieri – Listen Here!

From the 2005 album of the same name, Listen Here!  Palmieri and his late brother Charlie were part of the group instrumental in popularizing latin jazz and and salsa, starting with his 1964 debut Lo Que Traigo Es Sabroso.   This number certainly swings.


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(January 2, 2017): Janet Baker – Mahler: Ich bin der welt abhanden gekommen (I Have Lost Track Of The World)

From the 1965 album, Janet Baker, Sir John Barbirolli, The London Symphony Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra, ‎ Elgar: Sea Pictures – Mahler: Five Songs From Ruckert.  Watched Coffee and Cigarets again last night, and was tickled by the “Champagne” vignette about Bill Rice and Taylor Mead’s coffee break where they hear this Mahler composition set to Friedrich Rückert’s poem, with Janet Baker singing mezzo-soprano. The New Philharmonia Orchestra is playing on this track.

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(January 1, 2017): Roy Buchanan – Ramon’s Blues

From the 1977 album, Loading Zone.  I remember buying this way back in 1977 after flipping through LPs one Saturday because the back cover personnel list included Stanley Clarke and Jan Hammer on the first tracks of the A-side and Booker T. Jones on a B-side track.  Here the legendary Steve Cropper (Mar-Keys, Booker T & the MGs, and Stax in-house player) joins Buchanan on lead.

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(December 31, 2016): The Kinks – Living On A Thin Line

From the 1984 album, Word of Mouth.  This is one of two Davies tunes on this LP and one of his all time best.  In Doug Hineman’s book about The Kinks, Davies said the track was influence by, among other things, his hatred of politicians.


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