Wednesday Morning Music Shuffle – Isolated Incident Mix

Yeah, yeah, yeah… blah… it’s f**king Wednesday and where does the time go when it goes away.  I’m just randomly typing words, and if they make sense, it’s not my fault.  In other news, I have no news.


This morning some pretty cool songs to lead us into the day:

First up we have the title track from Sam Phillips 1992 album Cruel Inventions which produced by her husband at the time T Bone Burnett. I’m pretty sure I saw her live back around the time this album came out, but my memory is failing me, and I’ll have to check with Rex Silo (as if he has any more working brain cells than I do) to confirm it.  In any event, this is a great album that totally does not sound 20 years old to me.

Trivia: Sam Phillips appeared in the 1995 film Die Hard with a Vengeance.

Next up we have Jolie Holland from her 2004 album Escondida with a song called, Goodbye California. To the best of my knowledge, Jolie Holland did not appear in the 1995 film Die Hard with a Vengeance. 
And finally, we wrap up the morning shuffle with a bonus track from the 2011 reissue of the The Rolling Stones’ classic album Some Girls. No Spare Parts  features some newly recorded vocals by Mick Jagger who despite doing some acting in his career alas also did not appear in the 1995 film Die Hard with a Vengeance.
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Bruce Willis returns as misfit cop John McClane in the third film in the Die Hard series. McClane has fallen on hard times; after moving to New York City and breaking up with his wife, he’s developed a drinking problem and has been suspended from the NYPD. However, his past comes back to haunt him in the form of Simon (Jeremy Irons), a terrorist bomber who has been using McClane as his contact as he plants a series of bombs in public places and gives McClane inane “clues” to their whereabouts in the form of riddles and bizarre games. McClane soon discovers he’s been involved in Simon’s scheme as part of a personal grudge; while associated with an international terrorist group, Simon is also the brother of the man McClane threw off the side of a skyscraper several years back (in the original Die Hard). Now McClane, with the help of a Harlem shopkeeper named Zeus (Samuel L. Jackson), has to find out where Simon has planted the bombs, guess where he’ll strike next, and try to find his base of operations before more bombs go off and thousands of people die. The supporting cast features Graham Greene and Colleen Camp; singer Sam Phillips made her acting debut as a member of Simon’s terrorist group (Phillips never speaks, so as to not to reveal her Texas accent). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Thursday Morning Music Shuffle – City of Electric Light Mix

words and music
music and words
songs and singers
singers and songs
about words and music and singers and songs
the power of music to inspire and enthuse to infuse my spirit, my soul
again and again, i go to that well
and music comes through
place and time travel with a song, a band
take me back to a moments which no longer exist
and are no longer possible
do you remember?
ah – that song
you know the one
with music and words 
and words and music
A song shuffle for today as clouds and stray, straggling showers pelt down on our heads..
Los Angeles is the stunning debut by punk legends – X. John Doe, Exene Cervenka, DJ Bonebrake and Billy Zoom.  Sugarlight is one of the songs on that album that paints a dark yet powerful tableau of a place and time which I never knew and never will experience, but which I can emotionally connect with via the music.

<—-check out Los Angeles by X on Amazon

They Might Be Giants have been making great music for a long, long time. They have a distinctive and interesting sound. Join Us came out last year. Can’t Keep Johnny Down from that album has a delicious hook and that classic TMBG sound.
<—–check out Join Us by TMBG on Amazon

Old Devil Moon is a song from the 1947 musical Finean’s Rainbow. Here it is performed by the legendary Lena Horne. The Moon is a powerful symbol and source of myth. Lunacy.

<——–check out this Lena Horne album on Amazon

The  idea transporting Homer’s Odyssey from the ancient world to the Great Depression Era Southern United States and infusing it with American Roots music seemed/seems ridiculous until you realize it is the Coen Brother involved with T-Bone Burnett in charge of the music.  O Brother, Where Art Thou?  The signature song from the film was written in the early 20th Century (if not earlier). Dan Tyminski from Alison Krauss’ band Union Station handles the vocals on I am a Man of Constant Sorrow.

  <——-check out the Deluxe Edition of the O Brother, Where Are Thou? Soundtrack on Amazon.

I Believe in You was a hit for country music singer Don Williams in 1980.  About 28 years later, Nashville based alternative rock band, Lambchop recorded a cover of the song and put it on their OH (ohio) album. Kurt Wagner plays it pretty straight on this stripped down version of the song.

<——check out OH (ohio) by Lambchop on Amazon

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” Christopher] Fowler repeatedly challenges the reader to redraw the boundaries between innocence and malevolence, rationality and paranoia. His strength lies in the way he unveils the darker side of the ordinary.”-“Guardian” A geologist trapped in a town without water is lured into a desperate escape plan. A boy plans a murder in an eerie funfair. A cop witnesses an inexplicable plague of madness. A teenager learns a deadly trick with his cell phone. Christopher Fowler’s tenth collection of uniquely disturbing short stories contains the blackest humor and the darkest fears. Christopher Fowler is the author of twelve novels, including the Bryant & May series. He lives in London.

Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times
A giant of American music opens the book on his wrenching professional and personal journeys, paying tribute to the vanishing Appalachian culture that gave him his voice. He was there at the beginning of bluegrass. Yet his music, forged in the remote hills and hollows of Southwest Virginia, has even deeper roots. In “Man of Constant Sorrow,” Dr. Ralph Stanley gives a surprisingly candid look back on his long and incredible career as the patriarch of old-time mountain music. Marked by Dr. Ralph Stanleyas banjo picking, his brother Carteras guitar playing, and their haunting and distinctive harmonies, the Stanley Brothers began their career in 1946 and blessed the world of bluegrass with hundreds of classic songs, including aWhite Dove, a aRank Stranger, a and what has become Dr. Ralphas signature song, aMan of Constant Sorrow.a Carter died in 1966 after years of alcohol abuse, but Dr. Ralph Stanley carried on and is still at the top of his game, playing to audiences across the country today at age eighty-one. Rarely giving interviews, he now grants fans the book they have been waiting for, filled with frank recollections, from his boyhood of dire poverty in the Appalachian coalfields to his early musical success with his brother, to years of hard traveling on the road with the Clinch Mountain Boys, to the recent, jubilant revival of a sound he helped create. The story of how a musical art now popular around the world was crafted by two brothers from a dying mountain culture, “Man of Constant Sorrow” captures a life harmonized with equal measures of tragedy and triumph.