Re: It's Time, Ben

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Gimme a moment.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:20 PM
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Certainly.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:26 PM
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You might like Jack Rose's new double album.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:29 PM
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And the name of that album is: Dr. Ragtime & Pals/Jack Rose. Half is with others, half solo, you see.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:30 PM
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Checking it out on Rhapsody now...


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:31 PM
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Since you are white in your heart of hearts, you might also like Colin Meloy's Sings Sam Cooke album. And you might like Beat Circus' Dreamland.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:33 PM
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Don't leave me hangin', here, ogged. Tell me what you think of the Jack Rose.

If it's bad, I can take it.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:37 PM
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Tell me what you think of the Jack Rose.

I'm listening!

Really beautiful playing. Fantastic, actually. No singing?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:39 PM
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No singing.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:39 PM
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:-(


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:40 PM
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And then there was the time when I thought I was in a private chat room with my boyfriend ...


Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:41 PM
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hmm


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:44 PM
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Currituck Co.'s Ghost Man On First has singing. (Ghost Man On Second blows.) It has a track called "A Raga Called Nina" which just great.

There's another JR album, confusingly also titled Jack Rose, that has a rendition of "Dark Was the Night".

James Blackshaw is another guitarist who's getting a lot of deserved praise lately.

I don't know if you'd like it, but R. Keenan Lawler has
an album called Music for the Bluegrass States with a track with the fantastic title "The Air on Mars is Hard to Breathe, We'll Just Have to
Stay in Louisville".


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:45 PM
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has a rendition of "Dark Was the Night".

Not bad, but not, of course, as good as the original, which I'm going to have played at my funeral.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:47 PM
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14: a better choice than "Monster Mash"


Posted by: TJ | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:50 PM
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Brethren of the Holy Spirit's All Things Are from Him, through Him, and in Him is some nice lute/guitar duets. That's kind of far afield from your normal interests, though.

Uh, Josephine Foster's Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You?


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:50 PM
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I'm going in order, Ben. Can't find Meloy's Cooke album, although, why wouldn't I just listen to Sam Cooke? You called me white in days gone by for liking the blues, so beware inconsistency in your reply.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:52 PM
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why wouldn't I just listen to Sam Cooke

Well, right.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 9:53 PM
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Harry Taussig — Fate is Only Once.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 10:31 PM
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Josephine Foster, yes, definitely. If I were Ben I would also suggest Devotion by Beach House.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 10:33 PM
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I didn't know you were a fan of Ms Foster, Armsmashy. What taste!


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 10:35 PM
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A little birdy told me about her, benny w.

Probably you've heard this already, Ogged, but the new Portishead is so great.


Posted by: Armsmasher | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 10:39 PM
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There's a new Portishead? I might actually go out and buy some music (but most likely will not).


Posted by: eb | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 10:41 PM
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Are you looking specifically for contemporary musicians doing old-timey/bluesy music? I don't know of anything that would fit that description.

But I will highly recommend Hair In My Eyes Like a Highland Steer by Corb Lund. Fun, frequently jokey, and he's a great young songwriter.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 10:53 PM
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the new Portishead is so great

That it is. They're looking pretty great live, too.

Off topic, I'm kind of pissed at Pitchfork Festival this year. After such an amazing run, too.


Posted by: Po-Mo Polymath | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 10:57 PM
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Are you looking specifically for contemporary musicians doing old-timey/bluesy music?

No, that's just how Ben's knowledge --> my interests works itself out.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 11:10 PM
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I might be about to come into 300+ gigs of old-timey music, actually.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 11:17 PM
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Do tell.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 11:18 PM
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Well, in addition to the Corb Lund I'll recommend another album that I've mentioned 4 or 5 times before:

Separate Ways by Teddy Thompson is still one my favorite albums that I've gotten in the last 4 years. Great songwriting combined with astonishing emotional openness and sincerity. It does have a lot of songs about heartbreak, and you have be interested in that, but it's great.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 11:18 PM
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I recommend this video, Ogged.


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 11:19 PM
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In a totally different style, I was remembering Sifu Tweety's mention of Cindy Kallet a while back and her first album, Working on Wings to Fly is just flat out happy and gorgeous.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 11:23 PM
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Do tell.

One of my colleagues, who has a prodigious music collection, has offered to let me preview it, should I furnish him with an external hard drive (which is why I now know about the affordability of terabyte drives). Not all of it is old-timey stuff, but a substantial portion is.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 11:23 PM
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Very interesting, Mr. w-lfs-n.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 11:25 PM
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You know, it would be much easier for me to afford such a drive with a subsidy...


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 11:26 PM
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Indeed, that's nearly tautological.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 11:27 PM
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That's awesome, apo. Your neighbor?


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 11:28 PM
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Not really, thanks to diminishing marginal returns and all that. It wouldn't be much easier for, say, Bill Gates to afford a $200 expense with a subsidy.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 11:29 PM
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That "nearly" was supposed to feed the little bitch in you.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 11:30 PM
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Lord knows it needs nourishment.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 11:32 PM
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Hobart Smith's In Sacred Trust: The 1963 Fleming Brown Tapes is pretty sweet.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 5-08 11:57 PM
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It turns out that Jack Rose has covered "Dark was the Night" at least three times.


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 6-08 12:01 AM
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No, wait, twice. Because the double album's second disc is just a repeat of the earlier-released Jack Rose. And I only just now noticed!


Posted by: ben w-lfs-n | Link to this comment | 05- 6-08 12:02 AM
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If you get a chance check out Sun Kil Moon's new album April.


Posted by: jamacker | Link to this comment | 05- 6-08 6:17 AM
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I turned down a chance to buy Raag Manifestos last weekend because I'd already spent enough on a stack of old R&B and disco 45s.

The new(ish) Dust-to-Digital label is producing some amazing roots compilations.


Posted by: Populuxe | Link to this comment | 05- 6-08 7:36 AM
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44: That reminds me, have I recommended Sing For Freedom before?

It's not ideal for casual listening, and it really is best when you have time to sit and listen to the entire album (which, sadly, means that I don't listen to it as much as it deserves) but it as good as you would hope, and the liner notes are very helpful.


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05- 6-08 8:07 AM
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In order to rebuild some of my plays-the-music-unfogged-hates cred that has been left in tatters after NickS reminded everybody of Cindy Kallet boosterism (really, you should check out that album, especially if you hate my mixes), I'm going to go ahead and make a recommendation:

Ogged, I bet you would just love The Yah Mos Def. Imagine a brattier early Beastie Boys with beats constructed from lots of Minor Threat samples.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 05- 6-08 8:12 AM
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I highly recommend this Pepe Deluxe song and video.


Posted by: Grumps | Link to this comment | 05- 6-08 8:23 AM
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i found this one yesterday, great
Time out
music i liked too, hei-ho :)


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 05- 6-08 9:14 AM
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the


Posted by: read | Link to this comment | 05- 6-08 9:16 AM
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For another recommendation, that's a bit out of left field, I'll mention The Whisky's Gone by Larry Penn.

It takes a little getting used to. My first reaction listening to it was, "how could someone have played music for as long as he has, and not be better than this?" But after I listened to it a couple of times (it had come well recommended) it really grew on me.

It's about as folky as you can possibly get (he's an ex-hobo and ex-trucker), and it there's nothing overwhelmingly charismatic about it, but the songs stick.

Places to start on that album are "Rondinellie's Castle" (about playing music in an Italian Restaurant when he was in high school in the late 40s), "Maquiladoras" (obvious), and, for a change of pace, "Put Your Arms Around Me, Babe"


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05- 6-08 9:33 AM
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s/b The Whiskey's Gone


Posted by: NickS | Link to this comment | 05- 6-08 9:39 AM
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