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T5AotW: Week 15
November 17, 2008, 1:22 am
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Week Fifteen: November 16th

Blues, Muse, and Huun-Huur-Tu!

1. Anthology of Muddy Waters
I can’t say anything about Muddy. Muddy is Muddy. If you haven’t heard Muddy, you should. If you have, then you know.

2. Harlem Blues by Satan and Adam
Satan and Adam, arguably the greatest thing to happen to blues in this generation. Satan and Adam’s music is pure, unfiltered street music. It started on the street and the street is everywhere in their music. They sadly do not play much together anymore due to Mr. Satan’s illness, but Adam Gussow has been doing so much for the blues community. He runs the Dirty South Blues Harp channel on Youtube where he offers free harmonica lessons, as well as http://www.modernbluesharmonica.com with some very cheap and highly detailed lessons. Revolutionized the playing of harmonica players all over the world, including myself.

3. Absolution by Muse
In my opinion, Muse will one day be considered one of the finest rock bands of the era. Think the Jimi Hendrix Experience smashed into Pink Floyd then dunked into a pit of despair. Everything about them is wonderful: the searing guitar work, the ghostly vocals, the vicious drums, the haunting lyrics. The songs mainly deal with the frailty of the human condition and humanity’s inevitable destruction. We are in a barred spiral galaxy and are being slowly drawn into a supermassive black hole. Songs to listen to are: “Apocalypse Please,” “Time is Running Out,” “Knights of Cydonia,” and…”Supermassive Black Hole.”

4. Come on In by R.L. Burnside
I love R.L. Burnside. The blues don’t git no dirtier than his. But this is a weird album. Even for R.L. This is a remix album, turning some of R.L.’s songs from classic albums like “Mr. Wizard” and “A Ass Pocket of Whiskey” and…takes a hammer to them. The end result is catchy, yet unfulfilling. The only exceptions would be the remix of R.L.’s rendition of the standard “Rollin’ and Tumblin” (done as “Rollin’ Tumblin'”) and “It’s Bad You Know,” which is basically a verse of “Rollin’ Tumblin'” mixed in with some harmonica and a loop of R.L. saying “it’s bad you know.” The song is on the Sopranos soundtrack and is featured in a new commercial for the Sopranos DVD boxset. It’s bad, you know.

5. Tuvan Throat Singing
I’ve been exposed to Tuvan throat singing recently and fell in love with it. Huun-Huur-Tu and Ondar especially. I also recently saw the movie Genghis Blues where blind blues singer Paul Pena travels to Tuva to participate in a throat singing competition. A very heartwarming movie, everyone should see it. R.I.P. Paul. Huun-Huur-Tu made a cameo in the movie and they also made a cameo in Las Vegas today, playing a black away from my house. What a show.


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