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T5AotW: Week 25
January 25, 2009, 6:09 pm
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Week 25: More like Top four albums. I coudn’t think of a fifth CD that I was listening to. =(

1. The Slider by T. Rex
Just got this album not too long ago and it is great. I love T. Rex. My experience with T. Rex before this was limited to the Electric Warrior album. Good shit.

2. Outside by David Bowie
Bowie’s 1995 venture into the NIN-dominated world of industrial rock. An extremely good album. I hope the sequel to it, Contamination, will be made. Highlights include the title track, “Heart’s Filthy Lesson,” “Hallo Spaceboy,” “Strangers When We Meet” and Mike Garson’s masterful jazzy piano.

3. Famous Blue Raincoat by Jennifer Warnes
A Leonard Cohen tribute album that features a number of very special guests, including blues guitar virtuosos Stevie Ray Vaughn and Robben Ford on “First We Take Manhattan” and Leonard himself doing guest vocals on “Joan of Arc.”

4. Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea by PJ Harvey
Not as good as To Bring You My Love, but still. It’s PJ Harvey. You can’t go wrong with her.


January 20, 2009, 10:56 pm
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Two buttons that I brought with me to the computer lab in the BEH Hall at UNLV on this glorious inauguration day, one being a Obama ’08 campaign button provided by Moveon.org and the other being an authentic “Kennedy for President” button from the 60s. I held both of these tightly in my hands while Obama was being sworn in and I pressed the Kennedy pin softly to my lips during Obama’s speech.

My little viewing station for the big day. I believe the moment I captured on the screen was from Rick Warren’s sermon.

May we all have a joyous eight years, eight years of togetherness, of shared burden and shared reward. There’s a lot of work to be done, reversing the past eight years. “We are the people we’ve been waiting for,” Obama once said. Let’s roll.

T5AotW: Week 24
January 18, 2009, 10:15 pm
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Week 24:

1. Live Santa Monica ’72 by David Bowie
Classic live Ziggy. Mick Ronson shines, securing his place as one of rock’s finest guitarist. Any doubters should listen to the live version of “Moonage Daydream” then prompty change their opinion.

2. Unplugged in New York by Nirvana
Kurt Kurt Kurt Kurt Kurt.

3. Get Behind Me Satan by The White Stripes
Odd blues bluegrass rock from the people who brought you awesome.

4. The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails
This has been on my shelf for a while but I haven’t really listened to it until I saw in the bookstore. After a couple of plays, it really shines.

5. Tom Waits Live in Phoenix June 17, 2008
My little burned bootleg of Tom Waits’ first concert of the Glitter and Doom tour. The one I attended. After not hearing these songs for a while, the sounds welcomely return to my ears. Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis. Who would’ve called that one?

Woody Guthrie would be so proud
January 18, 2009, 6:51 pm
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In my search for Youtube video of Obama’s inagural concert at the Lincoln Memorial, I stumbled upon this video.

Bruce Springsteen was joined on stage by Pete Seeger to sing Woody Guthrie’s classic “This Land is Your Land.” The crowd sings along. Imagine, hundreds of thousands of people all gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial celebrating the nation’s first African-American president by singing a song by one of America’s most beloved folksingers, and accompanied by one of Guthrie’s personal friends, the 89-year old Pete Seeger.  It is moments like this that makes me proud to be an American.

T5AotW: Week 23
January 11, 2009, 6:56 pm
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Week 23

1. Raw Power by Iggy and the Stooges
R.I.P. Ron Asheton.

2. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
Love this album. “Only Living Boy in New York.”

3. The Best of the Velvet Underground
Can’t get enough Lou.

4. Old School Blues by Bernie Pearl
Two disc set by Bernie Pearl, one disc acoustic, one disc electric. Went to a guitar workshop that Pearl taught here and got this signed. Pearl is an amazing guitarist, top-notch. The guitar work is a real pleasure to listen to. HOWEVER I cannot say the same for some of the songs. The lyrics on a lot of these songs are very misogynistic. Now, I understand that singing about how a woman has wronged you is a tradition in blues, originating as a way of singing about an oppressive slave master out on the field without being punished for it. This being said, it seems that Pearl has chosen to record the most obscure, phallocentric songs in the blues canon. These songs go WAY beyond the “oh my baby left me, my baby cheated on me” blues. An example off the top of my head “If you shake for me, I’ll buy you a diamond ring/Oh if you shake for me, I’ll buy you a diamond ring/If you don’t shake it for me, I won’t buy you a gosh-darn thing.” Even though the lyrics are terrible, Pearl’s guitar makes up for it. Anyone who hasn’t heard Bernie’s music should buy this CD. I think it’s on CDBaby.com. Very good for the price.

5. Violent Opposition by Keith Levene
Original Clash guitarist and founding member of Public Image Ltd. has had a wonderful yet sparse selection of solo work. This is one of them. Levene tackles everything from hard blues rock to instrumental reggae with impressive skill. There are even a nice selection of covers on this CD, including Hendrix’s “If 6 Were 9” and John Lennon’s “Cold Turkey.” Buy it.

New semester, but still old skool
January 8, 2009, 10:13 pm
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Well, this is the last weekend of winter break. So sad. Lots of good stuff happened during winter break, and I am hoping that it continues into the new school semester. I have quite a workload ahead of me, but I think I can manage.

Here are the classes I have lined up:

* English 400-something-or-another: English Romantic Poets w/ Decker
* English 303: Literary Theory and Criticism w/ Becker-Leckrone
* History 451: Proseminar w/ Chung
* Anthropology 101: Intro to Cultural Anthropology w/ Fields
* Anthropology 102 (online): Intro to Physical Anthropology w/ Thompson
* Philosophy 102: Some critical thinking bullshit w/ Delaney

On top of those, I’ll be starting my new job with the America Reads program sometime soon which will consume 15+ hours a week, and I will be sticking with my gig at Michael’s Used Books for 16 hours across Fridays and Saturdays. In addition to that, I will be orchestrating monthly book club meetings and bi-weekly poetry workshops at the bookstore, AND attending blues guitar/harmonica workshops in Henderson on Thursdays. I’ll be a busy bee, trying to keep up with it all. Oh, and I won’t have spring break to utilize for catch-up either: I’ll be on Catalina Island with UNLV’s Alternative Spring Break program, a program which also requires me to do some fundraising.

Almighty Bowie who art all-knowing and all-powerful, please be gentle on my doomed soul.

January 7, 2009, 5:35 pm
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There’s a new social networking site out there, one specifically for harmonica players. It’s called HarmonicaSpace (ain’t that clever?). It’s only on a soft launch right now, registration being open to a limited number of people, so I can’t say much about it good or bad. I’m sure it will grow and change for the better, though.

Until then, check out my profile page.