Tea for the Bloggerman

April 15, 2009, 11:28 pm
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I will be gone this weekend for Coachella, so no blog updates. I will, however, update my Twitter, which you can follow below:



No T5AotW 4 the Nxt3Ws
April 3, 2009, 5:21 pm
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My adoring fans,

It regrets me to inform you that I will be away from home the next three Sundays, so I will not be able to update my Top Five Albums series during that time. I will be on Catalina Island the first two Sundays and then at Coachella on the third.

But do not fear, I will think of something worthwhile to put up instead.

Der Bloggermeister

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.

New Pages
January 1, 2009, 2:28 pm
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Over on the left you’ll see three new pages. The first of these new pages is self-explanatory: About Me. It is basically a carbon copy of my first blog post. The second, Follow Me, has a list of all my cyber feetprints–on Myspace, Facebook, Kaboodle, etc. The third, “Michael’s Used Books in Las Vegas” offers information on this little used book store as well as links to the bookstore’s online alter-egos at Myspace, Facebook, Youtube, etc.

Top Five Albums of the Week: Week Six + E-Mail Subscriptions
September 14, 2008, 9:37 pm
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**You can now subscribe to e-mail updates for this blog! Be the first to know when I post a new entry! So exciting! There is a link directly to the left that will send you to the right spot.**

Week Six: September 14th

1. Superscape by Antipode
Quite possibly the most ground-breaking electronic album since prehistoric man invented the glowstick. If you have not heard the latest work by the mysterious Antipode, you must. Especially since the album is being given away as a free download on his website. The perfect combination of soft, jazzy instrumentals and hard and fast industrial chaos (plus excellent album artwork), Superscape is definitely worth the price of purchase.

2. Ten New Songs by Leonard Cohen
Such a humble title for such an astonding piece of musical artistry. Leonard’s 2002 effort, this album combines Cohen’s immaculate lyricism with co-writer Sharon Robinson’s smooth and jazzy arrangements. If you have not heard “In My Secret Life” or “A Thousand Kisses Deep” you have not really lived.

3. The Best of Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter is the guitarist’s guitar god. Hendrix packed with pure blue dynamite, exploding on the stage in a fury of flatted thirds and fifths minor dominant 7ths whirlwind crazyfuck down into the Mississippi delta of our American souls with a little bit of Chuck Berry in the mix. When he plays “Rollin’ and Tumblin” or “Johnny B. Goode,” the guitar becomes his bitch.

4. Riding With the King by B.B. King and Eric Clapton
Another excellent blues album by the two leading bluesmen in popular music today. B.B. and Eric play off each other very well; it is very obvious that not only are they respectful of each other’s massive guitar skills but are also great friends. A real treasure. “Key to the Highway,” mm mm.

5. 6- and 12-String Guitar by Leo Kottke
Another guitarist’s guitarist, so much can be said about Leo Kottke but I am too lazy to. I’ll just let the titles of the album’s songs do the talking:
1. “The Driving of the Year Nail” – 1:54 (“From an old Etruscan drawing of a sperm cell”)
2. “The Last of the Arkansas Greyhounds” – 3:18 (“A terror-filled escape on a bus from a man fired from Beaumont ranch”)
3. “Ojo” – 2:14 (“Ojo Caliente where Zuni hid from Esteban, the Moor, and the Spaniards”)
4. “Crow River Waltz” – 3:20 (“A prayer for the demise of the canoe and the radar trap without which Federal prisons will have to be rebuilt to accommodate prepubescence”)
5. “The Sailor’s Grave on the Prairie” – 2:34 (“Originally written to commemorate Nedicks and a Minneapolis musician’s contempt for the three a.m. cheeseburger with a nickel slice of raw”)
6. “Vaseline Machine Gun” – 3:11 (“1) for waking up nude in a sleeping bag on the shore of the Atlantic surrounded by a volleyball game at high noon, and 2) for the end of the volleyball game”)
7. “Jack Fig” – 2:14 (“A reluctant lament”)
8. “Watermelon” – 3:12 (“While at Watermelon Park Music Festival I had the opportunity to play banjo in the middle of the night for a wandering drunk. When I finished he vomited — an astute comment on my playing. Made me feel very distinguished”)
9. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” (J.S. Bach) – 2:24 (“The engineer called this the ancient joy of man’s desire. (Bach had twenty children because his organ didn’t have any stops)”)
10. “The Fisherman” – 2:32 (“This is about the mad fishermen of the North whose ice fishing spots resemble national shrines”)
11. “The Tennessee Toad” – 2:40 (“Who made an epic journey from Ohio to Tennessee”)
12. “Busted Bicycle” – 2:48 (“Reluctance”)
13. “The Brain of the Purple Mountain” – 2:11 (“From A.L. Tennyson”)
14. “Coolidge Rising” – 2:50 (“While rising from the sink, cupboard doors opened and engulfed his head; while turning to the right to avoid the whole incident he walked into a refrigerator — which afforded a good chin rest for staring at some bananas in a basket”)

Mama, Mama, Mama See Me, Mama Come and See Me I’m a Pop Stawwwr!
September 10, 2008, 5:42 pm
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Thanks Expecting Rain! I guess you can say that I wasn’t expecting this, harr-dee-harr-harr.

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