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T5AotW: Week 29
February 22, 2009, 6:14 pm
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Week 29

1. Texas by PlayRadioPlay!
A very good album by an up-and-coming musician by the name of Dan Hunter. “Madi Don’t Leave’ Was one of many songs I turned to this week in my emotional distress. And yes, that CD is autographed.

2. Them or Us by Frank Zappa
Didn’t help with the distress, but songs like “In France” and “Stevie’s Spanking” sure do put a smile on one’s face.

3. The Best of the Velvet Underground
I downloaded a lot of VU bootlegs recently and have been listening to those, as well as playing a number of songs on the g-tar.

4. Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits
I haven’t really listened to a lot of Dylan this week except the song “Positively 4th Street” which represents the other side of my emotional spectrum. An opposing force to “Madi Don’t Leave.” One song pleads for things to stay the same, the only lifts a big middle finger to society.

5. Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos by Marc Ribot (not pictured)
Left this one at the bookstore. Very good CD of Cuban music from jazz guitarist virtuoso Marc Ribot. He did wonders when he was with Tom Waits, and he’s done wonders by himself.


T5AotW: Week 27
February 8, 2009, 9:06 pm
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T5AotW: Week 27
Sorry for the glare on the photo but since the only person who sees this is Yanira (hi Yanira) and she only looks at some of them, I DON’T GIVE A FUCK.

1. The Best of the Velvet Underground
I can’t get enough of them. Playing “I’m Waiting for the Man” on the guitar is also very very fun.

2. Ziggy Remixed
An excellent excellent excellent album of remixes done by the fellows at http://www.ziggyremixed.com . Go there now and download the album Yanira, or ask me to file send it to you. It’s delicious.

3. I Was Warned by Robert Cray
I have another CD of Robert Cray, a best of, but it wasn’t too good. I brought this CD home from the bookstore and intend on trading it for the best of. This one is pretty good, lots of smooth electric blues guitar. Cray, who is rumored to be a real dick, did a great job at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads festival.

4. Earthling by David Bowie
Coming after the heavily industrial 1. Outside album, it is no wonder that is is also a very heavy album. It’s good, not great, but pretty good. Unlike 1. Outside, it lacks a central theme. It just seems to be a collection of good songs. That being said, there are some really good songs on it. Highlights: “Dead Man Walking,” “I’m Afraid of Americans.”

5. hours… by David Bowie
The 1999 album that came after Earthling. While not as good as Earthling, it does have a sort of central premise, that being Bowie’s age. Most of the songs are softer reflections on the singer getting older. Guitarist Reeves Gabrel left the Bowie band after this album because he felt that the music was getting too soft. Even though I say the songs are mostly soft reflections, it does have a couple of hard rockers on it like “The Pretty Things are Going to Hell” which is my favorite on the album.

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.

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.

A list of people who recognized my PiL shirt…
January 5, 2009, 9:01 pm
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Exactly what the title says: this is a list of everyone who has recognized my Public Image Ltd. shirt in public. I will update this short list as intelligent people make themselves known.

1) Schwab @ Last Shot Tattoo Parlor

2) Cashier @ Teavana in Town Square (1/5/09)

3) Cashier @ Guitar Center in Town Square (1/5/09)

T5AotW: Week 22
January 4, 2009, 11:41 pm
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Week 22

Picture taken with my cellphone. Deal with it.

1. Cat Stevens’ Greatest Hits
Haven’t been listening to them really, but I’ve been playing a bunch on my guitar. Picture is of the songbook.

2. Howlin’ Wolf’s Best
Been listening to the Wolf. Was pleasantly surprised to see Wolf and Hubert Sumlin get small parts in Cadillac Records. EXCELLENT movie btw.

3. Rock ‘n Roll Rarities by Chuck Berry
Chuck is the king of rock ‘n roll. Elvis who?

4. Tin Machine by Tin Machine
David Bowie, Reeves Gabrel, and the Sales brothers. Largely reviled by the critics, I have a soft spot in my heart for them. They can rock pretty hard.

5. Tin Machine II by Tin Machine
Same. Also listened to a little of Bowie at the Beeb.