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"Burning" by the War on Drugs

Listening through this album for the first time this afternoon. It’s really fantastic. Really good.




Happy Sunday!



He recently gave an interview for “Dinner Party Download” (an ok podcast, interesting tidbits, but very hyperactive—10 segments in like 25 minutes). His dinner party playlist included Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers, and Mavis Staples. 

He is so friggin’ cool.

I am going to miss Walkmen shows.



This new Nettles album is probably going to be really good. You should consider pre-ordering it on their Kickstarter, which ends in two days.


There was a time when I didn’t like Spoon. I think about that, and I think, who was I? And what was wrong with me?


"One True Vine" by Mavis Staples (Wilco cover)

I know I’ve already posted about this album, but it’s more beautiful each time I listen to it.

Sean and I were talking about the seeming mixture of genres—mostly gospel songs (or covers of songs that, originally, were nebulously biblical, but in Mavis’ hands become explicitly Christian), but with an apparent love song mixed in. But it’s not actually a love song.

Or not really, anyway. It may be about a lover, but it could easily be a friend. Regardless, she misses that person, feels loss, and hopes to see that person again. Perhaps the key to the song is noting that its title is “Jesus Wept.”

And that it’s followed by "Far Celestial Shore," a joyous anticipation of heaven, then "What Are They Doing There Now?" where Mavis wonders what her friends who have passed on are doing in heaven. Their “hearts were burdened with care,” their bodies full of disease, they were “poor and often despised.” And now they are in a place where “peace abounds like a river.”

So then. When did Jesus weep? When his friend Lazarus died. And even though Jesus had the power to bring his friend back—and shortly would do so—the sting of death struck him. Similarly, Mavis knows her friends are in heaven with Jesus, and she will be too one day, but the pain remains.

It’s beautiful.

As is the whole album. I’ve posted the closer, where she covers Wilco (again, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy produced this and her last album). The Wilco version is gorgeous in its own right, but I’m amazed at how tinny and insubstantial it now sounds to me in comparison. There’s nothing trivial in Mavis.


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In honor of Tom’s graduation, new baby, departure, and move.



Favorite Wailing Guitar Moment: “Myriad Harbor” New Pornographers

Right at 1:38. This was a really hard prompt! Deciding which facet of “wailing” on which to focus took 2 months. Not sure why this one emerged as the favorite. It’s not painstakingly difficult to play or complex in structure…

Sorry about this video. Pretty sure Dan Bejar did the whole thing himself.