Looking Out a Rainy Window with Tindersticks

My favorite new find.

I am very lucky to have a great, safe space to be in during the pandemic isolation. One of my favorite places to sit is an enclosed porch. Today, I was sitting out there, and it started to storm something fierce, and then, as I have mentioned we call it in the South, the devil started beatin’ his wife.

No matter. We’ve had a few beautiful days here in Chicago, and the rain came in to wash it away for bit. But I hope it will also calm the many moods. My own. And others.

Last week, I stumbled upon a really great band through an unexpected source, the 2009-2013 HBO series “Eastbound & Down”. I love the series, but that opinion aside, the soundtrack is seriously good. The Tindersticks song “The Organist Entertains” was the song that stood out to me most:

I fell down a rabbit hole and have found Tindersticks to be even better than the taste above. Tindersticks in an English band that has been around since 1991. I think if you like Nick Cave, you will very much be into Tindersticks. It was very difficult to pick only a are a few of my favorites because they are all damn good:

“What Are You Fighting For?”

There is a future coming up behind,
And I can feel it but I don’t know where it’s coming from,
And I can hold it but I; I cannot see its face,
And time is out of my hand.

 

“Show Me Everything”

Bound together, separate,
Take these stones, build something,
Define the walls, decorate,
Our mouths on the glass, we believe we taste,
Everything we could have had.

“Mistakes”

I went flying around,
And I had my strings cut,
I wasn’t coming down.

I am not sure if Tindersticks is new to you, but whether they are or not, I hope you enjoy some of their songs. They have certainly touched my heart.

“Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridgers

I have made a Spotify playlist over the past few months called “Dignity”.  You can probably guess a few reasons someone might need to make themselves a physical manifestation of dignity, and one of those reasons is probably the reason for the creation of this playlist.

It is a playlist that has evolved over the past two months to the point where the tracks have evolved into other feelings (you can see the mood evolve as the numbers in the date column ascend). I still listen to it, and it comes in handy to process thoughts.

I like all of the songs on the playlist, as I did make the playlist. However one of the stand outs is this one that Tommy, who recently shared a guest post with me, recommended.

This track will sound super peaceful upon first listen, but it is a gentle veil over a burn. As Tommy informed me, this a diss track about the gross and abusive Ryan Adams.

I have emotional motion sickness,
Somebody roll the windows down,
There are no words in the English language,
I could scream to drown you out.
While the dignity returns, I spin this one as a reminder to keep it.

Vinyl Day 10: Jim Croce “His Greatest Songs”, Journey “Evolution”, & Elton John “Greatest Hits Volume II”

Super pumped about the absolute bangers I have for you today on Day 10. Catch up on the other days here.


Artist: Jim Croce
Album: His Greatest Songs
Year: 1981
Genre: Folk
Record Origins: Mum and Dad

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Jim Croce is one of my favorite singers, song-writers, and performers. He generally seems extremely wholesome. I honestly can’t say I know this at all, but based on his Wikipedia page, he was a very hard worker and family man with a drive to make music professionally.

Sadly, he died in a plane crash after playing a concert in Nachitoches, Louisiana (from personal experience, a placename that is pronounced very differently than it is spelled). Although I know a bit about the things I write about ahead of time, I do learn some things, and I felt a little punch in the gut to learn Jim Croce was only 30 when he died.

This album was released 8 years after Jim Croce’s untimely death, and there are so many wonderful songs on it.


Artist: Journey
Album: Evolution
Year: 1979
Genre: Arena Rock
Record Origins: Mum and Dad

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First, let us gaze upon this magnificence that is Journey. On the front side of the album, we have this very historically appropriate graphic, and on the back side…THE OUTFITS. Honestly, the backside should be the front. We’ve got polyster, some weird shiny space outfit, HAIR…the hair.

Evolution is Journey’s 5th studio album. Can’t say I am a huge Journey fan, but they are a karoake or car-ride or shower sing-a-long classic. And I respect the vocal power of Steve Perry.

This album includes “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'”, which is probably my favorite Journey song if forced at gun point to choose one. I am pretty sure the guys are wearing the same outfits in this video as they are on the record sleeve:


Artist: Elton John
Album: Elton John’s Greatest Hits Volume II
Year: 1977
Genre: Folk
Record Origins: Mum and Dad

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I think this one needs no introduction. It also happens to include my favorite Elton John song:

 


This wraps up Day 10. Also, I checked, and I should have roughly 20-21 more “Vinyl Days” after today. The series beats on!

The Old’s Old Records #2: Janis Joplin’s Pearl, Singin’ In The Rain soundtrack, Men At Work’s Business As Usual & Santana’s Self-titled

My friend William has posted the latest from his vinyl collection. I really appreciate the Men at Work. In the U.S., most of us are familiar with “Who Can It Be Now?”, and I will be singing it for the rest of the day. 🙂

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Here’s the next four in this collection which are a couple of hippie albums, 50’s musical and 80’s Aussie one hit wonders! Keelin @ Bicthfork is now up to her vinyl day nine, linked here but it’s only second one by me this Wednesday morning:

 Business As Usual by Men At Work is the very first Aussie album here, my parents are a little more mainstream in Aussie music than me which might be a good thing for some listeners/readers? At least everyone should know them and I wouldn’t need to go into details who the hell they’re? In Australia they did have more than one hit but everyone oversea’s with only know Down Under song but I’m picking opening track Who Can It Be Now? 

Singer-songwriter Colin Hay total wins the most C-19 lyrics today with Who Can It Be Now? A lot or almost all the words if…

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Vinyl Day 9: Steve Martin “A Wild and Crazy Guy”, Billy Joel “Glass Houses”, & The St. Paul’s Boys Choir “Christmas Carols Good Christian Men Rejoice”

Hello! Last week was mentally and emotionally taxing for me, and I felt more like expressing myself than thinking about much (even the small things). I am back again with Vinyl Day 9. Catch up on the other days here.


Artist: Steve Martin
Album: A Wild and Crazy Guy
Year: 1978
Genre: Comedy
Record Origins: Mum and Dad

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This is a classic, and I am proud my parents have it in their collection. This album won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album, reached #2 on the Billboard Pop charts, and is in the U.S. Library of Congress and National Recording Registry.

The classic “King Tut” is included on this album.


Artist: Billy Joel
Album: Glass Houses
Year: 1980
Genre: Rock, new wave, pop
Record Origins: Mum and Dad

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I am pretty up front about my preferences here, and one of those preferences is that I do not prefer Billy Joel. In fact, I’d say he’s an edgelord and a tool, and that’s not just my personal opinion. The only positive thing I have to say about this album is that I like the cover art. It’s a little hokey and trying too hard to be edgy, but it’s a cool pic.

The absolute dick moves of Billy Joel aside, he tries so hard to be cool. He sings about rock and roll but is so not what I think of as rock and roll. I rest my case with the music video of  “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me”, from the Glass Houses album.



Artist: The St. Paul’s Boys Choir
Album: Christmas Carols Good Christian Men Rejoice
Year: 197?/198?
Genre: Choral
Record Origins: Mum and Dad

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As I’ve gone through many of these albums, I’ve thought “Why are there so many fucking Christmas albums?”. Then I remembered: my mom really loves Christmas music. I find this endearing about her, and I like to listen to it with her.

I am unable to find much about this specific album. I also did not spend that much time looking for information about it. It was never opened, and I don’t plan to start that trend any time soon.

I can imagine the album sounds something like this:


Thanks for joining for Day 9! Hopefully I will feel a little better this week so I can continue writing this series as I still have probably 15+ days left in this series. Who’s to say?

“Illegitimi non carborundum” Vibes with The Budos Band

Illegitimi non carborundum is a mock-Latin aphorism, often translated as ‘Don’t let the bastards grind you down’. The phrase itself has no meaning in Latin and can only be mock-translated as a Latin–English pun.

Today, I feel disappointed and tired on so many levels today. The Budos Band strikes me as the proper fellas to see it through.