song o’ the day

November 15, 2006

Califone – “3Legged Animals”

Leave your memories; we’re almost new.
Sleep for me, sleepless.
Dream for me, dreamless.

I startled awake this morning with this song in my head. I had seen the band play live just hours before, and it was great to wake up in the dark, dark morning and climb out of the cocoon of blankets with this song buzzing in my head. It made it easier to push forward into the day, despite wanting to stay warm and asleep. This song, though the words are cryptic, is very positive, very “Go onward, you can do it” in feel.

Califone were pretty impressive. Such a rich sonic texture. (Ha ha, I can’t believe I just typed that.) I’m too tired to say much more about it. It was a very late show.

You can download the song from here. I highly recommend doing that.


November 13, 2006

How to talk about one’s self without sounding like a total ass?

How to relate what really made me happy about this and that social event without sounding like a vapid trendster?

How to talk about my day without giving away all my secrets?

How to be self-reflective in a journal while maintaining a “do not think about things too much” policy of action?

is it super connected?

November 8, 2006

For the last week or so my stomach has been clenched tightly, and I’ve been having trouble eating as much as I should. I frequently feel like throwing up. It’s not pregnancy-related nausea (goodness knows I know what that feels like…) but I think it’s more nervous-related. I’ve never localized my nervousness into my stomach before, usually it stays in my head, so this is new for me.

In conversation with one my friends yesterday a song came up, Broken Social Scene’s “Superconnected” and while listening to it yesterday evening these lines came into my mind:

But I don’t really want to think about those things anymore.
I really don’t want to think about those things.

So I’m going to try not to.

But all my concerns are minuscule today because THE REPUBLICANS LOST THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES last night. Hell yes.

little shoes

November 8, 2006

I took a box of my daughter’s old shoes to the thrift store last weekend. I was a little sad to see that jumble of their adorable little shoes and then to just give it all away. I remember each of those pairs of shoes, and their little feet.

song o’ the day

November 7, 2006

Ra Ra Riot – “Dying Is Fine”

I don’t really know much about this band besides the fact that they are from Syracuse, but I heard this song on WXYC the other day and really liked it. The chorus is very head-bobbing.

They have a myspace page.

I put the song up here.

Oh, look at their pretty posters.

Robin’s first radio show

November 3, 2006

So I did my first radio show ever last Sunday afternoon. I flubbed it in the beginning and sounded nervous as hell during my talksets, but I think I chose a nice set of songs, and by the end I felt much more confident than I had in the beginning. Stepping out of the radio booth I actually felt like I had enjoyed myself, and now I think I am looking forward to the next time I get to play a radio show. I even got a few phone calls from people telling me they liked my set, which felt so awesome to receive.

The show is called Hell or High Water, and the music played for that hour must be taken from the collection at the Southern Folklife Collection. The collection focuses mainly on Southern vernacular musics, think old-time, zydeco, blues, but there is a small amount of soul and classic R&B, which is what I chose to play. Thought I’d choose something a little familiar to me for my first set. These are the songs that I played:

Otis Redding “These Arms of Mine”
James Phelps “Love Is A Five-Letter Word”
Aretha Franklin “Do Right Woman-Do Right Man”
Eddie Jefferson “I Don’t Want You Anymore”
Sugar Pie DeSanto “Soulful Dress”

Ivory Joe Hunter “Can’t Explain How It Happened”
Ann Peebles “Walk Away”
Jackie Ross “Selfish One”
The Dells “There Is”

The Veltones “Fool In Love”
Bobby Marchan “You Won’t Do Right”
Etta James “Pushover”
Johnny Sayles “I’m Just What She Needs”
Dorothy Williams “Closer To My Baby”
Sam Cooke “Bring It On Home To Me”

Willie Mitchell “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright”
Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson “Lover’s Holiday”
Archie Bell & The Drells “Tighten Up”
Luther Ingram “Be Good To Me Baby”

song o’ the day

November 3, 2006

Thee Headcoatees – “What Once Was”

(download here)

Don’t talk to me, baby,
Of what could have been.
Don’t talk to me, baby,
About your tragic dream.

I first heard Thee Headcoatees on a mixtape Michelle J. made for me back in the mid-90s. (Thanks Michelle!) The band was put together in the early 90s by Billy Childish (under the name The Delmonas at first) as a sister band to his band The Milkshakes (later known as Thee Headcoats). It was a small group of women who made some most excellent crunchy 60s-style garage rock. Holly Golightly (who now has a solo career) was one of the women.

This song is one of my favorites by them – I really like the brittle guitar sound and the sneering British vocals. Can’t forget that tambourine either!