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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A baby, yarn and rocking tunes

I've seen some odd things at events in my time. I've seen the aunties playing cards at Hindu weddings; after all they go on for days, so it's as well to be occupied at the quieter moments. And I've lived in New York long enough to realise that people here don't understand there is a direct correlation between the amount of beer they drink and the number of times they will need to go to the bathroom during a two hour concert. I once stood next to someone at a David Bowie concert who talked non-stop to his neighbor throughout the entire set while taking sips from the two pints he was holding - one in each hand- the only time I could enjoy Bowie was when he staggered off for a refill or an outlet.
So I've gotten used to being one of the few that actually likes to listen to the music or watch the action but last night was a first for me. Seated next to The Guy was a woman, who while we waited for the concert to begin, brought out a black skein of wool and proceeded to knit. I thought that was just to pass the time before things got going but no, she knitted throughout the evening. How is that possible? Has anyone else seen this? Does anyone do it? Tell me, I won't judge, I just need to understand. Of course in my hands knitting needles would be a lethal weapon, or at least an accident waiting to happen. And tell me, how do you applaud when you are holding 8" needles?
Anyway, the music was fabulous, all oldies except one great new song that will be on the new album, Who was Changed and Who was Dead. That was the reason we were there, to provide the audience for the bonus live dvd that will be part of the package. There were a bunch of special guests, including Wes' brand new baby (who only whimpered when the band left the stage) and, big surprise, the awesome Josh Ritter, who joined JWH for my favourite song, Our Lady of the Highways.

John Wesley Harding - music to knit by. Enjoy.

Monday, August 18, 2008

John Wesley Harding: Dirty Work

More than you ever wanted to know about Steely Dan - a band you either love or hate*, and I'm definitely with JWH on this one, I'm a true hater. Still, it's a great cover.
From the Stars in the Margins Show at The Zipper Theater in Manhattan on 8/11/08 that also featured Martha Plimpton, Rufus Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche amongst others. I missed the show but, happy, happy, joy, joy, I won tickets to the upcoming John Wesley Harding performance at Union Hall, Brooklyn on October 27. How cool is that?

*There are a bunch of mega-popular stadium-filling bands that I consider a complete waste of space. Of course they sell millions of records and have huge fame and wealth and I, em, don't. But that won't stop me telling the internets why I want to fall to the floor and pound it with my fists while screaming at the top of my lungs when I hear certain songs, will it? One day I'll do a post about them and you can hurl rotten eggs at me. Or perhaps you'll agree?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Coincidences: The Serge Gainsbourg Edition

I've been hearing this song* everywhere recently. There are many, many versions out there. Perhaps you prefer it sung in a different format?
Would you prefer the synthesized 80s version from Belgian Jo Lemaire?
You want it more pop, but this time with an English accent?
Or perhaps sung in English?
Or this super, sad acoustic version played almost correctly on an out of tune guitar?
Love them all, but it's Monsieur Gainsbourg who still wins it for me by a landslide, despite the alcohol-induced dishevelment, even after all these years. Not perhaps the best role model but he sure could knock out a decent song.
*Je suis venu de dire que je m'en vais/I just came to tell you I'm going