notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Friday Random Ten (Thursday Edition)


Camper Van Beethoven, Circles (****) - A very catchy, if not particularly memorable, little ditty from David Lowery and his band. Lowery, for my money, is the coolest musician with ties to central Virginia, Pavement et al be damned.
Public Enemy, Race Against Time (***1/2) - This is from a later PE album, well into their downhill slide, but I’m kind of liking this song.
The New Pornographers, Twin Cinema (****1/4) - This album was picked by many as one of 2005’s best. It didn’t make any of our lists, though, and is pretty highly overrated IMHO. Nonetheless, this opening track is really good.
The Neville Brothers, A Change Is Gonna Come (***) - Hey, a Sam Cooke song! This one goes out to Beldaz. This is probably not as good as the original.
The Roots, Double Trouble (****1/2) - Featuring Mos Def. One of the best tracks from Things Fall Apart, which is one of my all-time favorite hip-hop albums.
Rage Against the Machine, Microphone Fiend (***) - In hindsight these guys are pretty cheesy, though I really liked them at the time. Tom Morello undeniably did some wicked shit with his guitar, but I haven’t liked anything I’ve heard from Audioslave. This was originally an Eric B. & Rakim song. I don’t know the original. Not bad. Not exactly good.
Steve Earle, All My Life (***) - A so-so track from an excellent album (Transcendental Blues).
The Band, It Makes No Difference (live) (***1/2) - From The Last Waltz. I’ve previously said all I can say about The Last Waltz.
Bob Dylan & The Band, WildWood Flower (****) - If it seems like The Basement Tapes comes up a lot on this game, it’s because there are 108 tracks on the version I have. One of these days, I’m going to have to read the Greil Marcus book about the tapes, because I really love them. That’s it! I just decided what this year’s beach reading will be. Perfect. Anybody else read it? Is it good? I’ve heard mixed reviews.
Albert King, Blues Power (live) (***1/2) - The thing I love about Albert King is that I can tell within two or three guitar notes who’s playing. There are very few musicians I can say that about.

Average rating: 3.63 stars. Excellent!