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.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Bringing Up The Rear...

Little later, little shorter, but I'm going to add some comments. AND you may be able to listen to them, but the labelling is pretty jumbled, and some are in different formats...let's see.



Tom Waitts, The Return of Jackie and Judy, Orphans - Ok, this actual track may not have been from 2006. Not much of a comment is it?

Bruce Springsteen; Mrs. McGrath, We Shall Overcome - I saw Bruce live for the first time this year and it was quite a staggering experience. I knew I would enjoy myself but thought the set may well be limited to the Seeger Sessions (which would not have been a bad thing). He opened with an swirling, stomping version of Blinded by the Light, and it didn't let go. Bruce introduced this particular song by saying "You can fool some of the people all of the time...some of the people all of the time, but not all of the people all of the time. But if you fool enough of the people enough of the time, you may just creat a fucking tragedy". Political.

Jarvis Cocker; Don't Let Him Waste You're Time, Jarvis - Jarvis Cocker, front man of Pulp, kept us waiting on this album. Satisfyingly dark and anthemic.

Peter Bjorn & John ; Young Folks, Writer's Block - I really wanted to write a screen play while I was at home. I have not. But I have begun to formulate a reworking of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid that would take place in some neo modern wild west...this song is the back drop to Billy driving through the urban waste land, weaving in and out of Pat's dreams.

Guillimots; Annie, Let's Not Wait, Through the Window Pane - This is a funky little number and one of the highlights of this selection. Check out the album. I like to think of the Annie in this song as being the subject of Kid Creole's and the Coconut's Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy; she deserves romance and dance.

Yeah Yeah Yeah's; Turn Into, Show Your Bones - Cheated Hearts was my second favourite from this album. Again, this is from the Billy the Kid thing...this would be the homo erotic montage where Pat's cold and angular exterior is shown to be a lid for emotions he harbours for his handsome, care free ex partner. He must be him, or kill him.

Johnny Cash; If You Could Read My Mind, A Hundred Highways - I really didn't think much of this album, most of the songs failed to distinguish themselves, but considering the circumstances and his past work, let's not quibble; this song however seemed to be perfect for Cash's fragile voice that appears to have slipped it's anchor, and is steadily floating away.

The Coup; My Favourite Mutiny, Pick A Bigger Weapon - My thanks to Jeff for recommending this band in the first place, and Matt for informing me this album was released this year. If you're planning to over run a despotic government in '07, do it with this blaring from the speakers. And Whitesnake's "Here I go Again On My Own".

Jay Z; Kingdom Come, Kingdom Come - Yeah yeah yeah, we all were really shocked when you came back Hova. Good song though, looking forward to mash ups though...

The Killers; When You Were Young, Sam's Town - Yeah, I imagine you're all sick of them, but I think any song that makes people sing the line "He doesn't look a thing like Jesus" at the top of their lungs without knowing what they're talking about deserves all they get.

The Good, The Bad and The Queen; History Song, Kingdom of Doom - Damon Albarn, mastermind of Gorrillaz, lead man of Blur, has a new project...I've featured the live version...

Gnarls Barkley; Crazy, St Elsewhere - Yeah, again, not really a suprise but it's rare to find a song so innovative and also accessible to so many. Danger Mouse to me seems to prefer rather to wheely round the rim the volcano greatness than dive right in, and he impresses the hell out of a lot of people doing it. Hmm. That comment didn't really make sense.

Polyphonic Spree; Lithium, Cover LP (Unreleased) - Nice cover.

Marvin the Martian; Hoods and Badges Mixtape, Hoods and Badges EP - Grindie. This song was my introduction to it and I was very much impressed.

Kasabian; Empire, Empire - Big in England, not so big in the U.S.A.

The Raconteurs; Intimate Secretary, Broken Boy Soldier - You know what? I really have nothing to say about this track. I like it a lot though.


There you have it; I will NOT be issuing a second volume as I have not listened to that much new stuff this year.

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