“Take Me to the River” – Talking Heads – “More Songs About Buildings and Food” (1978)

Oct 13
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Original at everything except that it’s covered. This could drop today, almost 40 years on, and it would still have the hipsters over at Pitchfork peeing their skinny jeans. This is a great, random song to cruise into which is what happened this morning. What will tomorrow bring?

– DAVE

“Make It Up to Me” – Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton – “Wildflower Blues” (2017)

Oct 11
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I’ve got my loosely united band of concert proxies up there in the hometown. Get on it people. You know I never lead you astray. And, this is apparently a new venue (Ballard Homestead) – new to me at least.

I had a nice talk with one of my young friends yesterday. “What is the essential element that makes music good?” I asked. He had a great answer. “It has to have a hook or something to draws people in.” True enough. Definitely true for pop music but since he just told me that he doesn’t care for pop, I can assume that he thinks that’s the case for all music. True.

Also: soul, it’s gotta have soul. It doesn’t all have to be the Isley Brothers or Stevie but it’s got to have the type of soul and heart that is not how the record store guy (ha ha, record stores) will know how to stock his shelves. It’s gotta have soul that you don’t get with product placement inspired lyrics and computer drummed beats. Without soul, what’s the fucking point. Full of soul, you might get all twisted up and experience a different sort of fuckedness but that’s the good stuff that connects people to their music and themselves. (Of course, I left out the f’d stuff for the talk with the youngster, I’m not an f’in’ savage, you know.)

– DAVE

“Freedom” – Richie Havens – “Paris Live 1969” (2015)

Oct 11
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Find your groove, and deepen it. But until you find it, feel free to wander all over the place, and do not feel compelled to stay in your lane.

– DAVE

“I Won’t Back Down” – Tom Petty – “Full Moon Fever” (1989)

Oct 10
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I have seen so many great covers of this and other Tom Petty songs over the past couple of days. The sing-along at the Gators game in Gainesville is pretty much must-watch for Petty fans and fans of people doing cool human stuff in general. I was hoping I would find a Company of Thieves cover and I lucked out.

These guys are one of my favorite little bands that not enough people know about. I saw them at the Vera Project about five years ago and they played a great version of this song and set it up by stating that it is kind of part of their core. I am so glad that after a couple years hiatus, they are back together and have released a new album. If you want to see Genevieve absolutely sing her butt off, treat yourself to this.

Last week was a hard week in a lot of ways. It was exhausting for me personally on lots of levels. Here’s hoping for a better seven day stretch.

– DAVE

“Summer Bummer” – Lana Del Rey (feat. A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti) – “Lust for Life” (2017)

Oct 9
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It’s a grind. This is gonna be a grind but that’s what I do. That’s what we do. That’s what anybody who gets anything done does.

You can’t dig everything all the time so just dig a couple things and grind.

– DAVE

“Indulge Me” – Moses Sumney – “Aromanticism” (2017)

Sep 27
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Justin Vernon’s brother from another mother, perhaps?

– DAVE

“They Won’t Go When I Go” – Stevie Wonder – “Fulfillingness’ First Finale” (1974)

Sep 26
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23 syllables in 22 words… how is it possible that four bars can have that much richness?

The greed of man will be
Far away from me
And my soul will be free
They won’t go when I go

– DAVE

“Silver” – Waxahatchee – “Out in the Storm” (2017)

Sep 24
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I now have most of my material possessions stashed away in two separate storage units in different states. I know that I want, need, and even love some of that stuff, but regardless of the sore back from today’s move, my mind keeps telling me that it is all just a bunch of useless and largely irrelevant stuff. There are family heirlooms, comfortable pieces of furniture to sit and lay on, kitchen gadgets, art work, books, and holiday decorations. But which of that stuff do I really need?

I need the things that help me make good times which turn into memories which makes all of this worth it through the strengthening of family and friends. I need that furniture so people can come over to eat, drink, and talk story. I need that extra bed so that my friends can fly in whenever they want and so my nephews can crash on weekends. I just talked/wrote myself, in five minutes, into one day wanting to retrieve some of my stuff. And yes, maybe there is a certain beauty in the 10 x 20 storage unit… Nahh!

My nephew said this weekend that he was looking forward to inheriting our dining room table which I got from my great aunt when she passed 13 years ago. It’s yours one day Nainoa but you have to promise to sit down with the dozens, maybe even hundreds, of family and friends that I have over the years at that table. You can eat Pizza Hut, paprikash, or pineapple uspide cake; it doesn’t really matter. You just have to sit with your people and value them. They are your most prized possessions.

If I turn to stone
The whole world keeps turnin’
I went out in the storm
And I’m never returnin’

– DAVE

“Seasons” – Chris Cornell – “Singles” (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – 1992

Aug 21
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1992? Seasons become years and after awhile you can look at the whole deal as one year’s worth. I think it’s spring.

– DAVE

“Dear Marie” – John Mayer – “Paradise Valley” (2013)

Aug 8
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A nice, somewhat overlooked song, I had almost forgotten about this one until I watched Mayer’s recent Dive Bar set on FB. Mayer’s cool but I can never figure out if he maximizes his coolness by keeping his base happy and staying in his lane or if he should embark on some total, mid-century-vibed blues phase.

– DAVE