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Today’s soundtrack: Monday, 23 June 2008

June 23rd, 2008 · 7 Comments

It was a busy day today, and I was on the move for most of it.  The constant?  My iPod was working overtime, and though I did listen to a couple of albums full through, it was mostly a Shuffle-All-Songs day.  The little random song machine did a bang-up job of entertaining me as I went from digging and planting in the back yard, to paying bills, running errands from the post office to the grocery store to the pool, back home to a light dinner and a neighborhood association meeting.

Let me just say, as an aside that has nothing to do with today’s musical soundtrack (but is concerned with other sounds), that when you hear your city councilwoman tell a neighborhood resident at a public meeting that the only way to get the city to repair the sinkhole in the alley behind the resident’s house is to hire a lawyer and sue the city…  Well, when you hear that – and I did – you know that things in your city have gotten to a pretty pathetic state.  I tend to like and admire Councilwoman Valerie Abbott, but her reaction tonight was tantamount to throwing her hands up in surrender, and it was a little confusing.  Come to think of it, she actually did throw up her hands.

Aside over, here are some of the day’s lesser-known musical highlights that you might enjoy as well as I did:

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“Apples and Potatoes” by June Tabor (1994)
I honestly couldn’t tell you why I have three June Tabor albums in my collection, but I really do love the earthiness of her voice.

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“Didi” by Khaled (1992)
This Rai singer from Algeria was on Leno or Letterman one night in, um, well, it says 1992 there, so that must have been when it was.  And it was probably Letterman, because watching Leno is against my religion.  Khaled practically jumped out of the TV that night, and I was transfixed, even though I hadn’t a clue what he was singing about.  Schnarf Niblett would hear this when I would play it at work and say, No wonder those people are killing each other.

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“In My Arms” by Teddy Thompson (2008)
At first I got angry when I realized that I didn’t know until the release date last Tuesday that Teddy’s new album was being issued.  Then I exulted in my newly acquired ordinaryness.

Also, dig the “beach break” beginning at about 1’42.

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“Tiah’s Cove” by Kate Taylor (1978)
The album that this song is taken from has been in my ears a fair bit lately.  I became familiar with it in that delicate year between high school and college.

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“How Many Days Of Sadness” by Dionne Warwick (1965)
(Dedicated to Amy Winehouse and her 70% lung capacity.  How many days of sadness, indeed.)

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“White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes (2008)
I’m hopelessly hung up on this band’s two releases, and can’t shake them out of my head…but that’s a good thing, I think. This album got listened through completely today, twice.

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“Jubilee” by Alison Krauss (2006)
This was featured in the documentary film Paper Clips, which I watched recently.

Tags: film · music · politics · Random Song Machine · TV

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Brentski // Jun 24, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Love the comment about the Teddy Thompson album. Seems like Verve just dropped the album on us without much preparation. I didn’t know about it either. Good record. A bit poppier and fuller sounding, but the things I like are still there (mainly that voice!).

    And, Fleet Foxes… What can I say? L.P. of the year and E.P. of the year?

  • 2 Elisa M // Jun 24, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    OK, now I have to check out Fleet Foxes. This is the third time/person who has spoken to me of this album.

  • 3 TommyT // Jun 25, 2008 at 9:10 AM

    Like you and Brentski, I didn’t know about the Teddy album until it appeared out of nowhere on iTunes. Regardless of that, I’m enjoying the hell out of it. Possibly his best.

  • 4 spitballarmy // Jun 25, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Tommy – Agreed!

    Brent – Since you brought it up, we ought to have a mid-year assessment of our Top 10s to date. [and to all] I’ll open a post for it on July 1st…Tommy, are you in?

  • 5 TommyT // Jun 26, 2008 at 7:32 AM

    Heck yeah, although I’m not sure if I can come up with 10 quite yet.

  • 6 Blair Cox // Jun 26, 2008 at 7:43 AM

    I’m in.

  • 7 Brentski // Jun 26, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    That gives me just enough time to revisit some records….. ; )

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