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19 June 2009

One Song I Downloaded This Week (and Two Oldie But Goodies)

Music took a back seat to reading this week, as I delved into "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy. Not exactly a perky summertime read but hey, it looked good, won the Pulitzer and, let's be honest, you know what you're getting into from the author of "No Country For Old Men" (didn't read that, but I'll blindly claim that this one was better.)
I haven't read as -- like I summed it up on FB -- depresspiring a novel in a while, if ever.

How would you know if you were the last man on earth? he said.
I dont guess you would know it. You'd just be it.
Nobody would know it.
It wouldnt make any difference. When you die it's the same as if everybody else did too.
I guess God would know it. Is that it?
There is no God.

Don't ask me. I'm on the fence. Especially after this book.

Onto the music, though, since it's the weekend. New song(s):
1. "Easy," Deer Tick. Funky-ass voice on this guy. First heard it via "Art Isn't Real (City of Sin)" and "Baltimore Blues Vol. 1." I think DT feels like a Dylan/slow Black Crowes/something-I-can't-put-finger-upon hybrid, but they make me disavow the iPod shuffle. So that's saying something.

2. "Funky Kingston," Toots & the Maytails. Hey, it's summer. And reggae is a summer tonic. And, as much as I love him, Marley alone isn't reggae. If funky-ass is the word of the day, it applies here as well. Because it's actually in the song title.
3. "Conditioner," Wu-Tang Clan (featuring Snoop Dogg). Go ahead, try to tell me Osiris don't be all hypnotizing when repeating lyrics over and over. And, really, did you think I could avoid Snoop and Big Baby Jesus passing the mic back and forth?


Blogger Leah Franqui said...

I mean, I'm reading Anna Karenina right now, so that's not exactly bringing sunshine and joy into my life....There is something to be said for books that depress you in a profound way. I think it can be nice to find out that you can still be affected by a novel.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for that. I really enjoyed 'Easy'. dl'ing it today.

12:08 PM  

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