Monthly Archives: March 2012

Saturday Morning and I am Pissed Off

I didn’t win the Lottery, so I have to continue living a true and just life. My dreams of isolating myself on a tropical island will have to wait. I will have to continue listening to my friends on the right bitch about the godless liberals and listen to my friends on the left bitch about the uncaring conservatives. I will have to continue living amidst racists, bullies and the general lost/scared population.

I am thinking of Trayvon Martin and hoping for the best for my children…

TGIF – Long Week

This week felt like fourteen days long, my real life got in the way of writing and posting…I hate that. This video from the forthcoming Jack White solo album called Blunderbuss (due out on April 23rd) is the perfect soundtrack for my tired Friday night.

Capture the Moment in a Photograph

Posion Ivy of the Cramps

Song for the Rough Week Ahead…

Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Americana Liner Notes

Over at Thrasher’s Wheat (THE source for all Neil Young news) they posted the liner notes for the upcoming album by Neil Young and Crazy Horse. I found it interesting and thought I would repost it here. Head over to Thrasher’s Wheat for all the latest Neil Young news…


Oh, Susannah

This song written by Stephen Foster was originally performed on September 11, 1847. The Americana version was arranged with a new melody by Tim Rose and was originally performed by The Big Three in 1963, and updated by Tim Rose and the Thorns in 1964. This band did a lot of arrangements of folk songs that were changed to be rock and roll songs and called folk-rock. Tim Rose was one of the pioneers of folk- rock. Much of the music of Americana is based on this idea.


This American folk ballad is believed to be based on “Down By The River Liv’d a Maiden” by H.S. Thompson 1863. However, it is usually credited to Percy Montrose, 1884 or Barker Bradford from about the same period. The Americana arrangement extends the folk process, using many of the original words and a new melody. The song tells the story of either a bereaved lover recalling his lost sweetheart, or a father missing his lost daughter. In both cases the daughter has drowned in an accident. The song is now famous as an American children’s song. The verse about Clementine’s sister has been omitted from most children’s versions. This verse has different meanings depending on whether the point of view of the singer is taken as the lover or the father.

Tom Dula

This folk song, writer unknown, is based on the 1866 murder of a woman named Laura Foster, who was stabbed to death with a knife in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Tom Dula, a confederate soldier returned from the war and Laura Foster’s lover, was convicted of her murder and hanged May 1, 1868. Grayson, mentioned in the song, was instrumental in supplying information to the posse that eventually found Dula. Dula had another lover, prior to his leaving for the war, named Anne Melton. It was her comments that led to the discovery of Foster’s body. She was charged with murder but was acquitted based on Dula’s word. Dula’s last statement on the gallows was “Gentlemen, do you see this hand? I didn’t harm a hair on the girl’s head.” Anne Melton died insane a few years later. The Americana arrangement is from The Squires with a new melody and the original lyrics.

Gallows Pole

This centuries-old folk song, writer unknown, probably originates in Finland. It is about a woman condemned to die and telling the hangman to wait because someone was coming to rescue her with either money (gold) or information proving her innocence. The folk process enhanced this over the years and it has had many interpretations. The Americana arrangement, which assumes the condemned is a man, is based on Odetta’s interpretation, now an enduring American folk classic.

Get A Job

A song about a man who has not been able to find work, and is assumed lazy and a liar by his woman, “Get A Job” is included in Americana because it is a genuine folk song with all of the true characteristics. This song was written by Richard Lewis of the Silhouettes, although credit is shared with the whole group because they did the vocal arrangement. The hit recording performed by The Silhouettes was released in 1957. The Americana version follows the original arrangement.

Travel On

“Gotta Travel On”, adapted by Paul Clayton and others from a British folk tune, was recorded by Billy Grammer in 1958. His version is an American classic. The song tells of a man who has to keep moving for a variety of reasons, all common with American life. The Americana arrangement is based on Billy Grammer’s version with some lyric changes.

High Flyin’ Bird

Written by Billy Edd Wheeler, this is a folk song performed by The Company in 1964. Stephen Stills was the lead singer. The song is about freedom, life and death. The Americana arrangement is based on The Squires’ 1964 version.

Jesus’ Chariot (She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain)

Written in the 1800s based on an old Negro spiritual, this song refers to the second coming of Jesus and “she” is the chariot Jesus is coming on. Some interpret this as the end of the world. Others have said that “she” refers to union organizer Mary Harris “Mother” Jones going to promote formation of labor unions in the Appalachian coal mining camps. The Americana arrangement continues the folk process with a new melody, a new title and a combination of lyric sources.

This Land Is Your Land

This folk song was written by Woody Guthrie in the 1940s to a pre-existing melody as a response to “God Bless America” which Guthrie was tired of hearing. The lyrics Guthrie sang varied over time, but the lyrics sung in the Americana version were in the original manuscript of the song.

Wayfarin’ Stranger

This 19th century folk song is about a soul traveling through life, perhaps envisioning the end approaching. The Americana arrangement is influenced by the Burl Ives 1944 recording, with the same words and melody.

God Save The Queen

Written in the 18th century with possible melodic roots in the 17th century, this anthem has been sung throughout the British Commonwealth and may have been sung in North America before the American Revolution and Declaration of Independence in 1776, which rejected British sovereignty. The Americana arrangement draws from the original melody and changes some melody and lyrics in the folk process, also adding lyrics of the same melody taken from “My Country ’Tis Of Thee”, in recognition of the war of Independence and America’s transition to freedom.

Pretty Vinyl – Part 2

Wayne from the Flaming Lips talks to you about how the pretty vinyl is made…

Capture the Moment in a Photograph

Greg Ginn and Henry Rollins giving it all with Black Flag in 1985.

Pretty Vinyl


The Flaming Lips have officially announced their Record Store Day release. Long rumored that it would be a  compilation of ‘tunes’ with guest musicians…and that is exactly what it is. The two disc set will feature the band along with Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Bon Iver, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Nick Cave, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, Yoko Ono, Erykah Badu, Biz Markie, Lighting Bolt, Neon Indian and Prefuse 73.

The limited-edition album will be pressed on two high-quality, multi-color 12″ vinyl discs, housed in separate custom art jackets and poly bagged together.  A press release states that no two discs will look exactly alike and cautions that this will be the only pressing. It looks to be a highly collectable release by a band I really like.

Full track details….

The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends :
Side 1:
01. 2012 (feat. Ke$ha and Biz Markie)
02. Ashes In The Air (feat. Bon Iver)
03. Helping The Retarded To Know God (feat. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros)

Side 2:
04. Supermoon Made Me Want To Pee (feat. Prefuse 73)
05. Children Of The Moon (feat. Tame Impala)
06. That Ain’t My Trip (feat. Jim James of My Morning Jacket)
07. You, Man? Human? (feat. Nick Cave)

Side 3:
08. I’m Working At NASA On Acid (feat. Lightning Bolt)
09. Do It! (feat. Yoko Ono)
10. Is David Bowie Dying? (feat. Neon Indian)

Side 4:
11. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (feat. Erykah Badu)
12. Thunder Drops (feat. New Fumes)
13. I Don’t Want You To Die (feat. Chris Martin of Coldplay)

Hey Jane

Spiritualized just released this video for their song HEY JANE from the upcoming Fat Possum release, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, which is due out on April 17th. The video is a gritty tale of a day in the life of a single transvestite….

Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Americana

Last night, on Neil Young’s official website, he (or they) released the cover art to the new album called Americana. Neil had previously talked about the album when he was at a film festival in Aspen earlier this year. He mentioned it was made up of old folk songs rearranged and performed by Crazy Horse…with a youth choir!?!…okay…not so interesting on paper, but I’ll withhold judgement on anything Neil puts out until I hear it for myself. We will get our chance to give our collective critique on June 5th when the album gets officially released.

In the press release the album was explained like this…

“What ties these songs together is the fact that while they may represent an America that may no longer exist,” says a press release announcing the new album.”The emotions and scenarios behind these songs still resonate with what’s going on in the country today with equal, if not greater impact nearly 200 years later. The lyrics reflect the same concerns and are still remarkably meaningful to a society going through economic and cultural upheaval, especially during an election year. They are just as poignant and powerful today as the day they were written.”

The complete track listing is…
“Oh Susannah”
“Tom Dooley”
Gallows Pole
“Get A Job
“Travel On
“High Flyin’ Bird
“She’ll Be Comin ’Round The Mountain”
“This Land Is Your Land
“Wayfarin’ Stranger
“God Save The Queen”

With an autobiography entitled Waging Heavy Peace scheduled to be released on November 13 (and possibly another album with the Horse) it looks to be a busy year for Neil. Now if he would only announce a tour with Crazy Horse…

Artwork for AMERICANA, new album from Neil Young and Crazy Horse

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