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SOUNDTRACK: MAJOR HIT-Robert De Niro at the Tony Awards Remix (2018). Who is Major Hit?  No idea. Is this remix very good?  Not really.  It’s only a minute or so. Is it hilarious?  Yes. Is it satisfying?  Hell Yes. Will you listen to it more than once?  Probably not. But will you feel a little […]

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SOUNDTRACK: DEBO BAND-“Ney Ney Weleba” (Field Recordings, May 16, 2012). This is yet another Field Recording [Debo Band: Ethiopian Funk On A Muggy Afternoon] filmed during SXSW at the patio of Joe’s Crab Shack. I was not familiar with Debo Band.  They are led by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen and fronted by magnetic singer Bruck […]

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SOUNDTRACK: CHRISTIAN SCOTT aTUNDE ADJUAH-Tiny Desk Concert #477 (October 9, 2015). Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and his septet play what he calls stretch music: “the particular type of jazz fusion he’s up to: something more seamless than a simple collision of genre signifiers.” They note that even his appearance stretches traditional jazz: “You may note […]

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SOUNDTRACK: BUILT TO SPILL-Ultimate Alternative Wavers (1993). I am going to see Built to Spill this Friday.  I was supposed to see them back in 2001, but then some bad things happened in New York City and their show was cancelled (or I opted not to go–I see on Setlist that they did play that […]

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SOUNDTRACK: DAN MURPHY-“Drinion” (2013). I never would have guessed that there would be a song called “Drinion.”  But there it was, on Dan Murphy’s album, Undisclosed Location.  Now, I don’t know anything about Dan Murphy.  In fact, when I looked him up there also seems to be a country music singer named Dan Murphy (or […]

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SOUNDTRACK: TOADIES-“Summer of the Strange” (2012). Toadies had a hit (which is still played on “Modern Rock” radio today) in 1994 called “Possum Kingdom.”  I really liked the song because the tempo was way off kilter and the lyrics were inscrutable (“Do you wanna die?” “So help me Jesus.”).  And the singer had a screamy […]

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SOUNDTRACK: ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN-“The Cutter” (1983). I’ve never been a huge Echo & The Bunnymen fan, but I do like their greatest hits.  This is one of them, and it’s a song I’ve liked from pretty much the minute I heard it.  Ian McCullough has a Jim Morrison vibe in his vocals, and there […]

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SOUNDTRACK: INTERIOR DISPOSITION-“Fornix” (2008). It was challenging to find a related song for this week’s reading, although frankly a band called Interior Disposition would fit with just about any DFW passage.  But having a song called “Fornix” paired nicely with the computer problems that the author faced this week. From the online information, it seems […]

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SOUNDTRACK: BOREDOMS (various). Boredoms are an experimental noisy band from Japan.  I am completely unqualified to talk about them as I only know snippets of their output.  But I have always been intrigued by them.  Lead dude Yamataka Eye has been the main impetus behind the band.  And it seems like exactly the kind of […]

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SOUNDTRACK: NEGATIVLAND-“Nesbitt’s Lime Soda Song” (1987). There are multiple references to Nesbitt’s soda in this book.  I am unfamiliar with Nesbitt’s except in this funny little song from Negativland (on their album Escape from Noise).  I have always liked this song, perhaps because it is so simple (and is an actual song) amidst the chaos […]

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