Cold Splinters

Born To Be Nervous

Born To Be Nervous is a cosmic journey from our brother, Daniel. He’s our raison d’ĂȘtre.

May 16, 2008 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

It’s Sad That We Weren’t Born Like Horses and Sheep

The rain is coming down real hard today and Melanie has been saving a few lives ever since she graced our speakers early this morning. We have the privilege of catching eyes with the inlay for Stoneground Words every time we walk into our kitchen. Righteous.

Not from Stoneground Words:

MP3: Melanie – The Good Book (From The Good Book)

May 16, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Slide Mountain Wilderness, NY

The Slide Mountain Wilderness is nestled in the Southwest part of the Catskills, right around Woodstock and Phoenicia, NY. It boasts the tallest mountain in the Skills, Slide Mountain, which is around 4200 feet high. That’s only 25,000 feet smaller than Everest. We’re getting there. Drive on out to the Slide Mountain trailhead in Big Indian, NY and walk a few miles up a somewhat steep trail to the top of Ms. Slide herself. Not much to be seen from the actual summit but along the way there’s some great views of Catskill Park. No houses, no streets, just rolling hills for miles. It’s the kind of scenery that makes you want to ditch electricity all together.

Keep going past the summit for about a mile and a half into the notch between Slide Mountain and Cornell Mountain. There are some surprisingly difficult scrambles here that may require you to take your pack off. Make sure you fill up on water at the creek before the descent. There’s not much else flowing anytime soon. A few great designated backcountry campsites are hanging out in the notch. I recommend going to the second one on your way to Cornell if you can. It’s large and open and lies on the edge of a nice open rock face. If it’s taken or you want to put your pack down at the first one, that ain’t no thang. It’s still a great place to be. The trip is about 5.5 miles in to the campsites.

Make a big ol’ fire (as long as you’re below 3500 feet, which you should be) and sing Shania Twain songs at the top of your lungs. Enjoy the backcountry of one of the Northeast’s best parks. It’s a merry ol’ time.

May 16, 2008 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Folkstreams Dot Net

I’m telling you folks. This site is it. It’s better than any other place on the Internets. No question. Folkstreams has streaming video of some of the world’s best documentaries. It’ll make you dizzy.

There’s Cajun Accordions, Cowboy Poets, Appalachian Dancing, Medicine Shows, Rattlesnake Festivals, Work Songs Of Texas Prison, and a TON more. You got to see for yourself.

MP3: Roscoe Holcomb – Roll On Buddy

MP3: Elizabeth Cotten – Freight Train

May 16, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Lime Cay

Will someone loan me $1,750,000? Thanks, I’ll pay you back later. I swear.

If you call and I’m not around, just give Carlos your number. I’ll call you right back.

May 15, 2008 | Flora/Fauna | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

a step forward

California Peace
On a big day in California.

Dirty Projectors – Rise Above [MP3]

May 15, 2008 | Uncategorized | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Where Ya At, Mule?

“That’s right. It’s a song my daughter wrote for me. Everytime I call her up on the phone, she says “Where Ya At, Mule?”

Goodnight.

May 15, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

The Cure For Summertime Blues

It’s about that time that kids are starting to daydream about their summer plans. And they should be. Ain’t nothing better. There are not many places on Earth I’d rather be than Lake Plantagenet in Bemidji, MN when I was 12. Anyway, if you haven’t already seen it, check out Summercamp. It’s just about the best thing you’ll ever see. Work sucks.

Summercamp! follows the day-to-day drama of 90 kids let loose in the woods at Swift Nature Camp in northern Wisconsin. Camp is a place where kids can be kids, where their home and school lives momentarily fade into the background as they go through the highs and lows of adolescent rituals: sing-alongs, talent shows, homesickness, counselor mutiny–and first love. Amidst group activities, showy arguments, and secret conversations, filmmakers Bradley Beesley and Sarah Price submerge themselves into this curious camp subculture, capturing a diverse array of adolescents from all economic and social backgrounds. Through the non-calloused eyes of kids, Summercamp! captures the raw emotional experiences that will endure with them for the rest of their lives.

MP3: Dion – If Only You Know

May 15, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Wild Palms and Gold Mines: Everglades National Park, FL

Give yourself a new Seminole name, get a plane ticket to Miami, rent a car, then drive down to Everglades National Park in Flamingo. Techno music coming from the mono stereo works best for the midnight drive. When you get there, get an hour or two of sleep and then rent a canoe at the marina. There’s a skinny gentleman with a mustache that will get you on your way. Go outside, ask for Louis (like the king, not the Anderson) and get in the water. Get paddling and don’t get stuck at low tide. It’ll give you a real-life panic attack.

You’re in the Gulf of Mexico now, so watch for prehistoric looking birds floating by your head, sharks swimming beside your boat, and miles of pristine beach covered by mangroves. Keep going for 10 miles in the hot sun to the continental USA’s southern most point, East Cape Sable. This isn’t the gloomy Everglades swamps that keep you up at night. This is going to be your favorite place on earth. Full of no-see-ums, shells the size of your face, and lonesome fires on the beach. Unfortunately you might have missed the window. Right about now the bugs are rallying the troops to get ready for a couple of months of deathly humidity. You don’t want to be there, trust us. Wait until December and we’ll go with you. We promise.

May 15, 2008 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

Paul McCartney and Percy Thrillington.

Paul McCartney decided one day in the spring of 1971 that he was real keen on the idea of making an orchestral version of Ram. He made it, it hit the shelves, and in 1977, he decided to finally put it out. But he wanted to have some fun, and because he’s the king of (un)cool, he released it under the pseudonym of Percy “Thrills” Thrillington. He and Lovely Linda started spreading phony stories to the gossip pages and taking out ads announcing Mr. Thrillington’s social and musical activities in London. Thrillington doesn’t have his name anywhere, but let me assure you, this shit is pure Paul. It might sound like a C grade Bond soundtrack at times but any cover version of one of the greatest albums that ever was is fine by me.

MP3: Thrillington – Monkberry Moon Delight

May 15, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }