We’ll miss you, Pete Seeger.
We’ll miss you, Pete Seeger.
Recently dug up Jack London’s classic Call of the Wild as interpreted by Japan’s Toei Animation (1981).
Weird smooth jazz over glitchy animation, with the wisdom of your grandfather’s father. Find it on VHS in some dusty, northwoods thriftstore and watch it in a yurt during a polar vortex.
Aaaaaaaaand we’re back. Cold Splinters has been jaunting around the western coast of these United of States for the past couple of weeks testing baselayers for Woolpower, and now that we’re back home, posts will be…more regular. More on that trip in a few, but in the meantime, if you haven’t heard it, start getting hip to the Robbie Basho record that Gnome Life Records just rereleased. (Fletcher, who owns Gnome Life and records his own music under Bird By Snow, and his wife, Noel, were our gracious hosts on the Big Sur stint of our trip.) Here’s a little more info about Visions of the Country:
Recorded in the height of Robbie Basho’s creative career, “Visions of the Country” was originally released in 1978, and has been out of print for nearly 35 years. The album is comprised of technically superb instrumentation (6 & 12 string guitars and piano); majestic compositions; transcendent singing and whistling; and astonishing lyrical, emotional, and spiritual depths that defy description or comparison.
Listen and buy vinyl here. Perfect for these cold months ahead.
I was down in North Carolin-y a few weeks back, and as I was leaving for the airport, my dad gave me an old copy of Ivan Doig’s English Creek for the plane ride home. It’s a hell of a read, so have at it.
Not sure how I’ve gone my whole life without hearing this story, but better late than never, I suppose. Graham Nash was promoting his new book on Fresh Air a week or so back and told this humdinger about hearing Neil Young’s Harvest for the first time:
The man is totally committed to the muse of music. And he’ll do anything for good music. And sometimes it’s very strange. I was at Neil’s ranch one day just south of San Francisco, and he has a beautiful lake with red-wing blackbirds. And he asked me if I wanted to hear his new album, “Harvest.” And I said sure, let’s go into the studio and listen.
Oh, no. That’s not what Neil had in mind. He said get into the rowboat.
I said get into the rowboat? He said, yeah, we’re going to go out into the middle of the lake. Now, I think he’s got a little cassette player with him or a little, you know, early digital format player. So I’m thinking I’m going to wear headphones and listen in the relative peace in the middle of Neil’s lake.
Oh, no. He has his entire house as the left speaker and his entire barn as the right speaker. And I heard “Harvest” coming out of these two incredibly large loud speakers louder than hell. It was unbelievable. Elliot Mazer, who produced Neil, produced “Harvest,” came down to the shore of the lake and he shouted out to Neil: How was that, Neil?
And I swear to god, Neil Young shouted back: More barn!
“In the Summer of 1969, Michael Wadleigh, Charles Grosbeck and Fred Underhill filmed an entire 30-day NOLS wilderness expedition in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. The film Thirty Days to Survival, featuring NOLS founder Paul Petzoldt and other early instructors, aired nationally on the Alcoa Hour, on January 20, 1970. Due largely to the film’s success and visibility, NOLS’ enrollment more than doubled in the summer of 1970 and tripled again in 1971.”
“There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.”
“They say a man is still the best radar to spot a forest fire.” Watch it.
Ed Abbey is a real hero in these parts and though we prefer the Desert Solitaires and Abbey’s Road, his fiction works are just as good. The Brave Cowboy, published in 1956, is one of Cactus Ed’s best. Get your hand on a copy.
This book is the story of a cowboy (Jack Burns), who lives as a transient worker and roaming ranch hand much as the cowboys of old did, and refuses to join modern society. He rejects much of modern technology, prefers to cut down any fence he comes across, will not carry any kind of modern identification such as a driver’s license orSocial Security card, and refuses to register for the draft. When his friend Paul Bondi, who is a philosophical anarchist, is jailed for refusing to register for the draft, Burns deliberately gets himself arrested in an attempt tobreak his friend out of jail, but winds up on the run from the law himself.
The book was turned into a movie called “The Brave Cowboy” that starred Kirk Douglas, who called it his personal favorite movie. It’s a hell of a film and you can watch it in full WATCH IT IN FULL HERE. Perfect for a lazy summer night.
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