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Fountainsun + Fletcher Tucker

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Friends, if you live in California and want an evening of pure joy this October, please go see a performance by my dear friends from Big Sur. Fountainsun + Fletcher Tucker (who used to call himself Bird By Snow) are coming to a town near you, so check out the dates above and grab your car/bike/skateboard/magic carpet and get on out there.

**If you’re in LA, come and give me a high-five at either concert.

September 28, 2014 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Range Of Light Wilderness

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Friends in California! If you’re going to be around Big Sur, Berkeley, SF, LA or Ojai, go and support one of Cold Splinters’ favorites, Range of Light Wilderness. They’re doing a few record release shows at some pretty nifty places. Go have a beer, listen to/watch some music and then sleep under them West Coast Stars. Dreamy.

June 20, 2014 | Camping, Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Lewis: L’Amour

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Light In The Attic does their thing again. This one is the toppermost. The story. The music. All of it. Go.

May 20, 2014 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Benmont

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Benmont Tench (second from the left, above) is obviously the coolest of Heartbreakers, playing organ not only behind Tom Petty but for a million other people as well. Last week he was on Marc Maron’s WTF, so listen to him talk shop on Petty, Johnny Cash and his new album. He’s fantastic.

And I suppose it’s fitting to mention that tonight is a full moon and he DID NOT play on Tom Petty’s solo album, Full Moon Fever, despite begging Petty to do so. He talks about it in the podcast.

May 14, 2014 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Dylan’s Gospel

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The always amazing Light In The Attic Records are rereleasing the Lou Adler produced Dylan’s Gospel, a 1969 record by The Brothers and Sisters, a choir of LA session singers.  That’s the short of it, but there’s a lot going on in this record. Read more about here and watch the Making Of Dylan’s Gospel here. And when you’re doing doing that, buy everything that LITA has ever put out. It’d be silly not to.

 

 

March 26, 2014 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

R.I.P.

Pete Seeger

We’ll miss you, Pete Seeger.

(From the New Yorker. One of our favorite stories. Ever.)

January 28, 2014 | History, Music/Movies/Books, Politics | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Jack London Anime

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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.

Or, watch it on YouTube now.

January 15, 2014 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Robbie Basho

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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.

November 24, 2013 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

English Creek

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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.

November 6, 2013 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

More Barn!

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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!

October 28, 2013 | Long Hairs, Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 6 }