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If I Were A Carpenter…

I’m sure most of you have been up late at night and, while stumbling upon the PBS staple, Alone In The Wilderness, have felt a complacency that you very badly wanted to last until the sun came up. Dick Proenneke shot a bunch of 16mm footage while he lived in a cabin of his making up at Twin Lakes, Alaska in the late 60s. This fella isn’t about what bugs to eat while you’re lost in the woods trying to make your way back to civilization. He’s sourdough bread, bacon fat, ram meat, and blueberry jam. The book is better, but we’ll save that for another day.

MP3: Bobby Darin – If I Were A Carpenter

MP3: Tom Fogerty – Cast The First Stone

May 22, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Don’t Really Matter If She Don’t Or If She Do

Trying to make the best of the Hometown Blues. Save me with your sweet smile.

MP3: Tom Petty – Hometown Blues

May 21, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

I’m The King Of The Hully Gully, You’re The Queen Of Slop

Everyday last August I’d wake up, play Side A of Loudon Wainwright’s A Live One, and quietly watch 30 Chinese men practice martial arts on the overgrown basketball court outside of our apartment . The whole scene put me in a total trance. A princess friend of mine once called Loudon Waiwnright “Raffi for adults,” but I don’t buy that back handed compliment.

“Cyclones and typhoons and tornadoes too
Baby, they should name a hurricane after you”

MP3: Loudon Wainwright III – Natural Disaster

MP3: Loudon Wainwright III – Kings and Queens

May 20, 2008 | Music/Movies/Books | 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 }

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 }

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 }

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 }