Monday, August 17, 2015

Bob's Playlist #7, August 17, 2015

1. Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate, Ali & Toumani. [An album recommendation. Their collaboration In the Heart of the Moon won a Grammy. It is sweet without being saccharine, peaceful without being tedious. It is pleasant without being insipid. FWIW, most of the tracks are instrumentals.]

2. The Pogues, “Lorca’s Novena.” [This is about Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca’s fate at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War in 1936. When I think about the various prominent regimes of the 20th Century (Fascists, Nazis, Soviets, Khmer Rouge etc) they are remembered for their crimes. It is not true that the victors write history. The side with the longest memory writes history. Or maybe victors do get to write history, but we need to change our time scale for deciding winners and losers. History never finishes, that’s the way it is with history. Chapters and verses make for convenient story telling, but are strictly for the convenience of storytellers and are not part of the story. At one time or another everyone is on the victorious side of history.]

3. Frank Turner, “If Ever I Stray.”

4. Norman Blake, Old Ties [Another album recommendation. I only recommend albums whose tracks are uniformly outstanding. The difficulty with recommending any thing by Norman Blake is that he has this wonderful way of refreshening anything and everything he plays. Perfectionism never sounded so natural.]

5. Led Zeppelin, “Tangerine”

6. Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three, “In the Graveyard Now”

7. Flight of the Conchords, “Foux du Fafa” [And yes, I know it only sounds like French.]

8. D.L. Menard, “Elle Savait Pas J'etais Marie” [I’m as surprised as anyone that I like accordion music. There’s nothing in my background to suggest such a thing. As a child it was a diet of country music. As a teenager I discovered Fleetwood Mac. Then later it was pretty much generic rock & pop until my late 30s.]

9. Flaco Jimenez, “El Guero Polka”

10. Ukelele Club de Paris, “Java Javanaise”

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