LOLcat – A Short Story

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I left England as hastily as I entered it.  I had taken a job as an au pair in Shropshire, otherwise known as, “The Shire,” only instead of its location being “Middle Earth,” it was “Middle England.”  Shropshire was picturesque, … Continue reading

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A Day In Frenchtown

I spent the afternoon in Frenchtown, Tallahassee today with Tom Cruz, a fellow v89er and owner of a canon DSLR camera.  We mucked around with the settings and came up with what I’ve attached below for your viewing pleasure:

Someone wanted to make $$$ on the interwebz?

Church Parking Only

newly painted fire hydrant

I'm intrigued...


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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy live recording

So here is a link of the show, recorded and mixed by Derek Jones for v89.  Enjoy!

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Track of the Day – Miracle Fortress’ “Everything Works”

Miracle Fortress has a new album out called Was I The Wave?  It’s decidedly more synthy and lighter than their last debut album Five Roses (2007). Definitely an album for my summer mix.

I find the song Everything Works  “breathes” – a lot of synth can sound heavy, but they manage to give space to the sound with deceptively simple, catchy harmonies and bare bones bass.

I love love LOVE the chorus –  he just let’s go on this melismatic 80s new wave bass synth and croons a descending melodic line that elides, a phrase elision if you will…you think he’ll take a breath, but he continues the phrase – it’s uncommon, and beautiful.

He begins the tune with the lyric “ouija board, climb into bed…”

Very Cards ‘n’ Stars-y.

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and the Cairo Gang play a set for WVFS Tallahassee

Bonnie Prince Billy/The Cairo Gang, V89 hoot studio.

American singer-songwriter Bonnie Prince Billy waltzed (rather randomly – he’s not really touring)  into V89’s  live studio with The Cairo Gang and performed a set live on the air.  Wearing a white jumpsuit with a matching white treble clef bro hat, he warmed up, did sound check and, along with cairo gang, spent a few moments lying full-body on the floor of our studio.  Fun!  He took requests live on air – the first request was from someone wanting “the song with the word ‘Birds’ in it,” which he translated to “One with the Birds.”  He ended up playing another song about quails? and only played the chorus of “One with the Birds.”

“I’m only playing the chorus of ‘Birds’, like R.Kelly” was his reasoning to why he didn’t play the request.  Ha!  He then quipped about how he would theme his set on “wildlife.”  He actually did,  for the most part.

He then played  “Wolf among Wolves,” a personal favorite and “I See A Darkness,” among others…

As an aside – he seems to like (well, they toured together) Sir Richard Bishop, who is playing in Tallahassee, along with The Swans on Sept. 15.  v89 played a Sir Richard song right before the there was a brief convo with the DJ….

I was impressed with his live set – he managed to sound professional without losing his sense of humor.  Maybe I’ll post a song soon, so check back?

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Track of the Day – Twin Shadow, “Slow”

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I regressed (around age 6) listening to this song!  “Slow” tastefully rips off Joy Division’s beat in “She’s Lost Control.”  His voice almost sounds like Morrissey in the verse, and a full blown “sonero” during the chorus.

His Sonero-like voice makes the chorus all-the-more believable and heart-breaking – “I don’t wanna, believe, or be, in love.” *oh le sigh!*

Latin Americans need to make more new wave 80s revival music.  I’m convinced.

Twin Shadow (George Lewis Jr.) recently played Coachella, and will play at Bonnaroo this summer.  Go!  if only for this song.

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The Voice Project

The Voice Project is a non-profit organization that features cover music by great artists: Billy Bragg covering Joanna Newson; Kitten covering Cat Power.  It’s all so lovely.

And it’s for a CAUSE. Somehow this project is aiding the peace movement in Uganda.  Here’s what the site says:

“The women of Northern Uganda – widows, rape survivors, and former abductees have been banding together in groups to support each other and those orphaned by the war and diseases so prevalent in the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps. And they are singing songs. The lyrics let the former soldiers know that they are forgiven and that they should come home. The songs are passed by radio and word of mouth out into the bush, as far as the Sudan and DR Congo. And it’s working. Former LRA are returning and for the first time 24 years the region has a chance at real peace.

The Voice Project is an attempt to support these incredible women and the peace movement in Uganda, and an effort to see how far a voice can carry.”

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