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The Long Haul
I had a half hour today to spend before picking up Skylar. Since I was already crossing Glenn on Campbell when the realization hit me, I made a right turn in front of Rubio's Baja Grill and headed into CD City. Impecunious after the birthday insanity, I went straight to the back, where they have the 2 for $5 bargain discs. Here's what my searching turned up, with links to the relevant All Music Guide reviews and the number of stars each record receives on their five-point scale where appropriate:
1) Status Quo, Dog of Two Head -- 4 stars
2) Pete Seeger, Live At Newport -- 3 stars
3) Pete Seeger, Dangerous Songs -- N.A.
4) Gustav Mahler, Symphony #5, Zubin Mehta conducting -- N.A.
5) Serge Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet ballet score (highlights) -- N.A.
6) Superconductor, Hit Songs For Girls -- 2 stars
Despite the two-star rating, it's that last record that I was happiest to find. I've been looking for it for a long time. Destroyer and the New Pornographers' Dan Bejar was in Superconductor, which is good enough for me. I'm listening to the album right now and it's pleasingly steel-toed.

The classical picks were no-brainers, since I'll take anything that's a first or second-quality recording -- none of that post-1989 Eastern European musical sweatshop fare, please -- and am a fan of both Mahler and Prokofiev.

The Status Quo I got because I like the Camper Van Beethoven cover of "Pictures of Matchstick Men" and have been listening to the new CVB record all week.

As for the Pete Seeger, well, he has been a huge influence on me. I have extraordinarily fond memories of those times in Pennsylvania when I was nine or ten and, my father out of town on business, my mother would appropriate the otherwise sacred record player to play me her favorite folk albums. Later, living in D.C., my parents took me to see Pete Seeger at Wolf Trap on a number of occasions. And we must have watched that PBS special on the Weavers' reunion five times.

I'm partial to anyone who was blacklisted in the 1950s. But Pete is at the head of the list. Although I probably would have turned into a leftist without his provocations, it would have happened later and with less humanism. I know, I know a self-professed "bad subject" should be wary of all that touchy-feely populism. In the end, however, I'd side with the American folk tradition over Althusser. Perhaps that makes me a bad bad subject. I don't care. This is for you, mom.

Mode: post-musicoital
Muse: I'm Gonna Knock Your Block Off - Superconductor - Hit Songs For Girls

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hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: November 16th, 2004 07:10 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I live RIGHT across the street from that store (Adelaide between Bank of America and MARTINIzing--please use that pronunciation). I'm always surprised by what I find there. I love that store. I know ZIA rocks, but, well, the people in cd city are nicer. And there's more to browse.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 16th, 2004 07:32 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I agree. I love providence!

Hang in there on the exam front. You're a superb writer.
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: November 16th, 2004 07:53 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
AND I FORGOT ABOUT WOLF TRAP!!! I should have put that in. As a child growing up in DC (until I was 9) I went there all the time...many shows. With my parents. School field trips (lucky bint who went to private school early in grade school). And later, when I visited my Grandparents in DC. I saw the Indigo Girls there, too. Great venue. arsemuffin wants you to know that he has the Romeo and Juliet score a la England at his Dad's house in Maidenhead. The next time we're there we'll pick it up. He also wants to say “Thanks for being so supportive.” He wanted me to sign in as him (on my laptop) so he didn’t have to boot his computer, and I didn’t see the point, so I put it in here with my message. And that goes for me too, but of course, I’ve said that previously. It never hurts to say it again. See good people? Say good things.
hollsterhambone From: hollsterhambone Date: November 16th, 2004 07:39 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm going to sing your song tomorrow. arsemuffin and I are putting one together to the tune of Iron Butterfly's "Inna Gadda Da Vida." "Charlie's part of my fan club, baby!" (Ad lib, ad lib, ad lib.) You are THE GREATEST!
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: November 16th, 2004 12:07 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I like the way that site presents the music with more than just a album cover and the price. Thanks.
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