Thursday, February 26, 2009

Obsequious Purple & Clairvoyant Playlist 2-26-09...

OPC playlist for February 26th....and smidgens of clairvoyance...

Beau Hunks, "Bird Life In The Bronx", Celebration on the Planet Mars
Tom Waits, "Can't Wait To Get Off Work", Small Change
Tom Waits, "Diamonds on My Windshield", Heart of Saturday Night
Tangle Eye, "John Henry's Blues", Alan Lomax's Southern Journey
M Ward, "Blake's View" Hold Time
Peter Mulvey, "Sign O' the Times", Goodbye Bob
Ani DiFranco, "Phase", Evolve
Emily Wells, "Symphony #1", The Symphonies....
Bon Iver, "Woods", New EP
Thievery Corporation, "Omid (Hope)", The Richest Man in Babylon
Oren Lavie, "Her Morning Elegance", The Opposite Side of the Sea
Ollabelle, "See Line Woman", Riverside Battle Songs
Ollabelle, "Brokedown", Before This Time
Andrew Bird, "Oh No", Noble Beast
Benji Hughes, "All You've Got To Do Is Fall In Love", A Love Extreme
Beck, "Soldier Jane, The Information
Beatles, "Come Together/Dear Prudence", Love Soundtrack
Ollabelle, "Soul of A Man", Ollabelle
Stevie Wonder, "Pastime Paradise", Songs in the Key of Life
Dosh, "Um, In Square Circles", The Lost Take
Emily Wells, "Symphony #3", The Symphonies...
Stevie Wonder, "Ordinary Pain", Songs in the Key of Life
Natacha Atlas & Burnan Ocal, "Habibi", A Night in Istanbul
AR Rahman, "Ringa Ringa", Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack
Zero 7, "Salt Water Sound", Simple Things
Galactic, "Squarepusher", From the Corner to the Block
Theivery Corporation, "Warning Shots", The Cosmic Game
Monkey Bars, "Baby Elephant Walk", Upstairs at Larry's"

. . . . and chatter box w/ Monsieur Clearwater . . . .

*over and out*

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Obsequious Purple & Clairvoyant Playlist 2-19-09...

And woe betide the cactus face...

OPC Playlist for 2-19-09

Beau Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx", A Celebration on Planet Mars
Oren Lavie, "Her Morning Elegance", The Opposite Side of The Sea
David Byrne, "The Man Who Love Beer", Grown Backwards
M Ward, "One Hundred Million Years", Hold Time
Noah & The Whale, "Rocks & Daggers", Peaceful the World Lays Me Down
Jimmy Scott & Flea, "Love Will Keep Us Together", Lounge-A-Palooza
Robert Bradley, "Once Upon A Time", Robert Bradley's
Blackwater's Surprise
Fisk Industries, "In Tangents", EPs & Rarities (fill)
Crash Test Dummies, "God Shuffled His Feet", God Shuffled His Feet
Elvis Costello, "Watching The Detectives", My Aim Is True
Flaming Lips, "Are You A Hypnotist?", Yoshimi Battles...
Cibo Matto, "Working For Vacation", Stereo Type A
David Bowie, "Oh You Pretty Things", Hunky Dory
Seu Jorge, "Rebel Rebel", Life Aquatic Soundtrack
Lemon Jelly, A Tune For Jack", LemonJelly.KY (fill)
Talking Heads, "Letting the Days Go By", Remain In Light
The Bird and the Bee, "Love Letter to Japan", Ray Guns Are Not...
My Brightest Diamond, "Tainted Love", Guilt By Association
The Cure, In Between Days, Staring At The Sea
Jim's Big Ego, "Better Than You", They're Eevrywhere
Royksopp, "Triumphant", The Understanding (fill)
The Who, "Magic Bus", Magic Bus
Morphine, "Buena", Cure For Pain
Jenny Lewis, "See Fernando", Acid Tongue
Golden Smog, "Radio King", Stay Golden Smog
Brendan Benson, "What I'm Looking For", The Alternative To Love
Raconteurs, "Old Enough", Consolers of the Lonely
Cake, Arco Arena, Comfort Eagle
Lucinda Williams, "Can't Let Go", Car Wheels...
The Shins, "Turn A Square", Chutes Too Narrow
Monkey Bars, "Baby Elephant Walk", Upstairs At Larry's
. . . . . and chatterbox w/ Skip

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Saturday morning cartoons...

Greetings earthlings...

Take me to your leader.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Obsequious Purple & Clairvoyant Playlist 2-12-09...

OPC Playlist....and the contortionist makes her second appearance (click on the photo for a closer look...)

Beau Hunks, "Birdlife in the Bronx", A Celebration on the Planet Mars
John Legend, "Sun Comes Up"
M Ward, "One Hundred Million Years", Hold Time
Andrew Bird, "Nomenclature", Noble Beast
Sia, "Academia", Some People Have Real Problems
David Byrne
& Brian Eno, "Strange Overtones", Everything That Happens...
Lemon Jelly, "Come", LemonJelly.KY
Beck, "Dark Star", The Information
Spoon, "They Never Got You", Gimme Fiction
Miho Hatori, "Barracuda", Ecdysis
Beck, "We Dance Alone", The Information
Sia, "Electric Bird", Some People Have Real Problems
William Orbit, "", Waveforms
Frou Frou, "Let Go", Garden State Soundtrack
Emily Wells, "Fare Thee Well...", The Symphonies...
Andrew Bird, "ouo", Noble Beast
Andrew Bird, "Not A Robot, But A Ghost", Noble Beast
A R Rahman, "Ringa Ringa", Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack
David Byrne & Brian Eno, "I Feel My Stuff", Everything That Happens...
Lemon Jelly.
Animal Collective, "My Girls", Merriweather Post Pavilion
Spoon, "The Book I Write", Stranger Than Fiction
M Ward, "Stars Of Leo", Hold Time
Spoon, "I Turn My Camera On", Gimme Fiction
Monkey Bars, "Baby Elephant Waltz", Upstairs At Larry's
...and chatterbox w/ Captain Clearwater...

Monday, February 9, 2009

Where I'm calling from...

The view from here, home, this morning.

(click on photo for a larger view...)

Saturday, February 7, 2009


...w/ bulldozer, telephone pole, pink bus, stop sign, and long afternoon shadows.

(click on photo for a more expansive view...)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

say hello.... the contortionist.

Hello good pilgrims. I'm in Las Vegas, and went to a late-night cabaret yesterday ( strip...) where a number of Cirque du Soleil (and similar performers) try out new material. This woman works as a dancer in of the shows, and is plying this other trade on the side...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

The pioneer bar....

I'm in Elko, Nevada, sitting in the Western Folklife Center's Pioneer Bar, with old clinky saloon piano music piped over the first glance, the place looks like a tidy picture of the old west. Until you notice the formica tables, the glowing green Exit sign (they didn't have federal egress laws back then...) And then there's that cowboy on the lower right, typing on his laptop.

Ah can we hold onto thy sweetness, and leave the saloon stink behind?

It's a beautiful room. Lots of ambiance, for sure, and people seem to enjoy hanging out here. The Western Folklife Center is housed in the old Pioneer Hotel, in downtown Elko. There's a theater, bar, museum and giftshop on the first floor, and offices upstairs.

This is the center of the cowboy poetry beehive.

Everyone can yodle....

I went to a workshop yesterday, taught by Wylie Gustafson who believes that everyone can yodle. Not so sure about that, but I reckon everyone can try....

Gustafson grew up in Montana, and has been yodling for 30+ years. Yesterday he was teaching kids, employing creative teaching tools such as, among others, the "knock-knock yodle":

Who's there?
Little old lady.
Little old lady who?

Can you hear the last line sung as a yodle?

Gustafson's yodle is arguably the most widley heard yodle, ever. In the history of the planet earth. Really. Just go here, and click on the exclamation point at the top of the page.

The kids were enrapt with Gustafson's playing and singing. And the ranks of his army of yodlers (with whom he planst take over the world, at some point) grew a dozen or so stronger yesterday morning.