Run to Live, Live to Run

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Another rainy Saturday in DE...

Ahh...more rain, just what we need...awoke nice and early to take the dogs out for a stroll through the neighborhood and got utterly drenched. It's been such a Seattle like winter, I'm starting to believe all this hubub about global warming...I work outside for a living, so it has been somewhat pleasurable having more 50 plus degree days than I can remember in one winter, but it would be nice to at least get one good snowstorm...I hate to say it, but I kind of miss late night drunken sledding in Rockford park after last call at Scratch's...

Some good sounds to catch this week:



Rosanne Cash-Black Cadillac...she should no longer just be referred to as Johnny's daughter b/c she not only has been making consistently wonderful music for over 25 yrs., but this is by far her best, a poignant collection of songs written during the grieving of the death of her parents and stepmother June...www.rosannecash.com...

John Mayer Trio-Try...Ok, I know how probably many of you feel about this guy...Your body is a Wonderland over and over again, but trust me, give him another chance, especially w/this new disc. It's a live recording of him and his blues trio doing a mix of great covers (Hendrix and ray Charles included) and some new stuff that definitely shows his influences and great chops on the guitar...take a listen to it if you can, you won't be disappointed...www.johnmayer.com...

Cat Power-The Greatest...the enigmatic Chan Marshall returns in wonderful form showing off her somewhat happier side...a little horns, some Memphis soul, some amazing songs...definitely good stuff, and one of the best album covers of the year.... www.catpowerthegreatest.com...


Also wearing out an early Bruce Springsteen bootleg...The Saint, the incident & the E Street Shuffle...a show that was recorded 2/2/75 at the legendary Main Point in Bryn Mawr, PA (the cover shot of Bruce on his Tracks box set was taken on a couch there), this 2 cd set is a great collection of Bruce right before Born to Run was released...awesome soundboard quality, great song selection (check out Thunder Road in it's early forms w/ different lyrics) and the fact that Bruce went from playing this little coffeehouse on the Main Line to the Spectrum in about a year's time is really interesting...find it at www.springsteenliveinconcert.com.

Some good DVD's this week..."Waiting", you know the little movie that will make you laugh out loud but never want to go to Bennigan's ever again? Preview it at www.waitingthefilm.com
Or maybe "The Squid and the Whale"...Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney and William Baldwin (what the?) in a perfect little slice of 80's era comedy that gets all the details right, even the silly Burger King glasses we all had back in '85...it makes us want to go back to when our own parents got divorced...http://www.squidandthewhalemovie.com
Ok, it's time to wrap it up...oh before I forget, who's going to be watching the Super Bowl? I will, but without Janet Jackson or Justin or Paul Mccartney or TO or Tom Brady or...it's gonna be a little boring...I think they need to put SNL's "Lazy Sunday" on there if the game is a blowout...oh well, enjoy and drink responsibly (I don't why I just said that)...
Coming next time, a full review of new Beth Orton and the Freaks and Geeks series DVD set...enjoy the rest of your wet weekend and talk to you soon.

1 comment:

Mike said...

My wife and I got to see Mayer and his trio in Atlantic City last fall (ref: A Trip to Atlantic City). What a great band. He's a wonderful guitarist. I like his earlier stuff, as a singer/songwriter, but he has fine chops as a blues/rocker too.