My first two shifts at Scratch went well and it was pretty fun working there, though there are times when it is really really dull. Organization is not the order of day at the store so it's unclear when i'll be working next or what kind of hours they want me to log.
I wrote an article on the lawsuit brought against Craiglist.org in Chicago by a fair housing association for the Republic, but for some reason my e-mail failed to reach the paper and I don't think I made the deadline so maybe it'll be in the next issue.
Currently Rotating on my IPodLoose Fur - Born Again in the USA
- The first Lucifer err... Loose Fur record was a bit of a hodge-podge, but I found it quite enjoyable, with great tracks penned by both Tweedy and O'Rourke. Born Again in the USA, the band's second record, is definitely an attempt at producing a more coherent and concise work, longer in length with particular currents running through all the tracks. However, the first two tracks are fairly boring and do little to draw you in. O'Rourke's final two tracks on the first side (I bought the LP obviously) yank the listener back in and the records hums along solidly from there. O'Rourke's contributions are similar to his Halfway to a Three Way output, lots of acoustic guitar with some slightly twisted romantic lyrics. The 'born again' part of the record might have arisen from Tweedy, as some of his songs deal with religion, including a song about Jesus smoking crack...
- You're probably saying, "Here he goes with another MMJ post." Yes, it is another MMJ post, but only to point your attention to Tree's Lounge 50 States feature. Although the project is little vague and unclear there's often some cool connections between genres. This time the music blog is focusing on Kentucky, and man are there some great tracks, including Ralph Stanley, the uber-religious Louvin Brothers and Gram Parsons. "Nashville to Kentucky" was the song that got me hooked to the band, and is likely my favourite song of theirs. The song's title speaks to the trajectory of the song, as it begins with a Nashville country romantic ballad that eventually transitions into a bluegrass a capella lament that is so haunting it gives me chills. Moreover, Jim James connects his project with the works of previous Kentucky musicians here and shows a debt to both the Monroe Brothers and the Stanley Brothers.