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The Gardner of Eden

They say ev’rything can be replaced . . . -Bob Dylan, “I Shall Be Released” Twenty-five years ago, Rick Abath, a hippie Berklee College of Music dropout, was working the night shift at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Two men dressed as Boston Police officers asked Abath to let them in. When Abath […]

Come Down to the Manger and See the Little Stranger

There’s one particularly ‘seasonal’ portion of A Mess of Help, and here it is (minus the copious footnotes). Longtime readers may recognize portions, but this is the published and much-expanded version, which comes in the book’s final chapter, track nine of “Sing Mockingbird Sing: The Alpha and Omega of Annotated Playlists”. Enjoy: I am quite […]

May Playlist

  1. Tighter, Tighter – Alive ‘N Kickin’
  2. Tell ‘Em Willie Boy Is Comin’ – Tommy James
  3. Weeds – Pulp
  4. You Came, You Saw, You Conquered – The Ronettes
  5. The Weakest Shade of Blue – Pernice Brothers
  6. My Saddest Day – Reg Austin
  7. Wonder – Embrace
  8. Run to Me – The Bee Gees
  9. AM 180 – Grandaddy
  10. Hollywood Blvd – Neil Merryweather
  11. Teenage Dream – T. Rex
  12. Ballad of Maxwell Demon – Shudder to Think
  13. Hey, Hey Helen – ABBA
  14. Glad and Sorry – The Faces
  15. The Caves of Jericho – The Band
  16. Dreams – Slaid Cleaves
  17. So Long You Pretty Thing – Spiritualized
  18. Beyond the Sunset – Hank Williams

Catch a Cannonball (to Take Me on Down the Line): In Memory of Levon Helm

The Mockingbird office in Charlottesville is decorated with a collection of proud mementos. An inspiration constellation, if you will. Most prominently, there’s the foldout from the ET: Picture Book record, which has Michael Jackson posing for what seems like a school photo with the ExtraTerrestrial himself. There’s the 7-inch Slash figurine, complete with adjoining Marshall […]

Favorite Movies, Music and TV of 2009 (Plus)

Okay, here goes. I would break the pop culture of 2009 down this way: a pretty good year for music, an alright year for film and a downright incredible year for television. Five Favorite Films Of 2009* 1. Fantastic Mr Fox 2. District 9 3. In The Loop [warning for profuse-albeit-very-inventive foul language] 4. Coraline […]

2009 Christmas Playlist (And Presents)

A little on the late side, but nonetheless yule-rific! 1. The Christmas Song – The Raveonettes 2. Just Like Christmas – Low 3. O Holy Night – Duvall 4. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) – The Ramones 5. Child’s Christmas In Wales – John Cale 6. Christmas Must Be Tonight – The […]

Christmas Must Be Tonight: The Band’s Left-field Xmas Carol

Tied with Big Star’s “Jesus Christ” as my favorite religious rock song by an otherwise non-religious rock band is The Band’s “Christmas Must Be Tonight”, a track which takes much of its lyrics directly from the King James. The google-challenged Band – in this writer’s opinion the greatest performing unit the rock world has ever […]

November Playlist

Pretty heavy on the classic rock this time. Happy belated Thanksgiving: 1. Heroes And Villains – The Beach Boys 2. Just Another Whistle Stop – The Band 3. Caribbean Wind – Bob Dylan 4. The Cross – Prince 5. Space Age Mom – Damien Jurado 6. Apple Of My Eye – Badfinger 7. Everytime I […]