This American Life provided the best description of the credit crisis I heard, read or watched anywhere. Listen to The Giant Pool of Money. It is worth all 58 minutes. In second place is Michael Lewis’ Panic, an anthology of articles, reports, and missives on the bubbles we have gone through since 1989.
I know they have been going for a couple of days already (our family even exchanged some Christmas gifts on Thanksgiving), but starting tomorrow we are going to be serving up some holiday cheer in the form of seasonal music.
First, I am going to post the list of songs from my annual mix CD. I am on year 7 of this exercise. You’ll also find links back to the prior lists.
And starting Monday, I am going to post a song every day on my Twitter account that you can listen to and in the majority of the cases download if you like. If you want to follow along, follow me on my twitter account or subscribe to my tumblr blog.
Bon Iver – Justin Vernon wrote his album “For Emma, Forever Ago” in a Northwestern Wisconsin cabin.
Collections of Colonies of Bees – My good friend Jon plays drums in this Milwaukee-based group. They just returned from a SXSW performance, and a little bee told me that we are doing a project with Justin.
Juniper Tar – They get another piece of link love because I like them and their album a lot.
What Made Milwaukee Famous – Paste Magazine introduced me this month to this Austin-based band. The name is what first caught my attention, but their pop rock hooks drew me in.
The BoDeans – this master of the bar band genre is from my town of Waukesha. Find a live version of Still The Night; I have never heard a song where the audience has a part. Kurt and Sammy have a new album called Still, which is solid and familiar.
…pick up Over The Rhine’s Snow Angels. The twelve song album is all original holiday music in the group’s laid-back, acoustic style. My favorite is Goodbye Charles, which pays ode to cartoonist Schultz and the Vince Guaraldi Trio. White Horse, Here It Is, Snow Angel all feel great. As the iTunes review says, the whole album captures the wonderful highs and the desperate lows of the season.
I randomly jumped onto the Live Earth concert broadcast. I jumped to the Australia concerts and saw Crowded House live and then checked out who else had been onstage. Missy had been on in the morning and I was immediately hooked up when I heard Steer.
I can’t buy the new album On A Clear Night from iTunes. It is available in the Australian version of the store, but you need an AU address to buy from there. The every useful Wikipedia tells me the album will not be released in the US until early 2008. Ugh.
Modern Skirts – I got my first listen to this Athens-based band on Paste Magazine Music Sampler #20. Seventeen Dirty Magazines led me to My Lost Soprano and finally the purchase of the entire album. Catalogue of Generous Men has great pop hooks built on a strong piano base and reinforcing harmonies. You can visit their MySpace page to get a sample of their musical magic.
Thumbsucker – I have a soft spot for quirky indie films. Each character in Thumbsucker has their own clear, odd motivation (mom is addicted to the addicted movie star, son is angry and tries various drugs to fix it, dad can’t communicate). You’ll need Netflix or an equivalent to find this one.
Project Blackbox – Sun is developing a datacenter that fits in a standard shipping container.
BLAM – Barenaked Ladies inspired me this year with the release of Barenaked Ladies Are Me. The group wrote 29 new songs to be released in two “albums”. The first came out in September, released under BNL’s own label in a variety of formats and renditions. With the rights held by the group, more innovative methods of packaging and distribution were possible. Oh, the music is pretty good too. Sound of Your Voice is probably my favorite.
Battlestar Galactica – The television series continues to provide a stark reflection of the world we live in. This season the show has explored suicide bombing, torture, vigilante justice, and forced species extinction. To keep up, you’ll need to move with it to Sundays in January.
My mother will periodically bring me things she has found from leftover from my childhood. The latest is a true treasure. She found an LP with recordings of my high school pep band. I couldn’t find a year anywhere on the package, but I fairly certain it was put together in 1987, my sophmore year. You will find me listed as a member the trombone section. I played baritone and valve trombone through high school and college.
For your listening pleasure, I had the recordings converted to mp3s (thanks, Dylan).
CATCH THE PANTHER SPIRIT with the WILMOT PEP BAND
Catch The Spirit (Wilmot High Panthers Cheerleaders, 1:21)
All Right Now
Charge Medley – Live
Takin’ Care of Business
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Gimme Some Lovin’
Panther Spirit Supplied By The Following:
I started these six years ago. At the time, it was hard to find good Christmas music. You had to buy lots of CDs to get the good stuff. I started pulling that stuff together for friends and family.
iTunes has changed that somewhat. Music is easier to get, but the filters they have still send you to the same old stuff. I try to stay pretty far off the beaten off, but there are always a couple familiar renditions.
The links below will send you to iTunes. You can download the others because they were free or cannot be found anywhere.