The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Radio Free Gunslinger #11: Carrying the Lamp

Your host for this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger, entitled 'Carrying the Lamp,' is Walter Gropius.

The Content

First Sequence:
Thee Midniters - Jump, Jive & Harmonize
The Guilloteens - For My Own
Mouse & The Traps - Maid of Sugar, Maid of Spice
The Penny Arkade - Swim
October Country - My Girlfriend is a Witch

Second Sequence:
The Swingle Singers - Fugue in D Minor
Mathiew Herkowitz - Bach à la Jazz
Bobby Gutesha - Inventio 13
Bud Powell - Bud on Bach
Jacques Loussier Trio - Aria

Third Sequence:
Black Flag - Rise Above
X - Johnny Hit and Run Pauline
Minutemen - Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing
Bad Brains - Pay to Cum
Descendents - Suburban Home

Fourth Sequence:
Colin Blunstone - Misty Roses
Scott Walker - Black Sheep Boy
The Small Faces - Red Balloon
Gary Lewis & The Playboys - Reason to Believe
Ramblin' Jack Elliott - If I Were a Carpenter

Buddy Rich - Caravan (by request)


Lauri said...

Wow--thanks for this. I just learned about some great music I had not previously been aware of.

mister muleboy said...

I was taken away by this edition of Radio Free Gunslinger -- when I later read that it clocked in at 71 minutes, I thought they'd overshot its length by 50 minutes.

I never knew that the right clutch could shift gears between 1st in a beat-up Beetle to 2d in a Jag to 5th in a freight train.

There are few benefits from residing in our nation's capital; there were quite a few more between 1977 and 1986. The chance to see Bad Brains and the availability of the original recordings of Pay to Cum were two.

I'll try to dig up the two that I have (somewhere); once found, they'll make their way to the Sutpen [virtual] smoking lounge. Through fancy electrical and electronic trickery, of course. . . .

WillyC said...

Thanks Tom, I enjoyed some old (punk) favorites and some new things - Mouse & The Traps, Swingle Singers, Red Balloon, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Caravan