Wandering around Brooklyn yesterday with the 6yo, feeling warmer than I have in months, was so intoxicating that I’m left with a kind of hangover today. I need to get out and get going, but don’t really want to.
Yes, a second day from the Dark Horses. This record came out a couple of years ago, but didn’t get the attention I think it should have.
The person who originally tipped me to the record described it [possibly after a few drinks] as "a more heavy psych-ier Mazzy Star." That may or may not be the best description of the Dark Horses’ music, but it’s still my favorite And if that construction sounds interesting to you, I can’t recommend this record enough.
Brazilian and inclined towards psychedelia, but if that makes you think “tropicalia” you might just think again. To my ears these guys bring less Os Mutantes and more, say, Byrds or mid-era Beatles. In Portuguese.
They’re playing Glasslands later this month, definitely on the list.
“From Harvard to hobo, sit-ins to concert halls, Pete Seeger’s plan was simple: to lead a rallying cry at the front lines of justice, freedom, and peace, and to forge a new link in the chain, stronger than the last, for the next generation of folksingers. How best to begin this monumental task? Simply by teaching children to sing old folk songs.”—Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor on Pete Seeger: http://nyr.kr/1cXKgVz (via newyorker)
I’ve been rummaging through the Hype Machine this morning, trying to find something that sounds right for this freezing cold cover Friday. This one finally grabbed me, and I returned to Tumblr only to find that somehow Fred managed to beat me to the punch.
So I guess it’s reblog cover Friday this week. Have a good one, kids, and stay warm.
Bryce hits what to me is the key point: if Apple builds a watch, I would be very surprised if it’s, you know…a “watch.” Do I need to link to the picture of "smartphones" before the iPhone came out as a refresher?
Further, if — again, if — Apple releases a smartwatch, remember the following and you’ll be able to skip the first 4-6 weeks of post-announcement coverage:
It will be too expensive.
It will be missing obvious, essential features offered by other smartwatches.
It will offer other features that obviously no one needs in a smartwatch.
No one really needs a smartwatch, anyway.
It will be too expensive.
But whether or not it’s eventually successful, I’m more inclined to give an Apple smartwatch the benefit of the doubt at this point, because I’m pretty sure that anything they release will be totally unlike anything I might imagine right now.
The buzz has been building for months, but seems to be reaching a crecendo across the pond at mobile world congress this week. The message: THE SMART WATCH IS COMING!
Some are showing. Some are telling. But all the of heavies from Apple and Google to Samsung and Motorola are touting a fresh take on, of all things, a wristwatch.
Check email. From your wrist. Get Text Messages. From your wrist. Tweet. From your wrist. Check the time. From…
Some are beautiful. Some less so. But all seem to have the same take. That the act of pulling out ones phone is too heavy a burden when a flick of the wrist ought to suffice.
Which is fine.
Pushing functionality from a phone to a wrist is a clever trick and maybe there is demand for it. But, my guess is this move by the heavies is less about market demand and more about market saturation.
This rush to the wrist was kicked off last year when rumors began circulating about an iWatch from Apple. I’ve not seen the company confirm the existence of an iWatch. But, if the market’s reaction to this speculation is any indication, we could be in the midst of the greatest troll of all time.
To date, all attempts to beat the iWatch to market have been met with an actual watch. Some with cameras. Some with a new sensor. All with displays for creating or consuming content from the wrist. But all in the general shape, size and characteristics of watches.
This seems to be shaping up just like the “smart phone” market before the iPhone.
At the time the iPhone launched, it looked nothing like any phone prior. It did and enabled things no phone prior to it had.
If you’ve been paying attention to who Apple has been hiring and what job reqs they have open, it’s pretty clear that they’re on the cusp of making a “watch” in the same way they made a “phone”.
Apple has now hired employees with expertise in pulse oximetry, vasculature visualization (vein finding), non-invasive glucose monitoring, blood chemistry monitoring via microneedle, heart/breath rate monitoring, and fitness. Notably, several hires have also had experience with low-profile, non-invasive biosensor devices.
I don’t have any inside knowledge of what Apple is building, but it most certainly is not a “watch”.
My hope is that it will have the same effect on wearables that the iPhone had on other handset manufacturers. Even more importantly, my hope is that it will be a device, or set of sensors, that collects data to enable a whole new generation of app developers that move us beyond Flappy, or Angry, or whatever kinds of birds.
I’ve long felt we’re in the 56k modem stage of the march towards wearables with external pedometers, heart rate straps and sleep trackers as our detached dial tones.
If Apple does for “watches” what they did for the “phone”, we might see wearables hitting the broadband era.
There are few songs that sound better in those two thin slices of each day right before the sun comes up and just after it goes down than this one, Gary Higgins’ “Thicker Than A Smokey.” Recorded in 1972 on a commune in Connecticut right before Higgins entered a maximum security prison on a bum marijuana charge, it’s the kickoff and highlight of the lost folk gem “Red Hash.” Think Nick Drake guitar work meets Skip Spence’s warped worldview.
Drag City trotted him out a few years ago, “plucked from obscurity,” to record a new album that, while good, is inessential. Track down “Red Hash.” It’s a stunner.
More from this UK group which has flipped my wig past few days. This is everything I love about music - wholly original, totally incongruous, provincial, angry, sarcastic, funky. Just unique punk here.
From their Bandcamp page: “I used to be in bands, fuckin hated it.”
Today’s Daily Dose of the Dead is “On the Road Again” from the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on October 3, 1980. This comes from one of the many fantastic acoustic sets at the Warfield during this run. I am particular to this version because they kind of slow jam it. The mix and vocals are great and the audience is there prominently as well. In fact if you let this run all the way through to the end after the music stops you here someone yell St. Stephen (during an acoustic set???). You here the boys say… We’re not playing St. Stephen.
They do play a sultry Bird Song and then Ripple to close the set. These were really special shows and I’m just glad I went to two of the Radio City shows to see this. From my earliest days of tape collecting I loved the 1969/70 acoustic shows and it was a thrill to get to see it live.
This is a traditional song and there are several different songs with the same title including Willie Nelson’s famous song and the popular song by Canned Heat. Will Shade’s Memphis Jug Band recorded the song in the late 20’s or early 30’s although it is not thought they authored the song. This band also did other tunes the dead/jerry would play such as Stealin’ and KC Moan.
You can hear a version of the Memphis Jug Band playing this song on this You Tube link. Pretty bad ass song for the 30’s. Listen to the lyrics as the memphis group uses some current day politically incorrect language that the Dead versions sure don’t use and that would be banned/edited on the radio today much like many hip hop songs.
Most people say the main chorus line is “Natural born eastman on the road again” but no one knows for sure.. perhaps ”natural born ease, been on the road again” or one of the many other proposed variants.
The song was played by Mother Mcree’s Uptown Jugband and then the dead in 1966 and was not heard again until the 9/26/80 show at the Warfield. It was only played 38 times. They played it both shows I saw at Radio City and then I saw it electric in Buffalo ‘81, Red Rocks ‘82 and the last time it was played at August ‘84.
Enjoy this stompin’ good dose of the dead to start your week.
"Friend comes by, says he’s looking for his hat, wants to know where’s your husband’s at. Say I don’t know, he’s on the way to the pen, come on pretty momma let’s get on the road again”