Monday, December 15, 2014

my Christmas wish list, so far

Rick Bragg, Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story

Lamy Safari Black Fine Point Fountain Pen

Ever Clean Extra Strength Cat Litter, Unscented, 25-Pound Box


Posted by David Rhoden on 12/15 at 04:13 PM

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I miss my old band

I miss my old band in New Orleans.

What we used to do was, before we practiced, we’d jam on a riff. Usually I’d start it. If it was good, I’d put scratch vocals on it, meaning, I’d sing some nonsense. This is a real good example of one of those.

I’m on guitar and words. Tom on piano, Trey on bass, and Steve on drums.


Posted by David Rhoden on 12/11 at 12:21 AM

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

crazy about a north side gal

I heard this song last week, last Saturday, on Michael Shelley’s show on WFMU , knowing nothing about it. I was surprised. I didn’t think there were too many great fifties things I hadn’t heard. And so of course it’s not one. This recording is original to 2010. I was utterly shocked! But, wow, isn’t it great? The video is nice, it shows how the players play (unless they are faking it, but I choose to believe that drummer’s style, so very sort of a little bit like my own, will let me get that sound someday). But mostly the song is fantastic. They sort of fetishize analog gear in the video, but it’s really much more about the way you play your instrument. I really like this. (Try listening to it without the video, it really sounds authentically old in a very nice way.)

Posted by David Rhoden on 12/09 at 12:31 AM

Monday, December 8, 2014

more about El Paso

image by David Rhoden

Didn’t get to see a whole lot of El Paso (or the neighboring city of Juarez, Mexico) but I did get to look at this excellent sign, which advertises a bar, which I also visited. I am kicking myself, though, because right after I took this picture,a woman (who is slightly visible in the shot) jumped in my face and said, or yelled, “Ya wanna picture of an old broad??” She was wearing a hot pink t-shirt, had big crazy eyes, and long teeth. I politely declined, but I really wish I had taken that picture. I need to say “yes” to more things and people.

image by David Rhoden

I did get a shot of this much quieter broad, however. That’s some consolation.

Posted by David Rhoden on 12/08 at 11:08 AM

Sunday, December 7, 2014

the burning flame of prophecy

image by David Rhoden

Posted by David Rhoden on 12/07 at 01:16 PM
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