Ok, Time To Work

I’ve started a novel, and need to spend the next several days in a marathon writing session. I’m shooting for 10,000 words a day, no idea if that’s feasible, but what the hell, it’s a nice round number. The added benefit is that I will get to listen to plenty of CDs, and perhaps get to #300 soon; so, 10k and 300, here we go.

273) Carl Perkins: Go Cat Go!

A collection of Perkins tunes, most of them duets: Perkins and Willie Nelson, Perkins and Tom Petty, Perkins and Bono and Willie Nelson and Tom Petty; a few songs featuring Carl by himself; and then, not sure why, 2 covers of “Blue Suede Shoes,” one by Jimi Hendrix and one by John Lennon. A strange project, but very listenable, since the songs are uniformly great.

274) Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose: Classic Masters

Yes, they had more songs than “Treat Her Like a Lady” and “Too Late to Turn Back Now,” and some of them are excellent, like “Since I Found My Baby” and “Let Me Down Easy.” Their version of “Ain’t No Sunshine” is good too… but some of the others are buried under schmaltzy K-Tel strings. Oh well, it was the 70’s, after all.

275) Etta James: Her Best

And her best is awful good, throaty and powerful, reaches down into the belly and lifts the listener out of the chair by the bowels. “I’d Rather Go Blind” makes me weep:

276) Los Amigos Invisibles: Arepa 300

Highly contagious dance/rock/samba/funk/acid jazz and etc. From Venezuala, where they eat lots of Arepas, which are a bit like pupusas but fatter, and boy are they yummy. Eating while listening to the Amigos is not recommended, as you are likely to drop the Arepa because you are dancing uncontrollably.

277) Tom Waits: Real Gone

I wasn’t so crazy about this CD the first time I listened to it, and then forgot about it. Now I think it’s pretty fantastic, it’s very subdued but also kind of noisy, and features Waits doing beatbox on more than 1/2 the songs (!). Lots of looping, some scratching, and apparently a lot of instrumentation by various Waits children. Some of the lyrics seem phoned in, but some are the equal of the best Waits stuff, and the whole thing is a reminder of how willing Waits is to experiment with his formula–a valuable thing in the era of art-as-market share.