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DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS “The Wig He Made Her Wear” (2010)

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Always dug Drive-By Truckers for their drawling stories about the the Southern lumpen, but I haven’t been paying much attention latterly. I didn’t even know they had a new record out.

I certainly don’t love every second of this record, but this song’s a winner.


Sell Out

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Everybody hates Unconditionally Guaranteed— even Don Van Vliet disowned it– and in truth it’s not very exciting or ambitious or good, but I can’t get tired of this half-assed, sub-Allmans ’70s period piece at all.

MOONDOG “I’m This, I’m That” (1979)

Full Moon

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I know and love Moondog’s ’50s and ’60s stuff pretty well, but I’m much less familiar with the later records like H’Art Songs.

The absolutely crucial Mind on the Run hepped me to “Choo Choo Lullaby” from H’Art Songs back in February; I’m just now getting into the rest of the record…

I guess late Moondog is a lot less “weird” than the early records, but whatever, try and resist this sly number, you can’t.

MICKEY HART “Pump Song” (1972)

Rolling Thunder

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Been quite a while since I posted any Grateful Dead, and even longer since I posted any Dead solo stuff but I am really digging Rolling Thunder, Mickey Hart’s first solo record.

The record features a fistful of boldface names (Stephen Stills, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, etc) but “Pump Song” is basically the core Dead (Garcia, Hart, Lesh, Bob Weir)…plus the Tower of Power horns (yes). Far superior if you ask me to the GD live jam it evolved into, “Greatest Story Ever Told”.

NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE “Dirty Business” (1971)

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Another classic cut from 1971, although there’s a bit more fiber here than in either of yesterday’s selections.

This is a fucking masterpiece.

PETER GREEN “Little Dreamer” (1980)

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Green’s kinda recycling his 1969 Fleetwood Mac cosmic shuffle-blues jam “Albatross” here but never mind, this really slays. The only way it could be more perfect would be if J. J. Cale was noodling over the top.

JOHN SIMON “Motorcycle Man” (1970)

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Just retrieved this masterpiece from the purgatory of my storage space, and I went straight for “Motorcycle Man”, a small gem of a song, one of my favorites of all time.

John Simon produced Music from Big Pink and The Band (among many, many others) and Danko and Manual provide the rhythm section here.

Imagine if Nilsson and Paul Simon and Van Dyke Parks cut a record together, that’s what this sounds like.