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Die Moorsoldaten: see NOTE.
West Lake Report: Chris Sullivan November New Orleans Observation
Lili Marlene: Meme Bianchi Recorded 1942/43
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue: Link Wray Bullshot
Blues for Aida: Steve Lacy and Lee Konitz From French Radio March 1984
Le Chant des Marais see note above

Direct download: blued.mp3

New Orleans reprise

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Chris Sullivan has been working in demolition in New Orleans and his notes and reports on On the Original Quality of Shadow in New Orleans are worth attention. For instance this gem: West Lake Demo.
If the mp3 doesn’t play in your browser, you can download it. Thanks to Stephen Vincent.


Ethics Flaw

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An explanation for the strange suicide of Colonel Ted Westhusing, a Professor of Military Ethics at West Point who had been in Iraq working with USIS, a private contractor, and who had received a letter accusing the company of corruption. (from the LATimes)

A psychologist reviewed Westhusing’s e-mails and interviewed colleagues. She concluded that the anonymous letter had been the “most difficult and probably most painful stressor.”

She said that Westhusing had placed too much pressure on himself to succeed and that he was unusually rigid in his thinking. Westhusing struggled with the idea that monetary values could outweigh moral ones in war. This, she said, was a flaw.

“Despite his intelligence, his ability to grasp the idea that profit is an important goal for people working in the private sector was surprisingly limited,” wrote Lt. Col. Lisa Breitenbach. “He could not shift his mind-set from the military notion of completing a mission irrespective of cost, nor could he change his belief that doing the right thing because it was the right thing to do should be the sole motivator for businesses.”

One military officer said he felt Westhusing had trouble reconciling his ideals with Iraq’s reality. Iraq “isn’t a black-and-white place,” the officer said. “There’s a lot of gray.”


Book By Buck

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For some time I’ve had a pdf file of Buck Downs’ book In Memory D Thompson on my hard-drive: everyone I’ve shown it to has admired and enjoyed the work, and thought it should be published. A blend of elegant artist’s book, short lyrical poems, concrete/visual poetry, precise mis-en-page and intelligent and sensitive use of the local and available, it needed a sure hand: one that has been now provided by Buck himself. Ten inches wide by eight and a half inches high: almost a hundred pages. It can be ordered from Buck Downs, Box 53318, Washington, DC 20009 by che(que)(ck) for fifteen dollars. Those wanting to use a credit card should email Rod Smith at Bridge Street Books and something can be arranged.

Additional music note

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If you go to here where the music lists are archived, you can play any past list by clicking on the appropriate “pod” link while your browser window is open.

Time Passing

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Matilda today.



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“I spent my money on fast cars, booze and women – the rest I squandered”.
“I spent my money on booze, birds and fast cars – the rest I squandered.”

Additions to Links

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Bad Press


Radio Times

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Some correspondents have asked me how this works. In the right-hand column is a small player: clicking the play (arrow) button will load the tracks and play them as long as the browser page is open. An mp3 of all tracks can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. If the browser player is left on it will run through the complete sequence of previous lists.

The Typewriter: Leroy Anderson (Favorites)
Mala Femmina: Jerry Vale (17 Most Requested Songs)
Fernwood Tonight (from): Martin Mull
A Certain Romance: Arctic Monkeys (Beneath The Boardwalk)
Bridge to the Beyond: John Zorn (The Gift)
2eme Extase (2003): Erik Ulman (Selected Works)
The Dark End Of The Street: James Carr (The Complete Goldwax Singles)
Eh Cumpari: Julius LaRosa (Mob Hits)
Palengue Palengue: Sonpalenque (Champeta Criolla)

Direct download: zenith.mp3

Proud Estate

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Link Broken

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Sentimental Journeys

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Anthem of the USSR: Paul Robeson (Songs for Free Men)
Queen Mum: Chris Morris (Radio Clip)
Musica Recercata: György Ligeti (Mechanical Music)
Lamplight: Chris Morris (Blue Jam)
The King of Carrot Flowers (Part 1): Neutral Milk Hotel (In An Aeroplane over the Sea)
Song to the Moon: (Dvorak) Renée Fleming (Rusalka)
Battle March: Cornelius Cardew and Jane Manning (Not Necessarily “English Music”)
Buddy Rich: showing bandleader skills
Dropkick Me, Jesus: Bobby Bare (Country)
Clip from Fred Frith & Guitar Quartet in Munich
Let’s Cool One: Steve Lacy and Don Cherry (Evidence)
Myfanwy: Welsh Male Voice Choir

Direct download: trim2.mp3

From the window last night

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Many Happy Returns of the Day


Rusty Technique

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Music-player still over in the righthand column.

Sir : Peter Cook (radio interview)
Don’t Shit Where You Eat : Ween (Chocolate And Cheese)
Sehr langsam : Schoenberg Quartet (Schoenberg: Chamber Works)
Totally Wired : The Fall (Totally Wired)
Matthew Shipp Solo : DJ Wally (Nothing Stays the Same)
Archbishop of Canterbury : Chris Morris (from Blue Jam)
Pull The Tegroes : National Lampoon (Radio Dinner)
Busby Berkeley Dreams : The Magnetic Fields (69 Love Songs)
La Coco : Frehel (Chansons Toxiques)
Strivers Jewels : Charles Lloyd, Cedar Walton, Buster Williams, Billy Higgins (Acoustic Masters)
The Road Goes On Forever : Robert Earl Keen, Jr. (West Textures)
Closed on the 17th. : State of Mississippi Tax Commission

Direct download: miles.mp3


Last US Trip

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Click for pictures


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to Cambridge yesterday: pictures to follow, but here for now is one of Vikki and Florence in France.

for complete posts since October 2004 click here, or month-by-month in right-side menu

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