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  1. I was missing the man himself so I found a tribute album that Dylan contributed to: Folkways: A Vision Shared - Various Artists (1988) I had some trepidation because 1988 but this is most excellent. It's a tribute album to the songs of Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie performed by a star-studded cast of Dylan, Little Richard w/ Fishbone, Emmylou Harris, Arlo Guthrie, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Taj Mahal, U2, and Brian Wilson. Strangely for my 2019 sensibilities, the album is split on racial lines. Except for Wilson's version of "Goodnight Irene", the African-American artists sing the Leadbelly tunes and the Caucasians sing Woody. Maybe it wasn't a thing at the time and I've gotten too sensitive in my old age but it struck me as odd. Dylan sings "Pretty Boy Floyd" sounding a lot like he would a few years later on his folk revival album Good As I Been to You. He and everyone else turn in fine performances. Nobody really drops the ball or gets too obscure but there's still good variety like a compilation should provide. For me, this was a welcome album after a string of ones that were just OK. This one is definitely worth a spin if you've never heard it. I don't think I ever listened to the whole thing but it must have been a big deal at the time considering the stars involved. It's very tough to pick just one song so I'll go with the one you'd probably want to hear from the artist list alone: Rock Island Line by Little Richard and Fishbone. It's an outlier that doesn't sound like the rest of the album but it's a fun outlier. Boz can't hear much these days but he can still hear firetrucks. He used to howl at them after they went by. Now he raises his head and turns it in the direction of the siren. Priorities change as you get older.
  2. His team beat Ecuador in Copa America 100.
  3. Germany Jones references are a dying breed
  4. Catching up on Tuesday night Cruel and Gentle Things - Charlie Sexton (2005) Sexton has had the strangest career of any Dylan sideman. Before joining Dylan's Never Ending Tour in 1999, Sexton was signed by MCA as a 16 year old and was hyped and coiffed as the next big thing. His debut album hit #15 in 1985 but his shot at being Billy Idol fizzled after that. He was also briefly in an Austin supergroup called Arc Angels that released one excellent album in the early 90s. He's done multiple tours playing guitar for Dylan including his current one. He first joined the band when Dylan's setlists were much more varied than they are today. There were over 100 songs that could get shuffled in at any given show. I've wondered what it's like to play behind Dylan. Does he ride the bus with the crew or jet in for the show? Does he tell stories or remain aloof? What lessons about the business and songwriting does Dylan impart? He can't be too bad of a boss since he's retained core musicians for decades. This is the only Sexton album recorded after his first years with Dylan. Sexton wrote all the songs, played most of the instruments and produced. It's a pretty solid record but nothing earth shattering. For an ace guitarist, Sexton isn't a showy player. His leads are short, understated and stay within the confines of the song. The song that caught my ear is I Do the Same for You with its sweet lap steel solo. Boz is enjoying the cooler weather.
  5. There better be a question about the USMNT at tonight's Democratic debate.
  6. Flat leaf parsley and mint are a decent substitute The usual curly leaf parsley doesn't do it.
  7. Cilantro has its place. Don't like chopping it though.
  8. I thought I posted this when I picked him the first time but it didn't come up in thread search. I dropped and re-added him but didn't start him tonight. Jamaal Williams RB - Packers Pack Jam - The Jonzun Crew
  9. Digging deep into the crates for... Dylan Jazz - The Gene Norman Group (1965) Gene Norman isn't in the group but it's his record label so he put his name on the jacket. The group is comprised of West Coast session musicians from The Wrecking Crew including legendary drummer Hal Blaine. They're pros who could walk into a studio, hear a song once and cut a master take. I wouldn't be at all surprised if that's what actually happened. As the title implies, it's a collection of Dylan songs arranged for a jazz combo. It's a quintet date with two guys taking short solos in front of a swinging rhythm section. Glen Campbell on guitar and Jim Horn on saxes and flute are the featured performers. The album didn't start off well with a lame version of Blowin in the Wind and Mr. Tambourine Man done bossa nova style but it got better as the musicians strayed a little further away from the lounge. Campbell is a deft picker but plays very much inside. Horn is a more flowing improvisor and has a rich tone, especially on tenor. The piano player never gets to solo. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright is my pick of the night. It falls somewhere in the middle between the songs that remain slavishly tied to Dylan's melodic line and those that play the changes and are relatively unrecognizable. Like most of tracks, this one is in and out in under three minutes. It's definitely a curio but neither good or bad enough to really register for me. I guess the big picture view is Dylan was big enough in 1965 to inspire this to be released. It's cool that it exists and I don't have to pay collector's prices to listen to it but I doubt I ever will again. In other news, Boz got stuck in a closet today.
  10. Really excited about tonight's album. Hopefully the ballgame won't go 16 innings.
  11. Roger Bannister's four-minute mile used two pace setters out of a field of six runners. Bob Beamon's 29' 2" was set at elevation.