I'm in the midst of a three week break from school-- summer school starts in a little over a week. I've been busier than ever, trying to get some long-term household projects-- particularly cleaning the basement-- done before that.
This morning I got on my college's website and checked my grades in my classes last semester. I got a B in my biology class-- and an A in chemistry, the class I thought I'd have a lot of trouble with. I'm a very happy guy.
1. Pressure Drop- The Clash
2. Five Brothers- Marty Robbins
3. Leopard Skin Pill-Box Hat- Bob Dylan
4. Iris- The Breeders
5. Call It Democracy- Bruce Cockburn
6. Void Fill- Phil 'n' the Blanks
7. Love In Vain- The Rolling Stones
8. Just Another Sunday- The Blasters
9. Sedan Delivery- Neil Young and Crazy Horse
10. Morning Sky- Chris Hilllman
1. My old friend Deadspot posted a while back about the horror of hearing this Clash cover of a Jimmy Cliff tune in a car commercial. I share his feelings.
2. A great old Marty Robbins tune.
3. Kim and I watched the Dylan movie "I'm Not There," which she'd gotten me for my birthday. I'll post on it soon, but I'll say in a word, "Amazing."
4. This is from "No Alternative," a great album that was a benefit for AIDS causes.
5. Bruce Cockburn at his angriest since "If I Had a Rocket Launcher."
6. Don't look for this one on cd-- my friend Dan digitized this from vinyl. Phil 'n' the Blanks were Chicago legends.
7. Mick Jagger sounds so forlorn in this song, you can almost feel sorry for him. Almost.
8. I love this tale of broken love, which Dave Alvin co-wrote with John Doe of X. It was originally on the "Hard Line" album, and can now be found on the Testament collection.
9. From "Rust Never Sleeps."
10. Hillman was an original member of the Byrds. This is a straight-up bluegrass song, and one of my favorites.