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Yellow Jacket Avenger - "Moonlighter Prizefighter"

I previously wrote about this song on StG, but without an accompanying mp3. I described it then as "a masterful piece of pop counterpoint. The guitar work is elaborate and quick, and the vocals clipped and energetic, yet the overall effect is one of delicacy and vulnerability. Interestingly, Rocky Balboa could also be described as quick and energetic, yet delicate and vulnerable, and he was, in fact, both a moonlighter and a prizefighter." Upon further consideration, I now reject the above and embrace the opposite position. [Info]


Loudon Wainwright III - "The Swimming Song"

A collection of banalities regarding Loudon's swimming experiences during the preceding summer. Banalities, that is, except for the revelation that there is a swimming stroke called the old Australian crawl. All this is set to densely picked dueling banjos running serpentine, intertwining courses. [Buy]


My band, The Cay (brand new Myspace page), will play our first show in almost over a decade tomorrow, Friday May 12th at the Casa del Popolo in Montreal. We will be opening for two very fine bands: Snailhouse and The Silt (both of whom I've written about here). I encourage any interested readers to drop by. We should be on shortly after 10.

Posted by Jordan at May 11, 2006 5:02 AM

good songs, j. "swimming song" also previously discussed here.

best of luck with the gig! i ever look forward to the recording.

Posted by Sean at May 11, 2006 5:08 AM

"The Swimming Song" is one of my all-time favourites by Loudon Wainwright. But I think the BBC Sessions-version is way better than the original recording. I'll put it up on my (German language) blog (http://myblog.de/absonderblog) later today, if you want to check it out.

Cheers, Netzhaut

Posted by Netzhaut at May 11, 2006 6:45 AM

the silt rule! their live show will leave you mesmerized.

Posted by talbot yancy at May 11, 2006 1:13 PM

i wrote about "the swimming song" on my blog a while back, too, after hearing it in The Squid and the Whale. great song.

Posted by Jerimee at May 11, 2006 5:50 PM

"Swimming Song" is great, but I believe it's a Kate and Anna McGarrigle song from decades ago: Kate of course was married to Louden, and we can thank then equally for Martha and Rufus :)

Posted by Uhclem at May 12, 2006 12:34 PM

the cay?
any relation tot he cay that david barclay of the diskettes has on his website: http://www.ugrad.physics.mcgill.ca/~ddd/
or strange coincidence.

Posted by alex poska at May 18, 2006 7:28 PM

Alex - Yes, same band.

Posted by Jordan at May 19, 2006 3:33 AM

TSS is a LW-III tune. While in other cases I much prefer his live work (see his desultory studio version of Jesse Don't Like It, vs the superlative live B-Side he recorded at a Seeger-centric folk festival somewhere), in this case I think the studio version is the better.

Thanks for the BBS post, nevertheless.

Posted by wcw at May 19, 2006 9:34 PM

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