Minging Mug
by Dan
Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.


Machesa Traditional Group - "Rarichama"

I make the food, my family eats the food. I work the day through, the night pays me back with sleep. I read all my books, my mind runs up and down the hill and around the town in circles. I kiss my girl, my friends get jealous. I help all the old folks, they tell me stories. I give away my money, and happiness comes in like morning. I bend down to pick up a heavy sack, my back shouts a number, a countdown. I laugh with my children, I see that when you're young you breathe Heaven. I eat rice, I shit rice. I tell the truth, and lies glow red like red hot metal. I feel the rough surface of my hands, I think about the rough surface of the ground. My hands have it easy. I think about great sickness that comes across like clouds, I think about beer and dancing and dust. I feel the drip from a leaky roof, I put my lemon grass underneath. I walk as if on a clothes line down the middle of the road. It's orange, the sky, and light white cream. Nothing is in my way.
(thanks to the consistently great Moss Bailey. Maybe they can provide a Buy link, as I can not)

Elizabeth Cotten - "I'm Going Away"

My favour-asking muscles are sore. The bridges between me and all my acquaintances used to look like big steel bridges, now they look like spittle trails. The steam-rolled half-promises and over-baked wishes are lined up like stale muffins, all crumbs and crust. I've stuffed my mattress with weak smiles and missed appointments. But I've got energy enough for one more: can you leave the door unlocked when you leave? I'm going to be sleeping in the wet spring air through the window and I don't want to have to get up to let the grocery boy in. Let him come, sneak into the kitchen, and take a finger full of peanut butter before he leaves. Thank you, dear. Thank you in advance. [Buy]


Elsewhere: there is a lovely little web series made by a friend of mine, called Jordan & Bear. It has such a strong tone, like Elizabeth Cotten in a bear costume, it's exactly right where it should be, and it's great.

Thank you: for making us #6 in the Best of Montreal. Up a spot from last year :)

Posted by Dan at May 15, 2009 1:13 AM

In a few words, you have put the world back in place. it's a good feeling... thanks.

Posted by m at May 15, 2009 11:29 AM

My speakers haven't been working in days, and I was growing a bit sad.I fixed them a few minutes and unsure of what to even do with this new found success, I decided to catch up with the posts I had missed. Basically, thanks for posting an incredibly happy song. It's fantastic.

Posted by loren at May 15, 2009 7:23 PM

Dan & others,
Unfortunately it's a no go on a link to buy. For now I guess it'll have to be pay forward the blissbliss dance vibes.

Posted by moss at May 16, 2009 12:15 AM

"Rarichama" lit up a dark, rainy afternoon. Thank you.

Posted by bigbigtruck at May 17, 2009 1:36 AM

Lovely songs, lovely post. It's been rainy here too, I'm drenched. No matter, no matter.

Posted by Adam at May 18, 2009 11:08 AM

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our favourite blogs
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Back to the World
La Blogothèque
Weird Canada
Destination: Out
Endless Banquet
A Grammar (Nitsuh Abebe)
Ill Doctrine
A London Salmagundi
Words and Music
Petites planétes
Gorilla vs Bear
Silent Shout
Clouds of Evil
The Dolby Apposition
Awesome Tapes from Africa
Matana Roberts
Pitchfork Reviews Reviews
i like you [podcast]
Nicola Meighan
radiolab [podcast]
CKUT Music
plethoric pundrigrions
Wattled Smoky Honeyeater
The Clear-Minded Creative
Torture Garden
Passion of the Weiss
Juan and Only
Horses Think
White Hotel
Then Play Long (Marcello Carlin)
Uno Moralez
Coming Up For Air (Matt Forsythe)
my love for you is a stampede of horses
It's Nice That
Song, by Toad
In Focus
WTF [podcast]
The Rest is Noise (Alex Ross)
My Daguerreotype Boyfriend
The Hood Internet

things we like in Montreal
st-viateur bagel
café olimpico
Euro-Deli Batory
le pick up
kem coba
le couteau
au pied de cochon
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chez boris
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vices & versa
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drawn + quarterly
+ bottines &c

casa + sala + the hotel
blue skies turn black
montreal improv theatre
passovah productions
le cagibi
cinema du parc
pop pmontreal
yoga teacher Thea Metcalfe

Cult Montreal
The Believer
The Morning News
The Skinny