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  • The Sparkleberries' Skylight Exchange

      "Walking Slow" has it all: an instantly embraceable number guaranteed to have you singing its "Down in Carrboro" chorus in your best Lou Reed.
  • Puritan Rodeo's self-titled CD

    (Tiny Canvas Records)
      In this Chapel Hill-based symphonic-roots collective, twangy guitar, banjo and mandolin share equal partnership with cello, violin, decidedly non-country keyboards and whatever else best serves a song.

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Recent Comments

Re: “The start-and-stop journey of Kenny Roby to the best record of his life

Doesn't get much better: an article about one of my favorite local musicians by one of my favorite local writers. What an entertaining and thoughtful read, with just the right blend of music, bio, insight, and openness. And, yes, I also think Memories & Birds is a magnificent record.

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Posted by Rick Cornell on 04/03/2013 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Musical odes to boxing and hockey

Thanks for all that, Charlie D. It's clear that I can't even claim to have scratched the surface of the Zambonis' catalog with just that one song (which I encountered on a compilation). Sounds like a funny, smart, and versatile band. Thanks again for reading and commenting.

And on the boxing front: thanks for chiming in, Buzz Gordo. The Big Bad Johns' I Will Be Good still gets a lot of spins at my house.


Posted by RickC on 10/13/2009 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Musical odes to boxing and hockey

Two quick follow-ups, one to my message and one to the song lists:

* In reference to the song list from John and his friends, I, of course, do know Joni Mitchell's "Raised on Robbery." As someone who was raised on '70s FM radio, I'm required to know that song. And I'm intrigued by "Gump Worsley's Lament"; that's going to be the first one I track down.

* In regard to the intro: what I should have said is that there are no fewer than 5 songs about Dock Ellis. The tripping, late hurler remains popular song fodder.

Over and out. And thanks again for reading & writing, Joei and John.

Posted by RickC on 09/29/2009 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Musical odes to boxing and hockey

Thanks to both John and Joei for their messages. (I've learned that you can write articles about stalwart blues heroes, longstanding gospel groups, ailing bands, and supergroups until you're blue in the face, but if you want comments, you have to post song lists.)

I appreciate the list of songs, John, all of which are new to me, although I do recognize some of the artists. And, yeah, I guess "Fifty Mission Cap" isn't a hockey song in the way that the others are, but it did teach me the story of Bill Barilko. While I wouldn't call myself a Tragically Hip fan, I'll always give the band credit for that line about getting Ry Cooder to write a eulogy. And even though I grew up relatively close to the Canadian border, I'll let you fight the Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs battle. Thanks again for the message.

And Joei, "Hockey Monkey" was number 6 on my list -- really -- so it just missed the cut. My son (now 11) used to be a huge fan of that song, and I recall listening to it a record 22 times in a row on a drive once.

Take Care,

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Posted by RickC on 09/29/2009 at 10:35 AM

Re: “The guide to the week's concerts

Yes, that was my error. Thanks for the catch, Joe, and thanks for the fix, Grayson. Typing faster than my brain can operate; I'm seeking treatment. And there's no truth to the rumor that Mic was also in Supertramp.

Posted by RickC on 02/23/2009 at 10:48 AM

Re: “The Whistlestop's The Whistlestop

Damn. I'm having a tough day. At least I didn't get a band name wrong (see: Mary Johnson Rockers review), mainly because I didn't mention any. I'm a big Scotty Miller fan--from 6 String Drag, his OAK Team cameos, even going way back to his Econoline and Available Jones days--so no slight intended. Thanks for the message, Mike.

Posted by RickC on 07/31/2008 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Mary Johnson Rockers' No Place for Birds to Rest

Thanks for the message. Unfortunately, I cited the wrong American-ish band in the first paragraph, as you probably noticed: Puritan Rodeo instead of Pawnshop Ruby. (At least I got the P and R part right.) I'll request a fix for the online version. But, yes, a striking album--and I'll blame the miscue on being stricken....

Posted by RickC on 07/31/2008 at 11:27 AM

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