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Musical Update of the Evening - The Life and Thoughts of Zach

Feb. 2nd, 2004

11:47 pm - Musical Update of the Evening

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So I've finally broken out of listening to the familiar vinyl from my parent's collection to exploring the albums I've never heard before.

I just finished listening to Ed Sander's "Beer Cans on the Moon" and this album is Hilarious! It's a super radical album from 1972. It's great protest music. It combines the standard accoustic fronted jammish music of the era with all kinds of weird loop sounds and strange noises and weird tempo and rhythm chances. Annoying as hell to listen to but wildly hilarious and catchy and fun and wonderful to listen to.

I'm not entirely clear on the definition of "filk", I don't know if it ONLY applies to sci-fi/fantasy themed music or if it applies to all silly acoustic music. If the latter than this might be called radical political filk. I dunno. Sadly the internet suggests that filk music has a much more narrow definition so I'm wrong.


  1. Rock and Roll People
  2. Nonviolent Direct Action
  3. The Shredding Machine
  4. Pity the Bird
  5. Kaw River Valley Progressive Hempune
  6. Beer Cans on the Moon
  7. Albion Crags
  8. Yodeling Robot
  9. Priestess
  10. Universal Rent Strike Rag
  11. Six Pack of Sunshine


Ed Sanders - Vocals and autoharp
and introducing the HEMPTONES:
Jake Jacobs - Electric guitar, Hawaiian guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals and percussion
Rob Rothstein - Fender bass, Jerry-Lee piano, organ, guitar, vocals and percussion
Mike Epstein - Drums, percussion and vocals.
With:
Frank Vicari - Flute and saxophones.
Dan Hamburg - Acoustic guitar and mandolin.
Jeff Kent - Organ

Yodeling Robot is about a yodelling robot in love with Dolly Parton.

Priestess is about a house where everyone thinks everything is normal but they don't know that you're the high priestess of a weirdo cult. revjack is going to use it on the soundtrack to his religious retreat.

What the hell is a hempune? I think it's a pot growing commune but there's no reference to that word on the net except for track lists for this album.

This reviewer clearly has no sense of humor. This album can't possibly have been meant to be taken seriously. It's hilarious in it's badness. It's so annoying that it's good.

Current Music: Hound Dog Taylor - Take Five

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From:folkyboy
Date:February 4th, 2004 03:17 am (UTC)
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i'm always curious about obscure old folk music from the 60s & 70s but part of the reason i like folk music is that it's constantly evolving. and i'm constantly seeking newer musicians who are carrying on the tradition. i like older stuff for the sake of the tradition but i think i prefer evolution in action, if you get me :)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 4th, 2004 07:05 am (UTC)

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Heh. I'm a fan of it all. I want to explore the past and the present and the future.

It's kind of funny because I'm a lot more familiar with the Woody Guthrie era of folk music than with the 60's and 70's stuff. I think mostly because so much stuff in the "folk revival" sucked. But some of it was fucking incredible.

Joni Mitchell for instance. When I saw her biography on some PBS special I was like "Ani is living Joni's life. Spooky". I mean Joni started out as a folky with a beautiful voice and a new sound, people tried to exploit her and she escaped and went independent, later she would alienate her core fan base by experimenting with rock and roll and later jazz (she collaborated with Mingus). Reminded me so much of the changes Ani has gone through with building up the rock band, playing with Maceo Parker, and constantly changing stuff and stupid fans abandoning her because she isn't static.

And of course, activist that I am, I'm a huge fan of Phil Ochs. His songs are brilliant and he sounds exactly like John Linell.

Anyway, I'm all about understanding the history and roots of things.
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