Archive for August, 2008

A Dozen More For Your Listening Pleasure

Isrealites                                     Desmond Dekker

Hillbilly Blue                               Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch

Skinny Love                                Bon Iver

The Blue Trees                           Gorky’s

Catch Me Now I’m Falling           The Kinks

E. M.P T.Y.                                  The Clientele

Rivers of Babylon                        Steve Earle

Sunflower River Blues                 Jack Rose

It Will Pass                                  The Twin Atlas

Stepping Stones                         Bert Jansch and John Renbourn

The Fancy Dance…                    5ive Style

These Stones Will Shout            The Raconteurs

Glory Days In Dayton

At the United States Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio, standing with arguably the world’s most beautiful airplane, ever; the 1932 Boeing P-26 “Peashooter,” was the U. S. Army Air Corp’s first low-wing, all-metal pursuit (fighter) plane, an aesthetic jewel of an airplane. 

Unfortunately for my prospects of worldly success, I am a person who can identify, on sight, virtually every military aircraft to have seen service in any air arm in the world, between 1935 and 1955. 

At the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio, I spent an ecstatic day wandering among the beautifully restored wonders of military aviation. They were all there, the P-39 Bell Airacobra with its through-the-nose cannon, the P-51 North American Mustang, considered the ultimate propeller-driven fighter, the Korean War jets, the F-86 Sabre and the F-84 Thunderjet, last of the machine-gun armed, dog-fighters.  While it’s always the fighters that catch my imagination, it was the bombers that got me thinking. The B-17, the B-24, the 36, the 47, the 52 and even the newest Stealth models, all testifying to the strategic reasoning for the existence of a national air force, independent of its antecedent role which until 1947, was as the aviation branch of the U. S. Army. Continue reading ‘Glory Days In Dayton’

Ten More For Late Night Listening

Crawl Back Under My Stone (live EP)                 Richard Thompson

Carretero                                                          Buena Vista Social Club

Impossible Germany                                        Wilco

But Not for Me                                                 Chet Baker

To Hold Down a Shadow                                 Pullman

What We Wear                                                 The Twin Atlas

Pony                                                                Kasey Chambers

Cabezon                                                          Red House Painters

Vincent Black Lightning 1952 (live EP)            Richard Thompson

Sky Piece                                                         Mark Fosson