cat power 11.23.98

back in 96 i met a girl. we were merely kids in our early 20’s, lovin life and each other. we were livin life paycheck to paycheck, bar to bar, zip code to zip code, taco stand to taco stand, but none of that mattered cause we had each other, for the time being. we waxed drunkly for hours on end about our favorite records, and she would play me the most beautiful songs you would ever want to hear. we started and ended each other sentences, smoked the same cigarettes, we walked down milwaukee avenue holding hands and dreamed of getting out, and on a whim flew down to florida to swim with the manatees. she looked glorious standing there in the florida sun as the rays beat down and browned her skin every so slightly. she said the most incredible stuff and even when i wanted to call bullshit, i didnt. she was the sweetest bird i ever had to let go.


well, shit, that never really happened. here is a live radio show from munich from my main girl, chan marshall, recorded all the way back in 1998. she sounds so lovely, like a delicate bird waking me in the morning.

1. he was a friend of mine

2. naked if i want to

3. werewolf

4. say

5. metal heart

6. he turns down

7. dreams – fleetwood mac cover

8. i found a reason

9. let sadness not be attached to your name – i think a velvet underground cover

10. color and the kids

11. indirect sun

two cat power records to grow on

moon pix

the greatest

imo, this version of i found a reason is one of the most gorgeous things mine ears have ever witnessed.

a post about beirut


one band that i know has been mentioned often, as of late, is beirut.? its dudes like this that both piss me off and make me insanely jealous.? 19 years old this zach condon is, and he sounds much older and wiser than his years.? musically i love everything he is about, vocally i am still on the fence, but i am sure i will come around.? it could be an exciting ride for young zach and for what i am sure to be a legion of fans.

postcards from italy

mount wroclai

interior of a dutch house

few things and no river city


good morning dear faceless people of the internets. got a few things to report:

1. to they guy who keeps spamming me with “buy tramdol” messages, if i find you i will hurt you. enough already, i dont want any god damn tramdol – whatever it is.

2. new califone record is done recording and should hopefully be out sometime later this year.

3. i had the most fantastic dream about chan marshall last night, and it didnt even involve disrobbing.

4. new look? circle yes or no

5. who do you secretly like?

one band of merry men i had been meaning to write about for some time is atlanta’s own no river city. i have been really diggin their record, this is our north dakota, lately. they have some of the sweetest harmonies since the inception of harmonies. they may sound like your typical alt-country, i know lame, band but there is more here than meets the ear. they also do a cool cover of tom waits’ who are you, which my dear leah, of our sister blog red/blondehead, didnt seem to appreciate all that much but i dig it.

100 mile dance

night falls so hard

wow that was fun and some nmh home recordings


so spent much of the past 12 hours figuring out what intern steve messed up. he is much like taking a dog for a walk, i am always having to clean up after his shit. so after upgrading my wordpress software, we should be back in business.

while i attend to other pressing matters, here are some neutral milk hotel demos/home recordings part one. they are a very interesting listen, its really not what you expect, at all.

1. digestion machine

2. calypso part one

3. my dream girl doesnt exist

4. calypso part two

thanks to the fine people/persons at for this jenny lewis/rilo kiley cover of the aeroplane over the sea – sound quality isnt great but still cool.

three things


to the brainiac who invented the sidebar widget for wordpress, i love you long time.

secondly, there are new golden smog songs up on their myspace page

thirdly, since i am kinda beat i will leave you with one of my favorite songs of recent memory. from songs ohia’s magnolia electric company… jason is another dude that just cant seem to stay consistent. he does brilliant work like MEC and then some real, well i would rather not say.

farewell transmission

in other news, today captainsdead has experienced many technical difficulties, mostly my own doing. hopefully everything will be better in the morning, for my own sanity it better

i wish

there was a “are you sure you want to edit that” warning before i went a head and fucked stuff up.? since my html skills are novice, at best, i am going to have to re-install my theme.? anyway, take a look at this nice theme for the time being.

we shall over come and the original seeger sessions

Sometimes the less you know about a subject matter, the better. Getting all tied up in back stories and history only complicates matters. Ignorance is bliss, or something like that. There are instances, such as this, that taking things at face value is the only way to go. Let the work speak for itself, and let everything else be damned.

Pete Seeger — I don?t know anything about him and it is likely going to stay that way. Bruce Springsteen?s interpretation of Seeger?s work on We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions is not only Bruce?s finest hour in years, but also possibly 2006?s finest record thus far.

When this project came to light, or when I caught wind of it, it sounded like a complete bore. The world didn?t need another Devils and Dust, which is a fine record, but a little underwhelming. This is a Bruce record that has been a long time coming. We Shall Overcome is classic Springsteen, which is to say it?s very reminiscent of Born to Run and Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ.

When Bruce counts out over a muted guitar strum and the banjo kicks in on the opening track, “Old Dan Tucker,” its immediately clear that We Shall Overcome is going to be special. A drunken collective spits out the chorus, ?get out the way old Dan Tucker/you?re too late to get your supper/get out the way old Dan Tucker/you?re too late to get your supper.? It is truly a glorious racket. The Tom Waits-infused and eerily beautiful “Erie Canal” and “Eyes on the Prize” would not sound out of place during a turn of the 20th century New Orleans death march. Both feature horn sections and a backdrop of singers sounding solemn enough to make even the most melancholy of persons mourn.

“Pay Me My Money Down” is a foot stompin? barnburner and a much-needed shot in the arm after the slow burn and emotional movement of “Shenandoah.” “We Shall Overcome” could be, and probably is, straight out of the protest songbook of the 1960s. Not to say it?s stuck in a time warp, because the sentiments most certainly carry over into today.

This may come across as a strange comparison, but We Shall Overcome reminds me of a folk version of Pubic Enemy?s legendary It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Resonating throughout We Shall Overcome are fiddles, horns of all shapes and sounds, banjos, organs, guitars, accordions, and more, that all seem to come out of nowhere. With so much going on at once, it makes for a Bomb Squad-type wall of sound. Even the more subdued tracks, like “Shenandoah,” have much going on then what one might hear on first listen. Oddly enough, We Shall Overcome makes for a great headphone record.

We Shall Overcome is the sound of an artist reborn and revitalized. A record with so much passion and fervor it puts musicians 30 years his junior to shame. We Shall Overcome proves that sometimes it’s all right to patronize the past, if only to move foward.

this review can be found on

here are original pete seeger versions of the songs that made its way onto we shall overcome.

erie canal


old dan tucker