I’m tired this morning, so I have an Extra Large Coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts in front of me. (I think that the phrase “Extra Large Coffee” requires capitalization)
Dave and I are busy re-hashing our interview with Blitzen Trapper and their show from last night, so look for that either tomorrow or Friday depending on how quickly we can work on it. In the meantime, here are the next two tracks in my 1000 Minutes project:
When Phantom Power came out in 1998, The Tragically Hip were at the pinnacle of their popularity with me. Just about six months earlier, I had gotten my hands on a copy of their album Live Between Us, and fell head over heels for the group. I wore Phantom Power out, and saw them live twice that year, which I still would recommend to anyone who has the opportunity. It’s an experience.
“Bobcaygeon” is my favorite from an album I would still be able to sing along with every word. The song is comfortable and well-worn, even if you’re hearing it for the first time. Take it out for a drive and you’ll see.
4. Van Morrison – Sweet Thing (mp3) from Astral Weeks (4:25) [Time Remaining: 984:02] (removed by request)
Astral Weeks will at some point be written about for an Essential Album. Everything on that whole album sounds fresh whenever I hear it. “Sweet Thing” is a mix-tape staple of mine when I am forcing people to listen to good music, or when I’m trying to woo you. (Ask my girlfriend. I bet it’s on the first or second mix I made for her.) I forced this song on my brother, who plays it when he’s making his coffeehouse rounds. And it’s just so damn beautiful.