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David Gray – One with the Birds


The original is one of my favorite Bonnie "Prince" Billy songs. Start 49 seconds in to avoid a few f-bombs in his banter.
Sounds like he bowdlerized these lyrics:
"Looks like Like so many seagulls / Like so many hawks
Like so many thrushes / And so many cocks
Well a swallow will tell you ..."
Replacing "cocks" with "storks". Which is a bummer, because that's highlight of Oldham's songwriting right there.
And if your stage banter is in cursive, why bother cleaning up the lyrics?

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FMD: AMR’s Week “Whither Live Music?”

I struggled to find clips for this week because I don't really know which artists I would want to see in concert right now.
Other than Julien Baker, who has probably been over-played here (8 times in 3.5 years). But what size venues does she play?
Florist's new album doesn't seem like it would translate to a live setting; it's so close and intimate.
Lana Del Rey went on a stadium tour and all I could find were audience clips. I watched a good number of her live clips early in her career and never found her performances compelling.

(As for finding cool performances in atypical settings...
Have we passed peak "Take Away Show"-like programming? Or are they just hidden under fan clips?
And how many times can I go to the BPB and HHT wells?)

I hope you like what I've offered (and will offer for a few more days), regardless.
Go ahead and drop your lists, and tell me why I'm wrong. Which touring musicians should I be excited about when they come through?

Mavis Staples – Love and Trust (Live in London, July 2018)


From her album Live in London, recorded on her 79th birthday and the day before.
This was her first of two albums released this year, of seven released this decade. Making this her most prolific decade for solo albums.
1960s: 1
1970s: 2 + 1 soundtrack album
1980s: 1
1990s: 3
2000s: 2 + 1 live album
2010s: 6 + 1 live album
Of course, she had a day job with the Staple Singers into the 1990s.

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