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9/30/2007

Skip James playing I’m So Glad

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog, video.

One minute and thirty two seconds of genius. It’s all falsetto and frenzied finger picking. Cream had a big hit with this tune, but no one could top Skip James.

9/29/2007

Clarence and Roland White playing I am a Pilgrim and Soldier’s Joy

This is some great vintage footage of Clarence and Roland White playing together in 1973. There are some clear shots of their left hands, so you can get a pretty good sense of their playing mechanics.

9/28/2007

Impressive bylines for our liner note writers

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: News, TweedBlog.

The gentlemen who authored the liner notes to our first two records have scored some impressive bylines this week. Their recent successes prove what I have long believed: that writing our liner notes is an essential step in the journey to a MacArthur Genius Grant.

Alexander Gelfand, Ph.D, author of the introduction to Just a Spoonful, had an article published in a scrappy East Coast daily called the ‘New York Times’. The ‘Times’, as it is known, has helped launch the careers of such heavyweights as Jayson Blair and Judith Miller.

Alex’s contribution to today’s Times is an article about forgoing the expensive resorts and cottage rentals for the simple pleasures of camping in the Hamptons:

Ordinarily, this scene would carry a hefty price tag: $15,000 a week for a three-bedroom house in nearby Hither Woods. I got my prime slice of beachfront real estate for just under $30 a night — plus the cost of our tent.

Read the full article here: http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/09/28/travel/escapes/28camp.html?ref=escapes

Aaron Cohen, author of the introduction to Where You Been So Long?, has scored a spot in the Oxford American‘s annual music issue. Like the New York Times, the American has high standards for its writers. Their submission guidelines explicity state that the American “[does] not publish pornography, society gossip, or poems about cats.”

Aaron has spent a good deal of time studying the life and work of singer and composer Percy Mayfield. The American describes Cohen’s article thusly:

Split between religious devotion and doomed romance, Percy Mayfield’s songs explored the bleakness of lost love in the Nuclear Age. Aaron Cohen examines the soul singer’s dark, seductive demeanor: “Emotionally, Percy Mayfield was all over the map; balancing along the edge of despair, he never let go of his optimism or sense of cool. Even some harsh blows that could have prematurely ended his career—and his life—never totally cracked his confidence, or his faith.”

Order your copy here: OxfordAmerican.com

9/27/2007

Merle Travis playing John Henry

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog, video.

YouTube goodness of one of the greatest guitarists this country has ever produced. Enjoy.

9/25/2007

The Murry Wilson Show, part IV: Bobo, you’re flatting

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog, video.

In this, the final installment, Murry teams with his new buddies Joe Jackson and Fred Lennon to build the perfect rock star son.

Visit creator Peter Bagge’s website for other cool stuff;
http://www.peterbagge.com/

Previous posts:
I’m a genius too, you know!
Stop! You’re giving me ear cancer! (includes links to the original Murry Wilson tapes)
The Murray Wilson show, part III

Murry’s anger management class pisses him off

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog, video.

In this episode, Murry finds solace in the company of other abusive rock-and-roll dads.

Previous posts:
I’m a genius too, you know!
Stop! You’re giving me ear cancer! (includes links to the original Murry Wilson tapes)

Stop! You’re giving me ear cancer!

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog, video.

Part two of the Murry Wilson show, a cartoon series based on Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson’s famously abusive dad… In this episode, Murry lovingly reminds some uppity youngsters that, before Brian was a genius, he lived in Murry’s balls.

WFMU’s Beware of the Blog has the Murry Wilson tapes in all their painful, dysfunctional glory:
Full version
Cliff’s Notes version

Previous posts:
I’m a genius too, you know!

I’m a genius too, you know!

By Kenneth Rainey. Filed under: TweedBlog, video. Tags:

As Tangleweed prepares to reenter the studio and work on our next magnum opus, I’d like to take a few moments to celebrate one of the great tales of family dysfunction and studio misery. Murry Wilson, father of Carl, Dennis, and Brian, was captured on tape running a Beach Boys session into the ground. After helping to sabotage a series of takes of ‘Help Me Rhonda’, Murry attempts to belittle Brian by uttering the now infamous line, “I’m a genius too”. Brian gently reminds his dad that, prior to a fatherly beating, he could hear out of his right ear.

Murry was a fine human being. Apparently he used to like to torment Brian by pulling out his glass eye and forcing him to look in the empty socket.

So it is with great pleasure that I present this series of web cartoons. They’re not new, but, if you haven’t seen them, you’re in for a treat. The voice talent includes several Mr. Show alumns: Paul F. Thompkins, Tom Kenney, and Jill Talley. Tom Kenney is revered in my household for his work as the voice of Sponge Bob.