Gordon Lightfoot Live at the BBC

When I tell people that I like — nay love — Gordon Lightfoot, I always get a strange look. And then, the person invariably admits they can’t name a single song by the man. Well, no less an authority than Bob Dylan said that when he hears a Lightfoot song, he never wants it to end. So rather than a single song, I present an entire BBC performance from 1972. Lightfoot is at the peak of his powers here, wearing some weird biker getup, looking mighty comfortable in his own skin and singing songs with a surprisingly dark edge.

My favorite track, which is in this performance somewhere, is easily “10 Degrees and Getting Colder.” It displays Lightfoot’s talent for storytelling, ending with an ominous image of a man hitchhiking through Boulder in 10-degree weather as the sun goes down.

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Ultimate Muscle Roller Legend

Know Your Meme: “Ultimate Muscle Roller Legend is a 3D animated short film featuring two Billy Herrington wrestlers dressed in underwear chasing after the steamroller-driving Vocaloid character Kagamine Rin.”

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Fukkireta Eagle Dance

Know Your Meme: “Fukkireta (吹っ切れた) is a series of dance videos featuring animated characters with their hands on their hips and shaking side to side with cute background music. “Fukkireta” is the past simple & present perfect simple tense of “Fukkiru”. The literal translation is to blow out or break through but is figuratively interpreted as a colloquial expression equivalent to ‘getting rid of a thorn in the eye’ or to simply ‘blow off one’s worries’ in Japanese.”

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Knelt Rote – Usurpation

A million years ago when I was still in Portland, I happened upon a flier for a show called “Grindzebo.” I hadn’t heard of any of the bands, but it had been a minute before I was involved in the grindcore scene, so I figured I’d go ahead and check it out. Good thing I did. People undervalue the talent involved in playing extreme music. It’s hard for a band to even stay together at those speeds. It’s even harder to do something new and interesting with the idiom. But Portland’s own Knelt Rote always brought the thunder in just the right way. Anyone know if they’re still together?

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Grateful Dead – Hell in a Bucket

I’m a Dead fan, but only if “fan” is short for “fanatic” and “fanatic” means “fucking evangelist.” It took me a while to get, but thank you Greg Ginn for turning me on to them. Everyone fixates on their late-60s / early-70s golden era and / or their live stuff. And y’know, I love Workingman’s Dead and Europe 72. But their studio stuff is terrific, including this track off their penultimate effort. The Dead making videos for MTV. Dig it.

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