Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Remember: Evil Knievel and the legacy of John Wayne Gacy

My iBook is still broken. And that's all I'm going to say about that.

One positive result of the broken iBook is digging up the Grant Lee Buffalo album Mighty Joe Moon. This was an album that I played ad nauseum in high school, but is now tucked away in one of those monstrous CD books. The songs are stripped down and raw, so that the intensity of each song rings through. Grant Lee Phillips sings about devastation, minotaurs, and Manifest Destiny. Maybe Phillips was just prepping me for my AP U.S. History exam or to play for Team Meloy, but Mighty Joe Moon conjures a dusty past with poignancy. Twelve years later, Mighty Joe Moon has yet to lose its charm and I still feel the urge to lie on the floor and sing about John Wayne Gacy. Below are some songs so we can sing along together.

Mp3s from Mighty Joe Moon:
Grant Lee Buffalo: Mockingbirds
Grant Lee Buffalo: Lone Star Song
Grant Lee Buffalo: Sing Along

Pick up Mighty Joe Moon and other good stuff from Grant Lee Buffalo at Insound.

Wiki it up:
A new wiki entitled Bread for Music has been created to fill the need for a comprehensive internet-based lyrics site. There are a few hundred song lyrics posted, but the people at Bread for Music would like you to stop by and edit, add, and comment your music educated hearts out.

To the lovely ones who entered the first ever Indie Don't Dance Mix--you know who you are-- please email me either a link or an mp3 of the song you want to include on the mix. The sooner I receive them, the sooner I can put the mix together.


Anonymous greg said...

what a beautiful record mighty joe moon is. rock of ages always makes me a little teary eyed.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Dinah said...

thank you! I've been trying to get into Grant Lee Buffalo.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, too, listened the cool out of that album back in high school, and also picked it back up last year--perhaps due to a similar problem, but I think just really because I had heard GLPhillips's solo work just before that, and it spurred me to give it another listen. It's such a damn good listen. I think my favorite track was the opening "Lone Star Song". Brilliant. Good plug.

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Nice post! Can’t wait for the next one. Keep stuff like this coming.

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