Roots Music

I’ve been listening to roots music lately. For some reason, the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack has been running through my head.

So I’ve been playing that, and The Dead’s Blues for Allah (with Franklin’s Tower) I’m not sure what gets to me about that song, but goes straight to my brain and stays there for hours at a time.


Remember the Omar concert last week? Well, there are mp3s of some songs off the coming album up on his website.

I’d recommend one or two of them, but they’re all good. Amorosa is one of my favorites when done in concert, it always seems to be teasing me with domething just beyond my reach. Some of the tracks seem to hint at his other songs, some evoke Santana, others Tito Puente.

Rainbows is also on that page. Funky. The first time I heard it, the bass line went completely through me, grabbed me and spun me around. But then, they had a few more amps and speakers at that show than I do at home.

I really like the fact that he has player listings for windows, mac and linux. It’s nice to see the alternative computing platforms supported. By the way, I think Omar gets it. He’s got high quality mp3s on his site, of complete songs, off an album that’s going to come out soon. It’s a tease. Followed by me purchasing the album as soon as I see it. Hell, I already go to almost all his shows in Seattle.

What would be really cool would be soundboard copies of his shows, maybe only for attendees, maybe for everyone. Each show would be about 100 megs, so the hosting bill might be pretty high if it was done from a centralized arrangement. But it would tide me over between shows…

***Reading Material

By now, all the bloggers have seen the case of the poor guy who was kicked off two flights for reading “Hayduke Lives!” and later had his Harry Potter book examined for 20 minutes by National Guard troops. I have some more suggestions for dangerous reading material. Phillip K. Dick in particular.

Ubik -There is the clear and present danger that the plane may regress to a 1930’s era biplane on the way to your destination. Of course, it’s up for great philosophical discussion whether or not the plane actually exists and if the passengers are alive.

Flow my Tears, the Policeman Said – There is the danger that the entire plane may blink in and out of some poor sod’s bad trip.

Any PKD short story collection – Causality violations are very dangerous when aboard aircraft. So are conspiracies where everything is out to get you.

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