Ridiculously Retro

OK, I’m going to cross my fingers and hope this works. The Believer‘s new music issue is a serious experiment in the limits of retro. How serious, you might wonder. So retro that the music comes to us by way of a cassette tape. Fortunately, my silver Subaru sedan must be the last vehicle in the developed world that still has a tape player. One song in particular stuck out, which I will now attempt to use to play you out for the week, dear reader. Here is the band Great White Jenkins covering the Carter Family number “Where Shall I Be.”

My Kind of Wrath

Doing research for an article on the YouTube today, I came across this recording of “Requiem Mass in D Minor,” Mozart’s take on the Dies Irae (“Day of Wrath”). Judgment never sounded so stirring.

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Play It, Gothard Girls

To play you out for the week, here are the Gothard Sisters singing “Scarborough Fair.” You’ll hear more on this score because I interviewed them yesterday. At one point, they had me non-maliciously waving one hand around in the air like kids used to do in middle school to mock the students on the short bus. More on that soon enough in a full-length article.

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Less Gunshots, More Hits at the Fair

It’s Fair Week in Lynden. Given the beefed up security and the fact that any known Mexican gang-bangers and wannabes in Whatcom County are being turned away, I think it’s safe to predict that this year we’ll avoid gunfire.

Another nice addition this year is an act called the Gothard Sisters. Your diarist is scheduled to interview them early this afternoon, though the questions aren’t exactly writing themselves. Here’s a clip of the girls in action, dancing and wailing on those hand-held Irish drums. Maybe they can show me how to do that.

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Jimmy Fallon Goes to Heaven

If I were the Almighty, Jimmy Fallon would make it into heaven purely on the strength of what I am about to share with you, dear reader. Behold, Jim Morrison returned from the beyond the grave to perform “Reading Rainbow” for your edification and utter astonishment.

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Onions Have Layers–Walla Walla, Not So Much

The Walla Walla Sweets beat the Bellingham Bells for the last two games of the regular season and your diarist is still a little sore about it. To play you out for the week, here is a song to highlight that sprawling metropolis’s second largest legitimate industry.

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War, What Songs Is It Good for?

Let me slip the Friday tune in just under the wire. I give you “Post-War Blues” by Dan Mangan. Question: Do you consider this an anti-war song? I thought so at first. And I still think the opening punches in that direction. But overall it’s hard to make the case that this is much of a “message” song. Agree or disagree, dear reader?

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