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.”
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.
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.
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?