There’s a Monday Mix Tape hanging out under this post but since it’s not only Monday it’s the seventh anniversary of the day I stood before God, Family, and Friends and pledged my life to the lovely Michelle. I doubt it’s been easy for her to put up with my craziness over the last seven years but she has and we carved out a fairly stable niche in this world for our clan. I wouldn’t be where I am today without her and her support. Today is seven years and counting and I plan to keep counting for a long damn time.
To Michelle: I have no regrets in marrying you, not even a second thought, not in seven years. You have been there to help me up when I have fallen, you have supported my crazy schemes, and you haven’t stabbed me in my sleep (at least not on purpose). I love you as much today as I did when I married you. Happy seventh baby. Seven is still a small number…I can’t wait for fifty!
As promised here’s a happier mix than last Monday’s mix. It’s a little schizo but it’s happy overall. And after having listened to it all the way through it’s one of the best Monday Mix Tapes I have put up so far. This is not a mix tape for my anniversary…
No much to tell about this one. This is a random selection from my poker playlist. I play about once a month at a great game and really enjoy it. I put a lot of thought into what ends up on the three playlists I use. This is 14 tracks from the “standard” playlist. The other two are “patient” and “aggressive” and which one is in use depends on the time of night and the other players at the table. This would have been the first fourteen songs next time I played since I just put each list on random when I play. So it’s not all songs about gambling but there may a couple in there. Anyway, enjoy the music…
I cleaned up the mix tapes so that they are all here and none of them floating around on their own subdomains anymore. Not a ton has changed except behind the scenes. I have converted the three mixes that were still subdomains and will be directing all of the mix tape subdomains to the Mixes & Intros page and deleting the content on them and eventually removing them. It’s easier to maintain a single subdomain for the mixes and even that re-directs to the Mixes & Intros page. I also went through and added the artist names as tags for each of the mix tapes so that they might be easier to search for. I still have two mixes that are not quite the right format and one post that’s a playlist with a play button for each track I need to convert but those can wait a while longer.
I know my Categories don’t make much sense and they shouldn’t since they are arbitrary phrases I chose for no reason other than them sounding cool. However I am using each one for something specific and in regards to music Once more into the breach should get you all the compilations and intros as posts instead of a list if you are so inclined.
Some years back I was in Austin with my wife and brother to see Lucero. I had seen them the weekend before in Los Angeles and my ride had sort of bailed on, she had her reasons, but all of my merch was in her car. I had spent a pretty penny on merch that evening and was not happy about the whole situation but the evening wasn’t ruined. I ended up borrowing money from Ben to catch a cab back to my hotel and since neither of us had clue one about where were or where the hell my hotel was he gave me a crisp new hundred. Also not realizing, due to hanging out with Ben all night if you know what I mean, that LA is sort of built in the hills I thought it would be a good idea to just hop over the flower-bed in the hotel parking lot. The four foot drop on the other side was unexpected and I ended up in the street, face down, in front of my cab. I picked myself up, brushed off the gravel, and left my dignity lying in the street. Five whole blocks later I stepped out the cab and went into my hotel. It had been that kind of night. But I digress…
I went to Austin to see Lucero and pay Ben back for the loan and there’s more stories to that night than I can tell here but Bill Krejski (Sorry if I murdered you name Bill) had heard about my merch driving away and went about making sure everything was replaced and on top of that handed me some CDs by bands he really liked. I had never heard of either of them and have to admit that Nashville Pussy rarely sees any time on the playlist but the other band sees more than most. The first time I dropped I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House into the CD player I was hooked!
Now you have to understand a couple of things here. I love music for the sake of music and generally don’t like mixing politics with my tunes so normally that would be strike one against any band, after all Dear Mr. Heston is not exactly apolitical. The second is that Michael Dean Damron and I are polar opposites when it comes to politics. I doubt there is a single thing we could agree on politically and he does, or did with I Can Lick Any SOB, bring politics into his music so there would normally be strike two. I don’t usually even bother trying to find a third strike when it comes to music so most bands wouldn’t have seen a second play from me after listening to Put Here To Bleed but the music was so good that I overlooked the politics completely and now own all of their albums and thanks to our gracious host have recently caught up on Michael Dean Damron’s solo career. I think both with I Can Lick Any SOB and solo that Damron is an amazing songwriter and performer and more than that worth getting to know musically. So without further ado here are two tapes covering Damron from I Can Lick Any SOB to his most recent solo effort. Tape 1 is all I Can Lick Any SOB and covers all of their albums including Live at Dante’s. Admittedly I left out the political tunes for completely selfish reasons but since I am the one making these tapes I get to do that….
- Tracks 1-4: Creepy Little Noises
- Tracks 5-7: Menace
- Tracks 8-10: Put Here To Bleed
- Tracks 11-14: Live at Dante’s
Tape two is Michael Dean Damron solo and I think he is still getting better and better. I Can Lick Any SOB was an amazing band but songs like Cape and Blame it on the Whiskey are amazing songs and I will freely admit have helped me deal with my personal demons. You know those demons. They are the ones that show up when you come home from the bar, wife asleep, and all that’s there is you, whiskey, and the thoughts in your head. Those are the nights where you want to drop in some Michael Dean Damron and just let it all go. His cover of Drag The River‘s Beautiful and Damned is one of the most amazing covers I have ever heard and is in heavy rotation on the iPod. Anyway, enough of my jawin’…
- Tracks 1-3: Bad Days Ahead
- Tracks 4-7: A Perfect Day for a Funeral
- Tracks 8-11: Father’s Day
All the linkage you might need:
I Can Lick Any SOB – Official Website
I Can Lick Any SOB store on In Music We Trust
The day I Can Lick Any SOB broke up – 9b article
Michael Dean Damron – Official Website\
Michael Dean Damron – Myspace
Michael Dean Damron’s coverage on 9b
Well I didn’t get any sort of inspiration to write about any of my attempts at life management. I will mention I am re-reading How To Win Friends And Influence People which is a must read for just about anyone regardless of your profession. But that’s all I’ve got on that so I decided to make up for Monday’s lack of music. I thought about this one long and hard and almost came up with a theme. I think everything flows on this one pretty well. I even managed to normalize them so nothing blows your eardrums out if you listen to it on your iPod. That’s about enough outta me…
I think we all have fears that we won’t own up to and sometimes that we don’t even admit to ourselves. I tried to grab some of those themes and bring that in the songs on this mix. I guess I did alright for the most part. Hope you enjoyed this one.