The short answer: I've been writing and rewriting and then rewriting a post until I get it right is the short answer. I haven't even had time to go mining through Flickr for cool images. The new post will come soon (tonight I hope) and I'm sure you will be all suitably underwhelmed by it. Or overwhelmed - I don't know. Well, at least I think you'll like the music I'm fixing to post...
The longer answer is that I've been spacing out listening to some of the tunes I downloaded from Liz Durrett's website. I totally ignored her during my lengthy swim through the SXSW tunage but then some stuff was bound to fall through the cracks. So, I heard the strains of an unearthly version of "Somewhere" from West Side Story (one of my fave TV movie yearly events as a kid) coming from another room. I ambled over (in my socks, as you can only truly amble in socks) and saw the tail end of a commercial for some company (ok, it's called TIAA-CREF) of which I have no idea what they do - the commercial doesn't really help either but that's beside the point. Something to do with preparing for the future (maybe they sell gas masks?). Anyway, after tons of searching through the net to find out who is behind this cover, I was directed to Durrett's site where she has so helpfully added uploaded this song:
"Somewhere" - Liz Durrett(duet with Vic Chesnutt)
She has cover of Tom Waits' "November" and Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" at her site and her song "Ablaze" is still available from the SXSW site.
Meanwhile in other places and spaces... BSV explains the new tardcore movement and the photo (recently featured here) which is to this genre what the running naked Vietnamese girl was to the Vietnam War. Eric spruces up the hardcore clubhouse at Something I Learned. Jane of Firedoglake imagines what SHOULD be on the President's iPod as does Can't Stop The Bleeding. Johnny is a Man begins his recollections of appearing on Rock and Roll Jeopardy. And finally, Scott Stereogum puts together an indie yuppie MP3 mix. What, you never heard the term indie yuppie? - go here for an explanation (link also courtesy 'gum). Do you think indie yuppies listen to tardcore?