♫ “Goddamn Blue Yodel #7″ by Slim Cessna’s Auto Club expresses depression with enough energy & humor to keep you moving. So many good lines.
This cassette single lived in our house during my childhood, baffling and entertaining me with its pirate-like synth rap. It seemed even odder years later when I learned that Captain Sensible formerly played bass for punk band The Damned.
Happy Jake Tuesday!
Comics about science? (SCIENCE!) Yes! I’m excited about Boundless, the Boston Comics Rountable‘s forthcoming anthology, and you should be, too! I greatly enjoyed their (now out of print) Inbound 4: A Comic Book History of Boston, and I have high hopes for Boundless. Plus the Roundtable is a great bunch of folks. Place your Kickstarter pledge now so they can print it and pay the artists!
People dressed as shrubs danced yesterday in Helston, Cornwall, UK. Others dressed in old-time finery danced in a line so long you couldn’t see either end. They celebrated Flora Day, an old spring tradition also called the Furry Dance (named long before furries).
While the shrub people dance, everyone sings:
Hal-an-tow, jolly rumbalow For we were up as soon as any day-O And for to fetch the summer home The summer and the May-O For summer is a-come-O And winter is a-gone-O
Each verse brings a costumed pantomime. This Hal-An-Tow video starts with shouting and noise, then at 1:35 comes a Cornish proclamation that sounds like Swedish Chef, followed by the dancing shrubs, song, and weird pageantry.
The great processional dance features kids (in one dance) and adults (in the other two) walking in pairs in a tremendous line and periodically doing a little dance that puts them with a new partner. The children’s dance alone has 1,000 people in it. See for example the 2014 midday dance, 2011 children’s dance, … and footage from 1955 … and 1921.
I’d love to see it in person someday. I’d love have something like it here!
This song is so great! (And I don’t say that just because I used to live with one of the band members.)
♫ “Would Not Float” by Gideon Freudmann
No song link, sorry :(
I went out to sail my boat I was not sure it would float I put it into the pond, It sank, like a rock It was not such a surprise These things happen, I surmise Sometimes, though, it gets my goat It would not float
I’m no expert, but here’s some Irish music I like a lot:
- Noel Hill — In Knocknagree (all accordion/concertina and clogging, sounds like recorded live in a pub)
- The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and their families — Irish Folk Songs and Airs (more down-home sounding than some of their other work, probably because of the “and their families”)
- The Chieftains — The Best of The Chieftains
- Solas — Reunion (a live concert that I prefer to the studio album I have)
Scottish but sounds similar:
- Capercaillie — Sidewaulk
Had a nasty stomach bug Sunday night through Monday. I’m still trying to get back my energy and catch up on the hunger from 2 days of hardly eating.
There’s a lot of bunny talk going around today, and I hate to be a party pooper but bunnies don’t exist.
My mysterious animal photos receive analysis in this guest post from leading pseudocryptozoologist Bruce Fort. — Colin