♫ “Medley: Emilia’s / Always In The Way / Helena”

♫ “Medley: Emilia’s / Always In The Way / Helena” by The Stanislawski Polka Band (with Walt Solek)

The laughter-only verses in “Emilia’s” (0:32 & 1:18) always get me, especially when the second one goes off the rails. “Always In The Way” (1:51) has a surprising topic for a polka. And “Helena” is “cute and gay”.

Hoth Stuff

(To the tune of “Hot Stuff“)

Sittin’ here hearin’ my snowed-in neighbor
startin’ their snowblower that stalls
Shoveled out my plowed-in, buried driveway
glaring at the snow as it falls

Living in some Hoth stuff, baby, this evening
I mean some Hoth stuff, baby, tonight
Don’t want that Hoth stuff, baby, this evening
Gonna have some Hoth stuff, gonna have to shovel all night

(Apologies to Donna Summer)

Morning Music 2: Funky

Disco, funk, and hip-hop for your alarm clock.

More Morning Music

Morning Music 1: Mellow

Ambient, chillout, dub, and experimental music for your alarm clock.

More Morning Music

♫ “Livin’ Off The Land” by the Holy Modal Rounders

♫ “Livin’ Off The Land” by the Holy Modal Rounders

“We will have a pet raccoon / Maybe we’ll have two / If you ask me real nice / I’ll let ‘em sleep with you” I actually met someone who had a pet raccoon once — he walked right into the office with it on his shoulder.

“Hey boppa, livin’ off the land / Hey boppa, livin’ off the land / Hey boppa, livin’ off the land / Isn’t nature grand”

I’m no expert

re: Jesse DuRona: “Friends: can anyone recommend some great Celtic music?

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

Anyone know a good way to share playlists online?

Anyone know a good way to share playlists online? I was using Youtube because it has a lot of music but their ads ruin the experience (I only noticed recently on a friend’s computer; I use an adblocker on mine). I basically want to post online mixtapes but I haven’t kept up with streaming music stuff so I don’t know what’s out there or if it’s even feasible given copyright issues.

Halloween Music Mix

♫ Halloween Mix 2014

  1. “Carve Her Pumpkin” — John Vosel & the Boogie Monsters
  2. “Halloween” — The Mission Creeps
  3. “The Bones in the Ground” — Robyn Hitchock
  4. “Ain’t No Grave” — Crooked Still
  5. “Hall of Heads” — They Might Be Giants
  6. “Graveyard Stomp” — Ursula 1000
  7. “There’s a New Sound (the Sound That’s Made by Worms)” — Tony Burrello
  8. “Dead Man’s Party” — Oingo Boingo
  9. “The Old Woman in the Woods” — Cruachan
  10. “Zombie” — The Death Set
  11. “Werewolf” — Al Storm
  12. “Up Jumped the Devil” — John Davis and the Monster Orchestra
  13. “Enter Sandman” — Richard Cheese

Happy Halloween!

Folk Gospel Pearls p.1 of 2

Folk Gospel Pearls page 1


I enjoy old-timey American folk music, but not so much the old-timey American Christianity in some of it. Singing along to folk gospel just feels wrong to me – which is too bad, ’cause it has some great tunes! Utah Phillips said, “The Wobblies [the Workers of the World union] liked to steal the hymn tunes – ’cause they were pretty – and change the words so they made more sense.” (e.g. “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” became “Dump The Bosses Off Your Back”) For now i just draw these irreverent doodles, like an oyster making pearls in reaction to sand grit…

From THE CHERRY TREE CAROL, a song that migrated from England to the Appalachians: “Then Mary spoke to Joseph / So meek and so mild / ‘Joseph, gather me some cherries / For I am with child”

In the comic, Mary says, “Joseph! Gather cherries, for I am with child!”
Joseph, startled, says, “What?! But we haven’t even – ”
“CHERRIES! NOW!” Joseph runs away.

Later, Mary shoves cherries from a bowl into her cherry-stained face while Joseph slouches exhausted. “Mm, thank you. Mlorf.” After eating all the cherries, she says, “Ah – Urp,” then suddenly vomits all over a horrified Joseph. (“BLARF!”)

Josephs stomps away. “I’m OUT of here.”
“What? No!”

(The actual story in the song, it turns out, is Joseph refuses because he thinks Mary’s cheated on him, so fetal Jesus commands a cherry tree to bend down and give Mary some fruit!)

Here is the first of two pages I made for the alphabet-structured Hot Tea, Cold Water #3, marking the first time in a couple of years that I’ve submitted to an anthology I wasn’t co-editing. The second page, as you might expect, has more doodles from different songs.