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She
  • She
  • Gram Parsons
  • GP
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“She” by Gram Parsons

Kinda like Elvis introduced black music to white kids, Gram Parsons is the guy who introduced Country music to people who felt obligated to disparage Country music.  He emphasized Rock & Roll’s Country roots–and surprised an audience who hadn’t known Rock even had roots in Country.  He was a good-looking kid with rock star friends and a privileged background, which still irritates people who believe (for some fucking reason) that their favorite artists have to be “authentic” (re: poor and untutored).  He was the right guy at the right time, but more importantly, Gram Parsons had a genuine passion for “Cosmic American Music” that he was able to share with people who might’ve missed out otherwise; forget your trendy World Music CD’s, friend, here’s a world of music in your own backyard.

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I See A Darkness
  • I See A Darkness
  • Bonnie 'Prince' Billy
  • Now Here's My Plan
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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - I See A Darkness

Many times
We’ve been out drinking
And many times
We’ve shared our thoughts
But did you ever, ever notice
The kind of thoughts I got
Well you know I have a love
A love for everyone I know
And you know I have a drive
To live I won’t let go
But can you see it’s opposition
Comes a-rising up sometimes
That it’s dreadful and position
Comes blacking in my mind…

And that I see a darkness

Black As Night Here in the Hole - click to listen

(an 8tracks mix)

Weird and spectral American Gothic songs about holes and being way down in them. Image: Harry Clarke, ilustration for Edgar Allen Poe’s “A Descent into the Maelström,” via http://www.grandmasgraphics.com/clarke5.php.

Tracks:
1. The Peculiar Pretzelmen – Back in the Hole
2. Tom Waits – Underground
3. Those Poor Bastards – Old Pine Box
4. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Red Right Hand
5. Johnny Hollow – This Hollow World
6. Mark Lanegan Band – Gray Goes Black
7. Neko Case – Deep Red Bells
8. Phillip Roebuck – In the Hole
9. Tom Waits – Way Down in the Hole

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