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Song Review: Elton John and Jack White - “Two Fingers of Whiskey”

Two fingers of whiskey/that is all I need/to keep drowning the devil living in me, Elton John and Jack White sing on their new track for the upcoming “The American Epic Session” on PBS.

Recorded on vintage, 1920s equipment and consisting of just John’s piano and White’s guitar, “Two Fingers of Whiskey” sounds old and creaky. Despite its fine pedigree and noble inspiration - not to mention the Robert Johnson-inspired lyrics - something about this performance doesn’t gel.

I’m hanging on the hook of the moon…/if I don’t get out of this bottle, Lord you’re gonna see me soon, John sings in his low rattle before White and his incongruous, high wail joins in for the chorus.

It’s the second track - including Alabama Shakes’ rendition of “Killer Diller” - that PBS has put out in advance of “The American Epic Session,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Eastern on June 6.

Grade card: Elton John and Jack White - “Two Fingers of Whiskey” - C

Read Sound Bites’ review of “Killer Diller” here:


anonymous asked:

hey amanda, on your insta like five posts back you posted a... cart?? thats the word you used? for playing vinyl and said its good for newbies and anyway im such a newbie that i dont even know what its called, but would you provide a link? inherited a ton of old classical + jazz records and have no way to listen. and the internet confuses me with too many options.

Yeah!! I’ve been in the exact experience before and I know how rough it can be. I suddenly made the (possibly irresponsible, since I was a broke college student at the time) decision to start collecting vinyl around this time last year, and it was pretty overwhelming. I got ha-ha’d by lots of arrogant record store dudes who pointed me right to the pastel blue Crosley players without a moment’s hesitation. Fun thing about being a women trying to take up a hobby is that pretty much every decision you make will be scrutinized by a male public, sadly. It’s nerve-wrecking…but don’t give up! I never believed it until I experienced it, but vinyl really is warmer, more engaging, and in my opinion the best way to listen to music, bar none. 

This is gonna be a long post, lmao, and I’m sure I’ll get some feed back or uh..spicy hot takes from anons later, but who cares. I know your question was about cartridges, and if you like, I’ve put it right at the end of my answer for you to scroll down to. But I think I wanna start back from stage one just because I’ve been meaning to for a while. Hope that’s ok. So uh. Enjoy some pics of my two little needle-robots & an explanation of how I got them under the cut. 

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