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The usual place, the usual bunch

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The Real Tuesday Weld  The Day Before You Came  buy on itunes
Ute Lemper  A Little Yearning  buy on itunes
Leonard Cohen  Take This Longing  buy on itunes
The Dresden Dolls  My Alcoholic Friends  buy on itunes
Andrew Bird  Imitosis  buy on itunes
J.U.F.  Balkanization of Amerikanization  buy on itunes
Tom Waits  Heigh Ho  buy on itunes
Holly Cole  Good Old World  buy on itunes
Alison Krauss  Down to the River to Pray  buy on itunes
The Blind Boys of Alabama  Wade in the Water  buy on itunes
Elvis Costello & Allen Tousssaint  Tears, Tears, and More Tears  buy on itunes
Jamie Lidell  What's the Use  buy on itunes
The Staple Singers  Respect Yourself  buy on itunes
Cat Power  Living Proof  buy on itunes
Neko Case  John Saw That Number  buy on itunes
Billy Bragg  A Change Is Gonna Come  buy on itunes
Luminescent Orchestrii  Knockin'  buy on itunes
Golem  School of Dance  buy on itunes
Taraf de Haidouks  Dubala Dumba  buy on itunes
Yuriy Gurzhy/Russendisko & Friends v. Zelwer  The New Adventures of Soldier Tufaiev  buy on itunes


This mix is built out from the first song, which (although you'd never know it from listening to it) is a cover of an ABBA song--and a beautiful reimagining at that. I made the transition to Ute Lemper before I knew that The Real Tuesday Weld had opened for her in several shows. I suppose I was thinking about Leonard Cohen and desire even before this, thanks to Philip Glass's BOOK OF LONGING. And there was something about all the rough-around-the-edges cabaret sound that took me naturally to Dresden Dolls, and that mood sustains itself through Andrew Bird's bleak biological vision into "Balkanization of Amerikanization" (watch for later recurrence of Tziganizatsia) and "Heigh Ho" (Disney, eat your heart out), coming to a kind of comfort in Holly Cole's Tom Waits cover.

There is something new that starts with Alison Krauss and the Blind Boys of Alabama, turns happily sad with Elvis + Allen, becomes questionable with Jamie Lidell and then more pronounced with the Staple Singers, Cat Power, and Neko Case, and truly optimistic with Billy Bragg.

It is only the music that takes us from him to the Luminescent Orchestrii's portrait of Brooklyn and then into the ultimate haywire of Golem, Taraf, and Yuriy Gurzhy. Maybe the last song, about the plight of perpetual immigrants, picks up some of the earlier moods as well.


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