Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Easter Sunday Setlist.



Please note: Regular programming (pretty much all poli-ranting all the time) resumes below...Some folks off-line asked to keep this up on the front page for awhile because they don't want to go hunting, so I moved it up...Just may have to redesign page into columns with jumps one of these days...aaargh...

I put up the first setlist awhile ago.

It was really just me noodling around playing some new stuff that the Three Buskateers could play together when E. gets back in a few weeks.

And I only really stuck it here because the file was pretty big which made it difficult to send to E. directly.

But then something weird happened.

Which is that people actually listened.

And the messages I got absolutely floored me.


Here's another one....

It's an interesting mix, I think...Not so much new stuff and, if truth be told, it's a little like what I might have played at bedtime, in the old house, on Kings Road before the fall...Although, thanks to all the busking, I do think I'm a slightly better guitar player now, although I apologize for the tambourine...I've gotten a bit carried away with this one-man-band type deal ever since I heard Marc Maron's fantastic interview with Dick van Dyke...I recorded it Easter-Eve evening which, in retrospect, may have made had me pining a little for days gone by.

Here's the track list (with a few notes)...

1. Flowers In Your Hair - The Lumineers...Last weekend we were up in Kelowna visiting our friends M & C (I had to do some work there at the school on Monday)...They and their kids, who are all grown up now, are our really good friends...In fact we've done lots of crazy stuff with them over the years, including this....Thing is, the one thing M. can't stand is when I go overboard with the playing (which is understandable)...Except last weekend, after going overboard with the Stompin' Tom, I played the Lumineers 'Ho Hey' and all she wanted was more...Those kids have definitely got something...Here are the two boys before they moved out to Colorado and found the cellist of their dreams via Craigslist...

2. Frankie's Gun - The Felice Brothers...This really is the real thing...And I really can't play it...But I just can't quit trying...The best live version, as a number of readers have pointed out in the past, just may be this one...And the older brother, whose name I couldn't quite remember when I was babbling on, is Simone...Didn't need the Google...Came to me this morning while I was crunching this thing from the wav. down to the mp3....I think the rabbits in the dining room may have awoken me early...Again.

3. Jasper - Aidan Knight...This is a local kid...From Victoria actually...The Buskateers got hooked on him when we saw....This...I like the chord progression...Really simple out of the 'G/C' couplet to the Em change...Which means it is pretty much the same as the old faithful of a hidden bonus track it is backed with...It really is a truism, I think that, when busking, no matter what you are doing you have to mix in the occasional familiar...I call it the 'Hansard Rule'...In it's most extreme John Carney version it becomes 'We Only Play Lizzy'.

4. Best Ever Death Metal Band Out Of Denton - The Mountain Goats...In another (fantastic) interview with Marc Maron, John Darnielle gets right to the heart of the matter on this one...He knows it changed his life...But what he also knows, deep in his heart, that it has also helped a whole lot of kids with theirs...And that's what really, really seems to matter to him...Here's a version that sticks in my heart pretty much everytime...Little post-script....I got babbling on about Jon Wurster, the Goats' drum guy, and forgot to mention that the reason that 'Backstage Rider' was talking about him recently is that he has also been on the road with Bob Mould...Yes....Bob Freaking Mould.

5. Rosie Walker Singer Picker Dad - Me....But not really...Because it's a straight-up rip-off of that little Hansard 'Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy' thing that people shout out for every single time he plays anywhere on the planet now...Except maybe in Melbourne record stores where he and the boys (and guitar tech guy Simon) play AC/DC....Acoustically!...Somewhere Bruce Berry is raising a fist and shouting...Yes!

6. Medley in 'E'...'Tis really one of the old bedtime, drift-offs and contains elements of....The Mountain Goats' 'Love, Love, Love', which is a favourite of John Green, so much so that the latter brought Darnielle up to do it at Carnegie Hall recently....The Frames 'Red C(h)ord' which is actually the original inspiration for the thing and whenever I try to drop it out E gets mad at me....The traditional 'Bid Me Goodnight' which is a thing of pure beauty and light and was one that Hansard and Christopher used to do on the pre-fame Dublin Streets... Mic's introduction to the tune has been running in the banner to this blog for quite sometime now...Christopher's own 'Heyday', our version of which I still enjoy tremendously...And a bit of the traditional 'Parting Glass' that I can't find the words to so, again, I just make stuff up on it...Sorry about that E.

I think that is enough for now...


Image at the top?...It's the two E's and C. with their haul from that crazy, re-claimed glass beach in Fort Bragg California last summer...
Thanks for all the notes about the pacificgazette's Email hackage...I think I've fixed it...Apologies.



Anonymous said...

I've read your comments off and on for years.

I'm a low rent asshole.

I doubt seriously that I have ever thanked you for your contributions to on-line serious thought.

Thank you.

RossK said...



(by the way, no rent due for quite a while after that - thanks)


scotty on Denman said...

Thanks again, Ross K, for posting some fine homesung, a wonderful accompaniment whilst perusing your always thought provoking political commentary (yes, I read that slowly...but that's Okay if the music's good.)

I'm assuming this is something you do anyway so posting it's not so onerous. Yet responding to inevitable criticism must be a new addition to your workload.

Jeez, I guess I'm one of those critics--but in the best, truest sense. So what happened to the F in the bridge on Country Roads? Yeah, yeah, I'm the one in our classic rock cover band that reminds the sticklers we're allowed to make these numbers our own (besides, all our Zep, Cream and Pink Floyd covers are sung by a female and sounds pretty good...) so if you've decided to leave the fleeting F out, 's Okay with me long's you keep playing.

And those pesky questions like: plectrum(s), yes or no; sometimes or never? Same for capos (cuts down on the harp expenses, considerable these days.)

Alright, that's all for now.

Thanks again and keep on rockin'!


RossK said...


There's an 'F' in there?

Get out!

(Truth be told, I'm just a big, big F avoider)

Got it on the use of the capo...Usually use it for voice range equalization...Hadn't thought of doing it for harp-matching though.



karen said...

ah! I finally was able to listen to this tonight. It was wonderful sitting-in-the-dark-with-a-lapful-of-cat music. The cat was not so fond of me swaying a little from time to time, but he hung around anyway.

That's all one track isn't it? I am seriously in awe of playing guitar and harmonica and is that a tambourine too? all at once.

That was really nice. Thank you.

scotty on Denman said...

Heh, heh,...Truth-be-known! I'm one of those guys who equates the F chord and key eponymous to the common expletive. If it could be construed in any way that I eventually learned how to deal with my [F]obia, it was, I confess, after almost fifty years of trying and only at the behest of a horn section.

RossK said...


Really glad you liked it.

Yes, it was all in one go (with tambourine by foot, which I'm still working on...Harmonica, for me, is actually easier than singing)...The whole thing actually almost 10 minutes longer...I spliced out another Lumineers' tune because it really is just not ready...Also took out my version of the Phil Och's tune 'Here's To The State Of Richard Nixon' (re-lyriced as 'State of the Golden Era') just because I'm having trouble with the phrasing...It's coming though.



There oughta be a club!


kootcoot said...

With all the talk going on, I thought I would remind everyone that Mother MayBelle Carter referred to F as the People's Key in her intro to a song on the classic triple disk Nitty Gritty Circle Album.

This has always puzzled me, since I always thought the people's key was either Cee (for country folk), E (for the blues inclined) or D (for fiddlers and Irish/Cajun squeezebox players).

As far as capos go, if they are good enough for Doc Watson and/or Tony Rice, they are could enough for me, though I rarely use one myself.

RossK said...

For me it's definitely 'C'.

Thanks for the capo clarification Koot.