Song 40: "From St. Kilda to Kings Cross" 

I lived in Australia from 2011 - 2015. One day, my neighbor brought me a couple CDs to listen to. One was by The Go-Betweens and the other was by Paul Kelly, a much celebrated songwriter in the country. I…

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Song 39: "Mind Contorted" 

Me pictured outside the business formerly known as Sound Exchange. Photo by Tyler Mallory (2016)

I learned about Daniel's music like a lot of people did -- through his cassette tapes that he self-released with the help of…

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Song 38: "Drunken Angel" 

Photo by Kelly West (taken while on tour in early 2000)

"Drunken Angel" is one of my favorite songs by Lucinda Williams. One reason why I like it is because it is about another one of my favorite…

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Song 37: "Cause Cheap Is How I Feel" 

Photo by Christina Wenger

Cowboy Junkies released The Caution Horses in 1988. "Cause Cheap Is How I Feel" perfectly describes loneliness and despair. It opens with, "It's the kind of night that's so cold your spit freezes before…

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Song 36: "King of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1" 

The Neutral Milk Hotel took a strong hold of my senses when they released their second album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. It was early winter in 1998 that I saw them perform at the Electric Lounge in…

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Song 35: "Bizarre Love Triangle" 

My cover of New Order's classic song, "Bizarre Love Triangle," is dedicated to John Hunt. Thank you for listening to so much New Order when it was your turn to drive the Silver Scooter tour van. 

Song 34: "If I Could Only Fly" 

Super XX Man toured with the Mendoza Line, from NYC, back in 1998 or 1999. I will not go into details about this experience. I might just save that for the tell-all memoir I'll likely not write one day…

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Song 33: "Detroit Has a Skyline" 

I became a big fan of the band Superchunk through the fabulous 1995 album, Here's Where the Stings Come In. I really love the lyric, "Played track six, track seven again and again" because, in college, I had a…

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Song 32: "Wave of Mutilation" 

Photo by Christina Wenger

Discovering the Pixies took no time at all. Discovering a song by them that I felt comfortable covering took ages. I got to it eventually, and I like the results. Heck, my kids even…

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Song 31: "San Francisco Patrol" 

I have lived in San Francisco for about seven years, so I figured it was time I shared a song that describes a bit of the city. Not much to say about this little gem by Robyn Hitchcock. "San Francisco…

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Song 30: "Rabbit Box" 

I will be performing "Rabbit Box" by the late great Vic Chesnutt this Saturday (tomorrow) during Summer House Concert #2. I will stream it on FB here. Show is 4pm PST. I will be playing a couple Silver Scooter…

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