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310: “Voice Of The Lobster” by Clothesline Revival

The shirts say California.There is a pond, under a sliver of moon, with croaking frogs in numbers verging on the fantastic lining its edges. The sound is profoundly noisy. But the pond (inwardly) smiles. For the pond sits in delightful anticipation of a disturbance in the night, perhaps a swooping owl or ambling possum, to shut off the cacophony in an instant and send all the frogs jumping into itself. The pond relishes this experience each and every time.

Clothesline Revival (Conrad Praetzel along with Robert Powell and others) splash together in synchrony primarily in and around Santa Rosa, CA. “Voice of the Lobster” is on They Came From Somewhere (2010), and it sounds more like swamp music than Californey music.

The pond is not enthusiastic about cows, by the way. It is all too keenly aware that it is indeed partially composed of the beasts’ fluids. The pond has not lived an unexamined life. It deals with the nuanced psychology of pond life in stoic, gravitational surrender. Rippling when there’s cause, but mostly listening and watching, trying to match and readjust its own inner account of Reality against the stream of experiential data it collects on its existential transit.

Lobsters and stars and frogs and rain. Music.

Enjoy.

Song: Voice of the Lobster
Artist: Clothesline Revival
Album: They Came From Somewhere
Label: Paleo Music
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309: “Here To Stay” by Rebirth Brass Band

Rebirth Your AssIt is scientific fact that if you smile you create brain activity that improves your mood. Even Pat Robertson believes smile science.

And I am here to tell you that if you squish as much of your face as possible to one side, that you will make either yourself or someone near you L. Perhaps even OL.

Rebirth Brass Band has been scientifically proven* to induce brain activity that directly affects posterior displacement, that is, booty moving.

I do not create it. It just is. And I notice it. For you.

Enjoy.

Song: Here To Stay
Artist: Rebirth Brass Band
Album: 25th Anniversary
Label: Rebirth Brass Band
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*Footnote readers are know it all’s.

308: “Simba” by Les Baxter

I always travel armed with a poodle.The fox looks up at the grapes, so tantalizing, yet just out of reach.

He circles, eyes locked on the voluptuous grapes. He can almost taste them.

He leaps. Snaps. No grapes. Circles. Repeats.

He circles again and again, never taking his eyes off the grapes. Until some other fox comes along and says “Hey doofus, know what I did today? I ate some gophers. Good stuff. You should maybe look into it. Meat. Foxes eat it. Ya dip.” And he smirks, the way that only a fox with gopher blood on its muzzle can smirk.

But the original fox that I mentioned was circling the grapes because he is a vegan and very enthusiastically so. Thus, he disregards the other wolf’s comments and replies, “If I were a human who killed foxes and sheathed myself in their skins, I wouldn’t even want to wear you if it was negative 70 degrees out! You suck! You stink of gopher guts. At least I have my dignity.” And he goes right back to circling the grapes and advancing his nutritional degradation.

That is the tale of the fox and the grapes.

The moral of this tale is “Simba” by Les Baxter. Fans of the Beta Band might recognize it from the samples. It was well-chosen as a sample-base. This song is exotica at its best. “Simba” has a half dozen different lives, packed into less than 3 minutes. The song starts in the jungle, travels through space, and ends in a spicy cantina where the ladies know how to gyrate. Captain James Tiberius Kirk belongs in this paragraph, with an Andorian martini and a phaser in-hand.

Enjoy.

Song: Simba
Artist: Les Baxter
Album: One Thousand Lights
Label: Broken Audio
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