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301: “Lost In The Light” by Bahamas

Handsome is as handsome does.This one is gorgeous. And sad.

Nothing beautiful is perfect.

Bahamas is the moniker of Afie Jurvanen, a Canadian singer-songwriter, and his latest album is Barchords (2012). It contains some marvelously cracked jewels like “Lost in the Light.” And the picture to the right does not capture the illustrative depth of character and emotion rendered by Afie in the aforementioned tune. I just thought the moustache was 110% black angus solid beef-out style and ought to be shared.

In the same spirit, here is a beautiful and nearly perfect poem, from Braided Creek by Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser (Copper Canyon Press, 2003):

Straining on the toilet
we learn how
the lightning bug feels.

Don’t strain too hard. Just relax, and enjoy the light.

Song: Lost In The Light
Artist: Bahamas
Album: Barchords
Label: Brushfire Records/Universal
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube

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184: “I Wanna Feel It” by ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)

Our powers are strongest when are craniums are in contact.Crank up the speakers, homecheese.  Animal Liberation Orchestra want to commune with you, dude.

No, they’re not affiliated with PETA. They simply want to liberate the animal inside you.

So here’s a slow-rock, acoustic ballad to release your inner beast.  Grrr.

Enjoy. Before I pounce.

Song: I Wanna Feel It
Artist: ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Album: Man of the World
Label: Brushfire Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube

121: “No Christmas For Me” by Zee Avi

Hi, Zee. Me... Jay.It’s beginning to feel a lot like roasting white chestnuts in a sleigh.  It’s also the third night of Hanukkah tonight.  And some people are probably celebrating some other stuff, perhaps lighting things with ritual fire or eating poisonous ants for their psychedelic pincer juice.  Happy all that.

Zee Avi has a voice as sweet as sunshine and pure as the driven snow.  And this song of hers has become a holiday classic in my household since Brushfire Records’ holiday album came out two years ago.  “No Christmas For Me” is going to be worth a listen a few times a year from here on out, I reckon.

Last year my sister pointed out non-excellent individuals posting hateful comments about Zee’s religion on the video on YouTube because Zee is Malay and (perhaps?) Muslim.  Sometimes when I read comment threads on the Internet, my soul throws up.  Soul puke.

Sorry to bum you out, but if you feel bummed, listen to the song again! Or go find more Zee Avi to listen to!  Enjoy!

(UPDATE: I just bought SoulPuke.com. Can you believe no one had that domain? Awesome. Now, what do I do with it?)

Song: No Christmas For Me
Artist: Zee Avi
Album: This Warm December: Brushfire Holiday’s Vol 1
Label: Brushfire Records
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes