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I mean, really, is there anything better than The Faces' Five Guys Walk into a Bar . . .  box set?

I mean, maybe the Karajan Bruckner 8 or Miles's In a Silent Way or of course those tied entrants for Best Records Of All Time, the Louis Armstrong Hot Fives and Sevens and the Busch Quartet's Late Beethoven.  But anything human?

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Stay with me here, because this is not primarily a post about Hinds, although you should obviously follow @hindsband on all social channels.

Not only was the gig by Hinds at Music Hall of Williamsburg an astonishing flashback for me to sensational punky moshpit live gigs at my past, I have been playing The Prettiest Curse almost every day all year; it's that good and that joyous.

Here's the point. Most of the music I play, I play out of curiosity. Ambient, electro, hip hop, "classical," lots of jazz, country/Americana, metal, that kind of smooth stuff which now counts as R&B. With the exception of jazz, I usually listen to it once, maybe like it, but I am not going back to it again. I am going on to the next thing.

1. I am curious if others are having the same listening experience, now that everything is basically available at a touch.

2. And here's the punchline, the only artist I am playing repeatedly like Hinds (but not as much) is Adia Victoria. How wonderful.

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And serendipity. I found out about Adia from a well-meaning but odd Vanity Fair feature about Black women musicians refashioning country music.


The oddest thing was no Mickey Guyton, but as I sampled some of the artists it was clear that most were not “pure” country but doing versions of folk and Americana.

Adia was playing the blues. As I listened yet again to her A Southern Gothic today, something made me want to listen to Son House.

And because of that I discovered there’s a “new” Son House album, Forever on My Mind, never before released 1964 recordings with a pristine sound.


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On 7/14/2022 at 8:21 PM, Wilfrid said:

1. I am curious if others are having the same listening experience, now that everything is basically available at a touch.

I tend to listen to CDs (on a CD player) I already own (including all the CDs from the Hinds). And some radio stations over the internet (WWOZ from New Orleans, for instance).

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