Another day, another list of things to check out!
How are you feeling over there? Are you starting to get into some sort out routine? I’m trying but without writing these I wouldn’t know what day it is, and it still feels like either 11am or 11pm at all times. I’m strangely excited for the long weekend, even though… I’ll be spending the majority of it inside.
Here’s a new list of things to dive into today:
Read: The Strange Story of Bob Dylan’s First Letterman Gig
In 1983, Bob Dylan played 'Letterman' backed by members of LA punk band The Plugz. @TheDanielRomano's new record imagines what it might've sounded like if Dylan & The Plugz actually recorded togetherhttps://t.co/BfGXO78PAR pic.twitter.com/nACmWgykeo
— BrooklynVegan (@brooklynvegan) May 13, 2020
What’s great about sharing this article is that it’s required reading for what’s next… but you’ll see. First things first. Bob Dylan’s performance on Letterman is weirder than you might imagine, and involves going back to the early ‘80s when even the legendary Dylan was in a bit of a funk. He has just released the record Infidels, and found new inspiration in the Cali punk scene. After deciding to play Letterman, he surprised many with his choice of backing band – bringing members of LA punk band the Plugz to accompany him for a three song set that would air after a segment with Liberace. The tale is a trip, and inspired a new release this week from Daniel Romano’s Outfit.
Listen: Daniel Romano’s Outfit Do (What Could Have Been) “Infidels” by Bob Dylan & the Plugs
Daniel Romano has released yet ANOTHER album this year. To say he’s prolific is an understatement. What is interesting about this Daniel Romano’s Outfit release is that, inspired by that one off Letterman performance, they’ve imagined what could have been: Bob Dylan’s Infidels if the Plugz were part of those studio sessions.
Desert Island Discs
You’ve likely been asked this before – if you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 albums would you take? The earliest origin I can find of the desert island five question is a longstanding BBC program called Desert Island Discs. Since 1942 they’ve had ‘castaways’ on the program to dive into eight recordings they’d bring along if they were stranded. They can also bring a book of their choosing, and by default get to bring the Complete Works of Shakespeare and a religious or philosophical book.
There are over two thousand (!!!) episodes of the show spanning decades available for you to stream, should you want to dive in while you sort out your own list.
Desert Island Dips
In other deserted island themed options, Desert Island Dips is really weird and wonderful. In this podcast, which explores the history of condiments, the hosts try to decide which five make it to the island with them. It’s interesting and funny all while you learn about the things that never seem to expire in your fridge. Mayonnaise used to come in wooden boxes! Sriracha is made in California, not Asia, and has never advertised! Heinz 57 stands for… H.J. Heinz and his wife’s favourite numbers combined? Also, there is something called Bread Sauce.
Watch: Jame’s Blake covers
Joni’s Mitchell’s “Case of You” is gorgeous and a perfect song (let’s not argue about this during a pandemic, okay?) To cover it you really have to do it justice. In 2011 James Blake included his stripped down version on his Enough Thunder EP. If that never made it into your rotation, here he is performing it live on The Late Late Show with James Cordon, plus, he’s been performing many covers for you from his house – you can check them out on his Instagram account.
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I hope you’re feeling well and taking care over there. And if you need more things to check out while staying in, dive into these: