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October 21 at 10:20am

Ultimate Mash-up Live? Three Of My Fave Bands Sort Of Together

I moved to NYC because of Lou Reed and Martin Scorsese. They were my young man gods of creation.

Yo La Tengo first album came out my second or so years ago. I think I have listened to all of them and have most of them. I’ve put their songs in my films. I did one video for them back in the day (with Hal Hartley). They scored ADVENTURELAND (which featured the idea of Lou Reed along with some of his songs).
And through all that Alex Chilton, Big Star, and The Box Tops played consistently on my stereo(s).
This definitely sits in the “wish I could’ve been there” bin of my time on this earth. I should’ve and could’ve but… well you know how the song goes.
hat tip: Neil Marks


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September 24 at 12:12pm

Great Rock Vocals: The Box Tops’ "The Letter"

Of all the songs that lodge in my head, THE LETTER is one that I hope never escapes. Granted my attempts to sing it are miles from that of Mr. Chilton’s, but some how his mix of cool and sadness covers all my inabilities. His vocal swims through my ears blocking out my geese-like honking.

Although The Box Tops are not what Big Star would go on to be (making one of my top ten albums of all time), but you have to love how much they are into not being into being there here on this video:


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