Meat & Potatoes #6

Round two of the sort-of-kind-of-a-bit-countryish show:
  1. Jefferson Airplane--The Farm
  2. Constantines & Feist--Islands in the Stream
  3. Dave Rawlins Machine--Sweet Tooth
  4. Neil Young--Unknown Legend
  5. Conor Oberst--I Don't Want to Die in the Hospital
  6. Jimmy Buffet--Margaritaville
  7. Buckwheat Zydeco--Hey Good Lookin'
  8. John Fogerty--Jambalaya
  9. Robert Wilkins--That's No Way to Get Along
  10. Emmylou Harris--Boulder to Birmingham
  11. Norah Jones & Willie Nelson--I Don't Want to Get Over You
  12. Lynrd Skynrd--What's Your Name
  13. Dwight Yokam--Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  14. Rae Spoon--Your Trailer Door
  15. Joni Mitchell--You Turn Me On I'm a Radio
  16. Billy Bragg & Wilco--Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key
  17. Vern Williams Band--Oh Susannah
  18. Petunia & the Loons--Cold Heart Breaker
  19. The Little Willies--Lou Reed
  20. The .357 String Band--High Lonesome Blues
  21. Sufjan Stevens--Decatur
  22. Elvis Perkins--Shampoo
  23. Paul Simon--Graceland
  24. Justin Rutledge--The Suffering of Pepe O'Malley, Pt IV
  25. Grateful Dead--When Push Comes to Shove
  26. Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir--Buried Them in Water
  27. Alison Krauss--Every Time You Say Goodbye
  28. Great Lake Swimmers--Catcher Song
  29. Joey Allcorn--Son of a Ramblin' Man
  30. Melissa McClelland--Glenrio
  31. Johnny Cash--Ring of Fire
  32. George Jones--I'm Gonna Burn Your Playhouse Down
  33. June Carter Cash--Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  34. Those Poor Bastards--In the Pines
  35. John Denver--Thank God I'm a Country Boy


Meat & Potatoes #5

A little belated, but here's the playlist from last weekend's kinda-sorta-countryish-show.

  1. Blues Brothers--Rawhide Theme
  2. The Be Good Tanyas--The Littlest Birds
  3. Devendra Banhart--I Feel Like A Child
  4. Dave Rawlings Machine--To Be Young (Is to Be Sad, Is to Be High)
  5. Wilco--Forget the Flowers
  6. Honky Tonk Hustlas--Hallways of the Always
  7. Luther Wright and the Wrongs--Comfortably Numb
  8. Jypsi--Shame on Me
  9. Luke Doucet & the White Falcon--Long Haul Driver
  10. Calexico--Stray
  11. Monsters of Folk--Goodway
  12. Gram Parsons--Still Feeling Blue
  13. Cat Power--Rambling (Wo)man
  14. Hank Williams III--The Grand Ole Opry (Ain't So Gran)
  15. Hank Williams, Jr.--Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound
  16. Hank Williams--Hey Good Lookin'
  17. The Band--The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
  18. Gillian Welch--Look at Miss Ohio
  19. Iron & Wine--Flightless Bird, American Mouth
  20. Dolly Parton & Kenny Roger--Islands in the Stream
  21. Helen Reddy--Delta Dawn
  22. Patsy Cline--Walkin' After Midnight
  23. Maria McKee--Drinkin' in my Sunday Dress
  24. Elvis Presley--Hound Dog
  25. Burl Ives--Froggy Went A-Courtin'
  26. Michael J. Sheehy--Twisted Little Man
  27. k.d. lang & The Reclines--Rose Garden
  28. Dave Matthews Band--If I Had a Boat
  29. The Sadies--1000 Cities Falling, Pt. 1
  30. Josh Ritter--Lillian, Egypt
  31. Neko Case--Stinging Velvet
  32. The Whites--Keep On the Sunny Side
Hank Williams III at Layla's, December '09


Happy Birthday to Me

Last week, shortly after my birthday, I received two great packages in the mail.  My purchases from Purl Soho arrived (finally).  Mail always takes a long time to get to Dawson, and things from the States can be quite bad.  I was quite impatient for this bundle of joy by the time it arrived.
That's my two skeins of Cascade Alpaca Lace, the contents of my Lovely Liberty Coin Purse Kit and the spare purse clasp.  The colour of the photo isn't great--everything is much prettier in real life.  The yarn is particularly lovely.  It's not a heathered or variegated yarn, but the alpaca fibres haven't absorbed the dye entirely evenly, which gives the blue-green colour a particular depth and interest.

I am using the yarn for a Laminaria shawl (Ravelry link).  I had mixed feelings about the pattern at first--as written, the Star chart isn't symmetrical on either side of the centre stitch, and while it was easy to fix this problem, the fact that it wasn't addressed in the pattern felt like a red flag for me.  It seems to me to be a fairly significant lack of attention to detail, and I worried that I would run into more trouble later on.  But having worked 4 repeats of the Star chart and moved onto the Blossom chart, I am much happier with the pattern.

The coin purse is on hold--not for any particular reason, except that maybe that work these days has left me unenthusiastic for much beyond sleeping.  Even my Laminaria is tough going sometimes, just because I'm too tired to remember the repeats properly.

The other package that arrived last week was my birthday present from my parents--the first exception ever to the usual long wait for mail.  Somehow a normal letter can take two weeks to get here from Salt Spring but a giant box (so big I could sit in it once it was empty [yes, I did]) takes only four business days.  My theory is that it was so big they sent it on quickly just to get it out of the way.  The real gift part of it was new sheets, with chocolates to go on the pillows.
Not terribly exciting to look at, but so comfy to sleep on.  They're hand made on Salt Spring and have a wonderful texture.

The sheets didn't need such a big box as my parents sent, but they just bought a new washer and dryer and since they had such good sturdy boxes, they decided to "fill the corners."  They did cut down the dryer box, to about ten inches high, but it was still massive and full of awesome things that I have been storing in the barn for a few years.
There's my muffin tins, old sheets for more rag rugs, my iron, and a chair cushion from the days when I decorated in purples--all tucked into my giant basket, which I will use to house works-in-progress.  Most of this stuff I had requested, but the basket was a great surprise.  I had wished for it but didn't think it could get sent because it's so big.  Now I just need to get around to sitting down to sew and make more rugs and whip up some muffins...


Meat & Potatoes #4

I worked on a theme this week--a trip down memory lane in honour of my recent birthday--and played music by bands that I have seen live (Fred Penner, at the 2010 DCMF, is pictured above [in case you didn't recognize that silver fox]):

From two shows last winter here in Dawson:
1.  Rich Aucoin--At War With the Cynics

From Layla's Bluegrass and Country Inn in Nashville, TN:
2.  Hank Williams III--Six Pack of Beer
3.  Jypsi--House of the Rising Sun

From shows at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC:
4.  TV on the Radio--Ambulance
5.  Medeski, Martin and Wood--Bubble House
6.  Bullfrog--Slow Down

From other shows in Vancouver:
7.  Cat Power--Metal Heart (version from Jukebox)
8.  Primus--Southbound Pachyderm
9.  Lyrics Born--Do That There

From the Dawson City Music Festival in 2005:
10.  Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir--Stop and Listen
11.  Joel Plasket Emergency--Make a Little Noise
12.  Rae Spoon--Living a Country Song

From my time in Australia:
13.  Kid Koala--Emperor's Main Course
14.  Amon Tobin--(yikes--can't figure out what this one's called)
15.  Simply Red--If You Don't Know Me By Now

From DCMF 08 (Saturday evening Palace Grand show):
16.  Justin Rutledge--I'm Your Man, You're My Radio
17.  Bell Orchestre--Stripes
18.  Basia Bulat--In the Night

From DCMF 09:
19.  Luke Doucet--Beacon on the Southpaw
20.  Mother Mother--Body of Years
21.  Chad VanGaalen--Willow Tree

And from DCMF 2010:
22.  Fred Penner--The Cat Came Back
23.  The Burning Hell--The Berlin Conference
24.  JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound--I am Trying to Break Your Heart

From the very first show I ever went to back in grade 11:
25.  Wide Mouth Mason--This Mourning

And as per my brother Colin's request*:
26.  The Rheostatics--Saskatchewan

*I haven't actually seen the Rheostatics live, but have met Dave Bidini, so it sort of counts (and I wanted to give a shout-out to Colin--he actually opened for Wide Mouth Mason at that show a million years ago).