tirades about whisks

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Welcome to all the Willamette Week readers who've been turning up here. Take your bag off! Would you like something cold to drink? We don't really have any alcohol on hand, I'm afraid, but we do have Emergen-C. Or would you maybe like a smoothie? I think we have some crackers and hummus too, let me see. Might you like to sign up for ROBOT EYE, my weekly mailing list about Portland arts and culture? You can do it from the sidebar, right over there.

Too late in the evening to go into the A.C. Newman show I saw tonight, except to note with approval that his band has an Extra Guy. You know: the one who stands at the back for at least half the time the band's playing, but comes out to add a little extra percussion or a trumpet part or (in this E.G.'s case) recorder and sampler parts. David Newgarden's role in Run On was an excellent example of an Extra Guy. The ultimate example was the E.G. in a lineup of Dymaxion I saw open for Stereolab a few years ago: he sat at a desk, reading a magazine, for the first 2/3 of their set, picked up I think a trumpet and played a 20-second part in one song, then put it down and went back to his desk and magazine for the rest of the show. It was great.

Today's song is probably now better known in a cover than in this original version. Linda Hirst & Ivor Cutler's "Women of the World" (removed) was memorably reworked by Jim O'Rourke on his album Eureka a few years back. The original single was written by Cutler--who's way too much of an interesting character to explain here, but this site (MP3s ahoy!) or this one should give you some starting points--and sung by Hirst, a mezzo-soprano who also co-founded Electric Phoenix and is now the head of vocal studies at Trinity College of Music. (Thanks to her for permission to post this song.) Cutler has a sense of humor so dry you can use his records as a desiccant, but I've never been entirely sure who "you-know-who" might be. Suggestions are, of course, welcome.


noloveforned said:

thanks for the alternate version... all i was ever able to find was the solo version from the archives at http://niri.ncsa.uiuc.edu/for/ivor/ which has that low-bitrate in a swimming pool sound...

and yes, typepad is a big pain- they go to extreme lengths to make the anti-robot text box impossible to read. i actually had to start the registration process over yesterday just so i could get a next block of text.

*sixeyes said:

your comment on the extra guy reading the magazine and then getting up for a 20 sec trumpet solo made me laugh. thanks for that.


AmySue said:

Douglas--skip the fair and come to the PDX Pop thing on Sunday. I'll be there from At Dusk to Mirah.

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