Shelf Healing Podcast

by Douglas Cowie on 19 January 2021

I was recently invited to join Rebecca Markwick on the Shelf Healing bibliotherapy podcast. Here’s a link to listen to what we talked about. There are several other interesting half hours in the series, so check those out, too. Thanks to Rebecca for inviting me, and for the conversation.

Listen to my Shelf Healing interview on Spotify.
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This election matters.

by Douglas Cowie on 18 August 2020

Please take eight minutes and thirty-nine seconds to listen to Bernie Sanders explain why this election matters. Please vote.

He’s not allowed to say don’t let the fascists win, but don’t let the fascists win.
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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Lost John Dean” by Bascom Lamar Lunsford:

A friend of mine told me about this song last weekend. I didn’t know it before, though I am familiar with Bascom Lamar Lunsford’s version of “I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground,” because Greil Marcus writes about it in Lipstick Traces. “Lost John Dean” has a great chorus, sung amazingly by Lunsford here, and the ballad tells its story with real verve, to my ear. Really, though, it’s the way he sings “long gone” that transfixes me, along with that “lucky/Kentucky” rhyme.

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Boot and Spleen” by Melt Yourself Down:

I went to see Melt Yourself Down on Wednesday night. They crank out a lot of noise and energy on stage. The jazz/dance qualities that you hear on the recording were driven by a thundering bass guitar sound, drummer and extra percussionist. They veered towards hardcore, sounded sometimes like they were channeling Tom Morello’s guitar through their saxophones, swerved through grime textures and cadences, all while sounding like themselves.

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