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A surplus of geekery by :: Fred Abercrombie

Soundtrack: Tonight’s Super Harvest Moon with Elliott Smith, The Drums, Kid Koala, …

The above was just a regular ‘ole moonrise over some Sonoma vineyards. Tonight’s gonna be a doozy. For the entire northern hemisphere.

This evening’s Autumn Equinox brings the first Super Harvest Moon in 20 years; a rare combo of Summer setting on a full moon. It’ll make nearby Jupiter the second-brightest object in the sky. Step out, crack open some pumpkin beers, and turn up the tunes. Fall’s a-comin’.

Here’s a super soundtrack:

Elliott Smith “Harvest Moon” (Neil Young)

The Kinks “Autumn Almanac”

Moonbabies “Crime O’ The Moon” from The Orange Billboard

Thin Lizzy “Dancing In The Moonlight” from Greatest Hits

Les Paul & Mary Ford “How High The Moon”

The King of France “Moon”

The Drums “Me and the Moon”

Yo La Tengo “Autumn Sweater” (Kevin Shield Remix)

Kid Koala “Moon River”

King Cresosote “Lavender Moon”
from Kenny And Beth’s Musakal Boat Rides

Modest Mouse “Autumn Beds” from Whale Song 7″

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Here’s times for the Super Harvest Moon on 9.22.10:

San Francisco 7:08 pm

Chicago 6:49 pm

New York 6:54 pm [more times]

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Here’s a fun fact to throw out, when the music’s over:

Q: What does “Sonoma” mean and what language is it from?

Vintage Sign: Sonoma Valley of the Moon

A: “Sonoma” means See the rest »

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Happy July 4th: PEZ, PES, and MP3s!!!

The Indian Chief and Uncle Sam PEZ are from the Bicentennial Series PEZ released in 1976, which also included a Pilgrim, Indian Brave, Betsy Ross, and Wounded Soldier. Buy ‘em here.

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PES, the Michel Gondry of stop motion, created this for last year’s 4th of July. Check out his Yule Log Fireplace Screensaver.

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HAPPY 4th OF JULY:

Violent Femmes “American Music” from Add It Up

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers “American Girl” from s/t

Elliott Smith “Independence Day” from XO

Bruce Springsteen “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” (live)
from Winterland, San Francisco 1978-12-15

Neko Case “Star Witness” from Fox Confessor Brings The Flood

Hjaltalín “Goodbye July / Margt Ad Ugga” from Sleepdrunk Seasons

Wilco “Ashes of American Flags” from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

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MP3: Alex Chilton (RIP), Big Star covers by Elliott Smith and The Decemberists

The talented and crazily-influential singer/songwriter Alex Chilton passed away Wednesday from a heart attack.  (pic by Godlis)

Alex, his band Big Star, and his bandmate Chris Bell’s music always makes me think of my wife’s old Skylark. It was the perfect soundtrack for driving around in a big ol’ 70s boat while falling in love.

Big Star “Daisy Glaze” from #1 Record/Radio City

Chris Bell “I Am The Cosmos” from I Am The Cosmos

Elliott Smith “Thirteen (Big Star)”
from Studion (Live in Stockholm, Sweden 06-02-98)

The Decemberists “The Ballad Of El Goodo (Big Star)”
from Live at The Echo, LA, 1.17.04

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MP3: Friday Five 03.05.10

After I don’t know how long, the sun is finally out. Here’s some tunes to celebrate. And a couple Elliott Smith tracks for when the clouds inevitably return. On 04.06.10 Kill Rock Stars will release remastered versions of Roman Candle and From A Basement On A Hill . (Not sure why … their raw ‘n rough quality is part of their charm, especially Candle.) Enjoy.

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Gold Zebra “Six Years” from self released *link updated
Gorillaz “Plastic Beach” from Plastic Beach
Cults “Go Outside” from Cults 7”
Boats “Chrome Eyelids” from Cannonballs, Cannonballs!
Fang Island “Careful Crossers” from s/t

BONÜS:
Elliott Smith “Twilight” (Remastered)” from From A Basement On A Hill

Elliott Smith “Friends” (Led Zeppelin) from
Live 12.18.01 Great American Music Hall, SF

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Twitter: Lou Barlow is Staying on Top of the Ümlaut

Lou Barlow is Following @fredabercrombie Unnecessary Umlaut

Made my morning. Thanks, Lou!

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FROM LOU’S NEW ALBUM OUT 10.6 ON MERGE:
Lou Barlow “Gravitate” from Goodnight Unknown

BONUS:
Lou Barlow “Bled White” (Elliott Smith)
from Elliott Smith Memorial Show at the Fonda, 11.9.03

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MP3: Friday Five 07.03.09 Happy Fourth Edition

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Have a safe and sane Fourth. Or at least, safe.

Violent Femmes “American Music” from Add It Up

Elliott Smith “Independence Day” from XO

Bruce Springsteen “Darkness On The Edge Of Town” (live) from Winterland, San Francisco 1978-12-15

Neko Case “Star Witness” from Fox Confessor Brings The Flood

Hjaltalín “Goodbye July / Margt Ad Ugga” from Sleepdrunk Seasons

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MP3: Friday Five 04.10.09

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The songs that got me through this week:

“The Wanting Comes In Waves” The Decemberists from The Hazards of Love
“Isis Unvelied” Trail of Dead from The Century of Self
“Bled White” Elliott Smith live circa ‘98
“1901” Phoenix from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
“Tracy’s Waters” Patrick Watson from Wooden Arms

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