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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 »


MP3: O’Bligatory St. Paddy’s McMix Redüx

If I’m going to hit you over the head with the same (awesome) St. Patrick’s Day McMix two years running, the least I could do is add this Spike/Droopy soundbite to kick things off. Be sure to try my spin on green beer, Guinness Black & Green.

Spike the dog “Shilialey” from Tex Avery

Dropkick Murphys “Shipping Up to Boston”

Thin Lizzy “Whisky In The Jar”

Bud Light “Mr Kiss-Me-I’m-Irish Pin Wearer”

Unknown “Finnegan’s Wake”
Library of Congress, WPA CA Folk Music Project

Frank Black & Glen Hansard “The Aul’ Triangle”

Waterboys “Fisherman’s Blues”

The Pogues “On the Sunnyside of the Street”

The Thrills “Irish Gates Keep Gate-Crashin”

Dexy’s Midnight Runners “Plan B”

The Undertones “Teenage Kicks”

Stiff Little Fingers “Mr Fire Coal Man”

Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Where’d You Go”

Them (feat. Van Morrison) “Here Comes The Night”

Bing Crosby “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling


MP3: O’Bligatory St. Patrick’s Day McMix
Classic Toons: Droopy Leprechaun & Double Trouble by Tex Avery
Classic Toons: Tex Avery’s Car Of Tomorrow & Farm Of Tomorrow


MP3: Friday Five and Halloween Six 10.30.09

See all the Friday Fives and Rock out with the Umlaut

Hope everybody gets freaky this weekend. Happy Halloween!

Surfer Blood “Floating Vibes” from Astro Coast

Adele “Last Nite” (The Strokes) from BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge

The Sandwitches “Back to the Sea” from
How To Make Ambient Sadcake

Thin Lizzy “Dancing In The Moonlight” from Greatest Hits

Philip Lynot “Old Town” (Chronovisor Mix) from Old Town

The Postmarks “Everyday Is Halloween” (Ministry) from Unsorted
Dead Man’s Bones “My Body’s A Zombie For You” from s/t
Trailer “Ghost In the Invisible Bikini” from Ghouls With Attitude 2
The Unicorns “Tuff Ghost” from Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone
The Cramps “Zombie Dance” from Songs The Lord Taught Us
Misfits “Astro Zombies” from Coffin Box, Disc 3: Sessions

Rock out with the Umlaut every Friday.