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Counting Crows Tag

Weekly (or maybe biweekly, or whenever) thoughts on miscellaneous cultural ephemera, recent and otherwise. With apologies and much respect to Greil Marcus and a titular tip of the hat to my high school lit mag.

1) Gene Sculatti, Dark Stars and Anti-Matter: 40 Years of Loving, Leaving and Making Up with the Music of the Grateful Dead (Rhino, 2012). One of five initial “Single Notes” e-book offerings from the fine reissue label. It’s a very cool idea—Rhino’s liner notes are always a pleasure to read, and the “Single Notes” books will serve as sort of an album-less set of liner notes for a band, or a particular period. Sculatti’s contribution is an entertaining, sometimes moving set of recollections about his interactions with the Dead’s music and, on one memorable occasion, the band itself. Really, though, it’s about growing up and growing older, and how one can run from one’s earliest musical loves, but one cannot hide—eventually the music that you think you leave behind comes back at you when you’re least prepared for it, but most ready to receive it.

I’m all for new venues for good music writing; I do wonder, however, how effectively Rhino will be able to sell these things. Standalone mini e-books are fine in concept, but even at a $2 or $3 price point, they seem a bit … untethered. Perhaps if packaged with other Rhino products (album downloads or special edition re-issues), or when more titles are made available in the series, the word will get out. There’s so much noise to contend with on the Web, though, particularly where e-publishing is concerned. Here’s hoping the “Single Notes” series makes an impact.

If you had to go away for awhile and you could only take five of your favorite albums with you, which ones would you choose? Yes, we know it isn’t a fair question, but that hasn’t stopped us from asking music fans who happen to be recording artists in their own right. This edition of Desert Island Discs comes courtesy of Megan Slankard, whose latest album, A Token of the Wreckage, is out now. Visit her official site for samples of Megan’s music — after reading her Desert Island picks, of course!

1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
I was about 10 years old when this album first blew my mind. I would sit in front of the stereo some nights with the CD or record cover (we had both) in my lap and stare at it throughout the duration of the album. It was absolutely magical. And, to this day, its chord progressions and melodies are part of the fibers that make up my being.

2. Graceland – Paul Simon
Maybe this is also an obvious choice, but it’s a very sentimental record and a part of growing up for me. I swiped most of my parents’ records, and this is one that my dad would play while working in the home office. It was on all the time, and I know it inside and out.