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Earl Brooks – I’m To Blame

Earl!The murder ballad is one of the few really American forms of music.  Strange, I suppose, but it’s not one you really see in other cultures. Actually, truthfully, you don’t really see it much in our culture anymore — there’s a few that resurface like “Delia’s Gone” by Johnny Cash — but the version most people are familiar with is from ’94, and it goes back even older than that.  There’re other songs about killing the woman you love, too — Frank Zappa‘s “Bamboozled By Love” comes to mind, but that’s less a ballad and more in the blues “woman done me wrong” kind of vein, like “Hey Joe“.  Anyway — the murder ballad is one of those kind of forgotten forms of music, and one that is really quite interesting.

The point to all this is that my friend, Earl Brooks, (of The Crop Circles and Ghosts of Wyoming) has written a new murder ballad.  And it’s a really good one, too.  He’s done his first music video for it, shot on an iPhone.  It’s a pretty cool video, too — I like that it’s shot in portrait mode rather than landscape — but the song is really where it’s at.  It’s a really cool one, and the first verse is especially creepy and scary and, well, kinda explicit for a murder ballad, which makes it all the better.

Seriously — check it out now.  The video’s under the cut.

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A Cup From A Sip Of Mercury

A CUP FROM A SIP OF MERCURY from revme on 8tracks Radio.

Every so often, much like other groups will do, like, say, the AV Club, they’ll post a hypothetical mix CD, and then do notes on each track, so you can figure out why you should track down each and every single one of these songs and buy them, so you can assemble this mix all on your own, despite the fact that the fun thing with assembling mix CDs is making your own, not following some recipe. But let’s just forget all that, and bear with me here, folks.

This one’s not got a theme, but that’s OK. If you insist upon one, they’re all songs that I really like that may have gotten overlooked. They also segue pretty well into each other, so that’s also a plus. This introduction is getting boring, so let’s just cut to the chase.

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