May 8th, 2013


midweek music: "Township Jive"

One of my favorite music DVDs that I own is Graceland: The African Concert. While touring for his 1986 Graceland album, which included a great deal of music from South Africa, Paul Simon was joined by a bunch of South African musicians: Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba (both, at that point, living in exile), and the magnificent a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. He also put together a superb band, led by Stimela's Ray Phiri on guitar. A few years later, when he toured for The Rhythm of the Saints, he used many of the same people in his backing band.

Simon's concert in Central Park for the Rhythm tour was released on CD, but the Graceland: The African Concert, which was recorded in Johannesburg in 1987, was only released on video, which is a crying shame. Mainly because I really really really really want an MP3 of this song: "Township Jive," which led off the performance here (and also when I saw them at Radio City Music Hall in New York the same year). It's a delightful song named after a popular type of music from South Africa, one that had influenced music all over the world. If you don't tap your feet while listening to this you have no soul. Seriously, you don't.

  • Current Music
    "Township Jive" by Paul Simon
ds9 rewatch

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: "Babel"

Fill awesome hilt reactor at hailed printer. Irridescdent fix rain pill? The DS9 Rewatch does "Babel."

An excerpt:
Still, the character set pieces alone make this a worthy episode. I could watch an hour of just O’Brien dashing about the station trying desperately to keep up with all the systems failures while he does a slow burn of sleep-deprived snark, and it’s pretty much impossible for a scene between Rene Auberjonois and Armin Shimerman to not be delightful, and this episode has several. (I love the revelation that Odo doesn’t know how to gamble.) And there are few better father-son relationships in the history of television than that of Ben and Jake Sisko, and it’s on magnificent display here.
  • Current Music
    "The Cool, Cool River" by Paul Simon