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Echoes From Sunset Canyon III

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“Because everybody knows the fabric of folly is falling apart at the seams.”

A grey-tinged, bittersweet breeze blows up from the canyon, the collective spirit in America a bit worse for wear lately and a better horizon obscured by clouds. A drought of love and empathy parches the land, and we seek solace in songs.

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Brought To You By The Letter…F

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The Impound has been organizing its music archives, and we hit upon the idea of sharing tunes we dig in an alphabetical way. So, for the next few months we’ll be working our way from A-Z with a choice baker’s dozen or so installment each week that includes bands/artists from a single letter.

Our “F” assortment includes DI staples Dan Fogelberg, Fleetwood Mac and Fairport Convention alongside some artists that deserve bigger audiences and critical recognition (The Features, Johnny Flynn and Liam Finn) as well as a monster track from one of our fave-o-rite cult U.K. acts (“Good News Bad News”) named Family. If just one listener decides to explore the Family catalog because of this mix we feel we’re doing God’s work here at the Impound (and you might well start with the killer 2 CD compilation In Their Own Time if you feel so inclined). Now, we’ll shut the “F” up and get rolling…

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Uh, we were going to show you a nice picture of Furry Friends with a Fabulous Letter “F” but the Sesame Street gang is still pissed about Romney saying he’s pulling their funding. Looks like it’s gonna be a street fight with the GOP!

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Echoes From Sunset Canyon II

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Further dispatches from a West Coast place that doesn’t exist but feels real anyway – the anthems of an invisible city where the sunsets are gorgeous, melancholy is strong, and golden brown beauties make one ache in ways one never imagined possible. The road and the spaces between us move within this mix, reminding us of a Robert Bly verse where one “eats distance and silence” before one “grows long wings, enters the spiral, and ascends.” But, even if one soars alone at least they’ve taken to the sky…

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Classic Vibe II

Tumbleweed Connection

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The first Friday of each month Dirty Impound will celebrate one of our favorite albums with a mix bookended by cuts from the inspirational record and a selection of tunes that tap into the feel of the original work – lyrically, musically, attitudinally, however-ly. The goal is not to present bands that sound like the spotlight artist but to surround them with music pulsing on a kindred wavelength.

Bernie Taupin & Elton John (1970)

Bernie Taupin & Elton John (1970)

“This lazy life is short/ Something for nothing/ Always ending with a bad report.”

On paper, 1970’s Tumbleweed Connection makes no sense. An Old West obsessed song cycle from two 20-something Brits just experiencing their first major chart success, Elton John’s second album found lyrical foil Bernie Taupin consorting with gunslingers and country folk, wandering under prairie skies, and more wistful and nostalgic than seems appropriate for someone so young, his every aching, backward glance met with sweeping empathy by his piano playing pal. A few years before it fully kicked in Stateside, Bernie and Elton tapped into the 70s obsession with marrying Wild West outlaw culture with rock, with guitars replacing Pig Iron and limos the new stagecoach. It’s a conceit but an effective one that still lingers today, and it’s rarely been pulled off better than Tumbleweed Connection, which explores the relationship of fathers and sons (and kinship in general) and delves into prickly subject matter like the Confederate mindset, torching religious institutions, and the costs and aftermath of war. It’s an oddly mature work and simply one of the greatest second acts in rock history, with dense, fascinating storytelling, gorgeous love songs, robust playing and timeless production (courtesy of Gus Dudgeon, who also contributed his touch to The Zombies’ “She’s Not There,” Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and much, much more).

This installment offers up some prime early 70s California country-rock (and some modern artists dipping a toe into the same pool), a swell cover of one of Tumbleweed’s tracks by Rod Stewart, the original version of “Love Song” (the album’s sole cover), and a fair amount of flying lead. Keep your powder dry and saddle up. It’s time to hit the dusty trail.

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Sunday Brunch IV

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Melancholy goes down well in the morning. It’s a great time to think over what might have been and what will be while sipping a hot beverage and watching the weather unfold. With that in mind, DI’s consciously gentle morning soundtrack for February digs deep into the treasure trove of bittersweeties out there, particularly in the 1970s when they knew how to get their introspection on proper.

Sunday Brunch IV from dirtyimpound on 8tracks.

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Deathcember VI

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Deathcember, DI’s annual rumination on mortality and the end of things, continues with a roughly poetic baker’s dozen of grave peeking ditties. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, so what’s the fuss?

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Poundings LXII

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So much we take for solid simply isn’t with treacherous potholes of truth waiting in the substrata as we stride blithely along. Dwelling on this fact can be paralyzing, so we throw bones and read tea leaves in the hopes of outsmarting Fate and Fortune. We won’t but it’s worth rolling the dice anyway.

Each week for the next couple months, Dirty Impound’s weekly mix tape will feature a track from the cool new Why Pink Floyd? reissue series. The catalog has been remastered and repackaged in a way that shows real respect for one of the great rock groups. Our first selection is a snarling rocker from 1969’s soundtrack to the film More that leads into Wooden Shjips, a modern descendent of vintage Pink Floyd.

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