Episode #1507

St. Vincent’s Art Pop & Meditating on Middlemarch

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Friday, February 14, 2014

St. Vincent St. Vincent (Renanta Raksha)

The powerhouse guitarist Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent, calls her music a cross between pop and “lunatic fringe.” She tells Kurt Andersen how David Byrne and metal heroes Pantera inspired her new album. The author Rebecca Mead makes the case for George Eliot's Middlemarch as the greatest novel of all time — all 900 pages of it. Plus, Olympic skaters in Sochi get high marks for their triple axels, but if we have to hear one more instrumental rock medley...

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HLS from Kenai Alaska

Just prior to listening to this studio 360 segment I had watched an Olympic ice skating pair skate to "16 Tons!" I commented to my 17 year old son what an idiotic choice that song was for skating and, to prove my point, started singing the lyrics while the skaters danced on ("sixteen tons, what do you get? another day older and deeper in debt..."). I remembered the lyrics from a Tennessee Ernie Ford 45 rpm record my eldest sister played. Then, recalling other tunes of the very early 60s, I continued singing "Footsteps" the old Perry Como song and "The Angry Sea" ('artist' not remembered). We both agreed that the entire world needs to be grateful for the Beatles timely arrival to change the course of music history!

Lastly, our family of six kids and parents was also crowded around the tv set in Dallas, Texas that fateful evening in February.(And, yes, we had all been there to see the President and the pretty lady in the pink dress at Love Field months earlier). Nobody had explained to the 7 year old (me) that Beatles were not beetles. I thought we were going to be invaded by June bugs and for some reason everyone was excited about this and it was to take place that Sunday night. The only boy in the family is my brother who is 18 months older than me. Up until that evening, he had been a shy, quiet boy. He transformed during that broadcast. He started singing and hasn't stopped. The magic of the Beatles did not just impact females. And...that's the difference between the Beatles and Bieber.... Correction: one of the many differences between the Beatles and Bieber.

Feb. 17 2014 03:23 AM
carlton from Bozeman

Shine on You Crazy Diamond being cheesy? WTF?? As much as I'd like Beyonce to being skated to, I disagree with you about your assessment on a great Pink Floyd's tune which makes a great ballad to skate to. I also am a fan of the Talking Heads and St. Vincent(I flew to Chicago from Montana just to see they Byrne/St.Vincent show) so I'm not just a classic rock enthusiast.

Feb. 14 2014 10:59 PM

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