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05-31-13 Footnotes
Show 392: At Folsom Prison dissection, The National & Natalie Maines Reviews & Jim's DIJ

1 Who said a silly song about being lazy and getting drunk can’t also make you rich? Bloomberg Businessweek recently named Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” the “most lucrative song ever.” Sure it was a chart hit, but Bloomberg says Margaritaville’s true power lies in its usefulness in branding Buffett’s 100-million-dollar Parrothead empire, which encompasses casinos, resorts, and ridiculously priced frozen drink makers.

2 Post-Memorial Day, Jim and Greg consider two nuisances bound to rile concertgoers this summer: bots and cellphones. Ticketmaster recently announced they’re stepping up efforts to combat the bot programs that currently snap up 60% of show tickets before fans even have a chance to press “purchase.” Without improved technology Ticketmaster admits it’s a losing battle for fans. But perhaps even more insidious than bots are cell phones and the people who use them to record shows, blocking their neighbors’ views. In an effort to curb the annoying behavior, Jim says British group Alt-J has started offering professional video and sound recordings of its sets to fans. Only time will tell whether this dissuades those amateur Pennebakers. In the meantime, Jim and Greg offer their own guidelines for correct concert etiquette. At #1: No punching.

3 Johnny Cash’s At Folsom Prison turns 45 this month, and Jim and Greg celebrate its birthday by revisiting their Classic Album Dissection. Considered one of the greatest live recordings in rock ‘n’ roll history, At Folsom Prison marks a turning point in Johnny Cash’s long career. As Greg explains, by the late sixties Cash was considered a has-been. He’d been through a divorce, developed a drug problem, and was releasing albums of questionable taste. But in 1968, Columbia producer Bob Johnston took the “Man in Black” up on his long-time idea of recording at a prison. It’s a fitting location, Jim notes, for an artist who’d spent time in the slammer himself. At Folsom Prison captures Cash’s moment of redemption. Backed by Carl Perkins and the Tennessee Three and joined onstage by June Carter, Cash sang about the prison experience in songs like “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Dark as a Dungeon,” and “Greystone Chapel.” At Folsom Prison swept the Country Music Awards that year, cementing Cash’s comeback.

4 Indie rock band The National has basically had the same line-up since forming in Cincinnati in 1999. But, according to Jim, they’ve unfortunately also had the same sound with lead singer Matt Berninger expressing the same emotion. There are some fine moments on Trouble Will Find Me, but a little less U2 stadium bombast would be preferred. Jim says Burn It. Greg agrees, although for completely different reasons. He loved their 2003 album Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers. And on this one, he actually wants more bombast. The brooding chamber rock is too subtle. But the result is the same—not enough range…Burn It.

5 In a show dedicated to a country outlaw, how could we not review the new solo album by Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. She’s certainly earned a reputation as an opinionated sass. But on Mother, she wants to be taken seriously. Why then, Jim wonders, would she tap Ben Harper to produce? Someone like Jack White could’ve given her the unique country soul she seeks. As it is, these songs belong as much on Nashville as they do in Nashville. Greg admires covers like Pink Floyd’s “Mother,” but she’s out of her depths with many of the tracks. Ms. Maines gets a double Burn It.

6 Jim recently contributed to a new book on Prog Rock, so he’s got the experimental pop of the 1970’s on the brain. And no band from that era is sillier than Emerson, Lake and Palmer. If it could be done over the top, they did it. Take the track “Lucky Man” for example. It features one of rock’s earliest Moog solos and made it possible for keyboard nerds to imagine themselves guitar shredders. So of course, Jim wants to add it to the Desert Island Jukebox.

Songs Featured in Show #392
Goose Island Credit Music: Pure Sunray, "Caramel," Pure Sunray, 2013
Jimmy Buffett, "Margartiaville," Changes in Latitude, MCA, 1977
The Rolling Stones, "It's Only Rock N Roll," Live Licks, EMI, 2004
Johnny Cash, “Folsom Prison Blues,” At Folsom Prison, Columbia, 1968
Johnny Cash, “I Walk the Line,” Johnny Cash With His Hot and Blue Guitar, Sun, 1957
Johnny Cash, “Everybody Loves a Nut,” Everybody Loves a Nut, Columbia
Johnny Cash, “Busted,” At Folsom Prison, Columbia, 1968
Johnny Cash, “Joe Bean,” At Folsom Prison, Columbia, 1968
Johnny Cash, “Dark as the Dungeon,” At Folsom Prison, Columbia, 1968
Johnny Cash, “Folsom Prison Blues,” At Folsom Prison, Columbia, 1968
Johnny Cash (feat. June Carter), “Jackson,” At Folsom Prison, Columbia, 1968
Johnny Cash, “The Long Black Veil,” At Folsom Prison, Columbia, 1968
Johnny Cash, “Doin’ My Time,” Johnny Cash With His Hot and Blue Guitar, Sun, 1957
Johnny Cash, “A Boy Named Sue,” Johnny Cash at San Quentin, Columbia, 1969
Johnny Cash, “25 Minutes to Go,” At Folsom Prison, Columbia, 1968
Johnny Cash, “Greystone Chapel,” At Folsom Prison, Columbia, 1968
Uncle Tupelo, “Cocaine Blues,” Live Recording, 1989
The National, “Graceless,” Trouble Will Find Me, 4AD, 2013
The National, “Demons,” Trouble Will Find Me, 4AD, 2013
Natalie Maines, “Mother,” Mother, Columbia, 2013
Natalie Maines, “Silver Bell,” Mother, Columbia, 2013
Natalie Maines, “Lover You Shouldn’t Come Over,” Mother, Columbia, 2013
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, “Lucky Man,” Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Cotillion, 1970
Yoko Ono, “Mindweaver,” Season of Glass, Geffen, 1981
Phillip Phillips, “Volcano,” American Idol Season 11 Highlights, 19, 2012
Nick Drake, “Things Behind the Sun,” Pink Moon, Island, 1972
Supertramp, “Goodbye Stranger,” Breakfast in America, A&M, 1979

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