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January 18, 2021

Mike’s ‘Mericana Monday – Elizabeth Cotten

Mike’s ‘Mericana Mondays is where friend of the blog, roots DJ, house show organizer, Bloomington Music Expo czar and all around nice guy Mike McAfee picks one song a week to share with the people.

Born in 1893, she practically invented Americana. Cotten was a self-taught, left-handed, scorpion-badass, guitar-slayer. Her influential style became known as “Cotten picking” and some say she forgot more about playing a right-handed guitar upside down than Hendrix and Cobain ever knew. Shoot That Buffalo is an amazing song recorded in 1966.

Biden Week Bonus selection courtesy of Woody Guthrie (also invented Americana):

January 18, 2021

The B-Side: Skeleton Skies

Welcome to The B-Side, our new daily column where we bring you a bonus song to check out, fall in love and live happily ever after with.

It’s a brand new column, so why not kick it off with a joyous little indie synth dance number? “The Talented Miss K” from Skeleton Skies hits like a lost Arcade Fire hit remixed by MGMT and is the sonic sunshine you need to combat these grey winter days. Sure, the lyrics are about lost love, but this is the soundtrack to sweating out the emotions and shaking that heartbreak by shaking your ass. Or as another synthy indie dance maestro once put it, to dance yrself clean.

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