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April 18, 2022

Mike’s Monday Muse – Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder

Mike’s Monday Muse 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.

Ry Cooder in The Irish Times: “Nobody didn’t like Brownie and Sonny. Everybody liked them, especially white people who’d never heard of the blues, didn’t know what it was, wouldn’t have wanted to know what it was.” Mahal: “The blues haven’t gone anywhere; it is the people who’ve disappeared.” Cooder and Mahal’s tribute album to McGhee and Terry called Get On Board comes out April 22 on Nonesuch Records. It’s pure greatness.

April 18, 2022

Week Starter – Pulse Park

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

The 90’s alternative movement is often remembered in broad either/or strokes. Amps to 11, hushed acoustics, mumbled personal lyrics, screamed non sequiturs, flannel this, sunflower dress that. But the reality is that a lot of bands mined the sweet spot between those extremes – noisy but melodic, loud but gentle – not alternating back and forth, but riding the line itself. It is from that tradition draws Pulse Park with their latest “Sine Wave,” a driving song that doesn’t feel so much like someone pushing you as it does someone leading you hand in hand. It feels open and airy while still being powerful and it’s that combination that had us returning to it over and over this past weekend and on through into the start of this week.

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