“lvl 8 ogre mage seeks moon queen or druidI am a lvl 8 warrior seeking my adventuring companion for game play and fornication. I partake in only adventure/fantasy role play, no creepy goth stuff, it’s too weird. Only sanctioned spells allowed, costume dress optional but preferred. I have the body of a wandering Norwegian brawler and short brown hair. Please be quite buxom and imaginative for play and enjoy fantasy role play aesthetics. Please send pics, leves, preferred adventure type and spell list. We could go get dinner (under $20), and watch a movie. Also I’m allergic to cats.
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Ah, to be young and to have free time … I suppose this isn’t the first time we’ve been, oh, what do you young people call it - “mashed up” - but it’s certainly an entertaining little rendition of “Savory” featuring our old pal, 50 Cent.
Pathetic old guy confession: I had no idea it was 50 Cent. But through the miracles of modern technology (thanks, iTunes, and your magic “it’s probably this one” bars), and a blindly educated guess, I got the code cracked on the first guess. Gawrsh, I’m smart!
I have lately been consumed by the most recent posthumous release by Nick Drake, the stunning, lo-fi Family Tree. I really have no business referring to it as “stunning,” because that would intimate that I was expecting something less than heartbreaking, and that I should be surprised by such a strong, positive reaction. I was not. I was, however, expecting more of a catch-as-catch-can, for-fans-only collection, not the cohesive trip through the home tapes of a late genius.
And admittedly, it is lo-fi. Every track resonates with the ambience and intimacy of family life; often, voices can be heard in the background, dogs barking, a child shouting. Many of the tracks feature his mother or sister (the track above, “All My Trials,” is a duet with sister Gabrielle), and only just over half are penned by Nick himself; some of the most affecting performances are variations on Bert Jansch, Bob Dylan, Dave van Ronk, traditional blues, and a Drake classic penned by Robin Frederick, “Been Smoking Too Long.” Another favorite is written and performed by his mother, Molly (“Poor Mum”), whom Gabrielle’s liner notes contend was a great influence. But his alternate-tuned finger-picking is at its peak, warts and all. Lacking some of the more syrupy production traits and over-arrangement of later albums, his vocals come across without affectation, even tinged with humor, warmth, and at moments - surprisingly - joy.
Often, “home tapes” end up being the fodder of “fans only,” but this one is a real treasure for any lover of British folk’s particular twist on American blues and traditional ballads, as well as Drake’s own interpretation of British folk itself. I would have a hard time recommending it more highly.