We like the Kennedy Center's description (and Rolling Stone's): "This is the alt-folk song-singing/record-making/globetrotting project by DC-by-way-of-Kentucky tunesmith Mark Charles Heidinger, whose recently released Divide & Conquer was hailed by Rolling Stone as вЂњjarring new folk.вЂќ See more great praise for Vandaveer and Divide & Conquer in today's Washington Post: Aaron Leitko's review is entitled "The Well-Read Folk Singer."
Hail, conquering minstral! Welcome home!
Look up tonight. Even far from the Rhone, even in the heart of Washington, DC, 121 years later, you can see why.
[caption id="attachment_659" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="click to listen"][/caption]Ahoy, mateys! In case your calendar is missing all of the important holidays, International "Talk Like a Pirate Day" is this Saturday, September 19th. This week’s playlist is a preparatory primer on all things pirate, so dust off the old eye patch, polish your cutlass, and cover your parrot’s ears…
1. Arrh! – Mike Mennard An elementary course in pirate diction, complete with a hapless landlubber trying to come aboard. “A hook for a hand is handy, but mostly you need a good arrrrh…” 2. The Worst Pirate Song – Ceann Pittsburgh’s clever songsmiths seem to feel the seas are no place for a lady these days, musically disputable in Golden Bough’s “Sea Queen of Connemara”, They Might Be Giants “Pirate Girls Nine”, and countless other homages to famous female pirates. Still, they make some points with “you’ve got no hook hand, no secret island, and pirates never go to the bathroom in twos.” 3. Le Chant du Pirate – Edith Piaf Parisian icon adds the international to International Talk Like a Pirate Day, with a voice that could have a whole fleet of pirates hoisting sails and swabbing decks until sunset. 4. Recruitin’ the Crew – Captain Bogg and Salty Pure pirate fun. “Shut yer scuppers, step up, ye knock-kneed scallywags, and weigh anchor with Captain Angus Bogg” 5. Rhymin’ and Stealin’ – Beastie Boys Because mutiny on the Bounty is what they’re all about, this song is a treasure chest of pirate pathos from the Beastie’s debut album, from “terrorizing suckers on the seven seas”, to “deliver(ing) Colonel Sanders down to Davy Jones’ locker” and killing Captain Bly (by breaking his face, no less). Ouch. Tough way to go. 6. Medicine Cabinet Pirate – The Long Winters Technically not a pirate song, but since it has “pirate” in the title and chorus and starts with the line “We could have a baby to keep us awake, or we could get a radio…”, it’s pirate enough for us. 7. Drunken Sailor – Storm Weather Shanty Choir A traditional rendition of this seafaring classic, done with buckets of enthusiasm by a band with a really piratey sounding name. A for effort, you’re on the playlist, Shanty Choir. 8. Redemption Song – Bob Marley “Old Pirates, yes they rob I, sold I to the merchant ships…” Sorry to put a damper on the romance of it all, but this is a beautiful reminder that pirating isn’t all rum, beach parties, and booty. These guys are criminals, kids, doing horrible things. And they stink! 9. Blymy the Pirate – A Halo Called Fred Back to the drunken fun of pirate bluster, all rudeness and roughness and lots of “Oi”s. 10. The Legend of Davy Jones (Forty Fathoms Deep) – David Jeremiah Dramatic retelling of classic tale of the grim reaper of the seas, replete with pipe organs and crashing waves. 11. Friggin’ in the Riggin’ – The Sex Pistols Not for the kids, this one, but how many chances will there be to work the Pistols into a playlist? Trademark mayhem from post-Bollocks punk pioneers. 12. Yo-Ho, Yo-Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me – Xavier Atencio Maybe the first playlist ever where a Sex Pistols romp is followed by a Disney song covered by the Jonas Brothers (and censored for content – apparently the Disney version was too risqué for Jonas Brothers’ fans), but we’re going to go with the Johnny Depp and Keira Knightly shanty from Pirates of the Caribbean, sung by firelight with the proper abandon.