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November 30, 2006

Downloadable Bob

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

Thanks to Brian, who points out that Bob Dylan's Theme Time radio shows can be downloaded here. Brian writes:

"They make great drive-time listening. Make sure you click on the "Archive" versions if you want them divided into tracks; otherwise it's just an hour-long file. I recommend Drinking, Jail, and The Devil to start off with. He gives the nod to Sister Rosetta Tharpe's YouTube video on episode 17, Friends And Neighbors, saying 'it'll blow your mind'. Who'd've guessed Bob was YouTube hip? But then again he's hip to everything, ain't he.

Theme Time set lists are here, Theme Time forums are here.

Speaking of His Bobness, have you seen this? Have mercy"!

Mercy indeed! That's a clip that deserves a place in the same pantheon as David Hasselhoff's rock videos.



posted by Michael at November 30, 2006


Cool! I heard Theme Time once and it was great. Thanks for the heads up.

Posted by: Max Goss on November 30, 2006 1:35 PM

DH and I gave each other XM radio last Xmas, and it's the greatest thing ever. I have a looooong drive to work, and on Wednesdays I start with Theme Time at 7 AM on Deep Tracks, followed by the Zydeco Trailride over on X-Country at 8 AM, and then I catch the beginning of a theme hour on the Broadway channel at 9:00, right before I pull into the garage at work.

Where else can you hear a half hour of versions of "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean" by different artists, in memory of Ruth Brown? Or the not-yet-released CD of the new Chorus Line, with the tracks played back-to-back with the old one, with the minute differences pointed out?

Satellite radio is chock full of good stuff -- we keep discovering new channels all the time. It's a constant delight.

Posted by: missgrundy on November 30, 2006 4:13 PM

Rock on, Blowhards!

Here's a Bob rant from the Friends & Neighbors show that was so good I had to write it down:

"Now I love country music. But I say, what happened to it? You hear a song like this, and it's obvious it's about real people and real emotions and real problems. That's the country music we learned to love. Nowadays they want to sweep all the problems under the rug, and pretend they don't exist. Well guess what, folks: they DO exist. And if you try to sweep them under the rug, they just gonna pop up somewhere else. So we might as well just face it and listen to the old style country music, the real country music, you know, about drinking and sleeping around. That's my kind of country music, and I hope yours. But I digress."

Digress all you want, Bob.

Posted by: Brian on December 1, 2006 2:52 AM

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