1:55 p.m. February 18, 2013

A scribble

There's a collection of traditional English drinking songs that's being released on March 4. The recordings were made in a pub in Suffolk in 1953 by the late Alan Lomax, the world's foremost folk-musicologist (and the guy who helped popularize vast amounts of blues, folk, and world music in the 20th century). In other words: A bunch of howling drunks on a Sunday bender is now a valid subject of anthropological inquiry. Sign me up.

http://www.amazon.com/Singing-Ship-Inn-Blaxhall-Recordings/dp/B00BCOK03A

Back channel chatter

  1. Your national anthem was half-inched (ie pinched, ie... appropriated) from an English drinking song, of course. You're welcome.

  2. Oh yes, I'm aware! Some of us are quite proud of that, you know...

    http://www.avclub.com/articles/neil-young-and-crazy-horse-americana,76967/

  3. Also, your flag? Totally based on a bar towel found intact in the smoking ruins of The Pig and Tussock, Fat Mary's Dock, in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London.

  4. Yes, true, that towel, dipped in Tory blood.