Thursday, March 25, 2010

Episode 11 | "God Has a Train"

Welcome to Tony Tost's America. My name is Tony Tost, and this is my America:

"Just like a Woman," John Lee Hooker
"Nowadays a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man," Captain Beefheart
"Louisiana Saturday Night," Mel McDaniel
"Hank, You Still Make Me Cry," Boxcar Willie
"A World So Full of Love," Roger Miller
"Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb," Soul Stirrers

CD Wright catalogs the national pastimes

"When the World's On Fire," The Carter Family
"Viel Zu Spat," Johnny Cash
"Hi Ho Silver," Bobby Lee Trammel
"Let a Soldier Drink," Jerry Lee Lewis

Jimmy Reed invokes the real good times

"Cripple Creek," Skip Spence
"The Hinges on the Door," Connie Smith

Johnny Cash, spokesman for a generation

"Richland Woman Blues," Mississippi John Hurt
"Somebody Makes Me Think of You," Blue Sky Boys
"(Pardon Me) I've Got Someone to Kill," Johnny Paycheck

Richard Pryor studies the relationship between history and sexuality

"Hillbilly Surfer," Whitey White
"River, Stay Away from My Door," Charlie Rich
"Satan's River," Porter Wagoner

Juliana Spahr's geographical history of Hawaii

"Same Old Tale that the Crow Told Me," Johnny Horton
"Do You Call That Religion?" Monroe Brothers
"House of Gold," Unknown Female Trio (recording found in Sun Studio)
"Jesus on the Radio (Daddy on the Phone)," Tom T. Hall
"He Got Better Things for You," Memphis Sanctified Singers

Lenny Bruce shows how he relaxes his colored friends at parties

"Mississippi Mud," Bix Beiderbecke with Paul Whiteman
"This Train Is a Clean Train," Elder Roma Wilson
"Waymore's Blues," Class of '55 (Cash, Lewis, Orbison, Perkins)


Sunday, March 7, 2010

Episode 10 | "Drama Until the Very End"

Welcome to Tony Tost's America. My name is Tony Tost, and this is my America:

"To Beat the Devil," Kris Kristofferson
"I Looked Down the Road (and Wondered)," Sister Rosetta Tharpe

William S. Burrough folds a curse back into itself

"Take My Hand (Precious Lord)," Link Wray
"Singin' in Vietnam Talkin' Blues," Johnny Cash
"Snow Is Falling Everywhere," Yoko Ono

Jerome Rothenberg totally translates himself into a particular ache

"Burma Shave," Roger Miller

Bernadette Mayer scopes out the upcoming revolution

"The Heavenly Airplane," Sons of the Pioneers
"Industrial Boogie," Doctor Ross

Rev. JM Milton sees a beast slouching towards America
John Giorno becomes the demon, becomes the river

"Letters Have No Arms," Ray Price

Kenneth Burke recalls Ezra Pound's address to the sky

"Is She Is, or Is She Ain't," the Charmer (aka Louis Farrakhan)

Kamau Brathwaite descends into the underworld of a thousand dances

"Moonlight and Skies," Jimmie Rodgers

Johnny Cash, while stationed in Germany, professes his undying love to his Vivian

"Funnel of Love," Wanda Jackson
"Blue and Lonesome," Little Walter
"Katie Cruel," Karen Dalton
"Only Black Man in South Dakota," Andre Williams
"Revenooer Man," George Jones

Ajay Lowery quotes Lenin, discusses the teeth protruding from America's hand
CBS news reveals itself to be the modern Herodotus
Laurie Anderson & Julia Heyward are not the pilot

"Diddie Wa Diddie," Blind Blake
"Devil's Train," Hank Williams
"Copperhead Road," Steve Earle
"Jimmie's Blue Heaven," Jimmie Tarlton
"The Junkie & the Juicehead Minus Me," Johnny Cash

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