Happy Friday, and as Hank Williams Jr. once said, “God, I wish I was as talented as my father”. Anyways, we have a weekend of fun and football lined up for us and wanted to give you a couple tracks to see you through.
John Prine’s “Illegal Smile” is not only a country-folk gem, but also his signature tune. His down on his luck yokel of a narrator reflects on the troubles in his life, and how the glass is always half-empty instead of full. However, that glass can be refilled, and in the end you get the all important message that no matter how bad things get, you can still get plastered enough for everything to be alright.
Following up our Vintage Vinyl post with Miracle Legion, we thought we’d include Dinosaur Jr’s cover of “The Backyard” from Ciao, My Shining Star. It fixes the incorrect (or early?) lyrics of the live at WESU version (the world was so big, the world’s collide? Bizarre) and adds the distorted guitar-driven sound that is a hallmark of Dinosaur Jr’s musical output. The rest of the album makes it a must buy, featuring acts such as The National, Michael Stipe, Frank Turner, and the late Vic Chesnutt, all while never losing the feel of the Mark Mulcahy originals.
Tomorrow we're off to East Hartford for UConn's homecoming game against Vanderbilt. What game are you most excited for this weekend? Let us know in the comments.
Until next time,