No, it’s not a cover of Paul Simon’s African Graceland track, but rather the debut single off My Place Is Here / My Time Is Now, the solo record of multi-instrumentalist Mike Post. Hailing from Los Angeles, Post studied music at Northeastern University where he learned the ins and outs of the business as well as how to put together a catchy recording, which is showcased here. Driven by the ukulele (Eddie Vedder’s really brought that thing back, huh?), it has the laid-back persona of a guy chilling around a campfire with friends. “If you’re waiting for a sign to set you free / Then you’d be just like me,” Post sings, and considering the economy’s in absolute shit, you can’t help but feel the same. At least while waiting, though, Post gives us this tune to cheer us up.
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Scout Finch appeals to everyone. Wise and immature, tomboyish and vulnerable, she’s recognizable even to people who didn’t grow up in segregated Alabama, who didn’t have a scary next-door neighbor and who didn’t have an awesome dad like Atticus. The continuing resonance of Scout’s story is the subject of Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird. Released on 19 July on DVD from First Run Features, the documentary features a series of interviewees, many quite famous, who describe their sense of likeness and commitment to Scout (James McBride: “She sees the world through child’s eyes with an adult’s understanding,” Oprah Winfrey: “I fell in love with Scout, I wanted to be Scout. I thought I was Scout”). Harper Lee is less available. She retreated from public life soon after the famous film based on her only book was made. She remains rather perfectly the writer whose intentions aren’t performed, for an interviewer who’s asking or an audience who’s projecting. Even as people speculate, imagining both questions and answers for her. Her 99-year-old sister Alice, still a lawyer in the firm their father helped to found, explains Lee’s absence as a choice. “As time went on, she said that reporters began to take too many liberties with what she was saying, so she just wanted out… She felt like she gave enough.” Hey, Boo isn’t asking more of her. But it can’t quite leave her alone, either.
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On this day back in 1966, Bobby Fuller of the Bobby Fuller Four, known for his iconic tune “I Fought the Law”, was found dead in his car in LA at the young age of 23. Leaving this world so young like his idol and fellow Texan, Buddy Holly, Fuller’s death was declared a suicide, but rumors abound as to possible other causes. That aforementioned classic tune was later remade with a harder edge famously by the Clash.