Wgot 2007 CD

Posted on March 19, 2008 by Steve

Last year's collection is now available to HOB fans whose mailing address is known to the author.

This year got off to a slow start after the wget script started misbehaving. Somehow one of my favorite bits of code was commented out:

oldIFS="$IFS"; IFS="

This causes the list of wgotten mp3 files to be parsed by line, rather than by space. Without it, my working directory was sprayed with dozens of annoying empty file fragments, each one having the name of a single word in an mp3 title.

That's fixed now, and auditing of 250 new tracks began last week. This produced so few picks that I began to doubt the adage that (only) 99% of what's on the internet is crap. The best of the worst:

Jim Noir: Don't You Worry

The Postal Service: Brand New Colony fair warning: contains 8-bit indy pop

There were also inordinately many drunk/drinking songs this time, many of which I tracked down to one generous post. Here's the only one I kept from the lot:

Tom Waits: The Piano Has Been Drinking
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Posted by RWH2 | March 20, 2008 | 00:11:30

I think I loaned you my copy of Small Change one time - as I recall you didn't fully appreciate the genius of it, remarking only that you found "Step Right Up" kind of catchy. Which it is. As is your keeper from this wgot batch.

But the boozy, losery whole of the thing has to be appreciated in its entirety for full effect. The raucous licentiousness of "Pasties and a G-String" sandwiched between the heartbreaking regret of "Invitation to the Blues" and "Bad Liver and a Broken Heart"; the born loser's anthem, "I Can't Wait to Get Off Work". By the time I'm done listening I feel like I've lived a completely different life - it's hard to believe Waits was only 27 when he recorded it.

Posted by Steve | March 20, 2008 | 10:26:26

That song was still familiar, and the faded memory of your CD made it stand out all the more from the hours of dreck surrounding it. I am also astonished at his age. Tom Petty, a year younger, released his peppy debut the same year.

Posted by Tony | March 20, 2008 | 12:58:22


I believe you have my mailing address on file, so I hereby officially request a copy. Please let me know if you need me to cover postage and/or media costs.


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