Seth Surmises – Rain Dogs

Tom Waits- Rain DogsPreconceived Notions: It’s my pick, and it’s on my list on perfect albums, so I fully expected it to be awesome.

After Listening: Listening to it at work seems slightly wrong. I feel that people can smell Jim Beam and Luckies from my cube. “Hotels & whiskey & sad luck dames…”

Favorite Tracks: Blind Love is a better country song than anything that has charted since Patsy Cline died.Union Squareis a joyous celebration of 70s seedyNew York City, Gun Street Girl needs to be a Tarantino film.

Least Favorite: Sorry, I like ‘em all. Even the beat poem and the one Rod Stewart tried so hard to ruin.

Overall: Starting with a junkfiend jazzman’s pirate shanty and ending with a French Quarter funeral march, this album defies labeling. It’s equal parts Pre-Guiliani NYC and Post-Katrina NOLA. It’s Runyon, Faulkner, Capote and Bukowski, with just a touch of Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes.Mississippijunkyard percussion backing theSalvation Army streetband from Guys & Dolls with GE Smith & Keith Richards on guitar? Yes, please.

Rating: 5.0

Extra Credit: Robbie Robertson- Robbie Robertson

Seth (40 Posts)

Seth (in a nutshell) is an aging punk rocker and five year resident of Cubistan, taking the office job after many years in music & fashion retail. He is a lifelong New England resident, with the exception of a year spent in Orlando Florida, the armpit of the universe. He is a skeptical cynic with a hairtrigger bullshit detector. Seth lives in Brass City, Connecticut with his wife, Vicki; his cat, Norwegian Black Metal; and his wife’s cat, who’s name he forgets.


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