Beauty and reality
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We start with a Grateful Dead tune requested by Tom in Vancouver (who dedicates it to Jeanette) that he saw the lyrics written on the wall of an isolated cabin in the Kalalau Valley.
To celebrate their 20th year as a band, Sloan are giving away a 14-track sampler (for the price of an email address) at Noisetrade - but one person who doesn't need it is Mary Cobham, Sloan-superfan...in particular, she loves Jay Ferguson so much, she wrote this whole album about it...
...which segues nicely into Shawn Colvin covering a Police tune in her own way as Ghost In The Machine turned 30 years old yesterday.
And sad news that Sylvia Robinson died on Friday at the age of 75, and we revisit her big hit with Mickey Baker.