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I know Andrew Kirell from his former tenure as Mediaite’s Ed in Chief, and now for the Daily Beast. I also know him to be refreshingly scornful of politics and the worst people in media. I also know him as that guy I met twice, and wish I could hang out with more because he’s pretty legit.

I heard whispers for several years that Kirell had musical yearnings and talents, and I was curious to hear what he sounded like. If you talk to someone a lot, but you don’t know their musical self, it feels mysterious. They could be a secret Bowie or Britney Spears or Paul Simon. You just don’t know.

A few weeks ago, Kirell had me listen to his song “On My Own” and it was completely not what I had expected, in a fun way. I knew Kirell had great taste in music — Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan and all — but I didn’t expect him to sound like the alt country Ian Curtis. He does. He sounds like the alt country Ian Curtis, and it is awesome. Go have a listen over at his Bandcamp page. I’m excited to hear what he does next.

Old Time Etc. With DJ Jesse Walker The DJ 1-2 by Djstaggerlee on Mixcloud

Old Time Etc. With DJ Jesse Walker 2-2 by Djstaggerlee on Mixcloud

Old Time Etc. Pairs Show 1-2 by Djstaggerlee on Mixcloud

Old Time Etc. Pairs Show 2-2 by Djstaggerlee on Mixcloud

Old Time etc. 6-12-15-p1 by Djstaggerlee on Mixcloud

Show one, part one, check out my mixcloud for more shows.

Self portraits 188For the rest of the summer, you can catch me on WPTS 92.1, which is the University of Pittsburgh’s radio station. Every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. I try to play a good combination of old time, jug bands, string bands, blues, bluegrass, country, punk, rock, alt this and that, folk, etc. It’s been great fun so far, and people seem to like it. Or, the four libertarians on twitter who have killer taste in music seem to like it.*

You can stream it live on Wednesdays at 3 (though sometimes I start a little late) over this way. During those hours, I tend to tweet @wptsrequest, but I don’t have a lot to work with, so if you want a request, I suggest giving it to me a week early.

It’s a good show, if I say so myself. Even if I am a radio pipsqueak, turns out people are right, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun.

* Somebody fund this gold and gave us four a radio show. Unpopular politics¹+unpopular music²= $$$

¹ No, Rand Paul does not count.

² No, Mumford and Sons does not count.

“Big Sciota” from the out of print Troubles Up and Down the Road Old Crow Medicine Show EP. It’s friend Steve’s favorite, and it’s one of mine as well. Try not to mourn the departure of Willie Watson (the one singing the main vocals) when you listen, though.

In Nashville Steve and I met a bartender who told us a few pieces of Mr. Van Zandt’s sad life. This bartender, under the photo of Van Zandt that perched above the bar, assured us that it wasn’t staggering home so drunk you forget your lyrics-covered napkins beside your coaster that made a great artist. This place, the Gold Rush, is also where Shooter Jennings, and Justin Townes Earle have been known to drink from time to time.

Also, this song is about a bunch of cowboys jumping the devil, and then fucking him up. How is that not amazing?

A new discovery from the trip — sounds like Roscoe Holcome with a lot more pop and scratch and hiss, and a bit more mountain. I also have been collecting different versions of this song. That desperate man was indeed a real guy and a murderer, and somehow listening to the umpteeth version of that one murderer’s crime and how he was brought to justice, well, that made me love American in a manner most unwholesome for a libertarian anarchist pacifict. But anyway, Clarence Ashley is killer — and listen to his weird little hums at the end. That raised the hair on my neck.

Has there ever been a song narrator more concerned about the fate of a drug smuggler (or at least the delicious weed)? I do hope things worked out for old Henry.

My favorite Virginia boys rocking out the Juicy Fruit gum jingle and then the old time classic “Eliza Jane.”The former was inspired by a kick-ass tape by a bearded fellow named Sam Quinn — Steve (the fiddle player) and I nearly wore out the tape on our journey. “Juicy Fruit” is good with fiddle, it sounds better with pedal steel.