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Newman & New Dylan

October 5, 2008

Not much to say that hasn’t already been eloquently stated elsewhere about the passing of Paul Newman. He was a legend in cinema who decided to do something with his fame that impacted people positively beyond his excellent work on screen. Check out the touching tribute below by David Letterman in case you missed it. Apparently Paul Newman DVD’s have been flying off the shelves since his passing at a fantastic rate. Buy some Newman’s Own Salsa or Popcorn and enjoy Cool Hand Luke sometime soon.

Alright, Its not really “new” Bob Dylan music, but it is new to his fans. He is releasing Volume 8 of his alternate takes, rarities and bootlegs on October 7th. This 2-disc set is called “Tell Tale Signs” and consists of work spanning from the “Oh Mercy” sessions of 1989 up to his most recent work, “Modern Times.” NPR has access to both discs for a bit and is streaming them for free here. If you are familiar with his most recent 3 or 4 albums at all, it is really fun to hear the evolution of his songs before they make the cut, and the live and b-side tracks are pure gold. It’s probably sold-out already, but If you have some extra cash lying around, you could get tickets off a scalper or Craigslist to see him perform on election night at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. I have seen him twice and he puts on a fantastic show. His touring band is always aces and he even smiles once in a while now.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. brad permalink
    October 8, 2008 12:30 pm

    Since his death, I have watched Cool Hand Luke, Slapshot, the Verdict, Absence of Malice and Butch C., and continue to buy the pasta sauce……what a man!

    Also, for old music a new site, at least for me. Wolfgang’s Vault has all kinds of old concerts from the Allman Brothers to Van, to Miles Davis and Dire Straits…. you have to register but then the music is live!!

  2. Drew permalink*
    October 8, 2008 1:04 pm

    Nice Newman marathon. sounds like fun.
    And thanks for the heads up on!
    Could be dangerous, I really don’t need another distraction.
    Just don’t tell Dana!

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