The Fore-Edge Painter

February 19, 2019

Martin Frost of Worthington, England may be the last professional fore-edge painter in the world, delicately painting scenes on the side of books, hidden beneath the gilded page edges.

Martin Frost website

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Spies In Disguise

February 18, 2019

Jonna Mendez, former chief of disguise at the CIA, explains how spies disguise. A Wired video.

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Don’t think about her when you’re trying to drive

February 17, 2019

“Don’t think about her when you’re trying to drive,” by Little Village, 1992. John Hiatt (lead vocal, guitar), Ry Cooder (guitars, backing vocal), Nick Lowe (bass, backing vocal), Jim Keltner (drums).

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My God Has a Telephone

February 17, 2019

“My God Has a Telephone,” written by Aaron Frazer, Micah Blaichman, and Wyndham Baird, recorded by the “Flying Stars of Brooklyn, NY,” a side project for Mr. Frazer, who is the fasetto-singing drummer with Durand Jones & the Indications. A tribute to the midcentury Gospel tradition.

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Fire

February 17, 2019

“Fire,” written by Bruce Springsteen, performed by the Pointer Sisters, 1979.

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The Fear

February 17, 2019

“The Fear” written by James Mercer, performed by him with The Shins on KCRW, 2017.

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You’ve Got a Friend

February 17, 2019

Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend,” rendered as Gospel by the Swan Silvertones.

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Take Me Just As I Am

February 16, 2019

“Take Me (Just As I Am),” written by Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, recorded by Arthur Conley, 1966.

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Bridge of Fate

February 16, 2019

Bridge of Fate,” composed by Leehom Wang, with lyrics by Vincent Fang. Performed by Mr. Wang and Tan Weiwei but in two different vocal styles. Wang sang pop, while Tan performed a traditional Qinqiang – a folk Chinese opera style from Shaanxi Province. Released in 2016 to promote the film The Great Wall., a period monster movie starring Matt Damon.

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I Do

February 16, 2019

“I Do,” written and recorded by The Marvelows,1965. The number was apparently developed from the group’s warm-up routine. The J. Geils Band recorded a popular live version in 1982.

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