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Wednesday 15 February 2017

Burn Offerings 6

First the bad news - there has been an incremental reduction in interest for the Burnt Offerings posts over the previous five weeks.
Now the really bad news - there are 32 in the series and  I plan to continue until the bitter end.

You will all be familiar with the first song this week but not perhaps with the singer. Petra Haden is an American singer and violinist who has been a member of That Dog, Tito and Tarantula and The Decemberists.
I shall spare you her acapella version of Journey's Don't Stop Believing

Petra Haden - God Only Knows

A.C. Newman is a Canadian singer/songwriter who as well as performing sol plays with The New Pornographers.
His name is Allan Carl Newman and chose  "A.C." for his solo career because "it sounded like a pseudonym, but it's not a pseudonym." So now you know. Miracle Drug is the first song on his 2004 debut solo album The Slow Wonder.

Today's final choice is a bit of a mystery. I can't find any references anywhere to The Eric Hinshaw Band leading me to suspect that I have totally the wrong name. If anyone can help me out I would be eternally grateful.
All I can say is that they are more classic Country than Americana and he almost certainly wears a hat.

Volume 7 next week whether you like it or not


  1. The A.C. Newman track is particularly good. Keep on keeping on CC.

  2. You may be right about that third selection having incorrect information. I couldn't find anything either. I actually own your other two selections. I knew Petra Haden from her work in That Dog. Her shtick as a solo artsit is interpreting the songs of others a cappella. For many, I imagine this can grow tiresome. She might be best known for recording The Who Sell Out in its entirety. Thus, the giant can of baked beans in the photo above. As for A.C. Newman, I think all of his solo albums have been good, and the Small Wonder is his best. There is a song on that one called the Town Halo that I never seem to get out of my head. The New Pornographers have a new album coming out in the spring... their first in a few years. Looking forward to it.

    1. I have no A.C Newman records and only Mass Romantic by The New Pornographers Brian.
      Clearly a gap

    2. The song Mass Romantic is fantastic in the car. Give it a try tomorrow.

  3. How are you measuring your incremental reductions? This series is still very popular with me!