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Thursday, May 26, 2005

(Updated 5-26) More Info on Nickel Creek's "Why Should The Fire Die?"

According to the Nickel Creek news page and this eBay listing (no longer a valid listing as of 5-26) we have a look at the titles of all the tracks on their upcoming (August 9th) album. The listing on eBay describes a "back disc" evidently a prerelease recording. While it doesn't have the graphic packaging it does list the track titles and running times (presumably they are correct). The songs are as follows:

1. When in Rome
2. Somebody More Like You
3. Jealous of the Moon
4. Scotch & Chocolate
5. Can't Complain
6. Tomorrow is a Long Time
7. Eveline
8. Stumptown
9. Anthony
10. Best of Luck
11. Doubting Thomas
12. First and Last Waltz
13. Helena
14. Why Should the Fire Die?

The track Anthony is a Sara Watkins piece. To my knowledge it'll be the first Sara-written-song on their albums so far. I'm certainly looking forward to the albums release...Until then you might want to check out some album art and photos at:

Nickel Creek Publicity Photos

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Heard on FolkAlley - Moe Berg: The Song

Story songs are often quite interesting. I never remember hearing of Moe Berg before hearing this one and if I did I certainly didn't know that he was a spy, baseball player, professor etc. During WWII he worked for the OSS trying to find out if the Germans were getting close to obtaining "the bomb." He later worked for the CIA as well.

From May to mid-December, Berg hopped around Europe interviewing physicists and trying to convince several to leave Europe and work in America. At the beginning of December news about Heisenberg giving a lecture in Zurich, Switzerland reached the OSS, and Berg was assigned the task of attending the lecture and determining "if anything Heisenberg said convinced him the Germans were close to a bomb." If Berg came to the conclusion that the Germans were close, he had orders to shoot Heisenberg; Berg determined that the Germans were not close. (read more about Moe Berg here...)

Chuck Brodsky's album Radio contains the song I heard about Moe Berg. The clips below don't give you much but its a little...

Moe Berg: The Song Clip 1

Moe Berg: The Song Clip 2