Apart from his Americana lineage, I don't know nuthin' 'bout Justin Townes Earle. But "Burning Pictures" is a pretty awesome song.
Excellent imagery; great storytelling.
There's a wonderful set of photographs of "Abandoned Italian discoteques" over at Slate. I love this stuff. I'd love to visit these places and take my own photos, or do a small gig, or something fun and creative. Unfortunately, these wonderful buildings serve a more "real" purpose today:
I'd love to have some "underground parties" in a space like this...
... or this...
Here's a link to the actual photography project that Slate's referring to.
The way these ruins can just be abandoned kind-of reminds me of Egypt, where we saw thousands of buildings abandoned or unfinished. They could abandon buildings because the climate was so dry that they wouldn't rot. In BC we can't get away with that; abandoned buildings rot quickly and usually get torn down. Perhaps that's why I like these "modern ruins" so much; we simply can't have them here, so they're particularly exotic to me.
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