Looking for music recommendations (particularly instrumental recordings) that capture the mythically haunted swampy vibe of the American gulf coast. Older/obscure/authentic tracks are welcome, but I'm also interested in contemporary americana tunes that capture the spirit of the Louisiana swamps. [more inside]
Every time I'm in Austin, I enjoy driving around and looking at the unique signage of various local businesses, signs which are often works of art in steel, paint and neon or bulbs. Las Vegas, of course, has the most epic signage (and even a graveyard for signs of deceased businesses), and I've been impressed with many of the googie-styled artifacts while visiting LA. On the contrary, every time I'm in my hometown, I'm saddened by the way the custom steel signs of the past have given way to illuminated plastic rectangles. What other cities have large numbers of amazing, steel-fashioned, illuminated signs?
I'm looking for songs about two women running away/hitting the road, preferably on the run from the law. [more inside]
I have been tasked with inventorying and potentially selling more than a few comic books. [more inside]
Ragtime blues - who else should I know? [more inside]
Please suggest songs (mostly but not exclusively blues and americana) for a soundtrack to a story about two very bad people on a cross-country Bonnie & Clyde-style crime spree. Ideally the lyrics would be at least a little bit relevant, but that's less important than the tone. The best example I have so far is Holly Golightly's Devil Do. [more inside]
Help me plan the great American Road trip(s) [more inside]
Recommendations for crazy Texas roadside weirdness along I35 between DFW and Austin appropriate for children? [more inside]
I teach ESL to new refugees and they have expressed a desire to see movies that tell them about or show America. They want to know about the different landscapes, accents, lifestyles, etc. I'm looking for suggestions for simple, visually descriptive films that feature a wide variety of geographical locations and Americans. Can you think of any? [more inside]
Classic American bootstrap stories? [more inside]
What would be considered "traditional" clothing for the United States? [more inside]
Three kids, two weeks, one car: Toronto to San Francisco vacation, or "if you like it so much then quit your job!"
Late-March roadtrip from Toronto to San Francisco, or wherever we end up by the time we have to head back. We've got two weeks, or sixteen days if we really need it. There's three of us. We currently have no plan and only vague notions of freedom on the road and driving into podunk towns to see giant balls of twine. As such, we have tons of logistics questions, which I will attempt to summarize: [more inside]
I'll be driving from coast to coast soon. The only place I know for sure I want to see is the Grand Canyon. Help me get the most of this trip. [more inside]
It's 1925. I own a General Store. The General Store has a website (obviously)... Can you describe what that website might look like? How can a visitor to that site recognize it immediately as owned by a 1925 General Store (visually)? [more inside]
I'm a big fan of foods and restaurant chains that are region-specific (think Moxie soda, whoopie pie, Petro's, and Maid-Rite). I'm taking a roadtrip through Montana, Utah, and Idaho next month. What should I check out?
My friend's visa to stay in the US just got approved. What awesomely tacky gift can I get him? [more inside]
I'm looking for americana music that comes from, or is roughly evocative of, the (romanticized?) rural West and Midwest. [more inside]
Three songs I'm looking for - various degrees of difficulty... [more inside]
Help me have a great US day-visit for my English Father-in-law. [more inside]
I came across a stash of old postcards in the basement. I'm trying to identify the cars pictured in the postcards, but I haven't gotten very far. The pictures are here; unfortunately the resolution's not great.
Where can I donate 4 years' worth of Harper's & New Yorkers, in London? [more inside]
Police procedural/gumshoe, sandbox games? [more inside]
Recommend me some old, weird Americana in the vein of John Fahey, please. [more inside]
I wanna rock (with a twang)! I like Drive-By Truckers, Lucero, Centro-Matic, The Dexateens, and I HATE HATE HATE jam bands. Please advise. [more inside]
Please introduce my non-American friend and his mother to Real Americana food joints in North East USA, the more picturesque and famous the better. [more inside]
Experiences you can have in North Carolina, but not in England? Please help me show my soon-to-leave new friend a good time. She's been here in NC for almost two years (from England and, before that, India). What should she not miss before she leaves? [more inside]
I am looking for a store in Manhattan, New York where I can buy curious decorative objects: pop art, retro kitsch, odd memorabilia (not sport-related), ancient ad posters, antique swag, Americana, etc. Quality, authentic stuff, not crap; though I'm not against mass-produced items. [more inside]
What interesting small towns should I visit on a cross-country travelogue/photo trip? [more inside]
Where can I research the history of Amercian supper clubs? Online or otherwise? And where can I find good supper club photos?
I should be able to find this, but google isn't treating me well. There is this quote which I thought was by Emerson, but now I'm not sure... It goes something like "I will say one thing today and say the opposite thing tomorrow and defend it strongly." (Obviously I'm no quote expert, but that's the gist of it). Any help appreciated.
Who can explain the evolution of the martini and "martini"? [leave your thoughts inside, where you'll find more of mine]. [more inside]