Blue Motor Lodge

Two pitched-down dub records meander through a field of mid-century blues and ballads.

I remember racing against the sun to reach the Badlands before nightfall but I didn’t make it because I kept pulling over to photograph rusty gas stations and lonely motels in towns with names like Alliance and Interior. When I finally arrived at the edge of South Dakota, the bluffs and spires lay out there unseen, crouching in the dark. Here are two pitched-down dub 45s that meander through a field of mid-century blues and ballads, paired with big sheets of reverb, vinyl crackle, moments of silence, and five variations on the idea of a blue moon. Best served in headphones after dark.

  1. A Rocket in Dub – Rocket #8 on 33⅓
  2. Betty Lavette – Let Me Down Easy
  3. Don Percival – One More Kiss
  4. Roy Orbison – Crying
  5. Dave “Diddle” Day – Blue Moon Baby
  6. Pole – Fahren on 33⅓
  7. The Cascades – Rhythm of the Rain
  8. Françoise Hardy – Voilà
  9. Dirty Beaches – Lord Knows Best
  10. The Ronettes – Keep On Dancin’
  11. Dirty Beaches – True Blue
  12. Oscar Peterson – Blue Moon
  13. Elvis Presley – Blue Moon in Kentucky
  14. Santo & Johnny – Blue Moon
  15. Dean Martin – Blue Moon
  16. Big American Loop #3
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