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.

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

Blue Motor Lodge

Dub Ballads | 57 minutes | Download
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11 years ago

Good god. What are you doing? Damn.

Rupak Nepali
11 years ago

Although some people associate motels with all things evil such as prostitution and drug dealing, not all motels are scummy or filthy.

11 years ago

ooh, just looking at that list made me smile this little girl smile. go you!

Vetverbranding stimuleren

Very very relaxing ! Love the songs!

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