By special request, this week’s edition of the Friday Random 10 is dedicated to the lasting memory of Snooks Eaglin, who died Wednesday at 72. He was one of the last links to a golden age of American musical expression that sprung in volume from New Orleans in the mid 20th century.
Allan Touissant, who was 13 when they started playing together, remembered Snooks this way:
“He played with a certain finger style that was highly unusual,” said the pianist Allan Toussaint, who was 13 when he formed a band with Mr. Eaglin. “He was unlimited on the guitar. Folks would assume, ‘I can do this or I can do that,’ but Snooks wouldn’t. There was nothing he couldn’t do. It was extraordinary.”
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Beware Our Nubile Miscreants — Of Montreal
Illgresi — Sigur Ros
Mutiny, I Promise You — The New Pornographers
Brightest Hour — The Submarines
Newest Industry — Husker Du
T.V. Eye — Iggy Pop (Live in 1979)
Red Dress — TV on the Radio
I Feel Like Going Home — Yo La Tengo
This Devil’s Workday — Modest Mouse
Johnny Viola — Shearwater
Talk to Your Daughter — Snooks Eaglin (1985)
The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.