Sunday, December 30, 2007
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne ?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
The most direct translation of the Scots phrase 'auld lang syne' is 'old long since'. Singing the song at the stroke of midnight has been a New Year's tradition the whole world around for many years. The song has been around since the late 1700's. More on 'Auld Lang Syne'
The recording by Guy Lombardo can be heard when the ball comes down at midnight every year in Times Square.
Guy Lombardo :: Auld Lang Syne
Have a happy and safe New Year's celebration!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I truly, truly love Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong's reading of "'Twas The Night Before Christmas"! It is another treasure from a man who himself was a beloved treasure. This one's gonna make you smile and feel warm all over!
Louis Armstrong :: 'Twas The Night Before Christmas
So pour yourself a tall glass of milk, curl under a blankie and enjoy this one before going to bed on Christmas Eve.
As timeless as A Charlie Brown Christmas, the soundtrack to the annual television classic contains music that will be weaved into Christmas memories for generations to come.
So many great Christmas songs; it's hard to pick just a few more to share with you...
Run D.M.C. :: Christmas In Hollis
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band :: Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
David Bowie and Bing Crosby :: Peace On Earth / Little Drummer Boy
Finally, let me share some Beatles / Lennon / McCartney with you.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
In Danbury, Connecticut... Woman Accused of Groping Santa (link to news story)
Eartha Kitt :: Santa Baby
Mae West :: Put The Loot In The Boot, Santa
John Mellencamp :: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Jackson 5 :: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
"I believe you've just discovered the South Pole."
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Bing Crosby :: White Christmas
Nat King Cole :: The Christmas Song
Frank Sinatra :: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Gene Autry :: Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)
You know the Dap-Kings from their work with Amy Winehouse, tapped by producer Mark Ronson to supply that 1960's R&B flow on her album Back To Black.
Once again they bring the funk and infuse Sharon Jones' bold, soulful voice with a swing reminicent of classic Motown/Stax records. This is The Daptone Sound! Daptone Records
100 Days, 100 Nights
And Daptones limited release single:
Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
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Sunday, December 16, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Bobby Helms :: Jingle Bell Rock
Brenda Lee :: Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
... and a couple Christmas classics that really rock!
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers :: Christmas All Over Again
The Ramones :: Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
Saturday, December 1, 2007
If you're old enough to remember 1983, it goes without saying that Michael Jackson was HUGE. Musically and culturally speaking. (Man, I wanted one of those 'Beat It' Jackets!) While times have indeed changed; the first copy of Thriller I listened to was my cousin's vinyl LP; every music artist today stands meekly in the shadow cast by Michael Jackson. The 2007 Hannah Montana wouldn't hold up next to a lock of singed Jheri curl of 1983 Michael Jackson. (The infamous Pepsi commercial)
To give you an appreciation, the total album sales of the top ten albums of 2006 (all ten COMBINED) fall short of Thriller's total sales. And to decry that I'm comparing 25 years of sales would only reinforce my point. The impact on album sales for today's music artists in the Digital Age of Music notwithstanding, Michael Jackson went from superstar to global icon upon the unleashing of Thriller.
Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (Remix featuring Akon)
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Coming soon to a theater near you...
On November 21, the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There will see a limited release in the USA. The film is directed and co-written by Todd Haynes who uses a vignette-style of filming to tell 6 stories using 6 different actors portraying him. From reviews I've read, the film is not a literal, strightforward account of Dylan's life, but rather enigmatic musings and what-ifs -- much like the film's subject. The diverse and divergent stories told are portrayed by a diverse and distinct group of actors.
Talk about Another Side Of Bob Dylan.
Christian Bale, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw and Cate Blanchett all portray Dylan. The film has been shown to international film festival audiences including the Venice Film Festival where Cate Blanchett was awarded the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress.
A number of musicians contributed to the film's soundtrack, 33 covers of Dylan classics and rough-covered nuggets. Being a huge fan of Bob Dylan, I approach covers of his songs with a bit of trepidation. Will the artist stick close to the original? Will they try to give it their own interpretation? Will I like it? Will I hate it? Bob himself likes to change and update the sound of his classics when he plays them live and I can appreciate an artist who attempts to put their own touch on one of Dylan's songs. But there's a certain reverence which must be observed.
Pouring over the film's soundtrack, I am happy to report some very nice finds. Overall, the two discs have their hits and misses, but I'll just share some of my favorites. In particular: I LOVE Antony's cover of "Knockin' On Heaven's Door", Sufjan Stevens recasts "Ring Them Bells" in his own quirky and beautiful style, Richie Havens' own inimitable style shines on "Tombstone Blues" and the man who was once Bob Dylan's own inspiration, the legendary Ramblin' Jack Elliott shows us how it's done on "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues".
Goin' To Acapulco - Jim James and Calexico
Tombstone Blues - Richie Havens
Man In The Long Black Coat - Mark Lanegan
Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power) - Willie Nelson and Calexico
Ring Them Bells - Sufjan Stevens
Mama, You've Been On My Mind - Jack Johnson
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? - The Hold Steady
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Antony and The Johnsons
I'm Not There - Bob Dylan (unreleased song from the Basement Tapes sessions)
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The original Chrome Dreams was the follow up to Tonight's The Night, Neil Young's grossly underrated classic. Some of the songs from Chrome Dreams were later rerecorded and found there way onto other albums.
Enjoy some classics past and future!
From Chrome Dreams:
Too Far Gone
And from Chrome Dreams II:
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Her gentle strumming and carefully crafted vocals belie her surefooted and staunch convictions about right and wrong in world.
Her album was released earlier this year in the U.K. and unfortunately, isn't available in the U.S. yet. Instrumentation is sparse through most of the album as Simone and her acoustic guitar take front and center stage. While the album as a whole is "alright", two songs in particular have grabbed me.
The other song I found intriguing on her album is called "Roses Are Not Red". An "I'm-certainly-not-heartbroken-over-losing-you" lament if one has ever been written!
Roses Are Not Red
Roses are not red
A still life never growing
The sun is not a source of light
And the wind will not be blowing
Birds will die
Up in the sky
The sky that is not blue
Everything is as it was
I never loved you
I never loved you
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Michigan's Devil Without a Cause takes a sentimental journey, singing about the halcyon days of youth and "goin' Up North" (as we say).
Kid Rock :: All Summer Long
Warren Zevon :: Werewolves Of London
Lynyrd Skynyrd :: Sweet Home Alabama
Thanks Kap! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Click on the Petoskey Stone to learn more about Michigan's unique "State Stone"!
Friday, October 5, 2007
Tthe CD had been extremely hard to find in past couple decades due to the legal wrangling over rights to Jimi's music. Thanks to the Great, Great House of Guitars in Rochester, NY, I got an import CD of Jimi Plays Monterey in the early 90's.
The new release's "Definitive Edition" will allow you to view alternate camera angles of Jimi's performance. (Cool!)
An oft-told story behind Jimi's over-the-top performance is due to a rift between Jimi and Pete Townsend of The Who backstage at Monterey. Pete respected and admired Jimi for his playing and stage show. But both Pete and Jimi were going to use guitar-smashing as part of their act and Pete did not want to go on after Jimi. A coin-toss decided that The Who would in fact go first. The Who's own electrifying shows would certainly be a hard act to follow for nearly any musician or group in the spring of 1967.
Jimi Hendrix, however, was not just any musician. Jimi was a force of nature; a cosmic storm hurling atomic fireballs across the galaxy while other performers were shooting rubber bands at the moon. Jimi, as we know, enrapt the audience with his charm then began to set the world on fire one Stratocaster at a time with an inspired and other-worldly performance.
So to whet your appetite for the re-release of this historic performance...
The Wind Cries Mary and
Like A Rolling Stone, from Jimi Plays Monterey
I credit Jimi Hendrix 100% for piquing my interest in, and subsequent obsession with, Bob Dylan. In this version of Like A Rolling Stone, Jimi's voice inflects the taunting, bittersweet feelings behind lyrics of the song.
"How does it feel?!"
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
This is my test run using Mediafire. Faster? Slower? Same? Happy? Sad? Indifferent? Let me know what you think in the Comments, please.
Note: left click. It will take you away from the blog. Once d/l begins, click yer "Back" button.
NOT - right click / save target as...
Sunday, September 23, 2007
UPDATE: As of Sunday evening, my bandwidth limit with Fileden will be reset in one day.
UPDATE 2.0: As of Monday evening, i'm still up shit creek. I'm going to try Mediafire. I read good things about them, so let's give it a whirl.
Friday, September 21, 2007
It took me a while to take to Spoon but I'm finally coming around to them. From Austin, TX, the quartet plays a foot-tapping pop that you'll be singing along to in the car. The band formed in 1994 and Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, released in July, is their sixth album. Here's their first single off Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga:
And my favorite track:
You Got Yr Cherry Bomb
Little bit of a Chicago-feel. We can dig.
Apple's rocking some fresh indie music as well to promote the new iPod nano. That catchy pop tune you can't help but like is from Feist.
Here's 1, 2, 3, 4
And check out My Man, My Moon
and I Feel It All
Getting alot of blog-love these days is Panda Bear , a member of Animal Collective. It's a bit out there for me, but from Panda Bear's album Person Pitch, here's
Comfy In Nautica
And from Animal Collective's new album Strawberry Jam, give a listen to
Other darlings of the indie scene these days are Okkervil River, who also hail from Austin, TX.
Check out a few from their latest album The Stage Names
Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe
A Hand To Take Hold Of The Scene
You Can't Hold The Hand Of A Rock N Roll Man
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tour dates are already scheduled and shows are sold out for his support of his new album, Magic, which will be released on October 2.
Here are two cuts from the new album.
The first single, Radio Nowhere.
and Terry's Song , a beautiful ballad and tribute to his long-time friend, Terry Magovern (click the link to read more).
More on Bruce in a future post...
Saturday, September 8, 2007
I dig one song from either album. ONE song.
Kanye West :: Barry Bonds (featuring Li'l Wayne)
The Tiger Lillies performed their song, "Terrible" and I was dismayed yet rapt by the lyrics and their performance. I immediately wanted to hear and see more. I found the "Shockheaded Peter" DVD at a local Border's and I was able to grab some music. A kind soul has put a few of the "Shockheaded Peter" performances up on Youtube -- Tiger Lillies.
Their music has been described as "Brechtian" and "Gypsy Cabaret", but I can't help but think that in some parallel universe, this could be the vulgar offspring of a David Lynch/Tom Waits nightmare. Misogyny, blasphemy and dipsomania abound in their lurid tales.
"Shockheaded Peter" was inspired by a book of the same name. Der Struwwelpeter was written in 1845 by German author, Heinrich Hoffman. You can read the stories as translated by Mark Twain here. And for futher reading Shockheaded Peter.com
The book contains stories about children who misbehave and the consequences that befall them. The story of Shockheaded Peter, for instance is about a boy who doesn't groom himself and is very unpopular. "Snip Snip" is The Tiger Lillies' retelling of "The Story of Little Suck-a-thumb".
A diary of daily debauchery... Terrible
A haunting reflection to celebrate your last day on Earth... Alone With The Moon
A while ago, I saw KT perform The Jackson 5 classic, "I Want You Back"... this is phenomenal! Her slightly rough and bluesy vocals, with which she delivers the verses, give the song a beautiful down-and-out feel. Enjoy!
I Want You Back (Jackson 5 cover)
I Want You Back :: The Jackson 5
And a very faithful rendition of "Tangle Up In Blue"...
Tangled Up In Blue (Bob Dylan cover)
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
The NFL season is finally here! Here are my picks for this week...
Favorite___ Spread______ My Pick
COLTS___ 6__ Saints...Colts (Defending champs power past up-and-comers)
Raiders__ 1.5__ LIONS...Lions (One of Kitna's 10 wins)
TEXANS__ 3__ Chiefs...Texans (LJ can't do it by himself)
Broncos__ 3__ BILLS...Broncos (Cutler and Co. shreds Buffalo)
Steelers__ 4.5__ BROWNS...Steelers (Brady Quinn waits patiently)
JAGUARS__ 6.5__ Titans...Jaguars (Jags draw curtains on the Vince Young Show)
RAMS__ 1__ Panthers...Rams
Eagles__ 3__ PACKERS...Eagles
VIKINGS__ 3__ Falcons...Falcons (Joey! Joey! Joey!)
REDSKINS__ 3__ Dolphins...Redskins
Patriots__ 6.5__ JETS...Jets (Pats will win a close one)
SEAHAWKS__ 6__ Buccaneers...Seahawks
CHARGERS__ 6__ Bears...Bears (Bears D will keep them in it)
COWBOYS__ 6__ Giants...Giants (Is this Eli's year to blossom?)
BENGALS__ 2.5__ Ravens...Bengals (No stopping Ocho Cinco on Noche De Lunes)
49ERS__ 3__ Cardinals...49ers
Of course, Home team in CAPS
Well, there you have them. Week one of the NFL season.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Today marks the two-year anniversary of the the flooding of the Crescent City, New Orleans, brought by the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina. I recently posted about Fats Domino, beloved piano legend and near victim of that great tragedy. A reader requested some Professor Longhair and I was more than happy to oblige.
Professor Longhair's sound was extremely influential, particularly during the late 1940's to mid 1950's but he didn't achieve the renown of contemporaries such as Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Remarkably, by 1970 'Fess was working at a record store living in virtual anonymity, and presumed by some to have died! That year, three New Orleans teenagers set out to find Professor Longhair to invite him to play at their first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. They didn't find him in time for the first festival but did find him in 1971 working at One Stop Records, on Rampart St. in New Orleans. By then, he hadn't touched a keyboard in years. At the second New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Professor Longhair's return to playing was literally a show stopper. The entire audience was rapt; food vendors stopped peddling during his performance; musicians performing on other stages even stopped playing in order to catch this historic event!
Read more about Professor Longhair:
From the album "New Orleans Piano"::
From "Live In London"::
and extracted from the video (top), 'Fess playing 'Tipitina'...
Monday, August 20, 2007
Corgan (on guitars, bass, keyboards and vocals) and original Pumpkins' drummer Jimmy Chamberlin recorded the new Smashing Pumpkins album, Zeitgeist together. The first single, 'Tarantula', is a frantic, blistering celebration of a love that is REAL.
I also had to post the 'Tarantula' video (sans chrome key)! This version doesn't have the 3-D effects of the proper version, but dig it!
"We are the real, if real ever was.
And just because we are the real, they feel we have enough.
We are the real, ‘cause someone gave us up.
I want to be there when you’re happy; I want to love you when you’re sad."
An ammo belt/guitar strap? Now, that's Rock n Roll!
And here are a few of their old hits...
Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Through Tipitina's Foundation, Fats Domino released "Alive and Kickin'", the title inspired by his response to fans' inquiries and concerns for him after Katrina.
Sample and enjoy some of this legend's greatest songs:
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The trio, Demetrius "Meany" Hardin, Richard "Fat" Stephens and Rasheed "Sheed" Hightower worked together at an auto repair garage by day but worked on their 'rockstar dreams' by night. The result is an album, Rockstar Mentality, that brings their vision of 'hood rock' to life.
Another album highlight is the surf music/rap Rollin', a celebration of summertime, top-down cruising in your ride.
Inspired by Shop Boyz' 'Party Like A Rockstar', check this remix created by Cousin Cole: Party Like A Rockstar (Cousin Cole Remix)
Sunday, August 12, 2007
My Winding Wheel
I Taught Myself How To Grow Old
In the August edition of Blender magazine, Ryan offers us some tips on starting a comic book collection.
Back in June on David Letterman, Ryan and the boys performed the song 'Two' from the album 'Easy Tiger'.
And separately, I added a new feature to the blog. Over to the left is what I'm calling 'Press N Play'. Self-explanatory.
Friday, August 10, 2007
The nickname "Cannonball" was a childhood nickname for the portly saxophonist, a corruption of "cannibal". An articulate speaker with an easy manner, Cannonball educated, amused, and informed his audiences in clubs and on television about the art and moods of jazz (he was a music teacher before beginning his jazz career).
I really dig the song "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy". Check it out along with a couple other tunes.
From 1967's LP, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy "Live at the Club"...
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
And From Cannonball & Coltrane, released in 1959...
For more on Cannonball Adderley, visit
Sunday, August 5, 2007
TheJ Geils Band formed in the late 1960's around Boston, Massachusetts and released their self-titled debut in 1970. After only 2 studio albums, they released "Live" Full House in 1972
which was recorded at the Cinderella Ballroom in Detroit, MI.
I hope the video works, and here are some mp3's to enjoy...
(Ain't Nothin' But A) House Party
Give It To Me
Whammer Jammer (Live)
Hard Drivin' Man (Live)
Musta Got Lost
I Do (Live)
Musta Got Lost (Live)
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Cold War Kids put on an awesome show @ Freedom Hill!!! I had the pleasure to meet the guys and really appreciate their time and chatting with me! I feel the spirit of their music is vibrant and exciting and so I thought the title of their new song would be an appropriate title for this blog entry.
We Used To Vacation (acoustic version) - Europe vlog version (check it out!)
Hospital Beds (acoustic version) - Europe vlog version (check it out!)
We Used To Vacation (acoustic version) - Minneapolis vlog version (check it out!)
Enjoy! Thanks again, Johnny, Maust, Matt and Nathan!