Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thomas Dolby performing the Dan Hicks song, live on the Tube. From Dolby's BRILLIANT album "The Flat Earth."
I still think Gigantelope does a better version.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This one's for Jimmy B!
Live version (with Laurie Anderson) of the track from Lou Reed's "New York" album.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Yeah, three in one day. I took the weekend off.
I still have this single. Great song -- Counting Crows' version? Snore...
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Watch Uncle Walt give an "Imagineering" tour of Disney's Haunted Mansion to an equestrian.
(Yeah, I forgot to post this yesterday, but so what?)
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I didn't put much thought into this one. But I will say that when this movie came out, I thought it was the coolest thing ever!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Who couldn't love a chubby metal singer? Nothing about this song does not rock in a most awesome fashion!
Thanks to Andy B. for reintroducing me to this classic a few years back!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The only place I've ever wished I could've been. In the garage with the Breeders while Guided by Voices hung around outside.
The Breeders covering GbV (from the Breeders' 7" "Head to Toe; and GbV's "Grand Hour" ep). Get them both!
Monday, October 12, 2009
When Shane sings "I come, old friend, from hell tonight", you better believe it!
My brother saw them last night at Roseland and says they were feckin' great!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I love big bands. And hell. So big bands singing about hell -- that's swell! A big Carolina band when I was living down South!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 09, 2009
For today's song, I wanted to tie in with NASA's rocket-crash-into-the-moon project, so I just typed in "moon man" into You Tube, and ended up with this. What's interesting, besides its sounding like an early GBV song, is that the guys in this band (circa mid-60's) are from Plainview, NY, having met at a school there I'd never heard of: Fern Place Elementary School. Might've been closed before I started going to school. Maybe it turned into Park Place or Pasadena. It's 9 in the morning -- I haven't done any deep searching yet. Anyway, the only other mention of that school on the web refers to a collection of letters from authors to students housed at C.W. Post.
The song's about flying saucers and moon men, etc. Perfectly appropriate for the Halloween Everyday Project. Enjoy!
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Stumbled across this one, but it was no grave error! Great Halloween song! Destined to become a holiday favorite!
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
The first cut of Swordfishtrombones, my first and favorite Waits album. Possibly the most important music of my terribly awkward and insular teenage years. Not so much a balloon that lifted me from the neighborhood-at-large, but rather a freight elevator that pulled me deep into the guts of the imaginary world (where so much of the real world is revealed).
Oh, and as ever, a creepy song. See those bones dancing in the tunnels?
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Oh, lovable cadavers! It's the theme from the "Groovie Goolies" cartoon, a spin-off of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" (itself a spin-off of "The Archies"). Sounds like it was sung by, well, The Archies!
A Saturday morning favorite in the 70s and 80s. You could sit in front of the TV watching the Goolies while slurping down a bowl of Booberries! A spooktacular way to start the weekend!
Monday, October 05, 2009
What am I gonna do? NOT include this song? Quick -- sing me a better lyric than "He's the hairy-handed gent who ran amuk in Kent."
Times up! Werewolves of London again...
Erin & I watched "American Werewolf in London" the other night. Still great. Not a rainy day goes by that I don't quote it. And the nightmare sequences are still intense.
What's Landis been up to lately?
Sunday, October 04, 2009
One of my favorite Sesame Street songs (and, oh, I've quite a few...) Nothing'll beat Raposo's "Somebody Come & Play" for the sweetest satisfaction. But who doesn't love monsters? You don't? Weirdo.
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Special request from Psaur, it's "Boris the Spider", Entwhistle's shining vocal moment! "Creepy creepy crawley crawley..."
Friday, October 02, 2009
The reigning king of ghoul rock! "On St. Swithin's Day, he was born." I love this acoustic clip. If David Lynch had directed an episode of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood" I suspect this would be the result.
Another "Night of the Vampire", this time a creepy instrumental by the Joe Meek-produced Moontrekkers. No Halloween party should be without it!
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Today begins my "Halloween Everyday" project, whereby i intend on posting a spooky song every day this month. It won't last; I'll crap out in a day or two. Or maybe I'll stick with it. Named after a Frustrations song, the "Halloween Everyday" project begins with this live gem (Warner Music Group blocked the actual video from YouTube) by Devo.
Is Devo the greatest band ever? I'm beginning to think so!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I've been listening to Glen Campbell's popular version of this summer favorite. After hearing Toussaint sing it, I don't know if I can listen to Campbell's interpretation again. Ah, who am I kidding? The song is inherently great!
Toussaint wrote the song; it's featured on his 1975 album Southern Nights.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The alpaca, or Alpaca, in the proper, is larger than a hen but not so tall as a horse, unless we're talking about a small horse, not a pony, but just a smaller horse, because it is younger or has been bred to grow no higher than, say, an alpaca. In such a case, the alpaca is taller than a horse, but no way is it to be mistaken for a giraffe, despite the long neck and unlaced sneakers (this has been determined to not be a fashion statement, but rather the result of both animals being characterized as even-toed ungulates, a condition which leaves you fucked it you want to open a jar of peanut butter, or lace up one's shoes).
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Lisa Germano played fiddle on "The Lonesome Jubilee" by John Mellencamp. That's why I bought her second LP "Happiness" (during the brief phase when I bought a bunch of cassettes (including Juliana Hatfield and PJ Harvey). I know I put "The Dresses Song" on a mixed tape, and it was one of the memorable hits of the Calabash days.
Apparently, this second album was released by both Capitol and 4AD, and each version had different remixes. I don't know which version I had, but I'm not familiar with the one above. However, it's the superior video (indeed the video below is just a still shot). But that's the better recording. More ominous, which I felt lent the song its alluring strength.
Enjoy them both. Then go listen to "Paper in Fire."
Thursday, April 16, 2009
My favorite album cover. Look at that face. The woman was a genius. When I'm not listening to Laura Nyro every day (as I have been recently), I'm at least listening once a week. She's my favorite early Thursday morning music, hovering over the wet ink of the day's papers, sipping a warm coffee from home.
The image was taken by Stephen Paley, of whom I admittedly know very little, but that's only because of my recent discovery of his work. Shane MacGowan mentions this cover in his autobiography, which somehow gave a curious depth to the music of the Pogues.
And in this case, you can indeed judge an album by its cover. I can hear that look on her face in the music. Speaking of covers, this album, "Gonna Take a Miracle" (with backing vocals by Labelle) is a cover album of old soul and Motown tunes.
An essential album, unless you're crazy like Mackey and don't like the sound of her voice (is that because Marilyn McCoo sang so many Nyro songs with the 5th Dimension?).
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
My grandmother (Nana) died 20 years ago today. She loved John Denver and I remember this song in particular being a favorite. Although I don't recall witnessing it, I'm under the impression my father played this song for her on guitar once. I do remember seeing the song sheet for it at her apartment.
Here's a version of the song Denver sings with the rest of the Chad Mitchell Trio, of which he was once a member.
Friday, March 13, 2009
My current favorite Billy Joel song, "James" is often overlooked in his canon. A beautiful tune, and wonderful tone. From my favorite Joel album, Turnstiles, this song also features possibly the greatest musical instrument ever invented (even greater than the might oboe): the electric piano. Indeed I've considered writing a piece on the emotional importance of the soothing percussive.
As for this performance, check out the solid gold microphone! That is, indeed, gold, Jerry!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
So here's a new feature of LFW for all you dusty-fingered old folks for whom vinyl is final!
In this case, you can judge the record by the cover. Springsteen looks like an anonymous mook on the cover of his own album. It seems less a portrait of the artist than of his character. And the venetian blinds, with the harsh shadow from the cord, is almost the true focal point of the photo. Beyond it, that darkness.
The cherry on top is the bruised typewriter font.
Also, Bruce kinda looks like Fonzie filtered through the pen of Jim Thompson.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Sometimes, one will earn a lifetime of shit. Also, a yard full of shit.
Mostly, I'm frustrated. Frustration shadows me more than any other reaction, as a writer. First, in writing; next in considering selling it (how or even why)...
I can't even finish this blog, I'm so bored, which was going to be the next topic I'd cover: my short attention span. Often a flash! A spark of interest, a whiff of cap gun smoke, then I'm staring at the TV. Which offers me nothing, but a blue warmth.
And undying love! I love you, TV!
I guess that was all that I was getting at...
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Hey, I'm back! With something enlightening to say? No, just a video. I forgot about this song until today (and now I've forgotten why I remembered it -- something on the internets, certainly...)
Strangely, this song never occurred to me during the last election. Just listen.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Irene and I were discussing siblings vs. friends, or something, and I said Jesus didn’t have any family.
Irene: What about Mary & Joseph? Or God – the ultimate father! You know, He so loved the world, He had His Son die on the cross to show us.
Me: Yeah, thanks, Pop! Listen, sure, that was good, but if I were God, I would have sent a musical card.
M: Like, here’s how much I love you, and mail everyone a musical card, maybe with the Theme from Love Story playing.
I: Love is never having to say you’re sorry.
M: Exactly. This is two thousand years ago – you get a card like that and, number one, you don’t know that song, even the structure is unfamiliar; and 2, where’s the music coming from? Everyone’s standing around like, what’s going on?
What is that, a chip? maybe someone asks.
No, jumps in an apothecarist, it’s a miracle is what it is! See how good the Lord is!
Jesus, have you seen what the Lord has given us?
Jesus says, I like it, wiping his brow.
Years later, he opens up a Saturn dealership.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Two scientists are racing for the good of all mankind
Both of them side by side
Locked in heated battle for the cure that is the prize
But it's so dangerous
But they're determined
Theirs is to win if it kills them
They're just human with wives and children
Upwards to the vanguard, where the pressure is too high
Under the microscope
Hope against hope
Forging for the future but to sacrifice their lives
Both of them side by side
They're determined if it kills them
They're just human with wives and children
Theirs is to win, it will kill them
They're just humans with wives and children
Friday, January 16, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
What can be said? Vic Chesnutt is one of my favorite songwriters, appearing in those desperately formative years of my 20s.
This song, "Independence Day" from his first album Little, remains an amazingly stirring performance, every time he sings it, and I imagine, any time anyone sings it. That's the power of this song.
I feel almost weightless in its atmosphere...
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Also, it's one of the best videos ever assembled. (I couldn't embed the video so click the photo get get to it.)