Song of the Week

Posted in Song of the week on December 31st, 2017 by bill

Last SOTW of 2017. No particular deep significance to this one, it’s just catchy as fuck. Party on, Garth.

Song of the Week, 12/24/2017

Posted in Song of the week on December 24th, 2017 by bill

I am not generally much impressed by displays of musical prowess. The occasional guitar solo is OK, but keep it to four bars or less, please. Bass and drum solos are right out.

But this ten-minute-long, one-take freestyle by Tariq Trotter, a/k/a Black Thought of the Roots, caused my jaw to drop. It has not yet quite recovered.

 

Chapter 24: Going and Coming Without Error

Posted in Audio transmissions on December 21st, 2017 by bill

In looking back over the history of Winter Solstice entries on this site, I was surprised that I had never actually posted this song, adapted by Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd from the Wilhelm/Baynes translation of the I Ching. It originally appeared on the Floyd’s debut album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, which just turned 50. Still sounds pretty good to me, and whoever put this video together did a nice job:

Song of the Week, 12/3/2017

Posted in Song of the week on December 3rd, 2017 by bill

A lovely VU cover by the late Holger Czukay, of Can fame, and his partner U-She. Not far from the original in spirit, but with much lusher sound. Tonic in this week of unrelenting bad news.

Brain Stew for Dinner

Posted in Whatever Else on November 20th, 2017 by bill

Sure, the late Charlie Manson did a lot of bad stuff. But he also inspired this, one of my favorite comedy bits ever. So he wasn’t, like, all bad.

Song of the Week, 11/19/2017

Posted in Song of the week on November 19th, 2017 by bill

R.I.P. Malcolm Young, possibly the best rhythm guitarist of the 20th century.

See also:

They Had the Biggest Balls of Them All

and:

Back in Black

Song of the Week, 11/19/2017

Posted in Song of the week on November 19th, 2017 by bill

Just a fantastic title. Pretty great song, too.

Song of the Week, 11/12/2017

Posted in Something about the Beatles, Song of the week on November 12th, 2017 by bill

Found this on an album called Come Together: Black America Sings Lennon & McCartney. Who would have thought “Rocky Raccoon” could turned into a funky, gritty urban slice of life? Wonders indeed never cease.

Song of the Week, 10/29/2017

Posted in Song of the week on October 29th, 2017 by bill

Most people think that “(What’s So Funny About) Peace, Love & Understanding” is an Elvis Costello song, but in fact it was written by Nick Lowe back in 1974, when he was a member of the pub-rock band Brinsley Schwarz. Elvis’s version is all well and good but, hipster snob that I am, I prefer the original. After putting it on a mix that I made, I heard it several times this week, and it got better each time; it has not aged a day in 43 years, and is perhaps more relevant and more necessary today than it ever has been.

Oddly, all I could find on the YouTube was this live version:

And even that was way down the page, below EC, several Lowe solo renditions, and covers by Bruce Springsteen, Audioslave, and A Perfect Circle. The latter are actually second-degree covers: covers of Elvis’s cover, not that there’s anything wrong with that. “What’s So Funny” has also been done by everyone from Wilco, Natalie Merchant, and the Wallflowers to the Flaming Lips, Midnight Oil, and of course Trip Shakespeare. Oh, and let us not forget, Bill Murray. Peace and love, everybody.

Another Domino Falls

Posted in Dancing about architecture on October 25th, 2017 by bill

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News came over the transom today of the death of the great Antoine “Fats” Domino, making him the second rock’n’roll Founding Father to pass on this year (after Chuck Berry, DOD 3/18/2017).

By my count, that leaves just Little Richard (age 84) and Jerry Lee Lewis (82). (It was Jerry Lewis, not Jerry Lee, who died in August.) Who will be the last man standing? Based on recent video evidence, Richard seems to be fading:

Whereas Jerry Lee still looks pretty lively:

But you never know…Richard was on deathwatch last year, but rallied and is still making the rounds. Hopefully they will both stick around for awhile; it will be a sad day indeed when rock’s dinosaurs no longer walk the Earth.