Song of the Week, 8/13/2017

Posted in Song of the week on August 13th, 2017 by bill

Between 1988 and 1994 Charles Thompson — working under the noms du rock Black Francis and Frank Black — recorded six amazing albums, four with the Pixies and two as a solo artist. Of these, Teenager of the Year was the last and in some ways the best. It’s awfully hard to pick a favorite among them but Teenager, if nothing else, is the longest, comprising 22 songs and 63 minutes.

Those 63 minutes are crammed full of delicious, noisy, poppy goodness, and again it’s hard to pick a favorite among the 22 songs. But this week I’ve been digging this one, an exuberant exhortation to get out and enjoy the wonders of nature:

Song of the Week, 7/23/2017

Posted in Song of the week on July 23rd, 2017 by bill

So when I went to Minneapolis a couple weeks ago my friend Bob happened to be playing a Can compilation called The Singles in his car, and since then I’ve been on a bit of a Can binge. This is one of my favorites: eccentric in that special Can way but also shamelessly catchy.

Song of the Week, 7/16/2017

Posted in Song of the week on July 17th, 2017 by bill

This weekend featured a family trip down to the Bay Area, where we took in a performance by Mr. Beck Hansen and band at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. I can’t help having slightly mixed feelings about Beck because of the whole Scientology thing, but man, he’s made a lot of good music. And he put on a hell of a show, so why quibble?

This recent single was one of the highlights:

Song of the Week, 7/9/2017

Posted in Song of the week on July 9th, 2017 by bill

I always thought this was a Pat Benatar song.

Song of the Week, 7/2/2017

Posted in Bread and circuses, Song of the week on July 2nd, 2017 by bill

For today’s complete multimedia experience, I recommend listening to this:

While reading this:

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Enjoy.

Song of the Week, 6/18/2017

Posted in Song of the week on June 18th, 2017 by bill

Song of the Week, 6/11/2017

Posted in Song of the week on June 11th, 2017 by bill

A while back my friend Robert gifted me with a copy of a compilation called Can’t You Hear Me? ’70s African Nuggets, but I only recently started to really listen to it. Great stuff, especially this one:

Song of the Week, 5/28/2017

Posted in Song of the week on May 28th, 2017 by bill

Song of the Week, 5/20/2017

Posted in Song of the week on May 20th, 2017 by bill

R.I.P. Chris Cornell

Song of the Week, 5/13/2017

Posted in Song of the week on May 13th, 2017 by bill

This week I had the privilege of seeing Leslie Feist and her band perform at the Fillmore in San Francisco. It was a superb show in every way — punctual and professional but also joyful and inspired. She even resurrected “1-2-3-4,” the 2007 fluke hit from which she’s been running ever since.

But the centerpiece of the show was a complete run-through of her new album, Pleasure. Like its predecessor Metals, Pleasure is an idiosyncratic piece of work that takes some getting used to, full of unexpected outbursts and sudden endings. But hearing it live really made it come, er, alive. And I came away really impressed with Feist’s guitar skills — I knew she had a great voice, but I never knew she could shred like that.

This video was not from the night that I went to, but appears identical in all respects — she even wore the same frock, unless she has several identical ones — except for a wee spot of technical difficulty. Dig it: