Saturday, June 30, 2012

Jelly Roll Morton - Fingerbreaker

Friday, June 29, 2012

Roger Waters - Tide Is Turning

I sure hope so.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Monty Python - Birth (from The Meaning of Life)

It's worth noting that the lead actor in this sketch, Graham Chapman of Monty Python, was in fact an MD who instead chose comedy as his career. Thus the satirical aspects here are rooted in a reality that he knew. H/t Atrios.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Moody Blues - Tuesday Afternoon (Live)

Was curious to see how well this song would work live, since it seemed like a pure studio concoction. But it's not bad.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Eagles / Already Gone / 1974 California Jam

I'm posting this as much for the visuals as the music. The visuals in this case aren't the stage lights or sets, but the time-capsule aspect: the hair and clothing styles, plus the general ambience of a classic rock era festival. A lot can change in nearly forty years.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

PJ Harvey - Zaz Turned Blue

PJH performs a song written and first performed by Was (Not Was). They persuaded Mel Torme to do the vocal in that version, resulting in something approaching the surreal sublime. This is very good, but different, but that's what PJ Harvey does, no?

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Shirelles - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

A classic of early sixties American girl-group music. Written by Carole King with writing partner (and her then-husband) Gerry Goffin.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dave Rawlings Machine - Ruby

Dave Rawlings, guitarist with Gillian Welch, did a project a few years ago called the Dave Rawlings Machine, in which Gillian Welch turned the tables and supported him. Here they are accompanied by members of Old Crow Medicine Show at an in-store performance in 2009.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Very busy day - posting slipped my mind. I'll try to do better tomorrow.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Pretenders - Brass In Pocket

James Honeyman-Scott was one of the most influential guitarists of the British New Wave, and this breakthrough hit by the Pretenders shows his strengths: a resolutely unflashy but still prominent role in supporting the song. He died thirty years ago today.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lovin' Spoonful - On The Road Again

Lip-synced, third-rate audio (the left channel seems to be nonexistent), but it's fine to watch them in their happy prime. Zal Yanovsky takes a rare lead vocal.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Black Flag - Slip It In

Happy birthday to Kira Roessler, whose bass powers this classic Black Flag song.

Monday, June 11, 2012

The Soulettes - Let It Be

They blow off most of the lyrics, but what the hell. A reggae version of the Beatle song posted yesterday.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Beatles - Let It Be

This version was not released on record, and has slightly different lyrics and guitar solo, as well as a few other minor changes, from the better-known versions. I've always liked the lyrics in the final chorus in this version. The way Paul keeps looking into the camera is a little creepy, though.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fleetwood Mac - Sentimental Lady

I've actually posted this before, but am doing so again to mark the passing of its writer and singer, Bob Welch. This is the post-Peter Green, pre-Buckingham Nicks, Fleetwood Mac. Welch later re-recorded this song as a solo artist; still, I've always preferred this version.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Gil Evans - Round About Midnight

From his New Bottle Old Wine album, in which he arranged eight jazz classics, from "St. Louis Blues" to this song, for orchestra and soloist. Cannonball Adderley takes the solo.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Mapping Depression in the Brain

I find this kind of research fascinating. From Medical News Today:

It is the first piece of research to show there is a brain mechanism behind Freud's classical idea that depression differs from normal sadness by proneness to exaggerated feelings of guilt or self-blame.

Dr Roland Zahn, from the University's School of Psychological Sciences, told the press:

"For the first time, we chart the regions of the brain that interact to link detailed knowledge about socially appropriate behavior - the anterior temporal lobe - with feelings of guilt - the subgenual region of the brain - in people who are prone to depression."

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Palestrina - Gloria

The Sixteen, an early music vocal ensemble conducted by Harry Christophers, perform music published in 1567.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Hi-Def Video From an RC Plane

The real point to this video is that it's homemade. A micro hi-def video camera was attached to a remote-controlled plane and these images were captured. The results are amazing. Deeper point: the future is here, now. And as a not so incidental side note, privacy in public places is now even rarer than it was. H/t SW.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Hunt Sales: A Life

When your work is famous but you're not, and in fact is still making a lot of money that you never see, I guess it's more than a little weird. Drummer Hunt Sales created and played the intro to Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life," which has been used in various movies, TV shows, and commercials over the years. He seems to be reconciled to things, and in fact is still playing regularly. Here's a recent article in which he talks about David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, Buddy Miles, et al.

And here's the song itself:

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Internet is Killing Print - or Not

Fascinating. Since research suggest that people now spend more time online than with paper in their hands, why do advertisers still spend more on print? There actually is a reason.

This Graph Is Disastrous for Print and Great for Facebook-or the Opposite! - The Atlantic