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Saturday video break: Saturday Night

Hey, it’s Saturday! And here’s a song all about Saturday Night! It’s perfect! That was the Bay City Rollers, and the entire 1970s boiled down into a three-minute video. And for a slightly different view of the 70’s, here are the Eagles: Well, you can answer the question of whatever happened to Saturday night yourself, […]

Friday random ten – All in, part 1

I have a lot of songs that begin with the word “All”, so settle in and get comfortable. 1. All About Soul – Billy Joel 2. All Along The Watchtower – U2 3. All Around My Hat – The Mollys 4. All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints – Paul Simon 5. All […]

Friday random ten – Ain’t that a shame?

Lacking new ideas, I’m going to do lists based on the first word of a set of songs. I think you’ll get the theme. 1. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Extreme Party Animals 2. Ain’t Gone ‘n’ Give Up On Love – Stevie Ray Vaughan 3. Ain’t Gonna Rain – Austin Lounge Lizards 4. […]

Saturday video break: Sara

Here’s Fleetwood Mac with one of their bigger post-Rumours hits: There isn’t a Fleetwood Mac video channel as far as I could tell, so that was the best-looking video I could find. Other than the lips not always synching with the music, it’s not too bad. Now here’s Camper Van Beethoven’s take on this: That […]

Friday random ten – Girls’ music of 2016, part 2

More of the music from 2016 that is in my library because of my daughters: 1. Stitches – Shawn Mendes 2. Side To Side – Ariana Grande 3. Same Old Love – Selena Gomez 4. Don’t Let Me Down – The Chainsmokers 5. 7 Years – Lukas Graham 6. Sugar – Maroon 5 7. Centuries […]

Saturday video break: Safety Dance

Hey, I just realized that I’ve never seen the video of the Men Without Hats classic “Safety Dance”. Let’s watch, shall we? Well, that was…um, yeah, I got nothing. Let’s just go to the Literal Video version, because there just had to be a literal video version of that: Now it all makes sense. With […]

Friday random ten – Girls’ music of 2016, part 1

The girls got their share of music last year as well, enough to span two lists. Here’s the first half: 1. Confident – Demi Lovato 2. Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King 3. Mockingbird – Eminem 4. Hello – Adele 5. Brave Honest Beautiful – Fifth Harmony 6. Chandelier – Sia 7. Dance Like Nobody’s […]

Saturday video break: Royals

Here’s Lorde’s global hit: She’s going to be in Houston for the 2017 Free Press Summerfest, which I will be unable to attend. One presume she isn’t coming all this way just to play a couple of days in Houston, but her tour schedule doesn’t actually include many American appearances, so check her out while […]

Friday random ten: NPR Music

One other big source of new music for me last year was NPR Music’s The Austin 100 (2016), which was a free download of over 100 songs. Here’s a selection of them 1. Ugly Cherries – PWR BTTM 2. Every Which-A-Way – The Quebe Sisters 3. Drinkee – Sofi Tukker 4. Somebody To Anybody – […]

Friday random ten: Fluxblog 1981

Fluxblog 80’s set #2: 1. Stand And Deliver – Adam and the Ants 2. Rise Above – Black Flag 3. What A Day That Was – David Byrne 4. (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thing – Heaven 17 5. Computer Love – Kraftwerk 6. Fire On The Bayou – The Neville Brothers 7. Harden […]

Saturday video break: Rock This Town

A big hit from the Stray Cats: Am I the only one who thinks that the “real square cat” who “looks so 1974” kinds sorta resembles Weird Al Yankovic with a short haircut? It’s the mustache and the smirk, I guess. Now here’s lead singer Brian Setzer with his Orchestra nearly 20 years later: That’s […]

Friday random ten: Fluxblog 1980

It’s all about 1980 this week: 1. The Tilt – 7th Wonder 2. Everybody Wants Some! – Van Halen 3. I Got You – Split Enz 4. My Sick Mind – The Roches 5. Another Brick In The Wall Part 2 – Pink Floyd 6. Joy And Pain – Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly 7. Mister […]

Saturday video break: Rescue Me

Here’s the Doc Thomas Group: I have no idea how I got this CD. Maybe it was Tiffany’s, maybe someone gave it to me, whatever the origin was it has been lost to the mists of time. It’s a pretty good cover of the Fontella Bass original, and yes I had to look up who […]

Friday random ten: Stuff I bought in 2016

A little later than usual because of the previous series, but it’s time for my annual review of the music I acquired in the last year. We’ll begin with purchases from iTunes, Noisetrade, and elsewhere. 1. Birdland – Maynard Ferguson 2. Something Tamed Something Wild – Mary-Chapin Carpenter 3. Crossing The Sabine – Piper Jones […]

Saturday video break: Reason To Believe

Here he is, in all his cheesy glory, Rod Stewart: As much as I love 70s music, I’ve never much cared for Rod Stewart. It’s just too much, you know? I know, we were never meant to take any of it seriously, but I’m still left cold by Rod Stewart. That said, this is one […]

Friday random eleven: Ladies’ night, part 43

We come to the end of this long-lived theme. 1. I Wonder – Yma Sumac 2. Walking On Thin Ice – Yoko Ono 3. How ‘Bout You – Yonder Mountain String Band (Allie Kral) 4. Nightswimming – You Say Party! We Say Die! (Carissa Ropponen) 5. Credit In The Straight World – Young Marble Giants […]

Saturday video break: Pulling Mussels From A Shell

Squeeze, circa 1980: Such an underrated band. I don’t think I heard any of their music on the radio back in the day – I’m not sure I’ve ever heard it on a “classic rock” station either, though I can’t swear to this. I discovered them the old-fashioned way, by raiding my roommate’s record and […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 42

As easy as X – Y – (next week) Z 1. Keep On The Sunny Side – The Whites (Sharon White, Cheryl White) 2. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Whitney Houston 3. Born Blonde – Wild Moccasins (Zahira Gutierrez) 4. Thick As Thieves – Widowspeak (Pamela Garavano-Coolbaugh) 5. Bullets – Wild Child (Kelsey […]

Saturday video break: Pressure Drop

Here’s Toots and the Maytalls: I have a live acoustic version of this from the KCBO in-studio series. Any way they do it sounds good. Now here are The Specials: That’s from the soundtrack to the movie Grosse Point Blank, which came out in 1997 and which I’d say was the leading edge of the […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 41

Down to the last three. 1. Where Do You Run To – Vivian Girls (Cassie Ramone, Katy Goodman, Ali Koehler) 2. Launderette – Vivien Goldman 3. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses (Patty Donahue) 4. Do You Know The Way To San Jose? – Dionne Warwick 5. It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls (Martha Wash […]

Saturday video break: The Power Of Love

One of Texas’ treasures, the fantastic Marcia Ball: That video is from 1990, which is around when I first saw her play at a dive bar on Washington Avenue. I’ve been a fan ever since. She’s a virtuoso on the keyboards, has a great soulful voice, and her writing is full of humor and playfulness, […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 40

I’m so happy, ’cause today I found my friends… 1. Icicle – Tori Amos 2. Heart And Soul – T’Pau (Carol Decker) 3. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman 4. Crimes Of A Misspent Youth – Trish & Darin (Trish Murphy) 5. New Kid In Town – Trisha Yearwood 6. Lithium – The Vaselines (Frances McKee) […]

Saturday video break: Paradise

Let’s start with the Bee Gees: Not one of their better-known songs, I suppose, but you can never go wrong with those vocal harmonies. The Bee Gees’ disco era was so big, it tends to overshadow how good they were overall. Not that their disco stuff wasn’t good, of course, just that they were more […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 39

This list is so fine it will blow your mind. 1. Dancing In Isolation – Terri Nunn 2. The Waltz – Theresa Andersson 3. Road To Nowhere – Theresa Miller 4. Voices Carry – ‘Til Tuesday (Aimee Mann) 5. Cacophony – Tilly and the Wall (Kianna Alarid, Neely Jenkins, Jamie Pressnall) 6. Life Is Hard […]

Saturday video break: Over You

For the second week in a row, here’s Roxy Music: Sorry, couldn’t find a good live version, so I have no idea if there’s an oboe player on this one. Add Bryan Ferry to your list – OK, my list – of musicians you knew more about that you thought. Now here’s Ingrid Michaelson: Lots […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 38

The boogie fever, it is going around. 1. Blue Shadows On The Trail – Syd Straw 2. Boogie Fever – The Sylvers (Olympis, Charmaine, Angelia, and Patricia Sylvers) 3. Heartbeat – Taana Gardner 4. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Taken By Trees (Victoria Bergsman) 5. Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads (Tina Weymouth) 6. […]

Saturday video break: Out Of The Blue

Here’s Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour playing a tune from his 1984 solo album About Face: I love finding concert footage like this on YouTube. The sound quality isn’t always this good, but seeing musicians like Gilmour in their prime just thrills me. I love how good his live version of this song is. Some […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 37

So put me on the highway, and show me the sign. 1. Giver – The Suffers (Kam Franklin) 2. Back In My Arms Again – The Supremes (Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross, Barbara Martin) 3. Oh My Soul – Susan Marshall 4. In London So Fair – Susan McKeown 5. Alone – Susan Tedeschi […]

Saturday video break: Our Lips Are Sealed

It’s peak 80’s with the Go-Gos: I’m so old, I’m watching them drive around in that convertible and all I can think is “PUT YOUR SEAT BELTS ON! ARE YOU CRAZY?” Different times, they were. Now here are favored cover artists Matthew Sweet and Susannah Hoffs: As one of the commenters said, a double bill […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 36

We built these Friday random ten lists on rock and roll. And other types of music. 1. Ditch Diggin’ – Southern Culture On The Skids (Mary Huff) 2. I Want To Be Relieved – Spirit Family Reunion (Maggie Carson) 3. Wishin’ & Hopin’ – Dusty Springfield 4. Flight Of The Passing Fancy – Squirrel Nut […]

Saturday video break: Ordinary Day

This is Alva Leigh, with a song from 2012: That’s from a Nashville Film Festival mixtape I got on Noisetrade. Mellow, but I like it. Now here’s Great Big Sea: Bodhrans and rugby – what more could you want?

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 35

March already. We need more months to go by this quickly. 1. Feel So Different – Sinead O’Connor 2. Spellbound – Siouxsie And The Banshees (Susan Ballion, a/k/a Siouxsie Sioux) 3. Papa Dean – Sister Nancy (Ophlin Russell) 4. He’s The Greatest Dancer – Sister Sledge (Debbie, Joni, Kim, and Kathy Sledge) 5. Under Fiery […]

Saturday video break: Operator

The classic gospel song by the great jazz/a capella group The Manhattan Transfer: Oh, those outfits. I confess, I don’t actually have a ManTran version of this song in my library right now, though I have owned this on cassette in the past. I’ll get around to fixing that one of these days. I do […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 34

Up, up to the sky… 1. Fill Me Up – Shawn Colvin 2. Little Saint Nick – She & Him (Zoey Deschanel) 3. 9 to 5 (Morning Train) – Sheena Easton 4. Thought It Would Be Better – Shelby Lynne 5. Swim – Shelita Burke 6. My Favorite Mistake – Sheryl Crow 7. Soldier Boy […]