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Saturday video break: Hesitation Blues

From their very first album, the Asylum Street Spankers doing this traditional classic: From the late great Dave Van Ronk: And finally, a version that’s both more modern and even more old school, from Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel: I don’t know what took Willie Nelson and Ray Benson so long to work […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 15

Here’s their list. 1. Shake, Rattle & Roll – Bill Haley and The comets (orig. Big Joe Turner, #127) 2. Will You Love Me Tomorrow? – Carole King (orig. The Shirelles, #126) 3. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac (#120) 4. Shout – The Beatles (orig. The Isley Brothers, #119; also a version by […]

KTRU returns

On another frequency, with different call letters, and a less powerful signal. Other than that, it’s like it never left. After five years off the radio dial, Rice University’s popular college radio station KTRU Rice Radio will return to FM on Friday (October 2). Listeners located within approximately a five-mile radius of the school, stretching […]

Saturday video break: Here Comes The Flood

Here comes a very young Peter Gabriel, doing a very acoustic piano version of “Here Comes The Flood”: That was from a 1979 Kate Bush Christmas special. Who knew Kate Bush had a Christmas special? Who knew that was a Christmas song? All I know is that I’m glad this was a thing that happened. […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 14

Here’s their list. 1. Foxey Lady – Jimi Hendrix (#153) 2. Me and Bobby McGee – Kris Kristofferson (featured cover by Janis Joplin, #148; also a cover by The Modern Barbershop Quartet) 3. Rock Lobster – The B-52’s 4. Purple Rain – Big Daddy (orig. Prince, #144) 5. I Saw Her Standing There – The […]

Saturday video break: Helter Skelter

The Beatles classic gets a funky a capella treatment from The Bobs: I missed an opportunity to see The Bobs at a small club here (the Mucky Duck) some years ago, and I’ve regretted it ever since. A group that I did get to see more recently, and I’m very glad I did, is U2. […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 13

Here’s their list. 1. Papa Was A Rolling Stone – The Temptations (#169; also a cover by Andrew Rothman) 2. Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye (#168) 3. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman (#167) 4. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (#166) 5. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor (#165) 6. I Can’t Stop Loving […]

Saturday video break: Heigh Ho

Two very different takes on a Disney classic. First up, Tom Waits: That’s from the great album Stay Awake. Sure puts another spin on the Dwarfs’ day, doesn’t it? I didn’t really like this version when I first heard it – I think that’s because Stay Awake is full of more alternative artists, and if […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 12

Here’s their list. 1. Rehab – Amy Winehouse (#194) 2. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Warren Zevon (orig. Bob Dylan, #192) 3. Stayin’ Alive – Big Daddy (orig. Bee Gees, #191) 4. Who’ll Stop The Rain? – Creedence Clearwater Revival (#188) 5. Please Please Me – The Beatles (#186) 6. Free Fallin’ – Matthew Sweet […]

Saturday video break: Hearts of Stone

A deep cut from Bruce Springsteen: That’s on his four-CD “Tracks” collection of B-sides and other unreleased or miscellaneous tunes. The man was a nonstop songwriting machine. Most of what’s on “Tracks” is stuff you probably don’t know unless you’re a hardcore Bruce fan. Or alternately, a Southside Johnny and the Jukes fan, since recording […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 11

Here’s their list. 1. Rockin’ In The Free World – Neil Young (#216) 2. Gloria – Van Morrison (#211; also covered by Patti Smith and Santa Esmerelda) 3. Reach Out, I’ll Be There – The Four Tops (#209) 4. Try A Little Tenderness – The Commitments (orig. Otis Redding, #207) 5. Come Together – Aerosmith/Ike […]

Saturday video break: Heart of Gold

Neil Young sings what was then his new song, once he finds the right harmonica. That was from 1971. I’m getting old, too. Now here’s Johnny Cash and his cover version: I so wish he were still around to do more of these. Rest in peace, Johnny.

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 10

Here’s their list. 1. Rocket Man – Kate Bush (orig. Elton John, #245) 2. Stand! – Sly and the Family Stone (#244) 3. I Fall To Pieces – Patsy Cline (#241) 4. I Got A Woman – Ray Charles (#239) 5. Moondance – Van Morrison (#231) 6. Mannish Boy – Muddy Waters (#230) 7. Fire […]

91.7 FM will be sold again

The radio station formerly known as KTRU will have another new home soon. Houston Public Media, which operates the University of Houston’s broadcasting properties, says it will sell the frequency and transmitter for KUHA (91.7 FM) while retaining the station’s classical music format via online streaming and an HD Radio subchannel of KUHF (88.7 FM). […]

Saturday video break: Three cheers for the bus drivers

In honor of Metro’s new bus system, I’m taking a break from the cover song theme to run two bus-related videos. First, to represent the old system, here’s a very young Weird Al Yankovic and his classic, “Another One Rides The Bus”: I don’t know about you, but I can’t look at Tom Snyder without […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 9

Here’s their list. 1. Sunday, Bloody Sunday – U2 (#272) 2. Tighten Up – Archie Bell and The Drells (#270) 3. Sail Away – Randy Newman (#268) 4. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley (#264, featured cover of Leonard Cohen) 5. I Can See For Miles – The Who (#262) 6. All The Young Dudes – Billy […]

Saturday video break: The Harder They Come

From the movie of the same name, here’s Jimmy Cliff: An underrated classic from the 70s if you ask me. Here’s cover version by another underrated artist, Joe Jackson: Love Joe Jackson. I guess I’m just a sucker for someone who can rock out on a piano.

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 8

Here’s their list. 1. Train In Vain – Annie Lennox (orig. The Clasg, #298) 2. She’s Not There – The Zombies (#297) 3. Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles (#295; also a cover by The Lager Rhythms) 4. Money (That’s What I Want) – The Beatles (orig. Barrett Strong, #294) 5. Walk This Way […]

Saturday video break: Hard Headed Woman

First up, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens: A bit slowed down from the studio version, but still very Cat Stevens-y. And now for someone who is not Cat Stevens singing a “Hard Headed Woman” song that is not this one, here’s the king, Elvis Presley: Oh, those hips. No wonder CBS censored his […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 7

Here’s their list. 1. Dancing Barefoot – U2 (orig. Patti Smith, #331) 2. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (#324) 3. Alison – Tufts Beelzebubs (orig. Elvis Costello, #323) 4. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Elivs Costello/Santa Esmerelda (orig. The Animals, #322) 5. I Put A Spell On You – Creedence Clearwater Revival/Pete […]

Saturday video break: Happy

Did you know Bruce Springsteen recorded a song called “Happy”? It’s true. That’s from his four-CD B-sides-and-other-miscellania collection Tracks, which you probably don’t own unless you’re a big Springsteen fan. Not a whole lot that’s memorable, but hey, it’s Springsteen. More Springsteen is better than less Springsteen. Sheryl Crow also has a Happy song: Yeah, […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 6

Here’s their list, and here we go. 1. La Bamba – Los Lobos (orig. Ritchie Valens, #354) 2. Jim Dandy – Black Oak Arkansas (orig. Lavern Baker, #352) 3. The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff (#350; also a cover by Joe Jackson) 4. Baba O’Riley – The Who (#349) 5. Walk This Way – […]

Saturday video break: Hallelujah

I know, this song has been covered forty jillion times. But you know what I’d never heard before now? Leonard Cohen’s original version. Here it is: Different from what you’re used to, right? Here’s a live version that’s a bit more like what you’ve heard before. There was a great article on the interwebs a […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 5

Here’s their list. 1. The Wind Cries Mary – The Bobs (#379, orig. Jimi Hendrix) 2. Personal Jesus – Johnny Cash (#377, orig. Depeche Mode) 3. White Room – The Bobs (#376, orig. Cream) 4. Unchained Melody – U2/The Manhattan Transfer/Elvis Presley (#374, orig. The Righteous Brothers) 5. Highway 61 Revisited – Johnny Winter (#373, […]

Saturday video break: Groove Me

One of the great cover bands of our time, the Blues Brothers: It’s been over 33 years since John Belushi died. Every now and then I wonder what kind of career he would have had if he had managed to tame his demons enough to survive them. He was amazingly talented, but he’d entered that […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 4

Here again is the RS list. 1. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly and the Family Stone (#410) 2. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Öyster Cult (#405) 3. Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand) – Aerosmith (#404, orig. The Shangri-Las) 4. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley (#403) 5. Summer […]

Saturday video break: Hand In Hand

A couple of underrated songs by iconic 80s acts. First up, Dire Straits: Man, Making Movies is an awesome album. Not a bad song on it, and it starts out with three classics, then keeps it going with this tune. For those of us to remember the concept of a “desert island album”, this would […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 3

Here’s their list. You know the drill. 1. Pink Houses – John Cougar Mellencamp (#447) 2. Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley (#444) 3. New Year’s Day – U2 (#435) 4. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple (#434) 5. Tumbling Dice – Linda Rondstadt (#433, orig. Rolling Stones) 6. American Idiot – Green Day […]

Saturday video break: A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam

Taking a break from cover songs for a good, patriotic reason today: I’d love to see a modern take on that. Imagine Jay-Z interpreting and re-choreographing Jimmy Cagney’s song and dance above. Or Bruno Mars, or Justin Timberlake, or maybe even Katy Perry, if someone can figure out how to make “a real live niece […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 2

Here’s their list, and here’s mine for this week: 1. How Soon Is Now? – Love Spit Love (#477, orig. The Smiths) 2. Where Did Our Love Go? – Diana Ross and The Supremes (#475) 3. Into the Mystic – Van Morrison (#474) 4. Surrender – Cheap Trick (#471) 5. Rain – Flying Fish Sailors […]

Saturday video break: The Rainbow Connection

Going out of order, inspired by a Facebook post by my friend Andy, here’s a classic song with a particular resonance for this week: From the original “Muppet Movie” of 1979, which I need to find on DVD and make my kids watch. I do have this song in my library, though I don’t have […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Best Songs list, part 1

Awhile back, I did a series of Friday Random Ten posts based on this Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. I had thought it was from 2008, but upon closer inspection it’s actually from 2004, it was just archived at that link in 2008. Recently, I came across this apparently updated list […]

Saturday video break: The Great Gig In The Sky

That Pink Floyd song from Dark Side of the Moon whose name you can never remember: That wasn’t the first video I watched for this. I looked at this one first, by The Australia Pink Floyd Show. It was so faithful to the original it nearly fooled me: Wow. As I recall from the one […]

Friday random ten: Gone too soon, part 5

Part One Part Two Part Three Part Four 1. Super Freak – Big Daddy (orig. Rick James, 1948-2004) 2. Just A Little Lovin’ – Dusty Springfield (1939-1999) 3. Suite of Old American Dances – Trinity University Wind Symphony (Dr. Eugene Carinci, 1952-2011) 4. Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell […]