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Saturday video break: Exactly Like You

Nobody does western swing these days like the Hot Club of Cowtown: I’ve been a fan of theirs for awhile, though I haven’t seen them in Houston recently. For a clear demonstration of their instrumental chops, see this blazing rendition of “Digga Digga Do”, check out their other videos, and visit their webpage. Come play […]

Friday random ten: My year in music, part 3

Here’s Part One, and here’s Part Two. I hadn’t originally intended for there to be a Part 3, but there was enough music in that post-Christmas splurge to make it worthwhile, so here we go. 1. Diga Diga Doo – The Hot Club of Cowtown 2. Welcome To New York – Taylor Swift 3. It’s […]

Saturday video break: Everybody Hurts

An REM classic, as done by the Meat Puppets: And by Amanda Palmer and Cormac Bride: I have some more versions of this, all in a similar style. They’re from a tribute to REM called “Drive XV”, which is still available as a free download from Stereogum. To save time, if you want to see […]

Friday random ten: My year in music, part 2

Here’s Part One. These are some of the songs we got between July and December. 1. Problem – Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea 2. The Princess Who Saved Herself – Jonathan Coulton 3. Alienation’s For The Rich – They Might Be Giants 4. Count Me In – Dove Cameron 5. What I Like About You […]

Saturday video break: End of the World

We’re all familiar with Skeeter Davis’ 1965 hit, right? OK, that may not be the song we think of when we hear the words “It’s the end of the world”. Let’s try the Pet Shop Boys, shall we? Still not the song you’re looking for? (Certainly not the official video, but I couldn’t find one.) […]

Friday random ten: My year in music, part 1

Among other things, 2014 was a year in which I acquired a lot of music. Some of this was music I wanted and got for myself, but a lot of it was music that one or both girls asked for. There were enough new tunes that I’m going to break this up into two post, […]

Saturday video break: The Elements

This is a bit of a rerun from last year, but it fits into this theme even though it’s technically not a cover but more of a remake and an update. Surely you know Tom Lehrer’s song “The Elements”: But seeing that video, you can also see that there have in fact been many more […]

Friday random ten: Aren’t the Cubs supposed to win the World Series this year?

So it’s the year 2015. You know, when Back To The Future 2 was set. I can’t quite wrap my mind around that, so here are some songs that speak to The Future and the kind of things we were supposed to have by now. 1. The Future Soon – Jonathan Coulton 2. Electric Car […]

Saturday video break: El Matador

Let’s get folky, shall we? When you think folk music, you’ll probably think about the Kingston Trio sooner or later. Of course, the Trio themselves didn’t consider themselves to be folkies, though they obviously had a huge effect on the popularity and viability of folk music. For a more modern performance, here’s Los Fabuloso Cadillacs: […]

Friday random ten: That was the year that was

The Texas Tribune does a weekly feature in which they sum up the preceding week as a Spotify playlist. Here’s my attempt to sum up some of the big news stories of this year using tunes from my library. 1. Funny Cigarette – Asylum Street Spankers. 2. American Land – Bruce Springsteen 3. There Is […]

Saturday video break: Dumbledore

And now for something a little different. We love Weird Al Yankovic here. You know that Weird Al does a lot of original songs in addition to his trademark parodies. Well, what do you get when someone parodies one of Weird Al’s originals? You get this, from Steve Goodie: The slightly disturbing video of the […]

Friday random ten: Yes, there are Christmas songs I like

Quite a few of them, really. Here are ten from my collection: 1. Another Christmas Song – Stephen Colbert 2. Blue Christmas – Asylum Street Spankers 3. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses 4. The Eleven Cats of Christmas – Trout Fishing In America 5. Fairytale of New York – The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 6. […]

Saturday video break: Driving Wheel

One of the giants of the blues, Albert King: I guess I discovered blues music in college, with Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top, and Robert Cray being my points of entry. That eventually led to Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and so forth. An awful lot of rock musicians have gotten an awful lot of […]

Friday random ten: It’s the least wonderful time of the year

Yes, it’s Christmas time again, and inspired in part by this Slate story on how bad Do They Know It’s Christmas? is, here’s a list of Christmas songs we, or at least I, could do without this year. 1. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band-Aid 2. Frosty The Snowman – Ella Fitzgerald 3. I […]

Saturday video break: Don’t Worry Baby

It’s the Beach Boys, not looking very beachy but sounding like they always do: I will never understand the 50s and 60s fashion of band members all dressing alike. It just looks so weird now. Anyway, a group that did not look or sound like the Beach Boys but which had their own excellent song […]

Friday random ten: Who needs instruments?

There is much excitement in my household (read: Olivia is excited) for Pitch Perfect 2. In honor of that, here are ten a capella tracks: 1. Behind Closed Doors – Modern Barbershop Quartet 2. Corn Dogs – The Bobs 3. Good Old A Capella – The Nylons 4. Enterprise: Sulu Medley – Hi-Fidelity 5. Star […]

Saturday video break: Downtown

A classic from Petula Clark: Remember how they used that song on Lost to introduce Desmond living in the hatch? Now here’s a typically offbeat cover of it by the B-52s: I can’t even think of a band that reminds me of the B-52s. Truly one of a kind. And to change things up again, […]

Friday video break: Black Friday

I have no idea why I haven’t used this on Black Friday before: I love it when a band successfully reinterprets its own established work, as Steely Dan does here, turning the synth-driven tune into a slowed-down blues rocker. For a band that didn’t tour much in their early days, they’re an awesome live act. […]

Thanksgiving video break: I’ve done this often enough to call it a tradition

And what a tradition it is: I plan to be in a turkey coma today, hopefully in front of a football game. Hope you have the Thanksgiving you want as well.

Saturday video break: Don’t Stop Believin’

You’re not too cool to sing along. Admit it. That was recorded in Houston, as you could tell from the pandering lyrics edit. The copyright says 2005, but that’s got to be at least 20 years off. My guess this was in the venue formerly known as the Summit, then the home of the Rockets, […]

Friday random ten: Numerology

After the letters come the numbers. 1. Eat For Two – 10,000 Maniacs 2. Somebody’s Been Sleeping – 100 Proof 3. Land of the Laced – 100s 4. Sex – The 1975 5. S.I.M.P (Squirrels In My Pants) – 2 Guys N The Parque 6. Get Ready For This – 2 Unlimited 7. Scarlet – […]

Saturday video break: Don’t Look Back

It’s a “same name, different song” fourplay. First, Boston: If you’ve ever listened to a classic rock station, you’ve probably heard that song. Now here’s one you probably haven’t heard, from Bruce Springsteen: That’s a live version of a tune from his “Tracks” collection of B-sides and other miscellania. Next up, Texas guitar prodigy Charlie […]

Friday random ten: Catch some Zs

Who knew I had ten artists in my collection with Z names? 1. Mellowmas 2010 – Zach Curd 2. Goodbye Girld – Zapruder Point 3. Dream Machine – Zen Archer 4. Too Much – Zendaya 5. Dragonfly – Ziggy Marley 6. If It’s Love – zOE’S iMAGINARY fRIED 7. Seekir – Zola Jesus 8. She’s […]

Saturday video break: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

British Invasion time with Eric Burden and The Animals: I’m guessing a lot of people are familiar with the Elvis Costello version. Here’s a somewhat stripped down live recording of it: The version with which I am most familiar is the one I heard first, by Santa Esmerelda: The 70s, man. It’s like a whole […]

Friday random ten: Y not?

Sure, why not? 1. Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs 2. Oh Yeah – Yello 3. Yours Is No Disgrace – Yes 4. The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) – Ylvis 5. I Wonder – Yma Sumac 6. How ‘Bout You? – Yonder Mountain String Band 7. Nightswimming – You Say Party! We Say Die! […]

Saturday video break: Dimples

The great John Lee Hooker, y’all: And the Spencer Davis Group, featuring a very young but still completely recognizable Steve Winwood: The recording I have is by Winwood as a solo act, but I couldn’t find a video for that. Happy Dia de los Muertos, y’all.

Friday random ten: It must be Halloween

I know I’m in the late stages of a recurring theme for Friday Random Tens, but how can I not break out of it when Halloween falls on a Friday? 1. Creepy Doll – Jonathan Coulton 2. Scarecrow – Steeleye Span 3. Frightened – Easter Island 4. Monster – Lady GaGa 5. Skeleton Man – […]

Friday random ten: W for the win

Almost done with the alphabet, at which point I’ll have to come up with a new gimmick to get me through a few weeks. But until then, the W names. 1. Dance Hall Days – Wang Chung 2. Casey Jones – Warren Zevon 3. I Can’t Turn You Loose – Was (Not Was) 4. Rainy […]

Classic hip-hop

I got a good chuckle out of this. News 92 FM, which until last week was the home of veteran newscasters J.P. Pritchard and Lana Hughes, is now Boom 92.1 FM, home of Geto Boys, Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg and Run-D.M.C. Radio One, which owns three FM stations in Houston, at 5 p.m. Monday launched […]

Saturday video break: Desperado

A live performance by the Eagles during one of their reunion tours. Can someone explain to me why music writers seem to all hate these guys? I don’t get it. Anyway, the country roots of this song are easy to see, and it was featured on a collection of Eagles covers by country artists called […]

Friday random ten: V for Victory

I’m never sure with these higher-scoring Scrabble letters if I can get ten artist or band names out of them, but V presented no problems. 1. Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love – Van Halen 2. And It Stoned Me – Van Morrison 3. Turning Japanese – The Vapors 4. White Boots – Vaughan Brothers 5. Rock […]

Saturday video break: Danny Boy

I have no idea who might have done this originally, so I nominate the King’s Singers for the canonical version: The main problem with this song is that it’s so easy to do an over the top schmaltzy version of it. If there’s one person who can put the feels into it without the schmaltz, […]

Friday random six: U too?

Sorry, six songs by U-named bands is all I got: 1. The Electric Co. – U2 2. Still…You Turn Me On – Uncle Seth 3. I’m In Heaven – Universal Funk 4. Ffuny Ffriends – Unknown Mortal Orchestra 5. Stay With Me – The Urges 6. Easy Livin’ – Uriah Heep I have lots of […]

Saturday video break: Daniel

A little classic Elton John: Wilson Phillips did the honors on the “Two Rooms” tribute CD: That song wasn’t written for them, of course, but it sure sounds like it could have been.