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Saturday video break: Little Things

Here’s Colbie Caillat, whose version of this song has a definite article on it: Did you know that Colbie Caillat’s father Ken co-produced Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors and Tusk? Well, now you do. Did you know that YouTube offers suggestions for other songs while you watch that video? One of the songs they suggested for me […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 6

Lots of well-known names this week. 1. Talking Old Soldiers – Bettye Lavette 2. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – Beyoncé 3. Billie’s Blues – Billie Holiday 4. X Offender – Blondie 5. Fool’s Game – Bonnie Raitt 6. I Want Candy – Bow Wow Wow (Annabella Lwin) 7. In Our Talons – […]

KUHA sale completed

Say goodbye to classical music on your terrestrial radio. Houston Public Media’s classical musical station transitions to an all-digital format starting at 9 a.m. Friday, July 15. It’s a result of Christian radio station KSBJ agreeing to purchase the KUHA 91.7 FM signal from the University of Houston — which holds the license — in February […]

Saturday video break: Little Saint Nick

Hey, how about a little Christmas music? Here are the Beach Boys with “Little Saint Nick”: Videos of bands where they all wear the same outfit – especially when they all also have the same haircut – will never get old for me. I don’t always include Christmas songs in these video posts because I […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 5

Wow, we’re still in the B’s. 1. Mad About You – Belinda Carlisle 2. Call It Whatever – Bella Thorne 3. I Could Be Persuaded – Bering Strait (Natasha Borzilova and Lydia Salnikova) 4. Take My Breath Away – Berlin (Terri Nunn) 5. Go Now – Bessie Banks 6. Up The Junction – Beth Madden […]

Saturday video break: Little Bird

Here’s the fabulous Annie Lennox, from her hit solo album Diva: The things you learn when surfing Wikipedia: This song was featured in an episode of The Sopranos, and also in the Demi Moore movie Striptease. I remember it from neither of those things. (Yes, I saw Striptease. In the theater, even. It was based […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 4

Girl groups! 1. White Rabbit – Austin Lounge Lizards & Karen Abrahams 2. Complicated – Avril Lavigne 3. June Bug – The B-52’s (Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson) 4. Venus – Bananarama (Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey, Keren Woodward) 5. Walk Like An Egyptian – The Bangles (Susanna Hoffs, Vicki Peterson, Debbi Peterson, Michael Steele) 6. […]

Saturday video break: Lithium

The brightest light of the grunge era, Nirvana and one of their big hits, “Lithium”: Kurt Cobain was exactly a year and a day younger than I am, so he’d have been 50 years old next February. Hard to believe, isn’t it? One can only wonder what he would have accomplished if he were still […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 3

More ladies, y’all. 1. Trembles, Part II – Alex Napping (Alex Cohen) 2. Breathe (2 AM) – Anna Nalick 3. A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Annie Lennox 4. Fly Me Away – Annie Little 5. Closer – Annie Williams 6. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Aretha Franklin 7. Problem – Ariana Grande 8. Burning […]

Saturday video break: Light of Day

Keeping my cred as someone who listens to new music, here’s Aubrie Sellers: I was Not A Fan of country music for a looooong time. I think the main reason for that is that my initial exposure to country was the kind of mainstream/Hot Country Hits crap that Nashville regurgitates constantly. Once I figured out […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 2

Gonna take awhile to get through all these. 1. Doubt – Amanda Mair 2. Polly – Amanda Palmer 3. Thank You For The Music – Amanda Seyfried (from “Mamma Mia!”) 4. Winter Wonderland – Amy Grant 5. The Leader – Amy Rigby 6. Love Is A Losing Game – Amy Winehouse 7. Hold Tight Hold […]

Saturday video break: Life Is Hard

I’m cheating a bit with the song titles this week, but I think you’ll forgive me. First, an 80s classic from Timbuk 3: I’m not even sure where I got the three Timbuk 3 songs that I have that aren’t the one everyone knows, but I love playing a song by a “one hit wonder” […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 1

Hey, did you know there’s a woman running for President? It’s true! First time ever for a major political party in this country. In honor of that historic achievement, I’m going to spend a few weeks highlighting songs from my collection performed by women. 1. Waterloo – ABBA ( Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog) […]

Saturday video break: Let’s Get Married

I give you the great Rev. Al Green: Makes you want to rush out and buy a ring, doesn’t it? Now for a Scottish twist on that, here’s The Proclaimers: If someone in that audience didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to pop the question, then I just don’t know what we’re even doing here.

Friday random ten: In the city, part 15

We come to the end of another theme. 1. Weekend In Cincinnati – The Bobs 2. Welcome To New York – Taylor Swift 3. Werewolfs Of London – Jackson Browne and Warren Zevon 4. The Wexford Carol – The Chieftains 5. The Wharton UFO – Flying Fish Sailors 6. When In Rome – Billy Joel […]

Saturday video break: Lady Luck

A couple of newer songs from my collection. The first one called “Lady Luck” is by Pickwick, featuring Sharon van Etten: That’s from a South by Southwest sampler I got via Paste magazine. Don’t ask me how I came to be offered some of these samplers, the original impetus for them is lost to the […]

Friday random ten: In the city, part 14

In case you were wondering where that other Staten Island song was: 1. Staten Island Baby – Black 47 2. TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) – MFSB Fet. The Three Degrees 3. Tupelo Honey – Gordian Knot 4. U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group) – Joe Henderson 5. Vienna – Billy Joel 6. Walkin’ In Jerusalem […]

Saturday video break: La La Land

Here come the Go-Gos: That’s from their 2000 reunion album “God Bless The Go-Go’s”, which I bought on a whim while perusing at a record store, as one did back then. The video is from a 2001 concert at Central Park that followed. Offhand, I can’t think of an all-female rock and roll band that […]

Friday random ten: In the city, part 13

More love for my hometown. 1. Southside Chicago Waltz – Black 47 2. St. Anne’s Reel/Staten Island Hornpipe – Flying Fish Sailors 3. St. Louis Blues March – Glenn Miller 4. Streets Of Bakersfield – Beau Jennings 5. Streets Of Laredo – Johnny Cash 6. Summer, Highland Falls – Billy Joel 7. Sweet Old Chicago […]

Saturday video break: Just A Little Lovin’

How about a little throwback country/pop from Dusty Springfield? Such a great voice. I need to find more of her stuff. For a more modern take on that song, here’s Adrian Lynne: Very nice, though I kind of like the fact that Springfield does that in about half the time. And for a different song […]

Friday random ten: In the city, part 12

A very California-centric episode today. 1. San Francisco Bay Blues – Eric Clapton 2. San Jacinto – Peter Gabriel 3. San Lorenzo – Pat Metheny Group 4. Santa Ana – Bruce Springsteen 5. Santa Ana Woman – The Bobs 6. Santo Domingo – Rodrigo y Gabriela 7. Say Goodbye To Hollywood – Billy Joel 8. […]

Saturday video break: Jump

It was the year 1984, the year Van Halen gave us this: Albums like 1984 hghlight a problem with our streaming-and-downloads music market these days. Back then, when men with hair like David Lee Roth strutted on the earth, bands made albums whose songs some sometimes interconnected. You can play “Jump” without first playing “1984” […]

Friday random ten: In the city, part 11

Still more New York! And other places, too. 1. Pflugerville – Austin Lounge Lizards 2. Philadelphia Freedom – Hall and Oates 3. Phoenix Get Cured – Stereogum vs team9 4. Phone Call From Leavenworth – Chris Whitley 5. Riga In The Fall – Gavin Guss 6. Road Movie To Berlin – They Might Be Giants […]

Saturday video break: I’ve Seen All Good People/Your Move

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs take on a typically tricky Yes staple: I love Susanna Hoffs’ voice, and I love her interpretation of this song. You should definitely check out her various collections of covers with Sweet, called “Under The Covers”, volumes one through (I believe) three, with each focusing on a specific decade, starting […]

Friday random ten: In the city, part 10

New York, New York, so nice they said it twice… 1. New York State Of Mind – Billy Joel 2. New York State Of Mind – Rowlf the Dog 3. New York, New York – Big Daddy 4. The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace 5. Nutbush City Limits – Ike & Tina Turner 6. […]

Saturday video break: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

It’s one of my favorite Celtic bands doing their thing with this REM classic: The was Great Big Sea, the finest band from Newfoundland. Hard to believe you could take that song up-tempo, but there you have it. For comparison purposes, here’s the original: I do, in fact, feel fine. How about you? (Yes, I […]

Friday random ten: In the city, part 9

In which New York gets its revenge… 1. Miami 2017 (Seen The Light Go Out On Broadway) – Billy Joel 2. Mission To Moscow – Hot Club of Cowtown 3. Mobile – Marcia Ball 4. Mobile Bay – Flying Fish Sailors 5. My Home Town / Kalabakan – Battlefield Band 6. My Love Is In […]

Saturday video break: It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie

Combining two of my favorite things in this post, beginning with the Asylum Street Spankers: Man, I miss these guys. I caught every show they did in Houston for several years running, including some in the most smoke-filled room in town, a dive called Rudyard’s, back before the city’s no-smoking ordinance was extended to bars […]

Friday random ten: In the city, part 8

More Memphis! 1. Leningrad – Billy Joel 2. Lisdoonvarna – Ceili’s Muse 3. Liverpool Sunset – Gerald Jay Markoe 4. Lodi – Creedence Clearwater Revival 5. London Homesick Blues – Flying Fish Sailors 6. (Making The Run To) Gladewater – Michelle Shocked 7. Marching Bands Of Manhattan – Death Cab for Cutie 8. Memphis Exorcism […]

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, you must acquit

I knew there was a lawsuit going on over the provenance of Stairway to Heaven, but I hadn’t realized there were Texas connections to it. In a few weeks, jurors will decide if Led Zeppelin lifted the guitar intro to “Stairway to Heaven” from an instrumental song “Taurus” by the California psychedelic pop-rock band Spirit. […]

Saturday video break: Istanbul (Not Constantinople) revisited

I posted three videos of the classic “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” a few years back, including a video of the original, by The Four Lads. Now here’s a video of the They Might Be Giants version, done over a montage of “Pink Panther” cartoons: And here are four rats from the short-lived “Muppets Tonight” doing a […]

Friday random ten: In the city, part 7

Spanning the globe, week after week… 1. (Is Anybody Going to) San Antone – Doug Sahm And Band 2. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – They Might be Giants/Lager Rhythms 3. I’ve Been To Memphis – Lyle Lovett 4. I’ve Got A Gal In Kalamazoo – Glenn Miller 5. Jerusalem – Eddie From Ohio 6. Jimmy’s Gone […]

Saturday video break: Inside Out

From their second album, which was of course called “Volume 3”, the Traveling Wilburys: Not bad, and a treat to see George Harrison again. They just weren’t quite as good without Roy Orbison, though. And for a completely different song with the same name, here’s Phil Collins from his third album, which was not called […]

Friday random ten: In the city, part 6

Some old familiar places this week. 1. Halfway To Memphis – Sammy Hagar 2. Halley Came To Jackson – Mary-Chapin Carpenter 3. A Heart In New York – Art Garfunkel 4. Hello Hopeville – Michelle Shocked 5. Hey Marseilles – Heart Beats 6. Hideaway Tokyo – Pretty & Nice 7. HOOPS Yes! (FC Dallas) – […]