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Saturday video break: Friend Of The Devil

A vintage clip of a classic Grateful Dead song: That video is about three times as long as the studio version of the song, but hey, the Dead were a jam band. Anything less wouldn’t feel right. It’s also interesting that they slowed the tempo down for that performance. That’s the same approach Lyle Lovett […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 7

Some real classic this week. 1. I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead (You Rascal You) – Asylum Street Spankers 2. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – They Might Be Giants 3. It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) – Duke Ellington 4. It’s A Wonderful Life (Gonna Have A Good Time) – Fishbone […]

R Kelly still on the bill at FPSF 2015

Progress report from the Cancel R Kelly At FPSF 2015 Facebook page: No progress to report. Thanks for all the support! On Monday March 9th, we met again with Free Press Summer Fest. They had nothing to report about any decision. So, it’s time to move into all the strategies of a campaign that we […]

Saturday video break: For You

Some old school Springsteen, done acoustically by a more current version of The Boss: That’s from his debut album, Greetings From Asbury Park, New Jersey!. Did you know that three songs (that I know of and heard at least once on the radio) from that album were covered by Manfred Mann? You know about “Blinded […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 6

We spring forward to more parenthetical songs. 1. I Was Standing By The Bedside Of A Neighbor (If You See My Saviour) – Michele Lanchester & Sweet Honey In The Rock 2. I Won’t Ever Go Drinking Again (?) – Squeeze 3. (I) Deck The Halls – Los Straitjackets 4. If You Love Me (You’ll […]

Saturday video break: Flashdance

Tear up your sweatshirt and put on your leggings, it’s time to go back to the 80s with Irene Cara: You know my motto: There’s no cheesy 80s hit song that Big Daddy can’t take to completely unexpected places: Someone really ought to put in an application for them to get a MacArthur genius grant.

Ezra Charles

Great story about a local music legend. The Ezra Charles Band was playing tighter than ever in its decades-spanning history when its leader decided to pull the plug. Charles – a remarkable pianist from Beaumont – received a lifetime achievement award from the blues society in San Antonio, and enjoyed a huge response to the […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 5

You know the drill by now… 1. Holy Lamb (Song For Harmonic Convergence) – Yes 2. HOOPS Yes! (FC Dallas) – The Polyphonic Spree 3. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) – James Taylor 4. I Am Weary (Let Me Rest) – The Cox Family 5. I Can’t Stand Up (For Falling […]

Chron covers R Kelly controversy

Here’s the story. Free Press Houston and concert promoter Pegstar are deciding what to do about the inclusion of R&B performer R. Kelly at the 2015 Free Press Summer Festival after a local protest began to draw national attention. Kelly was announced last week as one of the event’s headliners. Both the popular independent music […]

Why is R Kelly in the Free Press Summerfest lineup?

Maybe this wasn’t such a hot idea. Music fan David Hayes has attended the Free Press Summer Fest every summer since 2010, and was planning to go this year as well—that is, until he saw that one of the headliners was R. Kelly, the popular R&B singer who has been accused of having sex with […]

Saturday video break: First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

You all know the Roberta Flack version: If you’re old enough to remember that song, you’re probably old enough to remember a TV ad or two selling a compilation of mellow hit songs that included this. (You may also remember it from the Clint Eastwood movie “Play Misty For Me”.) Aim that ad at a […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 4

So many parenthetical songs. 1. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds 2. Flashdance (What A Feeling) – Irene Cara 3. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) – Frank Sinatra with Count Basie 4. The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) – Ylvis 5. Further On (Up The Road) – Bruce Springsteen […]

Saturday video break: Fire and Rain

It’s a James Taylor classic: But have you ever said to yourself “You know, I’d like to hear that song with a bluesier voice and a horn section backing it”? Well, then Blood, Sweat & Tears is here for you: BS&T did a fair number of covers, the best known probably being the blues classic […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 3

More parentheses! So many more parentheses! 1. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – U2 2. Come And I Will Sing You (The Twelve Apostles) – Great Big Sea 3. Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) – Chic 4. The Deal (No Deal) – from “Chess” 5. December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) – Frankie Valli […]

Saturday video break: Fire

A young Bruce Springsteen does an acoustic version of one of his classics: There’s a reason they call him the Boss. But for all his many virtues, I don’t think anyone has ever called Springsteen funky. For that, we have the Ohio Players and their song of the same name. We could use some more […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 2

More songs with parentheses. 1. But Still He Loved Her So (The Ballad Of Harry And Esther) – Sally Fingerett 2. By Cover of Night (Fire Fight) – Sebastien Grainger 3. California (There Is No End To Love) – U2 4. Can’t Stop My Heart From Loving You (The Rain Song) – Aaron Neville 5. […]

KTRU will be back

Awesome. And unexpected. Rice University’s popular student-run radio station, relegated to the Internet when the university sold it in 2010, is returning to the airwaves. The Federal Communications Commission on Monday approved the construction of a low-power FM broadcast station at Rice, signaling a return of the station that long highlighted local artists and other […]

Saturday video break: Eye Of The Tiger

It’s Survivor. Feel the awesomeness. You can’t top that – you can’t even come close to equaling it. There’s a reason Dave Bickler, the lead singer, went on to do those Real Men of Genius ads. The best you can do is something completely different. That means Big Daddy. I only wish Big Daddy made […]

Friday random ten: Parenthetically speaking, part 1

Time for another set of theme lists. You know how some songs have an optional title, or extra words to the title, set apart in parentheses? Let’s go through the library and see what songs like that I have. 1. A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C) – Ray Wylie Hubbard 2. Art […]

Saturday video break: Existential Blues

I’m sure I have a few Dr. Demento fans in my reading audience. As such, I’m sure you’re familiar with Tom “T-Bone” Stankus and his stream of consciousness masterpiece: There are some better videos that show Stankus singing, with some bonus monologue thrown in, but they both have embedding disabled. These videos are here and […]

Friday random ten – Dance Party!

I mentioned Scalzi’s 80s dance party playlist a couple of Fridays ago, and also mentioned that it had some oversights on it. Well, no party lasts forever, so you have to cut it off somewhere. Be that as it may, what songs would I have included that Scalzi didn’t? Here are ten additions from my […]

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 […]