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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 […]

Saturday video break: Only You Know And I Know

Here’s the versatile Dave Mason doing an acoustic version of one of his better known songs: Mason was an original member of Traffic and went on to have a long solo career, often collaborating with other artists. He’s one of those guys you don’t realize you know that much about. Now here’s a guy you […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 33

My library votes 3-2 in favor of not having an “H” in “Sara(h)”. 1. Rare Find – Sara Melson 2. Sweetness Follows – Sara Quin featuring Kaki King 3. The Pins – Sara Radle 4. Fallen – Sarah McLachlan 5. Around Midnight – Sarah Vaughan 6. The Heart Wants What It Wants – Selena Gomez […]

Saturday video break: One Day

Here’s one of my favorite underrated bands from the 80s, Fishbone: I guess I’d describe Fishbone as being a ska band, but I feel like they have more blues and funk in them than a typical ska band. Be that as it may, here’s a different One Day by Susanna Hoffs, who is performing solo […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 32

I’m not kidding around. 1. Antidote – Rosie Carney 2. Why Can’t It Be Christmas Time All Year – Rosie Thomas 3. The Look – Roxette (Marie Fredriksson) 4. Cherry Bomb – The Runaways 5. Wildside – Sabrina Carpenter and Sofia Carson 6. Going Down To The River – Saffire-The Uppity Blues Woman (Ann Rabson, […]

Saturday video break: Once In A Lifetime

One of the more iconic songs by the Talking Heads: Who hasn’t asked himself these questions? Nobody does musical paranoia like David Byrne. This song was also used to great effect in the movie Down and Out in Beverly Hills. And nobody does mashed-up covers of popular songs like Big Daddy: Because of course this […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 31

I don’t know exactly how many more of these there are to go, but we are getting into the home stretch. 1. Last Dance – The Raveonettes (Sharin Foo) 2. Dream On – Rebecca Turner 3. We Belong Together – Rickie Lee Jones 4. Umbrella – Rihanna 5. The First Time Ever I Saw Your […]

Saturday video break: One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only John Lee Hooker: We should all achieve that level of coolness at least once in our lifetimes. Now here’s George Thorogood with the version you’ve probably heard: So, did Jersey party as good as they did in Philly? I love the narrative he adds to the song. The […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 30

One week down, 195 to go… 1. We Crawl – The Polyphonic Spree (many members) 2. September – Pomplamoose (Nataly Dawn) 3. The Resurrected Lover – The Poor Clares (Betsy McGovern) 4. Brass In Pocket – The Pretenders (Chrissie Hynde) 5. Hole In The Washtub – The Priestess and The Fool (Meredith DiMenna) 6. Harden […]

Saturday video break: Oh, (You) Pretty Woman

Technically, these are two different and differently-named songs, but I think you’ll forgive me. First, here’s the one and only Roy Orbison, with a backing band of semi-famous people, crooning “Oh, Pretty Woman”: Yeah, you might recognize one or two of those folks. According to the video page, this was from a concert in 1987, […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 29

And so it begins. 1. Not Bad For A Broad – Patty Larkin 2. In The Highways – The Peasall Sisters (from “O Brother Where Art Thou”) 3. Love/Hate – Pebbles (“Beverly Hills Cop II”) 4. Gonna Be An Engineer – Peggy Seeger 5. Winter Wonderland – Peggy Lee 6. I Have A Song To […]

“Nixon in China” returns to HGO

This is very cool. It’s been three decades since the Houston Grand Opera presented John Adams’ “Nixon in China,” the company’s beloved world premiere that changed not only how modern political operas were viewed but signified an audacious move by HGO to put its stamp on the operatic world. 6 This Friday, “Nixon” returns to […]

Saturday video break: Nowhere To Run

Let’s throw it back with Martha and the Vandellas: I love that music videos were being made in the 60s. MTV was a decade and a half away, something like this might get shown once on an “American Bandstand”-type show, and yet here we are fifty years later watching it on Youtube. What a serendipitous […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 28

This is the last one of these during the Obama presidency. 1. Nowhere Man – Of Montreal (Dottie Alexander) 2. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me – Oleta Adams 3. Magic – Olivia Newton-John 4. The Cap And Bells – Paisley Close (Amy Price, Cidnie MacNamee) 5. Doesn’t Somebody Want To Be Wanted […]

Saturday video break: No Questions Asked

A song I recently acquired, from the Flesh Eaters: I got that from the 1980 collection of the Fluxblog 1980s Survey Mixes, which you absolutely need to get if you like 80s music in all its ugly beauty. It’s a lot of music, and Fluxblog also has annual mixes beginning in 2002. I haven’t gotten […]