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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 […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 27

One last gasp of Christmas. 1. It’s Merry Christmas Time – Miranda Dodson 2. Hold it Like It Was Your Own – Miss Molly 3. Came For A Dance – The Mollys (Nancy McCallion and Catherine Zavala) 4. Just To See Her Smile – Mother Falcon 5. Thank You Mario But Our Princess Is In […]

Saturday video break: New Year’s Eve

Since today is actually New Year’s Eve, I thought it would be appropriate to break the pattern for this classic torch song. Here’s Kacey Musgraves asking you what are you doing New Year’s Eve: Props for the clarinet solo. there aren’t nearly enough clarinet solos in popular music, if you ask me. And because there […]

Friday random ten: Goodbye and good riddance

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to say Goodbye to 2016. 1. Every Time We Say Goodbye – Julie Murphy 2. Good-Bye – Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin 3. Goodbye Girl – Squeeze 4. Goodbye Liza Jane – Elana James 5. Goodbye Mursheen Durkin – Flying Fish Sailors 6. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 26

Once again, by sheer coincidence, this list has a meaningful intersection with the calendar: 1. I’ve Seen All Good People – Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs 2. The Coventry Carol – Mediaeval Baebes (Katharine Blake, Melpomeni Kermanidou, Sophie Ramsay, Clare Edmondson, Josephine Ravenheart, Anna Tam) 3. Never Be – Meg Mac 4. Lips Are Moving […]

Saturday video break: Never Gonna Give You Up

Yes, you just got rickrolled: I suppose it doesn’t count if you know it’s coming. All that I can say is that if there’s a more 80s video than that, I don’t know what it is. Now for the song title that makes you think you’re about to be rickrolled but you’re not, from CAKE: […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 25

A little bit of Texas in this list. 1. Roadside Attractions – Marcia Ball 2. You And I – Margaret Glaspy 3. Black Magick – Marie Minerva 4. Love is Teasin’ – Marianne Faithful and The Chieftains 5. This Is Us – Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris 6. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Marnie Stern 7. […]

Saturday video break: My Hometown

Tom Lehrer sings of the joys of his place of origin: Clearly, Danish people don’t believe in reacting during a performance. You have to admire the self-control. Now here’s Bruce Springsteen with a different perspective: I have some complicated feelings about my own hometown, but I still have it on my to do list to […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 24

There’s nothing funny about this list. 1. I Don’t Want To Be Funny Anymore – Lucy Dacus 2. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding – Lucy Kaplansky 3. Mechanical Flattery – Lydia Lunch 4. Knocked Up – Lykke Li 5. Borderline – Madonna 6. Saille Bhan (Souls of Men) – Maggie Drennon 7. […]

Saturday video break: My Best Friend’s Girl

A classic from The Cars: Gotta love those period-era live videos, at least when the sound quality and production are reasonably good. Sometimes I wonder what the people who shot the video thought would happen to it. Getting uploaded to the Internet some 30 years later probably wasn’t a possibility they contemplated.Now here’s Hayseed Dixie: […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 23

Moving through the letter L. 1. Ant In Alaska – Liz Phair 2. Take It Back – Liza Anne 3. Ill Wind – Lonette McKee 4. Royals – Lorde 5. Cowardly Lion – Loreena McKennitt 6. Stay With Me – Lorraine Ellison 7. The Sad Cafe – Lorrie Morgan 8. Double Yodel – Lou & […]

Saturday video break: Mrs Robinson

Let’s all sing along with Simon and Garfunkel: Here’s a video of the song playing over scenes from the movie with which it is closely identified, The Graduate. The audio is a little weird or I’d have used it instead, but there it is if you want to watch it. The story of how that […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 22

Happy Leftovers Day, y’all. 1. Hotel Pool – Lily & Madeleine 2. Womanizer – Lily Allen 3. Hypnotized – Linda Jones 4. Tumbling Dice – Linda Rondstadt 5. 1917 – Linda Rondstadt and Emmylou Harris 6. Funkytown – Lipps Inc. (Cynthia Johnson) 7. Jenny Jenkins – Lisa Loeb 8. Boy Boy – Lissie Trullie 9. […]

Thanksgiving video break: Comfort music

In times like these, we turn to old favorites for joy and solace: Thanks for being there for us, Arlo. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Saturday video break: Mr Blue Sky

Here’s Lily Allen covering a classic rocker: I kind of love this version. She has the perfect voice for a song that always makes me happy to hear. Now here’s the Electric light Orchestra original: It’s good, and you have to love the trippy 70’s animation, but honestly I say Allen does it better. It’s […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 21

I took last week off from my two regularly scheduled music-themed posts because I just didn’t have it in me. They’re back this week, not because I feel better per se, but because there’s comfort to be found in both the music and in the habit of experiencing it. So here we go again. 1. […]

Saturday video break: Money

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Miss Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings: I found a couple of live versions of this, but they were all apparently done by audience members, and Sharon Jones has too good a voice for that kind of crappy audio. Now here’s Yes with one of its lesser-known songs: Does […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 20

This is the part of me that’s glad the election is almost over. 1. Part Of Me – Katy Perry 2. Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kelly Clarkson 3. Peter Pan – Kelsei Ballerini 4. Dancing In The Dark – Kim Wilde 5. Can’t Stop Killing You – Kirsty MacColl 6. Heartbeat – Kopecky […]

Saturday video break: Mockingbird

Peter, Paul & Mary sing a well-known lullaby: That’s from an album of children’s songs called “Peter, Paul & Mommy”. iTunes calls it “Mockingbird”, YouTube calls it “Hush, Little Baby”. I embed, you decide. Eminem borrows from that song for this song of the same name: I’m kind of meh on this, but it’s one […]

Friday random ten: Ladies’ night, part 19

I knew this Songs By Women thing would take me past the election, but it’s beginning to feel to me like it has some meaning, you know? 1. Un Dia – Juana Molina 2. It’s A Heartache – Juice Newton 3. Consolation Prize – Julie Doiron 4. Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Julie Murphy 5. […]

Saturday video break: Minnie The Moocher

From the movie The Cotton Club, it’s Cab Calloway’s greatest hit: I saw that movie in the theater back in the day – it was kind of mediocre, but the soundtrack is killer. I’ve owned it on vinyl and on CD, and of course now it’s been ripped to MP3. I suppose I should watch […]