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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.

Friday random ten: T for two

Or for ten, as the case may be. 1. Puttin’ On The Ritz – Taco 2. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Taken By Trees 3. Slippery People – Talking Heads 4. Kingdom of Rain – The The 5. In Walked Bud – Thelonious Monk 6. Oy Chanukkah – Theodore Bikel 7. See The Constellation – […]

Saturday video break: Dancing Queen

All hail ABBA: Did they know how to craft pop music or what? It’s not a surprise that the concept of a jukebox musical, where all the songs are taken from a single artist, has had its best success with “Mamma Mia” and its killer mix of ABBA tunes. My daughters have seen this movie […]

Friday random ten: Call me Steve

Just not Steve Jobs. I mean seriously, just try to do a Google search of “Steve” without tripping over a zillion Steve Jobs links. 1. Nothin’ To Do But Today – Stephen Stills 2. Copperhead Road – Steve Earle 3. Dumbledore – Steve Goodie 4. It’s All Too Much – Steve Hillage 5. The Joker […]

Saturday video break: Dancing In The Dark

You know this one: Gotta say, I’ve seen Springsteen in concert a couple of times, but I’ve never seen him dance like that, with or without Courtney Cox. Clarence Clemons, sure, but not The Boss. Ah, well, it was the 80s. You had to be there. And now for something a little different: Yeah, I’m […]

Friday random ten: R You Ready?

Ready or not, here come the Rs. 1. Cry Me A River – Ray Brown Trio 2. One Mint Julep – Ray Charles 3. Cruella De Ville – The Replacements 4. Time To Ring Some Changes – Richard Thompson 5. One Of Us – Rivers Cuomo & Rainn Wilson 6. God Loves The Irish – […]

Saturday video break: Dance This Mess Around

The B-52’s, who are not easily imitated: And the Asylum Street Spankers, who are up to the challenge: I had the privilege of seeing the Spankers many times before they sadly broke up a couple of years ago. I had the privilege of seeing the B-52’s play at the Houston Zoo for their annual fundraiser […]

Friday random ten – Mind your Ps, but not your Qs

Your Qs can do whatever they want, there aren’t enough of them to worry about. 1. Walkin’ After Midnight – Patsy Cline 2. Big Bottom – Paul and Storm 3. Still Crazy After All These Years – Paul Simon 4. Gonna Be An Engineer – Peggy Seeger 5. Brilliant Blues – Pete Townshend 6. Big […]

Saturday video break: Crocodile Rock

You know what you need? A video of Elton John on “The Muppet Show”, singing “Crocodile Rock” backed by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and a chorus of crocodiles, that’s what. The singing begins at about 1:46: How awesome was that? There are some celebrities that were just born to perform with the Muppets. […]

Friday random ten – O rly?

Names that start with vowels are more interesting than names that start with consonants. I believe they had a lively debate on that topic on one of William F. Buckley’s shows. 1. Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis 2. Little Talks – Of Monsters And Men 3. Instant Karma – of Montreal 4. Fire […]

Saturday video break: Crazy Little Thing Called Love

A lovely little tune from Queen: Oh, Freddy. You left us way too soon. Now here’s a version you may remember from a Gap commercial, by Dwight Yoakum: A straight-up countrified version, a little up tempo, and it works quite well as a two-step, even if everyone in the video is line dancing.

Friday random ten – In N Out

Starting the second half of the alphabet, though we’re more than halfway through thanks to letters like Q, X, and Z. 1. Take Me Away – Napoleon XIV 2. Break My Heart – Natalie Merchant 3. The Needle And The Damage Done – Neil Young 4. People Got A Lotta Nerve – Neko Case 5. […]

Saturday video break: Crazy

I believe this is the mother of all “Same Name, Different Song” songs in my collection. First up, the immortal Patsy Cline: If that doesn’t get you right in the feels, then you must not have any. Now here’s Gnarls Barkley: That was recorded on the David Letterman show. Took me awhile to find a […]