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Saturday video break: I Will Survive

The all-time disco and karaoke classic, by Gloria Gaynor: How do I know this is a classic? It came up on the car player, and Olivia made me repeat it because she liked it. That’s how I know. Such a song deserves a great cover, and CAKE delivers: I love this version for a lot […]

Friday random ten: Dexter’s favorites

We can’t take a tour through the favorite songs of Kuffner family members without including the family dog, can we? So here they are: 1. Walk This Way – Aerosmith 2. Cachorinho (Little Dog Chorinho) – Susanna Sharpe and Samba Police 3. Dog Days – 50 Foot Wave 4. Guinness Dog – The Rogues 5. […]

Saturday video break: I Wanna Be With You

Feel the 70s goodness with the Raspberries: Somewhat forgotten 70s goodness, I suppose. I got that song from a collection CD, and I can’t say I’d ever heard it before. Not even from a K-Tel commercial. I may not have been familiar with it, but you know who is? Bruce Springsteen, that’s who: That can […]

Friday random ten: Speak to me

Some songs are more spoken-word pieces set to music, sometimes but not always with a sung refrain, than actual singing. Here are ten examples from my collection: 1. Lisdoovarna – SixMileBridge (video, though not by SixMileBridge) 2. Everything Is Borrowed – The Streets (video) 3. Long Long Time – Guy Forsythe (video) 4. One Bourbon, […]

Saturday video break: I Wanna Be Like You

A Disney classic, sung by “King Louie” Prima in The Jungle Book, here’s Los Lobos: That’s from a live morning-show TV appearance; skip ahead to about 1:30 to get past the talk. This is a different rendition than what they did on the seminal Stay Awake album of diverse Disney covers – you can hear […]

Friday random ten: New music for the girls in 2015

And of course, Olivia and Audrey asked for new music last year. Not quite as much as in 2014, thanks to Olivia’s newfound love of Spotify, but still. We put the music they like (along with plenty of music I like; I’m no fool) on the hard drive for our car’s stereo system, so that’s […]

Saturday video break: I Put A Spell On You

A song made for the voice of John Fogerty, with Creedence Clearwater Revival: Easily one of the most iconic voices in rock and roll. How can we make this any more enjoyable? By hearing Pete Townshend sing it at the Deep End: I love how Townshend takes the song in a completely different direction. The […]

Friday random ten: Noisetrade and other collections from 2015

My other main source of music for 2015 was Noisetrade. I’m not sure how they got my email address in the first place – oddly, they got my secondary address, not my main one – but I have been a regular if not frequent downloader of their music for the past couple of years. It’s […]

Saturday video break: I Knew The Bride

From the prolific and often covered Nick Lowe: That song will either elicit a conspiratory laugh by people enjoying a private joke, or it’s an exercise in passive aggression by someone who needs to get over an ex-girlfriend. All depends on the context, I suppose. Now here’s Dave Edmunds: The “Pop Up Video” captions in […]

Friday random ten: Music I bought in 2015

I’ve done Random Ten lists based on my year’s music purchases before, and seeing as how it’s January it’s time to do it again. I’m going to break this into three lists, because I can and because it makes sense to do so. First up is the music that I bought from iTunes (with one […]

Saturday video break: I Idolize You

Back to the Ike and Tina songbook: It’s always interesting listening to these songs and thinking about what their relationship was like. It doesn’t detract from the music because you can’t do that when Tina Turner is singing, but it does add some layers of complexity. Now here are Texas blues icons Marcia Ball, Lou […]

Friday random ten: Here we are in 2016

And here are ten songs to get you going for the start of the new year. 1. New Year’s Day – U2 2. Brand New Day – Guy Forsyth 3. January – Rachael Davis 4. Reelin’ In The Years – Steely Dan 5. A New Day Yesterday – Jethro Tull 6. New Dreams – Stanley […]

Wednesday random ten: It’s wintertime in the city

I figure today is like Friday for most people – I will certainly be on a reduced schedule for the next few days – so here’s an early song list, in honor of our benighted Ag Commissioner, Sid Miller – ten seasonal songs that do not mention the word “Christmas”. 1. Jingle Bells – Trinity […]

Saturday video break: I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Here’s an awesome live version of Marvin Gaye doing one of his signature tunes: What an amazing voice. What a tragedy his death was. Here’s Creedence Clearwater Revival with their almost-as-iconic version: Once again I can say, what a voice. This isn’t their 11-minute radio epic, but I think it works. I don’t have a […]

Friday random ten: The music of “Fargo”

I’m in kind of an in-between place in putting these together right now, so imagine my pleasant surprise to read this story of how the excellent music for Season 2 of Fargo was sourced. Even better, it has ten songs in it, with videos: 1. Children of the Sun – Billy Thorpe 2. One Hour […]

Saturday video break: I Can’t Turn You Loose

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s welcome Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues: I couldn’t find the clip from the movie for that, but we can all picture it, I’m sure. That was an Otis Redding song. Have you ever heard his original version of it? Who knew that had words, right? I don’t have Redding’s original version, […]

Friday random ten: Audrey’s favorites

And here are the ten songs that Audrey wanted to contribute: 1. Welcome To New York – Taylor Swift 2. Where Have You Been – Rihanna 3. Counting Stars – One Republic 4. Stronger – Kelly Clarkson 5. Lone Ranger – Rachel Platten 6. Roar – Katy Perry 7. I Love Rock and Roll – […]

Saturday video break: I Can’t Stop Loving You

Ready for a standard? Here’s the Chairman of the Board himself: I feel like that would have been an appropriately ironic background song for a whacking on The Sopranos. Ah well, hindsight is 20/20. Now here’s Ray Charles: Like all right-thinking people, I adore Ray Charles, but I feel like that arrangement could have done […]

Friday random ten: Olivia’s Spotify favorites

We’re going to do something a little different this week and next. I’ve got a couple of pinch hitters for me, Olivia this week and Audrey the next. They’re going to be sharing their favorite songs. Here are Olivia’s top ten, from her Spotify playlist. 1. Stitches – Shawn Mendes 2. (Chloe) You Are The […]

Saturday video break: I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

Reaching back to the 1920s and the legendary Duke Ellington: I love me some Glenn Miller, but of all the big band leaders of that era, I think Ellington had the best overall body of work. The movie The Cotton Club is a mess in many ways, but its Ellington-infused soundtrack can’t be beat. Naturally, […]

Friday random ten: The songs Rolling Stone forgot

Here’s their list. And here are ten songs I would have tried to include if I’d had a hand in making their list. 1. Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits 2. Sunday, Bloody Sunday – U2 3. And When I Die – Blood, Sweat & Tears 4. Take Five – Dave Brubeck Quartet 5. American […]

Saturday video break: How High The Moon

Didn’t get my act together in time to post a video last week – sorry about that. This Saturday we get a little jazzy with the great Charlie Parker: If you’re a sax player, then Charlie Parker is one of your gods. Wish I could have seen him perform live. As with many jazz songs, […]

Friday random eight: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 21

Here’s their list. 1. Maybelline – Simon and Garfunkel (#18, orig. Chuck Berry) 2. I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles (#16) 3. Blowin’ In The Wind (A Female Perspective) – The Chenille Sisters (#14, orig. Bob Dylan) 4. My Generation – The Who (#11) 5. What’d I Say? – Ray Charles (#10) […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 20

Here’s their list. 1. River Deep, Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner (#33) 2. Sympathy For The Devil – Blood, Sweat & Tears (orig. Rolling Stones, #32) 3. I Walk The Line – Lager Rhythms (orig. Johnny Cash, #30) 4. A Day In The Life – Big Daddy (orig. The Beatles, #28) 5. Layla […]

Saturday video break: Honey, Honey

Behold the majesty of ABBA at its peak: If they aren’t the greatest English-language band that didn’t actually speak English, I don’t know who is. They also gave us the musical/movie “Mamma Mia”, from which we get this version: My daughters know all the lyrics to all these songs – they’ve seen the movie a […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 19

Here’s their list. 1. Anarchy In The U.K. – The Sex Pistols (#56) 2. Long Tall Sally – The Beatles (orig. Little Richard, #55) 3. Louie, Louie – The MOB (orig. The Kingsmen, #54) 4. When Doves Cry – Kris McKay (orig. Prince, #52) 5. The Tracks Of My Tears – Smokey Robinson and The […]

Saturday video break: Home

I have five songs called “Home” in my library. I could find videos for four of them. First up is Ingrid Michaelson, from her latest album: We got to see her on that tour at the House of Blues in Houston thanks to the handsome gentleman with the handlebar mustache playing bass behind her, who […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 18

Here’s their list. 1. Califonia Girls – The Beach Boys (#72) 2. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown (#71) 3. Walk On By – Dionne Warwick (#70) 4. Sunshine Of Your Love – Brian Tarquin (orig. Cream, #65) 5. She Loves You – The Beatles (#64) 6. For What It’s Worth – […]

Saturday video break: Holiday

Let’s go back to the 80s, when Madonna was taking over the world, and listen to one of her early hits: I hope I live long enough to see what future historians – those who didn’t actually live through the 80s – have to say about this era. And for a definitive not-a-cover of “Holiday”, […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 17

Here’s their list. 1. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and The Papas (#89) 2. My Girl – The Temptations (#88) 3. Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen (#86) 4. Crazy – Patsy Cline (#85) 5. Every Breath You Take – The Police (#84; also a cover by Big Daddy) 6. I Heard It Through The Grapevine […]

Saturday video break: Hold On

How about a little Corey Hart for your Saturday afternoon? That was on the Beverly Hills Cop 2 soundtrack. I feel certain I saw that movie back in the day, but I have no memory of it. Moving on to a different song with the same name, here’s Yes: That is of course from 90125. […]

Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 16

Here’s their list. 1. Not Fade Away – Trout Fishing In America (orig. Buddy Holly and The Crickets, #108) 2. The Boxer – Simon and Garfunkel (#106) 3. Hot Stuff – Donna Summer (#104) 4. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – Stevie Ray Vaughan (orig. Jimi Hendrix, #102) 5. Crazy – Gnarls Barkley (#100) 6. Fortunate […]

Saturday video break: Hold Back The Night

Here’s The Trammps with a little soul for your soul: The Trammps were probably best known for the 70s classic “Disco Inferno”, for which I can’t recommend The Bobs’ a capella cover enough, though sadly it doesn’t exist on YouTube. A cover of this song that does exist is by Graham Parker and The Rumor, […]

Friday random ten guest post: Blockwalking

Note: The following is a guest post from Phil Owens, political consultant and fellow Rice Owl. He suggested the idea and I said sure. I’ve asked people for guest posts before, and I’ve had a few people pitch them to me, but this mix of music and politics is a first. I hope you enjoy […]