One of the great cover bands of our time, the Blues Brothers: It’s been over 33 years since John Belushi died. Every now and then I wonder what kind of career he would have had if he had managed to tame his demons enough to survive them. He was amazingly talented, but he’d entered that […]
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Taking a break from cover songs for a good, patriotic reason today: I’d love to see a modern take on that. Imagine Jay-Z interpreting and re-choreographing Jimmy Cagney’s song and dance above. Or Bruno Mars, or Justin Timberlake, or maybe even Katy Perry, if someone can figure out how to make “a real live niece […]
I’d watch that. Recently local video production company The Storyhive announced details of an upcoming documentary about Houston artist and sculptor David Adickes, the man behind many of the large-scale public art pieces dotting the Bayou City area. The film, titled “Monumental,” will chronicle Adickes who at the age of 88 is still exercising his […]
Going out of order, inspired by a Facebook post by my friend Andy, here’s a classic song with a particular resonance for this week: From the original “Muppet Movie” of 1979, which I need to find on DVD and make my kids watch. I do have this song in my library, though I don’t have […]
After all the rain we’ve had here, we haven’t had any opportunities yet to complain about the heat. I suspect that’s about to end. 1. All Summer Long – The Beach Boys 2. Cruel Summer – Bananarama 3. Dirty Summer – Mother Falcon 4. In Summer – from “Frozen” 5. Our Last Summer – from […]
It’s time for another edition of Same Name, Different Song. Today’s song “Cherry Bomb” is fairly well known in either rendition, though I’d venture to guess that the John Mellencamp version has been on the radio a lot more. I had Mellencamp’s album “Scarecrow” on vinyl (still have it, I believe), and “Lonesome Jubilee”, from […]
Seventy-five years ago today, Yankees great Lou Gehrig said farewell to baseball and the fans at Yankee Stadium with one of the most memorable speeches of sports history. Here’s an old newsreel of Gehrig’s career and a clip from his farewell speech, on July 4, 1939. Sports On Earth has the full text of Gehrig’s […]
Cup-stacking is a thing with the kids these days, and this song from “Pitch Perfect” is the soundtrack for it (music starts about 1:28). David Letterman was quite impressed by Anna Kendrick’s cup percussion ability: As someone who finds it hard enough to do one musical thing at a time, color me impressed as well.
A shot-by-shot LEGO remake of the mall chase scene from The Blues Brothers: How awesome, not to mention OCD, is that? Here’s the side-by-side comparison: And the “making of” video: All done by the folks at Bricktease. I am in awe. Via Consumerist.
So tomorrow the Rice Owls will play the Marshall Thundering Herd at Historic Rice Stadium in the Conference USA championship game (noon EST, 11 AM CST, ESPN2, check local listings), and I’ll be there in the stands with the Rice MOB, freezing my embouchure off. In any event, to honor the occasion and to hopefully […]
Song #64 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Try A Little Tenderness”, originally by Bing Crosby and covered by everybody in the galaxy but for these purposes by Otis Redding. Here’s Der Bingle: Oh, that voice. Makes you want to go lay a pile of eggs, doesn’t it? Such a shame being a […]
Woo hoo! I am so thrilled to announce that we’re getting two new Alamo Drafthouse locations in Houston! I love living in Houston and I love the Alamo theaters here, and the expansion of the company in this wonderful city is nothing but great news. Northwest Houston is getting a theater, and we’re finally getting […]
Song #72 on the Popdose Top 100 Covers list is “Hallelujah”, originally by Leonard Cohen and covered by everyone on the planet many artists, in this case Rufus Wainwright. Here’s the original: That’s probably not the version you’re most familiar with; Jeff Buckley’s cover version, which was really covering John Cale’s version of the song, is the […]
Phooey. Affirming the private-property rights of shoreline landowners, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the public’s right of access to state beaches cannot be guaranteed when hurricanes or storms reshape the coast. The sharply divided ruling will limit the state’s ability to enforce the Open Beaches Act, a 53-year-old law that had been used […]
I want to see this. David Thompson and his colleagues at ttweak are best-known for their work on the quirky “Houston – It’s Worth It” campaign, paying homage to the yawning potholes, soul-sapping humidity and all the other things that help to define the sprawling city. But they may have found the quintessential symbol of […]
A moment of silence, please, for Edna Milton Chadwell, the last madam of the Chicken Ranch brothel in La Grange, Texas, who passed away this week at the age of 84. In her memory, I bring you this list: 1. Best Damn Fool – Buddy Guy 2. Little Beggarman – Great Big Sea 3. The […]
Somehow I got to thinking this week about songs that are challenging to sing because of lyrical density and/or complexity. Tongue-twisting songs, in other words. I came up with ten from my collection: 1. Mari Mac – Flying Fish Sailors Here’s the refrain: Mari Mac’s father wants Mari Mac to marry me My father’s making […]
Song #84 on the Popsode Top 100 Covers list is “Kiss”, originally by Prince and covered by the Art of Noise with Tom Jones. While I was able to find a Prince song video before, I regret to say that this time I struck out – every one I clicked on had the audio disabled. […]
This past Monday was my 13th wedding anniversary. I’ve now been married long enough that I have a hard time remembering what it was like to not be married. Of course, I’m also very old, so that may just be the usual degeneration of my faculties. In any event, here are ten songs about weddings […]
Los Lobos makes everything better: Kind of fitting for Labor Day weekend, don’t you think? Hope you enjoyed that as much as I did.
The above is a preview for Miss Representation, which is showing this Thursday for one night only at the Alamo Drafthouse, West Oaks Mall, at 7 PM. I’ve got tickets for the screening, which is also a benefit for Annie’s List. There are similar screenings in Austin (Tuesday, 7 PM, The Drafthouse) and San Antonio […]
Bobby McFerrin sings “The Wizard of Oz” in seven and a half minutes. It’s even more awesome than it sounds. There’s a more recent version of this performance, with somewhat better video (not having been ripped from someone’s VHS tape, one presumes) here, but I prefer the embedded one, both for the stronger audience participation […]
Stuff like this always fascinates me. In a legislative session marked by a slew of high-profile budget cuts, Texas lawmakers opted to continue offering [film and TV production] incentives, but they reduced the amount available by 50 percent. They approved $30 million to use over the next two years, according to Gov. Rick Perry’s office, […]
Seven “Harry Potter” movies, summarized in seven minutes: I haven’t seen a Potter movie since the third one – we saw it two days before Olivia was born, if that helps you understand why I’m behind in my movie-watching – but I do hope to see this one. And now I’m prepared for it.
Ladies and gentlemen, George Takei: I suppose now is as good a time as any to show you this: That was taken at the Houston premier of a slightly bizarre, very cheesy, and mostly fun sci-fi western called Oblivion, at a now long-gone theater on Post Oak near San Felipe. The movie’s director, writer (Peter […]
Continuing with songs in my collection from the Songs of the Century as compiled by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. 1. I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown (#152) 2. Banana Boat Song (Day-O) – RJD2 (#156, Harry Belafonte) 3. Material Girl – Madonna (#161) 4. […]
I love the opening to this story about the people who call Weber Grills for tech support, and the people who take those calls. Man. Meat. Fire. It is supposed to be a foolproof formula. But the guy at the grill is frantic. He has a yard full of hungry guests, and he is fumbling […]
The family and I had the chance to see a preview of “Born To Be Wild”, a 3D IMAX movie at the Museum of Natural Science about saving orphaned elephants and orangutans on Thursday evening. We all loved it. I knew pretty much nothing about what the childhood (for lack of a better term) of […]
All movies should be like this: Plot? Dialog? Those pesky laws of physics, not to mention logic? Pshaw. Who needs them when you have that much awesomeness? Via Gizmodo.
We took the girls to see a children’s-theater production of “The Wizard of Oz” last weekend, and that made me think of this: Alas, I couldn’t find a clip of this from the movie, but if you just want to hear the original, uninterrupted song, go here. Thinking about that also got me to thinking […]
Continuing on with the songs in my collection from the Rolling Stone Top 500 list. 1. Train In Vain – Annie Lennox (#292, orig. The Clash) 2. Heart of Gold – Neil Young (#297) 3. Like A Prayer – Madonna (#300) 4. With A Little Help From My Friends – Big Daddy (#304, orig. The […]
The other day I heard Olivia saying – trying to say, anyway – fourteen-syllable words are quite the mouthful – that fabled construction from “Mary Poppins”, “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, to Audrey. I sang her a verse of the song, and they were duly impressed. Then Olivia wanted me to spell it for her. I’m a pretty good […]
Continuing on with the songs in my collection from the Rolling Stone Top 500 list. 1. Walk Away Renee – Southside Johnny and The Jukes (#220, orig. The Left Bank) 2. Moondance – Van Morrison (#226) 3. Fire and Rain – James Taylor (#227) 4. Mannish Boy – Muddy Waters (#229) 5. I Got A […]