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Saturday video break: Mah Na Mah Na

There are many ways to spell that, but we all know the words. Sing along with the Asylum Street Spankers: Very sad there’s no live video recording of that, it was always a blast to watch them perform it. With the title rendered as two words and not four, here’s CAKE: Yes, I know, the […]

Saturday video break: Magic Bus

Get on the bus with The Who, y’all. And as I threatened promised last week, here’s Pete Townshend doing this solo, at The Deep End: Who needs backup vocalists when the whole audience sings along? Also, too: windmilling. I swear, I’ll have a non-Pete Townshend song next week.

Saturday video break: Love On The Air

I’m going to indulge my Pete Townshend fixation for the next two weeks. First, here’s former Pink Floyd guitarist and friend of Townshend David Gilmour with a single from his 1984 CD “About Face”: And here he is performing the same song live, with Pete Townshend, at the latter’s legendary Deep End Live show: Gilmour […]

Saturday video break: The Long Black Veil

Here’s Dave Matthews and Emmylou Harris paying tribute to Johnny Cash with a cover of a classic country tune: You’d be forgiven if you thought that was an old folk song, but it’s actually a 1959 Lefty Frizzell song, covered by many artists including the Man in Black. It also has what is surely the […]

Saturday video break: Little Things

Here’s Colbie Caillat, whose version of this song has a definite article on it: Did you know that Colbie Caillat’s father Ken co-produced Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors and Tusk? Well, now you do. Did you know that YouTube offers suggestions for other songs while you watch that video? One of the songs they suggested for me […]

Saturday video break: Little Saint Nick

Hey, how about a little Christmas music? Here are the Beach Boys with “Little Saint Nick”: Videos of bands where they all wear the same outfit – especially when they all also have the same haircut – will never get old for me. I don’t always include Christmas songs in these video posts because I […]

Saturday video break: Little Bird

Here’s the fabulous Annie Lennox, from her hit solo album Diva: The things you learn when surfing Wikipedia: This song was featured in an episode of The Sopranos, and also in the Demi Moore movie Striptease. I remember it from neither of those things. (Yes, I saw Striptease. In the theater, even. It was based […]

Saturday video break: Lithium

The brightest light of the grunge era, Nirvana and one of their big hits, “Lithium”: Kurt Cobain was exactly a year and a day younger than I am, so he’d have been 50 years old next February. Hard to believe, isn’t it? One can only wonder what he would have accomplished if he were still […]

Saturday video break: Light of Day

Keeping my cred as someone who listens to new music, here’s Aubrie Sellers: I was Not A Fan of country music for a looooong time. I think the main reason for that is that my initial exposure to country was the kind of mainstream/Hot Country Hits crap that Nashville regurgitates constantly. Once I figured out […]

Montgomery County officials indicted over road bond shenanigans

I know I’m a bad person, but this continues to amuse me greatly. A grand jury has indicted Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and two commissioners, charging them with violating Texas’ open meetings law last year while developing a bond package for new and improved roads. Traffic-weary voters in the rapidly growing county approved the […]

Saturday video break: Life Is Hard

I’m cheating a bit with the song titles this week, but I think you’ll forgive me. First, an 80s classic from Timbuk 3: I’m not even sure where I got the three Timbuk 3 songs that I have that aren’t the one everyone knows, but I love playing a song by a “one hit wonder” […]

Saturday video break: Let’s Get Married

I give you the great Rev. Al Green: Makes you want to rush out and buy a ring, doesn’t it? Now for a Scottish twist on that, here’s The Proclaimers: If someone in that audience didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to pop the question, then I just don’t know what we’re even doing here.

Misdemeanor charge dropped against video fraudster Daleiden

Just the misdemeanor charge, not the felony. A Harris County judge has dropped one of the criminal charges against an anti-abortion activist who was indicted after making undercover recordings of a Houston Planned Parenthood facility. David Daleiden, one of the videographers who infiltrated Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, had been charged with the very crime he […]

Hotze and Woodfill take their hate statewide

These guys, I swear. The conservative organizers who helped topple Houston’s equal rights ordinance are pledging a $2 million advertising campaign against Target over the big box store’s transgender bathroom policy. Jared Woodfill and Steven Hotze of Conservative Republicans of Texas on Thursday launched the new “Campaign for USA” in what they described as an […]

Saturday video break: Lady Luck

A couple of newer songs from my collection. The first one called “Lady Luck” is by Pickwick, featuring Sharon van Etten: That’s from a South by Southwest sampler I got via Paste magazine. Don’t ask me how I came to be offered some of these samplers, the original impetus for them is lost to the […]

Saturday video break: La La Land

Here come the Go-Gos: That’s from their 2000 reunion album “God Bless The Go-Go’s”, which I bought on a whim while perusing at a record store, as one did back then. The video is from a 2001 concert at Central Park that followed. Offhand, I can’t think of an all-female rock and roll band that […]

Saturday video break: Just A Little Lovin’

How about a little throwback country/pop from Dusty Springfield? Such a great voice. I need to find more of her stuff. For a more modern take on that song, here’s Adrian Lynne: Very nice, though I kind of like the fact that Springfield does that in about half the time. And for a different song […]

Saturday video break: Jump

It was the year 1984, the year Van Halen gave us this: Albums like 1984 hghlight a problem with our streaming-and-downloads music market these days. Back then, when men with hair like David Lee Roth strutted on the earth, bands made albums whose songs some sometimes interconnected. You can play “Jump” without first playing “1984” […]

Saturday video break: I’ve Seen All Good People/Your Move

Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs take on a typically tricky Yes staple: I love Susanna Hoffs’ voice, and I love her interpretation of this song. You should definitely check out her various collections of covers with Sweet, called “Under The Covers”, volumes one through (I believe) three, with each focusing on a specific decade, starting […]

Saturday video break: It’s The End Of The World As We Know It

It’s one of my favorite Celtic bands doing their thing with this REM classic: The was Great Big Sea, the finest band from Newfoundland. Hard to believe you could take that song up-tempo, but there you have it. For comparison purposes, here’s the original: I do, in fact, feel fine. How about you? (Yes, I […]

Hauling Glass

In times of change, there are always opportunities to do well. Where some saw rubbish, 8-year-old Pan Berlanga saw opportunity. He launched his first business after the city of Houston and Waste Management in March negotiated a new recycling contract that cut glass from the curbside pickup program. To recycle their glass, Houstonians now must […]

Saturday video break: It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie

Combining two of my favorite things in this post, beginning with the Asylum Street Spankers: Man, I miss these guys. I caught every show they did in Houston for several years running, including some in the most smoke-filled room in town, a dive called Rudyard’s, back before the city’s no-smoking ordinance was extended to bars […]

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, you must acquit

I knew there was a lawsuit going on over the provenance of Stairway to Heaven, but I hadn’t realized there were Texas connections to it. In a few weeks, jurors will decide if Led Zeppelin lifted the guitar intro to “Stairway to Heaven” from an instrumental song “Taurus” by the California psychedelic pop-rock band Spirit. […]

Saturday video break: Istanbul (Not Constantinople) revisited

I posted three videos of the classic “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” a few years back, including a video of the original, by The Four Lads. Now here’s a video of the They Might Be Giants version, done over a montage of “Pink Panther” cartoons: And here are four rats from the short-lived “Muppets Tonight” doing a […]

Being Sid Miller

It’s complicated, especially when your stories keep changing. The Texas Rangers are currently investigating whether Miller broke the law when he took those out-of-state, taxpayer-funded trips in February 2015. The first was to Oklahoma, where internal emails from the Department of Agriculture indicated he planned the trip solely to obtain the Jesus Shot, which some believe cures […]

Saturday video break: Inside Out

From their second album, which was of course called “Volume 3”, the Traveling Wilburys: Not bad, and a treat to see George Harrison again. They just weren’t quite as good without Roy Orbison, though. And for a completely different song with the same name, here’s Phil Collins from his third album, which was not called […]

More on Paxton’s SEC troubles

The short answer is, he’s gonna lose. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton may have some history on his side, but as of this week the numbers appear to be against him. Paxton, who is trying to become the latest in a long line of Texas officials to beat prominent allegations, unwittingly entered treacherous waters Monday […]

Saturday video break: In The Mood

Still one of my favorite songs, from one of my favorite bands: As a sax player who was in jazz band in high school, Glenn Miller was my first musical love. And let me tell you, the sax part for that song is a killer. But it feels amazing when you get it right. That […]

30 years of “Don’t Mess With Texas”

Happy birthday to one of the greatest public service campaigns of all time. It seems it’s every Texan’s duty to at least once invoke the slogan “Don’t Mess With Texas.” You’ll see it on bumper stickers, in the movies, on T-shirts and coffee mugs. You’ll hear it hollered from campaign stumps and in songs. It’s […]

Saturday video break: In The Air Tonight

A classic of the 80s, from a pre-bald Phil Collins: Collins gets a lot of guff for hist stylized, very-80s albums, but I thought “Face Value” and “Hello, I Must Be Going!” were great. I loved his re-take on Genesis’ “Behind the Lines”, and I’m always a sucker for a good horn riff. I wore […]

Saturday video break: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

The Cowboy Junkies take on Hank Williams: I love the ethereal quality of Margo Timmins’ voice. Her singing just floats over the music. Not everyone can make that work, but she does. And for the opposite end of the vocal spectrum, here’s Johnny Cash: Cash is joined by Nick Cave, which is eminently suitable for […]

Saturday video break: I’m Beginning To See The Light

A classic and a standard, performed by Bobby Darin: The version I have is from the soundtrack to the movie Swingers, and I feel like Darin enunciates differently in that one. I can’t find a video for that, however, so you’ll have to take my word for it. When you hear “standard”, that usually means […]

Saturday video break: If I Had A Hammer

Here’s national treasure Pete Seeger, with an introduction by John Mellencamp: The recording I have of this comes from a Smithsonian collection, with Seeger leading and being backed up by a church choir, with him doing it singalong style, as a song like this was meant to be done. Of course, it can also be […]

Those damn dams

In case you didn’t have enough to worry about. Here’s the deal with what could be a terrible threat to Houston: most of the time, it isn’t. In fact, it’s a 26,000 acre recreational greenspace on Houston’s west side. It lies on both sides of the Katy Freeway at Highway 6. On one side is […]