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Saturday video break: Royals

Here’s Lorde’s global hit: She’s going to be in Houston for the 2017 Free Press Summerfest, which I will be unable to attend. One presume she isn’t coming all this way just to play a couple of days in Houston, but her tour schedule doesn’t actually include many American appearances, so check her out while […]

Saturday video break: Rock This Town

A big hit from the Stray Cats: Am I the only one who thinks that the “real square cat” who “looks so 1974” kinds sorta resembles Weird Al Yankovic with a short haircut? It’s the mustache and the smirk, I guess. Now here’s lead singer Brian Setzer with his Orchestra nearly 20 years later: That’s […]

Saturday video break: Rescue Me

Here’s the Doc Thomas Group: I have no idea how I got this CD. Maybe it was Tiffany’s, maybe someone gave it to me, whatever the origin was it has been lost to the mists of time. It’s a pretty good cover of the Fontella Bass original, and yes I had to look up who […]

Saturday video break: Reason To Believe

Here he is, in all his cheesy glory, Rod Stewart: As much as I love 70s music, I’ve never much cared for Rod Stewart. It’s just too much, you know? I know, we were never meant to take any of it seriously, but I’m still left cold by Rod Stewart. That said, this is one […]

Saturday video break: Pulling Mussels From A Shell

Squeeze, circa 1980: Such an underrated band. I don’t think I heard any of their music on the radio back in the day – I’m not sure I’ve ever heard it on a “classic rock” station either, though I can’t swear to this. I discovered them the old-fashioned way, by raiding my roommate’s record and […]

Saturday video break: Pressure Drop

Here’s Toots and the Maytalls: I have a live acoustic version of this from the KCBO in-studio series. Any way they do it sounds good. Now here are The Specials: That’s from the soundtrack to the movie Grosse Point Blank, which came out in 1997 and which I’d say was the leading edge of the […]

Saturday video break: The Power Of Love

One of Texas’ treasures, the fantastic Marcia Ball: That video is from 1990, which is around when I first saw her play at a dive bar on Washington Avenue. I’ve been a fan ever since. She’s a virtuoso on the keyboards, has a great soulful voice, and her writing is full of humor and playfulness, […]

Saturday video break: Paradise

Let’s start with the Bee Gees: Not one of their better-known songs, I suppose, but you can never go wrong with those vocal harmonies. The Bee Gees’ disco era was so big, it tends to overshadow how good they were overall. Not that their disco stuff wasn’t good, of course, just that they were more […]

Saturday video break: Over You

For the second week in a row, here’s Roxy Music: Sorry, couldn’t find a good live version, so I have no idea if there’s an oboe player on this one. Add Bryan Ferry to your list – OK, my list – of musicians you knew more about that you thought. Now here’s Ingrid Michaelson: Lots […]

Saturday video break: Out Of The Blue

Here’s Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour playing a tune from his 1984 solo album About Face: I love finding concert footage like this on YouTube. The sound quality isn’t always this good, but seeing musicians like Gilmour in their prime just thrills me. I love how good his live version of this song is. Some […]

Saturday video break: Our Lips Are Sealed

It’s peak 80’s with the Go-Gos: I’m so old, I’m watching them drive around in that convertible and all I can think is “PUT YOUR SEAT BELTS ON! ARE YOU CRAZY?” Different times, they were. Now here are favored cover artists Matthew Sweet and Susannah Hoffs: As one of the commenters said, a double bill […]

To the moon!

If this is on your bucket list, you may be in luck. SpaceX, the ambitious rocket company headed by Elon Musk, wants to send a couple of tourists around the moon and back to Earth before the end of next year. If they manage that feat, the passengers would be the first humans to venture […]

Saturday video break: Ordinary Day

This is Alva Leigh, with a song from 2012: That’s from a Nashville Film Festival mixtape I got on Noisetrade. Mellow, but I like it. Now here’s Great Big Sea: Bodhrans and rugby – what more could you want?

Saturday video break: Operator

The classic gospel song by the great jazz/a capella group The Manhattan Transfer: Oh, those outfits. I confess, I don’t actually have a ManTran version of this song in my library right now, though I have owned this on cassette in the past. I’ll get around to fixing that one of these days. I do […]

Uptown lawsuit filed

I suppose we should have expected something like this. The city’s Uptown Development Authority and the economic development zone that feeds it were created in violation of the Texas Constitution, two critics allege in a lawsuit that seeks to void all resulting actions and block Uptown from collecting or spending another dime. The Galleria-area agency’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Saturday video break: A right jolly old elf

How delightful that today actually is Saturday: Every year I watch this, and every year it makes me happy. I’m especially happy that they made it while Don LaFontaine was still with us. May Santa be good to you and yours this Christmas Eve.

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: […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]