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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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: […]
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 […]
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: […]
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 […]
In times like these, we turn to old favorites for joy and solace: Thanks for being there for us, Arlo. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It’s come to this. Hillary Clinton’ campaign is going on the air in solid-red Texas, a remarkable move by a Democratic presidential nominee as her Republican rival, Donald Trump, struggles across the country. Clinton is launching a one-week ad buy in the Lone Star State that highlights the Dallas Morning News’ recent endorsement of the […]
How about a little old school Taylor Swift? We were so young and innocent then, weren’t we? I confess, I like Taylor Swift (*), and I doubt I’d have ever listened to any of her music if it weren’t for my kids. For music that I have introduced to my kids, there’s Trout Fishing In […]
Did you watch “Mighty Mouse” cartoons when you were a kid? If you did, and you’re around my age, you probably remember this opening sequence and theme song: And if you are around my age, you may not have realized that there was a “New Adventures of Mighty Mouse”, and it had a different theme […]
The Boss and friends bring you greetings of the season: This was recorded in 2002. Seeing Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici again – it’s all the feels, you know? Here’s a much shorter version of this song from Otis Redding: Merry October, y’all.
We’re going to have a little Christmas in September these next couple of weeks, starting with this oldie from Bing Crosby: I believe that’s the Andrews Sisters joining him as well. This is one of those songs, which were fairly prevalent in this era, that has one long verse, with no refrain, that gets sung […]
Remember the Squirrel Nut Zippers? I remember them well, and I wish they had made more CDs. I’ve been a fan of various forms of swing/jazz/ragtime music since my earliest exposure to jazz band in school. Of the bands that rode the swing revival wave of the 90s, the SNZs were my favorites. Turns out […]
I have an acoustic Kris Kristofferson version of this classic that breaks my heart every time I hear it, and a version by the Modern barbershop Quartet that I can’t find on YouTube, so I’m just going to put a few videos for this out there. Here’s an acoustic version by Pink, who shows up […]
Yet another Bob Dylan song to be covered: Pretty good song, but that’s just like, my opinion, man. Now here are The Persuasions: It’s not just my opinion but solid, objective fact that Jerry Lawson has an excellent voice.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]