Friday, January 29, 2010

Lord, he could dance

My namesake in some circles (the email circle), Mr. Bojangles is a song written by Jerry Jeff Walker in 1968. I love this version sung by Sammy Davis Jr.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

"Magic moments," pursed lips reply.

Two songs for you folks: Magic Moments and Pursed Lips Reply. The first is in the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (represented well in that montage) and is sung by Perry Como. Paging Dr. Gonzo. Secondly, Daedelus' track from Invention is a spiffy little number with a romantic sampling of something that sounds like it's out of the 40's or 50's. Cheerio, chaps.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

thick sick lick

Splashdown with Breakwater's Release the Beast. What a SICK track from 1980. Wait a minute, 1980? I thought it was more recent than that...OH! Hey, Daft Punk, excellent job stealing. Mark Twain would be proud. Check out the Breakwater sample as it appears in Robot Rock. By the way, that picture of Breakwater in the yellow boots may be their only photo in existence. 

Monday, January 25, 2010

I mean, I just can't help myself

When certain songs come on my iTunes or iPod, I can't help but gush about them. Right now I'm having the pleasure of remembering John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band's Do The Oz (the anthology version). The song originally appeared on Plastic Ono Band, the album. Plastic Ono Band is the conceptual supergroup invented by Lennon/Ono. They are thee grrrrrrreatest. Love & music = magic

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Healthy Choice

Grooveshark is the best. Here is my personal endorsement of Grooveshark. They rule. When I can't find a song anywhere else, it always turns up on Grooveshark. I'm gonna start looking there first. And you can make playlists. It's really sweet. SO, here's the song of the day: He Really Needs Me by Jon Brion. It's the slow, punchy tack piano creation (reworked from a song in Popeye) that plays while the credits roll for Punch-Drunk Love. Thanks for everything, Jon Brion.

"It really looks like Hawaii here."

Saturday, January 23, 2010

If peeing your pants is cool, consider me Miles Davis

I am a Beatlehead. A fanatic. A nut. I have to refrain myself from mentioning them in every breath. But Ringo, please, for the love of God, stop releasing music. Especially half-baked albums called "Y Not." Your solo work has hardly ever been tolerable. You were a wonderful drummer. Your day has passed. Just leave it at that. 

The song of the day is from Ringo Starr's latest album, "Y Not." GOTCHA! It's da baste for a Saturday afternoon/Saturday night transition: Bitches. Brew. [Disc 2]. Here's Miles Davis with Miles Runs The Voodoo Down

Friday, January 22, 2010

Oh me, oh my

Banjolele extraordinaire, George Formby has a cheery tune for your rainy day. It may be pouring cats and dogs, but George is gayly Leaning On A Lamp Post anyway.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Who knows how to doo wop? Nikki & Rich know how to doo wop! And it's certainly no game of Cat and Mouse. Or maybe it is? Between The Supremes and Outkast. Yes, they keep the style alive and, even better, they're squeezing it into the mainstream. Don't let doo wop die!

i'm on a pc aka i've forgotten how to save pics and don't want to waste my time figuring out how. check out their good-lookin' show at the Viper Room.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A resounding HUZZAH!

Oh how I love me some lo-fi, so imagine my delight at finding this lo-fi, experimental, sampling husband/wife duo: Clarque and Caroline Blomquist (also known as Waumiss). The album "was recorded on a Tascam 488 cassette Portastudio and a primitive Roland MS-1 sampler" (no citation needed). Listen to songs on their myspace, or specifically, Tummy Aches. Also, here is their video for Nightengale. I'm gonna bet these are cat people.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

this works for me

The song Hazel St. by Deerhunter is badass. Whatever freaking video somebody put it to on youtube looks like a weirdo obsessed with his cat. Spread out on yooouuutuuube it looks way better, but their connection kinda sucks, so you have to stay on the page the whole time to hear the song. Below you also have a live performance of the song where, unfortunately, Bradford Cox isn't dressed like a woman.

Monday, January 18, 2010

hey howdy hey

hey dudes. I googled "the papercuts" and the above picture showed up in the image search. I don't know what it is, but it's here to stay. so I gots some music. The Papercuts sing & urge you to Take The 227th Exit. Something about the way this song rolls along makes me think of Dylan. How does it feeeeel. To be on your owwwwn. No direction hooome. Okay.

Next, I really like the last track on Animal Collective's new EP, Fall Be Kind. It's called I Think I Can. Alright, that's all folks. I'll be spending the remainder of the evening with Peanut Grigio trying to forget The Golden Globes.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

everybody else is doing it, so why can't we?

Here's Linger by The Cranberries. Happy Trails.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

XX marks the spot

If you follow this blog, you will most certainly be satisfied with The xx. Yet another dreamy British band that I have to thank Cliff Weber (who happens to bear a strong resemblance to Robert DeNiro) for introducing me to [thanks Cliff]. So, stream the whole album here or if you don't have a lala account, just listen to the song Shelter below.

they can't all be Parachutes

Maybe Chris Martin fights with his weak hand, maybe not. And maybe Coldplay has more feelings than you, but you can't deny good songwriting. Don't you dare. So here is one of my favorites, a hidden track from X&Y- Til Kingdom Come.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

chill outs

Long day at work, time for some muzak. I don't want you to read, I just want you to chill. Check out a rare soft melody by Squarepusher called Tommib and Zero 7's latest Ghost Symbol. Cheerio.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

In The Books

Tokyo: a place I'd love to go and a song by The Books. This duo met in 1999 because they lived in the same apartment building in NYC. Shortly after meeting they put their cello, folk music, and sampling powers together to create a unique sound. Fine gentlemen indeed.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Little old doll with a frown

Rufus Wainwright, a self-proclaimed "shoe made for the city," struck my heart strings early on. At fourteen, before I knew he was gay, I imagined he was singing all of his songs to me (maybe I still do, so what). Rufus is Rufus, no getting around it. A flamboyent, playful lyricist and romantic idealist, he is a constant reminder that beauty is everywhere. I can't pick just one of his songs. Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk is a lovely song about excess and Barcelona is a slow ballad that carries me to Spain. I'm writing this post like a cheeseball, but I don't think Rufus would approve any other way. He also did a tribute, or rather re-enactment, of Judy Garland's entire performance at Carnegie Hall in 1961.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

You got a little something on your schnauss

Yet another talented German, Ulrich Schnauss, began as a Berlin based producer before debuting his own album Far Away Trains Passing By. But On My Own is from A Strangely Isolated Place (2003). I'm told that if you like Neu! you will like Schnauss. Enjoy.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

uh-huh, uh-huh ooo!

the Pixies, originally from Boston, were one of the biggest influences on Kurt Cobain. He said on that Nirvana drew heavily on them for inspiration. So you see, they must be good. Here's a song from 1988's Surfer Rosa: Broken Face.

Friday, January 8, 2010


From 1973's Future Days (the last album with Damo Suzuki), here is an unfortunately low quality version of the song Spray. The one and only Can provides you with eight+ minutes of avant-garde glory. What's not to like when a band once housed a member named Rebop? But band is the wrong word; they preferred "anarchist community." I can dig it.....I couldn't help myself.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Howdy. Here is a pretty song: People by Animal Collective. if you have it, drive around with it.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

Apparently nobody liked Charles Mingus, the person. Even worse, nobody really liked his music until he was dead. But he was a genius bassist and his music continues to prove that point. Have a listen to Goodbye Pork Pie Hat.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Dwellin' and swellin'

Hello. How about this flag counter thing, eh? Is it nonesense or is there something to it? --> Well anyway, if you're there and you're reading, what do you listen to? What do you like? Talk to me people. Share the thoughts in your pretty little heads. I'm all eyes & ears. So I'm going to share with YOU me old friends De La Soul. Get the daisies for the Potholes In My Lawn.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Eeny, meeny, miney, moe

At the request of Cliff Weber, today's song comes from OK Computer (1997). For many years this was my favorite Radiohead album, and while that's not the case anymore, this is still one of my most favorite Radiohead songs: Let Down.

Transport, motorways and tramlines
Starting and then stopping
Taking off and landing
The emptiest of feelings
Disappointed people clinging on to bottles
And when it comes it's so so disappointing

Phew, for a minute there, I forgot how much I loved this album. Ain't just hysterical & useless, is it? I need a cigarette.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The many faces of R. D. James

Check it out: two songs from the one, the only, Aphex Twin (whose name comes from audio equipment company Aphex and his twin brother who died at birth). First- Schottkey 7th Path off of Selected Ambient Works 85-92. Second, Avril 14th from Drukqs