Sunday, November 29, 2009
Here's a band I never heard of until I stumbled upon them on YouTube. It's my humble opinion that The Subsonics should be as big as The White Stripes - and not just because they also have a girl drummer. They hail out of Athens, Georgia and appear to have been around ten or fifteen years. What's wrong with the music industry when a band like this isn't heard on the radio everyday?!? Read more and watch a great video after the jump.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Looking like something between an angel and a superhero, Lady Gaga bangs out a great live performance of "Speechless" on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Thank god for YouTube because the only time I've ever actually tuned into The Ellen Show was when a friend of mine from work was sitting in the audience.
Lady Gaga on Amazon
More Lady Gaga Here.
Lady Gaga on Amazon
More Lady Gaga Here.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I don't recall ever seeing the long version of this Public Enemy video, but was happy to have found it on YouTube. This version of the "Fight the Power" video might just be my favorite thing that Spike Lee ever directed. I love the anger, the humor and the overall New York City energy that he captured in the streets of Brooklyn. I also love that Tawana Brawley makes a cameo appearance. Mostly, I love the lyrics: Read more and watch the video after the jump.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Back in 1992, Sinead O'Connor appeared on Saturday Night Live and performed an a cappella version of Bob Marley's "War." She substituted lyrics regarding rascism with lyrics about sexual abuse of children, and because she was protesting the abuse of children by members of the Roman Catholic church she concluded by ripping up a photograph of Pope John Paul II and commanded her audience to "fight the real enemy." As you can imagine, this was not well received by the viewing public. Read more and watch the video after the jump.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Zager and Evans are truly the Nostradamus of rock and roll.
"Now it's been 10,000 years...man has cried a billion tears...for what he never knew...now man's reign is through, but through eternal night...the twinkling of starlight...so very far away...maybe it's only yesterday."
In The Year 2525 on Amazon
According to Wikipedia this song was deemed inappropriate for airplay after the attacks of 9/11 by Clear Channel radio stations.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Alright, so I might be a little late for Halloween, but I cannot seem to get this song out of my head this weekend. The Rattles were a rock group from Germany, and "The Witch" was their biggest hit, and only hit outside their own country. They performed alongside The Beatles and other stars of the day, including The Searchers, at The Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany. Read more and watch the video after the jump.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
She had a black dress that I remember still
But in her ordinary clothes the girl was dressed to kill
I loved her
I loved her
At first sight I suppose
and I think I loved her more in just them plain old everyday clothes.
Thanks to champipple for the clip!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I found this really nice documentary on Portland's X-Ray Cafe on YouTube. I never visited the X-Ray Cafe, but this film reminded me of everything I loved about growing up in Portland. Portland was a city that didn't wait around for things to happen. Kids instictively knew what they wanted and knew how to create their own scene. Read more and watch the film after the jump.
Monday, November 9, 2009
This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender...
Nice little CBC clip from 1963 of Pete Seeger touching on how music is perceived and understood throughout the world, the quality of singing voices and how he came to write "Where Have All the Flowers Gone."
The photo of Pete Seeger's banjo was taken by Annie Leibovitz and is part of her American Music collection.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
This morning, thanks to an online lesson from Blogger Sentral, I learned how to widen my blogging main area. After doing so I went back and optimized many of my videos to a larger size. I hope this new blog size (only 50 pixels larger) works fine on your monitor.
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Saturday, November 7, 2009
I happily stumbled upon Leandra's cover version of Radiohead's "Creep,"and several clicks later found myself a fan. Leandra is an incredibly talented musician hailing from Belarus. She is classically trained and appears to have a very diverse interest in many styles of music. She also perfoms as Ophelia Dax in the metal band Jesus on Extasy. Read more after the jump.
Friday, November 6, 2009
George Lopez' new talk show "Lopez Tonight" premiere's next Monday night (11/09/09) at 11pm on TBS. I'll give it a shot...maybe it will take a George Lopez to bring something new to late night tv. What do you think? Can George change late night like Obama requests? The end of this promo is worth sticking around for.
George Lopez on Amazon
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
I was on a walk, my iPhone was on Shuffle, and here comes a song that at first I thought was Arctic Monkeys, but something wasn't quite right. It seemed a bit too laid back, not as punky and slightly more danceable. I pulled the phone from my pocket and read "Jamie T." I thought to myself "do I really have so much music on this thing that I don't even recognize a musician's name?" Well, the answer to that was "yes," however, I won't be forgetting this track any time soon. Read more and watch the video after the jump.