Not my first Vampire Weekend post, and I'm certain it won't be my last! "Cousins" is from the new album "Contra" which is has a great collection of songs. A couple of nights ago I watched Vampire Weekend perform a really awesome Unplugged show on a new channel called Palladia HD - it looks like it's on again tonight so be sure to check it out if you get the channel. Watch the video after the jump.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
This video of David Bowie's cover of The Who's "I Can't Explain" is worth it just for Bowie's outfit! The song comes from Bowie's 1973 collection of cover songs, "Pinups." The album is a real time capsule of pop music - even the cover speaks to the times by featuring an image of Bowie posing with supermodel Twiggy. Watch the video after the jump.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I love this Charlie Daniels' song for its honest observations about social politics, economic status, religious views and human vs. hound dog behavior. I also love the fact that it's simple enough for me to play on my guitar! Alright, so I'm not at a level where I can do all that fancy picking stuff, but I can strum and sing along with Charlie, and that's all that really matters when I'm sitting here in front of my computer. Sure you might hear some coyotes howling in this distance, but hey, if you don't like the way I'm living...or singing...you just leave this short-haired-country-boy-wannabe alone.
Thanks to killerclam for the upload to YouTube.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The Collins Kids were rockabilly phenoms - They were born in Pretty Water, Oklahoma, but the children's parents whisked them off to Los Angeles at an early age in order to thrust the two talented kids into the bright lights of Hollywood. They appeared often on Tex Ritter's "Town Hall Party" as well as "The Grand Ole Opry" and "The Ed Sullivan Show." Lorrie and Larry Collins had several hits in the 1950's including "Hoy, Hoy" and "Hop, Skip and Jump." They were marketed towards children, but surely any adult could appreciate Lorrie's singing, and the lightening guitar style of ten year old Larry Collins. Read more and watch the video after the jump.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Stax recording artists, Sam and Dave, "The Sultans of Sweat," tear one from your heart at the Stax Revue from 1967.
Interesting Sam and Dave Trivia Fact: In 1979, the duo opened shows for The Clash on parts of their US Tour, including dates at The Palladium in New York City.
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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Bobbie Gentry released "Ode to Billie Joe" in July of 1967. It was a number-one hit in the United States and has been ranked #412 in Rolling Stones' List of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song is a classic Southern Gothic, or as I prefer to refer to the genre "Rotting in the South," story of a family sitting around the dinner table and nonchalantly discusing Billie Joe's suicide. Mama is the first to tell of the news she heard from Choctaw Ridge that Billie Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge. While most of the family seems unconcerned or not surprised with Billie Joe's death it is apparent that this is the first time the narrator/singer is hearing the tragic news, and she is touched in a deeper way. It appears as though there was a hidden relationship of some sort between the singer and Billie Joe. The song lyrics hold several unsolved musical mysteries: What was the relationship between the narrator and Billie Joe? What did the preacher see Billie Joe and a girl that looked a lot like the singer throwing off of the Tallahatchie Bridge? Why did Billie Joe jump off of the bridge? Read more and watch the video after the jump.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Although Tennessee Ernie Ford made it a huge hit, Merle Travis was the composer of the coal miner exploitation classic tune "Sixteen Tons." Travis was also famous for his syncopated guitar picking which went on to be known as "Travis Picking." Travis picked up this guitar style from blues musicians and other local musicians from his native Western Kentucky. Read more and watch the video after the jump.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
In commemoration of the upcoming celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and in the spirit of his philosophy of judging people by the content of their character...I present to you you the film "Another State of Mind."
This incredible documentary details the ambitious international tour by Youth Brigade and Social Distortion in 1982. The film was released in 1984. I was lucky enough to catch a screening of it on "Night Flight" (remember Night Flight?) and the film really stayed with me. The story begins in California with Shawn Stern from Youth Brigade explaining his goals for the tour followed by a quick study of the converted school bus that will take them on the tour. The bus is the life force that literally takes the bands on their journey across North America, and along with the driver/mechanic Monk, it becomes another character in the story. Read more and watch the movie after the jump.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Andy Kaufman's Foreign Man morphs before your very eyes into The King of Rock and Roll on an appearance on The Johnny Cash Show in 1979. This wasn't the first performance of the character or impression, but it's great nonetheless. I really like watching Johnny Cash interact with the Foreign Man.
The Andy Kaufman Show on Amazon.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Back in June 1978, The Cramps traveled across the country to play a free gig at California's Napa State Mental Hospital. The show was captured in beautiful black and white video. The only thing crazier than the audience was the band. The line-up includes Lux Interior, Poison Ivy, Bryan Gregory and Nick Knox. Watch the concert after the jump.
Friday, January 8, 2010
When you lack the talent to bend a sad guitar string or blow a mean harp you can always head on down to The Crossroads and make a deal with the Devil himself, but if you're not quite ready to make that heavy of a commitment you can simply click on over to TheBluesMaker!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
A bleak, but interesting, and well made document explaning the Materials Economy, or the linear lifecycle of a product from extraction of raw material through production, distribution, consumption and disposal...how it affects us and the world we live in. It may be a bit short on answers or solutions to our consumption problems, but it certainly opens up the discussion.
The documentary was created by Annie Leonard, and her website also has a nice piece explaining "The Story of Cap & Trade."
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Back to some music tomorrow!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I don't know what she was thinking when creating this video because it definitely is not easy to relax while watching cyborg-like Peaches clones dancing their twisted dance in a laboratory from Hell.
Peaches Say Relax! Watch the video after the jump.
Monday, January 4, 2010
Okay, it's probably stating the obvious, but video cameras and video tape from thirty years ago really can't stand up to the digital power and quality of today's electronics, but does any of that HD power really matter if you're just watching crap anyway? If nothing else, YouTube has shown us that quality comes second to content. With that in mind, let's kick off 2010 with a great performance by The Clash from Passaic, New Jersey, 1980. The video may be a little grainy, washed out and jumpy, but it certainly proves that none of that really matters if you have a lil' bit o' soul, and can sing from the heart. Watch the video after the jump.