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The most genuinely entertaining moment from last night’s Grammys. Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder & the great Nile Rodgers performing “Get Lucky.” Well… that… and the one-second, “I (thought I) WON!” reaction from Taylor Swift and her crew when they heard the R word, “Random” (Daft Punk’s Random Access Memory), instead of the R word, “Red” (her album), during the Album of the Year announcement.
Give it up to Jimmy Fallon, soon to take over The Tonight Show, for having the balls to even suggest this idea to Bruce… and to Bruce for doing it. Fallon doesn’t get enough credit for his spot-on musical parodies of the likes of Neil Young (HERE, with Crosby & Nash), Dylan (HERE) and The Doors (HERE), among others.
In the day we sweat it out on the streets stuck in traffic on the GWB
They shut down the tollbooths of glory because we didn’t endorse Christie
Sprung from cages on Highway 9
We got three lanes closed, So Jersey get your ass in line
Ooohhh, baby this Bridgegate was just pay back
It’s a bitch slap to the state Democrats
We gotta get out but we can’t,
We’re stuck in Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee New Jersey traffic jam.
Governor, let me in, I wanna be your friend
They’ll be no partisan divisions
Let me wrap my legs ’round your mighty rims
And relieve your stressful conditions
We’ve got Wall Street masters stuck cheek to cheek
With blue-collar truckers, and man I really gotta take a leak
But I can’t
I’m stuck in Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee New Jersey traffic jam
1, 2, 3, 4!
Highways jammed with pissed off drivers with no place left to go
And the press conference went on and on
It was longer than one of my own damn shows
Some day Governor, I don’t know when
This will all end, but ’til then
You’re killin’ the workin’ man.
Who’s stuck in Governor Chris Christie’s Fort Lee New Jersey traffic jam.
Whoa whoa whoa!
Whoa whoa whoa!
I don’t know the first thing about current music. I rarely hear it, don’t seek it out and, unless it happens to fly by on television, I’m rarely even aware of it. So… call me an idiot, call me moronic, call me shallow… but I thoroughly enjoy Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” With the lawsuits flying about its alleged similarities to Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” (sue the drum machine, I say, that’s where the comparisons are), what I like about “Blurred Lines” is that – melodically – it reminds me of the great Robert Palmer (HERE) – who, in the mid-70s, was busy stretching boundaries with alternate rhythms, world beats, and generally inventive music making. Of course, almost 40 years later, Thicke’s accidental variation can hardly be considered “inventive,” but, except for the falsetto, it still sounds like a cool Robert Palmer bonus track to these ears. As for the video… you might consider it another page ripped from the Palmer Playbook, as the dancing girls steal the show. In the case of the explicit video version above, far more than would have ever been allowed in the 70s. The brunette is to die for, and (believe it or not) I’m talking about her face. Reports are that in the last 48 hours, the Gaye Estate turned down a six-figure settlement for Thicke’s infraction. So it goes.
THAT’LL BE THE DAY (1973) + STARDUST (1974) w/
David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Dave Edmunds
Watch Them Both!
THAT’LL BE THE DAY (1973) Part one of the well done, two-film story of Jim McClain (David Essex) and his quest for music fame and fortune (and more birds) in 50s working class Britain. Also features Ringo Starr (reprising his early years as a teddy boy), Keith Moon and Billy Fury. More of a character study than a music film (though, it has some cool music), That’ll Be The Day covers McClain’s early years as a shit, routinely cheating on, then leaving his wife with a new-born baby. Producer David Puttnam told MOJO Magazine that his original idea for this film was based on Harry Nilsson’s semi-autobiographical song, “1941,” about a child abandoned by his father, only to grow up and abandon his own. Thanks to JB for sharing this film with us. Part two, the excellent, Stardust, is below. Click the pages for readable pop ups of the latest MOJO magazine about the making of the movie. Find the DVD at Amazon, HERE.
NOTE: Embedding has been disabled. Go HERE to view. STARDUST (1974) Since we were wallowing in Rockpile alumni [a while back], and the topic of the 1974 movie Stardust was kicked around on our Dave Edmunds post (HERE), I was nudged to seek out an online copy for viewing. The flick was a personal fave in the mid-70s, but I was, frankly, suspicious of my fond and fading memories. What a surprise to see that it really is a solid film, with outstanding performances by David Essex and Adam Faith in a cautionary tale of a Beatle-esque band of British pals making it to the top. Fans of the era will spot all the cheeky references (“At least he didn’t say ‘turn left at Greenland’”) and familiar scenarios, but these now jaded eyes were relieved to find the film’s subtlety and nuance fully intact. Especially the way Faith, as the road manager, cuts quiet deals behind the band’s back to make Essex the star (“fancy a drink?”). Dave Edmunds co-stars and supplies most of the original music and Keith Moon appears as the drummer of the fictitious Stray Cats. Nick Lowe even makes a cameo (see comments). The print is excellent, but the night scenes are a bit dark in the beginning. Just work through the first 5 minutes and enjoy. Find the DVD at Amazon, HERE. NOTE: Dave Edmunds 2013 re-release of Subtle As A Flying Mallet now includes, as bonus tracks, his musical contributions to Stardust, HERE.
PRINCE “Screw Driver” (2013)
ANDY ALLO “People Pleaser” (2012)
The success of Prince’s protégés has always been hit and miss. This one’s a lock.
ANDY ALLO “People Pleaser” Live On Jimmy Kimmel (2012)
We all decry the high cost of big name concerts, with tickets routinely going for $200-$400. But, I think I’d gladly pay that for a ringside seat to a show like this, with a blast of modern Sly Stone via Prince.
ANDY ALLO “Let’s Get it On” Live (2011)
Earlier Allo, so intimately improvisational, yet so commercially and slickly polished, the execution and professional perfection is easy to admire, like Marvin Gaye’s original. Follow the after-clips for more show vids.
This is a well done prank, from Brazilian TV. And, while you must feel for the victims, clearly anguished and emotionally shaken… each time the scenario plays out, punctuated by the ghost girl’s scream, I felt a growing appreciation for this dark black comedy extreme. The last man, with his hands over his face, is just sobbing uncontrollably. If you think of it as an amazingly effective theme park ride for the unsuspecting, you might be able to excuse your personal delight while viewing this. But, imagine something even worse… not telling the victims it was all a ruse. They would leave that elevator living the rest of their lives in total fear of what they might see next.
It’s just been calculated as the “most viewed” video on YouTube, but I kind of missed the whole PSY/”Gangnam Style” video phenomenon. My curiosity was satisfied by the few, brief TV glimpses I’d accidentally seen. But, I got a kick out of this new extreme live version. Don’t think of the song as some cheap amateur gold pan, think of it as the pop smart anthem it really is, especially when accompanied by thousands of singing Asian girls… which is, by the way, how God intended pop to be sung. This isn’t the “most viewed” version, this one’s a full-blown spectacle, which made me appreciate the guy’s energy and professionalism – though it’s hard to tell if he’s an auteur or just some package. A few listens, however, will uncover the artistry in the tune’s execution, especially in those great climaxes. He may wind up just being this generation’s Chubby Checker, but he’s doing the grunt work so – as far as I’m concerned – he deserves any pay he actually sees from all this.
Alexfripou was kind enough to send us a link to a very cool, high quality, 25-minute Soft Machine live performance for French TV, entitled Ce Soir On Danse Avec Les Soft Machine (Tonight We Dance With The Soft Machine). There’s even actually some dancing going on, despite the band’s challenging alt-psych/jazz/pre-prog stylings. The original poster pegged this as being recorded August 25, 1968, but some Machineheads are pointing out that it might be from 1967 (45 years ago), as the Softs were on tour in the States in August ’68. Was Robert Wyatt ever really that young? Bless French TV. Visit the original Vimeo post to download the show for yourself. Thanks Alex.
0:00 – A Certain Kind
3:52 – Save Yourself
5:55 – Priscilla
6:30 – Lullabye Letter
14:10 – Hope For Happiness
Sorry if there’s a political ad. Phoenix looks incredible. Hoffman always is.
This guy’s “stunts” (hanging in a box or in a block of ice) are some of the most UN-entertaining spectacles I’ve ever not watched. But, when he comes up with new and unique ideas his work becomes worthy. Even the idea of promoting a future “secret” project is sly marketing. That it promotes science to children… is about fucking time.
The Guy From MegaUpload, Who May Have Inadvertently Ended File-Sharing As We Know It, Drives His Mercedes On A Golf Course.
I don’t have the words, sorry.
Guess Who’s Friends Again?
Fans of the Guess Who know well the band’s history of in-fighting. Randy Bachman’s departure in 1970 was just one of many band-changing exits, as vocalist Burton Cummings assumed the mantle of group leader. Since that split, there’s been no shortage of parting shots, both in the press and on record. But… time wounds all heels, and since the turn of the century both Randy & Burt have made amends… and a few albums together, including this collection of ‘songs-that-inspired-us’ oldies released in 2007. Like almost every album of this kind ever made, Jukebox is no substitute for the band’s creative heyday. But it’s a fun example of some old pals playing some old favorites. You can hear Bachman’s roots in guitar oriented material like “Who Do You Love” and The Shadows’ “Man Of Mystery,” while Cummings hams it up on Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That Just Like A Woman” and “Ain’t That Loving You Baby.” There are a few flaccid rockers, at least one sore thumb (Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone”) and some excellent surprises (“Judy In Disguise” and “The Letter”). But the rekindled camaraderie of old friends makes it hard to hold anything against the project and its positive vibes. Listen to the duo’s lounge take on The Beatles and the live studio cover of their last hit together (from 4 decades back), “American Woman.”
Baby Come Back (2:43) Recorded By The Equals
Who Do You Love (5:08) Recorded By Bo Diddley
I’m Happy Just To Dance With You (3:56) Recorded By The Beatles
The Walk (3:16) Recorded By Jimmy McCracklin
Don’t Talk To Him (2:56) Recorded By Cliff Richard & The Shadows
Man Of Mystery (2:07) Recorded By The Shadows
Ain’t That Just Like A Woman (3:06) Recorded By Fats Domino
Little Queenie (4:19) Recorded By Chuck Berry
Good Times (2:41) Recorded By Sam Cooke
Like A Rolling Stone (6:21) Recorded By Bob Dylan
Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) (2:57) Recorded By John Fred & The Playboy Band
Don’t You Just Know It (4:10) Recorded By Huey “Piano” Smith
Yeh, Yeh (2:56) Recorded By Georgie Fame
Agent Double-O Soul (3:07) Recorded By Edwin Starr
The Letter (4:03) Recorded By The Box Tops
Ain’t That Loving You Baby (2:36) Recorded By Elvis Presley
American Woman 2007 (4:44) Recorded by The Guess Who
Bennett’s a walking miracle, still graceful and always pleasing… and it’s nice to see some positive images of Winehouse, for a change.
Here’s a new, 2011 video of Richard performing “When The Spell Is Broken,” for a new iPad app (On The Music Path) where RT teaches his guitar technique for a new generation of fans. A cool performance, especially if you want to learn how to play the tune.
Thanks to Tim Abdellah for alerting us to this very cool, front-row video of the June 3, 2011 reunion show by beloved acoustic warriors, The Balancing Act. Great material from their 80s releases, including their famed cover of Captain Beefheart’s “Zig Zag Wanderer.” We’ve got a bunch of their stuff in the archives, so click to find it all.
Wonderful World Tonight
This Is Where It All Begins
A TV Guide In The Olduvai Gorge
The Neighborhood Phrenologist
Zig Zag Wanderer
Can You Get To That
Who Got The Pearls?
A Girl, Her Sister And A Train
We’re Not Lost
Ziggy Marley and MOJO Magazine are giving away a four song sampler to promote Marley’s new release, Wild And Free. The download includes an MP3 of “Forward To Love,” from the new album (watch the video below), along with three tracks from previous albums, Love Is My Religion and Family Time. Just click HERE, then click to redeem and enter the code… mojo. No email address required. The full album comes out June 14 at Amazon.
Forward To Love
Love Is My Religion
Into The Groove
Another outstanding parody from Jimmy Fallon. This time given added credence by David Crosby & Graham Nash.
BECK Record Club No. 5: Live At The Acropolis (2010)
YANNI Live At The Acropolis (1993)
Beck & His Buddies Get Psyched
I approached this deconstruction of Yanni’s Live At The Acropolis differently than any of Beck’s past live-in-the-studio tribute projects. I didn’t watch the videos, didn’t read who was performing, and had never heard Yanni’s Acropolis in my life. Which might explain why this is, hands down, my favorite Beck Record Club release so far. It’s all so disengaged and free form, and, since I don’t know the original melodies, it all seems so left field and made-up-on-the-spot. In places, like noisy, clattering psychedelia. Afterwards, I was curious, and learned that Thurston Moore and Tortoise are on board, not only making up lyrics for these instrumental works, but infusing Yanni’s original orchestral scores with ad hoc interpolations of “everything from Stravinsky to Bobby Brown,” to pure noise. Of course, I still haven’t bothered to listen to Yanni’s 1993 original, even though it’s offered here. I just grabbed it from some ancient forum… just in case you’re the type that needs to hear it. The AMG gave it 4-1/2 stars, though, if you ever find yourself in the mood. Get Beck’s other Record Club performances in the archives: No.1 Velvet Underground & Nico, No.2 Songs Of Leonard Cohen, No.3 Oar & No.4 Kick. Beck’s website has all the live videos.
Keys To Imagination (4:22)
Until The Last Moment (5:50)
The Rain Must Fall (2:55)
Acroyali/Standing In Motion (5:46)
One Man’s Dream (4:26)
Within Attraction (5:39)
Swept Away (4:11)
Reflections Of Passion (8:21)
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Some Yoyo Stuff (1994)
An Observation of the Observations of Don Van Vliet
Don Van Vliet, a.k.a. Captain Beefheart, walked away from music in 1982 to live his life as a painter and sculptor. Outside of his inroads into the art world, little has been heard from him since. Anton Corbijn’s arty, black & white, 13 minute, 1994 film is a rare glimpse of Don after he escaped from his long-time digs in the Mohave desert to live near the ocean. Fans may find it saddening to listen as the Captain wrestles with multiple sclerosis – his voice faltering and his innate electricity partially dimmed. His bizarre outlook on life, however, is thankfully intact. Most of the film is just as the sub-title implies… observations. “The way I keep in touch with the world,” Don says, “is very gingerly… because the world touches too hard.” Don ruminates ever so briefly on the fish stink of the Trout Mask Replica photo shoot and his old pal Frank Zappa near the end of the film… but don’t look for revelations. This is Don being Don. Noted director David Lynch appears, as does Don’s mom. Not available for download, sorry. Give the video about 10 seconds to start.
Ever heard Lon Chaney, Jr.’s opening credits performance in the 1964 oddly weird cheapie, Spider Baby? The song is actually kind of catchy, in a real dumb way, but the wolf howls and overall ridiculousness expose how low rent the production is. Lon actually “sings” better than he’s ever acted, though he wasn’t bad in this one. You might be able to watch the whole movie in segments at YouTube. It’s a must-see for Sid Haig fans.
A personal, homemade message from Randy Newman to you…
This might be the greatest thing I’ve ever seen. As connoisseurs know, there are a few different recordings of Screamin‘ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You.” The one that gets under your skin is the spooky 1956 version, with the otherworldly sonics. It was a good fit in Stranger Then Paradise (French trailer below). The backing track on this particular screamin‘ live performance is yet another, equally creepy alternative with a carnival calliope and blues guitar. Jay himself is simply unbelievable. Don’t miss the weird walk off. After the video, check the YouTube option icons for the video of SJH singing “Old Man River” on David Sanborn’s old show.