Archive for the 'Music' Category

So happy that I’m blue …

I’m probably the last one to see this, but this song/commercial is really well done. I especially like the homage to the Beatles.

And I think this comment sums it all up:
why cant real apples sing like that?!?!?!?!?!,
As a bonus, here’s the video for that other commercial that’s stuck in my head:

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Pot Meet Kettle…

This is highly amusing…
Punk legend John Lydon has lashed out at Sting - calling The Police frontman a “soggy old dead carcass”.
The Sex Pistol, also known as Johnny Rotten, poured scorn on the Eighties band’s recent comeback.
Lydon, 51, was speaking as the Sex Pistols prepare for a one-off gig to mark the 30th anniversary of […]

Is It Plagiarism?

Lance was teasing me for not posting this here. I may be mistaken, but my review of Laurence Jarvik’s article on NGOs in Central Asia, which I had posted at The Registan, is re-posted without attribution on the subscription section of a newspaper’s website in violation of our Copyright. More info here.Now, in […]


Einstein may have had an inauspicious start as prodigies go, but this four year old has gotten a bit of notice.

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Listening Notes: A Project for Punkologists

I am loving my new discovery Jason Forrest (his myspace here and his main site here[some pages NSFW]). Well, I didn’t really discover him. I mean, other people were already there, and since I do not have a technological advantage over them (quite the opposite, probably), colonization is out of the question.

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How to Piss Off a Hippie

People who love music sometimes identify a little too closely with the musicians/songs they love, to the point that any criticism of those musicians/songs becomes, in the music lover’s mind, a personal attack. That’s true even if the music lover himself had absolutely nothing to do with the creation of the music, which is usually […]

Great Lyrics Series: Sunday Morning Coming Down-Updated with audio and Video

(Lance’s listening notes: I just spent the evening with my wife and a friend at a little bar, in a very little town, Fordoche Louisiana, called the Red Monkey. I loaded up the Juke box with what interested me (no The Jam, Clash or Pixies) which ended up being The Band, Van Morrison, Creedence and […]

Listening Notes: Comfortably Numb

Note: Google, and thus YouTube, is down. So the video is unavailable at the moment. Please check back later. The entire online world seems to be suffering from rolling outages right now. I don’t know why.
I love good covers; always have. There’s something about hearing a familiar song in a new context that can make […]

Dollar Bill And the CBC (Updated)

In the months leading up the 2006 mid-term elections, Republicans were repeatedly hammered by ethics scandals, so much so that the Democrats promised that, if elected, they would be the corruption-free party. As you may recall, the Democrats had a few ethics problems of their own, albeit problems which never received quite the same […]

Listening Notes: Golden Years

How deeply, unfathomably weird the 70s were. Roughly contemporaneously at mid-decade, top 40 radio hitspace included an existential dirge, a sea chantey, a heavy metal love song about death, and a chorusless rock opera. I’m not even mentioning any novelty songs; if you’re looking for the mainstream, these songs were it.
Placed in the context […]

The Greatest Unknown Guitarist

First off, Happy New Year to everyone. I hope that all your dreams and visions come to some fruition this year, as they seem to have already for some ;^)

Secondly, in order to give your new year a good send off, I one of the coolest things that I’ve ever seen: Danny Gatton, the […]

Listening Notes: Capital Keeps Raining On My Head

Yields are low throughout the world, and despite the rising equity markets low yields on equities mean low long run returns on them as well as bonds. So we may actually be facing an end to the decade characterized by growth punctuated by either choppy to low returns on financial assets or a massive bubble […]

Listening Notes: Walk on Gilded Splinters

Dr. John’s “Walk on Gilded Splinters” has been covered by a slew of artists from Humble Pie to Paul Weller, but the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s version is the spiciest. The tight horn arrangement, underpinned by a rumbling tuba, is as dense and visceral as a thrash metal chord progression, and John Bell’s growling vocal […]

Listening Notes: The Replacements and MTV

My relationship with the Replacements is inextricably tied to a bar, The Bayou. A magnificent, loud, smoke filled bar packed with regular patrons from all walks of life. Old men, aging hippies, bikers, college students, punk rockers, everybody under the sun. The Bayou burned down in the late 90’s, but every time I hear the […]

Blues Power

If you’re in the mood for a little Chicago and Delta blues done the way it was meant to be done, head on over to Random Acts of Insensitivity where Blewsdog has conjured up an impressive array of clips featuring Albert King. Just a teaser of what’s over there:

I’ve often been surprised at how […]

Send Music To Our Troops

If you are in the giving mood this holiday season (and why wouldn’t you be?), then why not send our troops some free music:
Music for Troopsâ„¢ Inc. is a nonprofit, charitable organization founded by performer / songwriter, Cat Hughes. Cat has sent over 200,000 copies of her songs to the USA troops around the world. […]

Founder of Atlantic Records Dies

One of the greatest pioneers in music has died:
Ahmet Ertegun, who helped define American music as the founder of Atlantic Records, a label that popularized the gritty R&B of Ray Charles, the classic soul of Aretha Franklin and the British rock of the Rolling Stones, died Thursday at 83, his spokesman said.
A native Turk, Ertegun […]

Listening Notes: Black Foliage

Black Foliage, by Olivia Tremor Control, is Sergeant Pepper’s as a cheap but astonishingly well-crafted home recording, proving the concept that such multilayered sonic frippery can be accomplished by virtually anyone now that recording equipment and professional editing software are so inexpensive. As ever, not just anyone can write such great songs (”California Demise Pt. […]

Music Blogging- Listening Notes

When I first started this little project, before I even knew Omar, Michael and Keith as anything but annoying commenters at QandO (okay, that is a cheap shot at my co-bloggers, but I have it on good authority that I am one of the most annoying commenters at QandO, so I consider them in good […]

George Bush swallows Max Headroom and throws up U2

Video after the break.

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Songs and Celebrities

When I decided to start writing about rock lyrics, I promised myself I wasn’t going to talk about the Beatles or Bob Dylan, because forests have already been harvested to provide the paper for musings on their lyrics, and I don’t really have anything further to add. At least not without breaking out some Marxist/feminist/Lacanian […]

The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul

Theology and moral codes tell us to be good, in conflict with our natural desires and appetites, which tell us the opposite: be bad! Take what you want! Look out for #1! Socializing ourselves to develop a sense of empathy–that is, an emotionally-based understanding for how our actions affect others–is crucial for the development of […]

Póg mo thóin

It may be well known to you, dear reader, or it may not (it makes no difference), that Pogue Mahone is one of my favorite commenters, bloggers and writers. In fact, he’s been somewhat of a celebrity amongst my partners here, and our bretheren at QandO. His politics lean somewhat left for my […]

The limits to tolerance

Norm Geras has reached his, and his reasoning certainly resonates with me.
On the other hand, I am trying to overcome my feelings about fans of Phish. Luckily my new brother-in-law, who is a musician, hates Phish, loves the Stooges. In fact, when my little sister called to tell me about her being engaged to someone […]

The Star Spangled Banner

Appreciating what happened in the past is a difficult thing. It takes a conscious effort to understand the artistry behind the creating of things and experiences that now are done so easily with technology. The artistry can still be appreciated, but it rarely seems as remarkable when aspects of the artistry have been turned into […]

Let’s Not Talk About Bombs: X’s Marriage Songs

(Second installment in the Great Lyrics Series)
I agree with Paul McCartney. There is nothing wrong with a silly love song, a perfectly useful thing to have around. A love song amplifies the feeling when you are in love and sweetly intensifies the ache when you aren’t and want to be. That can be true no […]

Arthur Lee and Love

There are a few bands over the last 40 years or so that have achieved limited commercial success but enormous influence on other bands. Two good examples are The Velvet Underground and Alex Chilton with Big Star. This week one of those influential, but relatively obscure, bands had its driving force pass away. Arthur […]