Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Yoko Ono--Revelations

by Hector Diego

With Cat Power.

The Thermals--Here's Your Future

by Jay Allbritton
Marc Maron of Breakroom Live, an internet politics and comedy show that I highly recommend, came back from performing stand-up comedy at South by Southwest, and he was psyched about a band he saw at the festival called The Gerbils. Since I consider Maron to be one of the finest voices on the margins of American culture when he recommends something I tend to check it out. So I googled The Gerbils and came up with nothing. I shrugged it off and moved on.

At the very end of the next show, Maron made a point of correcting himself. He didn't mean to say the Gerbils. He meant The Thermals.

Oh. Well, now. That's a completely different matter. I've known about The Thermals for a few years and though I have not seen them live yet, I have been informed that they do indeed bring it. Their new album Now We Can See will be out April 7th and can pre-ordered at their label's website.

Here's "Here's Your Future":

And here's the same song performed in Seattle in 2006:

And here's the same song again, backing Mary Louise Parker's not-nearly-iconic-enough freak out on the show "Weeds".

And speaking of the future, how about a stop in Baltimore?

Monday, March 30, 2009

Bob Marley--One Love

by Hector Diego

Give thanks and praise to the Lord, and I will feel alright.

Certainly one of the greatest songs of the 20th century.

Bishop Allen--Dimmer

by Jay Allbritton
Bishop Allen has a new video for the first song off their new album, "Dimmer". The band is on tour. Ryan at Ryan's Smashing Life has the tour dates and a look at the new material.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Camera Obscura--Let's Get Out Of This Country

by Jay Allbritton
Camera Obscura is back on tour. The blog Pop Headwound has the dates and places, a video and an MP3 from their new record.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Colin Meloy--Cupid

by Jay Allbritton
Decmbrists' frontman Colin Meloy does a mean cover of Sam Cooke's "Cupid". In this clip from last year, he's joined by Laura Gibson. The blog All Things Go has an MP3 of a version of the same song from its Valentine's Day mix with Cat Power joining Colin instead.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

George Harrison--Wah Wah

by Hector Diego

Twilight Soundtrack

by Hector Diego

It's a chick film? Why?

Breast Feeding At Eight

by Hector Diego

If there is something wrong with this, please tell me what that is.

Sopranos Creator Returning to HBO

by Jay Allbritton
Sopranos creator David Chase is returning to HBO with a new series. The L.A. Times has the details.

Hippie Backlash

by Jay Allbritton
A little spoken word from a guy not afraid to say, we told you so. And rightly so.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Bruce Springsteen--Working On a Dream

by Jay Allbritton
Last week, the Boss appeared on The Daily Show and played the title song from his latest album. He gives it the acoustic, a la Nebraska era Springsteen, treatment. As always, the good people at Culture Bully have the MP3.

Beatles LP Countdown--Think For Yourself

by Hector Diego

"Think For Yourself", written by George Harrison, is the fifth track on the first side of the Beatles sixth British album, Rubber Soul.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Counting Crowes--Raining In Baltimore

by Jay Allbritton
The Counting Crowes are parting ways with their record label. In a letter to their fans they explain the move and set out on a new path as an independent band. They also offer a free cover of Madonna's "Borderline". Ironic and interesting choice.

This represents one more nail in the coffin of the old music industry. This must have been what it was like watching the studio system crumble in Hollywood at the end of the 1950s. Of course, that was a good thing for movies in the short term, and by short term I mean twenty years, but by the 80's artists faced renewed corporate influence that has left the industry worse off than ever creatively.

Here's one about my new town:

Meghan McCain, Daily Beast Columnist

by Hector Diego

Meghan McCain, the daughter of Senator John McCain, supports President Obama. Well what do you know? Do you think it might be a generational thing?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Bob Dylan--Political World

by Hector Diego

Louie CK on Conan

by Jay Allbritton
Last month comedian Louie CK went on Conan's show and talks about how a depression might do us some good.

Jenny Lewis--Carpetbaggers

by Hector Diego

With Elvis Costello.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

P.O.S.--Why Go

by Jay Allbritton
This is mind blowing cover of a great Pearl Jam song from their first record called Ten. It sounds like Pearl Jam meets early Nine Inch Nails with some serious amounts of this guy's own talents mixed in. It's also a clear statement that if you have the talents necessary, you do not need a band. Very impressive (h/t Culture Bully, who has the MP3).

Peter, Paul, And Mary--If I Had A Hammer

by Hector Diego

This song always reminds me of upward mobility, but not the kind where you step on a guy to get a leg up. It reminds me of pre-Kennedy assassination times, when hope was alive and before things started spinning out of control. Of course, it was the best of times and it was the worst of times, for in some ways things are much better in the 21st century. But there was an optimism in the folk music of the early 1960s, that we could use a double shot of right about now.

The Decemberists--Hazards Of Love

by Hector Diego

Station Agent--is this a rejuvenation of the rock opera genre?

Saturday, March 21, 2009


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