Friday, December 31, 2010

Auld Lang Syne

by Hector Diego



Willow Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Young, And The Boss - Whip My Hair

by Hector Diego


If you can survive Smith's inane crap, you are well prepared to hear Jimmy Fallon/Neil Young--or whoever he is--team up with Bruce Springsteen to perform "Whip My Hair." What is this world coming to, I ask?

I'm posting this especially for my good friend Mimi Pond, the noted graphic illustrator and novelist out in Hell A, California, who happens to be married to the artist Wayne White. Mimi developed an aversion to Young's music as a teen because her brother, let's just say, had an attitude that made it difficult for his favorite artists to be appreciated by his sister. So here is my attempt to heal the Pond-Young rift once and for all.

But for all I know, Mimi had lunch with Fallon the other day. She's so much more urbane than me and I know it. Anyway, this is me trying.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cee Lo Tells It Like It Is

by Hector Diego


I have said time and again that this is a family blog, and therefore we do not post erotica. However, rough language and plain nudity are not verboten in my household, at least when we are watching a video or something. So I present to you Cee Lo's excellent "Fuck You", Motown for the the 21st century.

It's good stuff.

Jenny and Johnny--Big Wave

by Jay Allbritton
Song of the year? No, that honor goes to Cee-lo, but this is top 10 material.

Jenny and Johnny--Just One Of The Guys

by Jay Allbritton
This is a new one.

Jenny and Johnny--My Pet Snakes

by Jay Allbritton
Another from KCRW.

Jenny and Johnny--Just Like Zeus

by Jay Allbritton
From their appearance on KCRW earlier this month.

Yardbirds - Heart Full Of Soul

by Hector Diego


Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page. Amazing.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down--Bag Of Hammers

by Jay Allbritton
Need more Thao in 2011.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Chad And Jeremy

by Hector Diego


It's so damned cold, I just have to post this and look forward to a warmer time...

People Do This

by Jay Allbritton
Not me, but people...

Monday, December 27, 2010

Nellie McKay--It's A Pose

by Jay Allbritton
People of Annapolis, Maryland, hear me now, you must go see Nellie McKay at Ram's Head on Dec. 30. If it's not sold out, that is. Good luck.

Most Admired Man of 2010: Barack Obama

by Hector Diego


Rush Limberger and his friends would have you believe that the President is not popular. However, a recent Gallup poll says otherwise.

Read the article.

Beatles LP Countdown - Because

by Hector Diego


Love that harmony.

The Weepies - This Is Not Your Year

by Hector Diego


Maybe 2011 will be better.

Mountain Goats--This Year

by Jay Allbritton
Just a few more days of 2010 left people. "I am gonna make it through this year, if it kills me."

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Rolling Stones - Sittin' On A Fence

by Hector Diego


Half of their songs sound like they were meant for drinking one's troubles away. Jagger and Richards wrote this song in 1965, but it was not released in the US until 1967.

Comfortable Couch Ending Credits

by Hector Diego


As they might say in India, this is too good.

Comfortable Couch

by Hector Diego


We got so many hits from people interested in the Comfortable Couch that I feel we must include it here, on Boxing Day. What in hell is Boxing Day, you say? You must be an American, matey.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Rilo Kiley--Xmas Cake

by Jay Allbritton
"...cry in to your Christmas cake
dont know what else to do
the new year is right in front of you"

Jonathan Coulton--Chiron Beta Prime

by Jay Allbritton
Spare a kind thought for the Andersons this Christmas as they toil in the mines of Chiron Beta Prime working for their robot overlords. I mean protectors.

She & Him--Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

by Jay Allbritton
"From now on our troubles will be miles away..."

Merry Christmas, From the Walrus Speaks

by Jay Allbritton
Here's a classic Calvin and Hobbes for the holiday.

Try to Enjoy Christmas, Just a Little

by Jay Allbritton
These kids are not feeling it (from here).

Joni Mitchell - River

by Hector Diego




And how could we have Christmas without hearing from Joni Mitchell?

Friday, December 24, 2010

U2--Christmas, Baby Please Come Home

by Jay Allbritton
Merry Christmas. KTWS.

Beatles Christmas 1966

by Hector Diego

They could have just done comedy, you know.

Beatles Christmas 1968

by Hector Diego

If you are a Beatles person, you will want to hear this. You, and your beast friends.

John And Yoko - Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

by Hector Diego

And I consider this a classic.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Festivus

by Jay Allbritton
A holiday for the rest of us.

Aaron Neville - Ave Maria

by Hector Diego

I'm not much into Christmas carols, so the ones I like must be classic. This one is from the fantastic but true story film Alive, in which survivors of a plane crash in the Andes come to terms with life and death by eating human flesh. It is truly a beautiful film.

Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bill Murray's Annual Winter Forecast

by Jay Allbritton
"I'll give you a winter prediction. It's gonna be cold... it's gonna be gray... and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life."



Happy Winter, from The Walrus Speaks!

Tori Amos--Winter

by Jay Allbritton
I'm celebrating the first day of winter, because I like it cold. In fact, I scheduled this post in the middle of the summer. July 23rd, actually. I hope things are going well for me in the not-too-distant future. Did the Florida Gators have an unbeaten season? That would be a heck of an accomplishment. I wonder how the new look Miami Heat are faring? Did I ever finish that novel I wanted to wrap up in August? So many questions. Is the oil spill cleaned up yet? Did the Democrats lose Congress? Holy crap, maybe John Boehner is about to become Speaker of the House. Who can say?

Only the winter, my friend. Only the winter.

Grateful Dead - Ripple

by Hector Diego

Certainly one of the most beloved of Dead songs. I post lyrics rarely, but this one warrants it.

If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music?
Would you hold it near, as it were your own?

It's a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken
Perhaps they're better left unsung
I don't know, don't really care
Let there be songs to fill the air

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty
If your cup is full may it be again
Let it be known there is a fountain
That was not made by the hands of man

There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night
And if you go, no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow

You who choose to lead must follow
But if you fall, you fall alone
If you should stand, then who's to guide you?
If I knew the way, I would take you home



Monday, December 20, 2010

Greensleeves

by Hector Diego

The Station Agent and Hector Diego wish everyone who visits The Walrus Speaks a very happy holiday season.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Foo Fighters--Down in the Park

by Jay Allbritton
"We are not lovers
We are not romantics
We are here to serve you
A different face, but the words never change..."

Nine Inch Nails--Last

by Jay Allbritton
"This is for right now..."

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Shins--Gone for Good

by Jay Allbritton
Practice.

Jenny and Johnny--Big Wave

by Jay Allbritton
From Conan, last night.

Doors - Soft Asylum

by Hector Diego

Soft asylum--isn't that what we all want? And need?

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown - Fire

by Hector Diego

1968.


And here is the artist doing the same shtick seven years later. I prefer the original.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Liz Phair--Extraordinary

by Jay Allbritton
Filter Magazine recently spoke with Liz Phair (pt. 1, pt. 2).

Elton John--Ballad of a Well-Known Gun

by Jay Allbritton
Elton John revisited one of his obscure classics on his 60th birthday.

Elton John--God Only Knows

by Jay Allbritton
Great work by Elton John, singing a very difficult song.

The Beach Boys--Don't Worry Baby

by Jay Allbritton
On Capitol Records...

George Harrison - If Not For You

by Hector Diego

"If Not For You" was written by Harrison's good friend Bob Dylan, but I like Harrison's version much better. So beautifully evocative.

1970.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Liz Phair--6'1

by Jay Allbritton
From 1999.

Merrilee Rush - Angel Of The Morning

by Hector Diego


While driving cab in San Diego, California, in the 80's, one of my fares was a guy who claimed to be the composer of this song. Maybe so.

1968.

Marijuana Report

by Hector Diego


Here is something I copied from Yahoo News. Read it, and I'll comment below.

Some U.S. varieties reach upwards of 30 percent THC, while Mexican pot averages between 3 and 4 percent, said Tommy Lanier, who directs the National Marijuana Initiative, funded by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Lanier questions the medical value of such strong marijuana and said legitimate crops can be diverted to the black market. "They say its used for pain management, but drinking a bottle of Jack Daniels would have the same effect," he said.

OK, so Lanier is either stupid or cynical. Perhaps both. At the very least, the guy can't see that one benefit of stronger herb is that you can smoke less of it, saving your lungs from unnecessary irritation?

But this business about Jack Daniels is the real kicker. Even if Jack Daniels--probably a drug that Lanier uses--had the same pain killing results as marijuana, what about the other ways in which it effects people that marijuana does not? Such as making anyone driving drunk very dangerous to meet on the freeway? Cirrhosis of the liver? Broken families? When will this country see that legal alcohol is absurdly ironic if marijuana is illegal?

Why is my country so STUPID?

Lisa Donnelly--Naturally

by Jay Allbritton

Portishead--Glorybox

by Jay Allbritton
Perhaps the finest song of the 90s. Perhaps.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Nellie McKay--Mother of Pearl

by Jay Allbritton
Irony, sarcasm, satire...

I Will Follow Him

by Hector Diego

Liz Phair--Supernova

by Jay Allbritton
From MTV's dearly departed show 120 Minutes.

Neil Young - Rockin' In The Free World

by Hector Diego


OK, so the poor have their karma, and we have ours. But everything we do makes more karma. So, what will we do? Elect more conservatives who don't care a damn about the poor and homeless? I wouldn't want to have that on my karmic record.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

President Sarah Palin

by Hector Diego

Don't think it can't happen. Richard Nixon came back from the political grave to become President. And who thought Ronald Reagan, a B movie actor, would become the POTUS? So if you think Sarah Palin would screw this country up royally, get involved. Make sure she does not get any further than she already has.

Otherwise, you know the deal--this country is toast.

Tonight You Belong To Me

by Hector Diego

Steve Martin and Bernadette Peters in The Jerk. Pretty cute.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Beavis & Butt-Head--Green Thumbs

by Jay Allbritton
The boys learn the value of a dollar.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Al Green--Let's Stay Together

by Jay Allbritton
Help him sing this.

Jenny and Johnny--Melt Your Heart

by Jay Allbritton
Last night in London, Jenny Lewis worked this gem into the set, by request.

She and Him--I Put a Spell On You

by Jay Allbritton
Matt and Zooey put on a raw, theatrical performance of this classic.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over

by Hector Diego

From the Stephen King film, The Stand.

Don't let it build a wall between us.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

John Lennon - Mother

by Hector Diego

Lennon tells the stark truth.

All You Need Is Love

by Hector Diego


Continuing our John Lennon Day here at The Walrus Speaks with one of his greatest songs. Give yourself a big hug, and start with loving your self!

Strawberry Fields Forever

by Hector Diego


"Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see." Indeed.

Another of my favorite Lennon songs.

Paul McCartney - Here Today

by Hector Diego


Today is a good day to post "Here Today", Paul's tribute to John, who was assassinated on this day thirty years ago. The song is certainly one of the best of Paul's post-Beatle career. Some of you blame Paul for the break up of the Beatles, which is a fable easily dismissed. But let me just ask you this--do you love John Lennon more than Paul McCartney does?

I didn't think so.

The Beatles--Across the Universe

by Jay Allbritton
"Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup..."

Nowhere Man

by Hector Diego


One of my favorite Lennon compositions.

John Lennon - God

by Hector Diego


What a song! If you are offended by Lennon's words, I submit it is because you do not understand them.

John Lennon Died For Your Sins

by Hector Diego

December 8. It was one of the darkest days in 20th century history. The day the music died.

October 9, 1940-December 8, 1980.

George Harrison - All Those Years Ago

by Hector Diego


It's poignant. Lennon was assassinated on this day 40 years ago.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Tegan and Sara--Living Room

by Jay Allbritton
From 2003 and oddly electric. Digging it.

LSD At Columbia

by Hector Diego

I'm now too old for this sugar cube--but that's just me!

Forty-three years after the Summer of Love, some things never change. A group of students at prestigous Columbia University in New York City were recently busted for selling acid to undercover narcs. What really kills me is that the fraternity of one of the accused--Psi Upsilon--wonders whether the chapter at Columbia should be revoked. This from a fraternity, which are notorious for drunken parties! Please.

Can anyone actually point to the harm done by people taking LSD? At The Walrus Speaks, we never advocate the use of any mind altering substances. But we recognize that the current policies are ridiculous.

Why is our country so stupid?

Read the article.

Jenny Owen Youngs--Clean Break

by Jay Allbritton
You too can keep up with Jenny on her tumblr page.

Jenny and Johnny--Just Like Zeus

by Jay Allbritton
Live at Waterloo Records in Austin, TX.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Tegan & Sara--Frozen

by Jay Allbritton
Who knows how long this T&S kick will last?

Native American Flute

by Hector Diego

Lord Of The Rings

by Hector Diego


The composer is Howard Shore.

Celtic Pan Flute

by Hector Diego


Beautiful.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Tegan and Sara--Come On Kids

by Jay Allbritton
Tegan and Sarah tell a woeful tale of pizza delivery, then launch into a stirring rendition of "Come on Kids".

Beatles LP Countdown - Here Comes The Sun

by Hector Diego


For years I said this is my favorite song, and it is still in my top ten of Beatles songs. George Martin, a man with impeccable musical taste, is quite fond of it. It's hard to continue to feel sad when this song is playing.

DJ Lobsterdust--Knock Out Eileen

by Jay Allbritton
I'm usually not a fan of mash-ups, but this is surreal.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Neil Young--Out on the Weekend

by Jay Allbritton
Think I'll pack it in
and buy a pick-up
Take it down to L.A.
Find a place to call my own
and try to fix up.
Start a brand new day.

John Lennon - Imagine

by Hector Diego


A chill goes up my spine when I watch this.

Spiritual Flute

by Hector Diego


Time to chill.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Elliott Smith--Biggest Lie

by Jay Allbritton
You turned white like a saint
I'm tired of dancing on a pot of gold-flaked paint
Oh we're so very precious, you and I
And everything that you do makes me want to die
Oh I just told the biggest lie

BBC Animation Shows World Getting Healthier, Wealthier

by Jay Allbritton
This big picture perspective is one of the more reassuring things I've seen in a while.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Moody Blues - The Tide Rushes In

by Hector Diego


From the truly great album, A Question Of Balance.

1970.

Camera Obscura--You Told A Lie

by Jay Allbritton
From their 2009 KCRW appearance.

Moody Blues - Time To Get Away

by Hector Diego


1967.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Gayatri Devi De

by Hector Diego


It's not every day that a girl turns 13! Love you Gaya.

Jenny and Johnny--Big Wave

by Jay Allbritton
Jenny and Johnny recently played an excellent set on NPR's Mountain Stage.

Speaking of JnJ, here's a performance of "Big Wave" from L.A.'s Culture Collide Festival back in October.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Kimya Dawson--France

by Jay Allbritton
Kimya has a new record that she's finishing up right now. Read all about it.

I'm So Tired

by Hector Diego




My new program--which I don't want--has me falling asleep at 8 and waking up a little after midnight. Damn!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Louis Armstrong - Wonderful World

by Hector Diego


After my dark post yesterday, let's go the other way for balance. If you have to take the good with the bad, it works the other way, too.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Songs To Aging Children

by Hector Diego


Unfortunately I do not know the artist covering this great song. It's originally by Joni Mitchell on her 1969 album, Clouds. Below it is featured in the funeral scene in Alice's Restaurant, performed by Tigger Outlaw.




A friend has passed away, another lingers on the brink, we are all servants of time.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant

by Hector Diego

There is only one day-after-Thanksgiving song that I know of, and this is it. We had a Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat, and didn't wake up until the following morning...

Regina Spektor--Dance Anthem of the 80s

by Jay Allbritton
Regina Spektor is excellent, but joined by The Roots, it's this whole other thing, people.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving

by Hector Diego

It's some sort of buzzard, right?

You don't really want to eat this, do you? There's an alternative--tofu, the other white meat.

I've had a few versions of tofu turkey, and they all involve mashing the tofu and mixing it with other stuff. This recipe is quite different, you freeze the tofu and then deep fry it in spiced batter, then bake it with the gravy. It leaves the other tofu turkey recipes in the dust, in my opinion.

So just like I promised yesterday, here's the recipe for my wife's tofu turkey. As they say in India, it is "too good".

The Mama's Tofu Turkey

2 pounds tofu, thoroughly frozen (for a few days) --first, take it out of the packages and soak it several times in purified water, then place in a freezer container, tightly covered

batter
2 cups chick pea (garbanzo bean) flour
1 cup white or whole wheat flour
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp powdered asafoetida (hing) you get it at a Chinese or Indian store
1/4 black or cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp turmeric

Mix together

Add water slowly and mix some more until you get the consistency of pancake batter, start with one cup and increase as needed

In a deep pot or wok, fill to 4-5 inches vegetable oil

Squeeze out water as much as you can from the tofu (remove from freezer several hours beforehand to thaw) as if it were a sponge, cut into half inch slabs

Dip each slab into the batter and fry on medium high heat until golden brown, set aside

Gravy

Heat 1/4 cup olive oil or ghee (clarified butter or butter oil, you can get it in an Indian store or make your own, just click around for instructions) in a stock pot. Add 1/4 tsp asafoetida, saute 1 cup diced carrots, 1/4 cup diced celery. When the vegetables have softened a little, add the following spices

1 tbsp poultry seasoning (never fear, it's vegetarian)
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp marjoram
1 tbsp sage (all of these are dry, not fresh, herbs)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce or Braggs

Add about 4 cups water and simmer 15 minutes. Then add 2 cups nuts--whatever kind you have. Let cool overnight if possible (give it a least a few hours), then blend in blender

Arrange tofu in lasagna type pan and cover with the gravy

Bake at 350 until bubbly

Then you serve it with everything else, the stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc. Like real turkey, this stuff will knock you out, so settle in to watch football or something.

You should be proud of yourself. You have given a turkey a reprieve and given thanks to God and creation at the same time. And had an innocent Thanksgiving meal.

Radiohead--I Might Be Wrong

by Jay Allbritton
From an performance in France, 2003.

Gator Run Leaves Much to be Thankful For

by Jay Allbritton
As we in the Gator Nation prepare to take on our rivals, the Florida State Seminoles, on Saturday, I would like to take this opportunity to look back a little bit at some recent a-chomp-lishments that the Gator Nation can give thanks for during a difficult football season.

Here's one for the '06 football team led by Chris Leak:


Next up, back-to-back with the '04s, who won in '06 and '07. Here's a look at the '06 highlights:




Here's '07:



Then back to football for an inspirational speech and one more title run. Oh my!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Radiohead--There There

by Jay Allbritton
Not just musical geniuses, also activists.

We're All Unhappy!

by Jay Allbritton
Elayne exhibits some existential angst in this Seinfeld clip from season 9.

Hector Diego Defeats Barack Obama

by Hector Diego

...when it comes to compassion for animals, for I have pardoned every turkey in the world (except a certain professor I once had). But no one listens to me.

I have not eaten a turkey since February, 1974. Instead, I eat The Mama's Tofu Turkey, the recipe for which I posted yesterday...when the sorrow of turkeys all across America was so far away! Or so they thought.

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving

by Hector Diego



You can have a vegetarian Thanksgiving, and cause less pain to others. Pain is pain is pain.

Yes or no?

It is difficult to discuss vegetarianism when the motive is compassion. One will immediately be accused of self-righteousness. The problem with that view is that then compassion cannot be discussed, and the anti-vegetarian view is defeated before it even gets a chance. If you cannot state your case, you are defeated, and I won't allow that to happen just because people feel guilty and try to shut me up.

See here--I know I'm a jerk like everyone else. But this jerk is committed to a better diet.

U2--Bad

by Jay Allbritton
"I'm not sleeping..."

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Angus and Julia Stone--You're the one that I Want

by Jay Allbritton
Excellent re-imagining of the Grease show tune.

U2--Promenade

by Jay Allbritton
Oh...tell me...
Charity dance with me
Turn me around tonight
Up through spiral staircase
To the higher ground

Little Dragon - Fortune

by Hector Diego

Linda Ronstadt--Blue Bayou

by Jay Allbritton
In the latest edition of Rolling Stone, Jenny Lewis contributes a playlist of 1970s California rock, which includes this lovely tune.

Innocent Thanksgiving Dinner

by Hector Diego


You don't really want to eat this, do you? There's an alternative--tofu, the other white meat.

I've had a few versions of tofu turkey, and they all involve mashing the tofu and mixing it with other stuff. This recipe is quite different, you freeze the tofu and then deep fry it in spiced batter, then bake it with the gravy. It leaves the other tofu turkey recipes in the dust, in my opinion.

So just like I promised yesterday, here's the recipe for my wife's tofu turkey. As they say in India, it is "too good".

The Mama's Tofu Turkey

2 pounds tofu, thoroughly frozen (for a few days) --first, take it out of the packages and soak it several times in purified water, then place in a freezer container, tightly covered

batter
2 cups chick pea (garbanzo bean) flour
1 cup white or whole wheat flour
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp powdered asafoetida (hing) you get it at a Chinese or Indian store
1/4 black or cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp turmeric

Mix together

Add water slowly and mix some more until you get the consistency of pancake batter, start with one cup and increase as needed

In a deep pot or wok, fill to 4-5 inches vegetable oil

Squeeze out water as much as you can from the tofu (remove from freezer several hours beforehand to thaw) as if it were a sponge, cut into half inch slabs

Dip each slab into the batter and fry on medium high heat until golden brown, set aside

Gravy

Heat 1/4 cup olive oil or ghee (clarified butter or butter oil, you can get it in an Indian store or make your own, just click around for instructions) in a stock pot. Add 1/4 tsp asafoetida, saute 1 cup diced carrots, 1/4 cup diced celery. When the vegetables have softened a little, add the following spices

1 tbsp poultry seasoning (never fear, it's vegetarian)
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp marjoram
1 tbsp sage (all of these are dry, not fresh, herbs)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce or Braggs

Add about 4 cups water and simmer 15 minutes. Then add 2 cups nuts--whatever kind you have. Let cool overnight if possible (give it a least a few hours), then blend in blender

Arrange tofu in lasagna type pan and cover with the gravy

Bake at 350 until bubbly

Then you serve it with everything else, the stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc. Like real turkey, this stuff will knock you out, so settle in to watch football or something.

You should be proud of yourself. You have given a turkey a reprieve and given thanks to God and creation at the same time. And had an innocent Thanksgiving meal.

Monday, November 22, 2010

The Roots--U2 Tribute

by Jay Allbritton
The legendary Roots crew busted out a U2 medley at the NAACP in 2007.

Moiraine Damodred, Aes Sedai

by Hector Diego


I can't tell you much about the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan because it is so vast and complex (but very readable) but I can say it is filled with powerful and magical women known as Aes Sedai, who battle the forces of darkness for the benefit of the world.

What do I think of Robert Jordan's writing? I'll use a Sanskrit word three times to describe it--sadhu sadhu sadhu!

Excellent! Excellent! Excellent!

Throw A Blanket Over John Lennon Naked

by Hector Diego

Christopher Eccleston as John Lennon

I'm fairly sure this PBS Masterpiece Theater version of Lennon's tortured life--John Lennon Naked--will be universally panned. I kept wondering, when are they going to portray the softer side of John Lennon? I have just finished reading Philip Norman's John Lennon: The Life, which, although not sugar coating anything, depicts a man who was a mean drunk but generally very charming and kind. So I was in no mood for this acerbic treatment of a 20th century icon who ranks as one of the most interesting and endearing figures in all of Western history. It would have been impossible for Lennon to have gotten as far as he did if he had really been as sour and bitter as this hastily written biopic portrays him for 80 plus minutes.

So watch John Lennon Naked if you are a die hard Lennon specialist and if PBS ever has the cheek to air it again. But if you want good music, you have a low tolerance for boredom, and especially if you are a Lennon enthusiast, consider yourself lucky to have missed an opportunity to waste your time on a Sunday night.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Aimee Mann--Wise Up

by Jay Allbritton
One of my very favorite songs.

Help!

by Hector Diego


You can watch the entire film right here. Brought to you by The Walrus Speaks, a family cyber radio and television station. What could be more wholesome than the Liverpool Four?

Rolling Stones - As Tears Go By

by Hector Diego


It's live, and not lip syncing. Which is stupid. So are the screams of the girls. But Richards is a very talented guitarist, and some of the songs he wrote with Jagger can stand up with the very best of them. Especially the ballads.

1965.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Angus and Julia Stone--Private Lawns

by Jay Allbritton
Brother and sister tandem, Angus and Julia Stone performing on KCRW back in '09.

George Harrison - Dream Scene

by Hector Diego


From the album Wonderwall, 1968. Very innovative then, still interesting 42 years later.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Jenny Lewis--Silver Lining

by Jay Allbritton
From June 2009.

Beatles LP Countdown - Here Comes The Sun

by Hector Diego


One of my very favorite songs by anyone. Harrison had been having a hard time, but one day as he was doing his meditation the sun came out, and thankful to God, he wrote this song.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

U2--Angel of Harlem

by Jay Allbritton
It never fails. The temperature starts to drop and just like that, I want to hear U2. I only really like a few of their songs, and oddly enough, only in late Fall/early winter.

Charlie Crist Commutes Morrison Sentence

by Hector Diego


Exiting Florida Governor Charlie Crist says he is going to commute Jim Morrison's 1969 conviction for indecent exposure and other charges at a Miami concert. OK, so let's presume Morrison was innocent, as Crist has. What of the warrant for "the use of obscene language"? Or "precipitating a riot"? These charges are ridiculous on their face. I guess it was a sign of the times.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Kimya Dawson--Viva La Persistence

by Jay Allbritton
From January of '08. Back when Bush was boss.

Aimee Mann--Calling It Quits

by Jay Allbritton
People of Newburyport, Mass., see Aimee Mann on Friday night! No excuses! More tour dates here!



That is all.

Crosby, Stills and Nash--A Long Time Gone

by Jay Allbritton
From Woodstock.

Lotta Love

by Hector Diego


Nicolette Larson had just the right voice for this song.



And of course, the original by the incomparable Neil Young.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Stones - 2000 Light Years From Home

by Hector Diego


Their Satanic Majesties Request was the Rolling Stones' answer to Sgt. Peppers. What do you think?

1967.

Beatles added to iTunes

by Jay Allbritton
Nice to see that the Beatles catalog will, at last, be available on iTunes. $1.29 per song. $12.99 for an album. $19.99 for a double album. Bit pricey actually, but that's iTunes for you. At least it's now overcharging for the finest music ever recorded.

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