Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Beatles LP Countdown - Maggie Mae

by Hector Diego

Here are the Beatles at their irreverent best doing a traditional song about a Liverpool hooker, who will "never walk down Lime Street anymore." It sounds like the skiffle style of music that was popular when they were teenagers. They went way beyond this stage, but the British Isles folk genre was always there in their foundations.

Two pounds ten a week was their pay.

And here's a longer, outtake version.

Regina Spektor--Time Is All Around

by Jay Allbritton
Time is all around
Except inside my clock
Everyone is waiting for their lover to unlock
Leaves become most beautiful
When they're about to die
When they're about to fall from trees
When they're about to dry up

Monday, August 30, 2010

Alice in Chains--Right Turn

by Jay Allbritton
Well it's hard to believe that somebody tricked you
when you can see you were only high
It's all up to you so you gamble
flat on your face and into the fire

The XX--Basic Space

by Jay Allbritton
One of the handful of young bands bringing something like disco back in a meaningful way.

The Quotable Marc Maron

by Jay Allbritton
On Friendship:
All I need are two: I need the main guy, and the guy I go to when I drain the main guy.
--From WTF podcast and comedy clubs near you and far away from you.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Tool--Silly Little Love Songs

by Jay Allbritton
Love Doesn't Come In A Minute,
Sometimes It Doesn't Come At All
I Only Know That When I'm In It
It Isn't Silly, No, It Isn't Silly, Love Isn't Silly At All.

Kansas - Dust In The Wind

by Hector Diego

Much as we would like to, we can not deny the truth presented in this song. No way.

And that is sobering.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Chris Cornell--Seasons

by Jay Allbritton
This was Cornell's first solo song, which he recorded for the Singles soundtrack. The Singles soundtrack is < Singles the movie.

Kashmiri Pandits Terrorized By Islamists

by Hector Diego

The reason I am posting this video is because of this Yahoo article. I have seen many articles about the plight of Muslims in Kashmir, but I have never seen one about the Kashmiri Pandits, who are Hindu, in ordinary media outlets. Why?


At the end of the video posted above, it is stated that India journalists of both the right and the left have not spoken out about the oppression of Hindus in Kashmir. And I wonder why...

New Christy Minstrels - Today

by Hector Diego

Ed Ames - Try To Remember

by Hector Diego

I should look for a better quality of recording of Ed Ames doing this song. What a voice. He was a sweet man.

Percy Faith - Moon River

by Hector Diego

Percy Faith was THE MAN.

Percy Faith - Theme From A Summer Place

by Hector Diego


Friday, August 27, 2010

The Injustice League--I'll Never Be Lost Again

by Jay Allbritton
I watched the epilogue of Lost last night, and it was a fairly well done excuse to squeeze a few more answers out of the writers. The epilogue can be found on disc-5 of the season 6 set, which was released earlier this week.

The epilogue got me going, and the special features sucked me in. By the time I exhausted all of the material on the disc, I was feeling extremely nostalgic for the show, so I went online and started reading other people's opinions about the epilogue, which quickly led to the discovery of this gem:

"We gotta go back, Kate!" Oh, sorry. I Lost my composure there.

I Don't Know How To Love Him

by Hector Diego

You write a song like this, you can die immediately and go straight to heaven. Because you didn't write the song--God wrote it, and you were the instrument. I would also say that this recording fulfilled the life purpose of the vocalist, Yvonne Elliman.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Nicolette Larson - Lotta Love

by Hector Diego

Thanks to the Station Agent posting this awhile back. It's great stuff.

Neil Young - Lotta Love

by Hector Diego

This is an achingly beautiful song. Perhaps because love can be achingly beautiful. And no one beats Neil Young when it comes to describing the most important things in life.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Aziz Ansari--Harris

by Jay Allbritton
Happy to see that the University of Florida's annual pep rally for homecoming, Gator Growl, will be headlined by the hilarious Aziz Ansari.

Beatles LP Countdown - For You Blue

by Hector Diego

"For You Blue" is not my favorite Harrison melody, but it is a strong one. Very distinctive. Check out Lennon on slide guitar--I had presumed it was Harrison. I had also thought that it was Harrison on piano. It seems that Lennon and McCartney grokked Harrison's style and imitated him on slide and piano.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Roots--Dear God

by Jay Allbritton
The Roots nicely re-appropriate "Dear God" by Monsters of Folk.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bobby Vinton - You Are My Special Angel

by Hector Diego

I just watched the episode of Mad Men that ends with the fascinatingly beautiful January Jones shooting a pellet gun or whatever it is at her neighbor's pigeons, accompanied by "You Are My Special Angel," with, of course, the stupid ubiquitous cigarette. What does it all mean?


Jenny Lewis--You Are What You Love

by Jay Allbritton
"But you are what you love, Tim
And not what loves you back
And I'm in love with illusions so saw me in half
I'm in love with tricks so pull another rabbit out of your hat"

Barry McGuire - Eve Of Destruction

by Hector Diego

Take a look around you, boy.

Bill Hicks--A Certain Anti-Intellectualism

by Jay Allbritton
What are you reading for?

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Mendoza Line--31 Candles

by Jay Allbritton
"You couldn't even face me/you wrote me in a letter..."

John Lennon - Oh Yoko

by Hector Diego


Jane's Addiction--Summertime Rolls

by Jay Allbritton
She sings a song and I listen to what it says:
If you want a friend Feed any animal...
There was so much space I cut me a piece
With some fine wine It brought peace to my mind
In the summertime... And it rolled

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

by Hector Diego
I intend to keep mentioning the Vietnam War here. John's legend, as huge as it was before he protested this war, doubled in size when he went on his heroic crusade against the war. How do like that choice of words. To define John fully, we must define 'nam.

This is a moving clip juxtaposing images from the Vietnam War with Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?"

PS: I discovered this one in our back files, way back in August 2006. The Station Agent is still protesting the Viet Nam war! Right on!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Devendra Banhart--Summertime

by Jay Allbritton
Summertime, and the living's easy...

Tool--46 and 2

by Jay Allbritton
I wanna feel the change consume me,
Feel the outside turning in.
I wanna feel the metamorphosis and
Cleansing I've endured in...
My shadow. My shadow.
Change is coming now is my time.
Listen to my muscle memory,
Contemplate what I've been clinging to,
Are Forty-Six & 2 ahead of me?

Beatles LP Countdown - Dig It/Let It Be

by Hector Diego

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Jon Stewart Follows the Money

by Jay Allbritton
Stewart blows this whole scandal wide open.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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Kimya Dawson--Moving On

by Jay Allbritton
running from the one who gave her life
running from the man who called her wife
she will find a way out i am sure
then no one can hurt her anymore

I'm On The Bull's Side!

by Hector Diego

I am glad no one was killed at this stupid event, which was not really a bullfight, but is first cousin to that demonic practice. So good, no one killed.

But I'm on the bulls' side. This particular bull just decided he should get even. Let's face it, a bullfight is not really a fight. It is a cruel and unusual punishment for a bovine, just so humans can enjoy violence. Actually, these staged events are quite inhuman. They do not enhance our humanity, they degrade it. Spain should be ashamed of this tradition. Maybe it is not the biggest problem in the world, but it is certainly a tragedy that can be stopped. It's bullshit.

Read the article.

PS: I read a few pages of comments on this, and not one person had a high opinion of bullfighting. Where do you stand?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tori Amos--Space Dog

by Jay Allbritton
From Pori Jazz 2010, in Pori, Finland.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Gold Motel--Fireworks After Midnight

by Jay Allbritton
Greta Morgan has an awesome voice and she has surrounded herself with the ideal band to frame her sound. This band is going to be very special. I feel it in my bones.

The Elected--Bank and Trust

by Jay Allbritton
It's just that I feel stuck in this American town
I finally got a good job, it'd just be dumb to move now
So some days I can hardly move
Much less move away

The Daily Show--Mosque-erade

by Jay Allbritton
Jon Stewart of The Daily Show digs through the deep pile of contradictions regarding the "Ground Zero Mosque" that is not actually at Ground Zero.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Mitch Hedberg--Canadian Exposure

by Jay Allbritton
The late great Mitch.

Kimya Dawson--It's Been Raining

by Jay Allbritton
Gut wrenching song about loss. Take note: Kimya is joined by the great French band Herman Dune on this recording.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me--Cake, Please!

by Jay Allbritton
As is my blogging tradition, I post Eddie's Cake or Death bit on my birthdays and blogiversaries. This time it's the Legos version.

Happy Birthday To The Station Agent!

by Hector Diego

He's thirty-six. Many happy returns!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Rilo Kiley--More Adventurous

by Jay Allbritton
From August 2004 appearance on KCRW.

Little Krishna

by Hector Diego

Here's another reason why Hinduism will always remain vibrant and fresh.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Rilo Kiley--Portions For Foxes

by Jay Allbritton
From September 8, 2007, in Seattle. A review of the show is here. My favorite line of the review was this one: "Sennett was not to be ignored, prowling the stage, tearing off terrific solo after solo, singing passionately, and generally proving himself Lewis's musical equal." Go team Blake!

Arcade Fire--Month of May

by Jay Allbritton
These guys bring a mighty thunder to close the Show that is Daily.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

McCartney Speaks Out About Meat

by Hector Diego

Find out more at Meat.org.

He says, "If slaughter houses were made out of glass, no one would eat meat."

The Raconteurs--Many Shades Of Black

by Jay Allbritton
Spectacular tune from Mr. White's side project. One of his many side projects. Are the White Stripes a side project now?

Rilo Kiley--Close Call

by Jay Allbritton
From Mr. Jools Holland's television program.

Don't Be Evil

by Jay Allbritton
Sam Seder breaks down Google and Verizon's shady net neutrality proposal.

I went deep on this subject here.

Bob Dylan - Love Minus Zero/No Limit

by Hector Diego

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Rilo Kiley--Breakin' Up

by Jay Allbritton
From First Avenue 9/14/07, Minneapolis, MN. "Did it break enough this time?"

Gold Motel--The Cruel One

by Jay Allbritton
From the JBTV HD sound stage, May 2010.

John Astin - Love, Serve, And Remember

by Hector Diego

I'm dedicating this one to my old friend Richard. He's running a spiritual organization out in Texas called Psychedelic Church.

“He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.” --Aeschylus

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lissie--Nothing Else Matters

by Jay Allbritton
Promising new comer Lissie busts out a neat Metallica cover that sounds much better when she does it.

Beatles LP Countdown - I, Me, Mine

by Hector Diego

We come into this world with nothing, and we go out with nothing.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Greg Behrendt - Melbourne International Comedy Festival

by Jay Allbritton
Greg Behrendt performed at the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He and fellow comedian Dave Anthony do a weekly podcast called Walking the Room that exemplifies the free form, underground DIY values I like in my podcasts. They are also funny.

Sarah Palin Encounters Dissenter in the Wild

by Jay Allbritton
Palin takes condescension to a new level when she says, "Oh, you wanted me to be your governor!" Also, there's a fun game of cat and mouse between the cameraperson and some dude trying to get in the way.

Rilo Kiley - Breakin' Up

by Hector Diego

A sad story, but a happy melody. Don't worry, be happy! Wash that man right out of your hair! Feels good to be free!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Anziz Ansari--Going to Sacramento

by Jay Allbritton
Aziz Ansari tells the story of how he decided one night at 3:30 AM that he was going to fly to Sacramento.

Tim Tebow The Franciscan

by Hector Diego

Has Tim Tebow switched religious denominations? And become a monk? What's he eating, bread and water? Read the article.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

The Silver Lake Rilo Kileys - Capturing Moods

by Hector Diego

Silver Lake, California

Featuring LA's very own J-Lew.

Greg Proops--The Police Reunion

by Jay Allbritton
The worst thing that happened in 2007, which was a lousy year--the Police reunion.

It's so much fun to watch a great comedian work with an audience that doesn't like him.

The Contender--A Look at Tennessee's 2010 Republican Gubernatorial Primary

by Jay Allbritton
Stephen Colbert looks at Tennessee's upcoming Republican Gubernatorial primary, where a colorful new contender has emerged.

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
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Bob And Jimi - All Along The Watchtower

by Hector Diego

I guess the answer to the question on the cover of the Jehovah Witness magazine depends upon your definition of religion. What most of us would call religion is sometimes practiced by people who deny any connection with "religion!" Those other people--deluded--they are doing religion, not us. Because of course religion is the problem. In the politics of representation, it is critical to define terms and get others to define them similarly.

Anyway, the hour is definitely getting late.

Friday, August 06, 2010

Pearl Jam--All Along the Watchtower

by Jay Allbritton
No reason to get excited
The thief he kindly spoke
There are many here among us
Who feel that life is but a joke
But you and I, we've been through that
And this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now
The hour's getting late

Jenny Lewis--Trying My Best to Love You

by Jay Allbritton
From last June at a show in Kansas.

Hari Kondabolu Reassures The People of Aspen

by Jay Allbritton
At a recent show in Aspen, comedian Hari Kondabolu breaks down what the people of Aspen can expect when the revolution comes.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Love as Laughter--Dirty Lives

by Jay Allbritton
This band is opening several shows from Jenny & Johnny in September. For those dates and their new single go here.

Jon Stewart Gets His Gun

by Jay Allbritton
In this must see clip, Jon Stewart exposes the complicated cowardly process that took place in the House of Representatives that cost 9/11 responders health care benefits.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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That's why Anthony Weiner freaked out in this clip.

Regina Spektor--Baobobs

by Jay Allbritton
"And I wouldn't raise my child inside this city anyway
They grow up too savvy and they grow up too fast
And they know about buying shit and they know about sex
And they know about investment banking and also about brokerage firms
And they know about the numbers and they know about the words
And they know about the bottom line and also about stones
And they know about careers and about the real deals
And they all grow up and become people's people with people skills"

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Happy Birthday Mr. President

by Hector Diego

We can't say it the way Marilyn Monroe said it to President Kennedy, but The Walrus Speaks would like to extend a very sincere birthday salutation to President Barack Obama on his 49th birthday today, August 4.

We feel that given what he has to work with, he has done an excellent job. We also look forward to his reelection in 2012.

Cops Harass Videotapers

by Hector Diego
The video that started it all...

This is why law enforcement cannot be trusted. You could get falsely arrested for videotaping them? How patently, cynically, illegal! We need immediate legislation that specifically states that videotaping cops is legal, and that infringing upon this sacred right will cost a cop his job. Go ahead and give them raises, though, because they are doing a dangerous job. But hold them to the Constitution. Otherwise, what kind of country are we living in?

Read the article.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Tegan and Sara--Don't Go Looking For Me

by Jay Allbritton
"You say it's kinda like that
Sad and blue
You get all emotional
And I get asked to go
You love six atop the tree
Shake it, shake it 'til it's free
I hope it's good to you
It's was good to me"

Beatles LP Countdown - Across The Universe

by Hector Diego

Jaya Guru Deva!

Monday, August 02, 2010

The Problem With Teleportation

by Jay Allbritton
Sheldon from the TV show The Big Bang Theory explains "the problem" with teleportation.

Rilo Kiley--Pictures of Success

by Jay Allbritton
They say California is a recipe for a black hole
and i say I've got my best shoes on
I'm ready to go...

Pearl Jam--Hunger Strike

by Jay Allbritton
Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney has an album coming out. Here she is performing with Pearl Jam in Mexico City back in 2003. The song is technically a Temple of the Dog cover, although the only personnel change from the album version is Tucker in for Chris Cornell.

Jenny Lewis, Levon Helm & Steve Earle to Rock L.A. on My Birthday

by Jay Allbritton
There's something very cosmic about all of this. If it weren't for the completely unthinkable damage it would do to my bank account, my professional life and my short term goals, I would fly to the city of my birth for this probably one-time only showcase of unimaginable talent. Please, please, please let this be a DVD in the making.

I can hear the three of them doing "The Weight" in my head already.

Here's The Band.

And for fun, here's Weezer's version of "The Weight"

"You Vote Yes if you Believe it's the Right Thing!"

by Jay Allbritton
New York Rep. Anthony Weiner goes berserk after the GOP killed a fund that would provide health care for 9/11 responders.


by Hector Diego

A really great live performance.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Let's Get Fired Up

by Hector Diego

I just saw this campaign image over at Jay Allbritton's--the Station Agent's--new blog. It looks like he has become a bus driver of sorts, but he's no Ralph Cramden. If you want politics, check out his blog.

I join Jay in beginning the campaign for 2012 just a little bit early. You can't give the reddish punks any slack.

The Walrus Speaks Turns Four

by Hector Diego

We are continuing our birthday celebration of The Walrus Speaks. That's www.thewalrusspeaks.blogspot.com on your cyber radio dial.

The Walrus Speaks Is Four Years Old

by Hector Diego

That's right folks, four years today. It has been a great deal of fun doing this blog with the Station Agent, who still has the best handle on politics than anyone I know. I'm searching for a tenure track job, and by God's grace, it will happen.

Meanwhile, the Beatles would like us to dance.


Antique walrus print courtesy of FineRarePrints.Com