Sunday, January 31, 2010

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Advisory--Lost Fans to Become Even More Annoying

by Jay Allbritton
The Onion nails Lost fans. Lost fans like... me.

George Harrison - Stuck Inside A Cloud

by Hector Diego


Here was a man who had seen it all. By all accounts, he left this world in a very spiritual state of mind. "Stuck Inside A Cloud" expresses the experiences of the twilight of his life.

And what a life.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Paul McCartney Blasts Meat Industry

by Hector Diego

Find out more at Meat.org.

I did not watch this, but I did listen to the familiar voice of old Mac. I am already a vegetarian, so I have no need to watch it. If you are not vegetarian, why not watch this video? Consider it a challenge from Hector Diego.

I dare you.

Paul calls it "The Website The Meat Industry Does Not Want You To See." I wonder why...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

American Artist J.D. Salinger 1919-2010

by Hector Diego


A beloved author, with immense influence on succeeding generations.

Read the article.

Lost in Real Time

by Jay Allbritton
Lost returns next week for its sixth and final season. if you haven't been watching, don't try to start now, this show is very involved and needs to be seen in it's entirety.

For the initiated (SPOILER ALERT)--this clip was put together by a fan, who takes footage from several different episodes from several different seasons and pieces together the events on the island and in the plane at the time of the plane crash that starts the show. This is as professional a job as you could expect from someone not associated with the show.

Csalemmusic--Black

by Jay Allbritton
This is a visceral, gut wrenching cover of one of my favorite Pearl Jam songs by a very talented YouTube cover artist named Csalemmusic that I am happy to toss into the never ending talent contest. Her cover of Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" is definitely worth a listen as well.

Moody Blues - Om

by Hector Diego


Today is the Appearance Day of Lord Nityananda.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

by Jay Allbritton
The great historian Dr. Howard Zinn died today of a heart attack at age 87. Zinn has long been one of my favorite writers. He was among the most ardant and articulate voices against the Vietnam War.

In this clip, actor Wallace Shawn reads the speech Zinn gave at Johns Hopkins University on the subject of Civil Disobedience in November of 1970.

Phoenix--Victim of the Crime

by Jay Allbritton
Stereogum has the band's cover of Dylan's "Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands".

This is "Victim of the Crime":

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Beatles LP Countdown - Martha, My Dear

by Hector Diego


It's a song McCartney wrote about his dog, so don't expect profound lyrics. But it is a perfect specimen of the McCartney genius for melody.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Damien Rice--Cold Water

by Jay Allbritton
Back in 2007, Rice and his band played a set for the BBC.

So Long, Conan

by Jay Allbritton
Hope we'll see you soon, you funny, funny man.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hope For Health Care Reform Lives

by Hector Diego


This is the resting place of the remains of the Kennedys. As long as that flame burns, the hope for health care for all Americans remains alive. It is only a matter of time.

We should not spit on the memory of the three brothers by allowing the insurance companies to have everything their way.

Bee Gees - New York Mining Disaster 1941

by Hector Diego


I parted ways with the Bee Gees when they went disco. But previous to this development, I would have to rate the Bee Gees as some of the most gifted composers of melody of the 20th century.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Lewis, Apple, Silverman and Many Others Performing For Haiti Relief

by Jay Allbritton
Musicians and comedians will be hosting three upcoming events in L.A. for Haiti.

From the LAist:

Love and Haiti, Too: A Music Benefit
Saturday, Jan. 23, at 9 p.m.
Featuring Fiona Apple, Jon Brion, Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins, Tom Brosseau, Gillian Welch and other surprise guests

Love and Haiti: A Comedy Benefit
Monday, Jan. 25, at 9 p.m.
Featuring Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari and special guests (rumored to appear, among others, are Ed Helms and Ben Stiller)

Song Circle for Haiti: Jenny Lewis & Friends
Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m.
Featuring Jenny Lewis, Azure Ray, Johnathan Rice, Morgan Nagler, Becky Stark, Jason Boesel and other special guests


If you're not in L.A. or can't make it to these events, you can still help out.

The Grass Roots - Let's Live For Today

by Hector Diego


We're continuing our 1960's theme this morning. Keep it tuned to Walrus Radio. That's www.thewalrusspeaks.blogspot.com on your cyber radio dial!

Yardbirds - Heart Full Of Soul

by Hector Diego


1965.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mountain Goats--Genesis 3:23

by Jay Allbritton
Earlier this week The Mountain Goats played Jimmy Fallon's show.

Moody Blues - Voices In The Sky

by Hector Diego



Los Campesinos!--Romance is Boring

by Jay Allbritton
Los Campesinos will return with a new album, Romance Is Boring, which will be released on February 1, 2010. This is the title track.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Forest City Lovers--If I Were A Tree

by Jay Allbritton
I like this video. A singer, out for a walk on a nice day. What could be better?

Are You A Carnist?

by Hector Diego

Why not?

Ever wonder why it is fine to eat a cow, but not your pet rabbit? The real reason, according to PhD psychologist Melanie Joy, is a form of cultural conditioning she calls carnism. Whatever we have been taught from birth we do not question...well, most of us do not question. And that's all there is to it. But carnism doesn't have to be the only way.

Read the article.

Monday, January 18, 2010

He's A Rebel

by Hector Diego



Actually recorded by The Blossoms, "He's A Rebel" is credited to The Crystals. Go look it up on Wikipedia if you are curious. Anyway, I heard this song at the supermarket the other day--as a child, I had to tolerate Frank Sinatra while standing at the check out counter--and I realized it is a very fine song. You know, just because he doesn't do what everybody else does...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Twist And Shout

by Hector Diego

John, Paul, and George w/Pete Best in 1961

Good morning Beatles people. It is now 63 Beatle degrees outside the studio of KTWS Radio. Broadcasting from America's Deep South, local time is 9.43 am. That's www.thewalrusspeaks.blogspot.com on your cyber radio dial.

Teen Beatles

by Jay Allbritton
Someone found a picture of the Beatles, pre-Ringo, in 1957. George was only 14!

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2551/4237082804_447e1d8459_o.jpg

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Scientists Create Pork From Pig Cells

by Hector Diego

Hope for pigs?

You read the headline correctly. This could be the most significant scientific food development in recorded history. And the pigs of the world will be very, very happy.

Read the article.

Beatles LP Countdown - Happiness Is A Warm Gun

by Hector Diego


This song is so John Lennon.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Elliott Smith--Twilight

by Jay Allbritton
This song had amazing pop potential. Imagine if Elliott had actually toured in support of the record this song appears on--From a Basement on a Hill. He probably would have attained a level of fame he'd always been wary of.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Jenna Finland - Femme Fatale

by Hector Diego


I was inspired by the Station Agent's post of Jenna Finland's cover of the Velvet Underground's "After Hours." I think this young woman is a very strong contender in our Never Ending Talent Contest.

Rogue Wave on Spinner.com

by Jay Allbritton
Last year Rogue Wave played an acoustic set for Spinner.

George Harrison - Bangladesh

by Hector Diego


Even in the best of times, the Haitian people have almost nothing. Except love.

Jenna Finland--After Hours

by Jay Allbritton
Jenna Finland covered this Velvet Underground tune over a year ago, but it's never too late to join our never ending talent competition.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Google Defies Chinese Government

by Hector Diego


Google threatens to leave China because the government wants to impose many Internet restrictions that Google finds unacceptable. The Walrus Speaks salutes Google for supporting civil liberties such as freedom of speech. Besides, the Chinese government does not represent real communism, anyway. It's really totalitarianism by another name.

Read the article.

"The Machine is (Changing) Us"

by Jay Allbritton
This is an excellent critique of current American media and our response to it presented by Kansas State Anthropology professor Michael Wesch at the Personal Democracy Forum 2009.

Suzanne Vega--Caramel

by Jay Allbritton
From Sessions At West 54th.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jenny Lewis - Somebody Elses Clothes

by Hector Diego


This might be considered a Rilo Kiley song, I'm not sure. But I like it.

Vampire Weekend--Run

by Jay Allbritton
Vampire Weekend breathed life into MTV's unplugged series recently. Stereogum and MTV have more.

Compassion Prevails In New Jersey

by Hector Diego


New Jersey has become the fourteenth state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. It takes a little dough out of the pocket of Tony Soprano, but that's the idea.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Laura Veirs--Wrecking

by Jay Allbritton
"We can do some wrecking here
And find something to love
In this broken place
This broken place"

Beatles LP Countdown - While My Guitar Gently Weeps

by Hector Diego


Beautiful remastered version. Try it, you'll like it.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

T.V. Carpio--I Want to Hold Your Hand

by Jay Allbritton
From the movie Across the Universe.

Peter, Bjorn, And John With Victoria

by Hector Diego

Sweden's Victoria Bergsman

I just have to post "Young Folks" once in awhile.

Enigma - Principles Of Lust

by Hector Diego


Great music, true thoughts.

Friday, January 08, 2010

The Antlers--Two

by Jay Allbritton
"When we moved here together we were so disappointed,
sleeping out of tune with our dreams disjointed..."

Do You Agree With President Carter?

by Hector Diego


“Penalties against drug use should not be more damaging to an individual than use of the drug itself. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against the possession of marijuana in private for personal use.”--American President Jimmy Carter

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Will Hoge--Even If It Breaks Your Heart

by Jay Allbritton
From my old home town of Baltimore, last October.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Rilo Kiley - Glendora

by Hector Diego

Vampire Weekend--Cousins

by Jay Allbritton
The fabulous Vampire Weekend played Letterman earlier this week.

POS--Goodbye

by Jay Allbritton
Indie rap darling POS performing live on The current.

The Xx--Islands

by Jay Allbritton
This is the band that Stereogum named best new act of 2009. Not bad at all.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Kimya Dawson--France

by Jay Allbritton
Kimya and David-Ivar Herman Dune team up on an early version of the song that became "France".

Rolling Stones - The Lantern

by Hector Diego

Their Satanic Majesties Request

Monday, January 04, 2010

The Blow--Lose Yourself

by Jay Allbritton
Khaela Maricich talks a little about how she is never really able to capture the male perspective in her songs. Then she covers the Eminem rap anthem "Lose Yourself".

The Glass Beef--Hawaii

by Jay Allbritton
Hopefully when the two talented young actors in this group get the fame they deserve for their acting they will find the time to make some more music together. They were just scratching the surface here.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Beatles LP Countdown - Bungalow Bill

by Hector Diego


It's "The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill", to be precise. McCartney said this was Lennon's recommendation of vegetarianism.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Apes & Androids--Hot Kathy

by Jay Allbritton
I listened to about two notes of this sick groove before I decided to buy this band's music. It's so 1991.

Twilight Of A College Football God

by Hector Diego










Tim Tebow is only a football player among the gods--but among football players, he is a god. Yesterday he played his last game as a University of Florida Gator. It is the end of an era.

Friday, January 01, 2010

Jane's Addiction--I Would For You

by Jay Allbritton
"You say my eyes
Are crazy eyes
Sometimes they are
And so are you
And if you wonder
What I would do
I would do
Anything
If I could
You know I would..."

John Lennon - Imagine

by Hector Diego


One YouTube commenter wrote, "This song was played at my Dad's funeral." They played it last night at Times Square.

The Walrus Speaks wishes positive growth for everyone in 2010.

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