Saturday, December 31, 2011

Jenny Lewis--Silver Lining

by Jay Allbritton
Tried to get my good friend Kelly into Jenny Lewis and Rilo Kiley. No sale. Not a fan of her voice. It baffles me when I hear that from people with such good taste. She didn't seem to mind RK guitarist Blake Sennett's voice when I played her a song by his band, the Elected.

Michael Cassidy - Lover Of The Lord

by Hector Diego


It's as sappy as it gets. But that can be rather nice, I think.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Elliott Smith--Division Day

by Jay Allbritton
"Beautiful division day." 

U.S. Navy: Drunk OK, Cannabis Not OK

by Hector Diego
                                                  Naval Base San Diego, California


"You can just imagine the work that we do in a military environment," said Mark Ridley, deputy director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, adding, "you need to be in your right mind when you do a job. That's why the Navy has always taken a zero tolerance policy toward drugs."


What a crock! When I was driving cab in San Diego, I used to bring sailors right up to the boarding plank of their ship. They could be so drunk that a buddy would have to help them up, and make sure they didn't fall into the grimy waters of San Diego Bay. That was OK with the Shore Patrol, who were standing right there. But if a sailor was found with cannabis--so much as a minuscule roach--the sailor was going to the brig. 


I agree that military personnel, at least while on duty, should be as sober as sober can be. After all they could be working with dangerous equipment, ordnance, or classified info--whatever; I don't know much about such matters, I'm just saying--so why is alcohol allowed? Is it not a drug, and a dangerous one at that? In fact, is not alcohol far more dangerous, statistically, than cannabis? 


I can't shake the memory of those sailors, so drunk they could not walk unaided. However, I have never in my entire life seen anyone impaired like that under the influence of cannabis. So what gives? 


You tell me. 

Phish - Waste

by Hector Diego


I don't know Jack about Phish, but I am finding out.

The Hush Sound--Molasses

by Jay Allbritton
 From 2008.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Concrete Blonde--Joey

by Jay Allbritton
From one of the finest of years--1992.

4 Non Blondes--What's Up

by Jay Allbritton
This song has popped up about five different times in the last week. It's my spooky Christmas song, apparently. 

Old Mac Tells The Truth Of Slaughterhouses

by Hector Diego


I can't watch it. However, I have been a vegetarian since 1974. Maybe that's why I can't watch it. Can you? What do you think of Paul McCartney's observation that if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian?

There are regulations meant to mitigate the suffering of animals, but these regulations are ROUTINELY ignored. Why? Because they are in place only because conscientious people have demanded them, but society doesn't really care about them, and so slaughterhouses violate the regulations WITH IMPUNITY.

So listen to your conscience and go vegetarian. Yes or no, and why?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Yamuna Devi - Govindam Adi Purusham

by Hector Diego


In this video are pictures of Yamuna Devi, the lead singer in "Govindam Adi Purusham", with A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, George Harrison, and his first wife Patti. Yamuna Devi passed away last week in Melbourne, Florida. She was 70.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Long-Haired Radical Socialist Jew

by Hector Diego


A wonderful song by Hugh Blumenfeld that I am posting for my dear little sister, who has always loved Jesus.

Jury Refuses Cannabis Conviction

by Hector Diego


This is what I call power to the people.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Tell Obama To Honor His Campaign Statements!

by Hector Diego


I voted for the President, and I will vote for him again. But his allowing Justice Department resources to be wasted on busting medical marijuana dispensaries is outrageous. If you agree with me, click on this and tell him so!

The Spirituality Of Cannabis

by Hector Diego


In "Cannabis Club", Professor Luis Leon argues that the cannabis experience is spiritual. His article appears in Frequenciesa new online encyclopedia of spirituality, curated by Professor Kathryn Lofton and Professor John Lardas Modern.

Read the article.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

My Favorite Things--John Coltrane

by Jay Allbritton
Jazz is pretty rare on this blog. But there is no denying the magic of this performance. Merry Christmas, from KTWS, Walrus radio.



Complete Beatles Christmas Messages

by Hector Diego


The annual Beatles fan club message, 1963-1970.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve Political Rant

by Hector Diego
I am quite direct in my criticism of the conservative element in America, but I usually don't get as direct and personal as I will here. No, I save that for stuff that really gets my goat, and these days, I will admit that I have a lot of political goat to get.


At issue is the official White House Christmas card, which Sarah Palin disparaged in no uncertain terms. This well meaning Yahoo comment put me over the edge:


"You are correct... we have degenerated to nothing more than a bunch of cry babies who have no manners (and I mean EVERYONE) cheap shots from both sides. It is sad, there is no integrity anymore."


I disagree with this comment. Cheap shots from both sides? What cheap shots from Obama is she referring to? Presidents are rather good at avoiding them, at least once they are elected. To his credit, as far as I can remember, President George W. Bush also refrained from cheap shots on a personal level. Let the person who posted this comment show the cheap shots, or be quiet. Her fuzzy rhetoric is meaningless and does not contribute to understanding of what is happening, at all. The real truth is that ultra-conservatives (even her friends wouldn't call her a moderate, so that's telling us something) like Palin will stoop to any political stunt to discredit a President who in good faith--you may strongly disagree with his ideas and policies, but still, to the best of his convictions--is trying his best. As if a low-life like Palin is in any position to lecture anyone else. Palin is despicable, and that is no cheap shot. 


I don't mind bearing the expense of a direct hit.




The image above is Obama's Christmas card 2011, which, as Sarah Palin correctly points out, contains no Christmas tree! The nerve! Outrageously non-Christmasy, isn't it? "It's odd," Palin said, wondering why the President's Christmas card highlights his dog instead of traditions like "family, faith and freedom."






The image above is George W. Bush's card from 2005, with his two dogs in the foreground. I could show the Christmas cards of other Republican Presidents, which also have no Christmas tree, and no discernible expression of "family, faith, and freedom." But you can see for yourself.


Speaking only of her public relations modus operandi and her comments about her political opponents--not her politics, mind you--I would like to know...just going by her statement about Obama's Christmas card, why does Palin not deserve the following appellation...


C WORD.  


??? You tell me why Palin does not represent the most despicable impulse in our national life. Ironically, even more sad is that some people would certify that "family, faith, and freedom" are values that need to be illumined by the guiding light of Wasilla. I am fairly certain that even Richard Nixon would disapprove of her antics.


For some strange reason, I have a feeling that Palin would be fine with that. 



John Lennon _ Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

by Hector Diego


The Walrus Speaks sends this Christmas message:

We're all family, and we all have value. And that's all we need to know about family values.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Crucified Skeleton Santa

by Hector Diego

It's not likely that regulars to The Walrus Speaks would be offended by this image, so here it is. Crucified skeleton Santas need love, too. But I think Santa is very unhappy about an incident in an American mall, where a thousand people lined up to buy Air Jordan basketball shoes. Because of pushing and shoving, law enforcement arrived on the scene and used pepper spray on these fools.

It is probable that most of the recipients of these shoes do not even play basketball. So why do they wear such expensive shoes? Poor Santa has been crucified by materialistic values.

Rilo Kiley - Christmas Cake

by Hector Diego


The cold war is on between you and me...

Christmas Cake by Rilo Kiley on Grooveshark

Happy Crimble!

by Hector Diego




From Wikipedia: 


"Crimble or Krimble is a slang term for Christmas coined by The Beatles as part of their 1964 Christmas record issued via the Beatles Fan Club. It is believed to have been coined by John Lennon given his penchant for wordplay. The term has come into general use among Liverpudlians, though use has spread to the wider world."


Yeah.

Happy Festivus! A Holiday for the Rest of Us!

by Jay Allbritton
In the comments, tell us how your loved ones have disappointed you this year.

Cannabis Morning In America?

by Hector Diego

The country is slowly going green. The lightest green indicates states where medical marijuana is legal. The darker green indicates decriminalized marijuana, and the darkest green indicates both legal medical and decriminalized status. When most or all of the states are green, politicians in Washington will be forced to overturn the Federal ban. I'm 55. I hope I live to see it.

Wild Flag--Romance

by Jay Allbritton
Awesome performance by Carrie Brownstein's fantastic new band White Flag.

Beatles - All I Want For Christmas

by Hector Diego


This one is also from 1963.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

When Jerry Met Ricky

by Jay Allbritton
The comedy underworld interests me to no end.

Beatles Christmas 1963

by Hector Diego


This is the first Beatles fan club Christmas recording. I would have joined the club, but didn't know how.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Norah Jones--Long Way Home

by Jay Allbritton
Norah's singing me to sleep on an obscenely late night.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Animals - When I Was Young

by Hector Diego


I'm playing all of the Animals' greatest hits for the Station Agent.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Phineas and Ferb--There's a Platypus Controlling Me

by Jay Allbritton
Is there a "platypus" controlling you?

Saturday Night Live Does Tebow And Jesus

by Hector Diego


Tebowmania continues here at The Walrus Speaks.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Ani DiFranco - My IQ

by Hector Diego


Don't patronize this woman.

Pearl Jam--State of Love and Trust

by Jay Allbritton
Between their first and second albums, Pearl Jam contributed two brilliant jems to the soundtrack of a second-rate romcom called Singles. These songs would never appear on a proper PJ studio album, which is kind of cool. They're special. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Elliott Smith--Stupidity Tries

by Jay Allbritton
This is a fine, rare glimpse of rockin' Elliott. because so much of his material was laid back acoustic stuff, people don't realize what a rockin' guitar player he was.

Kimya Dawson--Parade

by Jay Allbritton

a million people realize there's better things to do
than wasting their whole lives being accessible to you
like throwing off their clothes and marching down the avenue
singing "i'm in new york city, don't i look so pretty? hey!"

Parade by Kimya Dawson on Grooveshark

Larger Than Life Beatles - Sie Liebt Dich

by Hector Diego


All the Beatles knew a little German, having rocked the Hamburg red light district for years. Paul knew a little more. This looks like footage from Germany after they became the biggest show business legend--among a few other things--in all history. It looks like some of these people knew they were witnessing history, no surprise there.

The Beatles were even larger than themselves.

Zooey Sings The Beach Boys

by Hector Diego


Station Agent, you gotta see this.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Happy Birthday, Bill!

by Jay Allbritton
Today is the day that Bill Hicks would have turned 50. Here's the time he went for the righteous indignation dollar. That's a big dollar.

Elliott Smith--Waltz #2 (XO)

by Jay Allbritton
"I'm never gonna to know you now, but I'm gonna love you anyhow..."

Who Wrote The Bible?

by Hector Diego


I can't resist posting something Hitchens would enjoy. What kills me is that in my opinion, who wrote the Bible is not as important as following the Bible's recommendations to live a decent life...but for some other people it is more important that you BELIEVE everything it says, and what is more, you BELIEVE everything that people who BELIEVE everything it says SAY about it, including who wrote it.

So for these people, believing and saying are more important than how you live. I believe Hitchens could not have said it better.

Christopher Hitchens 1949-2011

by Hector Diego

As an indefatigable cheerleader for atheism, Christopher Hitchens was the bane of religious believers everywhere. Now, I am a religious believer. Granted, I am a religious believer with mountains--not a pinch--of salt, and I am not unmindful that religion sometimes really does divide people. Nevertheless, I affirm the power of religion for good. So why post an obituary of Hitchens?

Well, some of my best friends are atheists, or are flirting with atheism. Sometimes they call themselves agnostic. Another thing is that I identify with Hinduism, which makes room for doubts about the existence of God--it's all about how you behave, not what you believe.

Hitchens' religion was based on getting people to not believe in God. What is belief? What is God? Although I "believe in God", there was something about Hitchens that I found amusing. This led me to believe that, perhaps, God also found Hitchens amusing. At any rate, Hitchens deserves a decent send-off because, as his friends would aver, he was a decent human being. As a Hindu, that is enough for me.

I can't say I liked his latter day politics. Here is the New York Times obituary.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Obama, Call Off U.S. Attorneys Against Cannabis!

by Hector Diego


Quite often I get messages from the Marijuana Policy Project, an outfit dedicated to changing draconian government cannabis policy in the U.S. Here's what they sent me.


Dear Hector,

What is it going to take to get the President to end the war on medical marijuana patients? It's a simple answer:

You.

Fortunately, you have some powerful people on your side.

Two weeks ago, Governors Christine Gregoire (D-WA) and Lincoln Chafee (I-RI) petitioned the federal government to reclassify marijuana as a drug with legitimate medical value. The 99-page petition, loaded with references to scientific studies, laid to rest any legitimate claim that marijuana is not a medicine.

But President Obama continues to allow members of his administration to bully and intimidate medical marijuana providers and state and local officials who support them. He needs to know that the public wants him to respect state medical marijuana laws once and for all. That is why we are part of a coalition urging Americans to make today a medical marijuana day of action.

We have made it as easy as possible for you to make your voice heard. In less than two minutes, you can send a pre-written email to the White House. If you like, you can even modify the email.

Change in this country does not come easy. And it does not come when we are silent. Please visit our site and speak out today!


I sent our President a message supporting the MPP's noble efforts.

You can send the President the same message.

Steve Martin and a Banjo

by Jay Allbritton
The master.

Kimbra--Settle Down

by Jay Allbritton
I was on YouTube and one thing led to another... next thing I know--Kimbra! I don't know who this is, but I intend to find out.

Neil Diamond--Solitary Man

by Jay Allbritton
Before he became unintentionally hilarious, Neil Diamond had a little gravitas. He spent a great deal of it on cheesy horn-lines, but gravitas nonetheless. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

American Kids Prefer Herb, Ditch Booze

by Hector Diego




A recent article says that marijuana use is on the rise with American youth, while drinking is declining. This is good news, because anyone with experience with both alcohol and marijuana knows which drug is more dangerous. Let's be absolutely clear--would you rather share the road with people who have been drinking, or with people who have been smoking? If you honestly don't know the answer to this question, do some research. While marijuana may slightly slow a driver's reaction time, smokers can compensate by being extra attentive, whereas drinkers cannot be extra attentive no matter how hard they try. Now if you are one of these chronic drinkers who is absolutely pickled and can drive legally drunk with no bad effects, I'm not referring to you. Just saying.

Read the article, which tries to link illegal marijuana use with legal marijuana use, with, ostensibly, the purpose of deprecating medical marijuana. Can you really trust anything the Drug Czar says? Or, at least, the Drug Czar's purpose for saying it?

One more point in this rant, please. What is the most viable way to persuade kids not to use artificial marijuana, which really is harmful? Legalize the real thing. 

I'm Hector Diego, and I approve of this message.

First Aid Kit--Emmylou

by Jay Allbritton
Here's another from the treasure trove that is KCRW's YouTube page. 

Gotye--Somebody That I Used To Know

by Jay Allbritton
Don't let the two minutes of mumbling fool you, this dude can sing. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bob Dylan - Ballad Of A Thin Man

by Hector Diego


When I discovered Dylan in 1969, it was a life changing event.

The Mountain Goats--Going to Georgia

by Jay Allbritton
From January 2010, live at NPR's studio.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven

by Hector Diego


This song is one of the most famous, ever. It has become a cliche. That is all the more reason for us to post it, so that a youngster who has not heard it can know what the cliche is all about. Arguably not Led Zeppelin's greatest work, it was nevertheless their biggest hit.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ann Coulter

by Hector Diego


I'll say.

To Russia With Love

by Hector Diego


People are now protesting the phony election of Putin. The Russian bear is awake! We hear you, comrades. Best wishes from The Walrus Speaks, U.S.

From Russia With Love by Matt Monro on Grooveshark

Pink Floyd - Money

by Hector Diego

The Mitt at Bain Capitalism.

Money - Pink Floyd by Various Artists on Grooveshark

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Rilo Kiley - Close Call

by Hector Diego


That's no way to get rich.

Close Call by Rilo Kiley on Grooveshark

Friday, December 09, 2011

Rick Perry Vs. The Christmas Grinch

by Hector Diego


Perry claims that because of people like Obama and his "war on religion", children can't pray in school, or openly celebrate Christmas. Well, as far as I can see, everyone except Jews, Muslims, and Jehovah's Witnesses are openly celebrating Christmas in America, and some of the aforementioned are too. And plenty of atheists as well. As for praying in school, who was it that said that as long as there are examinations in school, there will be prayers?

What the conservatives are fulminating about--not openly, but still fulminating--is that teachers no longer lead prayers. What they really want, but know they can't openly say, is that schools should go back to a standard that has been declared illegal. They want American schools to openly acknowledge Christianity everyday, in all of its functions.

But public schools represent the federal, state, and local governments of our nation, and our Constitution forbids government's involvement in religion. So for all of their ranting about the Constitution, they don't really respect it, do they?

Yes or no, Rick Perry?

Karma--Once

by Jay Allbritton
This song has now landed in court. Here's how.

John Lennon - Working Class Hero

by Hector Diego


Let's continue celebrating the life of John Lennon, who was assassinated 30 years ago last Tuesday. The Station Agent and I consider Lennon to be one of the most important figures of the 20th century.

Elvis And Daughter - In The Ghetto

by Hector Diego


Presley's voice is not polished like her Dad's. However, she doesn't try to do what she cannot do, and she can more than carry a tune. Not a bad voice at all.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Benatar And Presley - Heart Breaker

by Hector Diego


A nice duet.

John Lennon, 31 Years Gone

by Jay Allbritton
The Vancouver Sun caught up with Yoko who said, "John was about making the world a better place. He sang 'Gimme Some Truth,' so when I see all the activism out there today, I feel like we will turn the corner soon."



My friend Russ posted this clip on his Facebook page in commemoration of Lennon's murder 31 years ago.



And here's one of my favorite Lennon songs, though it was on a Beatles album--"The Ballad of John and Yoko."

Nice Guy George Harrison

by Hector Diego


Rene Sevin of Kings of Jupiter didn't recognize Harrison as the famous musician that he was. But she did recognize his beautiful soul.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Herman Dune--When The Water Gets Cold and Freezes on the Lake

by Jay Allbritton
"Right now I need to stay home and I don't need your company
Right now I need to be alone and I need you to stay away from me
I love the smell of your hair and the blue of your eyes
But you're far too complicated and you tell a lot of lies
I'll see what's right and what's wrong, I'll see what's true and what's fake
When the water gets cold and freezes on the lake."
When The Water Gets Cold And Freezes On The Lake by Herman Düne on Grooveshark

Gossip--Heavy Cross

by Jay Allbritton
This band was recently recommended by my friend and podcast co-host Jason Edwards. Pretty great stuff. Their cover of George Michael's "Careless Whispers" is phenomenal. 

Guns N Roses--Sweet Child of Mine

by Jay Allbritton
The latest round of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced.  Topping the list are three bands--Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beastie Boys and Guns N Roses--that had a very heavy influence on my tastes as a teenager and were among my favorite bands in the late 80's and deep into the 90's. While my affection for each of these bands has faded over the years for a multitude of reasons, each is a fantastic choice for induction and each have songs that I still enjoy periodically.

This is the video that gave me my first look at Guns N Roses.

Merlin's Magic - In The Morning Light

by Hector Diego


Great meditation music.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Animals - Sky Pilot

by Hector Diego


The Sky Pilot was a military chaplain for US and British troops during the Vietnam war.

Guess Who--These Eyes

by Jay Allbritton
This song got into my head over the years through osmosis. It's one of those ubiquitous songs that plays endlessly in grocery stores and on easy listening radio stations. My friend and I spontaneously started singing this together on skype last night for no reason at all. Silly, fun times.



"These eyes, oh are cryin'!" Take it, Dr. Diego!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Dido--Honestly Ok

by Jay Allbritton
From London, 2004.

The Twilight Singers--On the Corner

by Jay Allbritton
This band comes recommended by my friend Jason, so I'm trying them out.  Not bad at all, no? 

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Ted Leo--One Polaroid a Day

by Jay Allbritton
Ted Leo is my favorite type of guitar god--one that need not shred, but can and will when the time is right.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Adele--Someone Like You

by Jay Allbritton
Love it when a young performer steps up to a huge platform and delivers a brilliant performance.

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down--Feet Asleep

by Jay Allbritton
Thao and the kids country out this rendition of "Feet Asleep" at SXSW.



For more Thao, check out my blog where she's the Saturday Play.

Animals - San Franciscan Nights

by Hector Diego


I'm going to make sure that the Station Agent has heard every big Animals song. There were lots of them.

Phantom Planet--California

by Jay Allbritton
Fun fact: This live performance on Mr. Letterman's program was from the relatively early days of Phantom Planet when actor Jason Schwartzman was still their drummer.

Neil Young - Heart Of Gold

by Hector Diego


Nobody--but nobody--beats Neil Young. Damn this is good.

Friday, December 02, 2011

The Beatles At The Cavern

by Hector Diego


This is supposed to be the first video of the Beatles in existence. Liverpool, 1962.

JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound--I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

by Jay Allbritton
Just heard actor Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) recommend this band on the latest episode of Doug Benson's podcast, Doug Loves Movies. Here's their cover of Wilco's "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart."

Ganesha Meditation

by Hector Diego


Lord Ganesha is the god of doors and beginnings. And that's everywhere, all the time.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

She And Him - Sweet Darlin'

by Hector Diego


Zooey is alright.

Rilo Kiley--Capturing Moods

by Jay Allbritton
Circa 2003. Listen for one of the greatest Jenny Lewis screams during the breakdown.

Moody Blues - Eyes Of A Child

by Hector Diego


Let's grow up and become like children.

Enigma - Invisible Love

by Hector Diego


Beautiful.


Tantric Sexuality

by Hector Diego


Don't worry Mom and Dad. It's only music.

Reiki Music

by Hector Diego


Relax, dudes and dudettes. Don't worry, be happy.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pearl Jam--25 Minutes to Go

by Jay Allbritton
PJ covered Johnny Cash's classic back 2003.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mason Williams - Classical Gas

by Hector Diego


The Station Agent's post of John Fahey inspired me. So here is a truly great live performance by Mason Williams and friends.

John Fahey--Poor Boys Long Way From Home

by Jay Allbritton
Among they very best to touch a guitar.

Patrice O' Neal (1969-2011)

by Jay Allbritton
One of the best comedians in America, Patrice O' Neal died last night. He suffered a stroke last month and had been battling diabetes. Here's a bit of his brilliant comedy from an appearance at the Comedy Store in London. 

Oasis--Don't Look Back In Anger

by Jay Allbritton
I like this band's music, at least I like the songs that I heard plastered all over the radio in the 90's. But the band's image is so unlikeable that I don't bother with them. Seems they don't even like each other much.

In their favor, they do have a heavy Beatles influence.

At any rate, this is a fabulous rendition of their song, "Don't Look Back in Anger," which is fine advice.   

Scott McKenzie - San Francisco

by Hector Diego


Why am I not bothered by the commercialization of hippies, flower power, and the romanticism of "the Summer of Love" in San Francisco, 1967? I can't quite put my finger on it, but I think it has something to do with the redemption of commercialization. It is so patently stupid. So if something like what happened in "the City" in 1967 had a wide, popular appeal, it's fine with me, because it was nowhere near as stupid as the narrow spirit that opposed it. I know that thousands of kids went there and lived in poverty and filth in Golden Gate Park. Some took heroin. They were all escaping from their parents and some from college. Many of that generation were interested only in sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Etc. But when the smoke clears it is obvious that there was much more good than bad. Would you really want to return to the days before the Haight-Ashbury hype?

If you do, chances are you vote Republican.


Monday, November 28, 2011

Bob Dylan - Maggie's Farm

by Hector Diego

I try my best to be just like I am, but everybody wants you to be just like them--they say "sing while your slave", and I just get bored...


Maggie's Farm by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Lhasa de Sela--Anywhere on This Road

by Jay Allbritton
My friend educated me on the music of Lhasa de Sela, who sadly died after a battle with breast cancer on New Year's Day, 2010.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Gilbert O'Sullivan - Alone Again, Naturally

by Hector Diego


The Station Agent claims that a song by Elliot Smith is the saddest song ever written. I disagree. This is the saddest song ever written.

Quicksilver Messenger Service - Fire Brothers

by Hector Diego


Dreamy.


Come Together

by Hector Diego


It sounds like "shooka" but that's because Lennon had sung "shoot me." After the song was recorded someone pointed out that this was not a good idea, so the "me" was edited out. The "ka" sound is Ringo doing his Ringo thing. This is a sad story, isn't it?

Shooka.

Cyanide And Happiness - The Sign

by Hector Diego


I just discovered Cyanide and Happiness. Now I am going to have to exercise all of my self-control--which isn't much--to avoid rotting my brain to the core. Because these little videos are like potato chips. You can't have just one.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Lisa Loeb--Dirty Work

by Jay Allbritton
Covering Steely Dan to great affect.

America--Tin Man

by Jay Allbritton
Someone mentioned this song the other day and it has been stuck in my head ever since. Perhaps because the central theme of the song's lyrics--the fact that faith in self and others comes from within--resonates with the central conflict at work in my own life currently.

That has to be it because it's a real crap song.

Also, you would think that America would have to be the hardest band to google. Not so. They have the top spot despite the fact that America is the name of everything in the entire hemisphere.

Grateful Dead - Me And My Uncle

by Hector Diego

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mitch and Crackers Night

by Jay Allbritton
There's not enough Mitch in this world. I'm enjoying watching him while I eat crackers, which he reminds us are not little edible plates. 

An Institutionalized Thanksgiving

by Hector Diego

What are you trying to say? I'm crazy? When I went to your schools? I went to your churches?

Institutionalized (Remastered) by Suicidal Tendencies on Grooveshark

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

An Innocent Thanksgiving Dinner

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.

Are You Experienced?

by Hector Diego


Rolling Stone has pronounced Jimi Hendrix the greatest guitarist of all time.

All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix on Grooveshark

Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix on Grooveshark

Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix on Grooveshark

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Female Circumcision

by Hector Diego


Male circumcision is stupid, too.


I love it when Republicans are told about the private sector!

Rilo Kiley--Pictures of Success

by Jay Allbritton
This is a very special live performance from Glasgow. Five years ago today.

Quicksilver Messenger Service - All In My Mind

by Hector Diego


What sort of dance is appropriate for this music? The cha-cha? The bossa nova? I have no idea.

M83--Midnight City

by Jay Allbritton
From Fallon last night. No idea what to make of this performance. Let's put it this way, it's a long, slow build to a fierce jam. This band is willing to be extremely snyth-y and I have an aversion to that sort of thing. Their lyrics are a bit too repetitive in this song, but the layered vocals are so sweet that I will bear the electro overkill. I didn't enjoy watching it... until the end, which packs a real punch. This band seems like they could grow on a more patient listener.

Monday, November 21, 2011

New Old Elliot Smith Song, "Misery Let Me Down," Surfaces

by Jay Allbritton
Current Washington Post blogger and former DJ at University of Maryland's student run station WMUC-FM David Malitz tells the tale of how a lost recording of Elliott Smith performing the heretofore unheard "Misery Let Me Down" recently came to light. You can hear the song there and you can download it over at Sweet Adrenaline.

On the recording you can hear Smith explain that he wants to play a warm-up song. After about two-minutes, Smith stops playing abruptly, presumably because he's warm. So, in reality this is just a fragment of a song, but it's quite good.

Smith's most famous song, "Miss Misery," led Smith to a level of fame he never courted. Though "Misery Let Me Down" was performed at WMUC and left behind the year before "Miss Misery" landed on the Good Will Hunting soundtrack, it might feel like a sad lament from beyond the grave, if one didn't know better.

In this post-Good Will Hunting interview, Smith explains why he rarely played "Miss Misery" live.

Tokyo Police Club and Ted Leo Cover "Since U Been Gone"

by Jay Allbritton
Back in summer, Tokyo Police club covered the first decade of the 21st century, by covering one song per day for ten days. This is their take on Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone."

Since U Been Gone by Tokyo Police Club on Grooveshark

While I'm generally not a fan of Clarkson's brand of all out pop, TPC is at least the second act to scrape some polish off "Since U Been Gone" with terrific results. The great Ted Leo bent it into a sweet medley with Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Maps".

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe

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.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Tot Roots For Vikings, Disappointed

by Hector Diego


Two of my four daughters take an interest in football, but not like this. This kid is hard core!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Serena Ryder - Truth

by Hector Diego


Ryder is a songbird with lots of green eyed soul.

David Byrne--Psycho Killer

by Jay Allbritton
Vintage Byrne, circa 1998, courtesy of my friend Kelly, who pointed out the similarity in stage presence between Byrne and Maynard James Keenan.

"My Sweet Lord"?

by Hector Diego


Harrison could laugh at himself, apparently. A prince of a man, a prince, I say.

Jerry Garcia - Comes A Time

by Hector Diego


Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand.

Comes A Time by Jerry Garcia on Grooveshark

Norah Jones - Tell Me Why

by Hector Diego


Such a beautiful melody.

Neil Young - On The Way Home

by Hector Diego


This man is a giant.

Elliott Smith--Miss Misery

by Jay Allbritton
This is just the most heartbreaking song ever. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Beach Boys - Student Demonstration Time

by Hector Diego


It's an obscure classic.

Rilo Kiley - Emotional (Until Crickets Guide You Back)

by Hector Diego

The crickets guide you back.

Emotional (Until Crickets Guide You Back) by Rilo Kiley on Grooveshark

Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changing

by Hector Diego


This is the face of the 99%, an 84 year old activist in Seattle.

The Times They Are A-Changing by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

LiliAna Rose - We Can Be

by Hector Diego


I like the child's drawing of the Beatles.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

by Hector Diego


You don't want to miss this fine demo performance. You don't.

The Last Performance Of George Harrison

by Hector Diego








For me, the interview is riveting. George challenges us to remember what is most important in life.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Janis Joplin - Cry Baby

by Hector Diego


Sometimes I click on Janis and I think, I cannot listen to this. It's like Johnny Cash singing "Hurt." But then I think, I cannot not listen. Respectfully. In the history of modern performers, few artists have put their heart into it like Janis Joplin.

Leah Lou & The 2 Left Shoes--Loft Bed Letter To A Long Lost Friend

by Jay Allbritton
The very promising Leah Lou's first EP is available via Band Camp.

McCain To GOP - Waterboarding Is Torture!

by Hector Diego


They have shown their true faces, and McCain is calling them on it.

Read the article.

Herman Cain - A Total Fail

by Hector Diego


A journalist sampled Godfather's mini pizza. Here is his report.

"The meat toppings were aplenty, which according to Cain in a recent GQ interview are indicative of masculinity: 'A manly man don’t want it piled high with vegetables! He would call that a sissy pizza.' "

I suppose Herman does not care about the vegetarian vote...

I don't eat animals by Melanie on Grooveshark

Monday, November 14, 2011

Makana--We Are The Many

by Jay Allbritton
Makana, a popular Hawaiin singer/songwriter, was hired to sing and play guitar in the background at a dinner for President Obama and other world leaders on Saturday night. He played a 45-minute montage of protest songs, including this one, his own, "We are the Many."



In case anyone is wondering, the man was not at all hindered in playing his music.

Lene - Waiting On The World To Change

by Hector Diego


A great cover and a really great voice.

Nowhere Man

by Hector Diego


I don't want to be a Nowhere Man.

Mario Savio At Sproul Hall

by Hector Diego


The Station Agent has reminded me of Savio's famous speech upon the steps of Berkeley's administration building. OWS needs someone like Savio now. I suppose we are all supposed to be Savio.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Elliott Smith--A Living Will

by Jay Allbritton
Gil Reyes, The director of the documentary Searching for Elliott Smith, spoke to Logan Crow of the Long Beach Cinematheque back in May. The documentary has been screening since 2009, but has yet to become widely available, much to my chagrin. Also, chagrin is a hard word to use in a non-comedic context.

This is "A Living Will," a song that very clearly reflects the struggle that life becomes to victims of depression.

Ten Years After - I'd Love To Change The World

by Hector Diego


I'd Love to Change the World by Ten Years After on Grooveshark

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Lene - Everything

by Hector Diego

Derek introduced me to Lene. Outstanding! A very strong contender in our never ending talent contest.

Creedence - Who'll Stop The Rain

by Hector Diego


John Fogerty, people, has aged very well.

George Harrison - What Is Life

by Hector Diego

From his 1970 All Things Must Pass album.


The Mountain Goats--Estate Sale Sign

by Jay Allbritton
Crude little wooden idols and aviator shades
The trinkets and the treasures we brought back from the crusades
Some guy in an Impala shakes his head when he rides by
But I remember when we shared a vision, you and I

Friday, November 11, 2011

Major Richard Winters (1918-2011)

by Hector Diego

Maj. Winters, 101st

On the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh year of the 21st century I concluded my viewing of Band of Brothers. It so happened to be Veterans Day. Read about Major Winters.

Band Of Brothers Requiem by Band Of Brothers Soundtrack on Grooveshark

Stop Beating Students!

by Hector Diego


This is my alma mater. It's a sad day for Cal.

I Am The Walrus

by Hector Diego

Ten Years After - I Woke Up This Morning

by Hector Diego

Aerosmith - Dream On, Live

by Hector Diego


Quite a performance.

Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven

by Hector Diego


This song is so big it has become a musical cliche.

Creedence - Someday Never Comes

by Hector Diego


Someday you will understand.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sneaker Pimps--Spin Spin Sugar

by Jay Allbritton
Time for some sugary pop.

Living Colour--Cult Of Personality

by Jay Allbritton
This was a top 20 hit in 1989. There's a lick in the guitar solo between 3:43-3:53 that just sends me into space.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Deftones--Passenger (featuring Maynard James Keenan)

by Jay Allbritton
Roll the windows down
This cool night air is curious
Let the whole world look in
Who cares who sees anything

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Thao Nguyen--Tallymarks

by Jay Allbritton

we drop drop tears like tallymarks
and it builds like snow and it keeps us apart
and i drop drop tears like tallymarks
and i'm keeping score so i keep us apart

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