Sunday, July 31, 2011

Jace Everett - Bad Things

by Hector Diego
The theme song for True Blood

I'm not a vampire fan. But the Addams Family has reincarnated in the 21st century with True Blood, only now it has an edge. It's commercial high camp. But it also dabbles in a range of issues from sexuality to civil rights to religion and religious prejudice. Eastern religion, ancient religion, the occult, wisdom, ignorance, romance, despair, and a younger, better looking version of George W. Bush in league with the vampires of Texas. Now that's entertainment!

As always, I discover the most popular HBO stuff years after their premier. What can I say, I got rid of my cable.

Thom Yorke - Black Swan

by Hector Diego

Dedicated to the Right Reverend Richard Warfield, pastor of the Psychedelic Church and Founder-Acarya of the (Dedicated) League of Demons, out in Wimberley, Texas.

Juliana Richer--I Will Follow You Into The Dark

by Jay Allbritton
More from the fascinating Juliana Richer here.

Obama Administration Ignores The Truth...

by Hector Diego

...about cannabis. Maybe it is just politics. Maybe the Big O does not have his hand in every little detail of his administration. But the official statement by the DEA--Barack Obama's DEA--that cannabis has no medical value and deserves to remain classified with heroin, is outrageous. Now, the President is a smart guy. He KNOWS that the DEA's statement is nonsense. If enough people contact him on this issue, he will listen. After all, he is a politician.

Contact the President.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Adele--Make You Feel My Love

by Jay Allbritton
Covering Mr. Bob Dylan.

Grateful Dead - Friend Of The Devil

by Hector Diego

Nouvelle Vague--Friday Night, Saturday Morning

by Jay Allbritton
Out with mates and dates and friends
That's what I do at weekends

Friday, July 29, 2011


by Jay Allbritton
Here's another from Givers' set at Rolling Stone.

Rilo Kiley--More Adventurous

by Jay Allbritton
Performing in L.A. in 2004, the fifth person on stage is guitarist Mike Bloom, who currently has a very good solo album out on RK bassist Pierre de Reeder's label.

Rilo Kiley--Close Call

by Jay Allbritton
Airtight performance on Jools Holland's program.

Feist--Inside and Out

by Jay Allbritton
Feist's cover of the BeeGees "Inside and Out" does a much better job of conveying the theme of righteous love and devotion while updating the disco with healthy doses of electronica and indie rock.

Billie Holiday - When You're Smiling

by Hector Diego

This song is dedicated to Daughter #1.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Adele--Rumour Has It

by Jay Allbritton
I'm buying into the whole Adele phenomenon. Lovely music in the Fiona Apple, Amy Winehouse vein.

Givers--Up, Up, Up

by Jay Allbritton
Rolling Stone has quite a few excellent in house performances on their youtube feed, this one from The Givers is but one.

Ted Leo--One Polaroid a Day

by Jay Allbritton
Mr. Leo plays for AOL's Spinner.

Meet The Beatles

by Hector Diego

Some people like the early Beatles better, some prefer the later Beatles. For me, it's just apples and oranges. They became better musicians with their instruments, there was more sophistication in everything, including the lyrics, but the melodies were always excellent. And I am a fanatic for melody.

Here is Part Two of a four part Meet The Beatles.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The End Of Rilo Kiley

by Hector Diego

We here at The Walrus Speaks--KTWS Radio--are continuing our year of mourning for Rilo Kiley, a band that makes it into my top five. The Station Agent saw their demise way before I did, but we both had hopes. Now, we are simply hoping for the release of their so-called B sides, which, I am here to tell you, are not B at all. I give them an A+. Especially "American Wife".

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Elected--You Got Lucky

by Jay Allbritton
The Elected visited Rolling Stone magazine's offices recently to play a few songs. This one is called "Good Love" on the RS site, but it's a cover of Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky."

Trailer for Pearl Jam Twenty

by Jay Allbritton
This is the trailer for Cameron Crowe's upcoming Pearl Jam documentary (h/t Stereogum).

Pearl Jam Twenty from Pearl Jam on Vimeo.

Thao & Mirah--Folks

by Jay Allbritton
From their radio set last month on KEXP.

Meet The Beatles

by Hector Diego

Lennon preferred the mono version of these early recordings. I guess I can see why, or rather, hear why. However, with this stereo remastered version, I can hear some stuff I hadn't heard before. So, I guess I like them both. You be the judge.


Monday, July 25, 2011

Standard Fare--Wrong Kind of Trouble

by Jay Allbritton
I said 'oh, do you really want to go down that road?' She said 'I don't know'. 'Sure beats sitting in the pick-up at night, crying your eyes out'. Yeah.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Rilo Kiley--Three Hopeful Thoughts

by Jay Allbritton
...and i hope that you close your eyes,
forget the pain of a thousand lives...

The Standells - Dirty Water

by Hector Diego

Boston, USA

Well I love that dirty water...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Rilo Kiley--My Slumbering Heart

by Jay Allbritton
I'm not a failure I swear,
I wish you could see it from over there,
I've got a lot over here without you...
I've barely been gone... gone... dreamin'

Zak Starkey

by Hector Diego

Ringo Starr's--Richard Starkey's--son Zak, on a gig with the Who.

Dhani Harrison - Choose What You're Watching

by Hector Diego

Thenewno2 featuring Dhani Harrison.

James McCartney - Old Man

by Hector Diego

Sean Lennon - This Boy

by Hector Diego

A fine performance.

I Need You

by Hector Diego

Harrison hits one out of the park. 1965.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Rilo Kiley--Hail to Whatever You've Found in the Sunlight That Surrounds You

by Jay Allbritton
Pretend all the good things are for you,
pretend all the good things are for me too
And the weather changes
not halfway between
your house and mine

Ani DiFranco--The Million You Never Made

by Jay Allbritton
Sound Spike has the details on Ani's upcoming fall tour.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Rilo Kiley--Jenny, You're Barely Alive

by Jay Allbritton
And the coast that you've seen though you're watching them weekly
You've cursed all perfect days as you walked away
I can hear you say, "Jenny, you're barely alive"

Photo by John Perry

Marc Maron on Conan

by Jay Allbritton
Nice to see Maron making all kinds of TV appearances. Once again, proof that Air America totally whiffed on real talent other than Maddow.

Portugal. The Man--Got It All (This Can't Be Living Now)

by Jay Allbritton
From their recent live set at KCRW.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Laura Stevenson and the Cans--Master of Art

by Jay Allbritton
People of Allston, Massachusetts (July 23rd!) and other places as well, cuteness is on tour and coming your way.

Standard Fare--Dancing

by Jay Allbritton
Part of a live set for

Monday, July 18, 2011

Rilo Kiley--With Arms Outstretched

by Jay Allbritton
Richard Kavanagh at Kid Kills Piano weighs in with his eulogy of Rilo Kiley.

"Some days last longer than others..."

Sister Act - I Will Follow Him

by Hector Diego

This is really beautiful music.

The End Of Rilo Kiley

by Hector Diego

Continuing our year of mourning for the breakup of the greatest band of the 21st century (the Station Agent calls them one of the greatest bands of the century, but I haven't heard anything in their category yet) The Walrus Speaks proudly presents "Rilo Kiley's A Better Son/Daughter." It's the Station Agent's favorite.

Jackson 5 - I'll Be There

by Hector Diego

Jackson is a tragic figure, for he hated his own face. Why?

This concludes our Motown Monday on KTWS Radio. That's on your cyber radio dial!

Honey Cone - Want Ads

by Hector Diego

A great vocal.

The Main Ingredient - Everybody Plays The Fool

by Hector Diego

Soul Train was a wonderful show that began in 1971. Shortly after that I became oblivious to the radio. But I heard the best stuff, didn't I.

The Chi-Lites - Have You Seen Her?

by Hector Diego

Talk about the Golden Age of Motown! It may be pure corn, but it is great. 1971.

Hey Jude

by Hector Diego

This little person has the right idea!

Fiona Apple--Extraordinary Machine

by Jay Allbritton
Unofficial video.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

MakeRadMusic--Rollin' in the Deep

by Jay Allbritton
In this episode, Vans and Jess appear to have a great time covering Adele.

Get Back

by Hector Diego

Lennon does a rare guitar solo and it is great. You may not have heard this version, so check it out. I love it when the English gentleman with the pipe climbs the ladder to get a better listen of the Beatles.

Bright Eyes--Road to Joy

by Jay Allbritton
"When you're asked to fight a war that's over nothin'..."

The End Of Rilo Kiley

by Hector Diego

The Walrus Speaks is going to be playing lots of Rilo Kiley as we mourn for them a full year. They very recently announced their break up. Here is the first song that I ever heard by Rilo Kiley, and quite possibly still my favorite. That voice, oh that voice...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Slow Club--Giving Up On Love

by Jay Allbritton
Cause I've been tired and hopeful
For far too long now
So I'm giving it up, giving up, giving up on love
Giving up on love

Blind Melon--Soul One

by Jay Allbritton
Blind melon continues to live on with new singer Travis Warren. The band is playing in South America later this month and playing a couple of dates in the Midwest this September.

Here's one of the last songs they recorded with the late, great Shannon Hoon.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Csandman07--Landlocked Blues

by Jay Allbritton
Csandman07's cover of Bright Eyes' "Landlocked Blues" is a very worthy entry in our never-ending talent contest.

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down--Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind

by Jay Allbritton
Presenting Thao's cover of the Lovin' Spoonful's classic.

When The Angels Hung Around

by Hector Diego

Once in awhile a great band makes a mediocre record and someone you never heard of covers it and does a great job. That's what Lizzy & Elana have done with Rilo Kiley's "When The Angels Hung Around".

Speaking of Rilo Kiley, I am in mourning for their split. It reminds me of the Beatles' break-up in 1970. Most of us knew in our hearts they were finished, and then finally Paul announced it. It did/does not feel good.

Farewell, Rilo Kiley--so far, the best band of the 21st century.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Rilo Kiley Break Up

by Jay Allbritton
One of the best bands of the century, Rilo Kiley, have reportedly broken up. Thankfully, there's a load of unreleased material that will come gushing forth in the near future. Each of the band's four members have solo projects and bands for us to look in on. RK has been very special to Dr. Diego and I since before the inception of this blog. We, thankfully, got to see them play live in Orlando in 2007. I will report back any talk of a reunion in the coming years, because it's inevitable.

Here's the band live, asking themselves the pertinent question, "Are we breakin' up?" Sadly, Jenny and Co., yes you are.

This band was too beautiful for this world.

Elliott Smith--Don't Go Down

by Jay Allbritton
The folks at musicology have a pretty good unreleased Elliott Smith tune.

Here's the one stuck in my head at present:

Pearl Jam--Daughter/It's Okay

by Jay Allbritton
An emotional performance by the band at Jones beach in 2000. Ariel Schwartz at Troubled Souls Unite explains why it was so emotional.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Jenny and Johnny--Animal

by Jay Allbritton
Probably my least favorite J&J tune, but it's Jenny on TV.

Tenacious D--The Road

by Jay Allbritton
In honor of my road trip.

Grateful Dead - New Speedway Boogie

by Hector Diego

Toronto, 1970.

Grateful Dead - Dire Wolf

by Hector Diego

Grateful Dead - Uncle John's Band

by Hector Diego

Ain't no time to hate, barely time to wait. Right?

Grateful Dead - Friend Of The Devil

by Hector Diego

A friend of mine, yes he is.

Grateful Dead - Touch Of Grey

by Hector Diego

Every silver lining's got a touch of grey.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

The Comedy Of John Lennon

by Hector Diego

"Thank you. You've got a lucky face. The end."

Friday, July 08, 2011

Mamas And The Papas - California Dreaming

by Hector Diego

Really great sound quality on this one. Try it!

Bright Eyes, Jenny & Johnny--Wrecking Ball

by Jay Allbritton
Conor Oberst and Jenny Lewis have teamed up on several occasions over the years, always with fine results. In 2005, Jenny joined Bright Eyes in the studio for a song called "Napoleon's Hat," which was on a Hurricane Katrina relief album. In 2009, Lewis joined the Mystic Valley Band for a cover of Rilo Kiley's "Portions for Foxes". Back in 2006, Oberst, M. Ward and Ben Gibbard joined Lewis in the studio to cover the Traveling Wilburys "Handle With Care" on Lewis's solo debut Rabbit Fur Coat, which was released by Oberst's Team Love label. Oberst has joined Lewis and a variety of guests several times to play the song live--here is but one such occasion.

Now we have Lewis and Johnathan Rice, Bright Eyes' opening act on their European tour, joining Oberst and Co. for a rousing rendition of "Wrecking Ball" by Gillian Welch.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Jenny and Johnny--End of the Affair

by Jay Allbritton
Jenny, Johnny, band play in the Main Square Festival over in France. Nice video quality, whoever recorded it.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Bruce Springsteen--When I Grow Up (To be a Man)

by Jay Allbritton
The original version of this song by the Beach Boys is the theme song for the TNT show Men of a Certain Age, which I have been watching at TNT's website, where the first season is streaming. The show's very good and the song has been stuck in my head now for weeks.

Hey Jude

by Hector Diego

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

You Really Got A Hold On Me

by Hector Diego

A very fine lead vocal by Mr. John Lennon.

Here's a live BBC version. The song was first recorded by the Miracles in 1962.

They Might be Giants--Tubthumping

by Jay Allbritton
The AV Club's Undercover List takes a strange and delightful turn.

They Might Be Giants covers Chumbawamba

Monday, July 04, 2011

John Adams

by Hector Diego

I didn't get past the opening of John Adams before I was hooked. If you haven't seen it, you must.

Jimi Hendrix - Star Spangled Banner

by Hector Diego

For me, there is no version of "The Star Spangled Banner" nearly as inspiring as the Hendrix version. But let's put to rest the erroneous belief that Hendrix was in the Air Force, served in Viet Nam, or was even a dutiful soldier. In fact, he lied about his time in the military and lied to end it. Here's an excerpt:

Hendrix got into trouble with the law twice for riding in stolen cars. He was given a choice between spending two years in prison or joining the Army. Hendrix chose the latter and enlisted on May 31, 1961. After completing basic training, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. His commanding officers and fellow soldiers considered him to be a subpar soldier: he slept while on duty, had little regard for regulations, required constant supervision, and showed no skill as a marksman. For these reasons, his commanding officers submitted a request that Hendrix be discharged from the military after he had served only one year. Hendrix did not object when the opportunity to leave arose. He would later tell reporters that he received a medical discharge after breaking his ankle during his 26th parachute jump. The rock music journalist Charles Cross contended in his biography of Hendrix, Room Full of Mirrors (2005) that Hendrix feigned being homosexual—claiming to have fallen in love with a fellow soldier—in order to be discharged, but did not produce credible evidence to support this contention.

We don't honor the man with fairy tales. Anyone experienced with Hendrix knows that it was his questioning of American involvement in Viet Nam that should draw our attention. That and his music is his real legacy, his questioning of the status quo--as the portrait of him, above, implies. What it means to be American is a question each citizen must answer alone, but question we must. At any rate, that's what the Hendrix version means to me.

For traditionalists, here is a fine version, below. Now stand up and salute, Americans, or place your hand over your heart. If you have one.

Walrus Radio Megamix, July 4th 2011 Edition

by Jay Allbritton
Happy 4th of July. KTWS Radio is on the air...

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Benjamin Franklin Had A Reasonable Attitude About Our Constitution

by Hector Diego

Anything the Founding Fathers had to say about our founding documents is worth our consideration. Read this and see if you don't agree.

Happy Fourth of July from The Walrus Speaks!

Foo Fighters--Down in the Park

by Jay Allbritton
From Sopot Rock & Pop Festival, exactly 15 years ago today.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Andrea Calderwood--Cornflake Girl

by Jay Allbritton
Neat jazzy interpretation, skat and all, of Tori's classic.

Frank Sinatra - That's Life

by Hector Diego

I have found that those who don't like the music of my parent's generation cannot be brought to make their peace with it. You either like it, or you don't. My wife, my children, the Station Agent--reject Old Blue Eyes, and soundly. My eldest daughter has classified all music from Sinatra's era as "cemetery music". Well, that's life.

It's too bad Lennon and Sinatra couldn't have been friends. From what I have heard, Lennon was willing. Senior to the Liverpudlian by twenty-five years, you would think that Frank would have been mature enough to accept the hand of friendship offered by John. Not so. Here's a quote from Hoboken, New Jersey's most famous son:

Through the late fifties, Sinatra frequently criticized rock and roll music, much of it being his reaction to rhythms and attitudes he found alien. In 1958 he lambasted it as "sung, played, and written for the most part by cretinous goons. It manages to be the martial music of every side-burned delinquent on the face of the earth."

Martial music? Who's fighting?

I must admit that I have never liked Sinatra as a person. In addition, I'm not into his world view, his values, and his politics. Nevertheless, when I am in a very particular mood, nothing hits the spot like "That's Life". The cigarettes and whiskey aged that voice just right, didn't it? I'll toast one for Frank, and remember the old days.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Jenny and Johnny--Carpetbaggers

by Jay Allbritton
Another clip from Coachella.


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