Wednesday, June 29, 2011

John Coltrane And Miles Davis - So What

by Hector Diego

Pete Holmes Ruined by Google on His Phone

by Jay Allbritton
Nice Tom Petty reference. The answer is Gainesville.

Jenny and Johnny--Next Messiah

by Jay Allbritton
From Coachella 2011.

Tristen - Baby Drugs

by Hector Diego


The Station Agent really knows how to find the great music. Now he has discovered Tristen.

Tunng--Hustle

by Jay Allbritton
Liking this band.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jimi Hendrix Talks to Dick Cavett

by Jay Allbritton
Dick Cavett looks back at his talk with Jimi.

Tom Petty--American Girl

by Jay Allbritton
Is it that hard for politicians--I'm looking at you Michele Bachmann--to get songs cleared before their rallies?

Tristen--Eager For Your Love

by Jay Allbritton
People of Boston, you must go see Tristen and the Elected tonight! More dates here.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Lennon and Ono on Dick Cavett

by Jay Allbritton
I've recently gotten into watching some of Dick Cavett's old interviews. He has a subtle way of making people uncomfortable that actually serves to evoke revealing answers, or at the very least, revealing body language.

In this clip he talks to John and Yoko about the demise of the Beatles.

Morgan Nagler--Time Will Welcome Anything

by Jay Allbritton
Live in L.A. back in early 2010.

System of a Down--Prison Song

by Jay Allbritton
The Justice Policy Institute released a study on the growing phenomenon of private prisons. The Young Turks talk about it here.

The Kali Yuga

by Hector Diego


This video begins the story of Maharaja Parikshit, the son of Arjuna installed upon the throne when the Pandavas left for the Himalayas to conclude their earthly career. Parikshit gives shelter to Kali Yuga personified, who now resides in whore houses, bars, etc., and wherever there is gold. Also in cities.

I like how Hinduism personifies the ages of cyclic time. Can any of us deny we have seen Kali Yuga face to face?



The Cro-Mags were one of the founding bands of the hard-core punk genre. And they were Hare Krishna devotees, singing about their beliefs. You can't tell what they are singing, of course, but I suppose the lyrics were printed somewhere?



This one is cute.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Rilo Kiley Megamix

by Jay Allbritton

Jenny Lewis--Trying My Best to Love You

by Jay Allbritton
From her show in Lawrence, Kansas, a little over two years ago.

George Watsky's Speed Rap

by Jay Allbritton
This clip is being touted for the speed rapping going on here. I'm not a big rap fan, but I like it enough to know that there are plenty of faster rappers out there. But it's a very good fragment of a rap song. Nice lyrics.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Jimi Hendrix--House of the Rising Sun

by Jay Allbritton

Tapes 'n Tapes--Freak Out

by Jay Allbritton
The great music blog @TSURURADIO has an excellent summer mix available for download here.

One of the songs on it is "Freak Out" by Tapes 'n Tapes.

Sugar--If I Can't Change Your Mind

by Jay Allbritton
Bob Mould, the man who is Sugar, played this song in part on Jimmy Fallon's show earlier this week.

This is the full version:

Friday, June 24, 2011

Aimee Mann--Deathly

by Jay Allbritton
Aimee Mann is this week's guest on Howard Kremer's podcast, Who Charted?

Please Please Me

by Hector Diego


Dynamic! 1964.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald, and The Roots--Ride Like The Wind

by Jay Allbritton
On the latest episode of WTF with Marc Maron, Jimmy Fallon discusses how awesome it is to have The Roots as his house band. He specifically references this performance to illustrate the nearly limitless possibilities.

The Elected--Who Are You

by Jay Allbritton
Sometimes you give in to the blacklight
If a star burns out on you,
Would you give up what you wished for?
What's a boy to do?

Clem Snide--Moment in the Sun

by Jay Allbritton
I have a lot of things to say
and you'd be wise to listen good
I think that hunger, war and death
are bringin' everybody down...

Best Youth--Hang Out

by Jay Allbritton
This promising new band has a free EP available at their website (h/t You Ain't No Picasso).

Best Youth - Hang Out from Best Youth on Vimeo.

Moody Blues - Are You Sitting Comfortably

by Hector Diego

Be at peace.

Johnny Cash - What Is Truth

by Hector Diego


I like the subtle way he says that the country's drug laws are stupid. Please listen to the end.

Joni Mitchell - Both Sides Now

by Hector Diego

Joni Mitchell RULES.

Richie Havens At Woodstock - Freedom

by Hector Diego

A powerful performance. 1969.

Janis Joplin - Me And Bobby McGee

by Hector Diego

Composed by Kris Kristofferson.

Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind

by Hector Diego

A smooth mix on this fine morning. That's www.thewalrusspeaks.blogspot.com on your cyber radio dial.

Paul Stookey - There Is Love

by Hector Diego

This is surely only about heterosexual love, but it has a universal message nevertheless.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Rilo Kiley--Paints Peeling

by Jay Allbritton
With the encouragement of Dr. Diego, I present this montage of street art set to "Paints Peeling" by Rilo Kiley.

Radiohead--Staircase

by Jay Allbritton
Some impressive practice footage from Radiohead (h/t Gorilla v. Bear).

Rilo Kiley--Go Ahead

by Jay Allbritton
"I wish you would..."


Rilo Kiley - Go Ahead by oldfriend57

Jenny and Johnny--Just One of the Guys

by Jay Allbritton
People of Europe, Jenny and Johnny begin their tour of your continent this very day in a place you call Paris. Go to there!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Real Intentions Of The GOP

by Hector Diego

Man Robs One Dollar To See A Doctor

by Hector Diego

He certainly looks like he's in pain!

"Earlier this month, Verone (pictured), a 59-year-old convenience store clerk, walked into a Gaston, N.C., bank and handed the cashier a note demanding $1 and medical attention. Then he waited calmly for police to show up.

"He's now in jail and has an appointment with a doctor this week."

I had to post this to make sure everyone who did not see it on Yahoo, did. What sort of country are we living in, anyway? REPEAL Obamacare? I don't think so. It's bad enough the man would have to wait a few more years for it to kick in. I want to know WHAT the Republicans could say to address Verone's need. More trickle down bullshit, I am sure...

Read the article.

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 could cut me a piece
With some fine wine
It brought peace to my mind
In the summertime and it rolled..."

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

by Hector Diego


So you think every cop is a gung-ho drug warrior, right? Wrong, so wrong! Many of these guys are just doing their job and would prefer they did not have to mess with people and their drugs, especially cannabis. It is a shame that such fine people, who risk their lives every day in the service of their communities, have to prostitute themselves to the moneyed interests behind the phony drug war.

Some cops have organized to stop the stupid drug war. Read the article.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne... etc. – While My Guitar Gently Weeps

by Jay Allbritton
The man comedian Mike Schmidt refers to as the Funky Purple Yoda takes it on home with a blistering guitar solo.

The Listener's Guide to Comedy Podcasts

by Jay Allbritton
Over the last seven years, I've worked 40 hours a week in a cubicle. As bad as that sounds, it would have been much, much worse if I didn't have podcasts to pass the time.

In an attempt to pass on my experience in the growing realm of the comedy podcast, I have written an e-book called The Listener's Guide to Comedy Podcasts. The guide includes profiles of and links to more than fifty of the funniest comedy podcasts.

If you are trapped in office hell and would like a laugh or two, try out shows featuring the comedic genius of Ricky Gevais, Adam Carolla, Marc Maron, Jimmy Pardo, Doug Benson, Scott Auckerman and dozens more.

Thao and Mirah--How Dare You

by Jay Allbritton
Perfoming live over at Thao's place.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Obama Impersonator Shown The Door At Republican Party Affair

by Hector Diego


They couldn't take it-they wouldn't let him finish his set!

Beach Boys - Don't Worry Baby

by Hector Diego

I grew up in California, and witnessed this stuff first hand. The Summer of Love did not supplant the surf culture , but it did nuance it. After 1967, surfers were more likely to be seen as athletic naturalists than simply fun-loving beachcombers. But for a time, it was as simple as bikinis and beer.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Elected--Who Are You

by Jay Allbritton
The Elected recently played at the Bardot in Hollywood, Ca. Several other videos are up on YouTube, just search "The Elected" + Bardot. I dig the stripped down line up.

Steak Made From Human Excrement In Japan

by Hector Diego

Kinda looks like shit, doesn't it?

No kidding. Researchers in Japan have made crap into something edible. I feel this is a very significant development for the cause of vegetarianism. By the way, the picture above is ordinary meat. What does it look like to you?

Rage Against the Machine--Killing in The Name

by Jay Allbritton
Rage crushes in this old radio appearance from the early 90s. Then they get to the inevitable part of the song that just can't be aired uncensored. Stick around for the climactic ending.

Friday, June 17, 2011

35 People Playing Radiohead's "Paranoid Android"

by Jay Allbritton
Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" is one of those great songs that could very be the song of a generation. Well, in what may be the greatest YouTube mash-up of all time, here's a whole generation playing it (h/t Vulture).

Henry Clay People--Working Part Time

by Jay Allbritton
We're working part time all the time.

Henry Clay People--Living in Debt

by Jay Allbritton
The new national anthem.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Florence and the Machine--Howl

by Jay Allbritton
From her appearance on Letterman last December.

Givers--Up, Up, Up

by Jay Allbritton
Great new band Givers played live on Late Night earlier this week.

So You're Telling Me There's a Chance

by Jay Allbritton
This is one of the best jokes in movie history. I love the way Jim Carrey slowly moves from desperation to hope derived from intense delusion. Too bad they don't make the kind of movies he excels in anymore.

George Harrison - Stuck Inside A Cloud

by Hector Diego


"The only thing that matters to me is to touch your lotus feet." Bhakta George, how we miss you.

Adele - Rolling In The Deep

by Hector Diego


This song is dedicated to Yashoda, daughter #4.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Owl Eyes--Pumped Up Kicks

by Jay Allbritton
Aussie band Owl Eyes cover the Foster the People hit (h/t Cover Me).

Laura Marling--Night After Night

by Jay Allbritton
Laura Marling previewed some songs from her upcoming album, which will be called A Creature I Don’t Know (h/t TwentyFourBit). This is "Night after Night."

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Mountain Goats--Birth Of Serpents

by Jay Allbritton
Summer tour starts today in your town people of Minneapolis. TODAY!

New Beatles Photos

by Jay Allbritton
As I said in the headline: New Beatles photos!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Paul McCartney - Blackbird

by Hector Diego


McCartney messing around in the studio, and Martin interrupting him.



It is hard to hear Old Mac's voice break like the wings of the Blackbird, but we all get old. Oh yes. But it is great to hear Paul singing in Russia. At one time, that was not allowed...



Here's the version from the White Album, aka The Beatles.

Nirvana--The Man Who Sold the World

by Jay Allbritton
Nirvana covered Bowie at their MTV Unplugged. It was great.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Saturday Morning Cartoon

by Jay Allbritton
Mornin' Ralph.
Mornin' Sam.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Rilo Kiley--Execution of All Things, It's a Hit

by Jay Allbritton
From 2003, this is the beginning of their record release show for More Adventurous.

My Dinner With Andre - Part One

by Hector Diego


Every time I visit the Station Agent, conversing for hours and hours in a hard-backed chair across a small table in his sparsely furnished garret, I am reminded of the 1981 film My Dinner With Andre. The film, like our conversation, would bore a child to tears. But this is not a bad thing. I never feel more like an adult than when I put my hat back on my head and venture out in the Florida heat and return to my own hovel and try to write. Sometimes, I actually get some writing done. The Station Agent is a writer too. What happens to him when My Conversation With Jay is concluded, I have no idea. Maybe, just maybe, he gets some writing done as well.

Anyway, Jay Allbritton, also known as Jayman, the Fuseman, or simply the Station Agent, holds a lien on me. How do you repay a man who introduces you to Rilo Kiley AND Robert Jordan's fantastic Wheel Of Time series? You don't, but you die trying.

So here is my next installment of grateful little gifts--My Dinner With Andre, a film about a conversation over dinner in a restaurant. That's it, nothing more. But, I ask, must a film for adults feature anything more?

Rilo Kiley--A Better Son/Daughter

by Jay Allbritton
I recently consumed the entire run of the father/daughter detective dramedy Veronica Mars. While the end of the third and final season didn't properly resolve the series, the show entertaining enough to make it well worth a look. The actress who played the series' titular character, Kristen Bell, is an excellent young actress who first attracted my attention in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, one of my favorite recent comedies.

Jason Dohring, the actor who plays Veronica's on-and-off love interest, Logan Echolls, is one of the many surprisingly talented young actors cast in this series. A fan of the show put together a montage, skillfully set to TWS house band Rilo Kiley's bipolar anthem "A Better Son/Daughter," of the Echolls/Mars storyline.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Rilo Kiley--Absence Of God

by Jay Allbritton
"Mike, I'll teach you how to swim if you turn the bad in me into good again."

Black Crowes--Midnight From the Inside Out

by Jay Allbritton
From 2005 in Chicago.

John Lennon - Watching The Wheels

by Hector Diego


My favorite ten Lennon songs are always changing, but this one makes the list often. Wonderfully conceived, performed, produced, inspired.

In the Year of Our John, 1982.

John Lennon - Instant Karma

by Hector Diego


It appears to be a live recording.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Björk--Hunter

by Jay Allbritton
Bjork performed the lead track off the Homogenic album live in Cambridge, Mass. with the Icelandic string octet.

Bruce Springsteen--My Hometown

by Jay Allbritton
Live in Paris, 1985.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Foo Fighters--Best Of You

by Jay Allbritton
NPR has highlights of the band's set at last month's Sasquatch Music Festival.

Agnes Obel--Riverside (official)

by Jay Allbritton
Agnes Obel was the opening act at The Elected's show in L.A. last night. Most impressive.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Across The Universe

by Hector Diego

The Blow--Peaceful, Easy Feeling

by Jay Allbritton
Khaela covers the Eagles sans instrumentation.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Happy Ferris Bueller Day

by Jay Allbritton
Call in sick, people. Today is the actual day Ferris went for his fateful ninth sick day.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Florence Welch--Not Fade Away

by Jay Allbritton
Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine covers Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" for an upcoming tribute album.

Florence Welch: Not Fade Awayfrom Tabitha Denholm on Nowness.com.

Pearl Jam--Let My Love Open the Door

by Jay Allbritton
PJ covers Peter Townsend's hit back in 1995.

2011 Graduation

by Hector Diego




This morning Daughter #2 is taking her SAT. I know she'll ace it and do the same in college. Where does the time go?

I went to Daughter #3's graduation from middle school yesterday. She was chosen to give a speech. Like thousands of schools throughout the country, Israel Kamakawiwo-Ole and Jack White provided music at the conclusion of the ceremony. These two songs are calculated to draw tears. Of course, there were plenty of eyes that were not dry.

Everyone has dreams. When we are older some of them have been fulfilled, and we also realize that some never will be. That is life. But we wish the best for those who follow us.

Best wishes to the class of 2011.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Pearl Jam--Corduroy

by Jay Allbritton
PJ opened their 2010 New York show with this scathing number.

Living Colour--Love Rears Its Ugly Head

by Jay Allbritton
"Please not that again..."

Slow Club--Trophy Room

by Jay Allbritton
Sam Briggs of Nouse posted a nice piece on Slow Club.

Merlin's Magic - The Heart Of Reiki

by Hector Diego


I'm no expert on the meditation music genre, but it probably does not get better than this.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Stevie Ray Vaughn--Voodoo Chile

by Jay Allbritton
Standing next to a mountain...

Peter Shumlin Wins TWS Governors Award

by Hector Diego

Peter Shumlin--a man with a clue

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin has won The Walrus Speaks Governors Award for signing S.17 into law, which makes it legal to operate medical marijuana dispensaries in Vermont. Although the cannaphobic far right wing in America is determined to stop it, in their bones they know it is futile--marijuana will be legalized for medical purposes in one state after another until, finally, Congress will give in to reality and remove all unreasonable legal restrictions. It is not a matter of if, only a matter of when. Way to go, Governor Shumlin!

Read the article.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Cults--You Know What I Mean

by Jay Allbritton
The new album by Cults is streaming over at Spinner.

Jenny Lewis - Pretty Bird

by Hector Diego


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

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