Monday, April 30, 2012

Love Me Do

by Hector Diego

"Love Me Do", which went to 17 in Britain, is the Beatles' first hit. 1962.

Afghan Rugby Makes International Debut

by Jay Allbritton
Last Friday, Afghanistan's rugby team made their international debut at the Dubai Sevens. Al Jazeera reports on the team's first international match.

And here's a look at the action:

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Seedy Seeds - Verb Noun

by Jay Allbritton
This band is both devastatingly talented and on tour now.

Sexy Sadie

by Hector Diego

The year 2012 is being threatened by the Blue Meanies, I hear. So let's play John Lennon every day of 2012 and pray to God.

Contrary to what many think, Lennon would approve of sincere religion. He wrote Sexy Sadie to express his distaste for bogus religion. After all these years, I feel that Lennon was too critical of Maharishi, but Lennon never expressed disapproval by half measures.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Paul McCartney - Two Magpies

by Hector Diego

It's rather strange.

I Am The Walrus

by Hector Diego

As usual, Lennon broke the mold with "I Am The Walrus".

The Seedy Seeds - Drive Me To The Center

by Jay Allbritton
These cats are groovy. You Ain't No Picasso has their new demo. This is from their 2009 album Count The Days.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Fleetwood Mac - Storms

by Jay Allbritton
Pitchfork directed me to Best Coast's cover of this Fleetwood Mac tune.  Nice job, but the original is quite a gem.

N.H. GOP Approves Med Pot, Dem Gov. To Veto

by Hector Diego

Has the world gone completely crazy? A Democrat Governor vetoing a medical marijuana bill passed by Republican legislators? Well, New Hampshire is a strange political animal, but this is really bizarre. One observer, though, nailed it:

"Or maybe, the Republicans in NH are actually … gasp … Republicans. You know, those people who supposedly believe in state’s rights, individual freedom, limited government interference, and fiscal responsibility. Medical marijuana is the poster child for all of those things."

Read the article.

Jack White - Freedom at 21

by Jay Allbritton
Jack White appeared on the Colbert Report for a chat and a performance. White plays "Freedom at 21" with his all-male band. 

White recently played the same song with an all female band across the Atlantic for Jools Holland's audience.

If you watch his chat with Holland, you'll see that the male/female swapping blew Jools's mind.

John Lennon - Working Class Hero

by Hector Diego

This is one of Lennon's greatest songs.

Jenny Owen Youngs - Born to Lose

by Jay Allbritton

 JOY describes the writing and recording process of this wonderful song over at her very great blog

Born To Lose by Jenny Owen Youngs on Grooveshark

Kimya Dawson - All I Could Do

by Jay Allbritton
"All I could do is keep living a lie..."

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Leerone - Fill The Void

by Jay Allbritton
From the L.A. singer/songwriter's 2008 album Imaginary Biographies.

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

by Hector Diego

It was quite innovative at the time. Like all of their work.

The Dresden Dolls - Good Day

by Jay Allbritton
Amanda Palmer has a new album in the works for the end of summer or fall. This is from the Dresden Dolls last tour when they stopped in Austin.

Fun - Carry On

by Jay Allbritton
Live performance at Uranus Recordings in Tempe, AZ.  Dig the voice and instrumentation. Good enough song.  Not sure about the band name. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ancient Egyptian Music?

by Hector Diego

After eight years of graduate school, I am skeptical of such claims. But here is more than an hour of some very mysterious sounds.

Todd Snider - Fortunate Son

by Jay Allbritton
Nice cover of CCR's classic. Snider will be headlining the 11th Annual Lebowski Fest Garden Party, on Saturday July 21st. Get on over there and abide.

The original version of this song was one of the songs that Jason Edwards and I discussed on our recent podcast episode about protest music.

Heartless Bastards - Got To Have Rock N Roll

by Jay Allbritton
From their recent KCRW set. Very nice, old school feel to this tune.

John Lennon Lead Vocals

by Hector Diego

KTWS Radio, all John Lennon all the time.

Let him show you!

Levon Helm (1940 - 2012)

by Hector Diego

Anyone who can sing like Helm did in "The Weight" will live forever in music land.

The Weight by The Band on Grooveshark

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Alabama Shakes live at Webster Hall

by Jay Allbritton
Brooklyn Vegan has the lowdown on The Alabama Shakes upcoming tour. This is their set from New York's Webster Hall a couple weeks ago.

John Astin - Love, Serve, Remember

by Hector Diego

I have to post this one every once in awhile. It helps me to find the light.

Ram Dass And Neem Karoli Baba

by Hector Diego

Love, serve, remember. What else is there to know? Well, it would be nice to know the real identities of  Darkfriends or sisters of the Black Ajah, but other than that...

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Shins - Simple Song (XM)

by Jay Allbritton
James Mercer continues to promote the excellent new Shins album with an appearance on Marc Maron's WTF podcast.

This is a clip from Mercer's recent XM stop.

Polythene Pam

by Hector Diego

I did not post anything from Lennon yesterday, so today he gets two posts.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Justice For Seamus Romney

by Hector Diego

Keith Olbermann claims that Dog-gate is absurd. I don't think so. And the Republicans claim that Obama eating dog meat is just as bad or worse than Romney's cruelty to his dog. Why? Unless you are a vegetarian for moral reasons, why should you care if someone eats a dog? This is a cultural bias that I believe the American public will reject in relation to politics. Romney would like you to think that the two issues are related and therefore absurd, but not so fast. Seamus deserves justice.

What about all those cows, pigs, chickens, etc. that most Americans eat? One animal rights issue at a time, my friends, one animal rights issue at a time.

Walking the Dog by The Rolling Stones on Grooveshark

Pussy Riot

by Hector Diego

Pussy Riot has the right idea. Too bad they are going to jail. This just proves that there is a pernicious bond between the religious establishment and the political establishment in Russia.

Native American Chants

by Hector Diego

I don't know what it means, but I like it.

Mike McCready & Star Anna play KEXP in Seattle

by Jay Allbritton
Here's a great little set from Star Anna and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready. Very compelling duo. Nice to see the great Mike McCready for any reason.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Pacific

by Hector Diego

The intro to The Pacific is extremely evocative: a pencil breaking off its lead as it writes on history's page. Sgt. John Basilone was really larger than life.

John Lennon - Starting Over

by Hector Diego

Time flies so quickly.

Meiko - Boys With Girlfriends

by Jay Allbritton
Meiko puttin' it down at the Bing Lounge. 

Friday, April 20, 2012

Game Of Thrones

by Hector Diego

One of the very best series right now. Fantastic.

Thirty Seconds To Mars - Kings And Queens

by Hector Diego

I just saw this thing on Yahoo about a guy named Toby Harris? And he breaks off a first date before it even happens because he discovers that the woman is into Thirty Seconds To Mars? Because this band is seriously nauseating? I couldn't finish listening to "Kings And Queens" so I have to agree.


Tomorrow Never Knows

by Hector Diego

Neither does today. What is the use of eating from the Tree of Knowledge if we are not allowed to eat from the Tree of Life?

Jessica Allossery - The Scientist

by Hector Diego

Josie Charlwood's version of "The Scientist" first caught my ear, now here is another great version by Ms. Allossery.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ted Nuget Wins TWS CRAPPO Award

by Hector Diego

I have never liked Ted Nugent. In fact, it would be more accurate to say I loathe Ted Nugent. I'm an easy-going person, so although I am a vegetarian activist I am able to tolerate Nugent's support of hunting. Kinda able to tolerate it. A little bit. But when I learned that Nugent actually goes out of his way to ridicule vegetarianism, the line has been crossed and Nugent is in my sights. He should and will be shot right between the eyes, with a squirt gun.

Yesterday I heard of Nugent's comment about the POTUS, and reacquainted myself with his extreme right wing views. But today I learned that he is also a strong supporter of the brain dead, draconian (and extremely dishonest, because they are not stumping for the illegality of alcohol and tobacco, which are REAL killers) D.A.R.E.

My children call someone that they really don't like a CRAPPO. For all of the above reasons, Ted Nugent has won this award retroactively and currently. As Goldfinger has said, he's a jerk.

Revolution 9

by Hector Diego

This is intensely Lennon.

Iron And Wine - Naked As We Came

by Hector Diego


Dick Clark Goes To Rock And Roll Heaven

by Hector Diego

When I was three or four I remember waiting and waiting for the Woody Woodpecker Show. But right before it came on, my older brother and sister insisted on watching Dick Clark's American Bandstand. I was traumatized! This was in 1959 or 1960, and I distinctly remember Clark having the Coasters on his show doing "Poison Ivy."

The events of the later 1960s made American Bandstand seem passe to many of us, but Clark will be fondly remembered. Here's the Coasters.

Poison Ivy by The Coasters on Grooveshark

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Beastie Boys - So Whatcha Want

by Jay Allbritton
A lot of people say that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a joke. Maybe so, but this year's show, which inducted three of my favorite groups from my adolescence--Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N Roses and The Beastie Boys--sounds like it was a fun time, even though certain people didn't (Axl Rose and John Fruciante) or couldn't (AdRock, who is ill) make it.

Rolling Stone has full coverage here.

Here's the Beasties.

The show airs on HBO on May 5th.

Rilo Kiley - Portion For Foxes

by Hector Diego

If you are a Rilo Kiley person, you will want to watch this.

Here's the original, with foxes. I don't really care if J-Lew is bad news. I like her.

Day Tripper

by Hector Diego

It took him too long to find out, but he did.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Be Good Tanyas - Scattered Leaves

by Jay Allbritton
Vancouver's own. 

Jeff Mangum - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

by Jay Allbritton
Former Neutral Milk Hotel frontman busted out one of the classics this weekend at Coachella.

The Cultural Influence Of John Lennon

by Hector Diego

They love him in Japan...

Will The Real Mitt Romney Please Stand Up?

by Hector Diego

This one is good for a laugh.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Thank You Girl

by Hector Diego

Lennon sings lead vocal, so I consider "Thank You Girl" to be his song.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Rilo Kiley - The Absence Of God

by Hector Diego

One of J-Lew's very great performances.

Twist And Shout

by Hector Diego

One of Lennon's very best vocals.

Garfunkel and Oates - My Apartment's Very Clean Without You

by Jay Allbritton
AKA Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome.

Angela Ricci - Crazy

by Jay Allbritton
Angela Ricci covers Gnarls Barkley.

Zen Garden

by Hector Diego

It's one hour one minute and three seconds of blissful meditation music.

Bon Iver - Skinny Love

by Jay Allbritton
Watching Bon Iver's set on the Coachella livestream. If you miss any of the acts you wanted to see, try back next weekend; YouTube will be streaming again. Here's the song BI just played, only in this clip they play it for Letterman and his audience.

Up next is Radiohead. Get on it. There's still a full lineup tomorrow, including the return of At the Drive In.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Reggie Watts on Conan

by Jay Allbritton
Not sure what to call it, but I love it (h/t @julianaeveryday).

Native American Pipe

by Hector Diego

It sounds like Robbie Robertson's work, but I'm not sure.

Of Monsters and Men - King and Lionheart

by Jay Allbritton
From their set at the Music Hall of Williamsburg last weekend.

Across The Universe

by Hector Diego

The sound of bird's wings. I did not hear anything like that in any radio music until 1970. This sounds like a demo.

Birdy - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight

by Jay Allbritton
Birdy covered The Postal Service. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Soundgarden - Jesus Christ Pose

by Jay Allbritton

Taking it back to 1991.

Soundgarden - Jesus Christ Pose.mp3 by Soundgarden on Grooveshark 

Image by Ken MacMillian.

Zola Jesus - Vessel

by Hector Diego

Holes - Dig It

by Hector Diego


Paul McCartney - Growing Up Falling Down

by Hector Diego

This is interesting!

Primus - Coattails Of A Dead Man

by Jay Allbritton
Blogger and musician Ashley Mendel has penned an open letter to Courtney Love regarding her insane tweets that accuse former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl of seducing her daughter Frances Bean Cobain.

FBC has shot back with this brief response:
While I’m generally silent on the affairs of my biological mother, her recent tirade has taken a gross turn. I have never been approached by Dave Grohl in more than a platonic way. I’m in a monogamous relationship and very happy.

Twitter should ban my mother.
The whole affair reminds me of this odd Primus song from Antipop, which is an underrated album, that seems like it's aimed directly at Love.

Josie Charlwood - Making Faces

by Hector Diego

I wonder, is Charlwood British?

Alabama Shakes - Hold On

by Jay Allbritton
Last night Alabama Shakes played "Hold On" on Late Night. It also happened to be David Letterman's 65th birthday. Happy birthday, Mr. Letterman.

And Your Bird Can Sing

by Hector Diego

It's a good thing all the demos were saved.

Medicine Buddha Mantra

by Hector Diego


Swami Prabhupada - Jaya Radha Madhava

by Hector Diego

This picture was sent in by Brad Byers, a former student of mine and a good friend.

CDV 23-03 Jaya Radha-madhava by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on Grooveshark

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ringo Starr's Drumming

by Hector Diego

Normally I embed instead of provide links to music, but click here so you can hear and watch a cover of Ringo and you can read the comments drummers are making about Ringo's innovative drumming.

She Said, She Said

by Hector Diego

Classic Lennon. 1966.

Rare Beatles Film

by Hector Diego

It's for diehard Beatles people only.

Gravitron - Sleepwalk

by Jay Allbritton
This is South Carolina surf rock outfit Gravitron's cover of Santo and Johnny's "Sleepwalk."

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Vassy - Somebody That I Used To Know

by Jay Allbritton
The parade of covers of this continues with no end in sight. This one didn't really sit as well as some of the others. Maybe the flavor has gone out of the gum on this one. 

George Harrison - I Live For You

by Hector Diego

He was a man in love with God.

Josie Charlwood - Better Days

by Hector Diego

Damn, she is good.

Seinfeld - It's Not You, It's Me

by Jay Allbritton
"If it's anybody, it's me!"

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Paul McCartney On The Ellen Degeneres Show

by Hector Diego

This one is solid rock and roll. And, here's the studio version.

Y La Bamba - Ponce Pilato

by Jay Allbritton
This band has my attention. 

Michael Kiwanuka - Somebody That I Used To Know (Gotye Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Yet another cover of "Somebody That I Used To Know," this time by the brilliant Michael Kiwanuka.

The Year Of John Lennon - Dear Prudence

by Hector Diego

The world cannot end in 2012 if we are playing John Lennon.

Monday, April 09, 2012

The White Stripes - Stop Breaking Down

by Jay Allbritton
"The stuff I got is gonna bust your brains out,
Well, it'll make you lose your mind..."

John Lennon - Nobody Told Me

by Hector Diego

Nobody told me either!

Josie Charlwood - Electric Feel

by Hector Diego

This young woman is way talented. And quite a looker...

The Joy Formidable - Cradle

by Jay Allbritton
This substantially good band played the Current Studios in MInnesota.

Here's their video:

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Asylum Street Spankers - No Song Sad Enough

by Jay Allbritton
I'm told this is a standard.

Drive-By Truckers - Never Gonna Change

by Jay Allbritton
AzCentral has 12 essential Drive-By Truckers songs.  This is not one of them, but I like it.

Happy Easter From The Grateful Dead

by Hector Diego

Listen to the words of Ripple. If Jesus speaks to you with a message of spiritual renewal, I think Jerry would be satisfied.

Ripple by Grateful Dead on Grooveshark

Here's the entire album. Happy Easter.

Branstad And The Question Of Slime

by Hector Diego

In this picture of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa, the question is whether the pink slime is going into his mouth, or coming out of it. Branstad has called on all governors in the U.S. to stand with him against the recent "smear campaign" on the beef industry. He says, "...there is a spurious attack being levied against it by some groups. You can suspect who they might be. They are people who do not like meat." So Branstad is saying the public should not believe those nasty vegetarians, because they don't care about your physical welfare like he and corporate American does? Oh, that's rich. 

Read the article.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Floating Action - 50 Lashes

by Jay Allbritton
Another great find by Heather at I Am Fuel You Are Friends.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Key Losers - Limited Time

by Jay Allbritton
So I checked out Key Losers. I mentioned them in a post of a video by Dear Nora. It's some pretty radical music, but I think I've tapped into it nicely.

Ozzy Osbourne - Mr. Crowley

by Hector Diego

I dedicate this song to the Right Reverend Richard Warfield, pastor of the Psychedelic Church out in Wimberley, Texas. Here's one for you Dick.


Y La Bamba - Winter's Skin

by Jay Allbritton
Portland sextet Y La Bamba recently played a set for NPR. They have three albums, 2008's Alida Street, 2010's Lupon and this year's Court the Storm, which came out in February. In 2010 they played a set for DickiesSounds YouTube channel.

From that set, this is "Winter's Skin."

Jenny Lewis - Pelican Bay

by Hector Diego

J-Lew will always have an honored place at The Walrus Speaks.

Pelican Bay by Jenny Lewis on Grooveshark

Peggy Lee - Fever

by Hector Diego

I think Peggy Lee is one of Jenny Lewis' inspirations.

Fever by Peggy Lee on Grooveshark

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - I Found Out

by Hector Diego

Reminds me of "Cold Turkey". 1970.

Fiona Apple - Criminal

by Jay Allbritton
Lindsay Zoladz has a fine post up at Pitchfork explaining how the triumphant return of Fiona Apple is about much more than 90s nostalgia.

Conversely, this clip shows the 1997 version of Ms. Apple performing her biggest hit.

Billy Preston - My Sweet Lord

by Jay Allbritton
I had no idea that George's version was a cover (h/t PopDose). 

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Bowl Of The Winds

by Hector Diego

If you have not read any of The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, half of your life has been wasted. 

Evening by The Moody Blues on Grooveshark

Von Bondies - C'mon C'mon

by Jay Allbritton
I prefer that a show finish its run before I start watching it. So when a friend recommended the FX show Rescue Me, I checked it out and saw that it had a robust seven season run that wrapped in 2011 and had fairly broad critical acceptance, so I jumped on it. I'm only half-way through season one, and it's pretty solid.

The theme song, "C'mon C'mon" by the Von Bondies has taken control of my brain. It's impossible to get it out of my head. Luckily, it's grown on me and I like it a lot.

In this clip VB play the song on Carson Daly's show.

I Want You

by Hector Diego


Rilo Kiley - Does He Love You

by Jay Allbritton
From Coachella 2008. 

We have unfinished business Rilo. You know what I'm referring to.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

ZZ Ward - Move Like You Stole It

by Jay Allbritton
Best ZZ ever. I'm talking to you ZZ Top. 

Dear Nora - I'm An Outcast

by Jay Allbritton
According to Wikipedia, this band is defunct and head honcho Katy Davidson is performing under the name "Key Losers". Good luck Katy and we hope you find your key. 

Azure Ray - Rise

by Hector Diego


Rise by Azure Ray on Grooveshark

Doctor Robert

by Hector Diego

Tell them, John. No one can succeed like Doctor Robert. And he helps you to understand.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

School Is Cool - Flame on my Head

by Jay Allbritton
This is a cover of a song by a band called Blaudzun live last Friday at Studio Brussel in Belgium. 

Neil Young - Comes A Time (Live at Farm Aid 2011)

by Jay Allbritton
Mr. Neil Young is hard at work making the way we listen to music better. 

It's Only Love

by Hector Diego

Lennon knocks it out of the park with this one. Almost every Beatles song not released as a single could have been a major hit if it had been. Their albums were not composed of one or two hits, and the rest were filler. That's another thing that set them apart from their competition.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Jim Croce - Operator

by Jay Allbritton
"She's living in L.A. with my best old ex-friend Ray, a guy she said she knew well and sometimes hated..."

Los Campesinos! - There Are Listed Buildings

by Jay Allbritton
New tour dates are posted that run to the middle of July, including a US leg that is even coming to Florida, just not my part of Florida. 

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

by Hector Diego

Get tuned up.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Rama Bhajana

by Hector Diego

The fun never ends.

Today Is Lord Rama's Birthday

by Hector Diego

He's emerald green.

ACBSP - Meditation

by Hector Diego

Dedicated to ACBSP. If you don't know what that means I am not going to tell you. But you may find out.

No Reply

by Hector Diego

Whenever I hear this song, I can picture a distraught Lennon outside some girl's house, calling her on the phone, and getting no reply. Ouch.

This is the original stereo version. What's the difference? Can anyone out there in cyber land educate me?


Antique walrus print courtesy of FineRarePrints.Com