Tuesday, July 31, 2012


by Hector Diego

When we hear Beatles songs from their albums or singles, we are hearing the finished product. All the work that went into them remains hidden, as it should. But if you want to hear the Beatles at work, listen to their demos.

Cry Baby Cry

by Hector Diego

A demo Lennon made at Harrison's house.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Black Crowes - My Morning Song

by Jay Allbritton
It's important to have morning songs when you're not a morning person.

Sexy Sadie

by Hector Diego

Another of Lennon's quips: You'll get yours yet.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pearl Jam - Immortality

by Jay Allbritton
From 2003. 

Merlin's Magic - The Heart Of Reiki

by Hector Diego

I just have to post this one every once in awhile. It's beautiful and very relaxing.

Morgan Freeman Advocates Legalization

by Hector Diego

So now we have heard from God himself on this issue. What more needs to be said? With cynical dinosaurs like Michele Leonhart running the DEA, apparently, a lot more needs to be said.

Ed Sheeran - You Need Me

by Jay Allbritton
Another clip from Latitude Festival.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

John and Yoko...and Frank Zappa

by Hector Diego

Neither the sound nor the visuals are great, but they are good enough. I wonder what Yoko is driving at? And Zappa, well Zappa is a shredder, my friends.

At about 8.40 Zappa's band (the Mothers?) starts imitating Yoko. Hmmm...

Friday, July 27, 2012

Pomplamoose Mashup Gotye, Jespen

by Jay Allbritton
It's a super pop mashup.

Miracles of Modern Science - Call Me Maybe

by Jay Allbritton
MMS throw down on this cover of C. R. Jespen's monster hit "Call Me Maybe" (h/t Cover Me).

Lana Del Rey - Heart-Shaped Box

by Jay Allbritton
The prospect of the hated Lana Del Rey covering Nirvana sets up a negative knee jerk reaction. Del Rey, long considered by indie purists to be inauthentic, toying with the work of the sainted Kurt Cobain amounts to, as Stereogum's Tom Breihan puts it, "trolling the universe". One commenter on the post compared it Miley Cyrus's ill advised cover of "Smalls Like Teen Spirit".

I completely disagree with this lazy comparison. Del Rey pulls off a compelling take on a song that, coming from her, has a great deal of meaning. Breihan writes, "Given that all of LDR’s moves are painstakingly calculated and clearly all fame and its effects, this isn’t just a case of a singer singing a song she likes."

The song is unintentionally enhanced by the position of the phone filming Del Rey, which forces us to peek over the hedges to see her, as if she's literally the girl next door dreaming of being a famous singer and acting it out in her backyard. It's the innocent antithesis of pop fame.


by Hector Diego

If you don't know already that Julia was Lennon's mother, run down by an automobile when Lennon was about 16, well, you don't know Jack.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Violent Femmes - Kiss Off

by Jay Allbritton
I hope you know, this will go down on your permanent record.

Slow Club -- Nothing Can Stop Us Now

by Jay Allbritton
From the recent Latitude Festival.

Abbey Road Medley

by Hector Diego

The medley on the second side of Abbey Road supplies one of the most significant moments in 20th century music. And let this post stand for our daily dose of John Lennon for The Year of John Lennon, 2012.

Elliott Smith - Alameda

by Jay Allbritton
"So now you see your first mistake..."

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Jerry Seinfeld Drives. Larry David Eats A Pancake.

by Jay Allbritton
This is episode one of Jerry Seinfeld's fun new web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Wonder what that show is about.

From Crackle: Larry Eats A Pancake

Mr. Seinfeld is going out on tour. Brooklyn Vegan has details.

John Lennon - Hold On

by Hector Diego


Missy Higgins - Hello Hello

by Jay Allbritton
I know not of this Missy Higgins, but she did well for herself on The Tonight Show.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Elected - Have You Been Cheated

by Jay Allbritton
Hard to believe it's been over a year since Bury Me in My Rings came out.

Alex Clare - Too Close

by Jay Allbritton
Nice acoustic rendering of that cool dub-step song from that commercial.

John Lennon - Well Well Well

by Hector Diego

From Lennon's minimalist Plastic Ono Band album, 1970.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

John Lennon - Imagine, Acoustic

by Hector Diego


Fleetwood Mac - The Chain

by Jay Allbritton
From 1997's The Dance.

Lissie - Pursuit of Happiness

by Jay Allbritton
Lissie turned rapper Kid Cudi's "Pursuit of Happiness" into a dynamic rock anthem.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Florence and the Machine - The Chain

by Jay Allbritton
Florence and the Machine entertain the hoards with this one time only cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain".

John Lennon - Oh My love

by Hector Diego

With George Harrison on guitar, and Nicky Hopkins on piano. They have all left us.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter

by Jay Allbritton
It amazes me to see this South American stadium fully engaged with this song, which was left off the 1991 album Ten.

Refused - New Noise

by Jay Allbritton
Back from the 90s, hard core Swedish band Refused stopped by Fallon to smack some people around with their awesomeness. It's delightful to see heavy music done well. There's just not a lot of that kind of thing anymore.  

Lissie - Go Your Own Way

by Jay Allbritton
Positively brilliant Fleetwood Mac cover.

Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop

by Jay Allbritton
Form the first inauguration of William Jefferson Clinton.

Fleetwood Mac - Chain

by Jay Allbritton

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling

by Jay Allbritton
I dig these guys.

Linda Ronstadt and The Muppets - Blue Bayou

by Jay Allbritton
Circa 1980. Part one of full episode here.

John Lennon - Jealous Guy

by Hector Diego

A beautiful melody.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Lissie - Hello

by Jay Allbritton
Is it me you're looking for?

2012 - The Year Of John Lennon

by Hector Diego

People say the world is going to end in 2012. So we will be listening to John Lennon.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Free As A Bird

by Hector Diego

The late, great, John Lennon sings an early, unproduced version.

Lissie - Record Collector

by Jay Allbritton
Lissie stopped by the Current studios in Minnesota. The whole performance is here.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

John Lennon - Isolation

by Hector Diego

I like the stripped down, minimalist arrangement.

Fiona Apple at Largo

by Jay Allbritton
Short set by the great Fiona Apple.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sarah Blasko - Don't Dream it's Over

by Jay Allbritton
"...but you turn right over to the TV page."

This Land Was Made For You And Me

by Hector Diego

We must post this for Woody Guthrie's centennial. It is required.

Woody Guthrie - Pretty Boy Floyd

by Hector Diego

I like Guthrie's observation about men robbing you with a fountain pen, but outlaws don't drive families from their homes. Ain't that the truth. It takes a lawyer to do that.

Woody Guthrie Centennial

by Hector Diego

Guthrie was born a hundred years ago today in Okemah, Oklahoma. If you don't know about Guthrie, you should, because he was a major figure in inspiring the folk music of the 60s, and he gave voice to the hope of justice and prosperity for the poor and oppressed.


13Chicken - Summer of The Drugs

by Jay Allbritton
YouTube Uke-ist busts a surreal, yet charismatic rendition of Soul Asylum's cover of Victoria Williams's "Summer of Drugs".

Friday, July 13, 2012

Across the Universe, I Want You (She's So Heavy)

by Jay Allbritton
A lot of people I talk to didn't like this movie at all. I thought it was really good. It's totally insane and doesn't seem to be grounded in any way, but it's got colorful and passionate re-creations of Beatles songs.

More Zen Garden

by Hector Diego

I just can't get enough of this music!

John Lennon - Give Peace A Chance

by Hector Diego

I'm not sure that everyone is talking about this stuff, but let's give it a chance.

Skeeter Davis - The End Of The World

by Hector Diego

Whenever the Station Agent posts a cover of a song from the 60's, I guess I can't resist posting the original.

The Last Names - The End of the World

by Jay Allbritton

Every bit as melancholy and infinitely sad as the original. 

Year Of Mourning For Rilo Kiley Ends

by Hector Diego

Like Beatles people back in the 1970s, the dedicated staff at The Walrus Speaks will continue to hope that Rilo Kiley will get back together, but for now we are taking guitarist Blake Sennett's declaration that the band is finished. The Walrus Speaks has been observing a year long period of mourning for the band.

For the finale of our year of mourning I am posting "The Good That Won't Come Out" because it is the Rilo Kiley song that started it all for me. The Station Agent made this video several years ago, while a cat and I watched. This one's for you, Jayman.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Good Will Hunting Bar Scene

by Jay Allbritton
The classic scene that made Matt Damon and Gordon Wood famous.

Messiah College history professor

JJAMZ - Heartbeat

by Jay Allbritton
Finally got my hands on the new JJAMZ album Suicide Pact. I concur with Time Out New York's Mikael Wood who writes, "Far from a half-assed vanity project, Suicide Pact could end up the year’s best indie-rock record, full of sticky tunes, chewy guitar textures and some excellently icy vocals by [Z] Berg, who never sounded this sexy-scary in the Like."

Rilo Kiley - The Execution Of All Things

by Hector Diego

This song really grew on me.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Good Morning, Good Morning

by Hector Diego

More Lennon gold.

Elliott Smith - Miss Misery

by Jay Allbritton
This is the ending sequence from the film Good Will Hunting. This is the fulfillment of Chuckie's wish that one day he would knock on Will's door and he would be gone.

The song is Elliott Smith's "Miss Misery".  

Blind Melon - Soup

by Jay Allbritton
Behold, the impossible voice of Shanon Hoon. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Nowhere Man

by Hector Diego

One of my very favorite Lennon compositions.

The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army

by Jay Allbritton
Blistering 2007 performance. 

Monday, July 09, 2012

Meiko - Leave The Lights On

by Jay Allbritton
On tour this summer.

Rilo Kiley - The Good That Won't Come Out

by Hector Diego

Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley.

The Good That Won't Come Out by Rilo Kiley on Grooveshark

John Lennon - Beautiful Boy

by Hector Diego

Beautiful indeed.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Elliott Smith - Say Yes

by Jay Allbritton
From his 1997 album Either/Or.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Grouplove - Tongue Tied

by Jay Allbritton
Amazing how groups can spring onto the scene and I still don't hear about them until a year later. 

Ticket To Ride

by Hector Diego

From the Ed Sullivan Show, August 14, 1965.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Mary Timony

by Hector Diego

From about 2005, I have heard. The drummer kicks you know what, does he not?

Caroline Smith - She Ain't Got It

by Jay Allbritton
From her 2010 stop at Current studios.

Bruce Springsteen - Dancing in The Dark

by Jay Allbritton
The boss dances with his daughter.

Rilo Kiley - With Arms Outstretched

by Hector Diego


With Arms Outstretched by Rilo Kiley on Grooveshark

John Lennon - Watching The Wheels

by Hector Diego

This is Lennon in his house husband phase. Well do I know it.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

2012 - The Year Of John Lennon

by Hector Diego

A girl with kaleidoscope eyes...

Blind Melon - Walk

by Jay Allbritton
Recently finished reading the book A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon. My review is here. This is a live version of "Walk" the band recorded for MuchMusic back when MuchMusic was a thing.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

You're Going To Lose That Girl

by Hector Diego

You better treat your woman right.

John Adams

by Hector Diego

If you have not seen John Adams, well, you simply must.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Jimi Hendrix - Star Spangled Banner

by Hector Diego

Happy Independence Day. How fares the Republic?

Of Monsters and Men - Dirty Paws

by Jay Allbritton
From their performance at the Bowery in New York earlier this year.

Andy Griffith (1926-2012)

by Hector Diego

Griffith beats all.

The Word

by Hector Diego

I feel that "The Word" deserves more attention. Classic Lennon lyrics. "I'm here to show everybody the light."

Jonathan Krohn Gets Real

by Hector Diego

Jonathan Krohn is the 13 year old kid who wrote a conservative book in 2009, and was feted by the Red State Confederacy and discussed as an up-and-coming with potential. So what made him turn away from conservatism? He studied philosophy. It seems that his conservative ideas could not brook the cleansing power of critical thinking, a Foreword by former "Drug Czar" William Bennett notwithstanding.

Read about him.


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