Friday, August 31, 2012

Sonny Boy Williamson - Nine Below Zero

by Hector Diego

I just had to post one more from Sonny Boy. He is outrageously great on that harp.

Sonny Boy Williamson - Keep It To Yourself

by Hector Diego

He knows how to blow that harp!

Mary Travers - There Is A Ship

by Hector Diego

I'm still in mourning for Mary Travers, who left us in 2009.

You Really Got A Hold On Me

by Hector Diego

Classic Lennon vocal.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

JJAMZ - Never Enough

by Jay Allbritton
Live from a clothing store of some sort.

Baby You're A Rich Man

by Hector Diego

This song is saying we have everything we need right within ourselves, I think.

I Shall Be Released

by Hector Diego

This is not a great version of this Dylan song, but when you have Joni Mitchell, Mama Cass, and Mary Travers singing it, you have to listen at least once.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bob Dylan - Don't Think Twice, It's Allright

by Hector Diego

It's a demo, and I love it.

Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (demo) by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Crosstide - Angeles (Elliott Smith Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
And finally, perhaps the best of the lot, Crosstide's inspired take. 

Loren Radis - Angeles (Elliott Smith Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
This is the second of my "Angeles" covers triple shot. Hope you people are having a terrific Wednesday. If you get a second and you have the means, send the president's campaign a few bucks, we gotta win this thing. KTWS time is 2:44 pm and the skies are clear in the city of Gainesville.  

A Lot Like Birds - Angeles (Elliott Smith Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Nice job covering a tough song under adverse circumstances and in a weird hat too.

Real Love

by Hector Diego

This song gives me the chills.


by Hector Diego

I can't find any information about the so-called "Capricorn Tapes", but these were probably recorded at Decca, where the Beatles--here with Pete Best on drums--did not get a contract. But George Martin knew what to do with the Liverpool boys, yes he did. And the boys knew what to do with Pete Best.

Bob Marley - Concrete Jungle

by Hector Diego

This guy was a flaming genius.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sexy Sadie

by Hector Diego

Classic Lennon.

Monday, August 27, 2012


by Hector Diego

It's the full album. Lennon said that at the time, "Help" was the most honest song he had ever written.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

John Lennon - Gimme Some Truth

by Hector Diego

Money for dope, he for rope.

Counting Crows - Round Here

by Jay Allbritton
From March 31, 1994. At the time, I hated these guys. May have never been more wrong about a band. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Rilo Kiley - With Arms Outstretched

by Jay Allbritton
To commemorate their 15th anniversary Pitchfork has posted a list of the top 200 albums of those 15 years, 1996-2011, as selected by their readers. As one might expect, Radiohead dominated list with three albums in the top 10. Nauseating omissions include seminal albums by Mountain Goats, The Hold Steady and Rilo Kiley.

Luckily Taylor Johnston at Music for Kids Who Can't Read Good steps in and fills the void with his own list of 20 albums snubbed by Pitchfork's readers and all three of the aforementioned bands are on it.  

Tegan and Sara - I Know I Know I Know

by Jay Allbritton
"It's me and you..."

"What else are we here for?"

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Foo Fighters - All My Life

by Jay Allbritton
Head Foo Dave Grohl recently expressed his love of the Beatles. 

Gayatri Mantra

by Hector Diego

I just felt like sharing this beautiful mantra with the world today.

Don't Let Me Down

by Hector Diego

You have to dig those crazy helmets that British cops wear...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Michael Kiwanuka - Bones

by Jay Allbritton
New video from the British soul singer. (h/t YANP). He offers up a playlist in USA Today.

John Lennon - Instant Karma

by Hector Diego

One of Lennon's best songs.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Smashing Pumpkins - Spaceboy

by Jay Allbritton
I used to really like Smashing Pumpkins in their early 90s heyday. As the band went through the process of shedding all its members, with the exception of noted ego maniac singer Billy Corgan, their music inevitably went in a direction I didn't care for and I stopped paying attention. Now they are relegated to the nostalgia pile--this song being an especially fond remembrance, though one that is somewhat spoiled by a seemingly endless string of reports that Corgan has said something annoying (like this one). As Steven Tyler once said, "Lord, it's too bad."

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Exciters

by Hector Diego

Here I go again...whenever the Station Agent posts a cover of an old song, I can't resist the impulse to post the original. In this case, even Linda Rondstadt's cover is really old, and the original? Well, the original was "Tell Her" and had a few incarnations, it seems, before the Exciters got a hold of it in 1962.

Linda Ronstadt - Tell Him

by Jay Allbritton
I'm going through my first Linda Ronstadt phase. This song is pure fluff. Dig it.

John Lennon - Stand By Me

by Hector Diego

The Station Agent prefers Lennon's version to the original by Ben E. King. So this post is dedicated to Jay Allbritton, the Station Agent of The Walrus Speaks.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Gravitron - Schrodinger's Cat

by Jay Allbritton
From a recent show in Spartanburg, SC, opening for Southern Culture on the Skids.


by Hector Diego

Lennon was always asking questions, most of all, about himself. He never accepted any answer for long. I can relate to that.

I just couldn't resist posting Ozzy Osbourne's version.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Friday, August 17, 2012

Soundgarden - Fell on Black Days

by Jay Allbritton
The band is back in November

Nirvana Live at the Paramount

by Jay Allbritton
This is Nirvana at its finest. Fantastic sound on this clip. Enjoy. 

Paul McCartney - Temporary Secretary

by Hector Diego

Is this super-early dubstep? Not that I'm into dubstep. I'm glad my daughter has gotten over it, actually, thank you very much. Anyway, you can't say McCartney didn't try new things.


Rage Against the Machine - Guerrilla Radio

by Jay Allbritton
Newly minted Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan has referred to Rage Against the Machine as his favorite band. How this is possible I have no idea. Does he possess ears? RAtM guitarist Tom Morello isn't having it since, as he puts it, Ryan is the machine against which they rage. Co-option is not an option.

BBC Recording, If I Fell

by Hector Diego

Sweet. 1964.

Omar Don't Scare

by Hector Diego

No, he don't. You feel me?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Elliott Smith - Alameda

by Jay Allbritton
From 1997. Magical. 

Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

by Hector Diego

Gerry and the Pacemakers. Friends of the Beatles from Liverpool. 1964.

John Lennon - Woman

by Hector Diego

I like hearing the more raw version.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Omar Tells It Like It Is

by Hector Diego

A walking, talking dramatic argument for gay rights, I would say...if you don't know what I'm talking about, you must watch The Wire.

Omar Little Rules

by Hector Diego

One of the greatest characters in American television, ever.

Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories--Stay (I Missed You)

by Jay Allbritton
When I turned twenty on August 15th, 1994, this was the number one song in the land. 

The Walrus Speaks Supports Pussy Riot

by Hector Diego

If you don't already know about Pussy Riot, you must. This group went into a Moscow cathedral to protest the 69 going on between Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church, which supports Putin and his politics.

Here is more of their music. 

22 year old Moscow State University student Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, mother of a four year old girl, explains the situation in jail. But, "Alexei Nikiforov, a federal prosecutor, has demanded prison for the trio because they 'abused God'." How does the prosecutor know that God feels abused? How does he know that He and She (the Divine Couple) don't feel honored that Pussy Riot is standing up for the truth? 

The Weathergirls - It's Raining Men

by Hector Diego

I had never heard of the Weathergirls or this song, until just now while listening to Jon Stewart explain to Bill O'Reilly that "raining men" should not be taken literally. O'Reilly said he knew that...but with O'Reilly it's hard to tell...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Watching The Wheels, Stripped Down

by Hector Diego

This is from Double Fantasy Stripped Down. I didn't even know about this until a minute ago. I must pay attention!

John Coltrane - Blue Train

by Hector Diego

Why don't we just go crazy and post an entire album of John Coltrane? 1957.

Thelonius Monk

by Hector Diego

What the hell, let's have a little jazz this afternoon...from Denmark, 1966.

Sleater-Kinney - One Beat

by Hector Diego

One world, one beat. Thank you very much.

Wild Flag

by Hector Diego

Is it the last part of "Racehorse"? I can't rightly tell. At one point I was afraid Carrie was going to smash her guitar. What's up with the shoes at the end, Station Agent?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tulasi Maharani

by Hector Diego

This is my Shyama-Krsna Tulasi in Alachua, Florida, July 13, 2012. Jaya Tulasi Devi!

Sri Tulasi-puja-kirtana by Songs of the Vaisnavas on Grooveshark

Desaparecidos - MariKKKopa

by Jay Allbritton
This one's for Sheriff Joe

In My Life

by Hector Diego

2012 is The Year of John Lennon. Why? Because people say the world is going to end. So we're going to hear from The Walrus.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Gotye - Somebodies: A YouTube Orchestra

by Jay Allbritton
For the last eight months I've been posting a long line of covers of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know". For all the ones I've posted dozens, if not hundreds more went up on YouTube and elsewhere on the web. No song released in the history of the web has spawned so much creativity.

Now Gotye brings those covers together in an ultimate mashup. The coveree is now the coverer. 

Sleater-Kinney - One More Hour

by Hector Diego

I am getting into this band. Better late than never.

Way Down In The Hole

by Hector Diego

It's The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, Season One.

The Wire.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

George Harrison - Dark Horse

by Hector Diego

One of the better tracks from Harrison's 1974 album, Dark Horse.

John Lennon - Nobody Told Me

by Hector Diego

I watched The U.S. vs. John Lennon last night. Everyone should see it.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Gold Motel's Howler Session

by Jay Allbritton
From back in January.

Across The Universe

by Hector Diego

Today is the Appearance Day of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, 1896-1977.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Only Son - It's A Boy

by Jay Allbritton
This band is the project of former Mold Peaches guitarist Jack Dishel, who is married to the fabulous Regina Spektor. Surprised I haven't heard of this band sooner. It's quite good.

Today Is Shri Krishna Janmashtami

by Hector Diego

He steals the yogurt that his mother Yashoda has made, feeds it to the monkeys, and then claims the yogurt is no good--even the monkeys do not want it.

So charming!

CDV 21-06 Jaya Radha-madhava by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on Grooveshark

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

James Heartfield - Chloe Dancer

by Jay Allbritton
"I'm proud to say I won't forget the time spent lying by her side. And a dream like this must die..."

Kiersten Holine - Dreams (Fleetwood Mac Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Excellent bedroom cover of the Fleetwood Mac classic. 

Why Cannabis Should Be Legal

by Hector Diego

You can argue with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, but I wouldn't.

Yoko Ono - Walking On Thin Ice

by Hector Diego

Cynthia was good at calligraphy. Yoko was outrageous. I guess that it explains it, right?

A Day In The Life

by Hector Diego

I think this song was banned by the BBC...

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Chris Cornell - Man of Golden Words

by Jay Allbritton
"Tell me Mr. Golden Words, how's about the world?"

Monday, August 06, 2012

Jack White - Blue Blood Blues

by Jay Allbritton
From last night's set that closed out Lollapalooza in style.

John Paul Carmody - Life By The Drop

by Jay Allbritton
Nice cover of a great Stevie Ray Vaughn song. 

Rilo Kiley - My Slumbering Heart

by Hector Diego

Am I asleep or awake?

Elliott Smith - Son of Sam

by Jay Allbritton
Today would have been Elliott's 43rd birthday. His absence was felt, as it so often is, yesterday while I watched the stream of Lollapalooza. I couldn't help thinking about how great it would have been to see him in the mix with Jack Black, Florence + the Machine and At the Drive In.


by Hector Diego

She acts as if it's understood. That's been my experience, anyway.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Nowhere Man

by Hector Diego

Certainly one of Lennon's greatest songs.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Rockyard - Rolling in the Deep

by Jay Allbritton
Here's another cover from Rockyard. Digging it.

Sleater-Kinney - Jumpers

by Hector Diego

A very dynamic performance.

2012 - The Year Of John Lennon

by Hector Diego

"Strawberry Fields Forever" is one of Lennon's greatest songs.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Rockyard - All That She Wants

by Jay Allbritton
This version of Ace of Bass's questionable 1992 runaway hit single "All That She Wants" by Rockyard is more of a reinvention than it is a cover. While this is a bit of a novelty, the band is absolutely amazing.  This has all the aspects that good heavy music should have.

Catch the Lollapalooza Live Stream this Weekend

by Jay Allbritton
YouTube is streaming the festival here. Plenty of solid acts coming up, among them are some of my favorites--Afghan Whigs, Tame Impala and The Shins. Tomorrow Alabama Shakes, Givers and Red Hot Chili Peppers are featured. The show blows up on Sunday with a killer line up that features Of Monsters and Men, The Gaslight Anthem, At the Drive In, Florence and the Machine, Jack White, and Childish Gambino among others.

Here's Soundgarden's set from 2010:

Radiohead - The Bends

by Jay Allbritton
"...and I wish it was the 60s,
I wish I could be happy, I wish, I wish, I wish
That something would happen..."

John Lennon - Number Nine Dream

by Hector Diego

It seemed so very real...

Thursday, August 02, 2012

John Lennon - Mind Games

by Hector Diego

I'll recite that mantra.

Meiko - Leave The Lights On

by Jay Allbritton
From her performance on KCRW.

Wild Flag - Romance

by Hector Diego

Paul's new favorite band.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Conservative Kid Bashes Obama

by Hector Diego

I get a kick out of this. The number one reason to not vote for Obama--because we have no idea whether or not he is an American citizen--is classic. What a hoot.

Rilo Kiley - Does He Love You?

by Jay Allbritton
From their performance in Santa Monica on October 15, 2007.

Please Please Me, Full Album

by Hector Diego

Oh yeah.

From Me To You

by Hector Diego

I'm going to let this post stand for my daily post of John Lennon, in The 2012 Year of John Lennon extravaganza here at The Walrus Speaks, although the song, as the Wikipedia article says, is one of the very few that were truly co-written by John and Paul. George Martin, the Beatles' producer, asked for a song as good as "Please Please Me," and although I doubt the song lives up to that standard, nevertheless it was the Beatles' first number one.

I highly recommend the Wikipedia article. It is very interesting.


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