Monday, December 31, 2012

Proxies - Arc Of Time (Bright Eyes Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
"As we pass over on the arc of time..."

Happy New Year, people.

2012 The Year Of John Lennon Ends

by Hector Diego

On January 1, 2012, I determined to post music by Lennon or featuring Lennon every day of the year, because people were saying that the world was going to end in 2012. I figured that if I played Lennon, either the world would not end or at least we would be hearing good music while it did. I managed to do this most days, and it has been a lot of fun.

Happy New Year, Walrus, wherever you are.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Mountain Goats - Dance Music (Spimn Session)

by Jay Allbritton
Mountain Goats fans have a petition going to get John Darnielle named United States Poet Laureate. Capitol idea.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Strawberry Fields

by Hector Diego

Certainly one of Lennon's best compositions.

Friday, December 28, 2012

The Replacements - Androgynous

by Jay Allbritton
My friend Kevin plays a mean cover version of this great song. Glad I have so many friends that turn me on to great music.

Beatles' Fourth Ed Sullivan Show

by Hector Diego

This post will serve as one of the last posts for 2012-The Year of John Lennon, because some folks have claimed that the world would end. We've almost made it, listening to the Beatles!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Rilo Kiley Album?

by Jay Allbritton
On Facebook, 11 hours ago, Rilo Kiley posted this message:
Record is almost finished, and artwork is nearly done. Going to need your help! More to come
This would imply that a new album is coming not just some b-sides collection. While I want the b-sides collection very badly, a new album would be way better news, because that would likely mean an extensive tour was in the offing.

RK Album Watch 2012-13 begins now.

And what do they mean "need your help"? I would be happy to help. I'm a helpful person and this sounds important!

UPDATE: This just in re:

Dusty Brown - Can't Make a Sound (Elliott Smith cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Get their free EP here.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Geri X - Cemetery

by Jay Allbritton
"You always know the weak spot..."

John Lennon - Imagine

by Hector Diego

Happy Boxing Day!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Ave Maria

by Hector Diego

For millions of years the Pacific Ocean has lapped the shores of what we now call San Diego, California.

The Europeans came, then the surfers came, and stayed.

Ave Maria.

Calvin and Hobbes Prep Santa Ambush

by Jay Allbritton

Merry Christmas people.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Sunday Girl - Where Is My Mind

by Jay Allbritton
Sweet Pixies cover. 

Double Fantasy, Full Album

by Hector Diego

John, John, John...

The Beatles Unplugged

by Hector Diego

It's not the same as the Anthology. I'm really excited about this, and I can assure you I will listen to all of it and offer learned comments.

Beatles Christmas 1963-1969

by Hector Diego

John Lennon talking with his voice...

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Festivus, People of Earth

by Jay Allbritton
I got a lot of problems with you people!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Dresden Dolls - I Would For You

by Jay Allbritton
Plaintive cover of an obscure Jane's Addiction gem. 

Friday, December 21, 2012

Elliott Smith - Waltz #2

by Jay Allbritton
Live on Jools Holland, 1999.

John Lennon - Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

by Hector Diego

War is over, if you want it. I think he is saying that you have to imagine it to make it true.

Country Joe McDonald And The Fish - I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag

by Hector Diego

Give me an F...

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fiona Apple - Dull Tool

by Jay Allbritton
From the new Judd Apatow film This Is 40.

Seven years between records and yet she can toss off this gem on some random Apatow film. Okay.  That's fine.

Joy Division - Live Transmission

by Hector Diego

Dance, dance, dance to the radio! My daughters are wearing this record out.

Russell Brand Interviews Members of the Westboro Baptist Church

by Jay Allbritton
If you have never heard of the Westboro Baptist Church, that's probably a good thing. They're super intolerant, you guys. They have recently threatened to protest the funerals of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre. As a result they now have problems with Anonymous that could carry on for awhile.

In this clip, two of members of the WBC stepped into the realm of Russell Brand. He patiently attempted to talk to them while they called him a pimp and explained why he and the audience all hated one another and were going to hell. It was pretty pointless. These people have nothing to say.

Obviously, the best thing to do is ignore them, which I have failed to do simply by making this post. It's also hard to ignore them when they go up to places where people are mourning the dead and they make a disturbance and try to start pushing people's buttons.

They also do not give a shit about Jesus warning about judging others.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Screaming Females: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

by Jay Allbritton
Neat sonic downsizing at play here. 

You Can't Do That

by Hector Diego

No you can't!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Ryan Adams - Shine Through The Dark

by Jay Allbritton
From Conan (h/t Stereogum).

You Really Got A Hold On Me

by Hector Diego

Lennon is singing lead with backup by Harrison. A truly great vocal, originally by Smokey Robinson. This song appeared on With The Beatles in England, but on The Beatles' Second Album in America, due to high crimes and misdemeanors by Capitalistic Records.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Jack White - Shakin

by Jay Allbritton
Jack White played "Shakin'" with the all girl band this week on Conan.

War Is Over

by Hector Diego

We have to Imagine it to make it true. That is what I think he means.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Gayatri Mantra

by Hector Diego

If you feel the need for rapid consciousness elevation, try this.

Make Rad Music - Giving Up on Love (Slow Club Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Vans takes a sturdy song and rocks it to its core with nothing but an acoustic guitar.

John Lennon - Stand By Me

by Hector Diego

 Ben E. King meets the man from Mersey Town.

Bright Eyes - A Perfect Sonnet

by Jay Allbritton

Try to write it down into a perfect sonnet...
or one foolish line...

Friday, December 14, 2012

Tegan & Sara - Time After Time

by Jay Allbritton
I can't think of a more appropriate song for them to cover.

And Your Bird Can Sing

by Hector Diego

Lennon considered this song one of his more forgettable efforts. I can see "Eight Days A Week" or "Run For Your Life", but this song has one of the best guitar riffs in the business.

Queen - Under Pressure (w Annie Lennox, David Bowie)

by Jay Allbritton
Can't we give ourselves one more chance?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

PJ Harvey Concert

by Hector Diego

It's Janis Joplin meets Gracie Slick meets Patti Smith meets Jim Morrison as a woman.

Alabama Shakes - Hold On

by Hector Diego

Alabama Shakes, Gotye, and Wild Flag are bands that strike me as great new talent in 2012. I imagine that the Station Agent will be posting a list of his recommendations.

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova - Falling Slowly

by Jay Allbritton
Wonderful song from the movie Once. (h/t Derek).


by Hector Diego

She acts as if it's understood...

Capitalism Is Organized Crime

by Hector Diego

It doesn't have to be this way. An article the Station Agent sent me puts it all into perspective.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Paul Meets Nirvana

by Jay Allbritton
If you're going to get someone to fill in for the late Kurt Cobain playing with the surviving members of Nirvana, you better go big. So they got Paul. It's going down tonight at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy relief benefit. Can we get Courtney and Yoko onstage for a rousing rendition of "All You Need is Love" into "All Apologies"? Do it!

I Want You

by Hector Diego

It's not good to want someone this much.

Ravi Shankar (1920-2012)

by Hector Diego
Om Namah Shivaya by Ravi Shankar on Grooveshark

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Year Of John Lennon- Come Together

by Hector Diego

We are continuing with The Year of John Lennon here at The Walrus Speaks. People have said the world is going to come to an end in 2012, so we have been posting Lennon so we could have a good soundtrack for that.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

John Lennon - Jealous Guy

by Hector Diego

I began to lose control...

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Beatles In Melbourne, 1964

by Hector Diego

It's a concert from Melbourne, Australia, 1964. There is a forgettable supporting act, and then the Beatles come on at 0.40.34--a really great show!

Friday, December 07, 2012

Glen Hansard - This Gift (Brooklyn Youth Chorus)

by Jay Allbritton
My friends in South Florida saw this guy open for Eddie Vedder last week and they all like him a lot, so I'm investigating. This initial offering is quite promising. 

The Helmets of Space

by Jay Allbritton
Finally, someone made a supercut of space helmets set to a mashup of Bowie's "Space Oddity" and The Beatles' "Elanor Rigby" (h/t Justin Yu of The 404). What took you people so long?

Incidentally, the person I hat-tipped above, Justin Yu, has a Tumblr featuring images of computer monitors in movies. Oh, and if you haven't listened to the daily podcast he does with Jeff Bakalar for CNET, you should, it's fun times.

Happy Rhodes - Come Undone

by Jay Allbritton
Even Roberto Duran thinks this is an admirable performance of this "Duran Duran" cover.

Branches - Eleanor Rigby (Beatles Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Top notch Beatles cover for all the lonely people. Even you Father McKenzie.

Cheech And Chong - Dave's Not Here

by Hector Diego

I'm posting this in honor of the new, sensible cannabis laws in Colorado and Washington. Just a token to remind folks of how it used to be.

No, I'm Dave!

Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know

by Hector Diego

Don't let the two minutes of mumbling fool you, this dude can sing. 

This song gets my nomination for the best song of 2012. And I am difficult to please. Ask the Station Agent. If a song doesn't have a melody that I remember note for note the first time I hear it, I never give it higher than a B-.

Branches - Crazy (Gnarls Barkley Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
"Yeah, I was out of touch, But it wasn't because I didn't know enough, I just knew too much..."

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Dave Brubeck (1920-2012)

by Hector Diego
I don't know Jack about jazz. But nearly everyone knows this melody by the legendary American artist Dave Brubeck. Goddess and God bless his soul.

Branches - Seven Nation Army (White Stripes cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Nice arrangement on this cover. This concludes my "Seven Nation Army" triple shot. A veritable 21 nation army. That could hold me back for sure.

Melanie Martinez - Seven Nation Army

by Jay Allbritton
Usually not a fan of these network TV talent contests, but I have seen Melanie Martinez a few times and I look forward to seeing what she can do after this show is over.

The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army

by Jay Allbritton
I've got this song stuck in my head in a big bad way.

Jim Carrey - How Rich People Laugh

by Hector Diego
This guy kills me.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Lissie - Hello (Lionel Richie Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
Tell me how to win your heart because I haven't got a clue.

Seperate Incidents: Obama Honors Led Zeppelin; Page, White and Edge Jam

by Jay Allbritton
The president praised Led Zeppelin at the Kennedy Center Honors.

Several acts played Zep songs. Apparently Jack White was in the house. When I come across video of any of the performances I'll post them.

In the meantime, here's White jamming "Seven Nation Army" with Jimmy Page and The Edge.

John Lennon - Oh My Love

by Hector Diego

Here's a rather imperfect, but rather pretty, version that did not make it onto the album. 1971.

Monday, December 03, 2012

George Harrison - Blow Away

by Hector Diego
It has an up-beat pop sound. Very pleasant. 1979.

Game Of Thrones Season 3 Tease

by Jay Allbritton
The awesomeness begins anew on March 31. No spoilers.

Will Ferrell - The Landlord

by Hector Diego

If you don't know about this, you should. Station Agent?

John Lennon - Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

by Hector Diego

Is it too early to post Christmas music? Not if it's John Lennon.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Beth Gibbons - Tom the Model

by Jay Allbritton
"You know you don't ever have to worry 'bout me,
I'd do it again..."

A Hard Day's Night

by Hector Diego

Kick back and watch the film, rated by critics as the Beatles' best.

Josie Charlwood - Skyfall

by Jay Allbritton
JC does a good job with the latest Bond theme. 

Saturday, December 01, 2012


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