Saturday, March 31, 2012

Nine Inch Nails - The Only Time

by Jay Allbritton
"My moral standing is lying down..."

Slow Club - It Doesn't Have to be Beautiful

by Jay Allbritton
"Love has lost its meaning and it was wasted on us..."

Grateful Dead - Little Red Rooster

by Hector Diego


Jerry Garcia once said that Bob Weir was better looking than a girl, and as far we know, Garcia was 100% hetero. So go figure.

Little Red Rooster by Grateful Dead on Grooveshark

Bob Weir - Walking Blues

by Hector Diego


I saw this dude in concert in the 90s.

Baby You're A Rich Man

by Hector Diego


Lennon sings lead vocals on this one so I am posting it under the rubric of The Year of John Lennon--the world can't end in 2012 for this reason!

The title is intriguing. We are all full of health, wealth, and happiness. According to the human potential movement, we just have to get in touch with our original nature. Hmmm...

Friday, March 30, 2012

Best of Seinfeld

by Jay Allbritton
Here's a spiffy montage of famous Seinfeld quotes.  I really miss that show.

Angus and Julia Stone - Hold On

by Jay Allbritton
Word on the street is that these siblings are working solo at present. This is from the 2010 album Down The Way.

Lennon On Overpopulation

by Hector Diego


I tend to agree with Lennon on this. While I don't think that reports of "overpopulation" began as a propaganda scare or a tactic to distract us from real concerns such as stupid, unjust wars and oppression--as Lennon is suggesting--I do feel that we have not been thinking clearly on this subject. If 50,000 people in a square mile enjoy amicable relations, their needs are met, and they are having a minimal impact on their environment, I would not say that the area is necessarily overpopulated. But if only 5 people are living in a square mile and they are enemies, have difficulty meeting their needs, and are trashing the environment, then I think we are looking at overpopulation. Granted, I have not studied this subject thoroughly, but you get my drift.

Slow Club - Nothing Can Stop Us Now

by Jay Allbritton
The Slow Club from SXSW. This is a nice performance of a SC song we haven't heard, so please, in the future, KickKickSnareTV and all other YouTube channels that show music, do not interrupt the song for a snippet of an interview.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

John Lennon Demo - Woman

by Hector Diego


We are continuing the Year of John Lennon here at KTWS Radio.

John Lennon - You Are Here

by Hector Diego


Here and now.

Rolling Stones - Tumbling Dice

by Jay Allbritton
From a really big stage.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Shelby Lynne - I'll Hold Your Head

by Jay Allbritton
Full set by way of KCRW is here.

Jesus And Mary Chain - Reverence

by Jay Allbritton
Stereogum has a cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain's duet with Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval "Sometimes Always" by M. Ward and Feist. Okay, first of all, very cool. Second of all, why didn't anyone tell me about the original when it happened in the 90's? I was all about Jesus & Mary Chain. Well, I liked them anyway. Saw them at Lollapalooza '92. They played second, after Lush and before Pearl Jam.  I also dug that one Mazzy Star tune.

Anyway, here's "Reverence" live on MTV.  

Lizzie West - 19 miles to Bagdad

by Jay Allbritton
From Democracy Now! in 2008.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

St Vincent - Your Lips Are Red

by Jay Allbritton
From Austin City Limits. 

Cannonball Adderley Quintet - Mercy, mercy, mercy

by Jay Allbritton
I had no idea that this song had such a rich history to it. Such a powerful melody. I was only familiar with The Buckinghams' version, but this is obviously far better.

The Black Keys - Little Black Submarines

by Jay Allbritton
"I should've seen it glow, but everybody knows that a broken heart is blind..."

John Lennon - Bless You

by Hector Diego


This song is worth a listen.

Monday, March 26, 2012

God, Bill Maher, GOP, Abramoff & More (The Point)

by Hector Diego


A great show with Cenk Uygur.

Revolution

by Hector Diego


We all want to change the world.

Alabama Shakes - I Found You

by Jay Allbritton
Last summer the band played a set at Pegasus Record in Florence, Alabama.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Alabama Shakes - Hold On (Conan)

by Jay Allbritton
Brilliant performance from February.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Whispertown - Isn't There More

by Jay Allbritton
Whispertown's new EP Parallel is now available. Here's the spellbinding video for the song "Isn't There More," which was filmed on iPhones and looks like it, but in a good way.

The Godfather Turns 40

by Jay Allbritton
40 years ago today one of the greatest movies of all time hit the theaters. 


Full Album, Imagine

by Hector Diego


It runs 39.28.

Mega-Conspiracy Theme

by Hector Diego


I'm on a roll today. This is dense material.

Illuminati Conspiracy

by Hector Diego


I dedicate this video to the Right Reverend Richard Warfield, pastor of the Psychedelic Church out in Wimberley, Texas.

Tim Tebow And The Jets

by Hector Diego




This should be interesting.

My Pet Dragon - Flow

by Jay Allbritton
From their recent performance on Indie Ambassador TV.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Paul Inducts John

by Hector Diego


I don't think much of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. John was not inducted until 1994. How dumb is that? Anyway, here it is.

The Pretenders - My City Was Gone

by Hector Diego


Rush Limbaugh uses an instrumental version of "My City Was Gone" for the theme music of his inane radio show. But Chrissie Hynde would rather that Limbaugh, I am sure, not use her song. They do not share the same values.

Elliott Smith--Miss Misery

by Jay Allbritton
This is a very awkward performance. Elliott Smith went to the Oscars in 1998, fourteen years ago today, and played "Miss Misery" which had been nominated for best song. Smith initially turned down the invitation, changing his mind only after producers told him the song would be played by someone else if he didn't show up. It's hard to tell if Smith's performance is measured or simply off, but he didn't seem himself in this performance. After the fact, Smith had this to say (from Wikipedia):
That's exactly what it was, surreal... I enjoy performing almost as much as I enjoy making up songs in the first place. But the Oscars was a very strange show, where the set was only one song cut down to less than two minutes, and the audience was a lot of people who didn't come to hear me play. I wouldn't want to live in that world, but it was fun to walk around on the moon for a day.  
 

Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue

by Hector Diego

She's tripping upon the land.

Acid Tongue by Jenny Lewis on Grooveshark

Alabama Shakes - Hold On

by Jay Allbritton
Here's another look at Alabama Shakes performing at SXSW, this time at Austin's Hotel San Jose for WFUV.

Gators Keep On Dancin'

by Jay Allbritton
Congrats to the Mighty Florida Gators Basketball team on making it to their second consecutive Elite 8. Good luck against Louisville!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dana Gould on Conan

by Jay Allbritton
In his appearance on Conan this week, comedian Dana Gould hit on all of the themes in our header except for politics. I especially like his riff on The Beatles at the end of this clip.

She Keeps Bees - Gimmie

by Jay Allbritton
Work me like my back ain't got no bone..."

Alabama Shakes - You Ain't Alone

by Hector Diego


The Station Agent says Alabama Shakes is the best new thing since Wild Flag. I think I must concur.

Limbaugh's Anti-Vegetarian Rant

by Hector Diego

I sometimes listen to right-wing extremists while working in the kitchen. Yesterday, Limbaugh went on a rant against vegetarians--a group that he conflates with liberals--claiming they have no sense of humor. Apparently only conservative carnivores have a sense of humor, and get this--a guy that called into the show says that vegetarians and vegans are hard to talk to. I'm not saying that simply by being a carnivore you are in step with Limbaugh, but if you actually argue against vegetarianism...well, then you would be, wouldn't you? Just saying.

Woof Woof On The Roof?

by Hector Diego

Political Wire's short article on the continuing saga of Seamus the dog was too much for me to resist this morning. And a reader left a perspicacious comment that I am sure you will all enjoy. Here it is--
It's about time someone prominent publicized the Canadian Getaway.  But I still maintain that Anne Romney has gotten a free ride in all of this.  Why didn't she put her foot down?  And you wonder what is going on in that household if none of them thought that this was cruel. On the other hand, using it as a backdrop for a political cartoon does trivialize what Mitt and the Missus did.  They should  be prosecuted for animal cruelty and they should do time.  And they should be made to drive a Rambler for the rest of their lives.  Both of them.  The kids should be made to do community service for depraved indifference. 
Rufus Thomas has the definitive perspective on this issue, so let's hear from him.
Somebody Stole My Dog by Rufus Thomas on Grooveshark

Alabama Shakes - Rise to the Sun

by Jay Allbritton
Hear their SXSW set here, courtesy of NPR. Do not sleep on this band, people.

This is from their appearance on KEXP.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sharon Van Etten - Leonard (Conan)

by Jay Allbritton
Here's a report on last Wednesday night's show in Austin that featured Van Etten along with KTWS favorites Kimbra and The Alabama Shakes. 



Sharon Van Etten's upcoming tour dates via Stereogum.


03/23 – Portland, OR @ The Aladdin Theater
03/24 – Vancounver, Canada @ The Biltmore Cabaret
03/25 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theater
03/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room

Strawberry Fields

by Hector Diego


Do you have a screenplay, a novel, a book, a painting or sculpture, or even a love affair that you want to abandon because it doesn't seem to be going anywhere? Well, maybe it isn't. But listen to this early, rough version of "Strawberry Fields". If Lennon had given up on it, the entire world would have been cheated out of some really great music. Do you get my drift?

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

by Hector Diego


This is a haunting melody, especially in this acoustic version by the composer.

The Shins - Simple Song (Letterman)

by Jay Allbritton
The Shins showed up on The Late Show on the day their new album Port of Morrow was released. I concur with Tom over at Stereogum who writes, "I swear that one is like a top-five Shins song at this point; I never get sick of hearing it."



Jane's Addiction - Classic Girl

by Jay Allbritton
"Such a classic girl, gives her man great ideas..."

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Portugal. The Man - Got it All

by Jay Allbritton
I am criminally out of touch with this brilliant band.

The Teapot Party

by Hector Diego

The Teapot Party was inspired by the recent cannabis bust of staunch legalization and reform activist, Willie Nelson. Where do you stand?

Alabama Shakes - Hold On

by Jay Allbritton
Ladies and gentlemen, DIG Alabama Shakes performing live on KCRW.

The Lumineers - Ho Hey

by Jay Allbritton
Matt  from YANP has a report from The Lumineers recent set at SXSW. This is their video for "Ho Hey."


Chastity Brown - After You

by Jay Allbritton
Chastity Brown played a set over at the old Current Studios. 

John And Yoko - The Luck Of The Irish

by Hector Diego


All of the Beatles have Irish ancestry.

CSN&Y - Wooden Ships

by Hector Diego


1969.

Monday, March 19, 2012

John Lennon - Look At Me

by Hector Diego


1970.

What If God Disappeared?

by Hector Diego


I actually do believe in God, but don't ask me what I mean by "God" or even "belief". It would be too complicated.

Sleigh Bells - Treats

by Hector Diego


Strange. Weird. Where did they get this footage?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Day In The Life

by Hector Diego


The world cannot end in 2012 as long as we are listening to John Lennon.

Sleater-Kinney - Jumper

by Hector Diego


A truly great performance.

Fistful Of Mercy - Father's Son

by Hector Diego


This one was recommended by Polythene Pam. Fistful of Mercy is Dhani Harrison, Joseph Arthur, and Ben Harper.

Josie Charlwood--The Scientist

by Jay Allbritton
Josie Charlwood clocks in with a fine cover of Coldplay's "The Scientist". 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Gil Scott-Heron - I Think I'll Call It Morning

by Hector Diego


Why should I survive on sadness?


Jenny Lewis With Belle And Sebastian

by Hector Diego


Lazy Line Painter Jane.

Paul McCartney - My Love

by Hector Diego


Lennon and McCartney were great partners because they were opposites.

John Lennon - Isolation

by Hector Diego


1970.

Geri X--Cemetery

by Jay Allbritton
Tampa, Florida's supremely talented Geri X on Studio 10. 

My Pet Dragon - Moonshine

by Jay Allbritton
Just saw their set at Trophy's in Austin, TX at SXSW, and they are fantastic live band. The rest of the bands on that show are still streaming here, while supplies last. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Shins--Simple Song (Last FM Session)

by Jay Allbritton
James Mercer of the Shins played a set for Last FM.This is "Simple Song."

Gwain Nighthawk Debut

by Hector Diego


They are looking for donors for the production of this wonderful music.

Two Door Cinema Club on RockFeedBack

by Jay Allbritton
Irish rockers Two Door Cinema Club played a very good set for RockFeedBack. 

Rilo Kiley - Breaking Up

by Hector Diego


It's my favorite shampoo commercial.

The Year Of John Lennon - How Do You Sleep?

by Hector Diego


This song is definitely a swipe at Paul, but later on John said he was really dissatisfied with himself and took it out on his old partner. The entire album--which is excellent--is filled with references that we have outgrown, such as straights, short-hairs, "jump when your Mama tells you anything", etc. Lennon started wearing his hair short and became a feminist.

Sounds familiar.

Marvin Gaye with Tammi Terrell--You're all I need to Get By

by Jay Allbritton
The great Tammi Terrell died 42 years ago today at the tender age of 24. Her illness and death so troubled Marvin Gaye that he left the public eye for four years before returning with What's Going On.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Neil Young--Heart Of Gold

by Jay Allbritton
40 years ago today, this was the number one song in America.

Fleetwood Mac--Dreams

by Jay Allbritton
"When the rain washes you clean you'll know..."

Rilo Kiley - A Better Son/Daughter

by Hector Diego


J-Lew tells it like it is.

Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater--Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around

by Jay Allbritton
The AV Club starts it's third round of covers with a bang. 


Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater cover “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”

John Lennon - Number 9 Dream

by Hector Diego


Dream away...

Andrew Bird--Danse Caribe

by Jay Allbritton
Here's a web-only performance from the Colbert Report by singer/songwriter/guitarist/violinist/whistler Andrew Bird. 



Bleached--Searching Through the Past

by Jay Allbritton
 Digging this retro-80's light punk-pop goodness.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Gareth Icke

by Hector Diego


Icke is the son of the conspiracy guy, David Icke.

Sleigh Bells - Comeback Kid

by Hector Diego


I figured you might want to see the official video.

2012 Venus-Jupiter Conjunction

by Hector Diego


Venus and Jupiter are in conjunction right now. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere look to the south-west in the early evening after sunset. This conjunction comes once a year, but this year's is much closer than usual. It is spectacular, and considered very auspicious by astrologers.

John Lennon - Scared

by Hector Diego


I'm scared too.

Kinagrannis - I Will Follow You Into The Dark

by Hector Diego


Station Agent, I think these young ladies are strong contenders for the KTWS Talent Contest.

Country Joe And The Fish - Porpoise Mouth

by Hector Diego


This is some sort of shamanic music, isn't it? Read the lyrics.


Andrew Bird--Eyeoneye

by Jay Allbritton
The wildly innovative Andrew Bird performing live on The Colbert Report.



Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sleigh Bells - Rill Bill

by Hector Diego


"Rill" is California speak.

Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do

by Hector Diego


This is L.A.!

Cat Stevens - Peace Train

by Hector Diego


Take this country!

The Band - The Weight

by Hector Diego


With the Staple Singers.



The studio version.

Youngbloods - Get Together

by Hector Diego


Smile on your brother.


Abraham, Martin, And John

by Hector Diego

Grateful Dead - New Speedway Boogie

by Hector Diego


It's hard to run with a weight of gold.

John Lennon - Power To The People

by Hector Diego


Right on.

PJ Harvey--Nickel Under The Foot

by Jay Allbritton
This is from the soundtrack of Tim Robbins's Cradle Will Rock.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Matt and Kim--Its a Fact

by Jay Allbritton
Energetic performance at SXSW. 

Lennon On Dick Cavett

by Hector Diego


What is a woman in this sexist world? Lennon spells it out.

The Shins--Simple Song

by Jay Allbritton
When I heard that the Shins had an entirely new line up fpr their up coming album Port of Morrow, with all Shins except head Shin James Mercer departing, I thought it was sad that such a great band couldn't maintain it's continuity and that the sound of the band would likely change. I didn't expect to actually like the new version of the band better than the old one. Sorry ex-Shins, the new Shins has quickly elevated the band from one I respected and enjoyed to one of my very favorites. Perhaps in my top ten.

This clip is from their appearance this weekend on Saturday Night Live and I keep playing it over and over. It's a monster of a tune, nuanced, but by no means simple (YANP has both performances from the show).   

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sleigh Bells--Comeback Kid

by Jay Allbritton
From their recent SNL appearance. Sounds a bit like hard core skating rink music. Not bad. 

Emmy The Great - Paper Forest

by Hector Diego


Now you are standing in the afterglow of rapture, but there is no rapture left.

Veronica Falls - The Fountain

by Hector Diego


I'm guessing the Station Agent will like Veronica Falls.

Sleigh Bells - End Of The Line

by Hector Diego


The Station Agent and I are getting into this band.

The Ballad Of John And Yoko

by Hector Diego


John and Paul are playing all the instruments on this one, in a hotel room.

Sophie Hunger--Citylights Forever

by Jay Allbritton
I have no idea who this is, but I likes it!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Jimi Hendrix--Hear my train a coming

by Jay Allbritton
Watch the man go to work on an acoustic guitar.

Geri X--The Perfectionist

by Jay Allbritton
Bulgarian-born singer-songwriter and current St. Petersburg resident Geri X recently spoke to The Oracle.

John Lennon - Cold Turkey

by Hector Diego


I do not mess with that stuff. By the grace of Goddess, I have never in this life been attracted to opiates. Perhaps I have earned this disposition from a previous life...

Norah Jones--Happy Pills

by Jay Allbritton
Jones's new album drops May 1st; it's a collaboration with Danger Mouse. Should be great, though this first song is a bit of a drop off from the work the two did on Rome.

Cymbals Eat Guitars--Definite Darkness

by Jay Allbritton
The excellent CEG have a new video and are touring through April 21, go see 'em.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Elliott Smith--Waltz #2

by Jay Allbritton
One of the best quality Elliott Smith performances.

Stephen Stills--Southern Cross (Early Version)

by Jay Allbritton
According to the uploader, this clip shows Stephen Stills & the California Blues Band working out an early version of the Crosby Stills and Nash hit.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Caitanya Mahaprabhu - Siksastakam

by Hector Diego


Today is the avirbhava--the "appearance day" or birthday celebration--of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who appeared in Navadvipa, Sridhama Mayapura, Bengal, India, in 1486.

Sleigh Bells--Infinity Guitars

by Jay Allbritton
Last month Sleigh Bells played New York and The Bowery Presents YouTube channel streamed the event and has posted a few songs.

Geri X--You're Half Mine

by Jay Allbritton
One of the problems with the countless YouTube clips that feature a performer playing an instrument and singing directly into the camera is the ability for the performer to rise above the crass act of YouTubing and actually give a riveting performance to an audience that is not yet there and may well not be coming. In this clip, Geri X does an excellent job of performing for a YT clip with the same intensity one would bring to the studio or the stage.

Stevie Ray Vaughan--Little Wing

by Jay Allbritton
On the first day of junior year of high school, 1990, my first period Philosophy teacher asked us to stand for a moment of silence for death of Stevie Ray Vaughn, which had happened the day before. Then he played us "Little Wing," on a cassette player. At the time I didn't know who Vaughn was, but in retrospect, that was one of the more memorable moments of my very forgettable high school experience.



Hat tip to my friend David, who shared this video today on his Facebook page.

Across The Universe

by Hector Diego


In this song, Lennon suggests that an open mind is a good thing. Lennon believed in karma and reincarnation, and his religious views could be best defined as socially engaged Buddhism, but that's only an approximation. Lennon remained a seeker to the end.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Zoo Animal--Black and Charred

by Jay Allbritton
Live on The Current.

Fiona Apple--Criminal

by Jay Allbritton
Fiona Apple's new album will likely be out sometime this summer. Pitchfork has some details, including the 23 word long title.

John Lennon - I'm Losing You

by Hector Diego


Stay away from strangers' rooms in the afternoon.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Weezer--Keep Fishin

by Jay Allbritton
This is one of my favorite post-Pinkerton Weezer tunes.

Tell Me Why

by Hector Diego


Featuring the lead vocals of John Lennon.

Monday, March 05, 2012

John Lennon - Jealous Guy

by Hector Diego


It claims to be an official video. It looks like it.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Bob Marley - Johnny Was

by Hector Diego


Johnny was a good man.

The Year Of John Lennon - Girl

by Hector Diego


We are playing Lennon every day of 2012, to keep the world from coming to an end.

Cassettes Won't Listen--Paper Float

by Jay Allbritton
"We crack a smile to let each other know
You know, I know..."


Elvis Costello and the Roots--Brilliant Disguise

by Jay Allbritton
Fallon's current theme week--honoring Bruce Springsteen--has been excellent, especially this performance by Elvis Costello joined by The Roots. This pairing deserves an album and a tour. 

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Come Together

by Hector Diego


You will want to see this at 3.13, where the Beatles walk their famous walk across the street in front of the Abbey Road studio. When the little girl hands Harrison his guitar, well, it's simply priceless.

Is it real, or Photo Shop? Station Agent?

Friday, March 02, 2012

Twist And Shout

by Hector Diego


Some of Lennon's best vocals.

Apparat--Song Of Los

by Jay Allbritton
"I am trying to get lost..."

The Shins--Bait and Switch

by Jay Allbritton
I have to hand to the Shins management team, they are doing a magnificent job of getting me excited about the upcoming Port of Morrow album.This is the second new video from the album and they are two for two.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Bishop Allen--Eve of Destruction

by Jay Allbritton
"I'm down with you even on the eve of destruction."

Charlene Soraia--Unknown

by Jay Allbritton
Charlene Soraia will play three shows in the US in March.



I do not know the title of this song because it was not on the YouTube page and I can't find it anywhere else. If you know the title of this song please let me know in the comments section so I can edit this post.

Sexy Sadie

by Hector Diego


2012 is the Year of John Lennon at KTWS Radio.

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