Wednesday, October 31, 2012

She Said She Said

by Hector Diego


She's making me feel like I've never been born...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Bob Mould - Keep Believing

by Jay Allbritton
Tom Breihan from Stereogum wrote, "...Mould once again laid waste to a late-night TV stage." Indeed.


Bruce Springsteen - Atlantic City

by Jay Allbritton
Buzzfeed's Matthew Perpetua re-contextualizes the song in light of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

Beatles Compilation Album

by Hector Diego


Is it Capitalistic Records? John, Paul, George, and Ringo have transcended their fame, and even their money.

Monday, October 29, 2012

No Reply

by Hector Diego


Another musical testimony to John Lennon's emotional depths. "I nearly died!"

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Donovan & JJAMZ - Sunshine Superman

by Jay Allbritton
Why did this happen? It makes no sense. I'm all for any and all exposure for JJAMZ...


John Lennon - Mind Games

by Hector Diego


Some call it magic...love is the answer, and you know that for sure.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Elected - When I'm Gone

by Jay Allbritton

"I've been picturing the other side,
No really wants to die.
There ain't no use in fightin'..."

When I'm Gone by The Elected on Grooveshark

JJAMZ - Suicide Pact

by Jay Allbritton
From KDHX in St. Louis back in July. 


Titus Andronicus - In a Big City

by Jay Allbritton
From the spanking new album Local Business


Friday, October 26, 2012

Ike Speaks Out Against War Profits

by Hector Diego


Eisenhower, although a Republican, was a fairly good President. He warned us about...

1. The military-industrial complex.

So why are today's Republicans trying to give the U.S. military more funding than they have asked for?

2. See 1.
.

Wu-Tang and The Roots - Protect Ya Neck

by Jay Allbritton
Royalty. 


Nowhere Man

by Hector Diego


Lennon got tired of writing songs about boy-girl love, and decided to get real. By and large, the better lyrics we might hear today are a legacy of the Beatles and the 1960s. Before that, it was strictly bubblegum.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Lumineers - Stubborn Love

by Jay Allbritton
From their appearance at 102.1 the Edge's Sugar Beach studios in Toronto.

JJAMZ - Suicide Pact

by Jay Allbritton
New lyric video from JJAMZ.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rilo Kiley - Better Son, Daughter

by Jay Allbritton
From the club days. Not sure where or when.

Love Me Do

by Hector Diego
"Love Me Do" is the Beatles' first hit.

Eddie Vedder - Guaranteed

by Hector Diego

Right on, Mr. Vedder. I'm alive too.
 Guaranteed by Eddie Vedder on Grooveshark

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mother Love Bone - Chloe Dancer, Crown of Thorns

by Jay Allbritton
"Chloe is just like me only beautiful..."

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sara Watkins - Long Hot Summer Days

by Jay Allbritton
This one goes out to our enemies over at Fox and Friends


The Halfman

by Hector Diego


Tyrion Lannister is certainly my favorite character in The Song of Ice and Fire.

The Beatles - Money

by Hector Diego


Here is the Decca audition version from 1962, Pete Best on drums. "Money" was written by Berry Gordy and Janie Bradford. The version the Beatles recorded with Ringo is much better, but Lennon's aggressive vocals shine through all the same.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Rain

by Hector Diego


I love the bass line on this song.


Sara Watkins - You and Me

by Jay Allbritton
From public radio station WNCW in North Carolina. 


Senator George McGovern 1922 - 2012

by Hector Diego


Senator George McGovern died today at the age of 90. McGovern, who was a decorated pilot during WWII, and whose experiences in that war made him anti-war, was the man who should have been President. Unless you think Nixon was a better choice. 

"I think it was my study of history that convinced me that the Democratic Party was more on the side of the average American," he said.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mendoza Line - 31 Candles

by Jay Allbritton
Break up songs come in all shapes and sizes. This one is the prototype for the angry break up song. The way I understand it, in real life the guitar player is one doing the breaking up, the singer is the one who was broken up with. Both bring a great deal of pathos to the song. It's a real barn burner.


Sara Watkins - Different Drum

by Jay Allbritton
Nice cover of Mike Nesmith's classic. 


John Lennon - Working Class Hero

by Hector Diego


Certainly in the top ten of Lennon's post-Beatles work.


TV On the Radio - Dreams (w Trent Reznor and Peter Murphy)

by Jay Allbritton
TV on the Radio brings in some firepower from the goth/industrial world.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Regina Spektor - How

by Jay Allbritton
This is the third video from Spektor's What We Saw From The Cheap Seats.



Mike Bloom - How Do I Know

by Jay Allbritton
The Elected's Mike Bloom, who recently played a few shows with Jenny Lewis's backing band, plays a cover of Here We Go Magic's "How Do I Know".


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Make Rad Music - In My Heart

by Jay Allbritton
Nice original song by the very rad Vans. 


John Lennon - Jealous Guy

by Hector Diego


I was dreaming of the past...

Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl

by Jay Allbritton
From Neil's second album, the one that changed everything.  

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

La Sera - Break My Heart

by Jay Allbritton
From the album Sees the Light.



La Sera - Break My Heart from Hardly Art on Vimeo.

Elliott Smith - Happiness

by Jay Allbritton
Amazon is selling an EP with 4 alternate takes from Either/Or.


You've Got To Hide Your Love Away

by Hector Diego


From the Beatles' 1965 film, Help!

Lisa Donnelly - Quiet My Mind

by Jay Allbritton
Lisa Donnelly stopped by the Pretty Good Podcast yesterday to talk and sing this lovely song. 


Screaming Females - If It Makes You Happy (Sheryl Crow cover)

by Jay Allbritton
SF punk up this Sheryl Crow number.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Mountain Goats - No Children

by Jay Allbritton
"You are coming down with me. Hand in unlovable hand..."


Monday, October 15, 2012

The Mountain Goats - Cry for Judas

by Jay Allbritton
I don't know how John Darnielle manages to keep making incredible music so frequently this late in his career.


Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue

by Jay Allbritton
Jenny Lewis and gang of friends form a united front for this performance at the Great American Music Hall.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Suzanne Vega - I´ll never be your Maggie May

by Jay Allbritton
Vega's response to Rod Stewart's 1971 song "Maggie May."


The Year Of John Lennon - Nowhere Man

by Hector Diego


One of my favorite songs. 1966.

Tori Amos Live From (Le) Poisson Rouge

by Jay Allbritton
Courtesy of NPR (and my friend Annie).


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Jenny Lewis - Just One of the Guys

by Jay Allbritton
"The story of my life," Jenny says, introducing this song. 


The Mountain Goats - You Were Cool

by Jay Allbritton
Nicola Goldberg of Sadie recently spoke to John Darnielle and you can read it.


John Fahey - Requiem for John Hurt

by Jay Allbritton
From his 1968 album Requia.


Friday, October 12, 2012

The Henry Clay People - 25 For The Rest Of Our Lives

by Jay Allbritton
That's the spirit, HCP. That's the spirit. 


In My Life

by Hector Diego


You can't play this song too much.

Pearl Jam - Corduroy (Santiago '05)

by Jay Allbritton
I don't want to take what you can give...
I would rather starve than eat your bread...
I would rather run but I can't walk...
Guess I'll lie alone just like before...

Here We Go Magic - How Do I Know

by Jay Allbritton
On tour soon with Elbow


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Jenny Lewis - Big Wave (Live)

by Jay Allbritton
From Big Sur.


Mike Bloom - Til It's Over

by Jay Allbritton
From the album King of Circles.


How The Beatles Rocked The Kremlin

by Hector Diego


"They helped us defeat the Evil Empire." Did you hear that, Ronald Reagan?

Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed

by Hector Diego


Probably old Mac's most powerful post-Beatles song.

2012 - The Year Of John Lennon

by Hector Diego


Living is easy with eyes closed...


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jenny Lewis - Melt Your Heart

by Jay Allbritton
Jenny explains how an encounter in San Francisco melted her heart.


Bill Clinton Mocks Moderate Mitt

by Jay Allbritton
"Where you been boy?" Bubba asked in full Bubba mode, adding, "I missed you all these last two years!" (h/t TPM)


Mitt Romney Debates Mitt Romney

by Jay Allbritton
Presented without comment.

The Right Way To Handle A Police Stop

by Hector Diego

Memorize this!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Sara Schaefer - Rules & Crying

by Jay Allbritton
Here's a couple minutes of comedy from the wonderful Sara Schaefer, which was recorded last week at UCB.


Taken By Trees - Large

by Jay Allbritton
From her new album Other Worlds by way of Stereogum.

John Lennon's Birthday Today

by Hector Diego


He would have been 72.

John Lennon's Birthday Today

by Hector Diego


Lennon introduced the idea of karma to the entire Western world.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Regina Spektor - Ballad Of A Politician

by Jay Allbritton
From Billboard's Tastemaker's series.

Rilo Kiley - Better Son, Daughter

by Jay Allbritton
M-Go-Blog made a video showing the trials and tribulations of the Michigan Wolverines' football program set to RK's "Better Son/Daughter." Buzzfeed picked up the post and called it, "The Most Scientifically Perfect Football Hype Video Ever Made." Agreed. They add, "Sensitive female singer + deft color manipulation = STONE COLD TESTOSTERONE EXPLOSION!!!"


Jenny Lewis - Rise Up With Fists

by Jay Allbritton
Nice to see J-Lew and the twins together again.


Conor Oberst - Lua (w Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins)

by Jay Allbritton
Brilliant version of "Lua" with Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.

John Lennon - Beautiful Boy

by Hector Diego
From the Double Fantasy album, 1980.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Atkinson Family - In The Pines

by Jay Allbritton
Just a tad different from the Nirvana version.


Cry Baby Cry

by Hector Diego


She's old enough to know better.

Are We Cruel To Our Food?

by Hector Diego


You could be eating this innocent meal of tofu (the other white meat), noodles, and vegetables instead. Here are some details, with tips for kinder eating habits. 

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Beatles Live - Please, Please Me

by Hector Diego


I just couldn't resist posting this. 1964.

Bee Gees In 1963 - Please, Please Me

by Hector Diego

I am posting this cover of "Please, Please Me" as my daily post of a John Lennon song for 2012--the Year of John Lennon. McCartney helped in the writing of this song.

Nirvana - Where Did You Sleep Last Night

by Jay Allbritton
Nice story about Ledbelly's guitar.


The Mountain Goats - Going to Georgia

by Jay Allbritton
What if comedian Rob Delaney spoke with John Darnielle of Mountain Goats? This.


Friday, October 05, 2012

Regina Spektor - The Party

by Jay Allbritton
From her recent appearance over at KCRW.

John Fahey - Red Pony

by Jay Allbritton
Mr. Fahey, circa 1969. 


John Lennon - God

by Hector Diego


God is a concept by which we measure our pain.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Jenny Lewis - Silver Lining

by Jay Allbritton

From San Francisco.


Jenny Lewis - Portions for Foxes

by Jay Allbritton
Family fun night at the Jenny Lewis show. 


Roger Waters and My Morning Jacket - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

by Jay Allbritton
From the Love for Levon concert celebrating the life and work of The Band's great drummer, Mr. Levon Helm.

The Beatles - Revolution

by Jay Allbritton
RT The Beatles - Revolution (Live and Loud): via



Regina Spektor - Fidelity

by Jay Allbritton
From her appearance on Good Morning America several years back.  Not a bad way to get up.


Wednesday, October 03, 2012

John Fahey - Poor Boy

by Jay Allbritton
Why is no one talking about Fahey?


Jenny Lewis - Untitled

by Jay Allbritton
J-Lew resurrected this unrecorded, untitled gem from her first solo tour recently at a show in Big Sur.  


Laura Marling - Hope in the Air

by Jay Allbritton
"Why fear death? Be scared of living..."


Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Alabama Shakes - Rise to the Sun

by Jay Allbritton
From their appearance on Seattle's KEXP. 


The Night They Drove OId Dixie Down

by Hector Diego


Let's just say that this songbird was one of my healthier teenage obsessions...

John Lennon - Watching The Wheels

by Hector Diego


They give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me!

Monday, October 01, 2012

The Henry Clay People - The Switch Kids

by Jay Allbritton
"Some Monday night in L.A..."


Rebecka Rowan - This Year (Mountain Goats Cover)

by Jay Allbritton
This was my jam in 2009.  And 2010. And 2011. Why not 2012? 


John Lennon - Mind Games

by Hector Diego


Lennon fully acknowledged that you need more than love (although without love, you are not getting anywhere). Peace and love, however, were themes that he returned to again and again:

Pushing barriers, planting seeds
Playing the mind guerrilla
Chanting the mantra--
Peace on Earth

It looks like he was right the first time. All you need is love.


Election Year Cannabis Nonsense

by Hector Diego
Romney says that if elected, he would fight the legalization of marijuana "tooth and nail."



Here is the President's statement on the issue.



Both men talk nonsense on this issue, but Romney's views are far worse, probably because they reflect his real opinion. Marijuana is a gateway drug to harder drugs, etc. One might wonder what the gateway drug for marijuana is...alcohol, perhaps? Obama says nothing about gateway drugs, and he wants to treat it as a public health issue instead of a criminal issue. OK, that's fine, but then he starts talking about drug treatment programs, and creating less demand. I was hoping the interviewer would say something like, "Why is less demand important?" Well, it must be intimidating to be sitting across from the POTUS.

It is true that Obama's administration has hassled marijuana dispensaries even more than the Bush administration ever did, and far more than you would think he would have to go to convince the guns and religion people to vote for him, who haven't been talking a whole lot about legalizing marijuana. Far more. It's not a big issue with them either way! So what is up with that?

However, if cannabis laws are important to you as a voter, which one are you going to pick? The tooth and nail guy, or the black guy who got elected President, and now, for those undecideds who just don't get it, he feels he must appear to be "more French than the King"?

I'm taking the black guy.


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