Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Thursday, December 27, 2007
his version of a great merle haggard song. i love a good drinking song! almost as much as i love a good drink! and yea, that's nick lowe on bass and john hiatt on guitar and backing vox. 'almost blue', which this song is on, has become one of my fave costello albums.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
i've been listening to a shitload of dell shannon latley. he killed himself, y'know. he's just so good. such an amazing voice. great surfy guitar. and that keyboard! there's no one like him. you know, people of my generation were raised thinking the beatles were the shit. they were good, sure. but i'd put on 'hats off to del shannon' way before i'd put on sgt. pepper. in fact i'd like to be put on record as saying 'sgt.pepper' is a piece of shit. except for 'day in the life'. but really, is there a 'i just wansn't made for these times' on that album? no, there's not. fuck the beatles.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Dear employer your escalators Are very dangerous on the way down
Dear employer I heard a story When you were just knee-high higher than I
Dear employer you commanded me Your commendations now don't mean as much
Dear employer when you hear the news Please save the saintly words for saintly souls
That's the reason that I quit The reason that I quit That's the reason that I quit
That's the reason
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
when was the last time you heard a robert wyatt song on the radio? let me anser that for you: you've never heard a robert wyatt song on the radio. a true artist, philosopher, and intellectual. so i guess that's three strikes against him.
the last minute of this clip is glorious.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
kevin dubrow of quiet riot died on sunday. that made me think of slade. than i thought of sweet for some reason. then i got this song stuck in my head all day. it's a good one, too. now, maybe, it'll be in your head. this one's for you mr. dubrow!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
you know, i realize i haven't posted any capt. beefheart stuff. for shame!
he's in full on preacher mode in this clip from snl. i can see why the punks loved him. sax solo at the end is fucking incredible. the audience seems stunned. does someone shout 'shit'?
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
saw 'control' today. i don't do movie reviews, but it's good and you should see it.
this is the real joy division performing 'transmission'. one of the great songs of all time.
and, yes, that IS the magnificent john cooper clarke at intro and outro. so really, this is a 2 for 1 blog!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
such a great song. in a perfect world all the james taylor songs you hear on the radio would be replaced by daniel's songs. it's not a perfect world.
check out blackcabsessions.com
Monday, November 12, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
i remember i was huge into the ramones when this came out. i think this is the first song where i could pick out an influence. great, great song, and if i'm not mistaken 'lovely' was a pretty solid album.
oh, and i want to start a band with tracy louise cattell.
shit, i think i want to start a family with her.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
great twofer from the mighty wire. i fucking loved wire the first time i heard them, which was when i borrowed mike's 'pink flag'. i loved them more when i heard 'chairs missing' an album so absolutely perfect that guitar bands should've stopped putting out albums after it. everything since has been an echo.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
i remember crying like a baby when i saw this. it still gets me. it's like a hymn. and when the chorus stops and bruce is left singing alone, he seems like the last man alive.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
this is how i discovered teenage fanclub. 'bandwagonesque' is actually a real important album to me. i remember my own songwriting took a turn after hearing it. i saw you could be a cool rock band and still write songs that were catchy as fuck. power-pop will always be my fave music.
this is from snl. pre-nirvana. i still think it's really cool.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
i chose this for a couple of reasons. first, because it's one of the finest love songs ever written. you know, right>
second, because i love the transformation of pollard from drunken fool into a perfect example of what's right about the world. one second he's talking about microbrews and the next...this.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
townes suffered from depression. it's all over his face in this performance. it's almost painful to watch. he barely opens his eyes, his voice quivers, near tears, the guitar gets sloppy. through this, he creates a moment of unbearable beauty. i almost wish it hadn't been taped. but his voice with blaze foleys' is perfection.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
i love a good breakup album, and "shoot out the lights" is one of the finest!
this song is harrowing. the solo is mind blowing. very un-thompson, noisy and angry. like his fingers are working against him, but he's still making a beautiful racket.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
i got into brian eno a few years ago, when i was heavy into my "genius producer" phase. i expected to hear some strange, cold electronic stuff. what i found was some of the most beautiful, moving music i've ever heard. his voice is the real treasure. steady and sad.
this is from the album "before and after science". you should also buy "here come the warm jets", "taking tiger mountain by strategy", and "another green world". you'll thank me.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
when the world is too dark/and i need the light inside of me/i walk into a bar/and drink 15 pints of beer
that line is so good. a great mix of vulnerability and bravado. best drinking song of all time? any thoughts?
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
my favorite costello song. not the best sound quality but it'll do. if you don't know the words, look them up, print them and hang them on the fridge. a daily reminder of all this useless beauty.
"i can't believe, i'll never believe, in anything again".
mike, play this song at my funeral.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
a stunning song of love from mercury rev. i love this version because on album there is alot more singing. here, it's almost as if the music takes over and leaves no space for the words. as if the words would obscure the true meaning of the song. beautiful.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
1."what makes you think you're the one"-fleetwood mac. off of TUSK. i'm not a huge mac fan. i am, however, a lindsey buckingham fan. maybe it's 'cuz he's such a dick and doesn't mind sharing it with the world. i got this album for a buck the other day and have been listening to it non-stop. while i could always do without christine mcvies tripe, buckingham and nicks shine. this song was recorded at home and sounds like it. drums so loud they distort, buried vocals, muddied all around. and he's pissed. probly at stevie. he sounds like jeff mangum on this one, too.
2. "lonesome highway"-shanee macgowan and the popes. great song on the crock of gold album . in the tradition of "pair of brown eyes". a real tear jerker.
and if you know
don't let me go
if those words don't move you here, just listen to him sing it.
3. "laminated cat"- loose fur from their half successful first album. fall is here and this is a song for the season. "candy left over on halloween". why is that line so sad? it just is.
4. "$1000 wedding"-gram parsons. the perfect country song. tears, drinking, and the groom left at the altar. and when gram croaks out the last line, "there's supposed to be a funeral/it's been a bad, bad day", there's not a dry eye in the room. in my room at least. i go back and forth on parsons. sometimes i think he is as great as people say, and sometimes not so much. today i think he's as great as they say.
5. "she's a jar"- wilco off of summer teeth. i had a whole piece written about tweedy the other day and how i had a man crush on him, and how he has restored my faith in music. instead i'll just print a lyric from this song and let you decide.
are there really ones like these
the ones i dream
float like leaves
and freeze to spread skeleton wings
i passed through
before i knew you...
a unified theory of everything.
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
i know it's easy to dismiss nirvana now but they were a great band. and he was a great singer and songwriter. this song is impossibly lovely. "grandma take me home" is the best chorus of all time. it emcompasses so much. and that scream he ends "woke up in my arms" with is heart wrenching, free of the butch vig/andy wallace double tracked sheen that stripped "nevermind" of some of it's emotion. great stuff.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
it's true. and maybe it's no.1. i remember watching this scene and thinking "oh my god! that is so cool!". the nervous chump transformed into hero. art defeating sports. that's an important lesson. i remember also being really affected by the way he loses himself in the solo and completely tunes out the audience. the music is king.
i don't know if the filmmakers intended me to get these things out of that scene, but i did. and i'm grateful.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
i've been reading a book about tweedy lately. complex guy. probably not the easiest guy to work with. but his love and belief in music is inspiring.
and jay bennett is great, no matter how much shit is talked about him.
i like the mood of this song, and i really like the performance in the round.
just smile all the time!!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
my first exposure to elliott smith. happened to catch it on 120 minutes. as much as i loathe mtv it actually turned me on to alot of good music in the late '80's early '90's. whigs, nirvana, janes'addiction,etc.
always really liked this song. on the surface about an undercover cop, it's alot less "miami vice" than the subject matter suggests.
he was a fantastic songwriter. great guitar player. "i remember why i dream in black and white". what a great line!
his is a sad story.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
yeah, i know i've been heavy with the westerberg lately. hope you don't mind, mike!
this song is so great. theres loneliness and alonesness to paraphrase townes van zandt. this is about lonelisness. the humor in this song makes it so much sadder. singer/songwriters should study this song. it sounds like a simple barroom jingle but it's so layered. "another day is here, oh well" "somewhere there's a smile with my name on it.
i'm gonna keep shoving westerberg on you bastards til you realize he IS the greatest american songwriter. he's the musical bukowski.
fuck it. somewhere there's a drink with MY name on it. cheers!!
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
the stray cats were the first band i was ever obsessed with. i thought everything about them was cool. their look, their sound, their attitude. i bought all their singles and imports. they started me on my way to becoming a rock nerd.
but that guitar. i still haven't heard anything that sounds like it. so full and twangy. so cool and laid back. a tiny guy with a big guitar. and it holds up better than anything recorded in the 80's.
p.s. i used to work with a guy who worked in a deli in massapequa. he said setzer used to shop there when he was a teenager and he dressed the same way. they used to make fun of him. that made me more of a fan.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
this song, and this video, changed my life. pete townsend, along with brian setzer and michael j. fox (i'll explain later) made me fall in love with rock and the guitar.
people talk about the freedom of music and for the most part it's bullshit. but look at townsend while daltrey is singing. doesn't he look like he's in heaven? all macho swagger and fuck off attitude. so cool. and he's such a geek! which is, of course, why he's so cool.
god, just watched it again. if i can keep this song, and these pictures, in my head forever, i'll be ok. thank you for being my friend, pete.
and roger daltrey is robert pollards wettest dream.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
people wrote better songs in the '60's. two guys, two guitars, two voices. everything that's good about pop music is in these two songs. there's an honesty and beauty in these songs (and this performance) that's missing from todays music. even the good stuff.
Saturday, September 1, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
don't you miss it? don't you miss it? some of you people just about missed it.
i wish i could've been one of the people on this stage.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
can you imagine being in the same room as this song was being played? how does the guitar player hold on to his guitar? imagine a world where people actually have the patience and fortitude to sit through a performance like that.
so. how'd YOU like it.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
i've recently declared this the best song of the 60's, if not of all time. so dramatic. and scott walker is so fucking cool. i loved this song long before i knew who scott walker was. i remember hearing it in the car with my mom, who also really digs this song. she's a hip lady.
just great songwriting. when the chorus comes out of the bridge my heart always skips a beat. how come spector never produced these guys?
p.s. the opening lines are:
loneliness is a cloak you wear, a deep shade of blue is always there.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
that'll be how i sign off on all my xmas cards this year. great song. i remember vividly the 1st time i saw this video. scared the shit out of me. i bought it the next day. could be the best band of the 90's. definitely the best singer. listen to the way he phrases "oh my love, we can still be friends". so good. talk about shitting in yer mouth and calling it a sundae! god bless gregg dulli! he taught me everything i know about women!
a fearless band at their peak. enjoy them now. i love that they picked this song for a network gig. isaac brock is the best rock singer since dulli. intense with almost no control of his voice, like it's a sickness he's spitting out. "are you dead or are you sleeping? god, i sure hope you are dead!". that line instantly makes me think of at least 3 people. hint: one of them is me!!
Friday, August 17, 2007
if you could feel music the way danko feels this one you'd do heroin too. this is a performance that has haunted me for years. his voice sounds like it's about to crack in half. listen to when he sings the lines "i love you so much, it's all i can do, just to keep myself from telling you, that i never felt so alone before". i swear there's blood in his throat. rick danko is in heaven now. high as fuck.