Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
A wonderful show, (which I attended), and probably my fave song by him, and one of the best versions, (the best was probably performed at LA's Roxy a few months earlier). The song Drive All Night sprung out of this version and was added to the River album, but neither it nor the original Backstreets were ever as powerful as this combined version. If you weren't on the East Coast in the mid to late 70's, then just listen to this - you will be...
I SHALL LIVE FOREVER, BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Most stuff like this doesn't do much for me, but I do find their decoration at Arlington to be both impressive and moving, just like I find Arlington itself.
Pretty neat little bit of Christmas pop culture.
I admit I know nothing about coffee, never drinking it unless it's cut with substantial amounts of Jameson's. But this looked like an amusing little aid for those of you who are serious about such things.
(Thanks for the link, Nancy!)
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Great stuff. The song Bedazzled was way ahead of its time, even as a satire.
Fun little pop tune that I've always liked.
One of the best bands I've ever seen/heard. And totally ignored, of course.
Great minimalist techno-pop.
Great early 70's hard rock. Classic.
Great ballad. One of my faves.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
A great John Sebastian song. Cocker is one of those people who can cover someone else's material and seem to effortlessly make it his own, (Richie Havens is another with that gift). Amazing stuff!
Classic. I love this song!
(with an all-star cast). Fantastic song and performer. Essential.
I've never been a big fan of Randy Newman, but I've always loved this song. Reminds me of so many parties from way back...
One of the most interesting bands of the past 20 years.
I really enjoyed this series. Some great insults and descriptions here...
An online storehouse of Gothic literature. Invaluable!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Always liked this tune, a mix of cute and serious.
Another great band that was totally ignored in this country. Fantastic sound.
Nice version by a great band. One of those songs that was inescapable in the early 70's.
And don't forget the new "Peeping" Cthulhu: http://paizo.com/store/toys/plushes/cthulhu/v5748btpy7yci
Friday, November 23, 2007
Happy Sabbath of the Undead Day!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
My fave DJ, host of the Underground Garage, mainstay of the E Street Band, Producer, Musician, Actor, Songwriter, Arranger, Performer, Rock Fanatic & Archivist. He understands...
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
If I were the world's second most succesful tick bird, I'd be a little more polite about it...
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Classic British glam decadence.
I've always loved this - a classic. Nice combo of the then new garage rock sound with the older Brill Building sensibilities. Really cool.
Great power ballad. Superb pseudo-Spector production.
Conan's right, he is a treasure - but he's not limited to Britain.
She walks, She talks, She crawls on her belly like a reptile! Ow!
(Thanks for the link, Missy!)
At least this'll keep people's minds off of the collapsed school and library systems, the increasing murder rate, the exploding manholes, the poisonous drinking water, the firehouses being used as brothels, the corrupt/incompetent/criminal/lazy police department, and a city council that would embarrass a den of rats. And let's not forget Mayor-For-Life Marion....
Monday, November 19, 2007
I posted this a little while back, but it's a perfect song for a November evening...
Great British Invasion slow-dance tune.
Classic. Great tune for a late night drive on a barren road.
Beautiful biography, my fave song by her.
A little light weight, but I liked their sound. They had a sort of superstition about making sure all their 45's had six letter names for the song titles.
Interesting, we used to call them pervs, now we call them ministers...
Sometmes the captions are just too easy...
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Hey! You want a real challenge - try driving from Skyline to Tysons Corner during rush hour. Extra points if the mosque at 7 Corners is in session. I got your "extreme sports" right here, pal. I've driven on Interstates all my life, even across country, they're child's play compared to this...
Very cool! An important chapter in American pop history.
(Thanks for the link, Karen!)
Great, great artist; criminally under-appreciated.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
One of the great Rock'N'Roll bands. Should've been bigger.
Great tune, my fave by them.
Obviously, a classic. Reminds me of the Fall of '73. Always seemed to be on the radio then...
Needless to say, this is going to be revolutionary and HUGE.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Not a big surprise, but I was hoping for an upset...
Anyone who has read Lovecraft's "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" knows another reason that ashes would be stolen....
I just know a trooper is going to end up in a net with tranquilizer dart in his butt.
I'm going to get a '71 Delta 88....
Thursday, November 15, 2007
One of the greats. A Legend. And almost totally unknown in the States. RIP Ronnie, you deserved better.
There were Gods in those days...
On the legendary Uncle Floyd Show. Wish I'd seen this tour.
Great song, one of Elton and Bernie's best. One of my fave song titles.
A new comprehensive theory of reality - Starring Annette!
I didn't know Australians spoke Jive...
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Great song and band. Another classic.
ELO= John Lennon on Drugs + Chuck Berry on Guitar.
Classic. I seem to be on a George Harrison vibe tonight...
Touching, classy tribute to George.
Talented, tragic, and drop-dead beautiful.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
November in Old Town
I am always reminded of bar hopping around Old Town around this time. Oh hell, I know that bar hopping was hardly a seasonal activity for me, but certain places seemed more appropriate for it at certain times of the year: Summer was Gtown, Foggy Bottom, maybe Oldtown, a pub or two out at the West End and the dives out in Maryland; Spring was Downtown; Winter was back to Gtown; but Fall is when I think Old Town really shone. Scuffling down bricked walks, kicking up the leaves, and surrounded by age - a perfect Autumn night. My favorite place in the mid and late 70's was Masons, up at Fairfax and King Streets. It's long gone now, like virtually all my other favorite places. I'd go there alone, or often with some of you reading this now. the thing I liked best about it was the basement bar area, (there were two upper floors that were devoted to the restaurant end of things). It was one of the least pretentious and most comfortable places to hang out. There were large community tables only, but I was never hassled or annoyed by anyone there. In fact, the relaxed atmosphere seemed to make both customers and employees calmer and friendlier than one would normally get at other Old Town establishments. The head bartender was a Springsteen fan and had created two drinks in honor of his songs. Too many years have forced their exact contents from my mind. The Rosalita I only sampled once, it was a wretched thing with sloe gin and a sweetness that even now sends minor shock waves through my psyche. But the Backstreets had a gentler taste, a definite cousin to the Zombie, without the circus-conflict of too many types of rum, served in pint-sized jars. Four or five of them made even the late 70's more tolerable.
Once, the place almost burned down on me. One of the few times I've ever left a bar before I was ready. Edmund and I were there that evening. At first we just smelled a slightly acrid scent. I questioned our server who casually replied there'd been a small kitchen fire that had already been put out. Five minutes later, there was a definite haze in the air. Another question to our server was met with the same casual assurance that all was well. A further five minutes went by and the basement was now full of smoke. I could barely make Edmund's face out across the table from me. The server never lost his cool, mentioning that we might be more comfortable upstairs, (correctly assuming we wouldn't be comfortable being burned alive), ushering us quickly to a booth in the restaurant upstairs as sirens wailed and firemen rushed past us to put out a major conflagration in the back.
Alcohol has never affected physics, nor my understanding of it, and I realized that being directly above a blaze was no protection at all from it. We finished our drinks, (of course!), but then hustled out to some establishment not about to become kindling. A little excitement for the evening.
Masons made it into the early 80's but disappeared soon thereafter, replaced by an Afghan restaurant which in turn was given over to a Thai one. And, much to my regret, I rarely make it over to Old Town anymore. But tonight reminded me a bit of it. The gentle rustling of leaves, and an aroma in the air - someone's having a fire...
I've always been a sucker for Abba's updating of late 60's Bubblegum, (with a generous borrowing of Spector's Wall Of Sound...).
The pill may be okay, but the 1,500 bottles of wine a day sounds like the way to go...
Monday, November 12, 2007
I feel so much safer now!
(Thanks for the tip, Roger!)
My friend Tony has just started up a new business selling Sarongs! Now, once again, this is an area of life that yours truly doesn't know much about, but I would encourage one and all to check out his site for your next purchase of pool/beachwear. As for me, I know what I'll be wearing at the next human sacrifice to the volcano god...
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Ignore Robert Goulet's goofing. Is there a cooler song than this?
I remember watching this old TV special. Croce always struck me two ways - I find most of his hits (like Bad Bad Leroy Brown) to be really irritating pseudo-juke joint schlock. But I love virtually all of his ballads. They are almost all sad, occasionally a bit too self-pitying, but often with a wistful worldliness too. Operator is a bit younger in its feeling. A nice tune about a young love gone bad is quite touching in expressing the naivete of the protagonist and the sort of confused unwillingness to accept reality that's affected every young person at one point or another. A delicate little situation that Croce handles quite sweetly.
Poor video, great song! One of the best examples of garage psychedelia from 67-68. The Prunes had a fantastic sound!
Fantastic song. One of the most menacing sounding tunes I know of. There's an old I Ching hexagram this reminds me of - things fall apart...
I just discovered these guys - very interesting.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
No video, but a very good audio feed from an early show. This is what you would've heard at the Childe Harold back in the early 70's...
Poor Dusty, another one sorely missed. My fave song by her. Beautiful.
Wonderful band. Stiv Bators is another performer sorely missed. A great student of rock history, you can pick up tons of influences in his music. His version of Like A Virgin destroys Madonna's...
Fantastic. When is someone going to do the right thing and put out a box set of the complete Buddy Holly on CD?
Brilliant. I miss those guys...
Cool! They have the famous Shadows of Knight recording of Potato Chip!
There's an old Smothers Brothers comedy routine in all of this...
Sad. One more old way station in life gone...
A little footnote to WWII history.
Isn't this how Day of the Triffids started?
(Thanks for the link, Nancy!)
(Thanks for the link, Infidel753 !)
(You get a gold star for the day if you know the story behind the "dirty" lyrics - and know where the real scandal word is!).
Thursday, November 08, 2007
The promo looked like it was shot at the last party at the Manor. Hope there's more excitement in the actual film...
Clearly, a man who had run out of Stone Brewery's Arrogant Bastard Ale. An emergency by anyone's definition.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Great tune. I fit sounds familair to some of you, it's because it was later coverd by Led Zeppelin and called Boogie With Stu...
a tune that got way too much exposure back in the summer of '75. But I've always liked it. It's a very pretty song and a very visual one, (at least to me). And another tune that seems to fit a November evening. It's going to be a long night at the Manor...
A great song. Written by Paul Simon, (who it's rumored played the calliope on the recording). The Cyrkle had a great sound and should have been bigger. They were the last act managed by Brian Epstein too...
Ha! Cool video! I generally don't post amateur vids, but this one's pretty funny. Probably my fave Rundren song, (although some of the stuff he did with the Nazz was really good), it has that ultra-clean poppy sound he's so well known for. And the lyrics are perfect for any guy who has ever hit a dry spell...
From the Fall of '77. Strange times.
One of my faves. Perfect song for a November evening.
Well, at least the ultimate price and pretentiousness for a beer. I'm unsure if it's a good idea for someone to market themsleves as the brewery that no one with any sense can afford. Between this and their silly copyright threats against anyone who happens to be named Sam Adams, I think these guys are losing their way. Which is fine with me. Here's the REAL beer:
(Thanks for the link, Pete!)
And here's his theme song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo8A8MvbnAw
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
(Thanks for the story, Pete!)
And let's not forget the 2nd film by the Pre-fab Four: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePtXxUzfSvY
One of the great power pop bands. Almost forgotten now...
A little pre-Columbine satire from the queen of novelty tunes.
Ignore the inane TV introduction, as well as the fact of how over-exposed this tune was 35 years ago - this is a great ballad by one of our best songwriters.
Classic. One of the first music videos, and still one of the best. The lyrics are where the Weathermen got their name from in '69...
Very cool, but the site is still being constructed.
Ah, summer of '72. Tooling around the back roads of the Western Slope and listening to this when you could get a radio signal. Rod Argent originally came from the Zombies...
A painful early 80's video, but I always liked this song, (the original was by the Looking Glass back in '73, another version I love).
(You can tell this is the first time they've ever performed it live, Eric appears nervous and blows several of the lines, actually getting lost at one point).
Happy Sadie Hawkins Day!
Created the Lost In Space character of Dr. Smith. The man you love to hate. A great comedic actor.
Monday, November 05, 2007
One of my faves. Essential. (I think this is from the old Cavett Show, just before she died).
I believe there's a law that requires all Americans visiting Italy to have their photo taken in such a way that it appears they're holding up the Leaning Tower.
(Thanks for the link, Mathew!)
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Beautiful song. November of '78. Many memories...
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Fantastic song by one of the greatest American rock'n'roll bands - ever. If you don't have at least a few X albums in your rock collection, well, you just aren't collecting...
Saw him perform this at the old Cap Center in 74. One of the finest musical moments in my life. Unbelievable, like being caught in an almost physical wave of sound and emotion. Probably my fave Harrison tune, (there are so many to choose from).
One of my fave songs, (from one of my fave films). Lulu still's got it. Wonderful.
(Pete, I'll always regret we didn't get together with Liz and sing this for Ed Thompson back in '77...)
Beyond classic - this is pure Bedrock. Essential. A single song responsible for every motorcycle sale in America over the past 40 years...
Another tune that's silly and probably a bit dated, but I've always thought it was cute.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
I know Robert Palmer had the hit, but this was originally Martin's song. I saw him around this time - good show. Unfortunately, another artist who never made it...
a little bit of innocence from the late summer of 69...
You're a kid in high school, with one ear always stuck to the radio at night. And suddenly this perfect screech from Hell comes blasting through the airwaves! Steve Marriott was so cool. Their album Rockin' The Fillmore (with Frampton on lead), is as near perfect a hard rock album as I can imagine.
One of the great quirky songwriters of my generation. Loudon's always fun and always interesting. I may be the last person on earth who still enjoys hearing Dead Skunk.
I just discovered this minor classic is being released on DVD next week. A wonderful movie centered around a poker game. NOTHING matters but the game. This film captures the spirit of True Gamesmen perfectly. If you were hanging out at the Little Soldier Shop in the late 70's or early 80's, this movie will seem all too familiar.... Essential.
I got a rock...
As for the kids who did show up, almost all were escorted by parents, reflecting our overly-protective times. Sometimes the mothers would walk with the kid to the doors, a few times I could swear they were sniffing for any signs of true danger. Wuss nation.
And several of the groups were way too old to still be hobbling about begging for Hershey bars, (I always want to ask the older teenagers "Shouldn't you be learning to drive a car or date, instead?"). The trick or treating also seemed to start later than normal, things really didn't start up until after 7:30, about 90 minutes later than normal. And some groups seemed to ignore coming to the Manor! Linda and I started to feel like Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin - how could the children ignore the MOST sincerely decorated Halloween house in the neighborhood?!? It's a sad day when decorations actually scare off trick or treaters. At any rate, I guess it went okay, but not as fun as it had been in previous years.