Monday, March 31, 2014

Stiff Little Fingers - Guilty As Sin

A deep, powerful shot at hypocrites.
Stiff Little Fingers - Guilty As Sin

No new video yet, but 32 years ago they looked a bit younger:

and ten years ago they rocked as hard as ever (full concert):

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Peter Bradley Adams - The Mighty Storm

"You can't fight the will of the Lord, everybody stand up on higher ground."
Peter Bradley Adams - The Mighty Storm
"Don't wait till the water rises - move your feet to the top of the mountain."


on cd:

Chuck E. Weiss - Hey Pendejo b/w Boston Blackie

"Where did you get those eyes? Why do you tell those lies?"
Chuck E. Weiss - Hey Pendejo


even older oldie:

Shahin Novrasli - From Mill to Station

Jazz filled inspiration
Shahin Novrasli - From Mill to Station

No video for new CD yet. Here's a live taste from 5 years ago:

And, for no particular reason except to share an afternoon of more great music. Anoushka Shankar:

Mark Orton - Their Pie b/w Gossip , Brownie's Pie & Guitar Twenty Eight

Reflections of a glimpse into our future persons, dreams, failures, and fantasies.

Mark Orton - Their Pie

Mark Orton - Gossip , Brownie's Pie

Mark Orton - Guitar Twenty Eight

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jim Lauderdale - Tossing Pebbles at the Sky b/w Just in Case

"I'm busy tossing pebbles - aiming at the sky. I can't stop to listen, or try to tell you why."

Jim Lauderdale - Tossing Pebbles at the Sky

Jim Lauderdale - Just in Case

Good ol' video from a few years back:

Good ol' video from many years back:

"I was pouring whiskey in an empty heart when I met Jesus in a bar."

Sinners & Saints - Better Days b/w Crazy 8's

"There are thoughts that were true that I no longer subscribe to."
Sinners & Saints - Better Days

"I was born and raised in a town that cursed my name, but it makes the sound of passing trains much sweeter."
Sinners & Saints - Crazy 8's

Friday, March 28, 2014

Chuck Ragan - You and I Alone

A song about the place we all get to from time to time: "the booze don't work no more. . ."
Chuck Ragan - You and I Alone

This'll do until videos for the new cd come out:

Erja Lyytinen - Jone's Boogie b/w Skinny Girl

Friday night at the local club - instrumental boogie woogie - dancers unite!
Jone's Boogie

A good draught:

Luther Dickinson - Bar Band

The good news is that every band now touring the world has been told: "You'll never be nothing but a bar band!". That's where all musicians start, and Luther got his band out of the bar and into the studio long enough to give us all the chance to bop along!
Luther Dickinson - Bar Band

live version:

cd version:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs - No Business b/w Can't Pretend

"Just you try and touch me - I'll chop off your hands!" In case the message was not received the first time: "Just you try - I'll rip out your tongue. Won't be whispering sweet nothing in my ear." Message clear!
Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs - No Business

Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs - Can't Pretend

A video to hold you over till the new one comes out:

And for whatever reason, YouTube "highly recommended" this video to me while looking for more Holly videos. Since I'm a fan of the Handsome Family, I figured I might as well post this one here. I know the two people who read these posts everyday will laugh with me.

Dex Romweber Duo - Blackout!

Instrumental happiness on the beach of rock and roll! Keep your ears glued to the boardwalks this spring & be prepared to dance wild.
Dex Romweber Duo - Blackout!

Tasty videos to enjoy while waiting for new ones:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Simone Felice - Molly-O! b/w Bastille Day

"It you and only you, Baby Blue, who can bring out the gypsy in me."

Simone Felice - Molly-O!

Simone Felice - Bastille Day

Acoustic Syndicate - Hourglass

"Sometimes I feel on shaky ground. I feel much better when you are around...
...Catching sand from the hourglass. Funny how it slips away."

Acoustic Syndicate - Hourglass

While waiting for the new videos, here's an oldie played live:

Aziza Brahim - Soutak b/w Julud

Aziza Brahim - Soutak

Aziza Brahim - Julud

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Brett Dennen - Smoke and Mirrors b/w Who Am I

I know what you're thinking.
You're thinking bout leaving.
Yeah, you're thinking 'bout leaving.
You wonder what you're missing.
You don't see me.
Yeah, you're looking right through me.

Brett Dennen - Smoke and Mirrors

Brett Dennen - Who Am I

Monday, March 24, 2014

Steve Martin - Atheists Don't Have No Songs

An oldie, but goodie from 2011, revived in 2014 for a PBS special =:-)

Christians have their hymns and pages.
Hava Nagila's for the Jews.
Baptists have the rock of ages.
Atheists just sing the blues...

Some folks sing a Bach cantata.
Lutherans get Christmas trees.
Atheist songs add up to nada.
But they do have Sundays free.

Pentecostals sing to heaven,
Gothics had the books of scrolls,
Numerologists count to seven,
Atheists have rock and roll...

Catholics dress up for Mass
And listen to Gregorian chants.
Atheists just take a pass.
Watch football in their underpants.

Steve Martin - Atheists Don't Have No Songs

Shoutouts for Edie Brickell's performances on Fighter & Sun's Gonna Shine

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Whiskey Myers - Headstone b/w Need a Little Time Off for Bad Behavior

"Wild as a cyclone, I'm smoother than home grown."
Whiskey Myers - Headstone

Whiskey Myers - Need a Little Time Off

An oldie while waiting for the new videos


Brett Dennen - You Make It Easy b/w Only Want You

"We'll drink margaritas and go dancing in the street."

Brett Dennen - You Make It Easy

Brett Dennen - Only Want You

Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey - Some Kind Of Hero b/w Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window

Sunday afternoon = 60's on steroids! No holding back on the music here, and all proceeds go to help with teenage cancer.

Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey - Some Kind Of Hero

Full concert in London:

Keep the music going! Costa Mesa:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Aziza Brahim - Soutak b/w Julud

Aziza Brahim - Soutak

Aziza Brahim - Julud

Barzin - You Were Made for All of This

"Someone takes you by the hand, leads you to the room. And you go, but you don't know why that is. . .You slip away into yourself. Nobody knows where you go. Tell yourself you were made for all of this."

Barzin - You Were Made for All of This

A Barzin oldie while waiting for the new videos:

Brett Dennen - Sweet Persuasion b/w Wild Child

"You know me, and my weakness. And you know my little secret."

Brett Dennen - Sweet Persuasion

Brett Dennen - Wild Child

Plus an oldie from Sarah:

Johnny Cash - Baby Ride Easy (W/ June) b/w Movin' On (w/Waylon)

Now that "The Complete Columbia Album" box set is two years old and settled deep in memory, Columbia announces there's unreleased music in the vaults that they still want to sell us. The good news is a few of the tunes are good enough to sound like they were recorded for today's audience. May he keep releasing albums and never rest in peace. Relish!

Shoutout for "I Drove Her Out Of My Mind."

Johnny Cash - 2014

In your mind, add Jennings on verses, some fun harmony, and exciting guitars:

Perfect evening:

Perfect evening pt2

Friday, March 21, 2014

Desert Noises - Dime In My Pocket b/w Mice In The Kitchen

Give it a dime's worth in seconds. Then you will be pulled up in the air. This meal can only be consumed while dancing. The dance continues with Mice In The Kitchen. Exquisite cheese.

Desert Noises - Dime In My Pocket

[NOTE: In the video you will have to wait 5 dimes worth in seconds before being pulled up in the air. . .]

Desert Noises - Mice In The Kitchen

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Carl Broemel - Death Is Not the End

It's ironic. Carl Broemel in 2014 is deep in the annals of "alternative". Yet, this beautiful version makes the original sound like the epitome of what could be imagined as truly "alternative", and Carl sounds as great as "pop" used to 50 years ago. Ironic is the only word for it. Ironically beautiful.

Oh, the tree of life is growing where the spirit never dies,
And the bright light of salvation shines in dark and empty skies.
When the cities are on fire with the burning flesh of men,
Just remember that death is not the end.

Carl Broemel - Death Is Not the End

While waiting for the new video:

Mandolin Orange - Calvary

"These days I'm saving my strength for others. . ."

Mandolin Orange - Calvary

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Deer Tick - Night After Night

"Night after night you drop dead in your bed. Night after night another bottle finds a head. Night after night I think about cutting you loose. So I just keep a-holding you tight night after night"

Deer Tick - Night After Night

While waiting for the new video:

Johnathan Rice - Good Graces

"I don't want to act like I deserve it. Never want to act like this again. I'm forgiven! I'm forgiven! And it feels so good!"

Johnathan Rice - Good Graces

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ivan & Alyosha - You Changed My Life

"There was someone in my body that I could hardly see invading my privacy, making my decisions for me, holding me back, not letting me stand. Making me feel like a stranger in a strange land. But you changed my life. Came along in a time of strife. You come down the line, give me a new mind. You changed my life."

Ivan & Alyosha - You Changed My Life

While waiting for the new video:

Ume - Revival b/w Within My Bones

"Apocalyptic meaning - a never ending meeting". If a Texas revival ever truly rocked liked this there would not be any lost souls left in this world. There is power in energy, and Ume has a ton of it when they incite us to "come along for the ride".

Ume - Revival

Some Ume oldies to watch until the videos for the new CD are released:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Marianne Dissard - Election

French lyrics. The music rocks, and that's what matters to this eartaster. The video is for the slower tunes on the new CD.

Marianne Dissard - Election

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Admiral Freebee - Nothing Else to Do b/w I Don't Want to Feel Good Today

It was a tremendous, sparkling spring break, and tomorrow reality and cold oatmeal returns. Time for honest good-byes to the new friends we discovered on our journey this week. "And I fell in love with you 'cause there was nothing else to do." Will we meet again? Should we make plans? Is there really work to return to in a few hours? "I don't want to feel good today." The best thing about these songs? Although they fit this moment perfectly, they have a beat that will live on and bring back great memories for many many years to come.

Admiral Freebee - Nothing Else to Do

True Detective Soundtrack

Just knowing the show will not be on tonight gives one time to reflect. The story really wasn't that great. As a character study, however, it was fascinating, and the music enhanced the understanding of the characters. The True Detective soundtrack (HBO 2014) continues to amaze. Hopefully it will be officially released.

01 The Handsome Family - Far From Any Road


02 McIntosh County Shouters - Sign of the Judgement


03 Bob Dylan - Rocks And Gravel


04 Gregg Allman - Floating Bridge


05 Emmylou Harris - The Good Book


06 Father John Misty - Every Man Needs a Companion


07 Meredith Monk - Core Chant


08 Vashti Bunyan - Train Song


09 Townes Van Zandt - Lungs


10 Gregg Allman - Devil Got My Woman


11 The Handsome Family - The Forgotten Lake


12 Tommy Tucker - Sign Of The Judgement


13 The Hat, Father John Misty & S. I. Istwa - The Angry River


14 13th Floor Elevators - Kingdom Of Heaven


15 The Black Angels - Young Men Dead


16 Cuff The Duke - If I Live Or If I Die


17 John Lee Hooker - Unfriendly Woman


18 Lucinda Williams - Are You Alright


19 Steve Earle - Meet Me In The Alleyway


20 Cassandra Wilson - Sign Of The Judgement


21 The Staple Singers - Stand By Me


Saturday, March 15, 2014

John Hammond - Jockey Full of Bourbon

John did a tasty studio version of this great tune a few years back. The live version on Timeless is superbly delicious and brings new flavors to life.

John Hammond - Jockey Full of Bourbon

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sally Seltmann - Hey Daydreamer

Good popcorn for a Friday night peek. Popcorn is apt because the tune seriously pops up and down throughout with fun effect. The refrain sings with the plea "I want to go home" within the daydream. Shoutout for I Will Not Wear Your Wedding Ring, which includes the tale of a dream at night. Holly Drive sparkles with a sunny disposition, and namedrops Paris, Texas =:-)

Sally Seltmann - Hey Daydreamer

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Hat w/ Father John Misty - The Angry River b/w Every Man Needs A Companion

The final song on True Detective (HBO 2014) hits the spot. Quite an eight course meal.

The Hat w/ Father John Misty - The Angry River

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mozes & the Firstborn - I Got Skills

Sometimes things don't taste good the first time you taste them. But there's a lingering flavor that makes you go back for more bites, and soon it becomes a favorite. Garage punk joy.

Mozes & the Firstborn - I Got Skills

Sunday, March 09, 2014

James King - The Devil's Train b/w Blue Blue Day

"It's on it's way to heaven now to spend eternity." Hank Williams with few cups of starbucks in his belly. Tasty dessert!

James King - The Devil's Train

Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr - Adonis b/w Rocholz-Korosak

Sunday afternoon grooves with light spring flavors of budding flowers and leaves starting to appear on the branches.

Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr - Adonis

Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr - Rocholz-Korosak

7 Gegner:

This video has bits and flavors from the whole CD:

A live 2012 video from Berlin. Love the respectful audience!

Don Williams - I'll Be Here in the Morning

An old-fashioned 60's flavored take on Townes' beautiful meal.

Don Williams - I'll Be Here in the Morning

Jess Williamson - Seventh Song

“Do you know how holy it is just to sit quietly with someone?”

Dichotomy is energizing. Should I hang out by myself, or find a friend to spend the day with? Can there be a wholy in-between choice? Should I go running toward that next exciting point of light, or listen to that still quiet voice humming deep inside? This CD may have you asking those questions of yourself, or may simply please your ears with simplicity.

Jess Williamson - Seventh Song

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Don Airey - Adagio

A midnight prayer played on organ, guitar and drums. Don Airey - Adagio (from Keyed Up)

Friday, March 07, 2014

Greg Ashley - Bruises b/w Misery Again "I'm another muse. You're a figure of speech. The past is such a cruel joke." Greg Ashley - Bruises

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Mike Oldfield - Minutes b/w Dreaming in the Wind

Minutes ("Minutes seem like hours and hours seem like days when the ones you love are missing") b/w Dreaming in the Wind ("I belong to the sky. . .I'm at heaven's door") are fun guitar-based eartasters from The Man On The Rocks. The title cut was not impressive on the CD. But check out the acoustic video - the song is flavorful performed this way. It's possible the acoustic version will appear on the "deluxe" edition. We'll see. Shoutout for the final cut on the non-deluxe CD: I Give Myself Away ("I give myself away to you completely. It's true. Believe me. Here I am.").
Mike Oldfield - Man On The Rocks

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Dark Horses - Hello, I Love You

Remember how you heard the Doors change a Chuck Berry song into a new experience? Be set to have the same shivers when you taste the Dark Horses turn one of Jim Morrison's throw-aways into an interesting look at humanity.

Dark Horses - Hello, I Love You

Some past hits by the Dark Horses:


St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Broken Bones & Pocket Change b/w Sugar Dyed

Can performers be allowed to demonstrate their soul in 2014? St. Paul & The Broken Bones don't even ask the question - they just do it! Both ways - slow and fast =:-)
St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Broken Bones & Pocket Change

St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Sugar Dyed

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Dan Croll - Home b/w Maway

"If you ever come to my house take your shoes off at the door
'Cause it's impolite not to, you'd be damaging my floor."
Dan Croll - Home

"You moved here from another town.
Your mother said she'd let you down.
Your father's ran away to sea
and left you here to live by me.
Maybe I should ring, maybe I should call."
Dan Croll - Maway

Monday, March 03, 2014

Pink Martini & The Von Trapps - Storm b/w Friend

"I want to be one of the storms falling over the sea."
Written by 18 year old August von Trapp, Storm and Friend are the stand-out cuts on the Dream A Little Dream CD. The video is self-described as an un-arranged rough estimate of the beautiful first cut on the new CD. The rest of the CD is a foray into the past without enough update, making me wistful for the older recordings.
Pink Martini & The Von Trapps - Storm

"Desperately we chase the stars that whirl"
Pink Martini & The Von Trapps - Friend

Joe Louis Walker - Hornet's Nest b/w Don't Let Go & Ramblin' Soul

"Well, I want you to know that that I'm a jealous man
and you're about to cross the line.
'Cause when it comes to my baby,
there's a no trespassing sign.
Better not step on this hornet's nest - you'll be sorry what you've done.
'Cause if you step on this hornet's nest, man you're gonna get stung."
Joe Louis Walker - Hornet's Nest

Joe Louis Walker - Don't Let Go

An oldie, and goodie - too drunk to drive drunk:

Joe Louis Walker - Ramblin' Soul

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Show Stopping Opening

You have to wait a whole minute into the video, but there are some excellent musician moments in this show opener in Brisbane. What's amazing is that most bands would have saved this high energy blaster until the encore!

More flavors from Australia:

If you're not following the tour - at this moment you may be asking "Did Bruce play any Springsteen songs?" With a vengeance: