Friday, June 7, 2013

I'll be ready...

Listening to Gary Clark Jr. play "When My Train Pulls In" gives me flashbacks to when I first discovered the magic of Robin Trower. The track from Clark's album, Blak and Blu, is the first entry in my Summer Break 2013 Playlist. We're cramming a lot of new beginnings into the summer--job, house, driver's license, car, pets, kinder and pre-k--'I'll be ready' is a mantra that I keep repeating to keep myself from freaking out. Fortunately, for the first time in quite a while, all of the 'new' weighs heavily on the positive with almost no negative.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Jackie Blue--better with my eyes closed

In 1975 when Jackie Blue came out, I was 10 years old. It seemed like a mystical and magical song that was somehow beyond my comprehension; there had to be some hidden, fantastic, meaning that I'd soon figure out. That year, Jackie Blue was everywhere--playing 2 times an hour on the radio and in constant rotation at the roller rink.

Every time that I hear the song, it sends me back to that time when all music seemed to be filled with mystery and wonder. I always knew that the band's name was the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, but I didn't know enough about the Ozarks, mountains, or daredevils to imagine what they looked like. I always pictured a pre-disco, really hot woman singing the song in a super cool 70s haze. In yet another way that the internet has taken the mystery out of everything, I discovered how far from reality my fantasy existed.

These are they guys driving my daydreams that year. Not sung by the woman of a 10 year old boy's dreams, but a classic song just the same.

Two bonuses today: a cover by AM & Shawn Lee followed by another cover by The Smashing Pumpkins.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Shins at SXSW 2012

"Simple Song" remains my song of the year for 2012. I only have about 2 months to wait and $150 to save before we see The Shins at Red Rocks! Here is a performance at SXSW.

updated original post from March 11, 2012 to fix video issues.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I was took in Texas--Thin Lizzy rocks

Hearing Thin Lizzy on the radio convinced me to ride my bike down to the record store and  buy "The Boys are Back in Town." It turned out to be one of the best possible uses for a 10 year old boy's allowance in 1976. The single convinced me to upgrade and buy the whole album, Jailbreak. As epic as The Boys are Back was, "Cowboy Song" became my favorite song from the lp. I had no idea what any of the lyrics meant, but I did know that the band's twin guitar attack defined how I thought that rock music should sound.

There isn't much in the way of high quality video of the band from back in the day, but the first clip of "The Boys are Back in Town" from 1978 isn't bad. I couldn't sacrifice the sound of "Cowboy Song" for a bad video, so I included a recording from the BBC.

The Boys are Back in Town

Cowboy Song

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lonely Boy--toddler pick of the week

Lonely Boy by The Black Keys is Christopher and Alexa's video pick of the week. They rated it high on easy to sing lyrics (oh, oh, oh) and high jumpability.

repost from April 14, 2012 to fix video issues

Monday, April 1, 2013

You're gonna go far, kid!

There are certain songs that just somehow magically appear when the time is right. All day, I've had the Offspring screaming 'You're Gonna Go Far Kid' in my head. It's enjoyable, for sure, but that only happens when I'm on the verge of burning a bridge. Burning bridges is something that I do pretty well. Everyone always says not to burn your bridges, but I contend that there are many bridges that need to be burned. I'm not sure that I'm prepared at the moment for all that burning bridges entails, but you can't fight the universe, I guess.

So, for no other reason than to share the voices in my head, here is 'You're Gonnna Go Far Kid' in all of its video glory. If you're in the right mood, this will fuel you to rip up the world. Turn it up really loud, if you're able!

Show me how to lie
You’re getting better all the time
And turning all against the one
Is an art that’s hard to teach
Another clever word
Sets off an unsuspecting herd
And as you step back into line
A mob jumps to their feet

Now dance, fucker, dance
Man, he never had a chance
And no one even knew
It was really only you

And now you steal away
Take him out today
Nice work you did
You’re gonna go far, kid

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Puddle of Mudd--Blurry

Another transfer from Ed.ucate.Me

Lately I've been feeling pretty nostalgic for the music from the beginning of the 00s. It seems that i think endlessly about how strangely and how fast time moves. About ten years has gone by since Puddle of Mudd released Blurry. It seems a lot closer to yesterday than ten years.

Overall, the end of the 90s-beginning of the 00s was a great time for music. To put that in perspective for me, it would be like if my junior high teachers talked endlessly about the music from the mid-60s. We would have thought that they were dinosaurs. Well, i guess that i can accept being a dinosaur!

originally posted on Ed.ucate.Me on November 23, 2011. Reposted to fix video issues.