Friday, December 25, 2009
Raise Your Glass by Juana Ghani
Juana Ghani bandcamp page
Juana Ghani MySpage page
Juana Ghani Facebook fanpage
Juana Ghani on Last.fm
Friday, December 11, 2009
Not A Crime by Gogol Bordello from the 2005 album "Gypsy Punks Underdog World Strike"
Gogol Bordello web page
Gogol Bordello MySpace page
Monday, November 30, 2009
Do not ask me the name of this song or what they're singing in it. I have no idea. But it's FUN! And the video cracks me up.
Leningrad website (it's in Russian)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Innocent When You Dream by Tom Waits from the 1987 album "Frank's Wild Years"
Tom Waits website
Tom Waits MySpace page
Tom Waits Facebook page
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
So This Is the Night by Vic Ruggiero, the winning performance at the 2009 Saddest Music in the World contest held in London, England.
Vic Ruggiero website
Vic Ruggiero MySpace page
Vic Ruggiero Facebook page
Monday, November 2, 2009
November by Tom Waits from the 1993 album "The Black Rider"
Tom Waits website
Tom Waits MySpace page
Tom Waits Facebook page
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The daughter of Romani musician Karol Giňa, Věra Bílá was born in 1954 in the village of Rokycany, Czechoslovakia where she still lives with her husband, Frantisek, and their son.
Pas o Panori (and some other songs) by Věra Bílá & Kale as performed at the 2009 International Gypsy Fest
Věra Bílá bio
Věra Bílá MySpace page
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Shane MacGowan and Spider Stacey met in 1977 in a bathroom at a Ramones concert at The Roundhouse in London, England. Both were in other bands at the time. They started jamming together and other musicians joined them over the years. In 1982, they played their first gig in Kings Cross, London, England as Pogue Mahone, an anglicization of the Irish "póg mo thóin" ("kiss my arse"). They shortened their name to The Pogues in 1984 after some censoring by the BBC due to complaints received from Gaelic speakers in Scotland. MacGowan left the band in 1991 (actually, he was fired because of his instability, unreliability and erratic behavior). Vocal duties were taken over by Joe Strummer, then Spider Stacey. After the dismal failure of the album "Pogue Mahone", the band broke up in 1996. The band reformed for a Christmas concert in 2001 and have been touring off and on since then.
If I Should Fall from Grace with God by The Pogues from the 1987 album "If I Should Fall from Grace with God"
The Pogues website
The Pogues MySpace page
Friday, October 16, 2009
Johnny Cash began his music career in 1954 when he walked in to Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee hoping to sign a record deal. His first songs, "Hey Porter" and "Cry Cry Cry" were released in 1955.
Johnny Cash died in 2003, just 4 months after his beloved wife, June Carter Cash, passed away.
The One on the Right is on the Left by Johnny Cash from the 1966 album "Everybody Loves a Nut" (one of my favorite albums)
The Official Johnny Cash Website
Monday, October 12, 2009
Playing a style of music that is sometimes labeled "country gothic", Slim Cessna's Auto Club was formed in Denver, Colorado in 1993. They have a released a total of 6 albums so far, signed with Jello Biafra's independent label, Alternative Tentacles.
Thanks, S'bella, for introducing me to this band. Me likey!
Pine Box by Slim Cessna's Auto Club from the 2000 album "Always Say Please and Thank You"
Slim Cessna's Auto Club website
Slim Cessna's Auto Club MySpace page
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The self-titled debut album will be released October 6, 2009. You can pre-order it now.
Please, take a moment to read the band's wonderful first interview with Pitchfork. (My favorite quote from the interview: "You know when you're a kid and you get crayons and papers and just draw whatever you want and it's just a bunch of messy lines, but to you it makes sense, and then they put it on the fridge? From that point on, you're always trying to get back on the fridge, you start drawing things that look like something, like, the more it looks like a horse, the more chance you have of getting it on the fridge. We wanted to get back to that place before we were trying to make the fridge. We wanted to work with people who hadn't been affected in that way yet." - Ryan Gosling)
In the Room Where You Sleep by Dead Man's Bones from the 2009 album "Dead Man's Bones"
Dead Man's Bones website
Dead Man's Bones MySpace page
Monday, September 28, 2009
Monday Morning by Pulp from the 1995 album "Different Class"
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Born February 13, 1950 in Chobham, Surrey, England, Peter Gabriel has had a long and successful career as both a musician and a humanitarian. He was a founding member, singer and flautist for the band Genesis from 1967-1975. He released his first album as a solo artist in 1977.
Red Rain by Peter Gabriel from the 1986 album "So"
Peter Gabriel website
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I absolutely love this song. In it I can hear the crisp air sing as leaves begin to change colors, showing off their vibrant reds and yellows and oranges before they fall. The energy of the harvest time vibrates with joy and celebration and accomplishment.
Dutch pagan-folk band Omnia is one of my favorites. They sing in English, German, Dutch, Gaelic, Finnish, Hindi and play hurdy-gurdy, harp, bodhrán, guitar, bouzouki, didgeridoo, flutes, bagpipes, and all sorts of drums and percussion instruments.
Mabon by Omnia from the 2004 album "The Crone of War" (also on "Live Religion" released in 2005)
Omnia's official webpage
Omnia's MySpace page
Monday, September 21, 2009
Ah! sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the travellers journey is done;
Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves and aspire;
Where my sunflower wishes to go.
William Blake (1757-1827)
Formed in 1997, Unto Ashes is a Dark Wave band based in New York City that combines elements of New Age, folk and madrigal music and performs with instruments as varied as dulcimer, cello, piano, guitar, violin and hurdy-gurdy. Current members of the band are Michael Laird, Natalia Lincoln and Mariko.
Ah, Sunflower by Unto Ashes from the 2007 album "Empty into White"
Unto Ashes website
Unto Ashes MySpace page
Friday, September 11, 2009
The Heartless Bastards, an indie garage band from Cincinnati, Ohio fronted by vocalist Erika Wennerstrom, formed in 2003. Their third album, "The Mountain", was released in February 2009 on Fat Possum Records.
So Quiet by the Heartless Bastards from the 2009 album "The Mountain"
Heartless Bastards website
Heartless Bastards MySpace page
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Formerly known as Shaman, Korpiklaani is a folk metal band from Finland whose name means "Wilderness Clan" in Finnish. It began as a Sami folk music restaurant house band in 1993. Over the years, with changes in personnel, they added the heavy metal element to their already established folk sensibilities and frat boy drunken senses of humor (most of their songs are about drinking and partying). The result is a good, loud, raucous time.
Wooden Pints by Korpiklaani from the 2003 album "Spirit of the Forest"
Korpiklaani MySpace page
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
One Tin Soldier by The Original Caste from the self-titled 1969 album "The Original Caste"
The Original Caste website
Coven MySpace page
Friday, August 21, 2009
Bottle of Lie by Akphaezya from the 2008 album "Anthology II: Links from the Dead Trinity"
Akphaezya MySpace page
Nehl Aëlin MySpace page
Nehl Aëlin website
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Yes, this is the mood I am in today. I absolutely love this. Nothing polite about these bagpipes. No, sirree. Makes me want to spit a wild boar over a bonfire and leave it to cook while I'm off pillaging a neighboring village.
Schelmish is from Bonn, Germany and was originally formed to perform mediaeval music for founding member DesDemonia's mother's birthday celebration in 1999. While the band still embraces it's roots in Celtic music, it leans more towards Mittelalter (Mediaeval Metal) Rock in style these days, blending mediaeval folk music with hard rock or heavy metal.
Kalifenzorn by Schelmish
Schelmish MySpace page
Schelmish Facebook page
Monday, August 10, 2009
Last month Amanda Palmer learned this song and performed it as a sort of gift for her fans at a "flash gig" on an LA beach. You can read about how that all came to be by clicking HERE. (It's a great story!)
If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out performed live by Amanda Palmer on beach just a few weeks ago.
Amanda Palmer on Twitter
Amanda Palmer website
Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam) website
P.S. I am coming to the conclusion that in an alternate reality - one in which different choices were made and different results realized - that Amanda Palmer is my "alternate me." I'm just sayin'.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Her new album, "Hunting My Dress", is due out this fall.
Big Fish by Jesca Hoop from the 2004 EP "Silverscreen Demos" (no longer in print, but available for mp3 download on Amazon)
Jesca Hoop website
Jesca Hoop MySpace page
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Danny Says by The Ramones from the 1980 album "End of the Century"
And, well, Tom Waits' cover just makes me cry. Such a beautiful interpretation!
Danny Says by Tom Waits from the 2006 triple album "Orphans"
The Ramones website
Tom Waits website
Monday, July 27, 2009
Finnish band HIM was formed in 1991 by Ville Valo (vocals), Mikko Paananen (bass) and Mikko Lindström (guitar). When asked in an interview about the name, vocalist and frontman Ville Valo said, "In almost every interview someone asks what does HIM stand for. I can't even remember our latest lie about that. When Hanson was hot, we said it means Hanson Is Murder. The name doesn't have a particular history. His Infernal Majesty was a totally different band. I think HIM derives from some death metal joke. And it was our protest to Haile Selassie's rastafarian religion, he used to be called His Imperial Majesty. But nowadays because of Linde's hair, we actually might be supporting him."
"Razorblade Romance" was released in Europe in 1999 and re-released in 2002 in the USA where the band had to change their name to HER because an American dub band, HiM, already held rights to the name. They were eventually able to buy the rights to the name and all subsequent pressings have been released under the desired name.
HIM announced last month that they will be going into the studio to record a new album in August. The working title is "Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice" and is scheduled to be released Valentine's Day 2010.
Gone with the Sin by HIM from the 1999 (2002 USA) album "Razorblade Romance"
HIM MySpace page
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Treat Me Like Your Mother by The Dead Weather from the 2009 album "Horehound"
The Dead Weather website
Third Man Records website
Monday, July 20, 2009
The Urban Voodoo Machine began in 2003 when singer/frontman Paul-Ronney Angel was asked by a promoter to fill a spot in a triple bill gig. He made some calls, pulled in some favors, and 48 hours later he had a band pulled together.
Always Out by The Urban Voodoo Machine from the 2009 debut album "Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop'N'Stroll"
The Urban Voodoo Machine website
The Urban Voodoo Machine MySpage page
The Urban Voodoo Machine Facebook page
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Savage Celebration by No Blood to Spare, danced by Sekmani
Graceful Vagabond by No Blood to Spare, danced by Las Gitanas
Switchcraft by No Blood to Spare, danced by Dragenthe
No Blood to Spare website
No Blood to Spare MySpace page
Monday, July 6, 2009
Summer Wine was written by Lee Hazelwood and originally recorded in 1966 by him and Suzi Jane Hokom. The song became famous a year later when he rerecorded it with Nancy Sinatra and released it as the B-side for the single "Sugar Town."
Summer Wine by Ville Valo and Natalia Avelon from the soundtrack of the 2007 German movie "Das Wilde Leben" (released in USA as "Eight Miles High") based on the life of German groupie/model/actress, Uschi Obermaier.
WARNING: There is nudity in this video. Do not watch if you are offended by nudity.
Natalia Avelon iMDB page
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Fifteen years ago today this song was played at my wedding - as my wedding march - to the most wonderful man ever to walk this earth. Even after all this time he still manages to surprise me and find little ways each day to make me fall in love with him all over again. He truly is my life, my love, my heart and my soul.
Plainsong by The Cure from the 1989 album "Disintegration"
The Cure official website
The Cure MySpace page
The Cure Facebook page
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Chet Atkins, himself inspired by guitar greats Django Reinhardt (whom he named the most influential guitarist of the 20th century), Merle Travis, and Les Paul, developed a style of playing that used his first three fingers for picking and his thumb for bass, creating a very defined and unique sound all his own.
Chet Atkins began producing for RCA in the mid-1950s, being put in charge of RCA's Nashville division. Here he was instrumental in creating RCA Studio B, the first studio built exclusively for recording on what became the now famous "Music Row." He became vice-president of RCA's country division and brought several artists to the label, including Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Jerry Reed. He retired from producing in the 1970s after being diagnosed with colon cancer.
Besides being an amazing musician and producer, Chet Atkins also worked as a design consultant with guitar manufacturer Gretsch who created a line of electric guitars that bore his name from 1955-1980, when he began designing guitars with Gibson.
Chet Atkins inspired many guitarists including Mark Knopfler, Jerry Reed, Tommy Emmanuel and Eric Johnson. He won 14 Grammys, 9 CMA awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and Billboard's Century Award. He died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee in 2001.
Tiger Rag by Chet Atkins
Chet Atkins website
Thursday, June 18, 2009
A Case of You was written and originally recorded by Joni Mitchell in 1971 and included on her album "Blue" released that same year. Some say the song is about her love affair with Leonard Cohen while others believe it is a goodbye song to her partner, Graham Nash.
A Case of You by Diana Krall from her Grammy winning 2002 live CD and concert DVD "Diana Krall - Live in Paris"
Diana Krall website
Diana Krall Myspace page
Diana Krall Facebook page
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 1942, Tommy Roe started singing and writing songs at 14 years of age. His song Dizzy, co-written by Freddie Weller, reached #1 on the Billboard charts in 1969 (1 week in the UK, 1 week in Canada, and 4 weeks in the USA).
Dizzy by Tommy Roe, released in 1969 as a 7" single
Tommy Roe website
Friday, June 12, 2009
"The 2 spoken word parts of the song are from an actual dream I had quite a few years ago. I don't usually write down my dreams but I did with this one. I was never a believer in "out of body" experiences before, but in the dream I was flying around having a grand time, checking out the sites, then in my dream I had the very distinctive thought "I need to get back into my body". Just like that. So I flew to my house, then into my bedroom, and saw my body lying there in the bed. So I laid down onto "myself" and I felt this upward-pulling sensation. Then I woke up! The spoken word parts are pretty much my exact dream.
"The first sung part of the song is a conversation with God about him being God and being much better at that job and me. I'm kind of a cart-before-the-horse kind of guy so sometimes I need to remind myself that I'm very limited in my view (and abilities).
"The second sung part is about inward reflection. Taking an honest look at myself and my limitations and coming to terms with it, and trying to do better, be better.
"The song itself is actually a few years old. I was messing around with some online collaborations with my good friend John Amelang and this was one of the songs we came up with. At the time it didn't have any singing, just the dream part. I sent John the drones with this crazy drum loop I came up with and the vocals and he recorded the bass and fuzz guitar parts.
"When we decided to do our 'reinvention' of Wayside I thought this song would be the best example or statement of intention regarding our new direction. It's probably the strangest of our new material, so that's exactly why we're sort of leading everything off with it. I cut the drum loops and Kevin recorded his drums parts, Natalie recorded the cello, and my friend Spinmeister from Canada recorded the synths.
"For the video I was thinking it would be good to do a very dream-like atmospheric type thing. Bits and pieces of "memories" that are more like dreams themselves instead of some silly dream sequence out of a movie. My dreams are typically random, and vivid, and amalgamated. So I found some family footage on the web from the 60's that was just perfect for the imagery that I was looking for. I messed around with different ways to layer different scenes on top of each other so that you can see multiple things going on at the same time. For the chorus parts I used a bunch of old Thomas Edison footage that really fit with the more silly/random aspect dreams can have.
"Ultimately for the video I wanted to have something that was a visual art piece that you could freeze just about any frame of it and it would look cool in and of itself."
Last Dream I Remember by Wayside Drive
Wayside Drive website
Wayside Drive MySpace page
Wayside Drive Facebook page
Wayside Drive on Twitter
Monday, June 8, 2009
I Want You was written by Elvis Costello (credited under his real name, Declan MacManus) and included on his 1986 album "Blood and Chocolate" (Elvis Costello and the Attractions) and has since become one of Costello's signature concert songs. In 2006, Fiona Apple joined Elvis Costello onstage for VH1's "Decades Rock Live" for this stunning performance. Her version of this song was subsequently released as an iTunes single, also in 2006.
I Want You performed by Fiona Apple with Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello website
Fiona Apple website
Friday, June 5, 2009
American singer-songwriter, Randy Newman, wrote I Think It's Going to Rain Today and recorded it on his debut album "Randy Newman" in 1968. Since then it has been covered by myriad artists, including Better Midler, Nina Simone, Judy Collins, Joe Cocker, UB40 and many others.
I Think It's Going to Rain Today by Randy Newman
Randy Newman website
Randy Newman Facebook page
Monday, June 1, 2009
Lead Belly website
Wikipedia article on Lead Belly
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Andrew Vasquez is an award winning Native American (Apache) flute player living in Fort Washakie, Wyoming. He was first introduced to the flute while a dancer with the New York based American Indian Dance Theater.
Wind River by Andrew Vasquez from the 1997 album "Wind River"
Andrew Vasquez Makoche artist page
Andrew Vasquez MySpace page
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Buffalo Jump by Lonely London Lad from the soon-to-be-released double CD "Lonely London Lad"
Lonely London Lad website
Lonely London Lad MySpace page
Lonely London Lad Facebook page
Monday, May 18, 2009
Lon-dubh by Julie Fowlis from the 2009 boxed set release of "Cuilidh" just released last month.
Julie Fowlis' official website
Julie Fowlis' MySpace page
Monday, May 11, 2009
San Francisco based LUCE began as a one-man band in Tom Luce's apartment bedroom in 2000. The self-titled first album was co-written and produced by Tom's friend Adam Rossi, who now plays keyboards for the band. San Francisco radio station KFOG was the first to play LUCE regularly on air and played a good part in bringing the band to the attention of certain people in Hollywood. It wasn't long before Good Day was appearing in movies (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, and 13 Going on 30) and television (The O.C. and Alias).
Good Day by LUCE from the 2002 album "LUCE"
LUCE MySpage Page
LUCE Facebook Page
Monday, May 4, 2009
The Australian band Frente! was formed in 1991 and only released two albums, "Marvin the Album" in 1992 (international release in 1994) and "Shape" in 1996, after which they disbanded. They reformed for a short bit in 2005 for a short tour of the Australian coast.
Bizarre Love Triangle by Frente! from the 1994 international release of "Marvin the Album"
Frente! MySpace page
Friday, May 1, 2009
When I was a little girl, this was one of my favorite days. When I was in kindergarten, I was crowned "May Queen" in the class May Day program. When I was in 4th grade in LaMaddalena, Sardegna, we celebrated with a May Pole dance and Cat Stevens songs. I even sort of remember making May Day baskets full of flowers to leave on neighbors' doorsteps somewhere we lived, but I don't remember where right now. Maybe Florida? Wherever, whenever it was, I enjoyed doing it. Perhaps this is a tradition I should start up with my own kids. Hmmm.
From the Netherlands, Pagan folk band Omnia's music is all accoustic and many of the instruments as well as their costumes are handmade by the band themselves.
Omnia official webpage
Omnia MySpace page
Monday, April 27, 2009
I've blogged about them before, back in January with their song "Light and Day" and suggest you revisit that one, too. You can't help but be full of happy when you listen to it.
Hold Me Now by The Polyphonic Spree from the 2004 album "Together We're Heavy"
The Polyphonic Spree website
The Polyphonic Spree MySpace page
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Hard Lovin' Woman by Juliette and the New Romantiques
Juliette and the New Romantiques website (Not online, yet, but claims "Coming Soon")
Juliette and the New Romantiques MySpace page
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Her Hair is on Fire by Semi Precious Weapons from the 2008 album "We Love You"
Semi Precious Weapons website
Semi Precious Weapons MySpace page
Semi Precious Weapons Twitter
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Originally aired October 3, 1966, "The Producer" (Gilligan's Island season 3, episode 4) was brilliantly written by Dee Caruso and Gerald Gardner and directed by Ida Lupino.
Hamlet: The Musical from the 1966 episode "The Producer" of Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island Fanclub
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The Carpenters version may be the best known and most recognized cover of this song, but I really like this Sonic Youth cover. It really captures, for me, that nightmarish stalker mentality.
Superstar by Sonic Youth from the 1994 Carpenters tribute album "If I Were a Carpenter" and the 2007 soundtrack album from the movie "Juno"
Sonic Youth website
Sonic Youth MySpace page
If you'd like to hear the original Delaney, Bonnie & Friends with Eric Clapton on guitar, Leon Russell on keys and Rita Coolidge on backing vocals, here it is:
Monday, April 13, 2009
This is not necessarily my favorite song of theirs (it's so hard to pick a favorite), but I think this was the song that made me fall in love with The Mediaeval Baebes.
Dringo Bell by The Mediaeval Baebes from the 2002 album "The Rose"
The Mediaeval Baebes website
The Mediaeval Baebes MySpace page
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Thursday by Asobi Seksu from the 2006 album "Citrus"
Asobi Seksu website
Asobi Seksu MySpace page
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Jingo by Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton from the 2006 Crossroads Concert
Eric Clapton webpage
Carlos Santana webpage
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Imitosis by Andrew Bird from the 2007 album "Armchair Apocrypha"
Andrew Bird website
Andrew Bird MySpace page
Andrew Bird Twitter
Monday, March 30, 2009
Papa was a Rodeo by The Magnetic Fields from the 1999 album "69 Love Songs"
The Magnetic Fields website
The Magnetic Fields MySpace page
Sunday, March 29, 2009
This is one of my favorite songs and contains within it the reminder that the past is behind us and NOW is what matters. After all, "There were never any 'Good Old Days' - They are today, They are tomorrow - It's just a stupid thing we say - Cursing tomorrow with sorrow."
Ultimate by Gogol Bordello from the 2007 album "Super Taranta"
Gogol Bordello website
Gogol Bordello MySpace page
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wind of Change was written in 1990 by Klaus Meine in celebration of the political changes taking place in Eastern Europe at the time - the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the U.S.S.R, the Polish Round Table Agreement, and the end of the Cold War.
Wind of Change by The Scorpions from the 1990 album "Crazy World"
The Scorpions website
The Scorpions MySpace page
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Born in 1926 to vaudeville performers, Julie London (born Gayle Peck) was discovered as a teenager while working as an elevator operator. She was married to her first husband, Jack Webb, from 1947 to 1953. She met her second husband, jazz composer and musician Bobby Troup, at a club. They married on New Years' Eve 1959 and remained married 40 years, until his death in 1999. Julie London had a fabulously successful career as both an actress and a singer, appearing in over 20 films and several television shows and recording 32 albums. She was named "most popular female vocalist" by Billboard for three years in a row, 1955-1957. She suffered a stroke in 1995 and was in poor health due to her long-time cigarette habit until her death in 2000. She is buried in the Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery next to her husband, Bobby Troup.
My Baby Just Cares for Me by Julie London from the 1964 album "In Person at the Americana"
Julie London IMDb page
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Taal is a style of Indian music where the voice imitates the sounds of the Tabla drums.
Taal by Sheila Chandra
Sheila Chandra website
Monday, March 23, 2009
Formed in 2004 by Frank Zummo, Adam Alt and Bobby Alt, Street Drum Corps is a Los Angeles-based punk rock percussion band, playing everything from more traditional drums and kits to garbage cans and power tools ... and everything in between. They've been joined in performance by members of Stomp, Bad Religion, No Doubt, Atreyu and many others, always creating an electrifyingly energetic experience for performers and audiences alike. Their first album, "Street Drum Corps," was released in 2006, followed in 2008 by "We Are Machines."
Tailpipe Jam by Street Drum Corps with Adrian Young of No Doubt, Brooks Wackerman of Bad Religion, Shannon Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars, Byron McMackin of Pennywise and John Sawicki of Stomp!
Street Drum Corps website
Street Drum Corps MySpace page
Street Drum Corps on Twitter
Friday, March 20, 2009
And I love Tom Waits, so this is perfect!
You Can Never Hold Back Spring by Tom Waits from the 2006 album "Orphans"
Tom Waits website
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The three founding members of America - Dewey Bunnell, Gerry Beckley, and Dan Peek - met while attending London Central High School, at High Wycombe in the mid-1960s. They are all sons of American fathers and English mothers whose families were stationed at the Air Force base in West Ruislip, London.
America released their debut album, "America", in 1971 and while it was a huge success in Holland, it didn't fair too well elsewhere. While in Holland, they worked on recording some other songs, including one written by Dewey Bunnell that he called, "Desert Song." The song had its formal debut at The Harrogate Festival where it received a very enthusiastic response from the audience. After several more performances, both live and televised, the song was re-titled "A Horse with No Name" and was added to the debut album which was re-released in 1972 and quickly went platinum. That was the album (actually it was an 8-track tape) that I used to make my mother play over and over again whenever she drove us anywhere. I loved that song!
In 1977 Dan Peek left the band. Beckley and Bunnell continued on as a duo, supplemented on the road by other musicians as needed. They struggled for several years before finally reaching commercial success once again in 1982 with the release of their 12th album, "View from the Ground", and the single You Can Do Magic which reached #8 on the Billboard pop singles charts.
You Can Do Magic by America from the 1982 album "View from the Ground"
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The lyrics were written in 1910 by English attorney Frederick Weatherly. The lyrics were modified in 1913 to fit the tune of "Londonderry Air." The song was first recorded in 1915 by Ernestine Schumann-Heink. Nobody knows for sure who the narrator of the song is or where Danny Boy is going or why, although there are many suppositions. You can read the lyrics and decide for yourself.
Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer's gone, and all the flowers are dying
'Tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.
But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow
'Tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.
And if you come, when all the flowers are dying
And I am dead, as dead I well may be
You'll come and find the place where I am lying
And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.
And I shall hear, tho' soft you tread above me
And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be
If you'll not fail to tell me that you love me
I'll simply sleep in peace until you come to me.
Since I love these lyrics so much, why did I decide to include an instrumental version of the song? It's simple. The simplicity of it. There are so many versions out there and most of them are so over-orchestrated and over-sung and over-emoted that it hurts. Simple, honest, almost confessional - that's the way I love this song. That, and I love Eric Clapton.
Danny Boy by Eric Clapton
BBC article on "The Legend and History of Danny Boy" (This is an excellent and very informative history of the music as well as the lyrics and I highly recommend reading it for more insight into this song.)
Eric Clapton website
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Indie singer/songwriter Holly Golightly first came on the music scene is 1991 as part of the all girl garage band Thee Headcoatees, a splinter group of the band Thee Headcoats. She released her first solo album, "The Good Things" in 1995. Since then, she has released 14 albums. Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs is the side project she has with her U.S. bandmate, Lawyer Dave. Their debut album, "You Can't Buy A Gun When You're Crying" was release in 2007.
Gettin' High for Jesus by Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs from the 2008 album "Dirt Don't Hurt"
Holly Golightly website
Holly Golightly MySpace page
Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs website
Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs MySpace page
The Brokeoffs website