Monday, November 28, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Thanks to the beautiful Krystal Wrists for finding this for me. Too many times I have sat in a dark room and sang along with my shattered heart in pieces around me. It always helped to get it out.
Prince and Rosie Gaines
I had a lot of fun with this one. ;)
Friday, April 8, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
Monday, January 11, 2016
'The Dick Cavett Show'. Episode No.1539, Season No.7. Filmed at ABC Studios, New York, on 2nd November 1974.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Saxophone: Wayne Shorter
Piano: Herbie Hancock
Bass: Ron Carter
Drums: Tony Williams
Sunday, October 11, 1964
Thursday, November 12, 2015
I have included one of my favorites from Cohen as well.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
Friday, November 6, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Thursday, January 8, 2015
I came across this while reminiscing about Elvis on his birthday, Elvis was so hot and so funny. It is no wonder I fell for him. Hotness and humor...what a sexy mix.
I have loved them both for a very long time. I confess that Elvis was my first love and he awoke passion in me. Bowie changed my world and blew my mind.
Elvis - born January 8, 1935
Bowie - born January 8, 1947
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
"A 1968 episode of William F. Buckley's Firing Line, featuring a drunken Jack Kerouac, the Fug's Ed Sanders and a clueless academic, Lewis Yablonsky, discussing the "Hippie" movement."
Saturday, December 14, 2013
I heard my first Johnny Cash recording while I was still in the cradle. His music was always a part of life.
My Mom and Dad were huge fans. Mom loved the entire Carter Family, but Dad didn't like the women singing, he called it caterwauling. Mom and I saw Johnny once at Panther Hall in Ft Worth. I was just a tiny eight year old and I remember he was very large and tall. He reminded me of John Wayne, no one would bother you with him around.
My family enjoyed gathering with guitars and tambourines for sing-a-longs and we did it often. My great-aunts would imitate the Carter Sisters with their high pitched off-key voices, (the great-aunts, not the Carters) but it was all in good fun.
Everyone would sing, but Mom was the true talent, her voice was rich and pure, similar to Dottie West or Patty Page. She would sing The Tennessee Waltz and everyone would stop what they where doing to listen. Men melted. Here I go off on a tangent as usual, but who cares. I still miss my Mom terribly. Is this really the third Christmas with out her?
Since it is the Christmas season, I have added a couple of holiday favorites below that. I hope you enjoy.
An early Christmas duet with Johnny and June.
This is the complete 1977 Christmas Show
This one is a sad one. Get the tissues.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I have fallen for this Irish songwriter. His name is Glen Hansard. I wish I knew him personally.
Glen Hansard is vocalist and guitarist of the Irish group The Frames and also one half of the duo The Swell Season, but it is his solo work that has me all a twitter. Glen Hansard has a magical way with words and his voice is strong and soothing at the same time. I sat listening in my easy chair.. I was perfectly satisfied to listen all afternoon. I listened and watched the rain fall.
This is his new four-song LP "Drive All Night" It was released yesterday on Anti-Records.
A portion of proceeds will be donated to Little Kids Rock.
You can order here: Drive All Night
Please enjoy the full album stream;
‘Drive All Night’
02. Pennies In The Fountain
04. Step Out Of The Shadows
Glen Hansard Music
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I have been listening to this folk-punk band from California and I like them. It would be nice to be high on a mountain with these folk...pickin' and a grinnin'. I hope you enjoy the playlist.
Fun Has Just Begun + Playlist
Click below to order on CD or Vinyl:
"I'm A Stranger"
"The Devil Makes Three"
Find them here:
The Devil Makes Three.com
Friday, September 27, 2013
This is one of those songs that takes me back to a specific time in life. It takes me back to the nineties and Deep Ellum in Dallas. It was my favorite place to hit the clubs and restaurants. My favorite club was Trees and my favorite restaurant was The Green Room. The Green Room didn't have a sign out front, just a green light, I liked that, it felt like a secret club. Pepper reminds me of a particular night and a killer party at a million dollar plus home hidden away in the very industrial Deep Ellum. The house looked like an auto garage from the outside, but behind the doors it was lavishly decorated...very opulent. There were bowls of cocaine, a full bar and a tub full of big fat joints. I won't drop names, not that I don't want to, but it is one of those, 'What happens in Dallas, stays in Dallas" things, but it was a hellaciously good wrap party and I heard Pepper from "Electriclarryland" (first listen) blaring as I entered the door. It is a good memory...well, what I can remember of it anyways.
(I do so hate the cover art for Electriclarryland, it hurts my ear)
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Timothy Leary's Dead - Moody Blues 1968
( I always think of this song when I hear Timothy Leary's name)
Monday, February 25, 2013
Release Feb. 25, 2013 Order: Vinyl Audio CD
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Scott Hutchison - guitarist/lyricist
Grant Hutchison - drummer
Billy Kennedy - guitarist/bassist
Andy Monaghan - guitarist
Gordon Skene - keyboardist
I like everything I have heard from Frightened Rabbit. This is from the new album 'Pedestrian Verse' coming February 2013. I am fairly certain they rummaged through my brain and stole these lyrics. I can't prove it in a court of law...so I will let it go. Seriously, I think these boys get to the heart of matters and I like that. It is best if you listen for yourself.
Another from"Pedestrian Verse" - The Woodpile.
This is my personal favorite song: Scottish Winds
If you like and want to hear more, here is a link to a playlist, Frightened Rabbit - YouTube: http://bit.ly/1297VuX
You can pre-order 'Pedestrian Verse' here, CD or Vinyl: http://amzn.to/RIZ5D6
PV Site: http://bit.ly/UkirJ3
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
James Endeacott is to raw talent what a divining rod is to water. I reckon he vibrates when he spots a hot new band. James has brought us The Strokes, The Libertines, The View and his latest discovery is no less talented and unique. Meet Filthy Boy.
Filthy Boy is a new alternative band from South London.
Members: Paraic Morrissey, Michael Morrissey, Harry Weskin and Benjamin Deschamps.
If I close my eyes when I listen to Filthy Boy, it feels like I have been transported back in time to some mid-60's dark and probably aromatic hole named something like The Cave or The Cellar.
I first heard the Naughty Corner lyrics and I was intrigued, then I heard Spiral Eyes and Waiting On the Doorstep and I was in love. I feel voyeuristic as I listen...like peeking in someones bedroom window to catch them doing the nasty. I am fascinated by the words, the deep sultry tones and the hot guitar licks...I want more.
Watch the new videos Waiting On The Doorstep and Naughty Corner then visit Filthy Boy's band-site and listen to Spiral Eyes and see what you think.
Enjoy the new "Naughty Corner" Video. (inspired by a 50's fetish film director called Elliot Castle)
Oh Mercy Management, Mat Schneck / James Endeacott: email@example.com
Thursday, August 9, 2012
(October 7, 1937 – November 16, 1994)
American singer - songwriter, and a member of the rock group Quicksilver Messenger Service during the years 1969 - 1979
My personal favorite: "Children of the Sun"
I consider this one of the most important songs of the times, it really did bring people together. "(Let's) Get Together" written by Chet Powers, was recorded by numerous artists, this is one the most well known versions:
The biggest commercial hit for Quicksilver was "Fresh Air" it's from my favorite QS album, Just for Love - 1970 and was written using the Jesse Oris Farrow psuedonium.
I wanted to share his distinctive and haunting voice, along with these beautiful songs with some of the young blood who may not have had the privilage before.
Dino Valente site
Friday, June 15, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Release Date: June 24, 2012
Holiday Friends Recording Co
Two Wounded Birds
Johnny Danger - Vocals/Guitar
Ally Blackgrove - Bass
Joe Stevens - Guitar
James Shand - Drums
Two Wounded Birds are from the sea-side town of Margate (UK) and they have a retro, surf sound surrounded by an edge of punk. Think sun, sand, leather and Raybans.
I have been waiting for this self-titled album since I first heard TWB in 2009. Though they did release a well received EP, Keep Dreaming Baby in 2010, I only considered it an tasty appetizer and I was still hungry for the main course. I have not been disappointed. This album is a heaping full pop platter and it has been plated so that each course compliments the next. This is classic pop tinged with haunting melodies and killer hooks. This band loves music and loves performing and they draw you in so you become a part of it. You can feel the energy and enthusiasm in each song. You can hear the influences of the Beach Boys, Elvis, and Neil Young, as well as The Cure, The Ramones and The Smiths. I think someone was even channeling Jerry Lee Lewis on Daddys Junk.
1. Together Forever
2. My Lonesome
3. To Be Young
4. It's Not Up To You
5. Daddys Junk
6. Night Patrol
7. The Last Supper
8. I'm No Savior
9. If Only We Remain
10. No Goodbyes
11. The Outer World
Starting with the upbeat Together Forever this is one of those "debut" albums where every single song is worth listening to. It is a consistently solid album that will never grow old. The sound is so full and well rounded it is hard to believe there are only four members of this band.
My Lonesome (listen above) is a song I was already familiar with. It is one of my favorites. The vocals backed by the retro Hawaiian guitar combine to give lonesome a whole new meaning. Johnny Danger does sound a bit dangerous and I have to wonder what he does all alone. To Be Young and It's Not Up To You are lovely pop songs full of of angst.
I am mezmerized by Night Patrol. It is not just the sky that is dark at night. Johnny Danger sounds sultry and mysterious and takes you on a journey somewhere exotic and possibly illegal. I love it.
The opening of The Last Supper reminds me of a Clint Eastwood Spagetti Western then it turns all groovy. The beat, the angst, the harmonies in I'm No Savior are simply beautiful.
I may have a girl crush on Ally Blackgrove, she is so impressive on bass and gorgeous to boot and especially solid on If Only We Remain. It has The Smiths influence all over it. I plainly hear young Morrissey. No Goodbyes and The Outer World (listen above) have a 60's vibe and they both feel comfortable and familar. The last track, Growing, is a lovely song that is filled with longing and delicious melancoly.
Every song has a distinct sound yet the album flows from track one to track twelve as effortlessly as water poured down a slide. I am thrilled with this album. I have followed @twowoundedbirds since 2009 and I personally adore them. I have watched the hard work and effort they invest in their craft and they have gained respect. I also compliment Two Wounded Birds on their social skills. They have a great rapport with the fans and interact whenever possible. I think you will be happy with yourself if you order today.
Two Wounded Birds - Audio CD
Two Wounded Birds -Vinyl
Thank you for reading and please enjoy this free download: To Be Young
(I love this stock footage, I hope they don't update it)
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Punk was finding a voice and between 1974 and 1976 punk rock music was a growing, evolving experiment, there was an anti-establishment, hard-edged, stripped down sound blasting out out of garages all over the world, but it was 1977 that is considered the: The Year Punk Exploded and it was in 1977 that sixteen year old John Robb took it on. John took it on and tattooed his brand on it.
Goldblades first single was Soul Power It was single of the week in the NME.
Strictly Hardcore was their third single and made the UK Singles Charts
(A fan made video)
Check out GoldbladesYouTube, you can see Johns Show-Reel and watch videos of The Membranes and Goldblade.
John has eight published works.
You can purchase one of John Robbs books at Amazon. I am anxious to read Punk Rock: An Oral History
Psycho from Rebel Yells (2005)
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I am excited about this self-titled LP from The Stepkids. I have found the perfect album. It satisfies my cravings for the familar while offering a topping of fresh beats. It makes me tingle.
These three musician/songwriters, Jeff Gitelman - guitarist, Dan Edinberg - Bassist/keyboards and Tim Walsh - drummer (NYC/Connecticut based) have taken a decade of experience and created a fresh, unique yet retro sound. The best description I can give is if you took yesterdays psychedelia, mixed in some of today's fresh electro and then threw in a touch of funky soul. It works. You just have to listen:
Band website: The Stepkids Twitter: @thestepkids Facebook: The Stepkids
Monday, October 3, 2011
Your Past Life As A Blast from Okkervil River on Vimeo.
Visit and Order here: Okkervil River Site
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Hello, friends. My blog fingers have cobwebs on them it has been so long, but I found something I want to share or I should say someone.
I have been editing my Music Industry lists at Twitter, "Music Discloses The Soul" and "Twifusion", oh look, there <--- on the left. See? OK then, back to what I was saying, I wanted to find and add more fresh blood to my list. I set out on a trek through the world of record companies and online music magazines in search of an artist/group/song that stirred or stimulated me in some way. I read a headline recently, "Music is Dead!" That's not what I found on my trek. I found life. I make no claim to knowing anything about the music industry, I only know what I like personally and I liked much of what I heard and saw.
There were so many fresh sounds and captivating videos I couldn't stop sharing them through my tweets(sorry for the flood), as a listener I was enamoured by many of the artists, but I believe I have fallen in love with one artist in particular. I find the pure, haunting, perfect pitch of Steve Mason mesmerizing.
Steve is a Scottish musician, best known as the lead singer and one of the founding members of The Beta Band. I was slightly familiar with him since a friend had mentioned "Boys Outside" a few months previously and I did listen to the title track at that time, but I was also doing twenty other things and I didn't give it the attention I now know it deserves.
I just found this interview, it will fill you in on his background!
Steve Mason - Interview - Montreux Jazz Festival 2010
Since I am nothing if not a good stalker, I recently started following Steve Mason's twitter and you should too. @SteveMasonKBT Steve is quite an opinionated *cough* (We disagree on politics)and well read fellow. It is his voice that has made me want to spotlight him here though. Please listen and see if you agree with me:
This is an acoustic version of a Beta Band song. "Simple" It was recorded a the launch party for his Boys Outside album.
Click Here if you want to hear the rest of the Acoustic Set, including four tracks for Boys Outside (All Come Down, I Let Her In, Boys Outside and Am I Just A Man), two Beta Band songs and a cover of Madonna's "Borderline".
I know this is a long blog, but I want to add one more song, I am pretty sure he is singing it right to me. Don't laugh if I say I feel a kinship with Steve Mason. This Scotsman has reached across the world and touched this Texas soul. I let him in.
I Let Her In
No monkey business or copyright infringement intended here.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Today I read this at chicagotribune.com :
PAMELA HESS Associated Press Writer
6:53 PM CDT, April 7, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Tuesday approved the purchase of pricey new spy satellites and will buy more commercial imagery from the private sector to plug immediate gaps in satellite coverage.
The new program will take the place of one that had been awarded to The Boeing Co. The Pentagon canceled that project in 2005 because it was grossly over budget and behind schedule.
An intelligence official, who spoke to reporters shortly after the White House approved the program, said the new spy satellites would offer the same capability of those now in use. Officials were concerned that significant changes in their design could break the budget for the program or delay the launch of the satellites, he said.
The official, who spoke only on the condition that his name not be used, declined to reveal the budget for the program.
Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has already complained about the price tag, which he put at more than $10 billion. The official said that figure is incorrect but would not offer an alternative.
The official would also not specify how many spy satellites would be built or when they would be launched. He said officials believed it would be soon enough to plug any gaps left by the 2005 cancellation.
However, military, intelligence and industry officials familiar with the program told The Associated Press last week that the program is called "2-plus-2" and calls for building two sophisticated satellites equal to or better than the huge, high-resolution secret satellites now in orbit. The officials all spoke anonymously because the details of the program are classified.
At the same time, the White House has also agreed to boost the amount of commercial imagery it buys. It now spends $25 million a month with DigitalGlobe of Longmont, Colo., and GeoEye of Dulles, Va., buying private imagery that can show outlines of objects as small as 16 inches.
The new contract will be large enough to pay for the construction and launch of two new commercial satellites with the same capabilities as those now on orbit. The new contract will include "guaranteed access"— that is, top priority and the ability to direct the satellites if there is a war or another emergency.
The commercial contract will be negotiated in the coming weeks, the intelligence official said.
Defense giant Lockheed Martin of Bethesda, Md., is almost certain to win the secret multibillion-dollar contract for the two new high-altitude spy satellites. It built the spacecraft now in orbit that will be roughly duplicated in the "2-plus-2" program.
The intelligence official acknowledged the possibility that the massive contract could be awarded this year to Lockheed without a competitive bidding process.
Only Boeing has the facilities to build and test a massive satellite. Boeing, headquartered in Chicago, was the prime contractor on the satellite program canceled in 2005.
Boeing spent nearly $10 billion developing the secret satellite but ran into technical problems. The Pentagon pulled the plug after Boeing exceeded its budget by $3 billion to $5 billion, according to industry experts and government reports.
In adopting "2-plus-2," National intelligence Director Dennis Blair and Defense Secretary Robert Gates rejected an alternate satellite proposal from military officials at the Pentagon. The uniformed military favored developing and launching a new class of satellites that would be able to observe targets with better resolution than their commercial counterparts, but would be faster and cheaper to produce than the spy satellites approved by the White House.
The intelligence official said Tuesday at the press conference that officials had determined that the alternate satellites would not have met either military or intelligence needs.
The "2-plus-2" program is meant to avert a potential gap in U.S. imagery satellite coverage around the world. The sophisticated spy satellites now in orbit are nearing the end of their service life, and replacements must be launched in the next decade to prevent blind spots.
The plan will have to win congressional approval. A second intelligence official said the administration is confident it will pass.
The Defense Department spends about $20 billion annually on space programs.
I am tossed on this. I want the US to be at the top of our game in all areas and certainly in the areas of technology and espionage, but do I want to fiance the invasion of my own backyard? I might want to swim buck naked and I would hate to inflict that on strangers.
Moot point really though.I think the concept of privacy is no longer an issue. We already lost that battle. "Privacy, I didn't know you had any privacy!" We are under surveliance almost everywhere we go.
Oh, what the heck, lets buy some new toys and keep the playing field even or even grab the advantage. I am not really bothered by the expense. We give it away like candy, might as well get good use from it.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
White House Blasts Rocket Launch
By DAMIAN PALETTA
The Obama administration blasted North Korea's decision to launch a rocket this weekend in defiance of United Nations resolutions and vowed a coordinated international response.
"The United States believes that this action is best dealt with, the most appropriate response, would be a United Nations Security Council resolution," said Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., during an interview on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. Ms. Rice said she would attend an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting being convened on Sunday afternoon to discuss an international response to the North Korea launch.
"We view North Korea as a proliferation threat," she said. "Its actions today underscore our concern about its development of not only a nuclear weapons capability, but the capability to deliver it. That's what we're most concerned about preventing."
North Korea launched a multi-stage rocket on Sunday morning, which apparently failed in its goal of putting a satellite into space. The rocket flew successfully for about 13 minutes but plunged into the Pacific Ocean as the second of its three stages was firing, officials in Japan, South Korea and the U.S. said.
Ms. Rice declined to say what U.N. actions or potential sanctions the U.S. might be willing to support, but said U.S. officials were working closely with foreign officials, particularly those in Asia. continued