“I Won’t Back Down” – Tom Petty – “Full Moon Fever” (1989)

Oct 10
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I have seen so many great covers of this and other Tom Petty songs over the past couple of days. The sing-along at the Gators game in Gainesville is pretty much must-watch for Petty fans and fans of people doing cool human stuff in general. I was hoping I would find a Company of Thieves cover and I lucked out.

These guys are one of my favorite little bands that not enough people know about. I saw them at the Vera Project about five years ago and they played a great version of this song and set it up by stating that it is kind of part of their core. I am so glad that after a couple years hiatus, they are back together and have released a new album. If you want to see Genevieve absolutely sing her butt off, treat yourself to this.

Last week was a hard week in a lot of ways. It was exhausting for me personally on lots of levels. Here’s hoping for a better seven day stretch.


“The Sounds of Science” – Beastie Boys – “Paul’s Boutique” (1989)

Mar 10

An oldie, and underappreciated Beastie gem.



“One of Us” – Prince – “Emancipation” (1996)

Apr 22

I’ve got so much more to say about this cat. I’ll get to that in the next couple days. In the meantime: a binge.


“Young Americans” – David Bowie – “Young Americans” (1975)

Jan 12

I’ve been really surprised over the last 24 hours, as I’ve listened to a ton of Bowie, at myself and how much his music really resonates with me although I never considered myself a huge fan. Once again, I think it’s just the integrity and the fact that he was true to himself no matter how many iterations of “himself” he managed to come up with.

I think that for me, this all has something to do with Bowie’s art being some of the first stuff that kind of shook me out of the bubble gum top-40 phase of my kid days. He was kind of confusing, and hard for a 10 year old’s brain to sort out but I think that I thought, maybe, I wasn’t supposed to like him or listen to him but I did anyways. Considering my tender age, Bowie’s tunes first invaded my ears at a time that could be loosely defined as “pre-coming of age.” And now that he’s gone, it seems like a monumental moment of nostalgia to me.

“We live for just these twenty years
Do we have to die for the fifty more?”


“Life On Mars?” – David Bowie – “Hunky Dory” (1971)

Jan 11

I have this project stashed away in my idea bank to do a (pop) music universe visualization. This is as much as I’ve ever put on paper but when I think on it for a second or two, Dylan is always at the center of the universe. It’s not too hard to make a case for David Robert Jones (aka David Bowie) being that human entity from which all musical matter emanated. Of course, in my condensed chronology of the musical universe, Bowie as the pivot would require me to look and sound like a creationist. Hmmm…

I’m not enough of a devotee to really delve into everything about Bowie that defines him as an icon and a taste maker but, I do have immense respect for his ability to reinvent, evolve, experiment, and resist the urge to produce and profit from nostalgia. Leave the nostalgia to the bloggers, pundits, DJs, and granparents who were once the cool kids and now no doubt dote on their hipster grandkids.

RIP – David Bowie


“Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” – Nirvana – “In Untero” (1993)

Dec 11
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I just got one of those urges today. I had to hear one of my PNW idols.

I know what he means:

“I miss the comfort in being sad”

Kind of… I think it’s a collateral thing, for me at least. It’s not the sad that’s comfort, it’s the shut yourself in, hunker down, bottle of this, comfort food/comfort everything. That’s the comfort; it’s the circling of your little, personal, figurative wagons. Yeah, I get that. Don’t worry, I’m not sad though. Don’t call me, I won’t answer, not sad, just listening to comfort music.


“Lithium” – Nirvana – “Nevermind” (1991)

Apr 25

It’s technically Cover Day on Play On Daily although this technically isn’t a cover. I had to post this though in its imperfect, phone cam, paying patron form. Sometimes all of the editing that you would get (or like I will get when HBO cleans up the induction ceremonies and airs it in a few weeks) is kind of a barrier keeping you from feeling what it’s like to be at the show. I love Annie Clark though and Nirvana is in my personal hall of fame so take a look. Happy Friday night!

Did you know that there’s lithium in San Pellegrino? The fun stuff that I learn while attending dinner parties with people way smarter than myself.


“Voodoo Chile” – Stevie Ray Vaughan

Mar 7
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Here’s the cover that I table for a week. So good, so loud.

Commit people. Focus. What were your original plans for the next 12 minutes and 24 seconds of your life.


“The House is Rockin'” – Stevie Ray Vaughan – “In Step” (1989)

Mar 1
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The chatter persists that there could be NHL in Seattle within the next couple of years. The only thing better on a cold, winter night than HNIC would be HNIS. I’ll take this as entry and final horn victory music.


“Slip Away” by Mad Season – Above Deluxe (2013)

May 10

Here’s your PJ, kinda, sorta. Mad Season: Layne Staley of Alice In Chains on vocals (RIP), John Baker Saunders of The Walkabouts on bass (RIP), Barret Martin of Screaming Trees on Drums, and Mike McCready of PJ on guitar. That was the original line up of a sort of Pacific Northwest Supergroup. They have a new album out with re-releases of some original line up material, as well as some new stuff with Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age and one half of The Gutter Twins, on vocals. Slip Away is one of the new ones that McCready said he wrote after Layne died but has taken on new meaning in it’s current form with Lanegan at the wheel.