Fafa – Vieux Farka Touré – Fondo (2009)

Aug 31
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There’s less than a week until Bumbershoot, folks. I spent a lot of time over the weekend listening to music from Bumber acts in trying to map out my game plan for next weekend. The variety offered by Bumbershoot is what makes it a must for all true music fans.

I was kind of expecting that a song by The Lonely Forest would be occupying this space but while I liked what I heard out of this band, I went in a different direction. Vieux Farka Touré gets the nod. He will be playing from 7:30 to 8:30 on The Fisher Green Stage on Monday night.

Touré is the son of legendary Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré. Vieux, a blues guitarist, like his father, released his second full length album this year. His Malian brand of blues is more up beat than what you might get in a blues club in an American city such as Chicago. His playing style is more jam oriented and doesn’t rely on a lot of the riffs that are often time synonymous with a lot of the great American blues guitarists.

Listen here:

– DAVE

“D’yer Mak’er” – Led Zeppelin – Houses of The Holy (1973)

Aug 30
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Dire Maker?

This is definitely not the most well known Zeppelin song and not my favorite but it is unique if nothing else. I heard this song a lot on KISW when I was a teenager and it still gets a fair amount of play on KZOK in Seattle. Crow and Hovanes, Steve Slaton and all the other KISW DJs pronounced it “Dire Maker.”

Jamaica.

D’yer Mak’er rhymes with Jamaica with silent “R’s”. Supposedly, the name of the song was part of a joke and a play on words. The Jamaica reference would also fit with the musical styling of the song which was unlike anything else Zeppelin had ever done. Drummer John Bonham created a beat that was a slight modification of reggae. Zeppelin was rock and roll personified but the sounds that influenced their music were many. This song highlights their stop in The West Indies.

Here’s a vid with stills and lyrics:

And, a chance to add it to your library:

– DAVE

“They Can’t Take That Away From Me” – Frank Sinatra with Natalie Cole – Duets (1993)

Aug 29
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It’s not very likely that this will be the last time that Frank Sinatra ends up being the daily play but this is a nice place to start. This is track # 7of the collaboration album of the early 90’s which also featured Bono, Aretha Franklin, Barbara Streisand, and Carly Simon among others.

The song was written by brothers George and Ira Gershwin and was part of the 1937 movie “Shall We Dance” starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. George Gershwin died in 1937 following surgery to remove a brain tumor at the age of 38. He received his only Oscar nomination posthumously for this song as it was up for Song of The Year. The winning song that year ended up being “Sweet Leilani” by Bing Crosby whom Sinatra often referred to as his idol.

Cole’s best know duet is of course, “Unforgettable” which was recorded in 1991 using her father’s original 1962 recording with some fancy edits and remixing.

Listen here:

Exo-Politics – Muse – Black Holes & Revelations (2006)

Aug 28
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I’ve got a screenplay half written in my head that opens with a car chase. It’s in Brussels or Milan. The protagonist is a hipster name Gunther (Germans always play the heel, so I’m turning the tables), and there’s a corrupt cop named Fabricio, or J.P. Okay, so I only have three minutes of a screenplay in my head but Muse is definitely on the soundtrack.

Muse staples are trippy sci fi themed lyrics wrapped around multiple layers of up-tempo beats, lots of synth, a stray trumpet, and flowing electric guitar. This is driving music… long, solo, interstate cruise at night with the windows down and the volume up driving music.

“Super Massive Black Hole” ended up on the “Twilight” soundtrack. I’ll keep working on my script about road racing werewolves on the Autobahn and get this song on another soundtrack. Not sure if there will be any Zetas though?

As conspiracies unwind
will you slam shut or free your mind?
or stay hypnotized

When the Zetas fill the skies
will our leaders tell us why
fully loaded satellites
will conquer nothing but our minds

To be cranked:

– DAVE

“Birds Fly Away” – Theresa Anderson – Hummingbird, Go! (2008)

Aug 27
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I discovered Theresa Anderson via a concert preview on one of my favorite music sites Three Imaginary Girls . I’m not much of an impulse buyer but I was on line buying tickets for her show at The Tractor Tavern in Seattle within five minutes of reading the preview. Despite a little and necessary lean on some technology, Anderson’s sound is organic, original, soulful, and joyful.

She currently lives in New Orleans by way of Gotland, Sweden. She immersed herself in the local music scene and after leaving Anders Osborne’s band, which was the reason for her move from Sweden, set out on her own.

It’s interesting to watch her build and use the loops in the video. She made the clip intending to use it as a promotional tool to send out to club booking agents. She’s fun to watch, easy on the ears, and it will be interesting to see how her career evolves.

Here’s a clip:

Buy?:

– DAVE

“Quiet Little Voices” – We Were Promised Jetpacks – These Four Walls (2009)

Aug 26
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Today’s song is intended to make you jump up and down. Edingburgh has already provided the music world with Jetrho Tull frontman Ian Anderson, Shirley Manson of Garbage, The Proclaimers, Idlewild, Boards of Canada, (yes it’s true) The Bay City Rollers, and now We Were Promised Jetpacks.

We Were Promised Jetpacks. Love the band name, but the song’s even better. They’re on tour now, so get on it and get tickets.

Quiet little voices creep into my head,
I’m young again.

Quiet little voices creep inside my bedroom wall,
I’m old for you.

Little words of wisdom creep into my ears,
I’ll die for you.

Check for yourself:

“Tell Him” – Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)

Aug 25
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From Lauryn Hill’s one and only solo studio album. This album has had crazy commercial success having sold over 19 million copies in the 11 years since it was first released. It got her ten Grammy nominations and five wins. Everybody knows “Doo Wop (That Thing)” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” but the last track on the album is my go-to Lauryn Hill.

Le me be patient let me be kind
Make me unselfish without being blind
Though I may suffer I’ll envy it not
And endure what comes
Cause he’s all that I got and
Tell him…

Have a listen:

– DAVE

“Tempted” – Squeeze – East Side Story (1981)

Aug 24
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Christopher Cross won four Grammy Awards for “Sailing” in 1981. Olivia Newton-John got “Physical” and Kim Carnes and “Bette Davis Eyes” were at the top of the charts for nine weeks. And, Squeeze handed the mic to keyboard player, Paul Carrack, and turned out their best known song.

I’m at the car park, the airport
The baggage carousel
The people keep on crowding
I’m wishing I was well
I said its no occasion
Its no story I could tell

Stuff that Elvis Costello touches usually turns out pretty good (he produced this album and provided some 2nd verse vocals (see above)). Carrack went on to front Mike and The Mechanics. The song has had plenty of cameos in the last 28 years having appeared in everything from: Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to Dentyne commercials, the movie Reality Bites, The Office, and Rock Band.

At my bedside empty pocket
A foot without a sock
Your body gets much closer
I fumble for the clock
Alarmed by the seduction
I wish that it would stop

Y’all be good now:

– Dave

“Love That Girl” – Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It (2008)

Aug 23
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Less than two weeks until Bumbershoot in Seattle. Plenty of Sunday Bumber attendees are sure to arrive early in order to get the coveted bracelet needed to see Michael Franti and then Jason Mraz on the main stage in prime time. If you don’t get the main stage golden ticket, no worries, Raphael Saadiq will fill your entertain needs at 9:30 on the Fisher Green Stage.

Saadiq is better known as the lead vocalist and bass player from Tony! Toni! Toné! He’s sure to play a bunch of stuff from last year’s album. That album includes collaborations with Joss Stone and Stevie Wonder. This is the one I like the best:

He’s got a nice looking blog/website: Raphael Saadiq

See you tomorrow!!!

– DAVE

“Somebody to Love” – Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (1967)

Aug 22
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When the truth is found to be lies
And all the joys within you dies
Don’t you want somebody to love
Don’t you need somebody to love
Wouldn’t you need somebody to love
You better find somebody to love

From the Summer of Love. This one is ranked by Rolling Stone as the 274th greatest song of all time in their top 500 list. It was written by Grace Slick’s former brother in-law, Darby Slick, for his band The Great Society. When Grace left that band to join Jefferson Airplane she took the song with her and turned it into a hit with her new band mates.

Drummer Spencer Dryden is the only member of the band on the Surrealistic Pillow album who has passed away. Grace Slick provided these poignant thoughts on Dryden who died virtually penniless from colon cancer only three months after being diagnosed:

“ Spencer was the oldest member of our band he was, in some ways, the youngest. He lived in his imagination. A master of "fills" on the drums, he could connect disparate phrases & unify a seemingly impossible leap of time changes. I know because I was often the main offender with my strangely written hybrid tempos. From Los Angeles, he was more "San Francisco" than a lot of people who were born there. His thought processes were almost always from a gentle storybook hopefulness rather than the pragmatic truss that often inhibits creativity. Many of his ideas could not be realized in the paradigm of the times but that didn't stop him from enjoying enthusiastic late night marathons involving lots of paper, pencils & endless ideas for music, movies, books & television. We laughed & talked about an impossibly carefree future. We argued & cried about imposing realities. We loved. And he is loved.”

- DAVE

Haven’t heard it in awhile: