“Free” – Prince – 1999 (1982)

Dec 31
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2010 lurks. I thought of this song tonight via thoughts of ten years ago and the eternal looping soundtrack of “1999.”

What’s your resolution?

Don’t sleep ’til the sunrise, listen 2 the falling rain
Don’t worry ’bout tomorrow, don’t worry ’bout your pain
Don’t cry unless you’re happy, don’t smile unless you’re blue
Never let that lonely monster take control of U

Be glad that U r free
Free 2 change your mind
Free 2 go most anywhere, anytime
Be glad that U r free
There’s many a man who’s not
Be glad 4 what U had baby, what you’ve got
Be glad 4 what you’ve got


“One More Saturday Night” – The Grateful Dead – “Europe ’72” (1972), Bob Weir – Ace (1971)

Dec 29
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…. “ I’ll throw it out there as “hey, still don’t get it, why do you guys dig this music.” This is apart of a sentence out of my bio on my About page.

I still don’t get it. I’ve listened, I’ve tried, but I don’t get The Grateful Dead, let alone this song. I don’t think that I can blame it on the fact that I don’t smoke weed, am a generation too late, and only own one piece of tie dyed clothing. I just don’t get it. I’m only mildly into jam bands, so maybe that’s where The Dead start to lose me.

I’m not belittling anyone that is a Deadhead, just like I’m not really into mocking American Idol fans, Jonas Brother groupies, or Kenny G listeners. I’m just saying that I don’t really understand the appeal of The Dead, but am always ready and willing to listen and to be enlightened as to why I should re-consider.


“Tell It Like It Is” (1966) – Aaron Neville

Dec 29
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Last weekend, I heard this classic from the Crescent City for the first time in a long time. I’d kind of forgotten how good this song is.

I’m a man of few words these days. Must be beginning of winter, foggy brain, over fed sluggishness kicking in.


“Zoomba” – Starlight Mints – “Change Remains” (2009)

Dec 27
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Big, crazy, interesting sound out of these folks from Norman, Oklahoma. They’ve got a smidge of Spoon in ‘em but it would be really unfair to call Starlight Mints anything but original.

“Zoomba” – Starlight Mints – “Change Remains” (2009)

Big, crazy, interesting sound out of these folks from Norman, Oklahoma. They’ve got a smidge of Spoon in ‘em but it would be really unfair to call Starlight Mints anything but original.


“Ruby Tuesday” – The Rolling Stones – “Between The Buttons” (1967)

Dec 26
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I went to the gym this morning in an attempt to negate a couple pounds worth of Christmas cookies and dinner. There were practically zero women there. Like 2 out of the 50 people who were there sweating sugar cookies riding the bike were women. Are women lazier than men, or did they not over-indulge? I think not. I think they were out shopping.

Happy Boxing Day everyone!!!

Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new day
Still I’m gonna miss you…

Don’t question why she needs to be so free
She’ll tell you it’s the only way to be
She just can’t be chained
To a life where nothing’s gained
And nothing’s lost
At such a cost


“The Bucket” – The Kings of Leon – “Aha Shake Heartbreak” (2004)

Dec 25
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I’ve been spending a fair amount of time in the last week or two reading blog forums debating the merits of indie music vs. mainstream, radio friendly music. There are good point made on both sides of the fence but as is the case with a lot of many a topic (politics, religion, paper or plastic, Yankees-love ‘em or hate ‘em) there are good points and bad points from both sides of the aisle.

Today, I’m taking up a position against the hipsters touting all things indie and underground as being the only sounds worth listening to. More specifically, I’m offering resistance against the ranting indie majority who say that anything polished up with a large amount of studio production technicality is garbage. My rebuttal is going to be fairly short though, mostly because it’s Christmas and the fact that my food intake today has been about 70% fat. I’m feeling a little sluggish.

Exhibit A – Michelle Myers is a DJ on KEXP in Seattle. In my opinion, she plays the most consistently entertaining, intriguing, full bodied play list of anyone on any station that I listen to. It’s all over the map from Ted Hawkins to The Chemical Brothers to Joss Stone. She does not discriminate based on if the artist is more likely to be enjoyed by a late night crowd chasing PBR with well whiskey, or club goers drinking Captain and Coke and listening to MJ. She gets it. Good music comes from garages, the studios of big record labels, and all place in between.

Exhibit B – The Kings of Leon – This is a classic example of a band that has no doubt lost fans as they have gained record sales. We get it. You cool kids discovered them first and you’re disgruntled that now you have to share. Granted, they were never really underground but they weren’t exactly incubated by Maurice Star either. But are last year’s album and its enormous success such a bad thing? Does their music sound that much difference to make your claims of sell out accurate? I say no.

I say sit back and enjoy and stop tearing everybody down. Besides, everybody knows that hipsters, like the rest of us have guilty pleasures and listen to Roxette, Mariah Carey, Daughtry, etc. when nobody is looking.

I’ll be the one to show you the way
You’ll be the one to always complain
Three in the morning come-a bang bang bang
All out of fags and I just can’t wait
Cancel the thing that I said I’d do
I don’t feel comfortable talkin’ to you
‘Less you got the zipper fixed on my shoe
Then I’ll be in the lobby drinking for two


“Gimme Shelter” – The Rolling Stones – “Let It Bleed” (1969)

Dec 22
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True Story:

In July of 1975, my mom and dad were in a Chinese restaurant called The Dynasty in Burien, Washington on a Saturday night listening to some live music. They were there to listen to a friend’s band, and they were armed with their trusty cassette player/recorder. I’m not sure if their friend’s band took the stage that night but I do know that two members of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger being one of them, took the stage for a few songs. “Gimme Shelter” was one of the songs on the short, spontaneous play list.

The ensuing boot legged, grainy recording ended up at our house, and my brother and I played it until we wore it out. Yeah, we unraveled it, probably tried to re-ravel it, and most likely gave up and blew it up with firecrackers. There it stays, in my memory, right there with my mom’s scratched up Elvis records that we demolished. We didn’t mean to do it. We were just dumb. Maybe, still are dumb.

And this marks the end of my greatest true story of the unexpected, but not forgotten treasures of my youth.

Oh, a storm is threat’ning
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away


“Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive” (1944) – Johnny Mercer

Dec 21
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I was hunting down a Bing Crosby tune when this song side tracked me. This is text book glass half full, partially sunny musical escapism. This is another male vocalist with the same initials of JM – who was featured on this blog about a week ago – 65 years ago.

Crosby recorded his own version of this song only about two months after Mercer did it but I am going to go with the original version. I’ll find that Bing song soon enough. I was on a similar mission a few months ago when I opted for “The Chairman of The Board” instead.

To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark,
What did they do, just when everything looked so dark?
Man, they said, we better

Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
E-lim-i-nate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with mister inbetween

I know, it’s a little strange that I am running some random family’s photo album on my blog, but this was the only clip that I could find with the Mercer version of the gong.


“Bad Romance” – Lady Gaga – “The Fame Monster” (2009)

Dec 20
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At this time, I would like to present, the anti-Tegan and Sara.

I want your ugly
I want your disease

I want your drama
The touch of your hand

I want your horror
I want your design

I want your psycho
Your vertigo shtick

I’m a freak bitch, baby

You and me could write a bad romance

Sid Vicious’s bubble wrapped soul mate?


“Walking with a Ghost” – Tegan and Sara – “So Jealous” (2004)

Dec 19
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No matter which way you go
No matter which way you stay
You’re out of my mind, out of my mind
Out of my mind, out of my mind

I was walking with a ghost
I said please, please don’t insist
I was walking with a ghost
I said please, please don’t insist

The new Tegan and Sara album is great and definitely worth a being purchased at the record store. If you don’t already have it, give this one another listen. I saw Tegan and Sara at The Moore Theatre about five years ago and will hopefully get another chance to see them next year.