“Ghosts” – The Head and the Heart – “The Head and the Heart” (2010)

Oct 31
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It is Halloween, the little and big kiddies came to my front door two by two and four by four until they added up to about 70. And since The Head and the Heart are pretty close to my favorite band on the planet at this moment, I’m putting one and one together and coming up with “Ghosts.”

Welcome to the smack dab middle of fall, everyone. Layer well, eat lots of pot roast, and try to find a football team to root for that won’t make you hate football in general.


“You Talk Too Much” – Run-D.M.C. – “King of Rock” (1985)

Oct 28
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I apologize for going postless yesterday. I had reeled off a bunch of consecutive days (as I’m supposed to do per the self-proclaimed mission statement of this blog), and was already to push play on this old school classic when I realized that I couldn’t get a connection. What was that all about anyways? I almost always have a strong, unbroken connection to the net universe but yesterday for whatever reason…. GOBLINS!!! Even when I do lose my connection, I can usually sneak on to that one unsecured neighbor with the one barely flickering 10 watt light bulb/bar. But, that wasn’t happening last night either, so here I am a day late.

Last night, in the parking lot at the grocery store, one of three coeds from the local Christain college, said to one or more of the others, “SHUT UP.” It was the exact same, demonstrative (although a little more playful) measured cadence that Run-D.M.C. use at the beginning of this old school classic. Kind of fitting that I came home to a blog that was shut up.


Band Name Key Words

Oct 26
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Does it seem like there are a lot of prominent bands right now with the words “Black”, “Deer”, or “Wolf” in their names?

The “Black” bands would be: The Black Keys, The Black Angels, The Black Whales, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, am I forgetting anyone… oh yeah, The Black Eyed Peas.

The Bambi bands would be: Deerhunter, and Deer Tick.

And, the Wolf bands are: Wolf Parade, and Wolfmother.

Is there any doubt that we’ll hear of an emerging artist in the next several months that goes by the name of Black Wolf? What will they play? I’m predicting that they’ll be an outlaw country trip hop trio from Billings, Montana.

In the meantime, I’ve already posted songs by three of the nine bands listed above. I won’t say who those three are, trusting that you will be so curious that you’ll spend all night searching the blog, or 2-3 minutes with the search engine. Here’s one more to check off of the list:

“Tighten Up” – The Black Keys – “Brothers” (2010)


A Passing

Oct 25
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It went peacefully, leaving this world surrounded by friends, family, and all of those bastards standing over their in the corner downloading the new Kings of Leon album. The Walkman was selfless and gave eternally (or until your batteries died), as it blessed the world with a personal cone of music while relieving millions of boombox induced back aches. Walkman is survived by its rather rotund next of kin, Discman.

I’ve been trying to think of the perfect early 80’s song that would epitomize the type of song that was ringing in my ears during my teenage years. I thought of some good/bad choices. “Wait” by White Lion, “Big City Nights” by The Scorpions, “Beat It”, but the song that I think I listened to the most was a hair band classic from Joe Elliott and his mates from Sheffield, England.

“Photograph” – Def Leppard – “Pyromania” (1983)

Long live Walkman!!!


“Jungle Love” – The Time (1984)

Oct 24
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Who was the better sidekick?

A. Tonto
B. Dick Cheney (or was Dubya the sidekick?)
C. Jerome Benton
D. Garth Alger

And, who had better moves?

A. Ickey Woods

B. Morris and Jerome

C. Elaine Benes


“Dog Days Are Over” – Florence + the Machine – “Lungs” (2009)

Oct 23
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Do you ever listen to a song, and just think to yourself, I need to go see that band when they come to town just to hear that song live? Just to feel everyone’s energy and to see the entire crowd lose their minds and go totally ape scat for four minutes can be such an awesome experience. I was listening to this song – extremely loud, in deed – in the car this morning and thinking that I need to be at that show when Ms. Welch and her crew come to town.

It’s sounding like they’ll be wrapping up the new album sometime late fall/early winter so maybe I’ll get to see them soon. And is not the new Grace Slick? I’ve explained in previous posts that I shy away from comparisons in respect for artists standing on their own merits, but wow does she sound like Slick.

Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father
Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind
You cant carry it with you if you want to survive


“Good People” – Jack Johnson – “In Between Dreams” (2005)

Oct 22
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I’m not really sure what there is to be gained by Nathan Followill of the Kings of Leon as a result of his thinly veiled criticism of Arcade Fire. In an interview in the current edition of Spin, drummer Followill aimed this thinly veiled attack at Arcade Fired:

“Now it’s cool to have 14 people in your band doing everything but contributing musically, running around with a helmet on your head, hitting it with a drumstick,” said Followill, who seems to be pointing out Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry (see photo above). “You gotta look at what you’re in this for: the love of music? The fame? You can have all that if you’re smart and play your cards right and don’t become a dick.”

So to repeat the question, what does that accomplish from a KOL point of view? If he really does dislike Arcade Fire that much, and considering that he’s a member of one of the biggest bands in the world, his comments will probably drive a few readers to listen to some Arcade Fire songs to see if they agree with him. Using the any “publicity is good publicity” dogma, that I’m assuming most rock bands subscribe to, Followill’s remarks are not going to do anything to kill Arcade Fire’s buzz.

I don’t have a copy of the magazine, and interview (my copy hasn’t shown up in the mail yet) so I don’t know what the context was. Apparently, Followill tweeted today that his comments were misinterpreted and that he is a big fan. Hmm? I’ve usually found that when someone calls someone else a “dick” that it’s usually not met as a compliment.

Anyways, I picked Jack Johnson today mostly on the belief that I can’t imagine the North Shore native ever getting in a pissing match with another band or artist… Come on people, be nice. I like KOL, love Arcade Fire, and I think that they should both be able to coexist without trying to to douse each other.


“Cry” – Gayngs – “Relayted” (2010)

Oct 21
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I touched on my affinity for a well executed cover a couple of days ago when I posted José González’s version the original song “Heartbeats” by The Knife. I’ve got another intriguing cover today by 23 man band – yeah 23, crazy stuff, that’s 9 more members than Nathan Followill alluded to there being in Arcade Fire (I’ll tackle that little rant on another day – Gayngs as they make the mid-80’s hit by Godley and Creme distinctively theirs.

I just got done downloading and listening to about half of “Relayted.” The opening track “The Gaudy Side of Town” is a real ear grabber. There’s some jazz, hip hop, industrial, blues, and lots of layers that mesh and stand on their own all at once.


“Down In The Valley” – The Head and the Herart – “The Head and the Heart” (2010)

Oct 20
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I’m pretty excited about this band’s show tomorrow night at The Crocodile as part of the inaugural City Arts Festival. I bought tickets to this show way back in August and was originally attracted to it by opening act Lucy Schwartz. The Head and the Heart will be the middle act with the show culminating with a set from The Weepies but considering the heaping amounts of buzz that they’re getting, The Head and the Heart are the main attraction.

If I could hand pick a couple bands to play alternating sets for me and a bunch of my friends at a local pub, I’d have The Head and the Heart, and The Felice Brothers. We would hang out at Murphy’s, tap a keg of Roslyn Dark Lager, and put our feet up for the night.


“Tunak Tunak Tun” – Daler Mehndi (1998)

Oct 19
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I went to a very American wedding two weeks ago. With rapturous joy and energy, the gregarious couple congregated with their family and friends from India, New Hampshire, Oregon, and many points in between. The Hindu groom joined his Jewish wife under a chuppah with their female rabbi there to unite them. After basil lemon drops, a great feast of Mediterranean and Indian fare, it was on.

Somewhat chaotic, but always joyous dancing and carrying on ensued. Beyonce, The Heavy, James Brown, and other western acts got spun, but what really turned the room upside down was the Indian, Bhaṅgṛā pop music. Today’s song made people sweat. This tune put a little dew on the most wilted of the wall flowers. It’s fun, it’s celebratory, and it’s global.