“Play Your Part (Pt. 1) – Girl Talk – “Feed the Animals” (2008)

Feb 29
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The best part about cranking the Girl Talk? Besides saving calories and money that you would have spent on energy drinks (I’ll reiterate what I said a couple of weeks ago, a Girl Talk collection is the best gym/workout music that I’ve ever tuned in to), Girl Talk creations make you want to go dust off old stuff that you haven’t heard in awhile. In this song, you get some Sinéad, Unk, Temple of the Dog, and UGK featuring Outkast. So when you’re done at the gym tomorrow, go home and download some of the artists who laid down the original foundation that Girl Talk is building his mansion upon. First, replenish though: a big glass of water and maybe a protein shake will be needed because you’ll be pretty wrung out after the frenzied exercise session that you just got done with.

– DAVE

“A Boy Named Sue” – Johnny Cash – “At San Quentin” (1969)

Feb 27
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This one’s a day late as I couldn’t get it published last night because the company that I use to host my blog was down for maintenance. Too bad I don’t have a good excuse for not posting anything on Saturday when I sat in front of my computer, flipped through my library and could find absolutely nothing that I felt like posting. Oh well, my host is done with their housekeeping and I’m ready to roll into March.

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Today would have been the 80th birthday for “The Man in Black.” I am posting “A Boy Named Sue” to mark the occasion because it is one of the first song that I ever listened to and said “hey, I like that, play it again, play it again.” I might not have said that, exactly, because I knew how to operate the turntable by then. Yeah, I could make it play, and I could also rearrange / scratch the heck out of it so that the next person who came along could hear a different version. Actually, did we really have the record, I’m doubting that a little now that I think about it because I’m not sure that mom and pops had that on their play list.

– DAVE

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

Feb 25
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To me, it’s always a sign of a great song when the thing is getting turned around only a year or two after the original and getting re-done. Add in the fact that this song was only about a year old and off the debut album of singer-songwriter Joan Osborne, slathered with a prominent guitar solo, and vocals by an established superstar – yup, must have been a good song. Osborne has also devoted some time to covers as her 2007 album, “Breakfast in Bed” was mostly covers. There’s some good stuff there including versions of “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Sara Smile.”

– DAVE

“Comets” – Fanfarlo – “Reservoir” (2009)

Feb 23
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I’m actively trying to recruit friends to go with me to see Fanfarlo in April at The Croc, anxiously awaiting the follow up (due out next Tuesday) to that ridiculously good, double take causing debut album, and listening to the debut all at the same time. I’m waiting for my DVR to absorb the rest of the results that will cement the Top 24 on Idol while immersed in Fanfarlo. That’s not the worst way to spend a very Februaryish February night in Seattle.

Really people, if you haven’t already acquainted yourselves with Fanfarlo I implore you, I beg you – it’s an election year and Super PACs are detemrining our future at this very moment – to please plug into Fanfarlo now. I am totally devoid of any reason that makes mentioning an election year and Fanfarlo in the same jumbled mess of a sentence but while I’m at it, get registered if you’re not already… registered to vote that is… because it is an election year if you haven’t heard yet.

“Amongster” – Polica – “Give You The Ghost” (2011)

Feb 21
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I’m fixin’ to have an exploratory meeting with my concert going friends and loved ones in order to gauge if levels of desire are high enough to require a trip to The Gorge over Memorial Day weekend. I’ve never done the Sasquatch (sounds like a dance… actually I might have done that dance at a couple of weddings in the early 90’s) and I sure as heck ain’t gettin’ any younger, so I need to get a game plan. A four day pass would be glutinous so if I can get a one day to Saturday or Sunday, I would be topping off the tank at Costco and hitting the road.

I wouldn’t even need to cherry pick for specific bands, there’s such a heaping basket full of great acts and enough variety that I would be happy with any day’s line up. If the right ping pong balls fell out of the Sasquatch lottery machine and I got any four of: Bon Iver, Girl Talk, Silversun Pickups, St. Vincent, The Civil Wars, Apparat, Blitzen Trapper, Grouplove, SBTRKT, Deer Tick, Alabama Shakes, Zola Jesus, Allen Stone, Gary Clark Jr. Fly Moon Royalty, and Polica, I would have plenty to work with and lots of spaces in between to play grab bag and listen to other stuff that I’m not very familiar with. I usually find that those unknowns are what really stick with me and leave a lasting impression.

– DAVE

“All Apologies” – Nirvana – “In Utero” (1993)

Feb 20
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Kurt Cobain would have been 45 years old today. If we was still alive, would Nirvana still be together? It’s hard to suppress everything that we know about who Cobain was while at the same time there are all of those things that we still wouldn’t know about what made him tick but I pretty much have to think that Nirvana wouldn’t have made it out of the 90’s in its original form. There’s been a lot written about Cobain since his passing. Charles Cross wrote a real page turner about ten years ago called, “Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain.” If you are a fan of the man, his band, or rock and roll in general, this book is definitely worth your while.

I wouldn’t say that “All Apologies” is my favorite Nirvana song but is probably in about a ten way tie for third favorite. Favorite? “Breed” hands down. Second favorite? “Come as You Are” mostly because I love the riff and the sort of heavy liquid tone that it is played in. “All Apologies” was the 12th and final track track on the album, therefore making it the last track of the band’s three original albums.

I wish I was like you
Easily amused
Find my nest of salt
Everything is my fault
I’ll take all the blame
I’ll proceed from shame
Sunburn with freezer burn
Choking on the ashes of her enemy

– DAVE

“Queen of Hearts” – F***ed Up – “David Comes to Life” (2011)

Feb 20
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If Green Day’s “American Idiot” contained enough of a narrative backbone to support a full blown musical, how can “David Comes to Life” not be far behind? It doesn’t really have to become anything other than a rock and roll album by a pretty fr***kin’ (yeah, I just loaded everyone’s favorite “I’m pretending like I’m not swearing” swear word with not two, but THREE F***ing asterisks) awesome union of Canadian rock and roll workers but I just kind of enjoy thinking up alternative applications for all sorts of things that I really enjoy.

Why doesn’t somebody make cup cakes out of meat loaf? And while they’re at it, why don’t they put mashed potatoes inside of the meat-cake, or is it cup-loaves? How come the producers of Malcolm in the Middle and Breaking Bad didn’t tap into a little creative telepathy and transitioned Hal into Walt, Lois into Skyler, the kids… wow, the boys existing around the edges of Papa Meth Maker, talk about F***ed up.

I was very close to getting deposited into another dimension just now… what the heck am I talking about… but I can still hear Damian Abraham screaming at me although my headphones aren’t even on my head anymore, and so… I’m back.

One last, relatively minor shape shift (that is, relative to the land of “Breaking Meat Cakes in the Middle” which I just invented), I would love to hear this album done in an unplugged session. Not really for me, but for those people who’ll never get more then five seconds into it, then push delete because it’s too noisy and some over caffeinated dude is scaring them. I’m definitely not ready to put it on the same pedestal as Spin who dubbed it their Album of the Year but I like it and I think I understand why it got a lot of critical praise.

– DAVE

A Nice Tribute

Feb 19
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I used my cover post last night, and I shared my thoughts about Whitney Houston last week. Another of each, of course, won’t do anyone harm so here goes. Chris Cornell gave us a nice tribute to Ms. Houston at a fundraiser for Barack Obama earlier this week. It’s pretty close to perfect. Cornell draws on all of that bluesy rock that has made him one of rock and roll’s greatest frontmen. But, he has tasked himself with a monster chore. “I Will Always Love You” is probably thee # 1 – of all of Whitney’s sweeping, epic pop classics – song that her fans will always know her by, and should only be braved by someone with big shoulders or little girls with bigger dreams. This is a beautiful tribute from an unlikely source. Check it out… the GOP among of us might even enjoy it.

I watched pieces of Houston’s service today on CNN. I found it to be tastefully done, and although the proceedings were flecked with celebs, it looked to be the kind of family service that sticks to the task of honoring and respecting the deceased while steering clear of a lot of the circus that can take over this type of event. Funerals and memorials can be tough to weather for those near and dear to the departed but they are an important part of the process that socialized humans have no choice but to deal with. Sometimes in the time of loss, it can feel like things will never be the same or normal again, and the bonding and support that we give and receive helps push us through that dark tunnel. The other important element of conducting services for those who have passed, and something that really comes through when the famous leave us, is the celebration of life.

Birthdays, holidays, new jobs, first jobs, graduations, marriages, some divorces, game winning field goals, walk off homers, the end of war, winning spelling bees, good report cards, first houses, beating cancer, and running a marathon. These events, and millions of other small victories and moments of joy should be celebrated. When your loved one dies, you grieve for yourself, and you celebrate the life that was lived and the positive impact that they had on you. The daily grind is what we know so well that we can practically do it in our sleep. The big moments when we halt the grind for a day, or a week or two is when we celebrate the highs, or rally to ride out the lows. If we sleep through these, we miss out on life’s essence.

Celebrate!

– DAVE

“I Won’t Back Down”

Feb 17
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Does Tom Petty get enough credit? It seems like some of the other, arena rockin’ rockers of the same generation such as: Springsteen, U2, Aerosmith, and AC/DC have typically gotten a little more love from the classic rock crowd. I’m sure that a little of that has to do with Petty’s unassuming demeanor but as far as the tunes go, he’s got a collection that can rival anyone’s over the last 30+ years. I’ve never been to a Petty show, and I’m not sure why that is, but it’s got to be a hell of a lot of fun. There are all of those so familiar songs that I’m sure make swaying masses sing-along almost involuntarily.

I was all fired up to push “play” on Pearl Jam’s version of this Tom Petty classic when I remembered the well played version that I heard from Company of Thieves last December. So, you get both. One fronted by a guy who all of those Rock station listeners can recognize from the first note that escapes his mouth, and the other by a very worthy band who hopefully is piling up a lot more followers.

Well I know what’s right, I got just one life
in a world that keeps on pushin’ me around
but I’ll stand my ground, and I won’t back down

Pearl Jam – “Live at the Gorge 05/06 (2007)

Company of Thieves (2011)

– DAVE

“Classy Girls” – The Lumineers – EP (2011)

Feb 16
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These cool kids from Denver come to town again next month. Judging by all of the Seattle Likes on Facebook (KEXP, The Tractor Tavern, The End, Head and the Heart) and frequent trips (Capitol Hill Block Party last summer, The Tractor a few months ago), this scrappy trio rather fancies it up here.

Polished and frilly, it ain’t. Understated strings, stomps, and drums leave the canvas clear for Wesley Schultz’s excitable vocals and vivid narratives. It should be a big year for The Lumineers. Their first full length record is due out in early April which should set them up pretty well to pretty much pick their festivals as the weather gets warmer.

Does anyone else hear Jeff Buckley’s speaking voice, some of John McCauley’s Americana, and a little of Cobain’s grungy growl in Schultz’s voice?

– DAVE