“The Scientist” – Aimee Mann – “Lost in Space” (2002)

Feb 28
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I had the perfect cover picked out for today. I listened to it yesterday in the car on the way home from Kent. Really loud, it’s also really long, really Rock and Roll Heaven, and it made me drive really fast. I’ll shelve that for a week.

Any person who’s a shut-in and staving off winter by spread sheeting my recent post might think that I’m a big Coldplay fan. Not really. I think they’re kind of overrated and I’m sure I’ve elicited as much in previous posts but I think that Coldplay fans are people who are just too lazy to dig around and find out that a band called Elbow exists. That’s not exactly the best way to welcome to the stage Chris Martin and the crew. I do really, severely love a few of their tunes, and “The Scientist” is one of them. Young hopeful Gena covered this song on American Idol this week (I need to add a few thoughts this week about Season 13… I’m moderately underwhelmed by the Top 12) and she did a pretty nice job with it. So, with that in the back of my mind this morning, I remembered this great version by Aimee Mann.

Back to me apparently being a Coldplay fan boy. I’ve posted Coldplay covers a couple times in the last few weeks. I don’t put up very many of their original versions though. Maybe I’ll turn the tables and post Coldplay when they cover an Elbow tune.


“Before” – Plants and Animals – “The End of That” (2012)

Feb 27
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There are some big ships on the horizon…


“Better Man” – Pearl Jam – “Vitalogy” (1994)

Feb 26
Posted by admin Filed in Pacific Northwest, Pearl Jam

The ping pong balls flew around in the Play On Daily Lottery/Shuffle Machine and out popped this PJ classic. In our household, this song will always be known as the Suzie Song. She was so persistent about having the DJ play this at our wedding. Great song, kind of weird wedding dance floor music, but hey, at least she wasn’t saying that it needed to be played because of who her friend just got married to.


“Black Star” – Radiohead – “The Bends” (1995)

Feb 25
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I heard this song yesterday, for the first time in a long time, and I instantly knew that it would be comfort food for the week. I made a big pot of chicken cacciatore this week, I ate a cheeseburger today, but none of it tastes as good as Radiohead on this very Seattle last Tuesday in February.


“Bohemian Rhapsody” – Jake Shimabukuro

Feb 21
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I was in deep search mode for a cover version of a certain Citizen Cope song when I ran across this. Not a huge surprise that TED ended up being source for some post-worthy music.


“Take Me Away” – Ole Tinder – “Loways” (2012)

Feb 20
Posted by admin Filed in Pacific Northwest, Uncategorized

I saw these guys a couple of weeks ago, warming up The Tractor for Sera Cahoone and man it was getting downright hot in there. They’re one of those neat little surprises that come along once in awhile in the form of a band that I had no idea existed and end up going home and googling before I even take my coat off.

A friendly reminder – if you see little bands like this and you dig ’em a little bit, pick up a CD on the way out the door. It’s the best way to get some cash into their pockets without the middle man being able to grub around for a cut.


“Infinity Guitars” – Sleigh Bells – “Treats” (2010)

Feb 19
Posted by admin Filed in Duos

Well looky what showed up on Shuffle tonight. Very nice.

This song could be the standard test music in a “Hey Teenager, See If Your Dad Is Officially An Old Guy Yet” App. Just insert papasan’s head between two headphones, start the app, and if daddy dearest says “honey, I think that all of those guitar sounds jangled your speakers and blew them out,” as you suspected, he’s gettin’ old. Be nice to him, pat him on the back, tell him how wise he is, get him his slippers and a nice cup of tea, and since you’ve been such a nice daughter, he’ll probably say “well why don’t you go fetch my wallet, sweetie, so that I can give you $5 to buy some new head-speaker-phone-bud-ear-thingies?”

Street wars, straight men
Cowboys, Indians
Red souls, red friends
Infinity guitars, go ‘head


Two fer Tuesday

Feb 18
Posted by admin Filed in Pacific Northwest, Pearl Jam, Uncategorized

Here’s what I did last night while I was supposed to be posting new music – I laid down on the couch after a delicious dinner of fish tacos and Miller High Life, buried myself under four blankets, and “no way… the best movie ever”… “pop quiz Jack.” Just a few minutes to digest, watch Ted, I mean Jack, save the hostages and then I will… or won’t work on the blog.

So here’s some new music that I’ve been thinking about and wanted to post last night. I can’t wait for the Imagine/Little Dragons tour.

“Klapp Klapp” – Little Dragon – “Nabuma Rubberband (2014)

I woke up just in time to see Keanu and Sandy sliding across the tarmac on an over sized cookie sheet. I wonder what I missed in between.


So I’m going to start gettin’ all invasive and prying into the inner sanctity of peoples’ iLibraries and other deep crevices where they stash their musical treasures and dirty little secrets. I’m truly, disturbingly interested in what people listen to and like or hate in their music. I don’t give a frick what Billboard tells me people listen to. I’ve seen all of the concert pics of my friends on FB. I want to know the real stuff. Kind of like how Spin used to interview famous people about the music that shaped their lives, what comes through their earbuds at the gym, what is in their library that alphabetically follows Radiohead. But on a personal level , I don’t really care what Anna Faris or Aaron Paul (because I don’t know them personally the way that I might know you) listen to. I want to know what the real people listen to – the people who I am friends with, related to, or maybe not friends with (just acquaintances or friends of friends). I often have the urge to ask random people standing at the bus stop or walking down the street what they are listening to. I’m scared though. One of three things is going to happen: I’m going to get hit with “piss off homeless guy,” end up wearing pepper spray, or some 50 year old businessman is going to say “duh, what else, Katy Perry.”

So, if you read all of that, and I know you and how to get a hold of you, just a word of caution that I might be hitting you up with a little personalized music questionnaire. The questions will be so well thought out that I’m guessing some of my friends may reply with 1,000 word essays for answers. Like this one: “do you think that the early innovators that helped spawn the Industrial Age would have had second thoughts if they could have foreseen Motörhead?” (We need to make sure that Lemmy doesn’t put any flux capacitors in his Amazon shopping cart.) But, I won’t want my respondents to feel like it’s a five hour chore to answers my deeply profound questions so I’ll throw in a few softballs too, such as: “What chess piece do you think best symbolizes the Bieber?” Avoiding eye contact won’t get it done, if you see me coming with my notebook, you’re done.

Just kidding Lemmy… you know… just little jokes, brother… no need to fly on up here and kick my ass.

“Given to Fly” – Pearl Jam – “Yield” (1998)


“That’s the Way of the World” – Earth, Wind & Fire – “That’s the Way of the World” (1975)

Feb 16
Posted by admin Filed in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Soul Music

I think that I’ve pretty much been able to cover legends who I’ve had the pleasure of seeing live in my first several Rock and Roll Hall of Fame posts. That holds true again tonight. I think that I was in the 8th grade when I saw Earth, Wind and Fire.


“Lump” – The Presidents of the United States of America – “The Presidents of the United States of America” (1995)

Feb 16
Posted by admin Filed in Pacific Northwest

I’m really looking forward to hearing an acoustic version of this post-grunge/pre-pop classic tomorrow night at the Triple Door.