Sunday, June 28, 2009

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

So there I am around noon, driving to Costco with the convertible top down and it's 97 degrees Fahrenheit.

For some reason this song came to mind, not sure why.

Noel Coward

Of course the Muppet Show has to try it.

Kenneth Williams

David Benson

Saturday, June 27, 2009


OneRepublic are the group everybody seems to be listening to today. Count me among them.
OneRepublic is a American pop rock band formed in Colorado. After a few years of moderate success, they have drawn mainstream attention with the release of their singles "Apologize," and "Stop and Stare". "Apologize" is the most legally downloaded song in US digital history with sales of over 4.3 million digital downloads in the US alone. The band has also achieved sales in excess of 5 million outside of the US adding up to over 9 million singles of "Apologize" and well over 2 million of "Stop and Stare". A remix of "Apologize" was featured on Timbaland's Shock Value and the band's debut album, Dreaming Out Loud.
The band is currently working on its sophomore album; the album is scheduled to be released in Fall 2009, according to the band's Twitter page.


This is the Timberland remix version.


Kara Maguire

I recently heard Kara Maguire's 2007 CD Nobody's Girl, it blew me away. The lady can really sing the blues.

Kara and the band featuring Jerry Rosen on lead guitar live at JJ's.

Then things got confusing. I'm not sure if this is the same Kara Maguire or if there are two singers using the same name. If it is the same person then these two more recent outings are not so much blues, but they are still very very good.

Does anybody know?

Missed the Beginning

directed by Juan Avilez
cinematography by Simone Allmen
Artist Kara Maguire, talented and kind enough to let Juan direct his 1st music video with one of her 1st music tracks.


Music video for singer Kara Maguire, directed by Merrilee Burke.

We Are The Fallen - Bury Me Alive

Take the guys from Evanescence and add Carly Smithson and what do you get? We Are The Fallen! One band with a great sound. I think Carly has finally found her niche.
I personally am looking forward to the album, if it is half as good as this single.

Found at The Official 'We Are The Fallen' YouTube channel. 'We Are The Fallen' performing the song 'Bury Me Alive' for the first time in front of an audience, just before their press conference, officially debuting the band at S.I.R. Studios in Hollywood, CA on June 22, 2009. Carly Smithson, John LeCompt, Rocky Gray, Ben Moody, Marty O'Brien

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Erja Lyytinen - Blues from Finland

Erja Lyytinen's new CD is Grip of the Blues, and it lives up to it's name. Erja Lyytinen can really play that guitar and she has a real bluesy voice. Lady sings the blues. Really. You got to check her out.
From her record company page: No doubt about it: Erja Lyytinen has the talent and looks to put Finland on the international blues map. Born into a musical family in the small town of Kuopio, she integrates jazz, folk and even pop elements into her bluesy mix. Lyytinen's outstanding slide guitar playing has earned her the nickname "the Bonnie Raitt of Finland" and led to festival appearances alongside Koko Taylor, Marcia Ball and Bonnie Raitt herself. Now, this impressive young lady is poised to break out to an even bigger audience.

It Hurts Me Too

Then there is Finnish "Rock'n Roll Women" Live at Tavastia Club, Helsinki
Womens Day Concert 03-08-2009.

Whole Lotta Love

Maria Hänninen: gtr, voc
Erja Lyytinen: gtr, voc
Maya Paakkari: lead voc

Band: Davide Floreno: gtr, voc
Rami Eskelinen: drums
Matti Vallius: bass
Harri Taittonen: keyb

And finally for today at the Blues Caravan in Berlin in February 2009 some really mean guitar.

Still want to hear more, try LastFM.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mega Mega Mega

This is from the old home town.

East London's most notorious clubnight residency returns! Hosted by the The Count & Sinden, with special guests Scratch Perverts, Martelo, Russ Tannen.
The track on the video is Bob Sinclar feat Shabba Ranks 'Love You No More' The Count & Sinden 'Lord Have Mercy' Remix
If you missed out, make sure you dont miss the next one!

£5 on the door

In case you don't know it, that's in Bethnel Green.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Martin, Winston and John

This is a new concept to me. Maybe you will get something out of it.
Take some historical speeches or current news and convert them to "songs".
The major thing that I think makes it worthwhile is that it will bring some history to people who otherwise would go through life totally oblivious of the good that these historic figures did.
These three speeches from back in the day have been "Auto-Tuned".

Let's start with the oldest of the three situations.
Winston Churchill


John F Kennedy


Martin Luther King


Check out the Gregory Brothers at this auto-tune spot. Nice job guys.

tack så mycket Buzz for the lead.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Heartbreak Make Me a Dancer

This is the Official video for the new Freemasons and Sophie Ellis-Bextor track 'Heartbreak Make Me a Dancer'. Not sure if it is released in the USA. I really like her voice.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Time for an Otway Fix

It's been a while, but here's a couple of performances by John. When are you coming to San Francisco John?

Peter Cook - author of 'Sex, Leadership and Rock'n'Roll' performs with cult punk rocker / two hit wonder John Otway at Pfizer as the 'aftershow' at a Conference where we discussed career development from the alternative perspectives of business, science and rock music.

You ain't seen nothing yet

Two headed Guitar, Theremin, high diving, is there no end to this mans talent?

Peter Cook again performs with cult punk rocker / two hit wonder John Otway at Brands Hatch at a Human Resources Conference for the CIPD where we discussed personal improvement from the alternative perspectives of business and rock music.

Delilah, among others

To find out how you can get John Otway to your conference check out [grin]
A big thank you to Peter Cook (not that one) for sending me the links.

A plea to Leonard Cohen

The famous British Comedian, Alexei Sayle, is sending an urgent message to Leonard Cohen - Please DO NOT Play in Tel Aviv! Alexei supports the Cultural Boycott of Israel, designed to end the occupation and oppression of Palestine.
If all protests were as expressive and entertaining as this life would be so much better.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

When animals get drunk

A friend sent me this video this morning [thanks Maggie], but it had a French commentary and was difficult to follow. So of course I had to look for it on old faithful. And here it is.
I had never seen it before and thought it to be very funny.
It is a clip from a movie called "Animals are Beautiful People" written and directed by Jamie Uys. He did this prior to "The Gods Must Be Crazy".
There are trees that grow in Africa which, once a year, produce very juicy fruits that contain a large percentage of alcohol. Because there is a shortage of water, as soon as the fruits are ripe, animals come there to help protect themselves from the heat.
Even though the elephant is so drunk it cant stand... it still is eating the fruit!

Somehow the giraffe still managed to look graceful when intoxicated.

Josef Locke

I came across a CD of Josef Locke recently, brought back many memories.

Josef Locke used to be on the radio a lot back in the UK in the 50's, before rock n roll.
And since we didn't have TV at the time I used to listen to radio a lot.

Then I heard that the DVD of his life story, Hear my song, starring Ned Beatty was coming out in the near future.
So I figured to share some "good" music with you all today.

Hear My Song - Ned Beatty (as Josef Locke)

And here is the man himself, Josef Locke gives us a rousing version of the Soldier's Dream in this clip from the 1950s Mancunian Films comedy 'What A Carry On'

And finally, not much of a video but just listen to the voice.
Here he sings from the light opera "The Student Prince" the timeless classic "Goodbye".

My heart is broken, but what care I? Such pride inside me has woken,
I shall do my best not to cry, by and by,
When the final farewells must be spoken.
I'll join the legion, that's what I'll do, and in some far distant region,
Where human hearts are staunch and true; I shall start my life anew.

Goodbye, it's time I sought a foreign clime,
Where I may find there are hearts more kind than I leave behind.
And so I go to fight the savage foe,
Although I know that I'll be sometimes missed by the girls I've kissed.

In some Abyssinian, French dominion I shall do my bit,
And fall for the flag if I must.
Where the desert sand is nice and handy, I 'll be full of grit,
You won't see my heels for the dust.

I'll do or die, or know the reason why when told,
Of boldly opposed last stands for the fatherland.

Goodbye. Goodbye. I wish you all a last "Goodbye".
Goodbye. Goodbye. I wish you all a last "Goodbye".

Craigslist - "Weird Al" Yankovic

Today, let's have a little fun, bumped into this and could not resist sharing it.

Weird Al's homage to The Doors, featuring Ray Manzarek himself on keyboards. Video directed by Liam Lynch.
This is terrific, Weird Al still rocks.
It helps the sound with Ray Manzarek setting up that deep Doors vibe.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Africa - Perpetuum Jazzile

Here is something different today, a cappella sounds.
This is a great performance of a good old tune.
Toto's Africa performed by Perpetuum Jazzile, performed live at Vokal Xtravaganzza 2008 (October 2008).

I wonder if they ever tour in the States?

PERPETUUM JAZZILE + THE REAL GROUP @ Vokal Xtravaganzza 2009 (Ljubljana, November 2009)

Perpetuum Jazzile
are: Urška Nina Cigler, Mojca Skaza Novak, Mojca Kodre, Ana Turšič, Melanija Markovič, Metka Luznar, Andreja Frelih, Jana Žerjav, Mojca Cedilnik, Katarina Dolenc, Petra Golob, Jana Gamser, Vanja Budna Evačić, Sandra Feketija, Anže Orehek, Tomaž Cör, Aleš Majerič, Boštjan Usenik, Dominik Štrucelj, Luka Černe, Matjaž Rambaher,Jan Trost, Miha Rojko, Jernej Obreza, Rok Kelvišar,
Sašo Vrabič, Urša Čehovin, Vesna Hajnšek, Arijana Rojko, Aleksandra Lamut, Ana Komlanc, Ana Marčun, Anja Koren, Barbara Čokl, Katja Strle, Kristjan Virtič, Liza Pucihar, Marta Kosturska, Maruša Dovjak, Mateja Resnik, Špela Žerjal

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Two Word Symphony - Millie Jackson

Here is Millie Jackson performing in London back in the 80's the Fuck You Symphony.
If you don't raise as a smile at this then listen to it.
If you are offended by it, then listen to it.

Mildred "Millie" Jackson (born July 15, 1944) is an American R&B/Soul music singer/songwriter. Her vocal performances are distinguished by long, humorous, and explicit spoken sections in her music; She has also recorded many disco songs, some dance music songs, and a few country styled songs. She is the mother of R&B singer Keisha Jackson.
Her career is said to have begun on a dare to enter a 1964 Harlem nightclub talent contest, which she won. Her voice is frequently compared to that of her inspiration, Gladys Knight.
Though she first recorded for MGM records, she soon left and began her long association with Spring Records. Her first single to chart was 1971's deceptively titled "A Child of God (It's Hard to Believe)," which reached number 22 on the R&B charts. In 1972, Jackson had her first R&B Top Ten single with "Ask Me What You Want", which also reached the pop charts, which was followed up by "My Man, A Sweet Man" which reached #7 R&B. The following year she had her third Top Ten single and biggest hit with "Hurts So Good," which made # 3 on the R&B charts and #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. The single was featured in the blaxploitation film Cleopatra Jones.
In 1974 she released the album Caught Up, which introduced her unique and innovative rap style of racy, raunchy language. The featured release was "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right", for which she received two Grammy nominations. On that album, the follow-up Still Caught Up, and others, she was backed by the renowned Muscle Shoals rhythm section.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Funny the Way It Is - Dave Matthews Band

Here's the Dave Matthews Band on NBC Today performing "Funny The Way it is".
This is from their great new album, with the great title: "Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King". Dunno who came up with that, but I'm assuming booze was involved somewhere. This is one of those songs that is destined to be an earworm.

This is my first embed of the Hulu site. Hope it works out OK.

Marty Wilde

Probably from the "Oh Boy" show,or it could have been the 6.5 Special, here's Marty Back in the day singing Teenager in Love.
Oh the memories. These shows were our "Bandstand" back in the UK.

On his 50th Anniversary tour - Danny

And he's still got it.

Wikipedia says: Marty Wilde (born Reginald Leonard Smith, 15 April 1939, Blackheath, South London is an English singer and songwriter. He was among the first generation of British pop stars to emulate American rock 'n' roll and is the father of pop singer Kim Wilde.
Born in Blackheath, he grew up in Greenwich, in South East London. The son of a professional soldier, he lived in various parts of England throughout his childhood, and reached the middle of his teen years living in London.
He was performing under the name Reg Patterson at London's Condor Club in 1957 when he was spotted by impresario Larry Parnes. Parnes gave his protégées stage names like Billy Fury, Duffy Power and Dickie Pride etc., hence the change to Wilde.
The 'Marty' came from the commended 1955 film, Marty. Wilde was signed to the British recording arm of Philips Records, with U.S. releases appearing on the Epic label via Philips' reciprocal licensing agreement with Columbia Records Stateside. (Philips had yet to acquire the Mercury group as its U.S. division).
From mid 1958 to the end of 1959, Wilde was one of the leading British rock and roll singers, along with Tommy Steele and Cliff Richard. Wilde's backing group were called the Wildcats. At various times they featured Big Jim Sullivan on lead guitar; Bobbie Clarke on drums; plus Brian Locking on bass guitar and Brian Bennett on drums who both later joined The Shadows.
He appeared regularly on the BBC Television show 6.5 Special and was the main regular artiste on the Saturday ITV popular music shows Oh Boy! and Boy Meets Girls. There he met and married Joyce Baker, one of The Vernons Girls who were also show regulars. The courtship was highly public but, after the marriage, Wilde's popularity as a teen idol declined.

Lisztomania - Phoenix

With a name like Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix you have to believe this is an interesting album from Phoenix.
I like the sound of this group. Check them out.

Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is the fourth studio album by the French rock band Phoenix. The album is mixed by Philippe Zdar who also mixed Phoenix's debut studio album, United. Phoenix released the song "1901" as a free download on February 23, 2009 when the redesigned official website launched. In Australia, the album debuted at #13.
Phoenix is a French alternative rock band started during their childhood by Thomas Mars, Deck D'Arcy, Christian Mazzalai and Laurent Brancowitz in the affluent suburb of Versailles, in the same culture that produced late-'90s bands such as Air and Daft Punk.

Not to be confued with the great Ken Russell movie.

Ain't nature bitchin' - update

It's been a while since the last Ain't nature bitchin' post. The phrase of course comes from the Rugburns and my favorite tune, Dicks's Automotive.
Anyhow I stumbled into this one via A Welsh View. And thought it was so good I had to share it.

This is from Alaska, imagine walking out into your back yard and finding 30 or so Bald Eagles there. Well this what happened, bitchin'!

Thanks to the original poster, Here is what he has to says.
"A bunch of bald eagles show up in our back yard. You get to hear a lot of the bald eagles talking. My kids get really close to them, they must really want more red salmon. Right now the salmon are running upstream to spawn so most of the locals are set-netting on the beach and smoking/canning/grilling some sockeye."

Thursday, June 4, 2009

100 Best Movie Lines in 200 seconds

This is kind of fun. A pretty good job of getting the top 100 movie lines into 200 seconds. More proof that even in this current climate, some people have too much time on their hands. But I'm glad they do, it helps to lighten the day.
Of course I'm sure you can't guess which is one of my favorites.

Thanks to Liquid Generation.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

M79 - Vampire Weekend

I was listening to last years self titled Vampire Weekend album and was thinking I haven't heard anything new from them in a while. So I started searching around, and then on YouTube I found this. A really tremendous video apparently done as a wedding invitation to Corey and Rachel's Wedding. Very interesting and cleverly done video.
If they are this inventive in creating the invitation, one can only assume they will have a long and happy marriage.