Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ingrid Michaelson

Ingrid Michaelson (born 8 December 1979) is a New York-based indie-pop singer-songwriter best known for her single "The Way I Am." Her music has been featured in episodes of several popular television shows, including Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill, as well as in Old Navy's Fall 2007 Fair Isle advertising campaign. Noe of these being series I ever watch.


And here is her great cover version of Creep

Happy Halloween

The great Christopher Walken presents Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven".  Perfect for a Halloween eve.

Friday, October 30, 2009


Also just added to my playlist is "No. 9" the new album by Wende.

Wende Snijders (born Beckenham, 10 October 1978) is a Dutch singer. Her first name Wende is commonly used as her artist name.
Wende moved to Indonesia when she was four years old and to Guinea-Bissau when she was six. When she was nine years old, she came to The Netherlands, where she lived in Zeist. She graduated from VWO and went to the Academie voor Kleinkunst where she graduated in 2002. She specialized in singing French chansons. [Wikipedia]

Here is one of the tracks from that album with a great video. Plus a couple of other songs by Wende.

Roses in June

De videoclip van de single 'Roses in June' van het nieuwe album No.9 van Wende Snijders.

Au Suivant - the Jacques Brel classic


10-31-2011 updated due to original video being removed.

Perhaps, Quizás, Perhaps

What made me aware of this song the most was the use of it for the theme tune of one of the funniest TV comedies ever. Not the US version, that sucked. But the UK version of "Coupling" was just awesome. And then it seemed that the song was popping up on TV shows and in movies all over the place. But it is still one of my favorite tunes. Whether it be "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" or "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás".

See what you think, here's a selection.


Mari Wilson

Lila Downs

Arielle Dombasle

Los tres Juanes - Santiago de Cuba, March 2007

Juan, Juanito und Juan Carlos.

Stephanie Valentin - Violin improvisation of the song

Titre original: "Quizás, quizás, quizás"
Musique: Osvaldo Farrés (1947)

Siempre que te pregunto
Que cuando, como y donde
Tu siempre me respondes
Quizas, quizas, quizas
Y asi pasan los dias
Y yo desesperado
Y tu contestando
Quizas, quizas, quizas
Estas perdiendo el tiempo
Pensando, pensando
Por lo que mas tu quieras
Hasta cuando, hasta cuando
Y asi pasan los dias
Y yo desesperado
Y tu contestando
Quizas, quizas, quizas

"Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps"
Paroles: Joe Davis.

You won't admit you love me
And so how am I ever to know?
You always tell me
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps
A million times I've asked you,
And then I ask you over again
You only answer
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps
If you can't make your mind up
We'll never get started
And I don't wanna wind up
Being parted, broken-hearted
So if you really love me
Say yes, but if you don't dear, confess
And please don't tell me
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps x2
If you can't make your mind up
We'll never get started
And I don't wanna wind up
Being parted, broken-hearted
So if you really love me
Say yes, but if you don't dear, confess
And please don't tell me
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps x3

Arielle Dombasle

On my current playlist is the album Extase by Arielle Dombasle. She has a terrific voice and there are some great songs on the album. Arielle is a multi talented lady who not only sings but is a fine actress as well.

Arielle Dombasle (born Arielle Laure Maxime Sonnery de Fromental on April 27, 1958 in Norwich, Connecticut) is a French-American singer, actress, director and model. Her breakthrough roles were in Éric Rohmer's Pauline at the Beach (1983) and Alain Robbe-Grillet's The Blue Villa (1995). She became known to American audiences through her appearances on Miami Vice and the 1984 miniseries Lace.
Dombasle embarked on a singing career and acting after attending the Conservatoire Musique de Paris and further studies in Mexico.
She has appeared in several Hollywood English-language productions, but most of her acting work has been in French, as are her albums. She also has directed and written the scripts for two films, Les Pyramides Bleues and Chassé-croisé. Renowned for her beauty, she has described her looks as "a Crazy Horse dancing girl", a reference to the famous cabaret in Paris. [Wikipedia]

Rum and Coca Cola

Où tu veux

Besame Mucho

Performing at the Crazy Horse in Paris.


Numa Numa

I'm sure you all remember the Numa Numa guy who was such a big You Tube hit.
Well last weekend he conducted the MSU Marching Band playing his big hit.

Gary Brolsma (aka the Numa Numa Guy) joins in during the MSU Marching Band "Technology" Halftime show. The show had 3 concepts, the iPod(U2 song), the Cell Phone(famous ringtone melodies), and YouTube. Gary stepped in on the YouTube part of the show and conducted "Dragostea din tei" (the Numa Numa Song). This was during the MSU v Iowa halftime show on 10/24/09.

The phrase Numa Numa is taken from a refrain of "Dragostea din tei", a song written by the Moldovan band, O-Zone.

And just in case you still have a yen for the original, save your search time by viewing it here.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Weezer - If You’re Wondering If I Want You To

Check out Weezer's new release, with a walk on part for Odette Yustman.
Weezer is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California formed in 1992. Initially, the band consisted of Rivers Cuomo (lead vocals, lead guitar), Patrick Wilson (drums, guitar, backing vocals), Matt Sharp (bass, backing vocals), and Jason Cropper (rhythm guitar, backing vocals). Cropper was later replaced by Brian Bell. Matt Sharp was subsequently replaced by Mikey Welsh who was later replaced with Scott Shriner. They have released six full-length albums, five EPs, and a DVD. Weezer has sold more than eight million records in the US to date.
The band is best known for their successful singles "Buddy Holly," "Undone - The Sweater Song", "Island in the Sun", "Hash Pipe", "Beverly Hills" and "Pork and Beans".
The band's seventh studio album, Raditude, will be released on November 3, 2009. The album's first single, entitled, "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To", was released on August 18, 2009


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

House of Pain vs Klezmer

Now for something completely different.
A mash up of various genres.
First you have House of Pain is an Irish-American hip-hop group who released three albums in the early to mid 1990s before lead rapper Everlast decided to pursue his solo career again. The group is best known for its 1992 hit single "Jump Around", which reached #3 in the United States, #6 in Ireland and #8 in the United Kingdom.
Klezmer (from Yiddish כּלי־זמיר, kley — instrument and zemer — song; etymologically from Hebrew k'li zemer כְּלִי זֶמֶר, literaly "vessels of song" = "musical instrument") is a musical tradition which parallels Hasidic and Ashkenazic Judaism. Around the 15th century, a tradition of secular (non-liturgical) Jewish music was developed by musicians called klezmorim or kleyzmurim. They draw on devotional traditions extending back into Biblical times, and their musical legacy of klezmer continues to evolve today. The repertoire is largely dance songs for weddings and other celebrations. Due to the Ashkenazi lineage of this music, the lyrics, terminology and song titles are typically in Yiddish.
But I'm also sure I saw something else in there.........
Bagpipes are a class of musical instrument, aerophones using enclosed reeds fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag. Though the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipe and Irish uilleann pipes have the greatest international visibility, bagpipes of several varieties can be found in use throughout Europe, Northern Africa, the Persian Gulf, and the Caucasus.

Thanks to Fanfaroff for sharing.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Kate Ryan

Kate Ryan (born Katrien Verbeeck on July 22, 1980) is a Belgian World Music Award winner. She began her singing career in 2001 and represented Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with "Je t'adore" coming in 12th place in the semi-final.
She gained international prominence with a cover of Mylène Farmer's "Désenchantée", which was a hit on various European pop music charts. She signed with EMI Belgium and released her first album Different in 2002 exclusively in Europe. The album went Gold, selling more than 250,000 copies throughout Europe.

I am currently listening to her new album French Connection, very cool.



Evidemment (live)

Anna Abreu

Anna Abreu (born February 7, 1990 in Vantaa, Finland) is a Finnish-Portuguese singer who rose to fame as the runner-up of the third series of the Finnish singing competition Finnish Pop Idol in 2007. Her music is primarily pop, though her songs also have R&B, dance and Latin rhythms to them. Since her participation in Idols, Abreu has become Finland's most successful female recording artist, with record sales of 150,000 from three albums. Her self-titled debut album is credited as the thirty-ninth best-selling album in Finnish music history with over 86,000 copies sold.
Following her participation in Idols, Abreu was signed to the Finnish division of major record label Sony BMG and her latino-infused, highly-anticipated debut single "End of Love" was released in July 2007. The song debuted and peaked at number eight on the singles chart and was accompanied by Abreu's first music video. Her self-titled debut album, Anna Abreu was released a month later on August 22 and was certified platinum within its first week after going straight into the chart at number one and selling a massive 30,000 copies. To date, it's first week sales are among the highest in Finnish music history. The album's second single "Ivory Tower" appeared in October 2008, and after intitially debuting at number seventeen, the song peaked at number five in its seventh week and was certified gold in January 2008. A third single "Are You Ready" was released for promotional purposes only. In March 2008, the album, Anna Abreu was acredited with the rare certification of double platinum, having sold over 86,000 copies in the seven months since its release. It is ranked as one of the highest selling albums in Finnish music history. In the same month, Abreu won Best Finnish Female at the MTV Europe Music Awards and was nominated for Best Finnish Act. [Wikipedia]

I just found her album "Just a pretty face?", and she is not.  While she does have a pretty face, she also has a lot of talent with a fine voice.  Check her out at Last FM.

Music Everywhere

Aural Exam

4-11-2011 replaced old version because:

Vinegar  Live at Emma Gala 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

San Francisco 1958

The photo above is of course current day.
Stumbled across this really great 16mm video from 1958. Couldn't resist sharing it some more.

San Francisco 1958 from Jeff Altman on Vimeo.

Thanks to Jeff Altman for sharing.

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Although I'm not a big fan of Metallica I have to say that Robert Trujillo plays a mean bass. Of course I am a big fan of Rodrigo y Gabriela. Love all their recordings. And this is just another step on their road to world domination.

Riviera Theatre Chicago October 16, 2009
Thanks to TP1134 for uploading.

And from the same show, who ever tried to get an audience to hum along with an instrumental tune? Awesome.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

James Bond Theme on Eigenharp

Mark and Dave playing the James Bond theme on an Eigenharp.
And a very good job they do of it, in my opinion.
"What's that?" You say.
Check it out at Eigenlabs.
After eight years in the making, the most revolutionary new musical instrument of the last 60 years has arrived. Designed specifically for live performance, it is simply the most expressive electronic musical instrument ever made.

Heres the official video from Eigenlabs, pretty cool.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Temperance Seven

The Temperance Seven were founded at Christmas 1955, although it has been alleged they first "saw the light" in the Pasadena Cocoa Rooms, Balls Pond Road, North London, in 1904. The three founder members were Paul McDowell who originally played trombone, Philip Harrison (originally played banjo) and Brian Innes. Gradually the band evolved into a nine-piece ensemble with a light-hearted and humorous performing style, although they were all serious musicians. The name "Temperance Seven" was suggested by Douggie Albert, of the Alberts fame. The Alberts were cult figures in the art scene in the mid 1950's and were fore-runners to the sort of humour that became Monty Python (This wasn't the band's only link with Monty Python; see below). The Temperance Seven was a subtle play on words — the number seven being "one under the eight". That there were nine members or "one over the eight" implied intemperance.
It was in 1961 that the Temperance Seven achieved national fame with the number 1 hit "You're Driving Me Crazy", arranged by Frank Skinner and produced by George Martin. It was quickly followed by "Pasadena" which reached No 4 in the charts. [Wikipedia]

They were very popular in the "trad jazz" phase that many of us went through in the late 50's and early 60's. Along with skiffle, folk and of course rock n'roll.

You're Driving Me Crazy


London the Roaring 20s & 30's

Some wonderful colour footage of the old home town, even before my time.
Music by The Temperance Seven and Sting!
Some of this is shot on the old London Bridge that is now in Arizona, I was working at the northern end of the bridge when they were dismantling it to ship to the States. It was like a huge building block toy with all the big blocks being numbered. I hope they got it all in order.

Hard Hearted Hannah

Just to prove you can't keep a good band down here is the Temperance Seven performing live at Sylvie's Place October 14, 2009.

Chelsea Hotel # 2

Earlier today the Chelsea Hotel unveiled a plaque in recognition of Leonard Cohen, the singer-songwriter and poet, who resided there and wrote his song “Chelsea Hotel No. 2″ in memory of it (and a liaison with Janis Joplin). The honor puts Mr. Cohen in the company of other notable former hotel denizens, including Thomas Wolfe, Arthur Miller and Dylan Thomas, who have also received plaques in its entranceway. Mr. Cohen’s plaque, which is dated Sept. 21, 2009, to honor his 75th birthday, was scheduled to be unveiled at 2:30 p.m East Coast time.  [Artsbeat]

Since they gave him the plaque, I figure we could listen to the song, here are a few versions.

Leonard Cohen

From the Canadian movie "I Am A Hotel" (1983).
The whole video is only 24 min. long but it contains some of the best LC's songs.
Written by Leonard Cohen and Mark Shekter, produced by Allan Nichols for Blue Memorial Video Ltd. Filmed at the King Edward Hotel, Toronto.
The video won the Golden Rose international television award in Montreux, Switzerland.

Martha Wainwright

Martha Wainwright performing Chelsea Hotel at the LA film festival, June 24, 2006 before the opening of Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man
Her brother Rufus Wainwright also does a great version.

Leonard Cohen - San Sebastian 1988

Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor's 2005 cover of Leonard Cohen's classic hit. This cover version was originally performed on NYC radio show Soundcheck.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Ana Egge

I am surprised to find that she is releasing her 6th album, I've been sleeping again.

I really like her sound.

Lucinda Williams once called her “a folk Nina Simone", but I'm not seeing that.

She's a bit more country than Nina, maybe it's the intensity.

Storm Coming from the new album Road to My Love.

Here she is earlier this year performing at Deep Roots

Tom Hark - Elias and his Zig Zag Jive Flutes

I have loved this tune for 50 years, ever since it was used as the opening theme for the BBC 6 part series "The Killing Stones", which was shown in 1958. But I only recently found out the story behind the music.
Tom Hark earned Jake and Elias studio fees of six guineas each (£6 6s 0d -- about US$12). Jake signed over the royalties on the record to Elias as a gift because Elias was broke at the time. Elias was always broke -- everyone was always broke. Except the whites -- so Elias sold the rights to a record company executive for £30 and bought himself some snappy new clothes.

The record sold a million copies, and then a million more, finally levelling off at about five million sales worldwide. It was even used as the theme of a BBC TV thriller series.

As usual the little guy got screwed. There is even another version by The Piranhas, not as good and you have to wonder if they paid Jake any royalties.

Check out also: African Music on 45 rpm records in the UK, 1954-1981
And like any good myth, there are other versions.
Other Bloggers are also interested in Tom Hark or kwela.

David Gray on KFOG

KFOG's Live from the Archives 16 CD will be released November 7. Personally I can't wait. Every year for the past 16 years they have been releasing these great CD's with live recordings by all sorts of artists, donated by the artists to benefit local Bay Area Food Banks. All of these tracks have been recorded at KFOG's studios or at a KFOG concert. For now here is a sample KFOG has put out of one of the tracks from this years release.

David Gray - "Fugitive" on KFOG Radio from KFOG Radio 104.5/97.7 on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

We Are All Connected

"We Are All Connected" was made from sampling Carl Sagan's Cosmos, The History Channel's Universe series, Richard Feynman's 1983 interviews, Neil deGrasse Tyson's cosmic sermon, and Bill Nye's Eyes of Nye Series, plus added visuals from The Elegant Universe (NOVA), Stephen Hawking's Universe, Cosmos, the Powers of 10, and more. It is a tribute to great minds of science, intended to spread scientific knowledge and philosophy through the medium of music.
Melodysheep I am in awe of your talent.

[deGrasse Tyson]
We are all connected;
To each other, biologically
To the earth, chemically
To the rest of the universe atomically

I think nature's imagination
Is so much greater than man's
She's never going to let us relax

We live in an in-between universe
Where things change all right
But according to patterns, rules,
Or as we call them, laws of nature

I'm this guy standing on a planet
Really I'm just a speck
Compared with a star, the planet is just another speck
To think about all of this
To think about the vast emptiness of space
There's billions and billions of stars
Billions and billions of specks

The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it
But the way those atoms are put together
The cosmos is also within us
We're made of star stuff
We are a way for the cosmos to know itself

Across the sea of space
The stars are other suns
We have traveled this way before
And there is much to be learned

I find it elevating and exhilarating
To discover that we live in a universe
Which permits the evolution of molecular machines
As intricate and subtle as we

[deGrasse Tyson]
I know that the molecules in my body are traceable
To phenomena in the cosmos
That makes me want to grab people in the street
And say, have you heard this??

(Richard Feynman on hand drums and chanting)

There's this tremendous mess
Of waves all over in space
Which is the light bouncing around the room
And going from one thing to the other

And it's all really there
But you gotta stop and think about it
About the complexity to really get the pleasure
And it's all really there
The inconceivable nature of nature

Meshell Ndegeocello

Michelle Lynn Johnson (born August 29, 1968 in Berlin, Germany), better known as Meshell Ndegeocello, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist, and multi-instrumentalist. Her music incorporates funk, soul, hip hop, reggae, R&B, rock, and jazz. She has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career, and has had ten career Grammy Award nominations. She is often credited for having "sparked the neo-soul movement." [Wikipedia]

I think I first became aware of Meshell when she joined John Mellencamp on a cover version of Van Morrison's "Wild Night". One tremendous recording. She has a new album out "Devil's Halo", check it out if you get a chance.

Love You Down from Devil's Halo

If That's Your Boyfriend (He Wasn't Last Night)

A great artist who gives back to the community. Meshell at Berklee

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fantasy Bar - Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis for me is one of the few among the many actors who want to be rock stars who really has the talent for it. Watch this and tell me she's just acting.

Sexy Leprechaun from another planet, gotta love Craig Ferguson.

The Swell Season

The Swell Season is a musical duo formed by Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech singer and pianist Markéta Irglová. It's also the name of their debut album. "The Swell Season" name is derived from Hansard's favourite novel by Josef Škvorecký from 1975 bearing the same title.
Since their mutual rise to prominence after starring in the 2007 film Once, they increasingly referred to themselves as "The Swell Season" in promotion of their performances until it has unambiguously become the formal name of their collaboration in 2008. (Notably, they still used their separate names when they contributed their cover of Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" to the 2007 soundtrack of I'm Not There.) [Wikipedia]
If you missed the movie, do yourself a favor and go rent it.

Check out the "trailer" for their new CD 'Strict Joy'

Post-Once, post-Oscar, post international merry-go-round, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova are back doing what they (particularly the Frames frontman) do best, penning effortlessly hummable tunes, even if some of them, like the wonderfully breezy ‘Feeling The Pull’ have been around for some time.

Opener ‘Low Rising’ is a mid-paced country-tinged grower that wouldn’t seem out of place on one of Van Morrison’s ‘70s outings, complete with some gorgeous horns courtesy of Steven Bernstein and Clark Gayton, members of Levon Helm’s band.

[Read the rest of the review]

The Good Shepherd Center Chapel in Seattle provided a new sort of haven for two hundred Artists and guests on a crisp autumn night. The Swell Season.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Puttin' on the Ritz

Let's try something a little old today, allthough it has been re-vamped a few times.

"Puttin' on the Ritz" is a pop song written and published in 1929 by Irving Berlin and introduced by Harry Richman in the musical film Puttin' on the Ritz (1930). The title derives from the slang expression "putting on the Ritz," meaning to dress very fashionably. The expression was inspired by the swanky Ritz Hotel.

The song is in AABA form, with a verse. According to John Mueller, the central device in the A section is the "use of delayed rhythmic resolution: a staggering, off-balance passage, emphasized by the unorthodox stresses in the lyric, suddenly resolves satisfyingly on a held note, followed by the forceful assertion of the title phrase." The marchlike B section, which is only barely syncopated, acts as a contrast to the previous rhythmic complexities. According to Alec Wilder, in his study of American popular song, the rhythmic pattern in "Puttin' on the Ritz" is "the most complex and provocative I have ever come upon."

The original version of Berlin's song included references to the then-popular fad of flashily-dressed but poor black Harlemites parading up and down Lenox Avenue, "Spending ev'ry dime / For a wonderful time". The song was featured with the original lyrics in Idiot's Delight (1939) where it was performed by Clark Gable and chorus, and this routine was selected for inclusion in That's Entertainment (1974). For the film Blue Skies (1946), where it was performed by Fred Astaire, Berlin revised the lyrics to apply to affluent whites strutting "up and down Park Avenue."

Hit phonograph records of the tune in its original popularity of 1929-1930 were recorded by Harry Richman and Fred Astaire, with whom the song is particularly associated.

Fred Astaire [The Maestro]


Rufus Wainwright at the London Palladium for Judy! Judy! Judy!

Clark Gable, what? Yes, that Clark Gable.

Young Frankenstein version

The ultimate hilarious version.

Finally the great Judy Garland

Jonathan Johansson - Aldrig ensam

Jonathan Johansson is a young man from Stockholm.
You can check out some more of his music at LastFM where they said this: Jonathan Johansson is a new romantic, but not necessarily a New Romantic. He doesn’t dress outlandishly or portray himself as particularly androgynous, but that label (those two words divorced of their pop-historical meaning) nicely sum up the bruised emotionalism and chilly synthcraft of his Swedish-language debut, En hand i himlen (which translates roughly to “A Hand in the Sky”). On these ten songs, he sounds resolutely downcast, but with a stubborn optimism only a true romantic could feel, with his heart on his sleeve and heavy thoughts on his mind. In reviving these old sounds, Johansson locates a compelling paradox: His music communicates emotions so acute they can be conveyed only with the most coldly mechanistic instruments available.

The video is extremely well done, and the song is interesting. Even if you don't speak Swedish.

Produktion: Tim Mardell / Robert Samuelsson
Regi: Mats Udd
DOP: Johannes Helje
Redigering: Anton Skott
B-foto: Olle Kirchmeier
El: Nils Virgin
Runner: Veronica Öye
Colorist: William Tottie
Kostym: Kerstin Larsdotter
Mask: Valeria Montti Colque
Smink. Fanny Sandberg

Skådespelare: Anton Magnusson
Statister: Göran Holm, Lars Udd, Rikard Karlsson, Beatrice Wahlberg, Tati Elisafenko

Saturday, October 17, 2009


I've been listening to this all morning, great new single from Adam Lambert from the soundtrack of 2012. Movie looks interesting too.

Original video pulled by Sony

Here's the full song with a new video from Adam.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sympathy for the Devil

"Sympathy for the Devil" is a song by The Rolling Stones which first appeared as the opening track on the band's 1968 album Beggars Banquet. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Rolling Stone magazine placed it at #32 in their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

For me it has always been one of my favorite songs by The Stones, and there are some other good versions around.

Jean-Luc Godard's Sympathy For The Devil Film-Trailer. 1968

Rolling Stones Live at Rock'n'Roll Circus 1968

The tragic 1969 Altamont version

An unusual version by Laibach

Laibach is a Slovenian avant-garde music group, strongly associated with industrial, martial, and neo-classical musical styles. Laibach formed June 1, 1980 in Trbovlje, Slovenia (then Yugoslavian). Laibach represents the music wing of the Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) art collective, of which it was a founding member in 1984. The name "Laibach" is the German name for Slovenia's capital city, Ljubljana.

Check out some other versions:
A cool Bossa Nova version with a sweet voiced young lady
Ozzy Osbourne (great take but boring video)
Gail Swanson, another good version with a boring video

And to round it up how about a Bluegrass version by Cornmeal from last year at Camp Euforia

Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for a long, long year
Stole many a man's soul and faith

And I was 'round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game

I stuck around St. Petersburg
When I saw it was a time for a change
Killed the Czar and his ministers
Anastasia screamed in vain

I rode a tank
in the general's rank
When the Blitzkrieg raged
And the bodies stank

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name, oh yeah
Ah, what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, oh yeah
(woo woo, woo woo)

I watched with glee
While your kings and queens
Fought for ten decades
For the gods they made
(woo woo, woo woo)

I shouted out,
"Who killed the Kennedys?"
When after all
It was you and me
(who who, who who)

Let me please introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
And I laid traps for troubadours
Who get killed before they reached Bombay
(woo woo, who who)

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
(who who)
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, oh yeah, get down, baby
(who who, who who)

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
But what's confusing you
Is just the nature of my game
(woo woo, who who)

Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me Lucifer
'Cause I'm in need of some restraint
(who who, who who)

So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, have some taste
(woo woo)
Use all your well-learned politesse
Or I'll lay your soul to waste, mmm yeah
(woo woo, woo woo)

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guessed my name, mmm yeah
(who who)
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game, mmm mean it, get down
(woo woo, woo woo)

Woo, who
Oh yeah, get on down
Oh yeah
Oh yeah!
(woo woo)

Tell me baby, what's my name
Tell me honey, can ya guess my name
Tell me baby, what's my name
I tell you one time, you're to blame

Oh, who
woo, woo
Woo, who
Woo, woo
Woo, who, who
Woo, who, who
Oh, yeah

What's my name
Tell me, baby, what's my name
Tell me, sweetie, what's my name

Woo, who, who
Woo, who, who
Woo, who, who
Woo, who, who
Woo, who, who
Woo, who, who
Oh, yeah
Woo woo
Woo woo

Crossroads or Crossroad Blues

"Cross Road Blues" is one of Delta Blues singer Robert Johnson's most famous songs, released on a 78rpm record in 1937 by Vocalion Records, catalogue 3519. The original version remained out of print after its initial release until the appearance of The Complete Recordings in 1990. In 1961, producer Frank Driggs substituted the previously unreleased alternate take on the first reissue of Johnson's work, the long-playing album King of the Delta Blues Singers. Because of the historical significance of "Cross Road Blues," it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.
The lyrics plainly have the narrator attempting to hitch a ride from an intersection as darkness falls. But in close association with the mythic legend of Johnson's short life and death, it has come to represent the tale of a blues man going to a metaphorical crossroads to meet the devil to sell his soul in exchange for becoming a famous blues player. While the idea of Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil may be fascinating and evocative, the song itself plainly describes the very real, harrowing situation feared by Johnson and other African Americans in the Deep South in the early 20th century. Historian Leon Litwack has suggested that the song refers to the common fear felt by blacks who were discovered out alone after dark.

Here is the Cream version from their last concert in London in 1968

From their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony performance here is Cream in 1993.

The originator, Robert Johnson

And last but not least, Eric Clapton from his 1994 Blues tour at the Fillmore.

Fan vs Balloon

Some fun from around the world today.

First from Japan, with music by DJ Ozma [Drinking Boys] here is a group of "fan dancers". Pretty funny.

I wonder if they got their inspiration from something from Brit TV.

Malcolm Hardee and friends performing balloon dance on the first edition of OTT (Over The Top), the late night adult spin-off from Tiswas. Originally shown 2 January 1982, Central Television's second day of broadcasting.

The music is "Wheels".

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Amy Allison

A recent discovery, to me, I just love her voice.
Amy Allison may be the daughter of jazz/blues legend Mose Allison, but the New York-based singer/songwriter is a pure country chanteuse known for her oddly distinctive voice (think Victoria Williams or Kate Jacobs) and gut-wrenching songs. She started her performing career in the late '80s, playing such well-known New York City roots music venues as the Rodeo Bar backed by her longtime band the Maudlins.
Sheffield Streets

This video was made by monstersoftheid I believe, it's a great video tribute to a great city. He writes about her singing so well I would like to share with you all.
Back in the early 1980s, there used to be a pub in Sheffield called Woodstock Diner. It was set out like an American diner, but of course the waitresses spoke with local accents--all except one: she not only looked straight out of a Woody Allen movie, but talked like it too. It turned out that her name was Amy Allison, and she had left Long Island to live in Sheffield with her husband. ( I found that out when I met them both at an evening class.) Much to my surprise, Amy loved living in Sheffield! She adored: Castle Market; The Kashmir, on Spital Hill; The Leadmill; and, of course, the beautiful suburbs and their framing countryside. Most of all. Amy loved the friendliness of Sheffielders, so much so that-- when her husband wanted to move back to work in New York--she did her best to persuade him to stay. Her efforts were unsuccessful, and the couple returned to the US at the end of 1983.

A couple of months ago, I looked her up on Facebook; obviously, there were a lot of Amy Allison's to filter through; but I found her her eventually. Amy was really pleased to hear from me, because she had just recorded a new CD; it is called Sheffield Streets. The title song is a love song to the city of Sheffield.

Here is Amy at the Losers' Lounge tribute to Dolly Parton in New York.

Daddy Come and Get Me

April 9,10,11, 2009, at Joe's Pub in NYC.
Featuring The Kustard Kings: Joe McGinty (keyboards) David Terhune and Julian Maile (guitars) Jeremy Chatzky (bass) Ira Elliot (drums) Eddie Zweiback (percussion, guitar, harmonica) Jon Graboff (pedal steel) Connie Petruk, Tricia Scotti, and Katia Floreska (backing vocals.)

Django's Cadillac

Django's Cadillac are a group obviously inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephanne Grappeli. Along the way they have included traditional gypsy guitar and Parisian musettes from the pre-war era, classic klezmer tunes, western swing music, and a journey back across the Atlantic to the Great American Songbook, which serves as the bulk of the traditional gypsy jazz repertoire.

Sit back, listen and enjoy. And then check out their live album, called strangely enough "Django's Cadillac".

Lullaby of the Leaves

Work Song


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Viva Las Vegas

Where is a good place for a 3 day break?

Elvis Presley - Viva Las Vegas

Bright light city gonna set my soul
Gonna set my soul on fire
Got a whole lot of money that's ready to burn,
So get those stakes up higher
There's a thousand pretty women waitin' out there
And they're all livin' devil may care
And I'm just the devil with love to spare
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas

How I wish that there were more
Than the twenty-four hours in the day
'Cause even if there were forty more
I wouldn't sleep a minute away
Oh, there's black jack and poker and the roulette wheel
A fortune won and lost on ev'ry deal
All you need's a strong heart and a nerve of steel
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas with you neon flashin'
And your one armbandits crashin'
All those hopes down the drain
Viva Las Vegas turnin' day into nighttime
Turnin' night into daytime
If you see it once
You'll never be the same again
I'm gonna keep on the run
I'm gonna have me some fun
If it costs me my very last dime
If I wind up broke up well
I'll always remember that I had a swingin' time
I'm gonna give it ev'rything I've got
Lady luck please let the dice stay hot
Let me shout a seven with ev'ry shot
Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas,
Viva, Viva Las Vegas

Jaywalking - Viva Las Vegas!

The truth behind the commercial

Clue: long weekend away

Boney M

So who says disco is dead? I'm not 100% sure whether Boney M was disco or pop. But they made a good sound back in the 70's. They still sound fine today if you are in the right mood.

Boney M. is a pop and disco group created by record producer Frank Farian. Originally based in West Germany, the four original members of the group's official lineup were Bobby Farrell (Aruba), Liz Mitchell (Jamaica), Marcia Barrett (Jamaica) and Maizie Williams (Montserrat).
Boney M. became one of the few Western groups at that time to become well-known in places such as Africa, the Arab countries, China, Iran, Southeast Asia, India, Eastern Europe, Pakistan and the Soviet Union. To this day, along with Swedish pop group ABBA, they are among the most widely known 1970s Western music acts in these regions.



Friday, October 9, 2009


The ultimate Jethro Tull masterpiece. This is a great live version, check out the antics of Ian Anderson. Not sure where this was performed, but looking at the clothes it was some time back.

Sitting on a park bench
eyeing little girls with bad intent.
Snot running down his nose
greasy fingers smearing shabby clothes.
Drying in the cold sun
Watching as the frilly panties run.
Feeling like a dead duck
spitting out pieces of his broken luck.

Sun streaking cold
an old man wandering lonely.
Taking time
the only way he knows.
Leg hurting bad,
as he bends to pick a dog-end
he goes down to the bog
and warms his feet.

Feeling alone
the army's up the rode
salvation à la mode and
a cup of tea.
Aqualung my friend
don't start away uneasy
you poor old sod, you see, it's only me.
Do you still remember
December's foggy freeze
when the ice that
clings on to your beard is
screaming agony.
And you snatch your rattling last breaths
with deep-sea-diver sounds,
and the flowers bloom like
madness in the spring.

It might have been from this concert in 1977 at the Golders Green Hippodrome.
Skating Away On The Thin Ice ...