Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Radio Killed the Radio Star

Two programming notes:

Your humble scribe -- along with the rest of my garage-band mates The Weasels -- will be appearing on friend of PowerPop Capt. Al's show LOST AT SEA over at Area 24 Radio today starting at 12pm EST.

We'll be playing non-stop Weasel music (the horror! the horror!) and reminiscing about our decades together, so get ready for lots of in-jokes and other shameless self-indulgences.

Here's the link to listen.

Even more amazingly, for those of you with SiriusXM Radio, I'll be making my second appearance on their music trivia game show 70s80s90sNOw today at 1pm EST.

I crapped out badly on my first appearance (although I was a pretty funny contestant), but this time, without giving anything away, I crushed the opposition. I did blow an insanely easy bonus question at the end of the show, however, so if you have satellite radio and want to hear me humiliate myself, please check it out. It's on XMs Volume channel, number 106.

The show will be rerun later today and all week, so please listen to LOST AT SEA in real time.

Thank you.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Great Americans Day!

Of course, it's actually Martin Luther King Day, but not, at the moment, in Biloxi, Mississippi.

BILOXI, Mississippi -- City leaders say they will hold a special meeting Monday after the city came under fire for posting online that city offices would be closed Monday for "Great Americans Day" rather than Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich said the meeting will be used to update the city's Code of Ordinances after the city received backlash for not referring to Monday as MLK Day.

"In my opinion, that is the appropriate step to take, for the holiday to have the same name as the federal holiday," Gilich said in a statement, according to NBC News.

No racism down there in Mississippi, goddamn. No siree bob. That sort of stuff is long over.

So in their honor, I'm reposting the following obviously relevant song/video by an old band of mine.

Gerry wrote that song in 1994, inspired by watching the Ken Burns Civil War documentary. Thank god, nobody's gonna have to write another song like that anymore now that racism is a thing of the past.

And I would be remiss if I didn't add that no grown person should be nicknamed "FoFo," but that's an issue for another day.

Friday, January 13, 2017

It's Covers Week (Part V): Special Make America Grape Again! Edition

From 2002, please enjoy Robert Plant and his lovely (if less intense than the original) cover of the Moby Grape/Skip Spence stunner "Skip's Song."

I should add that technically this should be called "Seeing," as it was named when it originally appeared on the Grape's amazing Moby Grape 69 album; the song was retitled in the '90s when it appeared in demo form on Sony's Grape box set.

Here is what it sounded like when given the full Grape treatment; I think it's one of the greatest rock-and-roll records ever made, but as Chuck Barris used to say, what do I know -- I like cold toilet sets. In any event, Skip Spence was a goddamned genius, and good for Robert Plant for recognizing that.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

It's Covers Week (Part IV): Special Faux Fab Edition

From 1975, please enjoy the great Procol Harum (produced in this case by the equally great Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller) and a cover of The Beatles' classic "Eight Days a Week."

It has come to my attention that I am all but alone in my fondness for this one, but what the heck -- I'm sure you guys will let me know what you think.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

It's Covers Week (Part III): Special Visine of the Gods Edition

From 2016, please enjoy friends of PowerPop The Steve Deaton Three and an absolutely swell cover of the 1968 Todd Rundgren/Nazz classic "Open My Eyes."

That song, of course, is one of those Ground Zero power pop events, and as such there is no definitive cover. But I think this one is really cool.

I should also add that the splendid album the SD3's version appears on can be be purchased at Amazon, iTunes, etc.

BTW, for you vinyl cultists, there's now an LP edition; you can find an order link for it over HERE.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

It's Covers Week (Part II): Special Outside the Boundries of Time and Space Edition

From 1989 (and perhaps his most unjustly underrated album) please enjoy the incomparable Marshall Crenshaw and a brilliant beyond belief cover of John Hiatt's sublimely Buddy Holly-esque "Someplace Where Love Can't Find Me."

BTW, the slide guitar on that track is by Sonny Landreth. If you ever have a chance to see Landreth perform, do everything short of murder to get a ticket. Trust me -- listening to him play in front of you is the closest thing you will have to a legal psychedelic experience ever.

[h/t Matt Mitchell]

Monday, January 09, 2017

It's Covers Week (Part I): Special Blue Swede Shoes Edition

From 1996, please enjoy the incomparable Wondermints and their astonishing revamp of ABBA's "Knowing Me Knowing You."

Incidentally -- by covers week we sorta mean covers of power pop classics (loosely defined, obviously, as in this case).

I should add that the album that's from -- Wonderful World of the Wondermints -- also includes a pretty transplendent version of The Monkees' "Porpoise Song," which also behooves behearing.

Friday, January 06, 2017

The Phantom Video

Had to take down the previous YouTube link to our masterpiece for reasons that I won't bore you with.

Here's the new one.

It's a slightly different (and better) edit, BTW. I still can't believe that any of us in the band and first-time director Steve Schwartz did something so cool.

In any case, enjoy, and have a great weekend everybody.

Thursday, January 05, 2017