Music Night, June 6, 2014

These guys were a lot of fun back in the 60s, as The Turtles and with Frank Zappa. The two songs fused together in this video make a nice set because the latter was actually a gag song taking a slap at their label for constantly demanding another Top 40 hit. And that’s what the song turned out to be.

Friday Night Music

Nonewhere has had a lot on his mind lately so not only did he forget Tuesday’s post, he forgot Friday’s music.  This means, it’s my turn to post.

We saw these two bands at the WOW Hall in Eugene.  Their music was fun to listen to and even more fun to dance to.  These bands are from Portland, OR.

The opening act, Chervona…

The main act, Vagabond Opera…

People do wear costumes when they attend a Vagabond Opera show.  Then again, it was Eugene and people are always looking for reasons to wear a costume.

Sunday Roast: The Snowman

This is one of my eldest’s holiday favorites.  I love it, too.

What are your favorite holiday videos or memories?  Hey how about recipes, too?  We haven’t done that in a long time.  :)  Please share in the comments section!

This is our daily open thread — Happy Holidays, everyone!

Music Night, August 16, 2013

I was a huge Byrds fan from the beginning and virtually all of my favorite original material was written and sung by Gene Clark. He left the band after just a few years and drifted across my personal radar on rare occasions. As far as I knew at the time, he was done. The reality is that Clark continued to write and perform (but not tour) for a couple of decades and the albums (solo and with various partners) contain some amazing music. In the 1980s he worked with singer/songwriter Carla Olson, resulting in several really excellent albums. Clark died in 1991, age 46 after years of excessive drug and alcohol use.

Music Night, July 5, 2013

Because the world can never have too many Japanese neo-psychedelic, Cipollina tribute musicians. And because  you’ve probably never heard of White Heaven or Michio Kurihara, which is a damn shame.

Tomorrow I get to stand up with two good friends as they marry in a rose garden in Corvallis, Oregon and one of those friends turned me on to White Heaven some years back. And I get to wear a linen suit with a turquoise tie and socks!


Bonus bonus!

Music Night, June 21 2013

Still working on that theme. 1968 was a fantastic year for rock music and blues, continuing the tidal wave from 1967. One of my favorite albums of the year, and forever after, was the first record from Mother Earth, Living with the Animals. Featuring another pint-sized singer with a huge voice, Tracy Nelson, it was a strange blend of folk, country and rock that never really took off commercially but was soulful and well-loved by some of us. (It also featured some work by a fellow named Mikail Blumfeld, IIRC, whose contract elsewhere prevented him from receiving clear credit).

The album was followed the next year by Make a Joyful Noise which, if anything, was better than the first. This video is from that period and I think it gives a great look into the heart of the band. Tracy Nelson is still working and still belting it out.

White Lines, Colorado and Fever

Since nonewhere has been spending the week packing up his office space (I call him ‘last minute louie), I decided to give him a break and get the music started.  We will be seeing a lot of this during the next several days.  By the way, we will be spending some vacation time in Northwest Colorado where nonewhere will be fishing with Onefly.

Music Night, April 26, 2013

I seem to have a theme going lately: women singers who can belt it out. This time it’s Maggie Bell, a blues singer in the style of Lydia Pense and Janis Joplin. In the early 70s she fronted the bad luck band, Stone the Crows, doing one of the band’s standards.

Bonus video is Maggie and Stone the Crows from 1971.


April 12, 2013 Music Night

I just watched a fantastic documentary, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, chronicling the incredible musicians whose skills and innovation drove the incredible sounds of Motown’s hits — and never received any recognition beyond paychecks. Their stories are fascinating and, d’oh, the film is loaded with great music (including a couple of performances by the extraordinary Bootsy Collins), much of it from a reunion concert with the surviving Funk Brothers. Rent it, buy it, just be sure to see it.

And, along the way, the film introduced me to a fantastic singer named Joan Osborne. From the film, this video features the Funk Brothers backing Osborne in a killer version of Heat Wave. (And, yes, I gots a huge crush.)