Most of the music I have listened to over the years has been performed by talented musicians toiling in relative obscurity because they wanted to stay true to their roots and passions. At the end of the day, bands and performers who dwell on the edges of success have to keep expenses down. The music business, like any business comes down to the fundamentals of revenues against expenses and the less mouths to feed the better. So if you are really going stretch a dollar, you do it in one of two ways: Have muli-instrumentalists in the band, or go it alone. Here are two examples of minimalist acts. One man band Jesse Fuller playing San Francisco Bay Blues on guitar, accompanying himself with harmonica, kazoo, and fotdella, an instrument he designed and built himself for percussion and bass. Below, Ron Thomason demonstrates the art on hamboning, first developed in the deep South by dirt poor sharecroppers who couldn’t afford instruments and later used in minstrel acts. It is use of the body as percussion.
A bunch of Moms have their panties in a twist over the latest Ben & Jerry’s delicious creation of yumminess — Schweddy Balls.
Vanilla ice cream with a hint of rum & loaded with fudge-covered rum & malt balls.
Apparently, Schweddy Balls are a threat to the innocence of their little darlings. Methinks these ladies haven’t heard their special boys and girls talking among themselves on the school yard.
Hey ladies, thanks for putting up a fuss about this new Ben & Jerry’s flavor — I hadn’t heard of it!
So what do you think about the fuss? Personally, I can’t wait to get some Schweddy Balls in my mouth. 😉
This is our Friday open thread — ice cream anyone?
Paul McCartney was never my favorite Beatle, although in early days he did seem to be a lot of fun — I’m talking early 60s, pre-hippie phase Beatles. And there is no question that he and John Lennon wrote an incredible number of great, excellent, charming and influential songs. Most of the Wings-era stuff made me gag, though. I never believe he or John wrote much worth listening to without the other, but that is admittedly my own warped opinion. I was amazed to find McCartney on YouTube and figured I should go with one of my favorite singers, Alison Moyet, but… there is some good stuff here. A shout out to Alison, however. Happy birthday, Alison!
The first one is a corker! More music after the jump. You won’t believe #2. #3 has its moments, too.
I have about 2 dozen. Anyone have any fav recipes?
I’ve been carrying a torch for her since the 1970s, and have seen her live three times. The last time, I was close enough to grab her and kiss her all over — but chose to be civilized.
My Oh My.
What’s your favourite Party Music?
Heh. Hoof Hearted? 😉
Okay, I got that out of my system — excuse me — I guess all y’all can top it. Jokes, funny videos, whatever. Just have some fun on a Friday!
Hell, I’ll kick it off. One of my most favorite guitar players and a classic rock and roll tune.
We start with a tribute to Mary Travers who passed away this week:
Now you can offer your own favorites in the comments.
No reason why power pop can’t still be brilliant.
A couple of videos from 1979-80 and my favorite power pop band of all time: The Beat. Paul Collins is still rocking, as videos on YouTube will attest. These are the originals, though.
And another favorite power pop band from the same era:
For Houseofroberts and witch1…
Linda Ronstadt | Blue Bayou
Creedence Clearwater Revival | Lookin’ Out My Backdoor
And from “Canciones de mi padre“, here’s Linda Ronstadt again:
Bringing rockabilly back in the early 80s
I love Antony’s voice! And the song is almost, well, it’s almost up-beat.
Wish you were here
And of course… Money!
Don’t miss the song parody of “Money” by Critter Wayne A. Schneider called “Cheney“!
I was listening to this in my car, and almost drove off the road — I was laughing so hard. (Not safe for work)
Here’s another — I need a good laugh:
One of the most brilliant reinventions of a musical talent appeared on the 1979 LP Broken English. Once the delicate and sensitive British hearthrob of the 60s, Marianne Faithful had gone through hell and back again, subsequently producing one of the best albums of the period. 30 years later, I can still listen to the whole thing without wincing or skipping a track, and one of my favorite cuts is this poignant Shel Silverstein song.
Her voice on Broken English was startling, to say the least. Like the English, it too seems broken, nearly a croak — but powerful stuff. The title song, also from a 1980 live performance:
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Hello, Zoo visitors! TheZoo now has a group on facebook. So if you’re already a facebook geek, you might consider joining us.
It really serves no purpose whatsoever, but all the cool kids are doing it. 🙂
If you aren’t on facebook, or simply don’t care, just consider this an open thread.
So who’s done with their shopping? Christmas, Hanukkah, or perhaps Kwanza?
Who hates the whole thing and wants to kvetch?
(I just bought a book entitled “If You Can’t Say Anything Nice, Say It In Yiddish.” Fun!)
It’s Friday night. Let’s have some fun.
Yaquina Bay Nessie
Photo by Zooey
Nessie lives next to Pyromania Glass in Newport, Oregon. They have the most beautiful glass floats on the planet, in my humble opinion. 🙂
Great ‘oldie’ horror flick montage! Happy Halloween everyone!