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calendar   Saturday - August 20, 2016

borderline blues

Buddy Guy blurs the line between rock and the blues. Who cares what you call it? This is dance music, even if you can’t dance. Happy happy happy. Get up and move your big ass ‘round, even if you don’t have one of those either.

I’ve got the CD, which is exceptionally well recorded. Crank up the volume just a bit and it’s like you’re right there.






Just in case you don’t like the blues - there’s got to be one of you, somewhere, right? - check below the fold for a bit of bouncy funk that will also get you up, get you happy, and get you moving. Brought to you by the Lovetone Meatball, or so I’ve been told.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/20/2016 at 04:32 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - August 14, 2016

Sunday Dead

What the Hell, why not go all in? Update post:

Got Four Hours? Here’s an entire concert. No, there is no more Grateful Dead. They’re dead and gone. And retired. Many times over. They even went Further, but you can only go so far. So here they are again, having absorbed and transformed John Mayer into their folds. Check out his trippy little Cassidy about half an hour in. Or his skillful exit from an otherwise discordant UJB jam around 2:42:0.  Mayer isn’t 100% there yet, but he is becoming, and his influence adds some needed life force. He stills needs to master the essential art of into so that the music never stops.

They’re so old, they’re Dead. And Company. Makes for a whole morning’s worth of background boogey.



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The ladies sure seem to love John Mayer. And his music! Most of that is sweet, light, sort of a campus pub sound, with a happy tired glow to it; a post-coital I’m-too-stoned-to-do-anything-but-breathe sense of relaxedness.

Imagine my surprise to see him get all frisky in this cover of I Know You Rider, starting at 26:48. Nice job Johnny boy!

Ok, he bobbles it a bit at first, and it takes him a few measures to get in the groove. And of course the mix is flatter than a pancake with awful vocals. You have to be there.

OTOH, this whole thing shouldn’t be much a surprise. Mayer has joined the endless train, and is touring now as part of Dead & Company.

Right. It’s 4:45am. Maybe I should go back to sleep for a bit. It’s already warm and muggy outside; we’re in for another day of sledgehammer sauna. 99°F with 99% humidity, followed by oppressive heat and humidity.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/14/2016 at 07:42 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 03, 2016

roots music time

Just for fun

That would be Jimbo Mathus on rhythm guitar and vocals, with Luther Dickinson on the dobro.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/03/2016 at 02:53 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - May 07, 2016

Saturday Morning Kid

Another wet and soggy cold morning. Damn me, I had to get the parka back out of the closet.

Even though the flowers are blooming and the world is greening up, it still barely feels like Spring. I wish I could kick start it somehow.

Here, this might help you kick start your morning. It almost did for me.

Not enough? Fine. Grab another cuppa coffee real quick and I’ll queue up few toe tappers for you below the fold. Toes nothing; it’s dancing time.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/07/2016 at 10:46 AM   
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calendar   Friday - March 11, 2016

Rock ‘N Roll Time Machine

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What On Earth Is It?





Nah, we can’t play WhatsIt? any more. Image search engines are just too good. So I’ll tell you. You’re looking at a primitive computer program. In the same vein as Herman Hollerith’s punch cards and the programmable Jacquard loom, the scrolls are a repeatable finite set of machine instructions. ie, computer programs. It’s not their fault that they aren’t hooked up to a computer. That never stopped Lady Ada Lovelace.

Actually it’s the “sheet music” for a player piano. Which in this case is a crazy fancy calliope, not a piano. A fairground pipe organ from France, from over 100 years ago. And what delightful frilly bit of Turn of Last Century, Belle Époque French music is it playing, ever so sweetly? Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

Awesome.

Go play below the fold. Enjoy.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/11/2016 at 01:03 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - January 28, 2016

left turn at Albuquerque

I was going to post (re-post) Fat Les’ soccer anthem Vindaloo in celebration of my successful Thai yellow curry ( I added a tsp of powdered galangal and made the chicken and tater curry in the pressure cooker.) Because all curry is Vindaloo, and it’s a proper Swing Your Arms and Stomp Your Feet tune to play loudly when you’re feeling strong and positive.  Yay, curry! Yay! Vindaloo!!!

But the follow on video at YouTube was my downfall. Stacy’s Mom. Who, in case you never noticed, is semi-retired swimwear model Rachel Hunter. Which would mean that Stacy’s dad ... is Rod Stewart??  I love the ending, a total replay of the epic Phoebe Cates scene from Fast Times At Ridgemont High.






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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/28/2016 at 08:40 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 19, 2016

Eagles Guitarist Glenn Frey Dead

Glenn Frey, 67

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… the cause of death was a combination of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia.

Frey had been battling intestinal issues for months and had surgery in November. We’re told in the last few days his condition took a turn for the worse. He died in New York City.

Glenn also got into acting, snagging a recurring role on “Miami Vice.”

He reunited with the Eagles in ‘94 for their monster Hell Freezes Over tour and recorded music till the end, releasing what would be his fifth and final solo LP, “After Hours,” in 2012.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had been fighting intestinal issues for awhile but his condition relapsed before the holidays, forcing the Eagles to pull out of their Kennedy Center Honors appearance in December. At the time, the band said he needed major surgery that would require a lengthy recovery.

Don Henley said, “He was like a brother to me; we were family, and like most families, there was some dysfunction. But the bond we forged 45 years ago was never broken.”

Glenn Lewis Frey (pronounced Fry; born November 6, 1948) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and actor, best known as a founding member of the Eagles. Frey formed the Eagles after he met drummer Don Henley in 1970 and the two eventually joined Linda Ronstadt’s backup band for her summer tour. The Eagles formed in 1971 and released their debut album in 1972. Glenn Frey played guitar with the Eagles as well as piano and keyboards, and shared lead vocals with Don Henley. The Eagles broke up in 1980 after becoming one of the most successful bands of all time. Frey sang lead vocals on many Eagles hits such as “Take It Easy”, “Peaceful Easy Feeling”, “Tequila Sunrise”, “Already Gone”, “Lyin’ Eyes”, “New Kid in Town”, and “Heartache Tonight”. After the breakup of the Eagles in 1980, Frey embarked on a successful solo career. He released his debut album in 1982 and went on to record Top 40 hits “The One You Love”, “Smuggler’s Blues”, “Sexy Girl”, “The Heat Is On”, and “You Belong to the City”.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/19/2016 at 12:02 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 05, 2016

5 cat night

Crivens, it’s cold tonight ...


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I’d call it a 3 dog night, but we can’t have dogs here, so I guess 5 cats would do it. As if. Our 2 cats have found the hot pocket of air between the back of a sofa and the baseboard heat. It’s almost 100° in that little spot, and they’re in there like white on rice.

So I’ll just grab an extra blanket and burrow further under the covers. Hard to believe that I was out on the patio without a shirt on Christmas afternoon.





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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/05/2016 at 06:35 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - November 03, 2015

Once Upon A Time

Warning: trigger words ahead!! Danger, danger danger!!! May contain peanuts and gluten too!!

Once upon a time, men sang like men, about manly things.

This is an ancient marching tune, whether in standard or double time. It’s only in the last 300 years that it’s been in English. Come on, when you’re singing about repelling the Saxon foe, you know you’re doing it OLD school.

This set of lyrics is very close to the most modern version, which has been kicking around 50 years or so now.

You just might recall the song from a war movie so old that Michael Caine had hair in it. Dark hair. His own.

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No, I have no idea how I got to this one. I was reading about the Mets. But you click on a link in a comment, go there and click on another link ... and pretty soon ...


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/03/2015 at 12:02 AM   
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calendar   Monday - November 02, 2015

the kids might be alright after all

Gotta have hope if they can come up with a punkster tune like this one ...

Give, the song is done by Green Day, a thrash band that’s been around since the mid-80s. So the guys in it must be positively ANCIENT by now. OTOH, I didn’t know the song existed until a 13 yo told me what she was listening to this morning.

Rebel on, young punkrat.



Don’t want to be an American idiot.
One nation controlled by the media.
Information age of hysteria.
It’s calling out to idiot America.

Welcome to a new kind of tension.
All across the alien nation.
Where everything isn’t meant to be okay.
Television dreams of tomorrow.
We’re not the ones who’re meant to follow.
For that’s enough to argue.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/02/2015 at 04:50 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - October 07, 2015

Incoming!!

rasberry

Pot-a-pult at it again!

Border Patrol Seizes 1,377 pounds of pot that was launched over border



Stone the castle!  {I don’t think this is what they meant!}

Border Patrol agents seized 1,377 pounds of marijuana in dozens of bundles that the agency says had somehow been launched over the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Agent Matthew Eisenhauer says agents using thermal-imaging cameras spotted the bundles apparently being launched over the border fence near Douglas Saturday night.

Agents responded and found approximately 80 bundles within 150 yards of the border.

Eisenhauer says officials aren’t sure how the bundles were launched over the border.

In previous incidents, smugglers have thrown drug bundles over the border or shot them over with devices such as air-powered cannons and catapults.

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a frog! A frog??? Well, a flying Square Green Grouper. Don’t see many of them outside the Bahamas. ‘Specially not in west Texas.

Elsewhere in Narcoland Texas, other Border Patrol agents seized nearly a ton of grass when the mules got skittish and ran back home.

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – U.S. Border Patrol agents confiscated nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana in three seizures early Friday morning, a more than $1.5 million worth of marijuana bust.

Early Friday, agents assigned to the Brownsville Station were advised of possible illegal activity on the eastside of Brownsville, CBP says. As the agents reached the area, they saw a white SUV driving north from the Rio Grande.

Border Patrol agents say the alleged marijuana driver noticed the agents and decided to make a U-turn, headed back to the river. The vehicle was then submerged in water. CBP says the driver swam back to Mexico, abandoning more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana.

Before the largest seizure, agents confiscated two smaller loads of marijuana in Garceno and Escobares, bringing the total amount seized to nearly 2,000 pounds.



Every year along about this time it all goes dry
There’s nothing ‘round for love or money that’ll get you high
Henry got pissed off and said he’d run to Mexico
To see if he could come back holdin’ 20 keys of gold.


Now the road to Acapulco is very far indeed.
It isn’t any better if you haven’t any weed.
Henry’s driving hard and straight on twisty mountain roads
Fifty people waiting back at home for Henry’s load.


And now he’s rollin’ down the mountain
Going fast, fast, fast
And if he blows it this one’s gonna be his last
Run to Acapulco to turn the golden keys
Henry keep your brakes on for this corner if you please!


rasberry


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/07/2015 at 05:55 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - September 22, 2015

The Circle of Jazz

Circle of Life? Phooey. The Circle of Jazz ... in which dem cats has been stealin they shit fo generations. GENERATIONS.

Works for rock musicians too. The Rolling Stones stole half their stuff from a 1930s bluesman named Robert Johnson. Clapton too, the great borrower.

This one was Johnson’s too ... although he probably stole it from somebody else.


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“take my .32-20 now, gonna cut her ass in two”




For Peiper.




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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/22/2015 at 09:31 PM   
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calendar   Friday - August 28, 2015

Summer’s Slumber

Out. Like. A. Light.

I’ve listened to a lot of versions of this tune, and I think this one is the best played and cleanest recorded. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/28/2015 at 03:10 AM   
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calendar   Monday - August 24, 2015

just fiddlin about

Mairead Nesbitt of the group Celtic Woman. Talent, beauty, incredibly high energy, and she just has so damn much fun out there. It’s infectious!

found it here, and then it followed me home

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/24/2015 at 01:37 PM   
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