1. May 2009 00:34
Oh dear, I knew this day was going to come sooner or later.
I saw the video for Metal Queen when I was 16. That probably explains it all right there.
Lee Aaron still has a fantastic voice and has transformed into a jazz singer these days, but like so many testosterone fueled nerdly dweeboids, I remember and love her best for the mind-numbing goodness of the past. It wasn't until I tracked down a copy of Metal Queen that I realized just how.. erm.. appealing to testosterone fueled nerdly dweebs the songs were. Wow, am I glad we've all moved on. Well, some of us, anyways. I have this charming mental image of Ms. Aaron walking onstage in a gorgeous gown, crooning a soft number in some upscale music hall, and a dozen morons like me standing at the front of the stage ripping their shirts off to spell out "PLAY METAL QUE."
There's always a couple jerks that don't show up.
For what it's worth, here's one of the better songs on the album.
30. April 2009 00:53
The Clash - the best fucking folk group EVER!
And we could all go for a little drop in pressure right about now, couldn't we?
And a follow up just-for-fun. I'm filling up the car with gas tonight and this comes on over the loud speakers at the station. I can't decide if I'm more upset that I can still sing along or if I *did* sing along...
28. April 2009 22:55
I often wonder which is mine:
Tolerance, or a rubber spine?
- Odgen Nash
I have no idea where they get off marking this down as the worst ever. It's got a beat and I can dance to it.
27. April 2009 23:52
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
This week I'm Shelley. What ya goona do? I must be poetic.
Starting off last Monday, I started off with The Who's "The Seeker." Pete Townshend is one of the masterful songwriters. I dug up a recent version, too. For some reason, in my memory Daltrey had a Hawaiian shirt or had some kind of surfer look going on when they played Calgary. Good rocking.
Last Tuesday was Proposition 61 by the Most Serene Republic. I love these guys, I'd really like to catch them live. They're another unique band with a distinct sound all to themselves.
Wednesday was Earth Day, wasn't it? How about something appropriate: The Planet from Hans Theessink. No audio of this one, but let me paint a picture in your mind. Hans is a Dutch blues player who plays delta blues. He's an absolutely amazing guitarist and a must see when he comes through. In the album I've got, he has Jon Sass playing tuba - including one of the apocryphal tuba solos! Fantastic musicians all.
Up on Thursday I go back to The Soundtrack of Our Lives with Nevermore. They were on here before with "In Your Veins", this is much more indicitive of why I like TSOOL.
And how about I finish off with today's music, which is that great epic, "Clam Caravan" by Spinal Trap. Can't beat those guys, but we know just how anal they are about posting anything up on youtube. Great band, but David, Nigel and Derek are such humourless prigs. Well, if I can't find what I want to play, you get dosed with a blast of bass. Enjoy!
21. April 2009 20:05
This is the way the blog ends.
This is the way the blog ends.
This is the way the blog ends.
Not with a bang but a whimper.
Or perhaps not. But it will come in dribs and drabs.
Let's start with last Monday and the Arrogant Worms and a wonderful departure for them with a song more about philosophy than humour. Didn't you know they could be so deep? Well, really, they Kant.
Next up is that band I saw before Melvin and I got to see Buddy Guy. No youtube there, but it's Warehouse covering this song. They still need more internet presence. (duck)
Last Wednesday was a little band out of England called The Thamesmen. They released this ditty back in 1964 (pretty impressive since I don't tend to have a lot of mouldy goldies on my iPod). I'm not really sure what really happened to the Thamesmen, to be honest. They seemed to blow up to statospheric proportions and then fell to earth and combusted like a drummer. Rumours have it that they re-formed again five or six years ago as a band called "The Folksmen", but despite the similarities of name, I really disbelieve the rumour is true. Nonetheless, this is a song that I used to sing to my daughter when she was a wee one and she bumped a shin or fell over skating or something similar and it would make her laugh and laugh a thousand times over.
Last Thursday had Tim Vesely's band the Violet Archers. Love these guys, it's wonderful to hear Tim making such cool music. You only get a taste in this one, but it's worth something.
More to come later.
9. April 2009 01:17
I guarantee it. Three minutes from the moment you click the link.
You're not going to make it through the song without cracking a smile.
The last I heard, Andrea Wasse was down in LA doing her thing, making it big, breaking my heart and leaving me behind.
8. April 2009 01:40
There's a goodly pile of stories I can tell about Bill Henderson.
I've met him many times now, I've worked with him on occasion, and he continues to impress me as a really nice guy to be around.
The very first rock and / or roll I'd ever heard was when my Dad came home with Chilliwack cassette - Wanna Be a Star. I played that poor thing to death, I'm sure. It was clearly one of the most influential albums ever in my life, I'm sure it holds a great deal of explanation behind the brain damage before you.
Well, the first time I'd met Bill I was tongue tied trying to explain just how big of an effect his music had had upon me. He kinda laughed and asked, "What's all this in the past?"
It wasn't in the past, it was just a re-connection with something that remains very important to me. Much of my musical taste was formed by Bill Henderson - both in and apart from Chilliwack - and remains so to this very day.
This morning's song was "Are You Really Gonna Walk Out?" and is actually from "Look In, Look Out". Naturally, no youtube on it.
You know, if I'm going to just randomly post something else Chilliwackian, I'm going to throw up one that I really, really love. I could use a little more belief right about now anyways, and I love the live videos. This is from Wanna Be A Star.
6. April 2009 21:03
Although it's another one of those "two of three I can't dig up on youtube", I'll put in a near miss, a vague explanation, and an actual performance.
Bob Brozman is known as an ethnomusicologist. Simply stated, not only does he study the cultural aspects of music, he's a fantastic musician who brings the music to life and can explain in great detail depths and facets of the music you've never considered - almost without care or consideration of how much you previously knew. He plays a wide range of styles, I'm particularly taken with his slide guitar and his Hawaiian guitar work myself.
The actual song was "New Vine Street Blues", but instead I'll give you Highway 49 Blues.
The second song is one of the albums I consider absolutely essential for Canadian fans of the Arts. The Rheostatics were commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada to write an album inspired by the works of the Group of Seven. It was released to much acclaim, both as a tribute to the Group of Seven and as a solid and separate work unto itself. The tracks did not have official names, so the actual track was numbered "One", although the unofficial title of the song is "Kevin's Waltz." Go watch Laurie Brown's story on it from the CBC. You'll get a great feel for it from her story.
Last was Robert Plant and Allison Kraus playing Townes Van Zandt's song Nothin'.
1. April 2009 00:59
I didn't write down what the song was last Thursday, and I charged my iPod last night, wiping out the list of songs. I figured I'd have to write it off as an "oops." Then riding the bus home tonight, I heard another Sloan song and it clicked.
Back when I was bopping along to the saccharine cuddle pop of Cub, the other band worth it's hype was Sloan. They were hugely popular on RealTime, and have obviously had wonderful staying power. Come to think of it, they remain on of my favourite bands I've never seen live. Pity.
Here is 500 Up.
Monday goes back to the great Fred Eaglesmith featuring Willie P. Bennett playing, "49 Tons." Come to think of it, isn't that a Willie P. Bennett original right there?
This morning goes back to the New Pornographers. Since the Ennis Sisters were the first band to repeat, I ought to mention Challengers is the first album to repeat. Do I stop when I have a song repeat? No worries yet, this morning was "The Spirit of Giving."
25. March 2009 23:47
Let's start with Monday:
What can I say about Fred? Let me just start with, "I love ya, man. Pass a beer."
With the bonus of Willie P. Bennett on camera, genius, star, personal hero and a genuine gem of a man. My son got to shake Willie's hand a few years back. I told Willie that Kelley was a fan literally every day of his life. Willie, gentlemanly as he was, enthusiastically shook Kelley's hand and said, "It's nice to meet you, Kelley. I've never met someone who's been a fan all his life before."
Tuesday goes back to the Rheostatics and "Mumbletypeg" from Night of the Shooting Stars. I was a late comer to that album, and it's sure grown on me.
No youtube video, but in a completely unrelated by anything but the name of the song, let me introduce Frank Fotusky. I found it through a search for mumbletypeg and he's awesome in an entirely non-Rheostatic way. Or perhaps the Rheostatics are awesome in an entirely non-Fotusky way. I'm listening to his "Trouble in Mind" as I type this -- I love this accidental finds.
And today goes to Ruthie Foster with "Woke Up this Morning." I'm not sure if I actually woke up this morning or not, but it's hard to not get moving with this driving you on. Love you too, Ms. Foster.
After those three, I'm looking forward to what tomorrow will bring.