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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Buddy Guy

Yes, I've posted these albums before, but so it is.....from someone who has seen most everyone live in my
time, last year's Buddy Guy show that my son Grant and I attended was one of the best. Grant is gone, away at college now, but Madame Angela and myself are going to attend the Buddy Guy/Johnny Laing show Saturday! So I'm posting these albums again, in celebration of the great Buddy Guy, making it through another year and coming back to Ohio to entertain and thrill us again.......

BUDDY'S BADDEST-01 Damn Right I've Got the Blues/02 Five Long Years/03 Mustang Sally/04 Remeberin' Stevie/05 She's a Superstar/06 Feels Like Rain/07 She's Nineteen Years Old//08 I Smell Trouble/09 Someone Else Is Slippin' In/10 My Time After a While/11 Midnight Train/12 Miss Ida B/13 I Need Your Love So Bad/14 Innocent Man

VERY BEST OF BUDDY GUY-01 First Time I Met the Blues/02 The Way You been Treatin' Me/03 Sit and Cry (The Blues)/04 This is the End/05 Stone Crazy/06 When My Left Eye Jumps/07 My Time After a While/08 Hold That Plane/09 Hello San Francisco/10 Five Long Years/11 First Time I Met the Blues/12 A Man of Many Words/13 T Bone Shuffle/14 When You See the Tears From My Eyes/15 Ten Years Ago/16 Blues at My baby's House/17 She Suits Me to a T/18 Just Teasin'

More Electric Orange

(scott) Here is part 4 of John N's ultra-Electric Orange submission, I think this wraps up their "proper"
albums, we still have some singles, comps, etc......again, not going to go into detail on these because I haven't heard em, but this series has been quite popular. By the way, I know one of the links is wrong......I will fix it, just wait until I get the rest of them up......if I screw up any more of them let me know.

XX-01 Wechselkrote/02 Mischwesen/03 Hauptunruhe/04 Cenote

LIVE AT ROADBURN-01 Raumschaf/02 Murk/03 Sunaut/04 Donocord

VOLUME 10-01 Paraboiled/02 Slowbind/03 Symptom of the Moony Nurse/04 Suite Beef/05 A Tuna Sunrise/06 Behind the Wall of Sheep/07 Seven and Smell/08 Worn Utopia

MISOPHONIA-01 Organized Suffering/02 Bottledrone/03 Demented/04 Misophonia I/05 Shattered/06 Misophonia II/07 Opsis/08 Misophonia III

Brian - The R•diohead Covers Project

(NOTE: Though I'm careful with the band name I cannot write a post this involved without using the song titles. It would be too much of a headache. So, let's hope...ALSO, this post is gonna be a STICKY at the top for a while. so there will be newer posts under it.)

OH MY GOD, is this one good!!! I mean, really, with no hyperbole - and no small amount of pride, either - this is one of the top 3 covers comps I've ever come up with. It's just that good; I mean, I'm the one who made it and even I don't know how it happened! My favorite kind of cover projects are the ones that seem to come together on their own. The Alice In Coverland post comes to mind, or Bowie, or The Purple One. This collection of R•diohead covers was like that, after some false starts. My usual MP3 sites were giving up some interesting versions of songs, but not enough. So I did what I do usually only as a last resort - I went on YouTube. 

And this entire compilation opened up to me! I found some more famous names, sure, but what amazed me was all the great live covers by smaller indie bands, university ensembles, jazz bands, foreign groups, and people making music at home. I mean, the entire fucking planet loves R•diohead! While I avoided recordings of standard tribute cover bands (especially barroom cell phone vids), I was intrigued by some of the other groups I found. There was such a wealth of covers, I was afraid of sorting them all out. But I went with my ears and my gut, and I let this thing take its own shape. 

And in the end, this turned out just like the Bowie comp, even down to writing every track name down on a piece of paper and shuffling them. It's also divided into three "discs", each timed at just shy of 80 minutes should anyone feel the need to burn these. And since there were some I couldn't decide between, like the Bowie project each volume is bracketed by dual covers: "Creep" for #1, "High and Dry" for #2, and (interestingly) "Street Spirit" for #3. I chose not to be a cover completist since what I'd already found came to exactly 4 hours of music. So please don't leave any suggestions, OK? I've heard enough R•diohead songs lately. 

The only album that is completely represented is OKComputer. BendsKidA, and Rainbows each have 7. Pablo and Amnesiac have 5, Hail and MoonShaped have 4, while KOL has three covers taken from it.

This collection sounds great! The only track that is a bit dodgy is John Frusciante's live version of "Lucky", but Jonder cleaned it up well. Everything else is a HQ mp3 file or was ripped from HQ video. Jonder helped big time, editing down some of the tracks. And his son went ahead and made covers for me. So, thanks boys. YOU ARE IN STORE FOR AWESOME, PEOPLE!!! And if you see a "YT", that is a link to that specific sourced YouTube vid. So, let's get the famous names out of the way....

Jimmy Eat World deliver a heart-on-the-sleeve version of "Stop Whispering", probably R•diohead's purest pop tune. Weezer [YT] perform a great cover of "Paranoid Android", though Rivers Cuomo does change some of the lyrics (harrumph). The Flaming Lips deliver a wistful version of "Knives Out", from their Fight Test EPAnd Gnarls Barkley's [---] cover of "Reckoner", maaaan.... if you've ever doubted Ceelo Green, just hear those first notes he sings; your hair will stand up!

Deadmau5's great cover of "Codex" sounds like it could be in a Michael Mann movie. The faithful cover of "The Bends" is by none other than Anthrax, from their 1998 Inside Out EP. And oh boy, everybody sit down.... That devastating, killer version of "Optimistic" is performed by Hanson. Yes, HANSON. Give it a listen, you'll believe! And as mentioned earlier, John Frusciante does a great version of "Lucky".

And after auditioning many (MANY!) versions of "Creep", one of the ones I picked was the one by Korn [---], from their 2007 Un-plugged show. The intro is touching, and the performance is very nuanced. It's interesting that they use the bass drum to replace the stuttered chords at the start of the chorus. And also oddly, none of the other "Creep" covers I listened to attempted to try the riff either. And - a nice surprise here - I have Toots and the Maytals performing a sunny version of "Let Down".
And that's it for famous people. Now, the unknown ensemble groups perform some of the best covers here. The R•diohead Ensemble of the Berklee School of Music is featured twice [YT], [YT ], turning in a sexy and ethereal "Nude", as well as a great "Morning Bell". Also coming from academia, there is the R•diohead Jazz Project of Lawrence University, [YT] performing a groovy, brass-led rendition of "Bodysnatchers". Check out the videos for these three.
The Paul Dunton Orchestra [YT] performs a driving cover of "Jigsaw Falling Into Place", that also has great vocals! The Portland Cello Project (feat Adam Shearer) [YT] absolutely blow "Exit Music (For A Film)" out of the water, just amazing! And the version of "Black Star" is by a non-audition public choir from Victoria, BC called... um, The Choir [YT]. The first time I watched the video this came from, I wept. It was just so moving to see this big group of regular people covering such a personal, singular song. That was when I committed to this comp having the aesthetic that it does. And lastly, the piano-and-opera-vocal version of "I Will" is by Monta Martinsone and Artyom Musaelov [YT]

Austin group Mother Falcon released a front-to-back cover album of OK that was called MF Computer, which I grabbed two tracks from, "Fitter Happier", and a version of "Electioneering" that manages to rock even without guitars! The Easy Star All Stars' dub reggae cover of "Climbing Up the Walls" still manages to carry some real menace, and comes from their album called (heh) RadiodreadSecret Society's faithful-yet-dance-ish cover of "Planet Telex" comes from the tribute album Anyone Can Play R•diohead.

From the (online only?) tribute Exit Music: Songs With Radio Heads, a group called L.O. Freq performs a moody, acoustic cover of "Blow Out". And to honor the three (!) different string quartet R•diohead tributes, I chose the Vitamin String Quartet's version of "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi". And did you know there have been two R•diohead lullaby music tributes? From the Rockabye Baby one, I chose a sonically beautiful rendition of "There There". Great on headphones!

Multi-instrumentalist Marissa Nadler sings an even-wearier cover of "No Surprises" that I just love. I get goosebumps every time I hear it. Cut from the same cloth is Camille O'Sullivan's heartbreaking and dreamy version of "True Love Waits". My God! That track is from her album ChangelingBella Ruse [YT ] sings an equally haunting "Like Spinning Plates". These gals just nail it!

Two more good covers come from R•diohead's most recent album MoonShapedPoolLlargo's [YT] cover of "Daydreaming" is beautiful with that ethereal guitar sound. And metal band Johari [----] deliver a smashing, Isis-tinged take of "Burn the Witch". The album only came out a few months ago, and there's already great interpretations out there!

I'm not familiar with iLonely and Sombra, but I like their acoustic version of "You and Whose Army?" Tanya O'Callaghan [YT ]and friends perform a "15 Step" with real soulful vocals, while still holding a tech-sounding edge. For a change of pace, the group Children Slyness drops a very dubstep cover of "Pearly". The kids should love it...

Belém - who I think is the singer for a Spanish group, hard to find info - drops a faithful acoustic version of "Thinking About You". I don't know the group Blizzar B [YT ], but that's a great close-harmony take of "2+2=5". UK singer-songwriter Daniel Cavanagh performs a tender and moving "How To Disappear Completely", from his album Memory & Meaning.


Did you know KidA and Amnesiac were secretly jazz albums? Given the workout that "National Anthem" and "Pyramid Song" are given, I think so. Atomic's "Pyramid" is a nice post-bop kind of take - sounding like Miles in '63 - and Perhaps Contraption's "Anthem" has a stomping groove. Also in a jazz vein is Postmodern Jukebox ft. Hayley Reinhart's [YT] cover of "Creep". It's a torch song reading, but for me it still goes to the forlorn longing of the original...gorgeous!

And yes, I know of Richard Cheese's cover of "Creep", but I didn't want to go funny with that song. But to acknowledge his love of the group - I particularly like the cover of his album OK Bartender - I used his version of "Airbag" to start everything off strange.


This is kind of a blanket term I'm using to refer to the amateurs and pros here who performed their songs at home. I was gonna avoid homemade versions initially (type in "Creep" and "acoustic", I dare ya). However, I came across many songs (most of them studio-quality), that I liked very much. And I wanted the comp to reflect that aspect of how everybody, even everyday people, have taken R•diohead to heart.

Hayley Richman [---] has many covers of R•diohead songs on YouTube, with a lot of views, so I wanted to use her at some point. So, I picked her cover of "Identikit". It's a good version; I like her voice, reminds me of an Icelandic singer almost. And check that photo: gal's got a nice pad! Tara Rice [YT] delivers a great homemade cover of "Lotus Flower". The video is cool; it shows her doing all the percussion herself.
I had a hell of a time trying to find "Anyone Can Play Guitar". Even harder given that there's a web instruction show called that! Finally found this version by the Rocket Brothers [YT ]. I can only assume it's home studio stuff. Well recorded, and the guy's got a great voice, though European diction on some words, German maybe? Sounds of Venus [YT] is another small group, and their acoustic cover of "Give Up the Ghost" has some really haunting (pun, sorry) vocal harmonies.

The cover song that made me change my mind about homemade solo acoustic performances is the cover of "High and Dry" here by a girl named Kayla L [YT]. It's gotten 41,000 views, it's played with heart, and I really like her earnest, elfin, almost weightless singing voice. Great version, and you gotta admit, she's easy on the eyes...


Somehow, ukuleles and banjos weave their way through these discs, even more than the jazz. First up is a reappearance of Amanda Palmer, performing "Fake Plastic Trees", from that R•diohead uke tribute disc of hers I'd posted last year. From Denver, CO comes the Ooks of Hazzard [---], an 8 piece folk band who deliver a great version of "Subterranean Homesick Alien". Singer Sarah Jarosz (also a uke player) performs a dynamite cover of "The Tourist".

Meghan Linsey [YT] does a great traditional country version of "High and Dry". I love how the guitar line is played on the violin. The group Punch Brothers - who have several R•diohead covers out there - do a killer version of "Kid A", all with mandolins and ukuleles. I love the way they replicate those electro sounds with these acoustic instruments. 

The last track in this section I'll talk about is my favorite of the whole collection: Birds Of Bellwoodsastounding cover of "Idioteque". B.O.B. (YT) are a Canadian quartet (guitar, mandolin, banjo, cello/bass) who do covers and originals in unique arrangements. The way they adapt the original song to their style (check that palm-muted banjo), as well as keeping the rhythmic complexity of it, amazes me. I love the opening, where they're all drumming on their instruments. Their singing harmony is great, too. These boys are goood!


English/Pakistani group Bat For Lashes perform a moving live version of "All I Need". The "Tao" Church Choir [YT] of Tblisi, Georgia (country, not state) do an a capella cover of "Everything In It's Right Place" that you just gotta hear! The way they're all modulating their voices is very striking. R&B singer Muhsinah does a rhythmically driving version of "Scatterbrain". Tel Aviv pop star Shefita [YT] performs a quite different Middle Eastern take on "Karma Police", featuring traditional instruments like the oud. Pianist Christopher O'Riley does a great instrumental version of "Bulletproof".

The two versions of "Street Spirit" may seem the same, but they're not. The one by Manuja feat. Dimaestro that opens disc 3 is a moodily beautiful Spanish acoustic cut. The one by the (generically named?) Djambe Band is recorded off the street somewhere in Africa maybe, and features some traditional sounding instruments, and is spookier. And I couldn't resist this whole compilation ending with the sound of somebody turning off a tape. The boys would appreciate that, I think.

Hope you guys like this; I'm really proud of it! Tracks compiled from July 28-31st....three days! (I have no life). Text finished August 3rd. Any time between that and posting will be figuring how the hell to sequence this! And if any of the people featured here object to their inclusion, please try to take this in the spirit in which it was made. I love R•diohead, you love R•diohead... I just wanna show the world!

To round out the "Covers Anniversary", there will be some more random cover projects coming (Eighties covers, re-posting of old comps), but this one is the JEWEL.

And since I forgot to put them on the comp, check out this performance by Acoustic Madness of "I Might Be Wrong" - YT

And here's a great performance of a guy doing "15 Step" using only his iPhone! - YT

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Stand by for a bit MORE advertising

I think advertising is often remarkable, classic artwork, time sorts out whether or not it is "art" of just
"trash".....actually, of course, it is ALL "trash", but time sorts the whole thing out.......

Let me quote the Clash ("Koka Kola")....."I get my advice from the advertising world, treat me right, party girl, Coke adds life, where there isn't any so freeze, man freeze".....OK as a lifelong Coke drinker (Coke Zero since '05!), I always wondered if Joe Strummer had a bunch of Pepsi stock, however, I digress.....Coca Cola had some of the most stunning advertising that any company ever released, and it is my pleasure to share this file of fantastic Coke ads.....and by the way....Coke (and Coke Zero) rock the fucking universe, and pepsi (I won't even capitalize it) tastes like water with WAY too much sugar in there ya go, I made myself clear, for once!

The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (if you say so)

Of course, always room for debate here, 500 albums is a lot to deal with, and if you and I both thought up
our, say top ONE hundred, there is a good chance there would be some overlap......Rolling Stone magazine attempted a few years back to put this into some sort of perspective, and, as usual, it kind of completely falls apart......nevertheless, it is a damn ambitious effort, does discuss many of the classic rock albums of all time, and is nothing if not a debate-starter.......I think it's worthy of inclusion here, it should be discussed/debated/changed until the end of time. So, here's the fun part......what do YOU personally think are the FIVE "best" (or, more accurately, your five favorite) rock albums of them all? I would absoultey LOVE to see people's lists, I think it would be an amazing topic for discussion, I hope it takes off just a bit.....if one of your faves is something obscure let me know and we'll be certain to post it. Here are my ten faveorites/"bests":

1. LOVE-Forever Changes
3. NIRVANA-Nevermind
4. THE MC5-Kick Out the jams
5. THE VELVET UNDERGORUND-White Light White Heat
6. DAVID BOWIE-Ziggy Stardust
7. THE WHO-Live at Leeds
8. LIZ PHAIR-Exile In Guyville

Really, you think I don't know how silly "Exile In Guyville" looks on this list? Well, I patiently await YOUR personal lists......really I do, I hope to get some responses/feedback, this is a great topic as always!

Another one for Angie

This is another one for my new love, my witch whom I love with all my heart......She liked the "Encyclopedia
Sorry, I know this is personal, but Angie is a part of this blog as well as part of my life (fun fact: she followed the Grateful Dead around the US for some 150-200 shows after she got out of high school......NOT something I would do, for sure, but it is another piece of the puzzle that makes her the love of my life. )

here you go Angie, I hope that THIS book is legit also, if it's bogus I'm sorry, but I love you either way and I post it in tribute to YOU, my you always! Thank you for making me happy, life is FAR too short to be miserable all the time, as you have taught me.....I have so much more to learn from you, and I promise I will absorb every bit until we are both on the same plain...I love you Angie, and I am telling that to the world here, at least to the blogosphere........

Look for some Johnny Laing/Buddy Guy in the next couple of days, as I can't wait to see this show with my love Angie........I know I posted some Buddy last year when Grant and I went, but hey, it's fucking BUDDY FUCKING can live through it again!


Brian asked yesterday about Lo Pan as he had recently found one of their albums ("Salvador")......well, I
happen to have three of their four (I think) albums, from the great city of Columbus Ohio, Lo-Pan cranked out some bad-ass stoner metal during the 2000's-2010's, hell they may still be kicking it for all I know.....if I had to liken them to another stoner band, it might be Wo Fat or Sasquatch, both of whom I have always loved.

This stuff kicks ass.......often times I forget about all the great stoner rock albums that I have never even posted, and it's good to get a wake up call and reminder that there are about a million out there that I haven't gotten to yet.

LO PAN-01 Hills are Alive/02 Track 2/03 To the Bone/04 Break You Open/05 Quick Hell/06 Burnt to the Skin/07 Mission/08 Words/09 Mustmiss/10 Kill to Blame

SASQUANAUT-01 Dragline/02 Savage Henry/03 Kurtz/04 Callahan/05 Kramer/06 Vega/07 Vego/08 Wade Garrett

SALVADOR-01 El Dorado/02 Bleeding Out/03 Seed/04 Bird of
Prey/05 Deciduous/06 Intro/07 Chichen Itza/08 Spartacus/09 Struck Match/10 Generations/11 Solo