Friday, May 22, 2015

Weekend Listomania: Special I Read the News Today, Oy Gevalt Edition

Okay, kids, it's Friday, and you know what that means. Yes, my Oriental fille-de-whoopie Fah Lo Suee and I are off to the Cannes Film Festival, where apparently women wearing flats are not being admitted to press screenings. I am not making this up, BTW. In case, Fah and I will be attending barefoot by way of protest.

But in the meantime, here's a fun little project for us to contemplate till Monday:

BEST OR WORST POST-ELVIS TOPICAL OR PROTEST FOLK/POP/ROCK/SOUL SONG/RECORD EVER!!!!!


This was inspired, obviously, by our earlier little mini-dustup over the merits of Prince's new single "Baltimore." In any case, no arbitrary rules of any kind, although if you nominate a pre-rock song like "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" or anything by Woody Guthrie I will show up at your house and honk my horn in the middle of the night.

And the winners are --

Holy crap,it's a tie!

1. Bob Dylan -- The Times They Are A-Changin"



and

1. Barry McGuire -- Eve of Destruction



And I don't mean just a tie -- I consider this a tie for best and worst simultaneously! A Listomania first, I should add.

Seriously, I strongly dislike both of these as songs -- the Dylan in particular struck me as insufferably smug back in the day, and still does, and of course "Eve of Destruction" is just dopey.

That said, both of them inspired cover versions I dearly love, by The Byrds...



...and Red Rockers, respectively...




...so go figure.

Alrighty, then -- what would YOUR choices be?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Oh Hugo.....

Doctor crap today. A brand new Weekend Listomania -- it's actually already written, no fooling! -- goes up tomorrow.


BTW, that plaque is for real. I was wandering around the east 30s in Manhattan last year, and there it was, outside some medical building. Laughed my ass off, and fortunately I had my handheld device with me to take the picture.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Closed For Monkey Business


Dealing with plumbers today, which is always fun.

Regular, non water flow-related postings resume on the morrow. And stay tuned for a brand new -- no fooling -- Weekend Listomania on Friday.

But first a test of the service that may replace Divshare.



Holy shit -- it works! Yay!!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Desperate Cry for Help

Okay -- I need some advice from you guys.

Long time readers are aware that my file sharing program of choice when I wanted to post an mp3 was Divshare. I used it because it was mostly free, easy to use, and basically reliable.

Did I mention that it was mostly free?


Anyway, you may however have noticed that I haven't put up any Divshare links in several weeks, and that all the links I ever posted over the years no longer play. And I have have been unable to find any news online about what the hell is going on over there; they may be out of business for all I know. Basically, it seems that Mr. Divshare he dead.

So -- has any got a suggestion for another service that does what Divshare did? Soundcloud looks promising, but I'd appreciate any advice you can give me.

Thanks in advance.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Noted Without Comment

Prince's new single.

Entitled "Baltimore" for reasons that should be sadly obvious.




Okay, I will make three brief comments.

Number one: This is a great record. Number two: Good for Prince for getting this out there; obviously, he feels deeply about the subject.

And number three: It is appalling and infuriating that a song like this still needs to be written in America in the 21st century.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Didn't Wake Up This Morning

B.B. King 1925-2015.


To the best of my recollection, I only saw him live once, at the Fillmore. His brand of blues was always a little too urbane for my taste, but obviously the guy was a one of a kind master.

I should add that when I was growing up it was an article of faith in musician and critics circles that the live album presented in its entirety below -- taped when B.B. was still playing what used to be called the chiltlin circuit -- was one of the greatest records ever made. And yes, it holds up.



Thursday, May 14, 2015

I Love My Label

Just heard -- via our good pal (and record mogul behind the Floor Models CD) George Matzkou -- that the great John Wicks, auteur of power pop gods The Records, is seriously ill.

That being the case, George will be donating the proceeds from sales of all remaining stock of The Records tribute album he released last year to help with John's medical needs.


You can (and should) buy the album -- which is one of the best things of its kind ever -- over here. And light a metaphorical candle for John, who on top of everything else is a hell of a nice guy.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Closed for Monkey Business


Real world concerns beckon.

Back tomorrow with a sad bit of music news, and then a Listomania on Friday.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hey -- Where Are the Palmer Girls?

Snazzily dressed in my new Hugo Boss suit but looking a tad demented at the wedding of an old friend's daughter this past weekend. Photo courtesy of a certain Shady Dame of my acquaintance.


Nevertheless, a splendid time was had by all. I particularly liked when the rabbi announced that the happy couple's life together "would be awesome." I don't think I've ever heard a rabbi use that phrase before.

Regular musical postings, rather than faux GQ spreads, resume on the morrow.

Monday, May 11, 2015

No Wonder the Floor Models Are World Famous En EspaƱa

From fabulous downtown Madrid in 2015, please enjoy hitherto unknown to me grunge/punk/power popsters Dover and the delightfully Cars-ish "Too Late."




Apparently there's something in the water in Spain that's conducive to people liking this kind of retro stuff.

And a tip of the Hatlo Hat to reader Mark who suggested I check these guys out last week.