Tuesday, January 24, 2017

French Cookin' Has Got the Blues (And I Don't Feel So Good Myself)

From their swell new album If You Wanna, please enjoy the blues stylings of French Cookin' (featuring former Floor Model Glen Robert Allen on those pagan skins) and their insinuating "Don't Leave Me Hangin'.

If you're in the NYC/Jersey area and want to check these guys out live, you can find their gig schedule over HERE.

I should add that the aLbum is available for download at Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and all the other usual suspects; actual CDs can be purchased from Target.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Annals of Alternative Facts

Okay, the events of the last three or four days have pretty much tuckered me out.

Two brief observations come to mind, however.

First of all, Propaganda Barbie White House spokes-liar Kellyanne Conway -- who coined the now immortal phrase "alternative facts" on Sunday -- apparently got her inaugural outfit from the only heterosexual designer in America.

I mean seriously -- she looks like the lead singer of a Paul Revere and the Raiders tribute band.

Secondly, long-time readers may recall I had a bug up my ass for several years over Kelefa Sanneh, the then scribe for the New York Times who I dubbed "The World's Most Irksome Rock Critic" for his fealty to the "Everything's Great Including the Obvious Shit" school of pop music journalism. In any case, Sanneh abandoned rock criticism for a more lucrative gig at the New Yorker as a political pundit of sorts, and I figured good riddance to bad rubbish (at least at the New Yorker, he's a mediocrity surrounded by people far more talented than he, and I could thus safely ignore his inanities).

Until this month, however, when he published this appalling apologia for an anonymous pro-Trump blogger. And thus was able to weasel-word an on-the-one-hand-but-on-the-other-hand endorsement for Trumpsputin and all his evil works.

To which I can only add -- fuck you, Kelefa Sanneh. Where you breathe.

Regular less partisan and despairing music postings resume on the morrow.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Radio Killed the Radio Star (Part Deux)

And for those of you who missed it -- and shame on you, obviously -- here's last Tuesday's episode of friend of PowerPop Capt. Al's intertube radio show Lost at Sea.

Featuring your humble scribe and his garage band chums The Weasels in a two-hour extravaganza of self-indulgence, vaguely smutty jokes, and a musical hall of shame retrospective spanning our several decades of low-fi recording.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Total Victory is Ours, Comrades!

So here I am on this week's episode of 70s80s90sNOW, for those of you who don't have SiriusXM radio.

Pretty amusing, I think, and I crushed the opposition and won valuable prizes. (I gave the Rush box set to one of the losers, which shows a nice spirit, I'm sure you'll agree).

Spoiler alert: Although I did win the episode, I blew the concluding bonus question. Which, given the subject, is beyond embarrassing.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Closed for Monkey Business

Yesterday's radio broadcast tuckered me out. Regular posting -- including an audio link to the show -- resumes on the morrow.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Radio Killed the Radio Star

Two programming notes:

Your humble scribe -- along with the rest of my garage-band mates The Weasels -- will be appearing on friend of PowerPop Capt. Al's show LOST AT SEA over at Area 24 Radio today starting at 12pm EST.

We'll be playing non-stop Weasel music (the horror! the horror!) and reminiscing about our decades together, so get ready for lots of in-jokes and other shameless self-indulgences.

Here's the link to listen.

Even more amazingly, for those of you with SiriusXM Radio, I'll be making my second appearance on their music trivia game show 70s80s90sNOw today at 1pm EST.

I crapped out badly on my first appearance (although I was a pretty funny contestant), but this time, without giving anything away, I crushed the opposition. I did blow an insanely easy bonus question at the end of the show, however, so if you have satellite radio and want to hear me humiliate myself, please check it out. It's on XMs Volume channel, number 106.

The show will be rerun later today and all week, so please listen to LOST AT SEA in real time.

Thank you.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Great Americans Day!

Of course, it's actually Martin Luther King Day, but not, at the moment, in Biloxi, Mississippi.

BILOXI, Mississippi -- City leaders say they will hold a special meeting Monday after the city came under fire for posting online that city offices would be closed Monday for "Great Americans Day" rather than Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich said the meeting will be used to update the city's Code of Ordinances after the city received backlash for not referring to Monday as MLK Day.

"In my opinion, that is the appropriate step to take, for the holiday to have the same name as the federal holiday," Gilich said in a statement, according to NBC News.

No racism down there in Mississippi, goddamn. No siree bob. That sort of stuff is long over.

So in their honor, I'm reposting the following obviously relevant song/video by an old band of mine.

Gerry wrote that song in 1994, inspired by watching the Ken Burns Civil War documentary. Thank god, nobody's gonna have to write another song like that anymore now that racism is a thing of the past.

And I would be remiss if I didn't add that no grown person should be nicknamed "FoFo," but that's an issue for another day.

Friday, January 13, 2017

It's Covers Week (Part V): Special Make America Grape Again! Edition

From 2002, please enjoy Robert Plant and his lovely (if less intense than the original) cover of the Moby Grape/Skip Spence stunner "Skip's Song."

I should add that technically this should be called "Seeing," as it was named when it originally appeared on the Grape's amazing Moby Grape 69 album; the song was retitled in the '90s when it appeared in demo form on Sony's Grape box set.

Here is what it sounded like when given the full Grape treatment; I think it's one of the greatest rock-and-roll records ever made, but as Chuck Barris used to say, what do I know -- I like cold toilet sets. In any event, Skip Spence was a goddamned genius, and good for Robert Plant for recognizing that.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

It's Covers Week (Part IV): Special Faux Fab Edition

From 1975, please enjoy the great Procol Harum (produced in this case by the equally great Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller) and a cover of The Beatles' classic "Eight Days a Week."

It has come to my attention that I am all but alone in my fondness for this one, but what the heck -- I'm sure you guys will let me know what you think.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

It's Covers Week (Part III): Special Visine of the Gods Edition

From 2016, please enjoy friends of PowerPop The Steve Deaton Three and an absolutely swell cover of the 1968 Todd Rundgren/Nazz classic "Open My Eyes."

That song, of course, is one of those Ground Zero power pop events, and as such there is no definitive cover. But I think this one is really cool.

I should also add that the splendid album the SD3's version appears on can be be purchased at Amazon, iTunes, etc.

BTW, for you vinyl cultists, there's now an LP edition; you can find an order link for it over HERE.