Sunday, September 25, 2016

Words Fail Me...

...other than thanks a million to everybody -- here and at Facebook or via e-mail or phone -- who left me kind messages after mom passed. Seriously -- it meant more to me than you can know.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Mom's funeral is this afternoon.

It's been a long, long week. But regular posting will resume on Monday, if only to get my mind on something else.

Monday, September 19, 2016

If It's Monday, It Must Be Separated at Birth!

First, a commercial: Our friend Sal Nunziato, who blogs at the splendid BURNING WOOD and has turned me on to more great music than I can calculate, is having an unofficial fundraiser; if you can see your way to sparing a little disposable income, please do. And consider yourself a patron of the arts.

And now the jokes.

Seriously, Sal used to do a satirical blog called It's Only Mock & Roll; for a sample, get thee to this entry -- BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN SELLS NAMING RIGHTS FOR E-STREET BAND-THEMED RESTAURANT and prepare to laugh your ass off.

He also put up a couple of photo yocks which I'm stealing (hence the title of today's post).

For example, who would have suspected the distinct familial resemblance between Kinks' guitarist Dave Davies and the late Talulah Bankhead?

Or between Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman and legendary First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt?

Not I, said the Little Red Hen.

In any case, thanks to honorary Floor Model and Friend of PowerPop Ronnie D'Addario, here's two new pairings --

Tragic Badfinger guitarist Pete Ham and Mr. Baseball himself, Bob Uecker!

Not to mention Lady Liberty and The King of Rock 'n' Roll.

Hey -- I said these are the jokes. I made no guarantees that they'd be funny.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Your Friday Moment of Words Fail Me

From 2014, please enjoy Rick Springfield -- yes, him -- and a stunning solo version of the Fleetwood Mac classic "Oh Well."

I'm a fan, and I knew he was good. But I didn't know he was THIS good.

As a bonus, here he is back in the late 60s with his first Australian band, Zoot (he references them in the "Oh Well" clip), doing a sort of Move-esque version of "Eleanor Rigby."

It's a bit of a period piece, but as you can see, he was already a great guitar player. (Incidentally, the bass guy in this lot went on to found The Little River Band, but we needn't bring that up, since the statute of limitations on that band has clearly expired.)

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

There's Just No Pleasing Some People (Part Deux)

"Long Tall Sally" from the just out Hollywood Bowl album.

Apart from how exciting the thing is overall, I must admit that over the years I've forgotten just how great a singer Paul McCartney is. I mean, jeebus h. christ on a piece of challah toast, that vocal is simply astounding.

Gonna see the movie tomorrow, and there's nothing you can do to stop me.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Closed for Monkey Business

Worked late in the studio last night; regular posting -- including a video roundup on Friday -- resumes on the morrow.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

There's Just No Pleasing Some People

Word has reached me that Beatles purists are upset with the new Giles Martin re-master of his dad's Live at the Hollywood Bowl album.

I dunno -- sounds pretty freaking great to my ears. And I'm going to see the documentary it derives from the minute it opens, I'll tell you that for free.

Monday, September 12, 2016

War is Hell

So somebody sent me this hilarious list of Trump's military brain trust the other day...

...but after I stopped chortling, I realized there were a bunch of figures omitted that really bugged me.

I mean, no Sgt. Ernest Bilko? This will not stand!

That said, and all snark aside, they really should have found room for this guy.

Lance is one of my all time fave mid-Sixties soul singers -- he's iconic in England, I'm told -- and I would just like to go on record as saying that many of the best early things by Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen are unthinkable without the influence of Lance, particularly his immortal "The Monkey Time."

A song that never fails to make me smile, and a pretty great way to start your morning, don't you think?

In the meantime, if somebody wants to add Sgt. O'Rourke and Corporal Agarn to the graphic above... my guest.

Hey, they're more competent than that retired Christianist crackpot General that's actually advising the Cheeto Benito.