Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Programming Notes From All Over

The Lemon Twigs -- i.e., the rock star kids of my old bandmate Ronnie D'Addario (it is he who sings the divine harmonies on the Floor Models "Letter From Liverpool") -- are the musical guests on tonight's Late Show With Stephen Colbert.


This, of course, is yet another reason to watch Colbert ce soir (the first being to enjoy his making merciless fun of whatever stupid thing President Money Boo Boo did or said today).

In any case, I hate those two kids, for obvious reasons, but that said -- the last time they were on TV (with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, a couple of months ago) they were using the restored 1961 Fender Bassman amp I gave them on permanent loan...


...and perhaps they will be using it tonight as well. Look for it, won't you?

Hey -- I'll take any bit of reflected glory I can get.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Your Tuesday Moment of Words Fail Me

From 2015, please enjoy British sibling act The Staves and their utterly astounding cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire."



My favorite comment over at YouTube: "These girls could make dogshit sound incredible."

Seriously -- I know sisterhood is powerful, but this is ridiculous.

[h/t Stoat]

Monday, February 20, 2017

Great Faces for Radio

From 2016, please enjoy the incomparable (if less than prepossessing) Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts and their quite kick-ass "Heavy Metal."



I gotta say -- I've seen much cuter bands. On the other hand, this is a very very cool song.

And in case you're wondering -- yes, Miles is power pop icon Rick Nielsen's kid.

[h/t dmark]

Friday, February 17, 2017

Pretty Fly for a Bunch of White Guys

From sometime (possibly) in the early 80s, please enjoy the incomparable Graham Parker and the Rumour and their pretty terrific studio version of the Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back."



I'm not sure when this was actually released; there's a live version from 1979 that can be found on the bonus disc on the reissue of Squeezing Out Sparks, but I'm a bit confused about the provenance of this one and what album it originally appeared on. If anyone can enlighten me, I'd be your best friend.

I should add that Graham Parker is the only pop star...


...that I ever looked like.


Okay, that's not strictly true. As you can also see, Gary Lewis (son of Jerry) of The Playboys fame...


...looks pretty eerily like me in high school.


I always wanted to be the Jewish Keith Richards, but it's pretty obvious from those pictures that it was never gonna happen.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Why Isn't This Guy a Household Word? (An Occasional Series): Special Can't We All Just Get Along? Edition

From 2010, please behold in breathless wonder star of the week Robbie Fulks and his quite astonishing cover of...Michael Jackson's "Black or White."



I say this a lot, but this time I really mean it -- words fail me.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Why Isn't This Guy a Household Word? (An Occasional Series): Special Everybody's Working for the Weekend Edition

From 1998, this week's star Robbie Fulks proposes -- in interesting power pop terms -- "Let's Kill Saturday Night."



And from 1979, the angry young Graham Parker suggests this is unnecessary because "Saturday Night is Dead."



Already, obviously.

Wow -- I'll bet you guys can't possibly guess whose music I'll be posting tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Why Isn't This Guy A Household Word? (An Occasional Series): Special Is This Turning Into Robbie Fulks Week? Edition

From 1999, please enjoy Robbie's ode to another pop icon -- "That Bangle Girl."



"I'd play her my records," indeed, Robbie. Indeed.

Although, I must admit -- for me the Bangle girl was, and always will be, Michael Steele.


A redhead. And a bass player. I mean, c'mon.

BTW -- I'd forgotten who played the chauffeur in this great Bangles video.




Damn, all of a sudden I really miss the 80s.

[h/t Matt Mitchell]

Monday, February 13, 2017

Why Isn't This Guy a Household Word (An Occasional Series): Special And Adele Walks the Streets a Free Woman Edition

From some time in this century (sorry, I don't know the exact year), please enjoy alt-folk genius Robbie Fulks and the Neil Diamond/Monkees classic "I'm a Believer."

Done in the style of Thelonious Monk.



In its own sneakily subversive way, this may actually be funnier than the Fulks "Fountains of Wayne Hotline" I posted last Friday.

Friday, February 10, 2017

It's Rock Novelty Records Week: Part V (Special Saving the Best For Last Edition)

From 2005, please enjoy alt-folkie icon Robbie Fulks and his absolutely fricking hilarious pastiche/homage/parody masterpiece "Fountains of Wayne Hotline."



"Oh, that Gerald."

Have a great weekend, everybody.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

It's Rock Novelty Records Week: Part IV (Special Keep Watching the Skiesl Edition)

From 1956, please enjoy the great Buchanan and Goodman with the Mother of Them All -- "The Flying Saucer (Part 1 and 2)."



If you're not of a certain age, you really can't imagine how utterly unexpected and hilarious this single sounded back in the day. And who knew that Buchanan and Goodman had, in a pre-digital age, pretty much invented sampling?

And now, because I love you all more than food, from his classic 1975 album A Star is Bought, here's Albert Brooks and his Buchanan and Goodman tribute -- "Party in Outer Space." Its brilliant gimmick? All the "hits" are fake.



I particularly like the cameos by Lassie.