Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Gene Wilder 1933 - 2016

We must accept Wilder's passing with quiet dignity and grace.



I've said it before and I'll say it again -- this death shit is really starting to piss me off.

Monday, August 29, 2016

And Speaking of Gorgeous....

From her just released sophomore Sugar Hill Records album, please enjoy incomparable singer/songwriter Liz Longley and her new CD's title track -- "Weightless."



Spine-tinglingly wonderful, I think you'll agree.

Readers with long memories will recall that I first wrote about Liz back in 2014; as you can see from the photo...


...she's not only a great artist, but she has excellent taste in music not her own.

In any case, you can read more about her over HERE and you can (and should) order a CD of Weightless over at Amazon HERE. Apparently it's also available on vinyl, if you're one of those kind of people, but let's not get into that right this minute.

[h/t Phil Cheese]

Friday, August 26, 2016

Weekend Listomania: Special Time for My Boot Heels to be Wanderin' Edition

Well, it's Friday and you know what THAT means. Yes, my Oriental arm candy FAH LO SUEE and I are off to the University of Texas at Austin, where we plan to wave sex toys at the police. Not to join in the student protest against UT's concealed carry policy, but because we just enjoy waving sex toys at the police.

That being case, things will doubtless be a little slow around here for a couple of days, so in our absence, here's a fun little project for us all to wile away the idle hours:

BEST OR WORST BOB DYLAN SONG BOB DYLAN NEVER WROTE!!!

No arbitrary rules here whatsoever, you're welcome very much.

And my totally top of my head Top Five is/are:

5. Dewey Cox -- Let Me Hold you (Little Man)




The greatest protest song of all time. Or at least till they remake The Wizard of Oz.

4. Mouse and the Traps -- A Public Execution



And speaking of Texas, these guys were apparently real big in the Lonestar State; supposedly this was a national hit, though, I never heard it in New York. In fact, I was unaware of this pitch-perfect emulation of Dylan's Blonde on Blonde period until Lenny Kaye included it on his groundbreaking Nuggets compilation.

3. The Weasels -- Cassandra




You can read more about the genesis of this, uh, classic over HERE. In any case, let's just say that I wrote the deeply mediocre guitar riff central to the song.

2. The Silkie -- You've Got to Hide Your Love Away



The John Lennon classic from the Help album, obviously. This live version isn't as good as the hit studio version George Harrison produced for these earnest folkies, but I don't think I've ever seen live, non lip-synched, footage of these guys before.

And the number uno, it's not even close so don't give me any grief, evocation of the work of the Bard of Hibbing Minesota clearly is --

1. The Rolling Stones -- Who's Been Sleeping Here?



One of the many great songs from Between the Buttons, which on certain days I am convinced is the Stones' all-time best album. Splendidly Dylan-esque, obviously.

Alrighty then -- what would YOUR choices be?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

An Early Clue to the New Direction

Sonny Bono, on German TV (where he belonged) in 1965 with his protest not-so-classic "Laugh at Me."




Bob Dylan on Sonny: "Cat's a drag. He gets thrown out of a restaurant and writes a song about it."

As usual, a coveted PowerPop No-Prize© will be awarded to the first reader who guesses the clip's relevance to the theme of tomorrow's Weekend Listomania.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

An Earlier Than Usual Clue to the New Direction

From their 1987 album Where-Ever Land, please enjoy The Spongetones...


... -- AKA the band that most deserves to be a household world but, criminally, isn't -- and their wondrous ode to "Woodstock II."



As our title suggests, this is, up to a point, a hint at the theme of Friday's Weekend Listomania, but no coveted PowerPop No-Prize will be awarded until after tomorrow's official clue goes up.

So don't bug me about this. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Show Biz Maxim: If You Can't Sing or Dance, Honey -- Show Us Your Tits!

Noted, otherwise, without comment.


Hey Capt. Al -- what say we make this the playlist for my next appearance on your show?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Your Monday Moment of Words Fail Me

The lead-off track from Ian Hunter's forthcoming (Sept. 16) new album with the Rant Band.



This is a David Bowie tribute, obviously, and it's also, as a friend observed, just like hearing a new Mott song in 1973.

I should add that the guy...


...is freaking 77 years young. Absolutely phenomenal.

[h/t John Holcomb]

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Québec City Confidential: A Photo Essay

So as you may have heard, a certain Shady Dame and I spent a few days recently with our friends in the Great White North, specifically in Québec City. We had a splendid -- or perhaps splendide -- time, but I must confess I found the place a little odd.

Herewith, a visual record of our trip, with commentary.

For example, this moose store was the very first thing we saw after leaving our hotel.


I think we can safely conclude that if you were to buy anything at said store, you would -- officially -- be a tourist.

A few blocks later, we came across the statue of the Headless Capitaine. Apparently, this is some kind of mythological icon; perhaps there's a Canadian equivalent of Washington Irving I'm unaware of.


Have I mentioned that the Canadians really seem to love their moose?


I took this one outside the Museum of the Pussycat Cafe. We didn't go in, for fear of offending our delicate American sensibilities.


Have I mentioned that the Canadians really seem to love their moose?


If you're planning on vacationing in QC, I am happy to tell you that the food is very good. We particularly enjoyed the authentic cuisine at this establishment.


We didn't get a chance to stop at the sister restaurant, which specializes in fake cuisine. Maybe next time.

Did you know that Dr. Seuss was a hero in Canada? I sure didn't.


QC is absolutely redolent with history; everywhere you look, you learn something. For instance....


...I had no idea that McDonald's spokesclown founded the first public school in the province.

Meanwhile, it seems the Quebecoise are extremely formal. As you can see, even the trees have name tags.


And finally, it seems QC is a good town for Superman.

The last place in the Americas that still has phone booths...


...and has a Daily Planet building.


Have I mentioned that the Canadians really love their moose?


Okay, now take off, eh?




Friday, August 19, 2016

Je Ne Regrette Rien...Well, Maybe Un Peu...

Off to the airport in preparation for our return to the USA, where as Chuck Berry has pointed out, the hamburgers sizzle on the open grills night and day.

My sure to be award-winning visual diary of our stay in Quebec City will appear tomorrow by way of penance for my shitty postings this week.

In the meantime, have a great weekend, everybody!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pardonnez Moi...Pardonnez Moi!

Well, gang, I only brought my iPad Mini with me to Canadia, and as it turns out I can't do a lot of stuff on it I would have been able to do had I brought my laptop.

Hence, the whole Canadian experience I had planned to blog about this week is, je regrette, beyond my technological prowess.

Regular and deeply humbled posting resumes on the morrow upon our return to the US of A.