Friday, November 25, 2016

Your Friday Moment of Why Didn't I Get the Memo? (An Occasional Series)

From 2000, and their Smile album, please enjoy The Jayhawks...

...and their utterly gorgeous piece of folk-rock/pop/neo-psychedelia "Baby, Baby, Baby."

Friend of PowerPop Capt. Al played this on his intertube radio show last Tuesday, and I nearly fell out of my chair; what a great fricking song. And the fact I had never heard it previously is now a source of some shame to me.

I should add that every time I start to get a little big-headed about some of the musical endeavors I've been involved in over the years, it's good to be confronted with something as awesome as this and develop a little humility.

Have a great weekend, everybody.


Anonymous said...

The entire album is great, get it today!

Captain Al

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean about not knowing about the song; I, too, have been meaning for a long time to check out more of the so-called "alt-country" stuff (Jayhawks, Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, et. al) but I never quite seem to get around to it. It's funny, too, because I really like a lot of the artists (later-era Byrds; Parsons & the Burritos; "Wild Flowers"- Rolling Stones, even the Eagles) who influenced it. I guess the dilemma (which appropriately, is actually something to be thankful for) is that there is so much GOOD music out there from various eras.

J. Lag

steve simels said...


My sentiments perzackly

Anonymous said...

Looooove these guys. I've seen 'em lots, mostly at the Belly Up Tavern out in Solana Beach, the funkiest, taper friendly venue ever. It is housed in converted quonset huts. And it's very near Encinitas and Swami's, some of my favorite surf spots. Incidentally, the Stones played there last year for about 450 people.

Saw them on the tour supporting "Smile" at the Troubadour and Belly Up. The band is even better live than on record. I mean, what other outfit could pull off playing outstanding originals mixed with covers of Dylan, Billy Walker, Buffalo Springfield, Hank Snow, Neil Young, The Byrds, Johnny Cash, Spirit and Grand Funk Railroad. Not to mention Gram Parsons, the Pogues and Rufus. Did I mention Gene Clark? These guys totally rocked. Plus you never knew who was going to join 'em on stage. Sound of Lies and Smile are their Jellyfish period. Which makes sense given Andy Sturmer's collaborations with Louris.

Opening slots for the Crowes and Tom Petty, in 1992 and 1995, respectively, were less appealing due the limits of time allowed on stage.

Spin-offs Golden Smog and Foamfoot, among other impromptu's were no slouches either.

Collect 'em all. And cherish them.

VR - the bird's the word

danny1959 said...

The Jayhawks have been making incredible music for 30 years now. I don't think they have a bad album.

John Werner said...

Thanks Steve for another great heads-up. This shit is so cool as it checks so many boxes of whatever part of my brain processes this stuff.

cthulhu said...

VR - agree that the Belly Up is a great venue (e.g., I've seen Richard Thompson there many times), but that Stones show last year was a private event (some dude in Rancho Santa Fe paid a reported $2 million for the gig), not open to the public. The Belly Up is no stranger to odd private events; for example, in early 2015 they hosted an all-star private concert featuring the Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.

Anonymous said...

cthulhu: Yeah, the Stones gig was a private affair, but not entirely. A few general public "party crashers" were allowed in. I heard the guy that put it on forked out 2.5 million for expenses, but nobody's really sure. I'm pretty sure I could've gotten in if I had known about it in advance. But I was in Vegas much of May that year deep under the radar. Alas, I was in Agoura Hills the night the Stones played the Belly Up at a benefit for Marty Grebb. Noooo!!!!

VR - you can't always get what you want

P.S. You know Rancho Santa Fe? Nice area. Got some peeps there. Peeps who love horses, like myself.