Thursday, October 26, 2006

He is what he is

Willie Nelson's rumored statement about his recent marijuana bust: "It's a good thing I had a bag of marijuana instead of a bag of spinach. I'd be dead by now."

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Bastards of Young

I don't like MASHUPS.

I thought Danger Mouse's Grey Album - mashing Jay-Z's Black Album with the Beatles' self-titled album (also known as the White Album) - was interesting.

But next time someone pushes a mashup on me, I'm going to simply push play on an entire album from Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

"I Saw" No.-Something & No.-Something Else

SAT: A rotund Larry Hagman walking alone on the Third Street Promenade. Considering I thought he was dead, he looked great.

SUN: Just out of the water, Brandon Boyd of Incubus riding a beach cruiser on the bike path in Venice. He was in jeans, no shirt, carrying a surf board. To give perspective, Brandon looked better than Larry.

Talkin' revolution

There's a place off 1-40 in Amarillo called the Big Texan Steak Ranch. They serve a 72-ounce steak and if you can eat it in an hour, it's free. Since 1962, tens of thousands have attempted. Only 8,000 or so have cleaned their plate.

With So Much More, songwriter Brett Dennen has ordered a meal usually reserved for the likes of Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and Van Morrison. I'm impressed. Though, it appears he's only managed to get through half of it, just like Ben Harper, John Mayer and David Gray.

You tell me:

"Ain't No Reason"

"I Asked When"

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

It took talking animals to get to this. I would've preferred one, maybe two, solo records.

" ... when you first leave a group, you figure I'll go out on my own or get another group. Then five or 10 years pass, and you realize you're damn lucky if you get one really good band in your life." - Paul Westerberg, quoted in the LA Times.

Fans of Antony and the Johnsons should check out ...

... the music video for Chris Garneau’s 'Relief.'


Those asking, who's Antony and the Johnsons? Here's a must-have with Lou Reed, entitled 'Fistful of Love.'

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Why isn't anyone writing great protest songs?

Write something, then define what it means. As opposed to, think about what it should mean and then write it.

James McMurtry's heart is in the right place, just not sure this song gets there.

BTW: McMurtry's one of my favorites in this realm, on the heels of Steve Earle. Bob Dylan, in recent years, is one of my biggest disappointments, on the heels on me.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Autumn 2006: Songs, bands I'm digging

The Hold Steady, "First Night"

The Postmarks, "Goodbye"

Sparklehorse, "Morning Hollow"

Ben Kweller, "Penny On the Train Track"

Tom Waits, "Bottom of the World"

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