January 12, 2014

Carole King: Beautiful

Tonight is the Broadway opening of Beautiful, the musical devoted to the life and songs of Carole King (and once-husband and lyricist Gerry Goffin). Without getting into the merits of the show, which I saw last night, let's just say...

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October 14, 2013

Joni Mitchell Rocks!

[Thanks to Sal Nunziato and Steve Simels]...

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July 31, 2013

Google Whiz Visualizes Beach Boy Harmonies

Featuring the vocals-only mix of the Beach Boy's You Still Believe in Me from their masterpiece, Pet Sounds. Here's the original Wired article....

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June 17, 2013

Lisa Fischer

Here is the stunning Lisa Fischer, featured in 20 Feet from Stardom, singing her Grammy-award winning hit live:...

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June 14, 2013

20 Feet from Stardom

My review of 20 Feet from Stardom? GO SEE IT! ASAP! This documentary about the great backup singers of rock and roll opened today. In the next few days, I'll feature some videos of the featured singers. We'll start out...

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January 22, 2013

Buddy Rich Lives!

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October 15, 2012

A Power Pop Primer

The Onion's A.V. club offers a great introduction to the origins of power pop, one of my favorite musical genres....

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October 05, 2012

RIP, Frank Wilson

A great songwriter, Frank Wilson, died last week, after a long illness. Wilson wrote songs (often, just the music), among others, for the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and most successfully, for the Supremes. He was one of the hands in trying...

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October 03, 2012

Dionne Warwick, Live in Paris

Who is the greatest female singer of the last 50 years? My guess is that if you polled musicians, Aretha Franklin would dominate. If you polled the average American, Barbara Streisand might win. But I'd vote for Dionne Warwick. The...

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August 27, 2012

Early Beatles on Swedish TV

[Thanks to Sal Nunziato]...

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July 04, 2012

Happy Fourth!

Hoping all your vibrations are good!...

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June 03, 2012

In Honor of Captain Wa Wah

I'm on my way home from my college reunion, and in honor of John Peterson, otherwise known as Captain Wa Wah, here is how I first got to "know" him -- as keyboardist for the Pete Klint Quintet:...

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March 10, 2012

Geraint Watkins's Heroes and Villains

[Thanks to Jim Cassidy]...

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February 22, 2012

Waking Up Is Hard To Do

[Thanks to Jeannie Behrend]...

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January 19, 2012

A Little Late, But...

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January 02, 2012

March of the Falsettos -- Old School

Russell Thompkins Jr., alas, without the original Stylistics:...

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March of the Falsettos -- New School

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January 01, 2012

Happy New Year!

[Thanks to Sal Nunziato]...

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December 26, 2011

An Important Phone Call

Call (719) 266-2837 for the antidote to the post-Christmas blues....

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August 02, 2011

Gene McDaniels, R.I.P.

A great singer-songwriter, Gene McDaniels, died last Friday. He was best known for singing to Top 5 hits int he early 1960s: A Hundred Pounds of Clay and Tower of Strength. After his hitmaking phase, he went on to be...

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June 19, 2011

Ain't No Way

How did I spend this Saturday night? Seeing the Glee Tour Live. And I live to tell the tale. Actually, it was a fun show. And many of the singers, especially Lea Michele, Amber Riley, Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, and...

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June 07, 2011

The Wee Warbler

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May 17, 2011

A Guaranteed Smile

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April 05, 2011

Singer-Songwriter, 2011 Style

How many superstars really write their own songs?...

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February 28, 2011

1000 #1 Records

Billboard Magazine's website has just posted videos of all 1000 number one singles since its chart was named the Hot 100....

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February 22, 2011

Barry Manilow Annoyed that his Music May Annoy Others

Barry Manilow -- crime fighter!...

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January 05, 2011

R.I.P. Gerry Rafferty

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Gerry Rafferty, who first claimed fame as a member of Stealer's Wheel (with Joe Egan). Their hit, Stuck in the Middle With You, seems to get as much radio play now...

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December 28, 2010

Who Played The Very First Beatles Record In America?

Kent Kotal weighs in....

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December 19, 2010

Scrambled Eggs

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December 08, 2010

Tubeify

Tubeify is the best source I know for weeding out You Tube videos (and audio) in the rock era. You can create your own playlists from the year you were born or your ten favorite songs or play Casey Kasem...

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November 18, 2010

Billy Joel & Howard Stern

Thanks to Bob Lefsetz, of The Lefsetz Letter, for recommending a long radio interview between Joel and Stern. Neither is necessarily my favorite performer, but both are brilliant at their best. What carried me away is Stern's genuine passion and...

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September 30, 2010

The History of Hip-Hop

With Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake?!? Somehow, it works....

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September 19, 2010

The Best Record Stores in the U.S.

According to Rolling Stone......

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August 26, 2010

Gershwin Versus Wilson

I've been listening to Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin and have been curious about the original Gershwin fragments that Brian finished and rearranged as Beach Boyish pop songs. Luckily, Wilson's website has posted the Gershwin original piano demos and Brian's remakes,...

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August 03, 2010

Hello It's Me

Todd Rundgren is infuriating. One of the most gifted melodists in the history of pop, for some reason Rundgren has spent most of his career running away from his greatest talents. No matter how much experimental music he composed, no...

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July 15, 2010

Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin

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July 07, 2010

Father-Son Genius

[Thanks to Michael Feldman]...

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June 21, 2010

Happy 68th, BW

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May 28, 2010

The Power of Editing...

...and music. Here's the official teaser ">trailer for 500 Days of Summer: And here's the reboot, ">as a thriller:...

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May 26, 2010

Greyson Chance

">I'm getting older or they're getting younger....

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May 21, 2010

Before Idol -- Crystal Bowersox at Age 13

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May 06, 2010

The Axis of Awesome

">The same four chords. [Thanks to Brian Rose]...

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March 15, 2010

John Hiatt's "The Open Road"

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March 10, 2010

The Fendertones Redux

In 2007, we professed our affection for the Fendertones. They just keep getting better....

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February 26, 2010

Carly Simon Spills It?

In her new version of You're So Vain, Simon reveals who the subject of her derision was. I'm assuming the David in question isn't me....

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February 15, 2010

The Symphony of Science

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February 11, 2010

Jim Parsons for a Good Cause

With Zach Selwyn singing....

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January 19, 2010

Kate McGarrigle, R.I.P.

Although best know as the mother of Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Kate and her sister Anna wrote and performed so much fabulous music that to me, her accomplishments far outstrip those of her children or husband. I especially love the...

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January 16, 2010

Pants on the Ground Parts 1 & 2

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January 10, 2010

"Come On Back"

by the immoral F.U.S.B.I....

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September 30, 2009

The Bee Gees Do Beatles...

...before Maurice and Robin took growth hormones. Not Barry's best lead vocal, but the harmonies are there and ooh, the choreography. [Thanks to Jeremy Osner]...

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September 11, 2009

Calendar Girl

No words are necessary....

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Mama

Curtis Mayfield wrote and produced one of my favorite early sixties soul hits, Mama Didn't Lie, by Chicago great Jan Bradley: But until five minutes ago, I never heard the answer record from another Chicago immortal, Major "Monkey Time" Lance...

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August 28, 2009

RIP, Ellie Greenwich

One of the greatest pop songwriters is gone. Along with partner Jeff Barry, Greenwich was responsible for such classics as "Be My Baby," "Da Doo Ron," "Leader of the Pack," "Chapel of Love," and "River Deep, Mountain High." Here...

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August 24, 2009

The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

Bobby Vee rocks out....

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August 16, 2009

Rat Musicians

Blow, rodents, blow. [Thanks to Mark Evanier]...

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August 05, 2009

Barbara Lynn

I'm a big fan of the under-appreciated Barbara Lynn. Here's a clip from The !!! Beat TV show of Lynn singing her biggest hit. I'm stealing the clip from Sal Nunziata's invaluable Burning Wood blog:...

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August 02, 2009

John Cale on I've Got a Secret

Who knew? [Thanks to Bedazzled.com]...

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July 30, 2009

So We Don't Think You Can Dance

We present, for your edification and enjoyment, White Guy Dancing, featuring none other than Arthur Kade today....

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July 22, 2009

The Word

Along with Mojo, The Word is arguably the best rock and roll magazine on the planet. One cool feature of the online The Word: a Google Earth interactive map detailing where iconic album covers were photographed. [Thanks to James Cassidy]...

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July 11, 2009

Soul Train Streamin'

An old favorite, Bedazzled.com, has just posted a bunch of cool YouTube videos of vintage Soul Train segments. You can't go wrong with any of the Soul Train line videos, but Love Train gets the nod for Don Cornelius's wicked...

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May 30, 2009

Psycho

Featuring the Sonics and an unknown, very cool go-go girl. 1966. [Thanks to Susan Thomas]...

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May 29, 2009

It's a Bikini World!

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May 12, 2009

Beatles Tube

Want to have access to every Beatle song on video in one place? Try Beatles Tube, which includes lyrics to each song. Want to browse by album? Or watch one of the Fab Four's movies? No problem....

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May 04, 2009

Susan Boyle Has Competition

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April 20, 2009

Video for a Monday Morning.

Say Hey!...

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April 11, 2009

The Wah-Watusi

Originally recorded by The Orlons, here's a slightly, er, different version (which, unfortunately, I can't embed). [Thanks to Antone Parsons]...

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April 10, 2009

Cat Stevens/Yusuf

After his conversion to Islam, Cat Stevens has been a shadowy figure in the mainstream American press. Stevens, now known professionally as "Yusuf," is in the States promoting a new, soon-to-be released secular CD, Roadsinger. In the best episode of...

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April 07, 2009

Celebrity Couple of the Day

[Thanks to Bedazzled]...

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April 03, 2009

"It's a Shame"

Take a great song with wonderful vocals and a killer bass line: I always wondered why the Spinners, after this monster hit, written and produced by Stevie Wonder on a Motown label affiliate, went hitless for years after. The Spinners...

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February 26, 2009

Smokey Robinson on Spectacle

If you missed last night's Spectacle, with Elvis Costello interviewing Smokey Robinson, you made a bad mistake. But it's not too late to rectify matters. It is being rerun tonight, on Sundance, at 8:00 p.m. and midnight, and Saturday afternoon...

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February 24, 2009

Take That, Coldplay!

The latest musical sensation is Mark Gormley. Here's the essential interview; And his greatest video:...

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February 21, 2009

Your Top 20 Favorite Psychedelic Songs of All Time

Courtesy of Forgotten Hits. This ain't short....

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February 16, 2009

Construction of a Beach Boys Song

Case in point, a lovely waltz, "Time To Get Alone," released in 1969 on a hodgepodge collection called 20/20. First we have rehearsals and vocal takes: Then the eerie, gorgeous lead vocals and harmonies by Carl and Brian Wilson, respectively:...

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February 11, 2009

Duet of the Day

Ever watch a cooking show where contestants have to make a dish out of unlikely ingredients? Here's a musical equivalent: Combine Pavarotti and James Brown. Surprisingly, it kind of works: [Thanks to Sal Nunziato, who posted this on his site,...

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February 01, 2009

Paul McCartney Meets Stephen Colbert

.cc_box a:hover .cc_home{background:url('http://www.comedycentral.com/comedycentral/video/assets/syndicated-logo-over.png') !important;}.cc_links a{color:#b9b9b9;text-decoration:none;}.cc_show a{color:#707070;text-decoration:none;}.cc_title a{color:#868686;text-decoration:none;}.cc_links a:hover{color:#67bee2;text-decoration:underline;}The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cBetter Know a Beatle - Paul McCartneyColbert Report Full EpisodesPaul McCartney AppearanceFunny Political VideosMore Funny Videos [Thanks to Jeremy Osner]...

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January 12, 2009

By Popular Demand

The Evolution of Dance Guy is back....

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January 09, 2009

Comment Dit-On "Thriller" En Francais?

[For more info, see the end of the video)...

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January 05, 2009

The Next Senator of Minnesota

[Thanks to Josh Marshall]...

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December 31, 2008

It's Gonna Take a Miracle X 3

Great songs inspire great cover versions. Duh! Example: a great soul ballad written by Teddy Randazzo, Bob Weinstein, and Lou Stallman. Here's the original version by the Royalettes, featuring the extraordinary voice of Sheila Ross. I'm not wild about the...

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December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

A modest suggestion: After recovering from your Christmas feast, lie down on the couch and watch Elvis Costello's Spectacle at 11:00 P.M. on the Sundance Channel, when he hosts James Taylor. There may be greater artists than James Taylor, but...

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December 18, 2008

Best Of The Worst Christmas Albums, Vol. 1

And many more....

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December 10, 2008

Dennis Yost, R.I.P.

I was sad to learn of the death Sunday of Dennis Yost, lead singer of the sixties group, Classics IV. Yost suffered from brain damage after a fall in 2005. Oldies groups can survive on the basis of one hit,...

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December 08, 2008

What If the Beatles Were Irish?

Roy Zimmerman's take: [Thanks to Steve Simels]...

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December 04, 2008

Spectacle

I totally expected Elvis Costello's new talk show, Spectacle, to be wonderful. It is. Last night, the show debuted with Elton John as guest, and as I hoped, the discussion was 95% about music. If you want to hear Elton...

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December 03, 2008

The Second Best Verson of "Theme From Shaft"

Courtesy of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. [Thanks to Mark Evanier]...

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November 12, 2008

There Is No One Like Jonathan Richman

And this video, from MTV, proves it, thanks to wonderful folks at Bedazzled....

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November 04, 2008

A Change Is Gonna Come

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October 31, 2008

Easiest Guinness Book of World Records Record to Break?

Gather your extended network and dance! If you want to practice choreography, here you go....

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October 19, 2008

Adele

I was disappointed in SNL last night. Sometimes, I think the material is worse when the writers have a week off. Although Tina Fey and the presidential material has gotten most of the attention, the musical acts have been terrific...

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October 18, 2008

More Levi Stubbs

I'm gratified and a little surprised at the outpouring of affection for Levi Stubbs. Is it my imagination, or was there genuine emotion in Brian Williams's short but well-written tribute? I love it when a performer from one genre appreciates...

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October 17, 2008

Levi Stubbs, R.I.P.

Can an interpreter be a great artist? I have no doubt that the answer is yes when I note with great sorrow the death of Levi Stubbs, the lead singer of the Four Tops. Motown had on its roster phenemonal...

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October 16, 2008

Edie Adams, R.I.P.

Very few performers combine comedy and music with the quality and finesse of Edie Adams, who just passed away. I was a big fan of her husband, Ernie Kovacs, and Adams was her sidekick on the show. I would be...

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October 08, 2008

James Taylor, Jimmy, and Glen

It pains me to say it, but James Taylor's new CD, Covers, is a disappointment. Never less than pleasant, never more than safe, I'm not sure why JT chose to cover songs that are clearly inferior to his own work,...

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September 23, 2008

Black Cab Sessions

One song. One Take. One cab. One Brian Wilson....

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September 14, 2008

That Lucky Old Sun

That's the name of Brian Wilson's terrific new CD. Here's a sample that not only shows off one of the best songs from the CD, but his wonderful band:...

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August 26, 2008

The Geography of Album Covers

Google meets geographicalgraphics....

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July 28, 2008

90210

Can't wait for Fall?...

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June 30, 2008

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers, and Mary Chapin Carpenter

The next book of Malcolm Gladwell's, the star of our last post, is called Outliers: Why Some People Succeed and Some Don't. It sounds like a great topic for Gladwell. I've been interested in a related phenomenon. Why do some...

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June 21, 2008

I Wanna Love You Not So Tender

[With a little help from Mark Evanier]...

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June 17, 2008

I Wanna Love You Tender

[Thanks to Elizabeth Frenchman]...

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June 13, 2008

Crossing the Bridge

I haven't seen it, but have heard great things about this documentary about the modern Turkish music scene. Tonight on Sundance at 10:00 P.M. I'm firing up the DVR....

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May 07, 2008

Who's This?

Two clues: 1. The category icon here. 2. I scarfed the image from Steve Simel's most excellent blog, PowerPop. Answer tomorrow....

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April 23, 2008

My Christmas Gift To You (sure, a little belated)

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April 16, 2008

Glen Campbell and Stevie Wonder

Here's one of the better versions of Blowin' in the Wind, one that outstrips Stevie's solo version. Two consummate musicians having a ball:...

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April 04, 2008

I Can't Make You Love Me

The contender: George Michael. Verdict: Bad haircut. Good vocal. Reigning champion: Bonnie Raitt. Verdict: Decent haircut. Brilliant, heartfelt vocal. And great Bruce Hornsby keyboard. Bonnie Raitt, still champion. Of all the showcase songs that get trotted out on talent competition...

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March 06, 2008

Nirvana Meets Don Ho

Smells Like [a different] Teen Spirit....

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March 04, 2008

CD Pricing

The pricing of CDs never made much sense to me. Why do the big box retailers charge the lowest price for the most for current, in-demand titles, and the most for older and least desired titles? The new plan by...

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March 01, 2008

Sleeveface

The album is not dead. [Thanks to James Gleick]...

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February 10, 2008

Grammys

I'm writing this well into the third hour of the Grammy's, before Amy Winehouse's live performance. As anything could happen, let me just observe that this is the best Grammy broadcast in recent memory. Someone, bless him or her, decided...

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January 12, 2008

Lou Christie and Devo, please meet Klaus Nomi

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January 06, 2008

Igudesman and Joo

Check out all their videos, but we especially like this one. [Thanks to Gerry Fifer]...

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December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

from Marvin Gaye and the Beach Boys. [Thanks to Phil Miglioratti]...

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December 17, 2007

Worst Band Names of '07

My Favorite: Neil Diamond Phillips. ("Part Neil Diamond, Part Lou Diamond Phillips, 100% Rock!") [Thanks to Susan Thomas]...

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December 08, 2007

Beach Boys vs. Nirvana

Smells Like Sloop John B: [Thanks to David C. Foyle]...

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November 20, 2007

Take That, Katie Couric

BBC News readers perform "All That Jazz" from the musical, Chicago....

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October 31, 2007

Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Fats Domino

And we'll throw in Paul Shaffer and Ron Wood, too. Ray Charles, Jerry Lee LewisUploaded by Hanvak...

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September 02, 2007

Monterey Pop Festival

40 years later -- a slideshow....

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August 17, 2007

British Singers with British Accents

I've joined the twenty-first century, folks. After more than a little resistance, I finally broke down and am now in possession of an 80-gig video Ipod. I've have many thousands of records and CD's and I work at home, with...

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August 13, 2007

America's Got Talent

You're not going to find a talent contest/reality show cheesier than America's Got Talent, which makes American Idol look like Masterpiece Theater in comparison. But a strange thing has happened this season. The show features two wonderful performers. One is...

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August 01, 2007

Song Tapper

Search for the name of a song by using your keyboard. Well, actually, just by tapping on the space bar. As Gloria Estefan would say if the lyrics to her wrong were slightly different, the rhythm's going to get you...the...

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July 25, 2007

The Fendertones

For those of you who have a crying need to see and hear a Beach Boys cover band -- a fantastic one -- please meet the Fendertones. Here they are singing Little Girl I Once Knew and Help Me Rhonda...

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June 21, 2007

Dion's Song for Paris

Thanks to Artie Wayne....

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June 17, 2007

The Best Cat Ever

Ordinarily, I'm a "dog person." I've always considered cats animals that patronize us and badmouth us behind our backs. But not all cats are created equal. At least one has furthered the course of the arts and is worthy of...

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June 05, 2007

Dancing with the Nag

Give this horse a reality show....

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June 04, 2007

A Match Made in Musical Hell

This is not a joke. I think. [Thanks to Michael Feldman]...

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April 29, 2007

Critical Metrics

Somehow, this very cool website has eluded me until I read about it in the Wall Street Journal. Here's how the site describes itself: Every week, artists, DJs, music tv networks, newspapers, magazines, retailers, and bloggers recommend hundreds of their...

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April 15, 2007

You've Had a Little Work Done

One video you probabl won't see on MTV. Or CMT....

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February 28, 2007

Turtle Turns Into Professor!

Strange but true!...

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January 15, 2007

Rolling Stone

Occasionally, Rolling Stone redeems itself. This issue's tributes to two giants of rock and roll, James Brown and Ahmet Ertegun (co-founder of Atlantic Records) is well worth reading. Some of it is online but if you are fans of these...

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December 25, 2006

R.I.P. James Brown

The Godfather of Soul is dead....

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My Christmas Gift To You

I come bearing gift. My favorite part of the Christmas season is looking forward to hearing and seeing Darlene Love perform Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)on the David Letterman Show. Here is her brilliant 2004 performance, along with Darlene singing...

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December 12, 2006

Music Video of the Day

is La La Means I Love You, written by Thom Bell and the the lead singer, William Hart. And the video, with nothing but the Delfonics lip-synching and dancing on a fake street, is just about perfect....

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November 21, 2006

Bad Clothes, Good Song

I'm always happy when I like a song by a musical act that I don't usually like. It gives me the illusion of open-mindedness. I can't say I've ever enjoyed another song that the Osmonds ever issued. But I adore...

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November 02, 2006

Thriller...

...with Legos!...

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October 15, 2006

Piero Scaruffi

Piero Scaruffi is a man obsessed, and the New York Times wrote a profile of him yesterday. He's interested in many subjects, but one of his obsessions is making "best of" lists of rock music. He shares them at his...

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October 06, 2006

Iggy Pop's Concert Rider

One of the great features of The Smoking Gun is the collection of concert riders. Iggy Pop's is not the most demanding, but it is certainly the funniest....

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October 05, 2006

Sidethree

This blog does just what it promises: "finding cool pop videos so you don't have to."...

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September 13, 2006

My Cubicle

James Blunt meets The Office....

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September 07, 2006

The Beachles

The eternal debate: Which was greater? Sgt. Peppers vs. Pet Sounds? The solution? Mash them up. Introducing Sgt. Petsound's....

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September 01, 2006

Diddy

The Andy Rooney of hiphop....

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August 31, 2006

The Simpons vs. Star Trek

Nobody's a winner....

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August 24, 2006

The Top 200 Singles of the 1960s

Pitchfork is one of the better pop/rock music sites on the Web, and often features irresistible lists, such as the "Top 100 Albums of the 1980s." But here's the latest. I must confess that one of the reasons I enjoyed...

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August 03, 2006

Bedazzled

The amount of video online is staggering, and a trip to YouTube can induce a migraine and overload. So it's always great when someone with an astute sensibility and an archivist's soul filters a part of what's "out there." Such...

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June 01, 2006

"Let Me Go the Right Way"

A user on YouTube has posted a slew of vintage 60s Supremes video, including my favorite song of the group, Let Me Go the Right Way. It was a superb single that didn't break out in the pop market. This...

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May 17, 2006

Happy Birthday, Pet Sounds

Perhaps the greatest album in the history of rock and roll was released 40 years ago today. You can buy a 4-CD set documenting the sessions constructing this masterpiece, but a listen to the finished product is just dandy,...

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May 03, 2006

LyricWiki.org

Websites with song lyrics don't usually last long, as their mission usually violates copyright laws. My pal Jerilyn Dufresne sent me the link for LyricWiki.org. I have my doubts whether the enterprise is ethical, but it sure is useful....

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March 25, 2006

Nena's Proudest Hour

At 2:00 P.M. E.S.T. on VH1 Classic. Be there!...

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February 24, 2006

Chris Bliss

The Beatles, as interpreted by three balls and two hands. Must-see viewing. Click on "The Big Finale." [Thanks to Bobby Lloyd]...

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February 17, 2006

One Kiss Can Lead To Another

I wish I could write when I'm listening to music, but for some reason I can't. So I'm suffering from music withdrawal right now. When I can steal some time, I've been listening to a box set called One Kiss...

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February 15, 2006

Band of the Day

You can't blame us if we're prejudiced....

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February 07, 2006

TV Tonight

Has there ever been a contemporary song played on more dramatic and reality shows than James Blunt's "You're Beautiful"? Tonight, Blunt appears as himself on the so-far disappointing Love Monkey (CBS at 10:00 P.M.). On PBS, in most markets, there...

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December 18, 2005

Google Music Search

Try typing "Bob Dylan" into the Google search box. Here's what you get......

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December 10, 2005

Jersey Boys Soundtrack

I don't have a "theater" category on the blog, because it usually requires a crowbar, a free ticket, and some medication to drag me to a Broadway show. I haven't seen Jersey Boys, the show chronicling the Four Seasons. But...

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December 05, 2005

A Different Pricing Model

One of the great female singer-songwriters, Jane Siberry, is offering a deal that she hope you can't refuse -- you can determine how much you are willing to pay to download her music, including as little as zero....

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November 21, 2005

Pandora.com

Do you listen to music on the Web? Perhaps to a streaming radio show? Why not create your own station that plays the music you like best, and the music you didn't know you like best?...

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November 14, 2005

Tonight Show -- tonight

It takes a lot to get me to tune in to the Tonight Show (I'm a Letterman fan), but tonight is an exception. Neil Diamond is promoting his new CD, and will be joined by Brian Wilson. Any live appearance...

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October 02, 2005

Roger McGuinn

Roger McGuinn, leader of the Byrds, keeps one foot firmly in the past (he loves traditional folk music) and one foot securely in the future (he was an early adapter of the Internet and loves technology). Does that mean he...

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September 06, 2005

Beatles Timeline

Since I've been plugging Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, how about some love for the Beatles. The Beatles Timeline site is a lot of fun -- and educational, too!...

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September 04, 2005

Smile

The New York Review of Books, of all places, publishes a serious appraisal of one of Brian Wilson's masterpieces. Scott Staton's essay is so serious that the essay includes footnotes....

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August 23, 2005

Britney Spears Will Not Play Turkmenistan

Sorry....

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August 19, 2005

More Music News

So you want to work for a rock star?...

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Inflation Isn't Just For Gasoline Anymore

We live in strange times....

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July 21, 2005

My Idol

Here's someone who has/had a bigger vinyl collection than me, and finally did something about it (my bedroom has a "wall of vinyl," containing nothing but 45s and LPs). The seller on this Ebay auction, Marty Pekar, produced was a...

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May 31, 2005

Smile

In a previous post, I looked forward to seeing Brian Wilson perform Smile at Carnegie Hall. I promised to report back. Is eight months later a timely report? The two concerts exceeded all of my expectations. As a performer, Brian...

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May 12, 2005

John Lennon's Jukebox

I loved this Great Performances special on PBS (it will run and be rerun at different times -- check the PBS website for local listings). They had me at the premise: find and interview as many of the musicians as...

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May 08, 2005

Musical Postmortem

Ever wonder how a performer critiques his own concert? If you've ever wondered how Paul Anka might behave after a less than perfect concert, and you don't mind some language that would make some sailors cringe, you can find out...

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March 23, 2005

Ugly Things

The annual Popular Culture Assn. got off to a smashing start for me with the appearance of Mike Stax, editor of the fanzine,Ugly Things, who has a website of the same name. You got to love folks like Stax who...

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December 24, 2004

A Merry Unplugged Christmas

from Brian Wilson and his band...

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October 25, 2004

Ashleegate Revisited

If you just can't get enough of the SNL scandal, visit this brand new Australian website that is covering the cover-up. Or the frame-up. Won't the lessons of Watergate and Milli Vanilli ever be learned?...

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October 24, 2004

Saturday Night, er, Live

Don't know how long it will stay up, but if you want a lesson the perils of singers working with prerecorded vocals, take a look at Ashlee Simpson on SNL last night, including the "cover-up" at the end of the...

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October 10, 2004

Just This Side of Wimpy

I've always had a soft spot for what I call "White Wimp" music -- soft, melodic, harmony-laden music that comes more from a folk tradition than the usual blues. I was shopping at a Trader Joe's the other day and...

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September 28, 2004

A Reason To Smile

For fans of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, today is the culmination of 37 years of waiting. I'm going to see Brian Wilson and his band at both of his Carnegie Hall appearances next week. I'll report back....

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September 15, 2004

Finn-tastic

If I'm a little cranky about the state of rock, pop, and hiphop these days, it's probably because more than anything in music, I prize a great melody. The music industry is full of players with great instrumental chops, and...

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