Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Closed for Creating A Work of Art That is Unsurpassed and Will Probably Make My Name Live Beyond Eternity

Or more likely just another crappy rock song.

Seriously, heading off to the studio to finish (I hope) that new Floor Models song I've been bending your ear about (hoping to put Phil Spector-style violins on the bridge and final chorus). In any case, regular posting resumes tomorrow.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Tales From the Mystic East (An Occasional Series): Okay, Okay, I Promise This is the Last One!

From 2014, please enjoy Asian Who tribute band Townzen -- get it? (heh) -- as they do to "Won't Get Fooled Again" what their countrymen earlier did to the prisoners in the Bataan Death March.

Hey, I think it's kind of cute that the bass player is a lady, but still -- they couldn't find a Japanese guy to stand in for Roger Daltrey?

In any case, on the basis of this performance I think we should call these guys The Huh.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Tales From the Mystic East (An Occasional Series): Special Radies and Gentermen, It's the RoVing Stones!

As I said yesterday, not only do words fail me, but language itself is hopelessly inadequate to describe the below.

I'll say this, though -- I don't know how it got to be Japan week around here. Probably something to do with the recent anniversary of Hiroshima.

See you all on Monday, with fewer filthy Eastern ways.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tales From the Mystic East (An Occasional Series): Special The Blues Came Down From the Tokyo Delta Edition

Upon the recommendation from kind(?) reader Logan Waters yesterday, I checked out this 2013 performance of "Midnight Rambler" by a Japanese Rolling Stones tribute band.

More specifically -- an actual Japanese Rolling Stones 1972 American Tour tribute band.

Not only do words fail me -- in this case, the entire concept of language is inadequate to describing what you witness in that video.

That said, the guy doing Mick Taylor is actually really good, now that I think of it.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Tales From the Mystic East (An Occasional Series)

Please enjoy Tokyo Jihen and their sinisterly infectious "Una Nueva Civilizacion."

I know absolutely nothing about these kids -- I posted another of their videos back in 2013 -- apart from the fact that they are totally awesome. I particularly love the guitar player with the attitude.

In any case, there's obviously some kind of power pop thing in the water over there.

[h/t Tommy Stewart]

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Closed Due To Henotheist Menace© Attack

Man, this chicken shit is really getting out of hand.

Seriously -- real life beckons today; regular posting resumes tomorrow.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Your Monday Moment of the Magnificence That IS Lucy Lawless

The Xena Warrior Princess star, skewering Stevie Nicks as she has always deserved to be skewered.

I'll never listen to "Rhiannon" the same way again, which I assume is a good thing.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Closed Due to I'm Fwicking Tired

Seriously -- this week (and its attendant disgusting weather) -- has just kicked my ass.

Regular -- and extremely peppy -- postings resume on Monday.

Wang chung for the rest of the weekend, everybody.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Keith's Record Collection (An Occasional Series)

The last time we visited Mr. Richards' vinyl repository, it was based on formative songs he referenced in his then current autobiography Life (that was the week of Jan. 4, 2011, for those of you too lazy to click on the link).

In any case, this time (courtesy of the most recent MOJO sampler) here's another tune that set the teenaged Keith's toes a tapping -- rockabilly demi-god Sanford Clark's 1959 surreal/sardonic "Son-of-a-Gun" (which may or have not been an influence on Steve Earle's "The Devil's Right Hand.")

Clark had another great song, "The Fool," which was memorably covered by Elvis Presley and later The Animals (on their unjustly neglected reunion album), but this one was heretofore unknown to me. Thanks, MOJO!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Your Wednesday Moment of I Can't Believe This is Us

In the studio last night; we edited the harmonies and added cellos on the ending.


Gonna try putting Phil Spector violins on the bridge and final chorus next time, but for now, this is basically finished, and words pretty much fail me over how good it's turned out.