Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Look What I Found
It's been a good couple of days for discovering and rediscovering music. On top of that, we got more farkakte snow in the Northeast.
Here's a mini, midweek mix of what's been keeping my ears busy, as I organize my desk, desktop, and iTunes library.
PLAY MYSELF SOME MUSIC- JASON FALKNER
I admit to never having heard a single note of R. Stevie Moore's music, but thanks to Mick over at Power Pop Overdose, I discovered a new Jason Falkner tune, which happens to be a cover of a brilliant, R. Stevie Moore tune.
MISTY EYES- RICHARD LLOYD
I was reminded of this pop gem again as I searched for a vinyl copy of Lloyd's debut LP, "Alchemy."
RUN FOR COVER- STREETWALKERS
I have a hazy memory of fighting with my cousin over the one used copy of "Red Card," the Streetwalkers album from which this riff heavy rocker comes from. Location: 2nd floor, Titus Oaks Records, Church and Flatbush, up the block from Erasmus High School, right above that donut place. I think I won, only to lose the album later that week in a game of Horse in the backyard. Found both this album and "Vicious But Fair" while trawling the internets. Great stuff from Roger Chapman, Bobby Tench, et al.
PRISON SONG - THE ZOMBIES
Cleaning up the desktop, getting rid of some bad music on iTunes and adding some new music, I finally got to listen to a collection of Zombies' rarities, and was wowed by this!
KINGDOM COME (ALTERNATE TAKE)- DAVID BOWIE
"Scary Monsters" has always bothered me. Bowie fans seem to love it. To me, it's a collection of great songs, completely sabotaged by some of Bowie's worst vocals and arrangements. Sometime last week, I found a bootleg of "Scary Monsters" alternates and outtakes. Here's is the Tom Verlaine cover with a semi-normal Bowie lead vocal, instead of that Anthony Newley meets Bobcat Goldthwait shit he left on the master take.
WAR PIGS- CAKE
Cake's new album came out yesterday. I love it, so I went back and listened to some of their excellent covers. This is one of them
KID/REMEMBER TO REMEMBER/CARS- ROBERT PALMER
Does anyone miss Robert Palmer? I sure do. The boy had a good run, even if he seemed to lose focus in his latter years. Always unique, here is the unlikely medley of The Pretenders and Gary Numan, with a Palmer original sandwiched in between, recorded live in San Francisco in 1979.
CA PLANE POUR MOI- RICHARD THOMPSON
Recorded live in 1991, this one can speak for itself.
THE RIVER (LIVE IN CLEVELAND, 11/14/99) - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE ESB
My friend David pointed this version out to me after he heard it over E-Street Radio. His note to me:
"Another stellar Bruce performance on Sirius. Whole recording has bass up high in the mix. This stripped down arrangement really moving." He's right. Thanks, David.