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Video of the Day: Quaker City Night Hawks -Mockingbird

Posted by falconi5 on August 13, 2016

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Starting with the name, there is nothing that is not cool about The Quaker City Night Hawks. With an energy that would rival The Cadillac Three, and musical chops that float somewhere between The Allman Brothers and The Black Crowes, this might be your new summertime Rock and Roll Band.  The new record, El Astonauta, is top 10 worthy.

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Five Cool Ones: Five Cool “Covers” Albums

Posted by falconi5 on August 7, 2016

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Albums consisting entirely of songs made famous by someone else can be decidedly hit or miss affairs. When an actor like William Shatner gives birth to a record of space related songs on the horribly named Seeking Major Tom record, a platter that is an assault to the ears and absolutely tortures stone-cold classics like “Space Cowboy”, “Rocket Man” and “Walking on the Moon” and Pat Boone is given valuable studio time to cut 12 “Metal” tunes on In a Metal Mood: No More Mister Nice Guy covering  “Metalclassics “Smoke on the Water” and “Love Hurts” along with an absolutely horrid version of “Holy Diver” that warrants Ronnie James Dio coming back from the dead to kick Pat Boone’s ass, a legitimite case can be made to ban the genre altogether.

And then there are the good ones.  And there a lot of them. The Walkmen took their fandom to the next level with their nuanced recreation of Harry Nilsson’s Pussy Cat’s that was itself essentially a covers record, and the Flaming Lips recently came out with a somewhat bizaar guest driven track by track rendition of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band which is strangely cool, and is probably considered epic to a Flaming Lips fan, but hardcore Beatle fans would probably be better served checking out Cheap Trick’s Sgt. Pepper Live.

Willie Nelson has released a lot of really good covers albums, the best of which is probably Willie Sings Kristofferson, and even the iconic Bob Dylan has joined Rod Stewart with songs performed from the great American songbook.

Here are five top-notch artist covers albums very much worthy of some of your ear time.

Metallica – Garage Inc.

Very much a genre specific selection here, this one tend to veer slightly more to the rock side vs. the heavy metal bombastic playing we are used to from Metallica.  Scoring high marks for the song selection here with Seger’s “Turn the Page,” the Thin Lizzy anthem “Whisky in the Jar,” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Tuesday’s Gone,” this one is a mighty fine road trip record and on that will definitely scratch that hard rock itch.

 

Bryan Ferry – Dylanesque

When the first line of the song hits you between the ears “When you’re  lost in the rain in Juarez and it’s Easter time too” the line from “Just like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” this time delivered by Roxy Music front man Bryan Ferry, you immediately know that this version rides the same side of the track as the original, and that this song, or any other Bob Dylan song for that matter, is in the capable hands of a master. A master paying tribute to a master.  Highlights are “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” and the somewhat over looked classic “Make You Feel My Love.”  The version of “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” might be the second best cover of the song just behind the almost death bed performance of the song delivered by Warren Zevon on The Wind.

 

k.d. Lang – Hymns of the 49th Parallel

This unique take on the covers genre, covering songs by Canadian artists, works well mostly due to the fact that two of the most brilliant songwriters ever just happen to be from north of the border in Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Joni Mitchell.  All of the arrangements here are short, sweet and too the point with k.d.’s voice on brilliant display front and center. “After the Gold Rush” and “Helpless” the two Neil Young songs presented here are first rate, and “The Day I Walk,” a song written by the criminally ignored (except by the critics) Bruce Cockburn is a pleasant surprise. The real stunner here, of course, is Lang’s version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. in a Beatles vs. Stones sort of debate the jury is still out among many as to which version is better. This one, or the Jeff Buckley version. While the studio version presented here is certainly terrific, seek out a live version.  It will change your life.

 

Dexys – Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul

Dexys, the later day version of Dexys Midnight Runners of “Come On Eileen” fame may not be that well known on certain sides of the pond, and lead singer Kevin Rowland certainly could shop in any mall in America without fear of recognition, but all of that being said, Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul is on fine record, forget covers record.

The album is 1/2 vinatge traditional Irish standards and 1/2 carefully curated from an eclectic palate of artist including Joni Mitchell, LeAnn Rimes, and The Brothers Gibb, with a couple of tasty nuggets from the great American songbook thrown in for good measure. “You Wear it Well” sounds perfect with the Dexy-fied arrangement and Rowlands exquisitely deep voice, and the Johnny Cash deep track 40 Shades of Green sounds like it could have been a traditional Irish ballad, Country style.

The opener “Women of Ireland” is a beautiful instrumental and a perfect mood setter to carry you on a sea voyage to the Emerald Isle. “To Love Somebody” is brilliant, and “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen” is stunning.

This record released in 2016 is a good one.  Better than good actually.

 

David Bowie – Pin Ups

This album, released between Alladin Sane and Diamond Dogs represented sort of the last hurrah for Ziggy Stardust, and Bowie was in fine peak form. Choosing a set of songs that were his personal favorites some of these songs were bona-fide hits of the day including The Easybeats “Friday on My Mind” and The Yardbirds “Shapes of Things” while others more are obscure deeper tracks by major acts like “See Emily Play” the Pink Floyd Song and the Who’s “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere.”  “I Can’t Explain” in the slowed down version presented here is distinctly different that the original, and “Here Comes the Night” is a scorcher.

Pin Ups was the swan song for Mick Ronson and the Spiders from Mars. What a way to go out.

 

Honorable Mention

Steve Earle – Towns

Jesse Malin – On Your Sleeve

Joseph Arthur – Lou

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Kicking Against the Pricks

Elvis Costello – Almost Blue

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Live Video of the Day: Bob Dylan – Love Sick

Posted by falconi5 on May 19, 2016

dylanBefore Bob Dylan turned into a lounge singer he was one heck of singer songwriter and performer.  This one is the opening track from the very much underrated album, if an album that wins a Grammy can be considered underrated that is, Time Out of Mind.  I am not too sure how live it actually is, but it is still darn good.

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Rock Chick of the Day: Linda Ronstadt – Walkin’ Down the Line (Playboy After Dark)

Posted by falconi5 on May 13, 2016

lindar5Stand down all you Midnight Special and Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert groupies, and you hipsters that think Austin City Limits is the best weekly rock music program ever, you are close, but no cigar. With all due props to Jools Holland, the best pound for pound music show is Playboy After Dark, with a close runner up award going to The Old Grey Whistle Test.  Any show that is hosted by Hugh Hefner has got to be cool.

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Friday Funday Playlist 1: Boogie Motel

Posted by falconi5 on March 25, 2016

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Starting today, and hopefully every Friday, we will feature a Friday Funday Playlist. There may be a theme associated with the playlist from time to time, depending on how the spirit moves, but for the most part we will be free balling. However the spirit moves, we will throw up a playlist that seems to be ear worthy for the space and time.

The premier Friday Funlist is Boogie Motel. Leading off with the title track “Boogie Motel,” a mid-era Foghat tune that is 7:20 of pure party boogie, sleaze rock at it’s finest, followed up with “Barefootin,” yes Brownsville station recorded at least one other song other than “Smokin in the Boys Room,” and the Southside Johnny anthem “Looking for a Good Time,” provides a 1-2-3 punch of uniquely American Rock and Roll.

You can’t spell Boogie without having J. Geils and Magic Dick in the mix, and “Struttin’ With My Baby” is a triple word score. And did someone say Flamin’ Groovies? Enough said. And “Don’t Lie to Me,” from the more than stellar Shake Some Action album is a next level effort from perhaps the most underrated band this side of The Kinks.

The playlist goes old school with “Gimme Some,” new school with “Down This Road” from our new favorite band Dr. Boogie, and mixes in some Delbert, Rockpile, and Bonnie Raitt for good measure.

So, pour yourself a scotch and coke, sit back, and enjoy

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Rock Chick of the Day: Suzi Quatro – She’s in Love With You

Posted by falconi5 on January 20, 2016

suziqReally good quality on this from everybody’s teenage queen Suzi Quatro.

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Live Video of the Day: Tom Jones and Rhiannon Giddens – St. James Infirmary

Posted by falconi5 on January 14, 2016

tomjonesAs pretty much a St. James Infirmary enthusiast, I can speak some with authority on the subject.  This might be the best version of the song this side of Bourbon Street.

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Video of the Day: Roxy Swain-Constellations Fell

Posted by falconi5 on January 11, 2016

roxyI am not sure why this song reminds me of David Bowie, but it does. Maybe it’s because I was listing to this song by Roxy Swain from their 2014 E.P. Restless Heart when I heard the news of his passing. Or, maybe it is because the tune seems (at least to me) to carry a bit of a “Space Oddity Vibe” within it’s DNA. Or more probably it reminds me of The Thin White Duke because it is a song you could very easily envision Bowie covering.  And he would have done it in fine style.

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Live Video of the Day: Brian Wilson (Feat. Nate Ruess) – Saturday Night

Posted by falconi5 on January 6, 2016

brianWith Nate Ruess from the Pop group Fun. doing most of the heavy vocal lifting, this absolute gem from last years Pier Pressure is elevated to an absolute gem of a song. Brian along with his stellar backing band are in finest form as well. This should have been song of the year in 2015.

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Rock Chick of the Day: Suzi Quatro – Can the Can

Posted by falconi5 on January 1, 2016

suziqPretty much an underrated singer and performer, Suzi Quatro was a bit ahead of her time. With songs like “Can the Can,” “The Wild One,” and “Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me),” there was a smoldering sensuality bubbling just under her Rock and Roll heart.

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