First, there was rock ‘n’ roll. And then there was Lester Bangs, a one-man-fan-machine who taught rock ‘n’ roll to give a damn about itself. Consider what you’re about to read a love story between a man and his music.
The short version: I couldn’t sleep, so I made you a live-broadcast mix tape on Grooveshark. Then, I put together this embedded playlist of that broadcast for your listening pleasure.
Set your ears properly. This song is all noodling and lullaby until 1:54 when the song proper starts. And when it starts, oh poppets, this song is a WONDER.
There’s so much juicy goodness in this mashup that I’m just going to let you watch before I give you some context in the notes below it. <3
She was walking down the street looking fine as she could be!
For nearly a year now, I’ve been haunted by this version of Lilly Allen’s “Chinese,” her tribute to her mother, Allison Owen, by the Capital Children’s Choir. But I couldn’t post it. Not yet. Not and feel right about having done it.
“I guess I thought the dream-space would be all about the visual, but it’s more about the feeling. My question is what happens when you start messing with the physics of it. ” —Ariadne, the Architect. (Inception.)
A Daft Punk cover by La Pompe Moderne that was shot in ONE take. “Unbelievable,” your mind will tell you. “Oh, yes indeedy,” your eyes will reply. But, wait! There’s MORE.
Please enjoy. These innovators amaze me. And I hope, I just hope, that they amaze you too.
Should we do a week of music just created (or played by) natives of Texas? How about we start with the incomparable Stevie Ray Vaughan and see how it goes?
I couldn’t sleep all night. So I sang to her—
Happy Monday, everyone! This song will put a little pepper in your soup. It’s fantastic! Let me know what you think.
Mmmm. Peacocks are lovely.
Jeezalou! I am in love with today’s song! Just wait, y’all— just wait!
After last year’s accidentally stunning Valentine’s Day 5-Minute Dance Party (see here), I was a leeeetle worried that I wouldn’t be able to find something nearly so wonderful. But I think I did. Because I was inspired by you.
Jacques Cousteau. Now there was a man who knew exactly what he liked. <3
This song just about kills me, and I almost never would have heard it— except by happy accident.
I go with my instincts most of the time. Sometimes my instincts are right on. Sometimes they are seriously on the fritz. Today, I think I got the music juuuust right. <3
Well, even I didn’t know I was going to find this very fine montage the other day. But, by golly— here it is. I trip over the wildest things, don’t I?
Beauty moves me greatly, but it also compels me to share it, extravagantly. For you, tonight. All for you. Honestly.
Marie douceur c’est ainsi que tu me surnommes….
Watch the video, and then check out the audience’s faces right at the end. Wild, no?
I believe that a raw indie rock and roll sound fills the heart with a raw-edged hope.
Do you know who sung Venus first? Oooh, have I got a surprise for you, today!
Want to meet the godmother of rock and roll? <3
Here’s the New Year’s Eve song. One second before midnight, I’ll be posting a New Year’s Day song!
Yes, I like it like that.
If this girl doesn’t make it big in the next four years, I will eat my collection of hats. I own a LOT of hats, y’all. A LOT.
Oh, you are going to like this one. Let Katie Herzig prepare your eyes and ears for the new year that’s coming.
…and you know how much we love Eleanor Rigby around here. <3