Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Track of the Week: Christmas Time Is Here by Mayer Hawthorne

Mayer Hawthorne makes some of the best soul music today. On Tuesday he released a recording for free on his label's website. "Christmas Time Is Here" was originally recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio for the Peanuts Christmas special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, in 1965.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Track of the Week: Frankie Teardrop by Suicide

This week's track features the most frightening song ever recorded, by far. Of course, when your band's name is Suicide, you would imagine the songs would be scary. One of the most influential bands of the 1970s, Suicide's first record provided a sense of where music could go.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Track of the Week: I Walked with a Zombie by Roky Erickson & the Aliens

Sorry I have not written in quite some time. I have moved, first to El Paso, Texas and then to Tigard, OR. It is beautiful out here. As we approach Halloween, I have decided this week's track will feature "I Walked with a Zombie."

Monday, August 15, 2011

Track of the Week: High School by The MC5

Cover of "Back in the Usa"Cover of Back in the UsaThis week's track takes us back to 1970. The MC5 released their second record, Back in the USA. This was also their first studio album, as Kick Out the Jams was a live recording. The song itself is very straight-forward basic rock 'n' roll. A song about high school. The most basic rock 'n' roll you can get. I went to watch Rock 'n' Roll High School at the Plaza Classic Film Festival last week and I was pleasantly surprised to remember how much I liked "High School!"

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Track of the Week: Life's a Gas by T. Rex

Electric Warrior
I obviously love T. Rex's 1971 record, Electric Warrior. My tumblr is named after a lyric from "Mambo Sun." But this week's track of the week comes toward the end of the album and is the opposite of "Mambo Sun." Whereas the opening track is about wanting to be with a girl, "Life's a Gas" is about what happens when things go wrong. It is pretty straight forward and similar to the Temptation's "Can't Get Next to You" lyrically during the verses. You have loving a girl like a planet, chaining a heart to a star, building houses, placing love in the sky, and on and on.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Track of the Week: I Go to Sleep by The Kinks

You know sometimes you want to love so badly and you find someone you want and you think its real and it refuses to be? That is what this song is about. It is so short and simple, but is more complex when you pay attention. The emotions fly start off simple, grow, expand, explode, crash and return again. And the whole thing is just two voices (singing the same part) and one piano. It allows the emotion of the lyrics to stand out.