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Song of the Day — Ben Harper

August 30, 2010
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I’m into songs with a good rhythm section these days.  And listening to them on the highway where it won’t disturb anyone outside when I crank the volume until the bass liquifies my innards.

This one liquifies my outards too.  Nearly liquifies the car.  I keep playing it.  There hasn’t been an earthquake in Boston for a very long time, so if you you’re there and feel the ground shake just text me and tell me to turn the volume down.

Oops!  I’ll be driving.  No texting.

Try,

um

telepathy?

Fight for Your Mind


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Song of the Day — Wynder K. Frog

August 30, 2010
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This is for anyone who loves Green Onions by Booker T. and the MGs, and wanted something by someone with a more amphibious and less automotive name.

New friend sent it to me, along with a ton of other music that is slowly seeping in.

Still don’t believe this is his real name, but he and his buddies get a nice beat going.

Gasoline Alley


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Song of the Day — Maggie and Suzzy Roche

August 28, 2010
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Thank you, Sarah — This is an incredible poem, perfectly set to music and sung by these sisters.  Love it.

For Those Whose Work Is Invisible


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Song of the Day — Ray Charles and The Count Basie Orchestra

August 26, 2010
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I’m starting to realize why the music is so important.  It keeps me here.  In this body.  Now.

Ray does keep me so well.  Here he plays with The Count Basie Orchestra, and makes those butterbeans so DELECTABLE.

What’s the sixth day of the week?  Hmm, I forget.  Ray, ask your backup singers to tell us.  Please tell us, backup singers.

I DARE you not to sway to this song.  DOUBLE DARE.  Here.  In your body.  Now.

Just listen:

Every Saturday Night


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Song of the Day — R.E.M.

August 21, 2010
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This goes out to Jeremy Toback.

One day in the mid-1980s when I worked at Music Plus record store, a new Talking Heads album came out on the same day that a new R.E.M. album came out.  Talking Heads was a seminal, Brian Eno-influenced band that helped change the course of music forever, and R.E.M. was a nice twist on guitar-based rock.  Grunge was still a twinkle in the eyes of Neil Young and X, so these harmonies and incoherent lyrics that R.E.M produced seemed merely quirky to me.  Of course the first album we played that morning was the new Heads album!  Jeremy came by, and we couldn’t believe my misguided priorities.  We argued, good naturedly.  I felt so righteous.  I knew that my god would kick the shit out of his god.

The R.E.M. album was Fables of the Reconstruction.  Not their best, but a few great songs, including Green Grow the Rushes and the minor hit Can’t Get There From Here.

The Heads album was Little Creatures.

Jeremy, 25 years later I admit… wait.  No.

Let’s change the subject!

Here’s a song from a later REM album (Dead Letter Office, 1987) that was quirky, groundbreaking, and reached back to the olden days of country music.  The recording is touchingly flawed (note the voice shouting out the chords near the beginning of the song to his bandmates), a loving cover of an old Roger Miller song, and worth thrusting onto the internet to distract you from my bad bet that June morning in 1985.

King Of The Road


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Song of the Day — Alberta Hunter

August 21, 2010
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I have been waiting to post this for FOREVER.  Finally got the CD a few days ago, and, well… here is Alberta Hunter at age 85 in the middle of her big early 1980s comeback.  She is the cutest, naughtiest 85 year old woman I have ever heard of.  Go to YouTube and check out her smile.

Isaac, help your auntie install iTunes on her computer so she can listen to this in front of you and embarrass you both in the process.

My Handy Man Ain’t Handy No More


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