Monday, April 27, 2009

Song of the Week 4/24/09

Superdrag - "Sucked Out"

This just might be my favorite, most unexpected song we've ever added to our master song list. A ramshackle of a rehearsal turned into a bunch of fun as we stumbled into doing this song a couple weeks ago. It's just so much fun to sing--and so much fun for the guys to play as well.

No one else will probably ever do it, which is fine. That means I can do it at every gig we have this summer, perhaps starting this Saturday.

And I love the crowd singing at one of the band's first reunion shows in 2007:

Monday, April 20, 2009

Song of the Week 4/17/09

Pavement - "Range Life"

I've had this song in my head off and on for a week after my good friend Joe S (have a happy 40th today, my man) quoted it on his Facebook status. Then Friday I was waiting for a table at my favorite Brooklyn eatery, Bonnie's, and it popped up.

These are some great lyrics that I still love 15 years later:

"Out on my skateboard the night is just hummin'
And the gum smacks are the pulse I'll follow if my walkman fades
But I've got absolutely no one, no one but myself to blame"

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Song of the Week 4/10/09

Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 - "Goodnight Oslo"

The title track to Hitchcock and company's new album is pretty groovy in its studio version. But live, man, it's absolutely hypnotic and trippy. It was a perfect closer for a great show at Irving Plaza Saturday night. I am so glad I get to see them again in June at The Bell House. (Especially since the show started about 30 minutes earlier than any Irving Plaza show I have been to. Which meant we missed about 20 minutes of their set. D'oh!)

Check out this live version recorded last week in Dallas:

Monday, April 06, 2009

Song of the Week 4/3/09

Ben Harper & Eddie Vedder - "Under Pressure" (Live)

I was fortunate to cover the Change Begins Within concert Saturday night at Radio City Music Hall, and while I'll never forget seeing two Beatles share the same mic, this totally unexpected cover was sight to behold. Harper is no Freddie Mercury, but his passion on this song gave me (literally) chills up my spine. Wow.