Monday, May 31, 2010

Song of the Week 5/28/10

Tom Petty - "Time to Move On"

Tom always knows the right thing to say. It seems like its' been that way for 25 years of my life. How does he do that?

"It's time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going

Broken skyline, movin' through the airport
She's an honest defector
Conscientious objector
Now her own protector

Broken skyline, which way to love land
Which way to something better
Which way to forgiveness
Which way do I go

It's time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going

Sometime later, getting the words wrong
Wasting the meaning and losing the rhyme
Nauseous adrenaline
Like breakin' up a dogfight
Like a deer in the headlights
Frozen in real time
I'm losing my mind

It's time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going

It's time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It's time to move on, it's time to get going

It's time to move on, it's time to get going"

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Song of the Week 5/21/10

LCD Soundsystem - "I Can Change"

The new LCD Soundsytem album is pretty good. It might not been on the same level as Sound of Silver, but it's a worthy follow-up. My favorite track is "I Can Change," which bears more than a passing resemblance to Eurythmics "Love is a Stranger." The last line in the second chorus--"I can change if it helps you fall in love"--is something I can totally identify with at this point in my life. Alas, its something I didn't do enough.

BONUS: Here's a live version of "I Can Change"...

...and here's that Eurythmics song.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Song of the Week 5/14/10

The Figgs - "A One Man Fiasco"

One of my favorite shows of 2010 when it's all said and done will be The Figgs show at Fontana's in Chinatown on May 14th. It was an early 45 minute set, so they decided to just play their new album The Man Who Fights Himself in order. I had seen all of the songs live in the past four years since their last album Follow Jean Through the Sea, but it was fun hearing them all bunched together like that.

Before the show singer-guitarist Mike Gent told me that his uncle had died and he'd have to travel up to Troy in the morning for the funeral. During the show, just before "A One Man Fiasco," Gent told the crowd about his uncle and asked everyone to raise their glasses in honor of him. And every single person did. It was a very moving sight. And then when Gent got to the third verse, I got a huge lump in my throat.

"Maybe some sleep, will bring a little peace.
The saddest thing I've ever seen.
Family will come, and eventually
All will have to leave."

It was the most emotional moment I've had at a Figgs show in probably a decade. "A One Man Fiasco" is the centerpiece of a very strong album, and is a song I have a feeling I'll keep going back to for years and years.

BONUS: Here are the Figgs playing it two nights later in Philadelphia.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

RT 20 Podcast 33: Brian Cogan, Part 2

Whoa, sorry for the delay in posting part 2. What kind of radio station are we running around here anyways?

Oh, right.

You can check out Brian and his band The In Crowd Saturday night at Union Hall in Brooklyn opening up for my beloved Figgs.

To download this podcast or stream it, click here. To have your iTunes automatically download each new podcast, click here.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Song of the Week 5/7/10

Aerosmith - "What It Takes"

Weird things can happen with music. Case in point is this SOTW.

Spring 1990: My roommate Hank and I have a party in our garden apartment on the IC campus. We're drinking with our friends, spinning different albums. "What It Takes" comes on, and in a fit of drunken stupidity, I turn around and decide I needed to lipsynch it to the nearest woman. That happens to be my friend Lisa, who is a native of New Hampshire. I give a devastating performance that I am sure all of my friends that were at the party can still recall to this day. Heck, it became a running gag for many, many years after that initial Steven Tyler impression.

Spring 2010: I'm in a car riding around (wait for it) New Hampshire, listening to WZLX out of Boston play a rock block of Aerosmith. For some reason Allison (also a New Hampshire native) mentions that "What It Takes" is one of her favorite Aerosmith songs. Stunned, I tell her that its one of mine as well and explain the story above. I added that the song was kind of obscure and it would be doubtful that any radio station played it these days. She disagreed, saying that it wasn't that obscure. The next day another Aerosmith block comes on WZLX, and I'll be damned if they don't play "What It Takes." (Alas, Allison was not as excited as me, especially when I turned up the station to a volume that would deafen most normal people.)

BONUS: I had totally forgotten there were two videos made for this song.

Here's the initial "in the studio" version:

And here's the "concept" version:

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Col. Boyd's Derby Day Party 5/1/10

For the fifth year in a row I had the pleasure of DJ-ing at Col. Boyd’s annual Derby Day Party. There was no theme in this year’s selections, just a bunch of tunes I wanted to play since the last time I DJ’ed. Here’s what you may or may not have heard on a day for mudders in Churchill Downs.

Chet Atkins - “Kentucky Derby”
Ricky Nelson - “Sure Fire Bet”
Beau Brummels - “My Old Kentucky Home”
Elvis Presley - “Kentucky Rain”
The Rolling Stones - “Dead Flowers”
Bobby Darin - “Beyond the Sea”
Bob and Earl - “Harlem Shuffle”
The Beach Boys - “Wouldn’t It be Nice”
Badfinger - “Come and Get It”
The Association - “Windy”
Paul Revere and The Raiders - “Kicks”
The Grass Roots - “Temptation Eyes”
The Flirtations - “Nothing But a Heartache”
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - “More Love”
The Isley Brothers - “Summer Breeze”
The Four Tops - “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got)”
The Three Degrees - “When Will I See You Again”
Cliff Richard - “Devil Woman”
J. Geils Band - “Musta Got Lost”
Rod Stewart - “Every Picture Tells a Story”
ELO - “Mr. Blue Sky”
The Faces - “Ooh La La”
Gary U.S. Bonds - “This Little Girl”
Doobie Brothers - “Minute by Minute”
Grizzly Bear featuring Michael McDonald - “While You Wait for the Others”
Wilco - “Heavy Metal Drummer”
Brendan Benson - “A Whole Lot Better”
Delta Spirit - “Trashcan”
Death Cab For Cutie - “Long Division”
The Detroit Cobras - “Hot Dog”
Electric Six - “Gay Bar”
Guided by Voices - “Girls of Wild Strawberries”
Fleet Foxes - “He Doesn’t Know Why”
The Hold Steady - “My Little Hoodrat Friend”
Phoenix - “Lisztomania”
Elliott Smith - “Son of Sam”
The Strokes - “Bard to Explain”
The Arctic Monkeys - “I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor”
Mumford & Sons - “Little Lion Man”
Matthew Sweet - “Girlfriend”
Adam Ant - “Wonderful”
Beck - “Devil’s Haircut”
Belly - “Feed the Tree”
Blur - “Parklife”
The Flaming Lips - “Race for the Prize”
Fountains of Wayne - “Denise”
Foo Fighters - “Monkey Wrench”
Harvey Danger - “Flagpole Sitta”
The Knack - “my Sharona”
Yes - “Owner of a Lonely heart”
Billy Squier - “In the Dark”
Asia - “Heat of the Moment”
Dramarama - “Anything, Anything”
Berlin - “No More Words”
Howard Jones - “Things Can Only Get Better”
Matthew Wilder - “Break My Stride”
ABC - “The Look of Love”
The Outfield - “Your Love”
The Clash - “Rock the Casbah”
Kim Wilde - “Kids in America”
Gary Numan - “Cars”
Duran Duran - “Girls on Film”
The English Beat - “Mirror in the Bathroom”
Men at Work - “Who Can It be Now”
Madness - “Our House”
Big Country - “In a Big Country”
Tears for Fears - “Shout”
Toto - “Roseanna”
REO Speedwagon - “Keep on Loving You”
Motley Crue - “Home Sweet Home”

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Song of the Week 4/28/10

Wilson Phillips - "Hold On"

My friend Jodie and I have had a long time bond over the delivery of humor. Specifically, the concept of doing anything to make a joke work or to keep it going forward long past a sensible expiration date. We've adhered to that motto for 15 years now, to varying degrees of success. Sometime my efforts have paid off in big laughs; others...ah, not so much.

I guess that preamble (or ramble) is part of my explanation of why on Derby Day I stood on stage at the Bell House while the band played and took a picture of two great ladies singing this song:

The exact reasons of 1) how I convinced the band to play the song and 2) how I ended up dating the awesome and beautiful woman on the left because of her posting the "Hold On" video on my Facebook page are better explained in person. Let me just say this--this cheesy #1 hit from 1990 has certainly been rehabilitated in my mind.

(Postscript--days after I posted this, I got dumped. Ain't life a bitch?)