Saturday, June 25, 2011

Song of the Week 6/24/11

Sugar - "If I Can't Change Your Mind"

I had the opportunity this week to interview Bob Mould about his great new book See a Little Light. That drove me to dive back into Mould's catalog and to order the reissue of Sugar's Copper Blue on vinyl. 19 years later and the whole package still delivers a powerful punch and remains one of my favorite albums of all time. Mould talks a little bit about the video for "If I Can't Change Your Mind" in the book and how it was a tease about his sexuality. So I had to hit YouTube to refresh my memory. See if you can spot the tease yourself:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Song of the Week 6/17/11

Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne - "You're a Friend of Mine"

I've been thinking for a few days about what to write about the passing of the Big Man. And words still escape me. So I think the best thing to do is to direct you to what Caryn Rose (who, like me is a Mets and a Pearl Jam and a Bruce Springsteen fan) wrote for Backstreets. (Scroll down towards the bottom.) It's an amazing summation of a larger than life figure that almost brought me to tears when I read it Saturday night.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Song of the Week 6/10/11

Fountains of Wayne - "A Dip in the Ocean"

I wish I had a clip of a YouTube video of this song to show you. You'll just have to trust me when I say that "A Dip in the Ocean" is quite fantastic. It totally erases the fact that FOW released a really bad album a four years ago. It's on their new album Sky Full of Holes, which is due out August 2nd. I'll update this post then with a proper link.

Since I don't have "A Dip in the Ocean," how about an amazing medley instead?

Friday, June 03, 2011

Song of the Week 6/3/11

Dawes - "So Well"

I've grown to like this L.A. quartet after seeing them last year at ACL and playing as part of the amazing Middle Brother show a few months ago. They've played "So Well" at both shows I've seen so far and it's a track where the comparisons to The Band seem spot on. (And I don't even mind that the opening guitar line sounds lifted from "Wish You Were Here.") The entire new album Nothing Is Wrong is definitely on the short list for this year's RT20.

(In doing some YouTube digging, I discovered that they were playing this song 18 months before this album was released. Wow.)

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Song of the Week 5/27/11

Lady Gaga - "The Edge of Glory"

You might be asking yourself, "WTF," as the kids lingo goes these days. Yes, I bought the Born This Way. IT WAS 99 CENTS PEOPLE. Seriously, how much of a risk is it to buy a digital download of an entire album when it's that cheap. It's not a great album by any standard, but it does have some excellent moments. The half-sung in German "Schei├če" is a hoot and the Madonna-ripping title track is decent. But holy cow, "Edge of Glory" is the best 1986 song that I've heard since, well, 1986. Imagine a single from a sports-themed 80s flick like Vision Quest or Rocky III with a sax solo by the E Street Band's Clarence Clemons. You have just created this song in your mind. I, without any irony whatsoever, love it.