The Awesome Song I Heard Today #13
November 28: Black Crowes, “Hard to Handle” Where I heard it: XRT Why it’s awesome: 1. A classic of the “hardworking band having a good time on the road” video genre. Now that I’ve read I Want My MTV, I’m paying more attention to the videos from the golden era, and it occurs to me that this video appears to be put together entirely from found...
The Awesome Song I Heard Today #12
November 27: Donovan, “Season of the Witch” Where I heard it: in a preview for ParaNorman Why it’s awesome: 1. A slinky bassline that reminds me, for some reason, of “For What It’s Worth” 2. Vaguely apocalyptic lyrics - not what you typically expect from the guy who sang “Sunshine Superman” (also an awesome song) and “I Love My...
The Awesome Song I Heard Today #11
November 24: Sly and the Family Stone, “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” Happy Thanksgiving.
The Awesome Song I Heard Today #10
November 22: Pretenders, “Tattooed Love Boys” Heard on: XRT Why it’s awesome: 1. The guitar break at 1:36 that is essentially 10 mini-solos by James Honeyman-Scott 2. “I see you, all impressed and half-undressed…stop snivelling, you’re going to make some plastic surgeon a rich man” - Chrissie as a jaded (and kind of assholish!) older woman at age...
The Awesome Song I Heard Today #9
November 16: Grateful Dead/Los Lobos, “Bertha” Heard on: XRT Why it’s awesome: 1. This one is a bit of a cheat…I heard the original (by the Dead) this morning and it put my in mind of the Los Lobos version from ‘Deadicated,’ which to me is one of the clearest examples ever of a cover elevating a good song to a great one.The original is good, if a bit...
The Awesome Song I Heard Today #8
November 15: Bush Tetras, “Too Many Creeps” Quoth YT commenter jackamo23, “In a sane world Bush Tetras would be bigger than Talking Heads and tens of thousands of people would begin their morning prayers to the sound of Too Many Creeps.” So true, random anonymous person on the Internet, so true… R.I.P. Laura Kennedy.
The Awesome Song I Heard Today #7
November 12: Johnny Cash, “Rusty Cage” Where I heard it: MOG, thanks to Daryl Why it’s awesome: 1. When Chris Cornell sings this song, it sounds like a collection of random words and phrases. When Cash sings it, it sounds like a narrative, and a damn scary one. 2. That’s Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers backing him up. I honestly had no idea!
The Awesome Song I Heard Today #6: Bruce...
Where I heard it: WXRT Why it’s awesome: 1. “1234 HIGHWAYS JAMMED WITH BROKEN HEROES ON A LAST-CHANCE POWER DRIVE” at the top of your lungs makes any drive perfect. 2. When I was a kid I read somewhere that you if you took the cartridge out of the record player arm and plugged it in backwards, it would “polarize” the music or something and cancel out...
The Awesome Song I Heard Today #5: Gang of Four,...
Heard on: MOG Why it’s awesome: 1. The dictionary definition of “jagged guitars” 2. Fantastic for pogoing around a hotel room when you’re supposed to be working 3. Microsoft using a song from a band whose lyrics are informed by Marxist ideology to sell X-boxes is irony in the best sense of the word.