News for June 2011

Song Of The Day – 7/1/11

Song Of The Day – “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” by Tiny Tim

It really didn’t get any more psychedelic than this in 1968…and in actuality, Tim stole most of his shtick from a 1930s performer named Nick Lucas. His real name was Herbert Khaury and I had the pleasure of meeting him at a Bob Dylan concert in the 1980s where he picked my brain about the archives at RCA Records where I worked at the time.  He had an encyclopedic knowledge of nostalgic music…and he also smelled real bad!

Edited: June 30th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/30/11

Song Of The Day – “Cry Me A River” by Julie London

It would be hard to think of London without all of the sexy cheesecake album covers, but behind all of the va va voom was the voice. Soft, supple, sexual.  She sang this song in the film “The Girl Can’t Help It” and starred in many other films and on TV. While this song became famous in the rock era by Joe Cocker, it doesn’t hold a candle to the original.

Edited: June 30th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/29/11

Song Of The Day – “Stella by Starlight” by Carmell Jones

Another great West Coast Jazz trumpeter who recorded with the likes of Bud Shank, The Gerald Wilson Orchestra and Horace Silver. This 1962 track features arrangements by Gerald Wilson and is culled from the exceptional 2003 “Mosaic Select” collection featuring three CDs of prime early ’60s Pacific Jazz sides. It was originally on the album “Business Meetin’.”

Edited: June 29th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/28/11

Song Of The Day – “Milestones” by Gerald Wilson Big Band

They were one of the leading West Coast big bands during a time when big bands were not commercially viable to keep together for very long. This is a live televised version of “Milestones” that originally appeared on the 1963 Pacific Jazz album “Moment Of Truth” featuring Wilson and the late great Carmell Jones on trumpet.

Edited: June 28th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/27/11

Song Of The Day – “SeaLion” by Jethro Tull

Classic Tull from the 1974 album “War Child.” Sure it had the toss-away hit “Bungle In The Jungle,” but there are classics to be found on the platter including this song, “Two Fingers,” “Ladies” and “Skating Away On the Thin Ice Of A New Day.” Unfortunately, the album also marked the beginning of the end of their commercial viability.

Edited: June 27th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/26/11

Song Of the Day – “I Might” by Wilco

Brand spanking new and hot off the presses is this new song from the forthcoming Wilco album. Not exactly sure how I feel about the song yet, but I’m sure it will insinuate itself with me at some point.  See for yourself…

Edited: June 26th, 2011

Michael Jackson – Two Years On…

Michael Jackson – Two years later and one horrible posthumous release in the form of last year’s turgid “Michael” album.  Let’s remember him for his greatness like “I Can’t Let Her Get Away” from his “Dangerous” album.

Edited: June 25th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/25/11

Song Of The Day – “Pay Me My Money Down” by Bruce Springsteen

From the underrated 2006 album “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions” where Springsteen ditches the E Street Band and sounds like he’s actually having a good time again. Although the tour played to half-empty arenas, it was where Bruce rediscovered his mojo and didn’t have to rely on faux preaching to get the crowd excited.

Edited: June 25th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/24/11

Song Of The Day – “Teenage Riot” by Sonic Youth

By 1988 and the album “Daydream Nation,” Sonic Youth were already six albums into their career. They invented grunge before it had a name dabbling in noise and strange guitar tunings.  All these years later, they are still a force to reckon with and Thurston Moore’s latest solo release, “Demolished Thoughts,” is one of the best records this year.

Edited: June 24th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/23/11

Song Of The Day – “A Slow Song” by Joe Jackson

When Jackson’s album, “Night And Day,” was released in 1982; he was compared to Cole Porter as a songwriter. The album captured the excitement and feel of New York City nightlife, and at that point of his career the comparison was accurate. Here we have a live version of the album’s epic closer.

Edited: June 23rd, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/22/11

Song Of The Day – “Heartbreak A Stranger” by Bob Mould

His first move after the demise of the mighty Husker Du was to pair it all back to highlight the acoustic and melodic side of his talent. The melodies were always there in the Du, they were just hiding behind sheets of sound. What we got on his 1988 debut solo album, “Workbook,” was a more introspective Mould. Looking forward to reading his new biography.

Edited: June 22nd, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/21/11

Song Of The Day – “Real Emotional Trash” by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

In the realm of heaviosity, they don’t come any heavier than Malkmus’  Jicks.  Here’s a live version of the title track of their 2008 album a year before its release.  They’ll be releasing a new platter in a few months and taking to the road again. Sure glad he got that Pavement reunion out of the way…

Edited: June 21st, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/20/11

Song Of The Day – “Walls” by Glen Campbell

In a musical world rife with comebacks and reformations that are letdowns at best, comes a welcome return in the form of the 2008 album “Meet Glen Campbell.”  When paired with a collection of fine songs including this Tom Petty cover, Campbell became relevant again almost overnight. His takes on tunes by Lou Reed, The Replacements, John Lennon and Bono aren’t bad either.

Edited: June 20th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/19/11

Song Of The Day – “Paradise By The C” by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Bye bye Big Man…we’ll miss you…

Edited: June 19th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/18/11

Song Of The Day – “Peel The Paint” by Gentle Giant

They were one of the premier Progressive Rock groups in their day…right up there with King Crimson, Yes and Genesis. Their forte was mixing medieval madrigals with hard rock.  This one comes from their 1972 third album entitled “Three Friends” and features some intense guitar work care of Gary Green.

Edited: June 17th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/17/11

Song Of the Day – “Youth of Eglington” by Black Uhuru

Since its release in 1981, their album “Red” has attained classic status within the world of Reggae music.  No doubt it all boiled down to the high-stepping rhythm team of Sly & Robbie, the vocal talents of “The Rasta Cantor” Michael Rose and Sandra “Puma” Jones and a slate of eight solid songs that dealt with politics and religion.

Edited: June 17th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/16/11

Song Of The Day: “Five Guys Named Moe” by Louis Jordan & His Tympani Five

Between the years 1942 and 1951, Louis Jordan placed 57 different records on the R’n’B charts. He was an accomplished songwriter, saxophone player and entertainer. This gem, recorded in 1942, went on to be the title tune of a hit Broadway review and was brought back by Joe Jackson on his “Jumpin’ Jive” album in 1980.

Edited: June 16th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/15/11

Song Of The Day – “All My Own Stunts” by Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys burst onto the scene in 2005 with the fastest selling debut album in British Rock history.  Four albums in with “Suck It And See,” they still make a powerful noise with vocalist-songwriter Alex Turner at the helm and Jamie Cook on guitar. They’ll never be the “next best thing” as originally predicted, but they are certainly well worth a spin.

Edited: June 15th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/14/11

Song Of The Day – “Crossword Puzzle” by Sly Stone

This one comes from Sly Stone’s oft-neglected 1975 album “High On You.” Yes, it was the beginning of the end for Sly’s relevance, but this album still offers plenty of good listening. Hip-Hop aficionados will recognize the indelible horn riffs from De La Soul’s “Say No Go” featured on their classic album “3 Feet High And Rising.”

Edited: June 14th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/13/11

Song Of The Day – “There He Is (At My Door)” by The Vells

The Vells featured a secretary from Motown who was asked to fill in at a session for an absent Mary Wells. That gave Martha Reeves her big break that led to singing background on Marvin Gaye’s “Pride And Joy” and eventually to this early recording from 1962. The following year, the newly-named Martha & The Vandellas scored with “(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave.”

Edited: June 13th, 2011

Song Of The Day 6/12/11

Song Of The Day – (They Long To Be) Close To You by The Carpenters

Herb Alpert signed Karen & Richard Carpenter to his A&M Record label in 1969. For the first year they barely sold any records.  This song was intended as the follow up to Herb’s #1 hit “This Guy’s In Love With You.” Alpert recorded his own version of this song before giving it to The Carpenters. The rest is history…

Edited: June 12th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/11/11

Song Of The Day – “The Lonely Bull” by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

It all started with a bullfight in Mexico and a make-shift recording studio in a garage in California.  It was 1962 and young Herb Alpert launched his recording career and the A&M Record label at the same time. They were my first concert in 1973 at the Garden State Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ, and I’ll be seeing the man with the horn again tonight appear with his wife Lani Hall!

Edited: June 10th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/10/11

Song Of The Day – “Season’s Trees” by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi featuring Norah Jones

This is the second song I’ve featured from the album “Rome,” which is the best album I’ve heard all year. The first one featured Jack White on vocals. Luppi writes film scores in the style of Ennio Morricone, while Danger Mouse is one of today’s most in-demand artists and producers.

Edited: June 10th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/9/11

Song Of The Day – “Can’t Keep” by Eddie Vedder

Like Tiny Tim before him, Eddie Vedder has released an album of ukulele songs called “Ukulele Songs.” While there’s no “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” to be found on this album, the collection shows a more restrained side of Vedder who performs a mix of originals and standards.  Eddie will be “Rockin’ In The Free World” with his uke on tour.

Edited: June 9th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/8/11

Song Of The Day – “Shake/A Fool In Love/It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” by Ike & Tina Turner

Music history hasn’t been kind to Ike Turner. Instead of being remembered as a songwriter extraordinaire, pioneer of R’n’B and a great guitarist, he’s primarily remembered for beating on Tina. No doubt, his dubious personal life has overshadowed his contributions to music.  Here is some early Ike & Tina on the TNT Show.

Edited: June 8th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/7/11

Song Of The Day – “Hesitation Blues” by Hot Tuna

 Hot Tuna was born in 1969 during the time between Jefferson Airplane shows when Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassidy were in hotel rooms. Their self-titled debut album was a live acoustic affair that opened with this traditional song.  They would soon plug in and go electric. Hot Tuna has outlived the Airplane and can still be…and should be…seen on the road today.

Edited: June 7th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/6/11

Song Of The Day – “I Got Loaded” by Little Bob & The Lollipops

Although his sound is steeped in New Orleans rhythm and blues, Camille Bob (aka Little Bob) hails from Lafayette Louisiana where he can still be seen gigging around today. Word to the wise: Take two aspirin and drink a big glass of water after listenin’ to this one!

Edited: June 6th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/5/11

Song Of The Day – “Ring My Bell” by Anita Ward

Whoever said “Disco Sucks” wasn’t listening. Sure she was a one-hit wonder, but that one hit out-sold Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” and Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls” going all the way to number one on the charts in 1979. All these years later, this song still rings my bell!

Edited: June 4th, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/4/11

Song Of The Day – “Make No Mistake” by Keith Richards

Keith gets downright soulful on this track from his 1988 debut solo album “Talk His Cheap,” backed by The X-Pensive Winos featuring Waddy Wachtel, Steve Jordan, Bernie Worrell, the Memphis Horns and Sarah Dash on vocals. Keef’s solo records are better than anything the Stones have done since 1978. Word is the Winos are back in the studio. Take that, Mick!

Edited: June 3rd, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/3/11

Song Of The Day – “Forty Cups Of Coffee” by Bill Haley & His Comets

Before Elvis…before Chuck Berry…and even before Buddy Holly…there was Bill Haley. He was mixing country with rhythm and blues topped off with a dollop of sex as early as 1951, long before there was a name for it. While best known for “Rock Around The Clock” try this one out to get your day going.

Edited: June 3rd, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/2/11

Song Of The Day – “Temporary Secretary” by Paul McCartney

OK, so do I really need another copy of his 1980 album “McCartney II?” I’ve owned it on vinyl for over 30 years and while I didn’t like it when it was new, I must admit it is one of my favorite Macca records now. The reissue will include many bonus tracks since the record was originally intended to be a double…I have most of them on bootleg.  My verdict…

Edited: June 2nd, 2011

Song Of The Day – 6/1/11

Song Of The Day – “Jungle Strut” by Gene Ammons

He was the son of boogie woogie pianist Albert Ammons, but Gene Ammons or “Jug” as he was affectionately nicknamed was known for his full round tone on the tenor. His career featured many memorable recordings dueling with Sonny Stitt and two jail terms taking 9 years of his life. Upon release in 1969, Ammons returned ready to jam on this great track.

Edited: June 1st, 2011