Aaron Neville, “Wrong Number (I Am Sorry, Goodbye)” (1966)
I’m just not sure you can ever go wrong with this guy. What have you been liking this week?
Song of the week
Aaron Neville, “Wrong Number (I Am Sorry, Goodbye)” (1966)
Ha, we’ve got the Pandora Neville Brothers channel blasting in our kitchen right now. YUM!
You’re hittin’ my zone this week! I’ve been listening to a lot of this stuff. Here’s one: Sandra King, “Leave It Up to the Boys.” Kickin’ horns.
Use Me. Aaron Neville.
For some reason, I’ve been listening to Britten’s Ceremony of Carols (wrong season!) and especially liked this version of the Deo Gracias.
Also, Aaron Neville is teh yum.
OT: I know there are some Stanley Kubrick fans around here, so here’s a heads up to Amazon’s Deal of the Day: Stanley Kubrick Collections in both DVD ($30.99) and Blu-ray ($60.99).
Saw this for the first time last week
Aaron, Bonnie Raitt & Greg Allman
Tell it like it is
Bonnie looks swept away
* Jimmy Church, “Get Down with It.”
* Major Lance, “Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um.”
* O.V. Wright, “A Nickel and a Nail.”
And speaking of New Orleans (via Canukistan), Tragically Hip babee. They play this song a lot in Toronto.
O.C. Smith, “The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp.” A little smoother but still fiery. Like single-malt vs. a blend.
Everybody plays the fool (by choosing Missouri over Norfolk State); there’s no exception to the rule (I picked them, too). Listen, baby, it may be factual, it may be cruel…
…because that BOOM you heard was my bracket. Is it St. Patrick’s Day yet? Because I need to tie one on.
* George Jackson, “My Desires Are Getting the Best of Me.”
* James and Bobby Purify, “I’m Your Puppet.”
@Steeplejack: That’s good stuff!
@wasabi gasp: Thanks for the tip, might have to get that myself.
I feel your pain. Bracketology aside, I attended Mizzou about a hundred years ago. This is a dark day.
But kudos to Norfolk State. They played like hell and deserved it.
They did, indeed; didn’t look like a 15 seed in the slightest (ok, maybe some late FT woes, but they were solid).
Brenton Wood, “Gimme Little Sign.”
Whew. I thought I was going to be up all night running this down. Could not remember the song that goes in the same memory sector as Aaron Neville and James and Bobby Purify and has the cool Farfisa organ solo (at about 1:20).
For some reason, it took me a year to figure out that “The King Is Dead” is a great record. “Rise to Me” and “January Hymn” are in heavy rotation.
Lehigh is playing very well so far.
Belatedly found a better sound mix for the Sandra King, in case–hypothetically, of course–you have one of those apps that can make MP3 files out of YouTube videos.
@The Dangerman: Norfolk deserved it. Mizzou should have swept the floor with them but they just didn’t do it.
That ruins my bracket. I was looking forward to beating KU in the semi.
never the wrong season for that.
New Lyle Lovett
I’ve been grooving to the Foo Fighters Greatest Hits in my car all week. My favorite song of all time is “Everlong” and Greatest Hits has the original recording and an acoustic version. Here’s the acoustic version:
And here’s the original recording:
The Foos always make me feel strong in my convictions. Don’t know why that is, it just is. And I was never the biggest Nirvana fan, either. Liked them (don’t get me wrong!). But I may have been the wrong demographic for them. They never struck me as so groundbreaking. But then, I saw the Ramones, Talking Heads, the Sex Pistols, and a lot of local punk bands back when punks were truly punks. Nirvana was too much Kurt Cobain angst for me. I do, however, love Dave Grohl. His drumming on “Teen Spirit” was the first time I noticed him. And I’ve been a fan ever since.
And I really don’t give a shit how much any of the rest of you hate the Foos. I adore them. Best rock band of the last decade. Perhaps more.
@geg6: I always thought Grohl was a great drummer. What surprised me was how good a songwriter he turned out to be in his own right.
Mavis Staples. Nuff said, y’all.
Well, it appears Matt Drudge is upset that Obama invited Cee-Lo to a fundraiser because he sang a song with a naughty word. Hmm. I wonder if Cee-Lo could think up a proper musical response to Drudge?
I know that a lot of people would consider this heresy, but I question (and questioned back in the day) how resilient a talent Cobain would be had he lived. I always saw him as a one-noter and someone who, had he not taken a shotgun to himself, would have flamed out some other way, probably a narcotic overdose. But Grohl caught my eye (I know a lot of drummers who thought he was the heart of Nirvana) early on and has more than lived up to any expectations I may have had. The Foos rarely disappoint me. They may not be groundbreaking, but they are consistently excellent if rock is your game. I am, at heart, a punk but I also loved me some vintage Aerosmith and Stones and Springsteen and Mellencamp. And the Foos are, the 2000s, the equivalent to me. Certainly more than U2 or Coldplay could ever be, though U2, back in the day, was a pretty good band. They haven’t been for a very long time.
Yeah, I know some drummers who think Ringo was the heart of the Beatles, too.
@geg6: I agree Cobain did leave himself pretty much only the one way to go. He was clearly intent on it at the end. But it does make him an appealingly romantic figure, plus he was a pretty amazing singer and songwriter. On the other hand, I have to admit, I have more and more sympathy with the “hope I get old before I die” folks, headed up by Leonard Cohen, Keith Richards, Neil Young, etc., etc., etc., and Grohl too. He’s a lifer in all the good ways.
When the Beatles remasters came out (09/09/09) I got in the habit of asking people who bought them about their thoughts about the albums and the group. One guy who was with his 12- or 13-year-old daughter turned out to be a professional drummer. As a joke, I asked him, “So, Ringo—luckiest drummer ever?” And he gave me a serious response. He said Ringo was a great drummer because:
* He kept rock-solid time, which really became apparent as the band started doing more and more separate (recording) tracks per song and stitching them together later.
* He evolved tremendously as a musician/drummer, keeping step with the band’s evolution from the early knockabout stuff through the various later phases.
* He did a lot to maintain harmony in a group that contained two, arguably three, of the creative geniuses of the era.
Ben Cisco (mobile)
Holy crap, Lehigh freaking WON! Bracket is dead, but who cares?
@Steeplejack: Oh, yeah. I don’t want to underestimate Ringo’s contribution. Ringo was never flashy, but he was rock solid. I’ve read some comments from session drummers who think of him as their model, and they said that being able to drum like Ringo has made their careers. Maybe he was even the heart of the band. I know when he left the band during the White Album sessions (I think it was, might have been Let it Be), they didn’t think of replacing him. They didn’t think he was replaceable. t was being facetious. I’m guessing Lennon/McCartney (and George) could have made due with a lesser drummer, and I’m guessing Mr. Cobain had the talent to make a splash with a lesser drummer, too.
@Ben Cisco (mobile): haha, agreed. I never win anyway. Good for them!
Pseu’s Thing With a Hook on WFMU. All of it.
I didn’t think you were dissing Ringo. Your comment just reminded me of what turned out to be a very thought-provoking conversation with that drummer and his daughter.
I’v been listening to gotye’s “somebody I used to know.”
Which means, in all fairness, that I have to connect everyone to the parody version:
I’m going to be a spoilsport and say I really, really don’t like the lyrics of his much-anthologized song “Over You,” which is basically a guy telling the woman in his life that she’d better not leave him or he’s going to kill her (y’know, just like every actual murderous abusive shithead who ever terrorized a woman in real, non-song life).
And I hate saying that because, yeah, I love a lot of his work, and a lot of the work of Allen Toussaint, who wrote the song.
This week, I’m in love with the (not released but playing in my head) soundtrack from SMASH and especially “Marilyn: The Musical” I am hoping they release the cast recording.