Shot Of Rhythm

[ Friday, December 22, 2006 ]


'Tis the season

The Crystals - "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"

Alison Krauss - "Only You Can Bring Me Cheer (Gentleman's Lady)"

Chuck Berry - "Run Rudolph Run"

Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shante and MC Shan - "A Cold Chilin' Christmas" (spotted at Soul Sides)

Teddy Pendergrass - "Happy Kwanzaa"

By the way, check out a new link on the left, to the blog of our intrepid Practical Archivist. Informative and entertaining.

On the box right now: Big Star, #1 RECORD/RADIO CITY.


Dove With Claws [7:09 PM]

[ Tuesday, December 19, 2006 ]


Hopeless romantics

A while back, a close friend and musical collaborator encouraged me to re-listen to the catalog of Ween, a band whose output has never made much impression on me, beyond the "wow, those guys are really musically talented" kind of reaction. In fact, I was so thoroughly put off by what I percieved as the super-smirking nature of the band's work that I was almost entirely unwilling to give them anything like a fair shake. Luckily, our friendship and his generally great taste in sounds won me over.

I'm glad I went back. I still think that Dean and Gene are a little (or a lot) too witty for their own good, and I'm nowhere near being a true follower of the Boognish, but I've certainly been greatly struck by the sheer depth of their abilities, talents which make their attempts at nearly any genre seem authentic, even loving, and - particularly after a smoking live show I saw this summer (on the advice of said good friend) - I've made more space in my consciousness for their humorous energy. Much more significantly, I've also found a few examples of the band's underappreciated sincerity, an earnest and delicate voice that (by both design and circumstance) has relegated the songs like those posted below to being very much unassociated with Ween's larger work or mindset. And that's too bad, since I'll put any of the three - particularly "I Don't Want It," from QUEBEC - on any pop/rock mix or radio program. The aching melodies and (seemingly) heartfelt sentiments would definitely fit in. If they ever decide to drop the college-rock irony and devote themselves to heartstring-pulling beauties like these, I'm sure said project would be a knockout.

Back with more soon. Stay out of trouble, y'all.


"Baby Bitch"

"I Don't Want It"

On the box right now: Fantasia, FANTASIA.


Dove With Claws [11:41 AM]