Category: Music

Thursday Night Sanity Break

Thursday Night Sanity Break

| March 18, 2010 | 1 Reply

Ever have one of those tedious weeks where every day hangs around your neck like a millstone necklace and you spent all day Thursday under the mistaken notion that it’s really Friday only to know soul-grinding disappointment when you look at the calendar over and over and over again? Thank God Above for Boston’s “More […]

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I Think Prince’s Football Song is Endearing!

I Think Prince’s Football Song is Endearing!

| January 24, 2010 | Reply

I’m finding it difficult to make fun of Prince for this story. Yes, his “fight song” is absolutely horrible. It sounds like he woke up Wendy and Lisa after an all-night bender and recorded it in a broom closet with a $30 Casio keyboard. The lyrics are confusing where they aren’t hackneyed, and the song […]

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Yes, You Can Sing Handel If You’ve Taken a Vow of Silence.

Yes, You Can Sing Handel If You’ve Taken a Vow of Silence.

| December 24, 2009 | Reply

This performance of “Hallelujah” is sheer brilliance. I’d love to see them do it again next year with a slightly bigger group to get some of the other lyrics in as well. (via twitter friend @sav01) UPDATE: This appears to be the original performance of that work. I like the high-schooler’s version. It had more […]

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Benson Sings Christmas!

Benson Sings Christmas!

| December 23, 2009 | 2 Replies

Last year, I wrote about my favorite Christmas song, “Oh Holy Night” and linked to the two best renditions of the song I’d ever heard. That post became one of the most-read posts I’ve ever written, which surprised me a bit. I didn’t expect it to resonate quite as well. I also didn’t expect that […]

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When I Said I Wanted a Gonzo Music Video, I Didn’t Mean It Literally

When I Said I Wanted a Gonzo Music Video, I Didn’t Mean It Literally

| November 25, 2009 | 3 Replies

I saw this video getting some buzz on Twitter, but I wanted to hold it until later today, so it would get maximum exposure at The Shack without other posts bumping it down the page. How good is this video? It got the Allapundit half-smile of approval, which would amount to a full-on standing ovation […]

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Back in the Days of Indoor Smoking and Skinny Ties, They Made Jazz Like This

Back in the Days of Indoor Smoking and Skinny Ties, They Made Jazz Like This

| November 25, 2009 | 2 Replies

It’s the day before Thanksgiving. Most folks are home for the day, making ready for the celebration tomorrow, so how about a little jazz to help? Trane. Miles. New York, 1959. The song is “So What”. You can almost smell the cigarette smoke in the air and the slight must from the studio, can’t you? […]

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Anyone Remember “Birdland”? Heck, Anyone Remember “Bird”?

Anyone Remember “Birdland”? Heck, Anyone Remember “Bird”?

| November 22, 2009 | Reply

Sunday night is a good night for something from one of the greatest trumpet players who ever lived. This is his version of “Birdland”, originally done by Weather Report (written by the incomparable Joe Zawinul). It’s probably my favorite version of the song. The club about which the song was written is still around (though […]

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Sometimes, Learning Stuff is Fun. Especially if a Kangaroo is Involved

Sometimes, Learning Stuff is Fun. Especially if a Kangaroo is Involved

| November 19, 2009 | Reply

Thank goodness for pronouns and that no one names their kids Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla, Gabriela Rafaela Sarsaparilla, and Albert Andreas Armadillo these days. Though I have to say “The Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla Experience” would be a great name for a band. This is my favorite of the Grammar Rock series aside from Conjunction Junction. Those […]

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The Best Music Review I’ve Read All Year

The Best Music Review I’ve Read All Year

| November 11, 2009 | 2 Replies

I hope one day to write an album review that is as utterly devastating and completely accurate as this one. Moe Lane has a brilliant excerpt but I think the sharpest part of the blade is in this bit before the section Moe quoted. The arrangements, though, are jarringly slick, with sleigh bells and gossamer […]

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At Least I Find Good Music, Right? (Sorry, Robert, For the Lyrics)

At Least I Find Good Music, Right? (Sorry, Robert, For the Lyrics)

| October 11, 2009 | Reply

Blog sucks and traffic’s low. Don’t matter! Tip jar’s a no-go. Don’t matter! Instapundit won’t link. Don’t matter! Everything I write stinks. Don’t matter! Sitemeter’s sinking fast. Don’t matter! Don’t care how long it lasts. Don’t matter! You got some music and there ain’t nothing wrong with that. Robert Randolph’s jamming hard and there ain’t […]

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