280: “Season of the Witch” by Stephen Stills, Al Kooper

Season of the TwitchAs a child, my grandparents’ and cousins’ houses were separated by a few fences and some pastureland. One of the fences was electrified.

The electric fence provided me, my brother, and my cousin with hours of entertainment. We experimented with all sorts of different conductive materials and creative dares. One day, we were simply rolling under the electric fence, in transit between houses (we were too small to jump it, around 9 and 10 years old). My cousin, Clay, was holding a golf club without its head that my Grandfather used to carry on walks, with which to whack aggressive dogs…

So, Clay rolled underneath the electric fence while holding the metal golf club. And he rolled in such a way that the club touched the fence while he was laying directly underneath it. It started shocking the crap out of him, but the golf club was SITTING ON HIS CHEST AND LEANING AGAINST the electric fence above him. He was shaking and gurgling as he writhed to try to get away from the electrified golf club. I wanted to help, but my stronger inclination was not to get shocked, so I yelled at him and the golf club. “AHHHHHHHHH!!!”

Clay shook and gurgled for what seemed like forever (it was probably 3 seconds). Eventually, he convulsed/wriggled until the club fell and lost contact with the fence.

When I realized he was okay I had a good laugh at his expense. Clay took a while to find his humor again.

Clay, I’m sorry I didn’t think to kick the club away. But you’ve had healthy kids and that twitch went away, so I guess no permanent damage was done.

This story has nothing at all to do with the music below, by Stephen Stills and Al Kooper from Super Session (1968).

Enjoy the energy in this track.

Song: Season of the Witch
Artist: Stephen Stills, Al Kooper & Mike Bloomfield
Album: Super Session
Label: Columbia / Legacy
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270: “Guggenheim” by The Ting Tings

Girlz Rule!I don’t post too much music by women. I’ve noticed it before, and I’ve pondered the implications. My best guess is that I’m so manly that I don’t “get” a woman’s perspective most of the time. Supporting evidence: I have chest hair growing on my eyeballs.

But, here to defy my man-goggles is The Ting Tings (Katie White and Jules de Martino, only 50% female!!). In this song, “Guggenheim,” Ms. White goes on about some chick who skank-bombed a good relationship, and then she winds up weaving a tale of self-empowerment. It technically should not be something that a manly, hairy-chested/eyeballed dude would listen to. But it freaking rocks, and guys who are comfortable in a pink shirt would be willing to admit that they sing along when no one is around. And if you’re as manly as I am, you’ll sing along with Katie confidently (in falsetto, when appropriate) no matter who’s listening.

The Tings2 have been around since 2007, but Sounds From Nowheresville (2012) is their best thus far.

This time, I’m gonna get it right.
I’m gonna paint my face at the Guggenheim.

You GO, girl (and Jules)!

And YOU, enjoy!

Song: Guggenheim
Artist: The Ting Tings
Album: Sounds From Nowheresville
Label: Columbia Records
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218: “Wait Until Tomorrow” by Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer

Hm, I have some things to think about.Here’s a great tune about homicidal over-parenting.

Below you’ll find the original by Jimi Hendrix, and a live cover by John Mayer.

Marinate on all that.

And enjoy.

Song: Wait Until Tomorrow
Artist: Jimi Hendrix
Album: Axis: Bold as Love
Label: Legacy Recordings
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Song: Wait Until Tomorrow
Artist: John Mayer Trio
Album: Live
Label: Columbia
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135: “Glad To Be Unhappy” by Billy Holiday (DJ Logic remix)

What is this on the side of my head? Don't tell me!Some people get caught up in what kind of instruments should be allowed to make music and which ones shouldn’t.

I prefer to live life with a stick-free ass environment.  Life is so much more enjoyable with an open mind.  An open mind is the devil’s picnic, as a saying goes, but you gotta remember that without the devil, the world would be totally boring.

Here’s a great Billie Holiday tune reworked by DJ Logic to nice effect, I think.


Song: Glad To Be Unhappy
Artist: Billie Holiday (DJ Logic Remix)
Album: Remixed & Reimagined
Label: Columbia/Legacy
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119: “I Can’t Write Left-Handed” by John Legend and The Roots

Boo-yah.Aw damn, y’all.  John Legend and The Roots have done it right on this album, Wake Up!, paying homage to ponderous soul tunes from the 60’s and 70’s.  It’s heavy and enlightening.

Here’s the Bill Withers cover.  Speaks for itself!!

(Gotta click the link to watch on YouTube and suffer a commercial, but I promise it’s worth it.)  Enjoy!

Song: I Can’t Write Left-Handed
Artist: John Legend & The Roots
Album: Wake Up!
Label: G.O.O.D. Music / Columbia Music
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83: “In A Silent Way” by Miles Davis

Dude. Don't look at me like that.Here’s a good one to listen to in the bathtub.  Try it.  Then write a lengthy description in the comments.

Miles Davis was an intense guy, but this song is as laid back as you’ll hear him, from In A Silent Way (1969).

I’m a huge fan of his work in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Wikipedia describes the recording process for the album Bitches Brew (1970):

Once in the recording studio, the players were typically given only a few instructions: a tempo count, a few chords or a hint of melody, and suggestions as to mood or tone. Davis liked to work this way; he thought it forced musicians to pay close attention to one another, to their own performances, or to Davis’s cues, which could change at any moment. On the quieter moments of “Bitches Brew”, for example, Davis’s voice is audible, giving instructions to the musicians: snapping his fingers to indicate tempo, or, in his distinctive whisper, saying, “Keep it tight” or telling individuals when to solo.

In 3 parts, enjoy.

Song: In A Silent Way
Artist: Miles Davis
Album: In A Silent Way
Label: Columbia/Legacy
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