Friday, May 31, 2013

Mad Men and Daft Punk: Get Lucky

Last week, we had the first Daft Punk/Mad Men mash-up with Kenny Cosgrove tap dancing to Daft Punk. This week we have another one featuring Get Lucky...

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers new Van Session: "Take the Money and Run"

No matter how much he loves Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Pauly patently refuses to post any content having to do with the Steve Miller Band. Since I have no history of psychological disorders related to the aforementioned group, it is my duty to tell you that NBG just posted a long-awaited new Van Session. Check out "Take the Money and Run."

(And Nicki, I still want to know who made that dress you wore at the Hangout Festival)

Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers opened their tour with Gov't Mule tonight and on Friday May 31, they'll appear on CBS this Morning in the 8 a.m. hour.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Greek Flashback: 46 Days > Tube

This is one of my favorite moments from the last night of the Berkley run at the Greek. I was peaking hard right in the middle of 46 Days and listening to this gives me an instant flashback. Fun and insane weekend, especially the final show. I know it's a rager when I don't have time to write a recap, which I never did for the last show at Berkeley. Some of my friends (like the Joker and Wildo) had just thrown down hardcore at Horning's, so the Colorado crew was up partying and keeping the untzuntzuntz going for a full week when they rolled into the Bay Area. It was like a tornado of sparkles and schwillyness hit us. We had waaaay too much fun during the three-day run in Berkley, so much fun that the fucking hotel fined me a shitload of money for "room damages."

I recorded a quick podcast during setbreak of the last show. I chatted with my friend Benjo from Paris (he translated one of my books into French) and he's a Euro-Phishead. We took him to all three Berkley shows and he had a blast.

Anyway, in this video the boys took the opportunity to space-out the end of 46 Days before throwing everyone a bone with Tube for a hella one-two punch.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday Morning Key Bumps: Incredible Bongo Band - Apache [Break]

This Tuesday is extra special because everyone is dragging ass after a groovy three-day weekend and they need an extra-turbo boost. Here's a little something to crank up and get your ass grooving and moving. It is something that the Incredible Bongo Band derived from the classic break from Sugar Hill Gang's Apache.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Mad Men Meets Daft Punk; Kenny Cosgrove Gets Jiggy With It

Thanks to the Joker for pointing out this epic mash-up featuring last week's episode of Mad Men and Daft Punk:

If you dig Mad Men, I wrote a little something about last week's episode: Speed Men.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Mix: Michael Caine, Bitch!

This latest mix is from the Bitch! series, which also included the infamous Chuck Norris, Bitch! mix and the Steve McQueen, Bitch! mix.. The Michael Caine, Bitch! mix is a savory blend of Punk, Surf Guitar, Funk, Hip Hop, Reggae, and good old-fashioned Rock n' Roll.
TRACKLISTING - Michael Caine, Bitch!
01 - Quincy Jones - They Call Me Mister Tibbs [Edit]
02 - Funkadelic - I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody’s Got a Thing
03 - Curtis Mayfield - Freddie’s Dead
04 - Baby Huey & the Baby Sitters - Hard Times
05 - Joe Simon - Theme From Cleopatra Jones
06 - Movie Radio Spot - Trouble Man
07 - Black Sheep - The Choice Is Yours
08 - Gang Starr - Just to Get a Rep
09 - Geto Boys - Mind Playing Tricks on Me
10 - Movie Radio Spot - Wild Angels
11 - Jackie Mittoo - Hang ‘Em High
12 - Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking
13 - Alton Ellis - It’s a Shame
14 - Willie Williams - Armagideon Time
15 - Movie Radio Spot - Faster Pussycat Kill Kill
16 - Bikini Kill - Rebel Girl
17 - Bratmobile - Cherry Bomb
18 - GG Allin - Don’t Talk to Me
19 - The Misfits - Night of the Living Dead
20 - The Cramps - Garbageman
21 - The Gun Club - My Dreams
22 - The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Wail
23 - Movie Radio Spot - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
24 - Elvis Presley - Mystery Train
25 - Johnny Cash - Get Rhythm
26 - Johnny Dollar - Action Packed
27 - Wanda Jackson - Fujiyama Mama
28 - The Tornadoes - Bustin’ Surfboards
29 - The Lively Ones - Surf Rider
30 - Ennio Morricone - L’estasi Dell’oro [From ‘Il Buono, il Brutto, il Cattivo’]

DOWNLOAD LINK* - Michael Caine, BITCH!
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Mix Title: Michael Caine, Bitch!
Created by: StayGlued
Inspiration: Grindhouse and 60s Exploitation

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Trey Anastasio - Hangout Festival 2013

Someone ripped the stream. FYI... it's not a complete show, but still a good one.

Here is the partial setlist that appears in this video:

Burlap Sack and Pumps, Oooh Child, Dark and Down, Valentine, Magilla, Shine, Money Love and Change, Devil Went Down to Georgia, First Tube, Clint Eastwood, Simple Twist Up Dave, Small Axe, Scabbard, Frost, Let Me Lie, Push On Til the Day

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

RIP Ray Manzarek and When You're Strange

Ray Manzarek the organist from The Doors passed away yesterday. The Doors did not have a bass player, so Manzarek often played bass lines with his organ. He was a jazz freak (along with drummer John Densmore) and tried to pull in as many external influences (not just different genres of music, but art and film as well) into his style of playing. Manzarek was a grad student at UCLA Film School when he met Jim Morrison. Yeah, two film geeks got together, ate some acid, and eventually formed The Doors, a name inspired by one of my favorite authors Aldous Huxley. The played some crazy shows. They wrote a couple of hit songs. They ate too many drugs and drank too much booze. Morrison had an epic meltdown. The rest is history.

Here is a link to a thorough interview with Manzarek discussing his film school days and Jim Morrison's fledgling career as an experimental filmmaker.

The video below is Part 1 (of 7) of the documentary on The Doors titled When You're Strange. Watch it ASAP before the YouTube police takes it down...

Watch Part 2 and the rest of the documentary here.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Monday Morning Key Bumps: Willie Nelson and The Harder They Come

Happy Monday. Light one up and crank this up. Here is everyone's pot-tokin' country superstar Willie Nelson covering Jimmy Cliff's The Harder They Come...

Saturday, May 18, 2013

MTV Streaming the Hangout Festival

Some confusion on whether or not Trey is performing on the live stream. MTV took it off their schedule. Looks like they are cock-blocking Trey and the bigger acts (Black Crowes, Tom Petty & Stevie Wonder). But, you can still see some other kick ass bands on two different channels over the next two days.

Anyway, line-up info here.

Watch it live-stream here:

Friday, May 17, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday Morning Key Bumps: The Rapture and House of Jealous Lovers

Disco punk. Get rowdy. Here is The Rapture...

Dead Flashbacks: 5/13/81 Providence, RI

32 years ago today, the Grateful Dead's circus blew into Providence...

Here's the setlist:
5.13.81 Grateful Dead, Civic Center, Providence, RI

Set 1: Wang Dang Doodle tease > Jack Straw, Tennessee Jed > CC Rider, Friend of the Devil, Mama Tried > Mexicali Blues, Bird Song > Let It Grow > Deal

Set 2: Finiculi Finicula > Samson And Delilah, Terrapin Station > Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance > Drums > Space > Iko Iko > I Need a Miracle >  Stella Blue > Good Lovin'

E: Brokedown Palace

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Funky Monks, Scare Tissue, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers

I read Anthony Keidis' memoir, Scar Tissue, for a work project. Over at my main blog, I posted a review of the book titled Scar Tissue and Funky Monks. If you dig the Chili Peppers, then please check it out.

The embedded video below is Funky Monks, a documentary filmed by Flea's brother-in-law in 1991. It covers the period of time the band recorded Blood Sugar Sex Magik in the same mansion they crashed for several months in the Hollywood Hills that was supposed to be haunted and where Harry Houdini once lived.


Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Grateful Dead Barton Hall Conspiracy?

Today is the anniversary of one of the greatest Grateful Dead shows ever recorded. The Dead achieved perfection in 1977 (the year Donna Jean sounded the least annoying) and their May shows are among the tightest the band has ever played. Much like Phish's renown Fall 97 tour, the Dead's spring 77 tour is revered as one of the most magical moments to be on Dead tour.

But did Barton Hall really happen? I love a good conspiracy theory (Paul is dead, the Queen is a Reptilian, or the NFL rigged Super Bowl III for the Jets), but this is one of the weirdest ones I ever heard about the conspiracy of Barton Hall.

But then I wondered... I never actually met anyone who went to that show. We all had a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy from the original Betty Boards. I went on Spring 94 Dead tour during college and I was a snot-nosed 20-year old punk hanging out in the lot with these older hippies. They loved to talk about their favorite runs, but no one ever spoke about being present at the Barton Hall show. I met heads who saw the Boston shows or the Buffalo shows, but not the Barton Hall shows.
5.8.77 Barton Hall, Ithaca, NY
SET 1: Minglewood Blues, Loser, El Paso, They Love Each Other, Jack Straw, Deal, Lazy Lightning > Supplication Blues, Brown-Eyed Women, Mama Tried, Row Jimmy, Dancin' In The Streets
SET2: (Take A Step Back Banter), Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain > Estimated Prophet > St. Stephen > Not Fade Away > St. Stephen, Morning Dew

ENCORE: Saturday Night
On paper, it looks very similar to other shows/sets from that run but the sound was near flawless and even Donna Jean meshed with the mix.

Listen to my favorite part of that evening... Scarlet > Fire...

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

LCD Soundsystem Documentary (Half-Baked Review)

I wrote a review (sort of) of the LCD Soundsystem documentary film Shut Up and Play the Hits. Head over to my main blog (Tao of Pauly) to read Shut Up and Play the Hits or How I Killed a Purple Cow, if you'd like to read more about my initial reaction to this amazing documentary. The doc focuses on an interview about why founder/frontman James Murphy decided to pull the plug on LCD Soundsystem, which is interwoven with a final farewell concert at MSG before the band finally broke up.

Here is "Us vs Them" from the final show...

Monday, May 06, 2013

Monday Morning Key Bumps: WSP - Ophelia and Shape I'm In

Here's a little Panic covering a pair of covers originally popularized by The Band...

And here's Levon Helm performing "Ophelia" during The Last Waltz...

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

25th Anniversary of U2's Rattle and Hum

I wrote something about watching the U2 documentary Rattle and Hum on the 25th anniversary of  its original release in 1988. I'm not much of an U2 fan as an adult, but my 15-year old self loved the band.

Here is my favorite scene from Rattle and Hum that takes place inside a Harlem church. U2 and the gospel choir perform I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For...

I also wrote about a different documentary -- From the Sky Down -- about the painstaking recording of Achtung Baby, which occurred at a pivotal point for the band. Had they failed to evolve, they would have broken up. Read more about it here... Rattle and Hum: 25 Years Later.