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DateSong Notes
12/31/20TRIP SHAKESPEARE - Toolmaster Of BrainerdTrip Shakespeare was one of those very influential bands that broke up before you heard about them. Every Minnesota music nerd of a certain age wants to tell you about this song.
12/30/20Le Matos - The Sounds Of Nora feat. Computer Magic (Official Music Video) Available in 4KSounds like the electronic soundtrack to a movie from the 1980s, doesn't it? I don't know anything about the web series EXODE.
12/29/20Portishead - Wandering Star (Official Video)Gotta love Portishead. Wandering Star. Sounds like a live or alternate version.
12/28/20Johnny Cash - I Won't Back DownJohnny Cash doesn't want to put up with your BS, either.
12/27/20Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - I Won't Back Down (Official Music Video)Tom Petty doesn't want to put up with your BS.
12/26/20Low Cut Connie - "HELP ME" (official video) - censored / safe for workA good new song from Low Cut Connie. I'm surprised that I didn't already know about this band.
12/25/20Zero 7 - Destiny ft Sia and Sophie Barker (2002)Zero 7 and Sia live from 2002. Pretty cool!
12/24/20Röyksopp & Robyn "Monument" (Music Video)Royksopp & Robyn from five years ago, something I seem to have missed at the time. A bit trippy.
12/23/20Ray LaMontagne - Trouble (Sessions @ AOL 2005)Trouble and worry.
12/22/20Freddie Hubbard & Art Blakey - Moanin'Famous as an Art Blakey song, this was actually written by Bobby Timmons (I didn't know that until now). Look at young Freddie Hubbard killing it here.
12/21/20Sunny Day Real Estate - Seven [OFFICIAL VIDEO]Guitars. Angst. 1994.
12/20/20Yam Haus - wOw! (Lyric Video)Poppy. From Minneapolis.
12/19/20What The World Needs Now Is Love Jackie DeShannon STEREO ReMix HiQ Hybrid JARichardsFilm 720pAnother Jackie DeShannon song, since I liked the first one. Hope you did, too.
12/17/20Nirvana - Come As You Are1992. Supposedly one of the top 500 songs of all time.
12/16/20Camille Yarbrough - Take Yo' Praise (1975)You've heard Fat Boy Slim sample the opening, now check out the funky source material.
12/15/20Billie Eilish covers Michael Jackson 'Bad' for Like A VersionIt can be fun to watch when artist strips a song down to its most basic elements and does something special with it. Wasn't sure if I'd like this, but I do.
12/14/20Beck - The New PollutionBeck supposedly doesn't do drugs. I'm not sure if I believe that.
12/12/20Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait (Official Music Video)They had a second song, too, but nobody wants to hear the second song from a one-hit wonder.
12/11/20Massive Attack - Teardrop (Official Video)Magic fetus funtime. Great group. Great song. Elizabeth Fraser! Disturbing video.
12/10/20Foxes - Love Not Loving You (Official Video)British singer/songwriter Foxes (aka Louisa Rose Allen) showing that good pop music can be borne from the death of a relatioship.
12/09/20Beastie Boys - Sabotage (Official Music Video)I can't stand it, I know you planned it. Imma set it straight, this Watergate.
12/08/20Elle King - Ex's & Oh's (Official Video)She's the daughter of "actor"/"comedian" Rob Schneider. I wonder where she gets her talent from. Mom's genes or mail order, I assume.
12/07/20Yo La Tengo - "Friday I'm In Love" Official VideoIndie band Yo La Tengo covering the Cure is a bit of an oddity. But, why not give it a try? Bonus points for an amazingly disturbing video.
12/06/20Johnny Cash June Carter Cash - Jackson (Live In Las Vegas 1979)Johnny Cash from a different era. If you can't handle two Johnny Cash songs in a row, we might not be friends.
12/05/20Johnny Cash - Hurt (Official Music Video)Can't go wrong with Johnny Cash covering Nine Inch Nails.
12/04/20Tune-Yards - Heart Attack (Official Video)Lots of odd dancing and the occasional paper bag in this one.
12/03/20The Trashmen - Surfin Bird - Bird is the Word 1963 (RE-MASTERED) (ALT End Video) (OFFICIAL VIDEO)Some songs aren't so deep. The Trashmen were from Minneapolis, where I grew up. They weren't quite as big as Prince. But they've got this.
12/02/20World Party - Put The Message In The BoxTwo hit wonder? Ship of Fools was their other one.
12/01/20Waxahatchee - Lilacs (Official Video)A song about flowers? Maybe?
11/30/20Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made for Walkin'When I was a kid, my parents worked at a TV station, and my mom would tell me about how they used to have a "weather girl" who had the weather map on the floor and she walked around and pointed at the map with her tall leather boots and that reminds me of this.
11/29/20Korn - Creep (Unplugged) 2007There are a lot of Radiohead covers out there and most of them are garbage. So, uh, here's KORN covering Creep. Refunds available.
11/28/20Ain't No SunshineMark Eitzel covering Bill Withers. Take the original, slow it down, use a sad voice, and this song gets awfully depressing, doesn't it?
11/27/20"Wish You Were Here" - (Pink Floyd) Acoustic Cover by The Running MatesWish You Were Here, covered simply and well.
11/26/20Comfortably NumbThere are a lot of Pink Floyd covers in the world and most of them are crap. I like this one, though. Do you?
11/25/20Sturgill Simpson - "In Bloom"Sturgill Simpson with a trippy country cover of Nirvana's "In Bloom."
11/24/20Cat Power - WonderwallCat Power covering Oasis.
11/23/20Devo - [I Can't Get No] Satisfaction (Video)Devo covering the Rolling Stones. This makes everybody's "weirdest covers" list online. I guess it might be well known by now, huh?
11/22/20fiona apple - PURE IMAGINATIONFiona Apple covering Pure Imagination from the Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory soundtrack.
11/21/20U2 - Pride (In The Name Of Love)A mini-theme featuring songs about love from 1984: And finally, Pride (In The Name Of Love) by U2.
11/20/20Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It [HD REMASTERED]A mini-theme featuring songs about love from 1984: Next, Tina Turner with What's Love Got To Do With It.
11/19/20Stevie Wonder - I Just Called To Say I Love You 1984 (High Quality)A mini-theme featuring songs about love from 1984: First, Stevie Wonder with I Just Called To Say I Love You.
11/18/20Naked Eyes - Promises Promises1983. One hit wonder? I haven't thought about this song in years.
11/17/20A Flock Of Seagulls - I Ran (So Far Away) (Video)1982! This video is so stupid that I love it. Hold that one key down!
11/16/20The Go-Go's - We Got The Beat (Official Music Video)When in doubt, pick something up-tempo, that's what I always say. From 1981.
11/15/20Lipps Inc -- Funkytown Video HQ1980. They were from Minneapolis!
11/14/20The Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight (Official Video)1979. One of the first hip hop songs to reach the Top 40. (And they sampled Chic.)
11/13/20CHIC - I Want Your Love (Official Music Video)1978. All disco songs should have bells. Chic was amazingly influential. Nile Rodgers went on to produce records by a million other bands that you've heard of.
11/12/20The Jam Life From A Window 1977Something different for 1977. Guitars!
11/11/20The Spinners - Rubberband Man on Midnight Special in 1976The Spinners from 1976.
11/10/20Commodores - Slippery When WetThe Commodores getting funky in 1975.
11/09/20Billy Preston - Nothing From Nothing • TopPopFrom 1974. Billy Preston almost did end up the fifth Beatle, you know. That is actually true. Look it up.
11/08/20Roberta Flack - Killing Me Softly With His Song (Official Audio)A classic from 1973.
11/07/20The Temptations Papa Was A Rolling Stone 1972 Single Version1972 had some pretty damn good music. Papa Was A Rolling Stone by the Temptations. Not sure why the name didn't show at first!
11/06/20Imagine - John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band (w The Flux Fiddlers) (Ultimate Mix 2018) - 4K REMASTERJohn Lennon, 1971.
11/05/20George Harrison - My Sweet Lord (Official Audio)1970. George Harrison. I heard this song just the other day in the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
11/04/20Dusty Springfield - Son of a preacher manDusty Springfield. 1969.
11/03/20Mony Mony by Tommy James & The Shondells1968. Before Billy Idol covered it.
11/02/20Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl - 1967 45rpmVan Morrison from 1967.
11/01/20Temptations "Ain't too proud to beg"From 1966. Not TLC.
10/31/20Roy Orbison - Oh, Pretty Woman (Monument Concert 1965)Roy Orbison, from 1965.
10/30/20Dancing In The Street - Martha and the Vandellas - 1964 - Music VideoMartha and the Vandellas, 1964.
10/29/20Ray Charles - BustedRay Charles, from 1963.
10/28/20Little Eva - Loco-motion(1962)Another of my mom's favorite songs, from 1962.
10/27/20Ben E. King - Stand By Me (Official Vinyl Video)Ben E. King from 1961. Neat simple video.
10/26/20Sam Cooke - Chain Gang (High Quality)Sam Cooke from 1960.
10/25/20Paul Anka - Put Your Head On My Shoulder (1959) HQ AudioPaul Anka from 1959. My mom introduced me to this song when I was small.
10/24/20Bobby Day - Rockin' RobinBobby Day from 1958.
10/23/20Little Richard - Lucille (1957) [Long Version, High Quality Sound]Little Richard from 1957.
10/22/20James Brown ♬PLEASE PLEASE PLEASEJames Brown from 1956.
10/21/20kjZePxtymx0oVj45TwmhJALet's have some fun time traveling. I do this on the bar jukebox sometimes. Each day we'll play a top song from the next year. Today 1955, tomorrow 1956.
10/21/20Bill Haley - Rock Around The Clock (1956)Sorry about the scrambled title. It's Bill Haley and His Commets with Rock Around The Clock, from 1955. As mentioned, tomorrow we'll visit 1956.
10/20/20U.S. Girls - 4 American Dollars (Official Video)U.S. Girls, aka Meghan Remy, with a song from another time, a bit disco, lots of synths and harmonies.
10/19/20Yo La Tengo - "From A Motel 6" (Official Music Video)Yo La Tengo from 1993, back when guitars made noise.
10/18/20Dan Auerbach - Shine On Me [Official Music Video]Dan Auerbach makes good music. This song makes me think of the Traveling Wilburys.
10/17/20Lizzo - Good As Hell (Video)Lizzo!
10/16/20Talking Heads - And She Was (Official Video)Closing out 1985 with the Talking Heads.
10/15/20Eddie Murphy - Party All the Time (Official Video) here's...Eddie Murphy?!
10/14/20Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart - Would I Lie to You? (Official Video)Also from 1985. I guess it's 1985 week up in here.
10/13/20The Power Station - Some Like It HotRobert Palmer with bits of Duran Duran. From 1985.
10/12/20Aretha Franklin - Freeway Of Love (Official Music Video)Aretha from 1985. I'm not embarrassed to say that I really enjoy this song.
10/11/20Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)A great soul song from Aretha Franklin. Wish it had a video!
10/10/20XTC - Mayor Of SimpletonOne of XTC's poppier and less serious songs. From 1989.
10/09/20Soccer Mommy - lucy (Official Audio)A good indie rock song. Not sure why the video looks like the Matrix.
10/08/20Mayer Hawthorne - Her Favorite SongA song with a good bass line and a video with lots of dogs. Can't beat that.
10/07/20Gorillaz - Superfast Jellyfish Official VideoA song about food and the sea. Will the jellyfish in this video be our friend?
10/06/20Goo Goo Dolls - Bitch(Mostly) 1990s rock band Goo Goo Dolls covering the Rolling Stones. It's got energy, that's for sure.
10/05/20Reigning Sound - North Cackalacky Girl (Shattered, 2014)Another throwback that sounds a lot older than it actually is (2014).
10/04/20tUnE-yArDs - Water Fountain (Official Video)It's silly and fun and sounds maybe like a world music group but it's just mostly one person named Merrill Garbus.
10/03/20Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 - Mas que nada (introduced by Eartha Kitt / Something Special 1967)Black Eyed Peas covered this in 2006. Here's the original, from 1966.
10/02/20Alessia Cara - October (Official Video)It's October.
10/01/20Jhené Aiko - The Worst (Official Music Video)Stripped down R&B, piano and vocals shine, but it still has a beat.
09/30/20Phantogram - Black Out Days (Official Music Video)Big and echo-y and a bit electronic and it's good.
09/29/20Set Adrift On Memory Bliss - PM Dawn (HQ Audio)Don't know that it ages well, but I sure loved this song back in 1991, primarily because of the Spandau Ballet sample.
09/28/20Angel Olsen - Shut Up Kiss Me (Official Video)Pitchfork calls her a "glam country rockstar" in this video, but since Pitchfork is generally full of shit, decide for yourself.
09/27/20No Easy Way DownThere are lots of covers of this song out there. Here's the original, even before Carole King recorded it.
09/26/20The Cactus Blossoms - Please Don't Call Me Crazy (Official Audio)This has a bit of a Roy Orbison vibe. Not quite as "vintage country" as previous songs of theirs.
09/25/20PVRIS - Dead Weight (Official Music Video)BBC Radio 1 in the UK went nuts for this song in March. It's pretty good. I know nothing about the band.
09/24/20Tori Amos - Silent All These Years (Official Music Video)Her first single from her first album (not counting "Y Kant Tori Reaad"). 1992. Went big pretty quickly, I seem to recall. Good song.
09/23/20The Four Tops - It's The Same Old SongIt's the same old song, but with a different meaning.
09/22/20Regina Spektor - On The Radio (Alternate Version)For some reason, there are two versions of this video. Please enjoy the "Chocolate Factory" version.
09/21/20Cocteau Twins - Heaven Or Las Vegas (Official Video)Back when this came out in 1990, It was fun (and nearly impossible) to try to figure out what Elizabeth Fraser was singing. Something about love among the bumblebees?
09/20/20Lana Del Rey - Doin’ Time (Official Video)Covering shit-rock band Sublime. Good cover, though. It kinda screams WHOA DRUGS ARE COOL, but that's okay.
09/19/20Sonny Knight & The Lakers Sugar Man (Sixto Rodriguez cover)An interesting horn-heavy cover of the Rodriguez song Sugar Man.
09/18/20Swamp Dogg - Sleeping Without You Is A Dragg (Official Lyric Video)Another Swamp Dogg soul break.
09/17/20Lauryn Hill - Everything Is EverythingShe's got more power than two Cleopatras. I wish I was that powerful. I'm barely half-a-Cleopatra.
09/16/20Sturgill Simpson - Sing Along (Official Video)You done me wrong, so here’s your song, now sing along.
09/15/20Amy Winehouse - You Know I'm No GoodShe would have turned 37 years old yesterday.
09/14/20Nathaniel Rateliff - And It's Still Alright (Official Music Video)A twangy good new song from Nathaniel Rateliff. I just know without even checking that Bill DeVille surely loves this song.
09/13/20The B-52's - Deadbeat Club (Official Music Video)A forgotten gem from Cosmic Thing. Produced by Nile Rodgers of Chic fame.
09/12/20John Prine Ft. Sturgill Simpson And Brandi Carlile Perform 'Summer's End'Another John Prine break. Let's not think about summer ending just yet, though.
09/11/20The Bar-Kays - Soul FingerYou were never this funky.
09/10/20(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding (Official Music Video)A classic. Written in 1974 by Nick Lowe, performed here in 1978 by Elvis Costello.
09/09/20Quantic Soul Orchestra Get a move onThis might be fake 70s funk, but even if so, it's fantastically done.
09/08/20Khruangbin - Maria También (Official Video)Not sure who or what Khruangbin is, but they were on that Leon Bridges song recently, and they seem pretty good, so here's a bit more.
09/07/20Sylvan Esso - Ferris Wheel (Animal Crossing Music Video)A video appropriate for our times -- Animal Crossing-style.
09/06/20Cracker - Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now)Insert your own pithy quote about what the world actually needs right here.
09/05/20R.E.M. - The One I Love (Official Video)Michael Stipe never really explains what the meaning is behind R.E.M. lyrics, so we're on our own, but I think it's a fair bet that it refers to something grim.
09/04/20Dave Brubeck - Take FiveA very famous jazz song from long ago. I always thought Dave Brubeck composed this, but no, it was saxophonist Paul Desmond.
09/03/20Billy Bragg - I Keep FaithSupposedly refers to his relationship with the audience, but I think it's fine to interpret it as a more general "hang in there" reminder.
09/02/20Watermelon ManHerbie Hancock gets funky. From 1973.
09/01/20Swamp Dogg - Lonely (Official Video)He gets lonely.
08/31/20john lee hooker & carlos santana - chill outBlues legend John Lee Hooker from 1995, with Carlos Santana.
08/30/20Ginuwine - Pony (Official Video)This song has a whole LA Weekly article dedicated to why it sucks, which amuses me. Google it.
08/29/20Archie Shepp - Blues For Brother GeorgeA cool, soulful song that gets sampled, but few people know the original.
08/28/20Roy Haynes Trio - Sneakin' AroundLegendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes is still going strong, recording music and playing live today at 95 years old. Here's a song from his 1959 album.
08/27/20Stanton Moore - Java (feat. Nicholas Payton, Donald Harrison Jr. & Trombone Shorty)Stanton Moore is a great jazz and funk drummer that you should try to see live if you're ever in New Orleans.
08/26/20This Mortal Coil - You and Your SisterThis Mortal Coil was a sort of supergroup of various musicians on the 4AD record label in the 1980s, and they did interesting, often ethereal covers of various songs, like this one originally by Chris Bell.
08/25/20STEREOLAB PING PONGFrom 1994. Love me some Stereolab.
08/24/20Old 97's - Turn Off The TV (Official Video)Good advice.
08/23/20The Jayhawks - Blue (Official Video)Jayhawks, from 1995. One of my favorite songs.
08/22/20Chet Faker - GoldAustralian musician Chet Faker (Nicholas James Murphy) from 2014's "Built on Glass" album. It's good.
08/21/20Jorja Smith - Rose RougeA strange choice of cover (remember St. Germain?) but I think it works as a song for today.
08/20/20Big Star - Thirteen [Alternate Mix] (Official Music Video)I feel like Big Star was a little band with a big impact on music, as so many later musicians and groups list them as influences.
08/19/20Bully - Where To Start [OFFICIAL VIDEO]It's new and it has guitars and it's good.
08/18/20Maya Jane Coles - Cherry Bomb (Official Video)A trippy, laid back EDM break from UK-based Maya Jane Coles.
08/17/20Miles Davis - So What (Official Video)You should learn more about Miles Davis.
08/16/20The Go-Betweens - Streets of your townAnother late 80s (1988) song that is such a perfect example of what alternative music was back then.
08/15/20No Doubt - It's My Life (Edited)No Doubt covering Talk Talk.
08/14/20Duran Duran - Save A Prayer (Official Music Video)A bit of Duran Duran from 1982.
08/13/20Fatboy Slim - Praise You [Official Video]From 1999. Featuring sampled vocals by a singer named Camille Yarbrough from 1975.
08/12/20Chicano Batman - Color my life (Official Music Video)It's funky and new.
08/11/20Alice In Chains - I Stay Away (Official Video)One of the more mellow Alice in Chains songs. A good one.
08/10/20Nina Simone: Mississippi GoddamA song that probably didn't get much play on the radio. I have much admiration and respect for Ms. Simone.
08/09/20Portishead - Glory Box (Official Video) ( 480p ).mp4OK, this is Portishead. It's an Isaac Hayes sample, if you're wondering.
08/08/20Lemonheads - Mrs RobinsonAn alt-rock cover of a Simon & Garfunkel classic. From 1992.
08/07/20Warren G ft. Nate Dogg | Regulate | Sesame Street VersionI actually love the beat here. Michael McDonald sample, of course. Added bonus: Bert and Ernie version of the video.
08/06/20Sweeps - noireLo-fi break. It's Portishead! Wait a minute, no it's not.
08/05/20Ray Lamontagne - Three More Days ( A+ Version!)Three more days. Three more days until...what? The days just blur together nowadays. Great song, though.
08/04/20Don McCloskey - Return of The Freak MCA bit of a funky groove from an eclectic singer-songwriter from Brooklyn. Courtesy of my friend Dave!
08/03/20Leon Bridges - Coming Home (Official Music Video)More Leon Bridges. I love this neo-60s soul sound so much.
08/02/20Marian Hill - DownI love the stripped-down quality of this song. Not a big sound at all, but it works.
08/01/20Fkj & Masego - TadowTake a moment to marvel at FKJ and Masego looping this song together before your eyes. Best Youtube comment: "If you are addicted to this song I think we should be friends."
07/31/20Led Zeppelin - Travelling Riverside Blues (Official Music Video)Led Zeppelin covering blues legend Robert Johnson. The Robert Johnson version was recorded in 1939, I think.
07/30/20The Sugarcubes - Cold SweatBjork used to be in a band. This band. This music just screams late 80s alternative to me.
07/29/20Glass Animals - Your Love (Déjà Vu) - Official VideoIt's poppy, it's dancy, it's new! And I hate the crazy colors of the video!
07/28/20Tommy James & The Shondells - I Think We`re Alone Now Live on Village Square 1967I first heard the 1987 version of this song by Tiffany. This original version is better.
07/27/20Portishead - Only YouPortishead break. Love the weird video. Effects filmed under water, maybe?
07/26/20Caitlyn Smith - Long Time ComingI actually don't know much about this one, but it's new, and I like it.
07/25/20Inspiral Carpets - Commercial Rain (US Video)Another example of the Manchester (or Madchester) sound from 1990/1991. Surprisingly, I don't remember this from back then.
07/24/20EMF - Unbelievable (Official Music Video) HDFirst GMF, now EMF. Unbelievable!
07/23/20John Grant - GMFLet's find out what GMF stands for.
07/22/20Belly - Gepetto (Video)Fronted by Tanya Donelly of Throwing Muses, Belly was supposed to be the next big thing in alt.rock in the early 90s. Didn't really work out that way. This is a catchy tune, though.
07/21/20Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers "Quick Trick" (Visualizer)A new Art Blakey album! Long lost recording from 1959.
07/20/20Ray LaMontagne - Drive-in Movies (Audio)I love Ray LaMontagne, he's got such a timeless sound.
07/19/20Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam (Official Video)Another one-hit wonder dance jam, this time from 1990. Wow, that video's going to give me a seizure.
07/18/20M|A|R|R|S - Pump Up The Volume (Official Video)A British one-hit wonder looking to capitalize on the popularity of house music in 1987.
07/17/20Daryl Hall & John Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (Official Video)Time for a Hall and Oates break.
07/15/20Whitney Houston Acapella I wanna Dance with Somebody.wmvTitle says it all. Too weird not to share.
07/14/20Mike Doughty - Take Me Home, Country RoadsCovering John Denver, which is a little odd. Don't know that this one goes on the forever playlist, but it'll do for today.
07/13/20Morphine - Cure For Pain.A study in minimalist musical success, with only a two string bass, baritone sax and drums.
07/12/20Red Hot Chili Peppers BrandyI'm not actually a huge fan of the Chili Peppers, but I'll make an exception for their cover of "Brandy."
07/11/20G. Love & Special Sauce - Cold BeverageI also enjoy a cold beverage.
07/10/20Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc. (Official Video)A cartoon band from 2005, what could be better?
07/09/20Kitchens of Distinction - Drive That FastAn obscure British alternative band from 1991. Nobody but me remembers this, I am sure.
07/08/20Lush - Sweetness and Light (Official Video)Lush was one of the best of the sort of "shoegazer" indie rock bands circa the late 1980s/early 1990s.
07/07/20McCoy Tyner Trio - When Sunny Gets BlueOne of the greats, jazz pianist McCoy Tyner is somebody you should take a moment to learn about. I'm lucky to have seen him play live. Sadly, he passed away in March.
07/06/20Urge Overkill - Girl You'll Be a Woman SoonUrge Overkill covering Neil Diamond.
07/05/20Private EyesI'm obsessed with covers. Here'e Bird and the Bee covering Hall and Oates.
07/04/20Beck - Devils HaircutOh, to be a cowboy in 1996.
07/03/20Lizzo & Caroline Smith - Let 'Em Say (Official Video)The first song I ever heard with Lizzo singing, and I love the simple video, because it was filmed on a block not far from my one-time home in Minneapolis.
07/02/20Soul Coughing- Screenwriter's BluesWas never sure if this is a poem or a song, but I've always enjoyed it ever since it was released in 1994.
07/01/20Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime (Official Video)David Byrne was so young once. And video effects had such jagged edges.
06/30/20Chet Baker "Let's get lost"A lot of jazz musicians have troubled lives. Chet was no different. Most trumpet players would be done after losing teeth in a brawl, but he managed to make a comeback.
06/29/20The D.O.C - It's Funky Enough | *Best Quality* (1989)From a fantastic debut album by someone in the orbit of N.W.A, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre. But you probably never heard of him because he wrecked is larynx in a car accident only months after release, perhaps preventing his career from taking off they way it should have.
06/28/20Herbie Hancock - Cantaloupe IslandPerhaps a more typical Herbie Hancock song. If you don't know jazz, you might know it as the source of samples used in "Cantaloop" by US3.
06/27/20Herbie Hancock - RockitMy first exposure to Herbie Hancock, not realizing he was a long accomplished jazz pianist. This video provided a young me with various nightmares.
06/26/20Khruangbin - Pelota (Official Video)A good new song from Khruangbin, a group from Texas aiming to sound like Thai funk/rock. I think they generally succeed at it.
06/25/20Al Green - Let's Stay TogetherA soul classic.
06/24/20seablite - Pillbox (Official Music Video)A good modern pop-rock song that reminds me a bit of Velocity Girl, an obscure 1990s band that you've never heard of.
06/23/20PJ Harvey - Down By The WaterJust a good song from 1995. Probably was featured on MTV's 120 Minutes. Did that still exist in 1995?
06/22/20Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Change of Heart [Official Video]RIP Tom Petty.
06/21/20Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston - Reverie (Above & Beyond Club Mix) Official Lyric VideoA new song from Above & Beyond. Chill and dancy at the same time.
06/20/20Fat JudyA funky B3 organ song by Big John Patton I've seen referred to as "mod jazz." Mmmkay.
06/19/20Ween--Push th' Little DaisiesWeen is weird and annoying, but they sure do know how to craft an earworm.
06/18/20Carole King - It's Too Late (Live At Montreux 1973)A classic from Carole King.
06/17/20Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel [Official Music Video]This Janelle Monáe song from 2018 sounds so much like Prince to me, and that's a good thing.
06/16/20Al Green - Take Me To The River (Official Audio)Where the Talking Heads got it from.
06/15/20björk : army of me (HD)Stories within stories within stories. Another Michel Gondry video.
06/14/20Michel Gondry - Around the world - Daft Punk (Partizan Classics 1997)A good song by Daft Punk, with an extremely weird video directed by Michel Gondry. As one reviewer said, "my favorite part is when he said, 'Around the world.'"
06/13/20Kylie Minogue - Come Into My World (Official Video)Just your average (not too bad) dance/pop song from Kylie, but with a Michel Gondry video, which means shit gets weird, so hang on.
06/12/20The Chemical Brothers - Let Forever Be (Official Music Video)French film director Michel Gondry directed a number of music videos over the years and they're all trippy AF. Here's one of my favorites.
06/11/20Beach Bunny - Prom Queen (Official Video)A good song from a local Chicago indie rock band.
06/10/20Jenny Lewis - Just One Of The Guys [Official Music Video]Just a good song, no real story to share with this one.
06/09/20Booker T - Hey YaBooker T (of Green Onions fame) with Drive-by Truckers covering Outkast.
06/08/20Stereo MC's - Step It UpSimple 1992 dance beat break.
06/07/20Gear Daddies - Little Red CorvetteA Minnesota band with a fun little Prince cover from 1992.
06/06/20björk - it's oh so quietAn interesting choice of a cover, a song from 1951 originally by Betty Hutton.
06/05/20Gomez - See The WorldHope to get to see the world again some day.
06/04/20Ray LaMontagne - We'll Make It Through (Official Video)We always do.
06/03/20Ben Harper - With My Own Two Hands (Official Video)What are you doing to make the world a better place?
06/02/20(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? - feat Josh Homme (Official Video)Nick Lowe cover. Sad song for a song day.
06/01/20Living Colour - Cult Of Personality (Official Video)Like Mussolini and Kennedy.
05/31/20The Pretenders - My City Was GoneThinking of all the unrest in the world these past few days. Important bits of Minneapolis are no longer there.
05/30/20Im Afraid Of Americans David Bowie Music Video HD 1080p(Best Quality)And rightly so, from COVID-deniers to killer cops to cities burning. And so many guns. Sigh.
05/29/20Chris Cornell - Black Hole Sun AcousticRemembering Chris Cornell, another one who died too soon.
05/28/20Flight Facilities - Down To Earth feat. Sam RockwellI feel like this is a poor knockoff of that video where Christopher Walken flies through the air.
05/27/20Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - 100 DaysSoul singer Sharon Jones (RIP) recorded live in studio at Minnesota Public Radio.
05/26/20Khruangbin - So We Won't Forget (Official Video)Khruangbin. Good stuff. Actually from Texas.
05/25/20Brother Jack McDuff the honeydripperJack McDuff is one of my favorite B3 organ players, and he just looks so cool on the cover of this album.
05/24/20Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You (Official Music Video)This is one half of Daft Punk plus a couple of other folks, and there were high hopes that an album would follow this single, released in 1998. Alas, nothing more ever came of it, so there's only this one song.
05/23/20Sonic Youth - SuperstarCovering the Carpenters. Strip away the harmonies and horns and replace with ... drugs, or something.
05/22/20GRANT GREEN - Sookie SookieLots of versions of this song out there, but this one is special. Grant Green's album, but Ronnie Foster owns this thing with his organ playing.
05/21/20Primitive Radio Gods - Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand (1996)Random one-hit wonder from 1996. Remember this?
05/20/20Les McCann & Eddie Harris Compared To WhatLess McCann is complaining about Nixon and the Vietnam war, but change just a few words and it could be from today. Great music, too.
05/19/20THICK - "Bumming Me Out"A good new song that sounds to me a lot like Weezer.
05/18/20Flying fish slap "long" remixSome Mondays are harder than others.
05/17/20Soul Asylum - Sexual HealingI like covers, sometimes too much. Remember Soul Asylum? They covered Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing. Is that good or is that bad?
05/16/20The Regrettes "What Am I Gonna Do Today" (Official Music Video)I don't think they intended it to be a quarantine anthem originally, but if the shoe fits...
05/15/20Cake - The Distance (Official Video)My go-to karaoke song, in case you were wondering.
05/14/20Booker T. And The M.G.'s - Green OnionsOne of the most famous songs ever to feature the Hammond B3 organ.
05/13/20Massive Attack - Unfinished SympathyReleased in 1991, this Massive Attack song might not have been the first trip-hop song, but it might be the first one everyone knew.
05/12/20Norah Jones – Black Hole Sun (Detroit Fox Theatre 5.23.17)A cover as a tribute to Chris Cornell of Soundgarden.
05/11/20Ministry - Jesus Built My Hotrod (Video Version)If you listen closely, you can here Al Jourgensen singing "Bing bing bang a bang a bang bing bong bing a bing bang a bong."
05/10/20Billie Eilish - bad guy (Live From Saturday Night Live)Eh, it's a pop song but the effect they did for the stage during the live performance is pretty cool.
05/09/20Chet Faker - No DiggityOriginally a 1996 song by group-you-don't-remember Blackstreet, I rather enjoy this atmospheric, almost morose 2012 cover version by Australian singer/songwriter Chet Faker.
05/08/20Sade - Smooth Operator (Official Music Video)No need to ask...
05/07/20Grey Album: The Beatles vs Jay ZFrom 2004, Jay-Z's song "Encore" remixed with samples from the Beatles. It's an interesting album, read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grey_Album
05/06/20Ladytron - Seventeen [Official Music Video]This song was so hip and cutting edge. When it was released 17 years ago. God, I'm old. If you remember when this came out, you're old, too.
05/05/20ART BLAKEY w LEE MORGAN - Theme For Stacy 1965A wonderfully moody and atmospheric jazz song.
05/04/20Hymn of The Big WheelThe big wheel keeps on turning, on a simple line day by day. The earth spins on its axis, one man struggle while another relaxes. Massive Attack, from Blue Lines (1991). This song was co-written by Neneh Cherry.
05/03/20SUGAR - If I Can't Change Your MindThis is what Bob Mould (of Husker Du fame) was up to in 1992. Good guitar pop. He'd probably cringe at me calling it that.
05/02/20Beach Bunny - Cloud 9 (Official Music Video)Every good indie rock song should have a video with friendly snails.
05/01/20The Chemical Brothers - Eve Of DestructionI like this song but the video is what makes it worth sharing. I have no idea what's going on here.
04/30/20Hindu Love Gods - Raspberry BeretLet's try that again, with a working link! What if you took R.E.M. and added Warren Zevon and then covered a Prince song?
04/29/20MF DOOM - Doomsday [Instrumental]You can apparently do a lot with a single Sade sample.
04/28/20Moanin' - Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers - LiveArt Blakey, one of the greatest jazz drummers of all time. A song you may have heard but perhaps didn't know who it was.
04/27/20Walt Mink Pink MoonThis strange little band called Walt Mink (named after a beloved university professor) decided to cover a Nick Drake song in 1992. The band never got too famous, but the drummer went on to play for Beck, R.E.M. and others.
04/26/20Norah Jones feat M Ward: Blue Bayou (Live in Austin)I feel like every other version of this song is already good, so why another? But this is good, too.
04/25/20Nick Drake - Pink MoonIt's sad and weird that a Y2K-era Volkswagen car commercial is what led people to (re-)discover Nick Drake, isn't it? I wonder why the ad agency picked this song.
04/24/20william de vaughn- be thankful for what you got (original)Covered by Massive Attack in 1991, and it turns out that the original is worth hunting down and listening to.
04/23/20The Weeknd - Until I Bleed Out (Official Video)A new song from the Weeknd. The theme for his latest album is something like 'a rough night in Vegas' and that's why he has a fake broken nose. I know you were wondering.
04/22/20HUGO - 99 Problems -Possibly the oddest cover of a Jay-Z song I've ever seen. I can't decide if I like this or not. What do you think?
04/21/20Lee Konitz - Dan Tepfer - 92 !Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, another jazz legend lost to the coronavirus pandemic. Here he is from last October with pianist Dan Tepfer. This might not fit the WombatMail theme but I'm sharing it anyway.
04/20/20Benjamin Gibbard - Life in Quarantine (Official Audio)Ben Gibbard of Death Cab with a song for our time.
04/19/20Tracy Bonham - Mother MotherEVERYTHING'S FINE!
04/18/20Jimmy Smith - Root Down (and Get It) - 1972A jazz song you might recognize as providing much of the base of a well known Beastie Boys' song.
04/17/20Beastie Boys - Root DownDid you know the Beasties sampled a fantastic jazz song by Jimmy Smith? Also called Root Down.
04/16/20R.E.M. - Shiny Happy People (Official Music Video)It's not that deep and that's OK for today. If you want to sing along, try it like this: "Shiny Happy People washing hands."
04/15/20DJ Shadow - Midnight In A Perfect WorldMore DJ Shadow. This one is more atmospheric and less.... profane. This was his breakthrough single. The album actually won a Guinness World Record for "First Completely Sampled Album" in 2001.
04/14/20Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - Phenom (Official Music Video)Thao comes through with a video for our time. Thanks to my friend Laura for sharing this with me and others.
04/13/20Yola - Faraway Look [Official Video]Heard this on the radio, on two completely different stations, with the DJs on both completely gushing. Listen and you'll hear why. This is amazing. Hard to believe it's from 2019.
04/12/20Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart (Official Video)A few minutes of fun escapism from a song featuring one of the trippiest videos ever (as of 1990).
04/11/20Khruangbin & Leon Bridges - Texas Sun (Official Video)A new Leon Bridges song. A bit twangy, but that's a good thing.
04/10/20Fatboy Slim - Weapon Of Choice [Official Video]Sometimes we need to see Christopher Walken fly before we can feel good about ourselves again.
04/09/20Bill Withers - Use meBill Withers, another wonderful musician we've lost too soon.
04/08/20John Prine - When I Get To Heaven (Lyric Video)Remembering John Prine today. The world will miss you, good sir. Rest in peace.
04/07/20Galactic - Doodle Loop (The World is a Little Bit Under the Weather)New Orleans funk band Galactic has noticed what's up and wants to help.
04/06/20DJ Shadow - Nobody Speak feat. Run The Jewels (Official Video)DJ Shadow with a crazy video that answers the question, what would it look like if a full-on brawl erupted at a United Nations General Assembly meeting in 1960?
04/05/20Propellerheads feat: Miss Shirley Bassey - History RepeatingOne of those songs that is hard to believe is actually from 1998.
04/04/20Tom Jones, The Cardigans - Burning Down The House (Official Video)Tom Jones covers Burning Down the House by Talking Heads. What the hell is this, I can't even.
04/03/20John Prine And Stephen Colbert: "That's the Way the World goes Round"John Prine on Stephen Colbert's Late Show, something they recorded in 2016 and had never broadcast before.
03/05/21MC 900 Ft Jesus - The City SleepsFrom 1991. I find this song really interesting. I've no plans to start setting fires, but this makes for a well-told story. If you like this, search for MC 900 Ft Jesus on Youtube or your favorite music service. He has other great songs.
03/04/21The Orb - Little Fluffy Clouds (Original Mix) (1990)1990 dance break. The Orb! Try to pretend you're on drugs. It might help.
03/03/21Morphine - Honey white (video)Morphine, also from the 1990s. It rocks!
03/02/21The Judybats - Native Son (Video)And a Judybats song from 1991 that actually got some radio play. They even made a video!
03/01/21Margot Known as MissyMore Judybats, from 1992. Definitely more guitar poppy on this one.
02/28/21Being SimpleSomewhere between poppy and almost twangy, it's the Judybats, a band you barely remember, from their 1993 album that you definitely don't remember. Good song, though.
02/27/21Soul Coughing True Dreams of WichitaConcluding our epic coverage of all things Wichita (song 2 of 2), here's Soul Coughing from 1994.
02/26/21Wichita Lineman (Remastered 2001)Written by Jimmy Webb, made famous by Glen Campbell, covered by a million others, inluding, oddly enough, R.E.M.
02/25/21Slash Dot Dash by Fatboy Slim (High res / Official video)This is a wonderfully bizarre video to go along with an intentionally obnxoious song. It's weird enough to make me smile. Repeat after me: Slash dot, dash dot, slash dot, dash dot...
02/24/21Guided By Voices - "I Am A Scientist" (Official Music Video)I guess Guided by Voices is still around?
02/23/2111-Year-Old Billy Preston & Nat 'King' Cole - Blueberry Hill 1957.flvToo crazy not to share. An 11 year old Billy Preston in 1957 with Nat King Cole.
02/22/21Heartless Bastards - Revolution (Official Video) - Heartless Bastards,Heartless Bastards is Austin, Texas-based Erika Wennerstrom, with a bluesy and soulful song for the time.
02/21/21The Sidewinder (Remastered 1999/Rudy Van Gelder Edition)Lee Morgan first known in jazz as a sideman, playing with John Coltrane and Art Blakey but went on to a great solo career. Sadly, he died too early, at the age of 33.
02/20/21Peter Gabriel - Shock The MonkeyProbably a more well-known Peter Gabriel song. What did the monkey ever do to you?
02/19/21Peter Gabriel - Red RainNot one of his dancier hits, but I do love this song and I kind of worry that people forget about it.
02/18/21Lucinda Williams - "Can’t Let Go" [Live from Austin, TX]Gotta love Lucinda. The original version is from her 1998 album, "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road."
02/17/21Sick of You - CAKE (Official Video)Random Cake break.
02/16/21The Logical Song | Supertramp | PomplamooseI love electric piano but I hate Supertramp based solely on principle. So I guess this cover is a good compromise.
02/15/21Billy Cobham - Red BaronThis is so far out it almost hurts, but I love the electric piano. Think of how cutting edge this was for 1973. Still pretty funky.
02/14/21Alessia Cara - Here (Official Video)I love the vibe-- it feels like it lives somewhere between soul and Portishead.
02/13/21Soul SauceFunky latin jazz break.
02/12/21Marlena Shaw -- California Soul (Diplo-Mad Decent Remix) (2008)An overlooked soul classic. Love the Diplo remix, it keeps the spirit but makes it fill the room a bit more in a modern way.
02/11/21Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles - PomplamooseA nice little stripped-down Beatles cover couresy of Pomplamoose.
02/10/21Röyksopp - Remind Me (Radio Edit)This radio edit version of this song is the best version. But I am sad that it lacks the trippy pixel-art video of the original.
02/09/21Sonny Alven - Backseat Lovin'Reminds me of Lana Del Rey. That's only OK sometimes.
02/08/21Her Morning Elegance / Oren LaviePoppy, with vibes and an electric piano. Can't beat that. From 2009.
02/07/21Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin'From 1967. Steve Winwood was young once.
02/06/21Lou Donaldson Funky MamaGrant Green on guitar and Big John Patton on Hammond organ. It gets funky.
02/05/21Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Hey Mama (Official Music Video)Nathaniel Rateliff from 2018.
02/04/21Jenny Lewis And The Watson Twins - Rise Up (With Fists!!) [Official Music Video]Wow they really went for the Hee-haw vibe in this one, didn't they?
02/03/21deadmau5 & The Neptunes - Pomegranate (Official Music Video)deadmau5 break.
02/02/21Back At The Chicken ShackAnother famous jazz tune, from a great B3 organist. Featuring another great, Stanley Turrentine on tenor.
02/01/21Comin' Home BabyIf you're young enough, you know Quincy Jones from stuff like producing Michael Jackson. But stuff happened before then, too. This is a great album. From 1962.
01/31/21Blue Train (Remastered 2003)One of the most famous jazz songs but that doesn't mean you know it already. And you should. One of Coltrane's best.
01/30/21Ray Charles - What'd I SayMusical genius Ray Charles. I'm more used to hearing him play this on electric piano. It's so cool to find old, well-preserved clips like this.
01/29/21Motörhead - Ace Of Spades (Official Video)Sometimes you need fast and loud guitars to give you the power you need to get through the day.
01/28/21Bumpin' On SunsetA laid back bit of funky jazz from guitarist Wes Montgomery. 1966.
01/27/21Mike Doughty - True Dreams of Wichita (Live #Microshow on The Current)Mike Doughty seems to be back to embracing the old Soul Coughing songs. He hated them for a while there.
01/26/21A.C. Newman - "The Palace at 4am" (DUMBO Sessions)There's a reason this might remind you of the New Pornographers.
01/25/21The Head and the Heart - "Honeybee" Official Music VideoIs this pop music or indie music or ??? I dunno. But it's new and pretty good.
01/24/21Gary Clark Jr. - Ain't Messin' Round [Official Music Video]From 2012. Rocking and bluesy.
01/23/21Waitress SongA dream of escape.
01/22/21Margo Price - Twinkle Twinkle (Official Music Video)Good stuff. Produced by Sturgill Simpson.
01/21/21Nine Inch Nails - Head Like A Hole (Official Video)I remember when this was new and cool and unique. And then I blinked and it's 31 years later.
01/20/21Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye (Official Video)A good song from 2006. I hear almost a little bit of Smashing Pumpkins in here.
01/19/21WILCO - "I Love My Label" (Nick Lowe cover)Wilco covering Nick Lowe.
01/18/21Jenny Lewis - She's Not Me [Official Music Video]Jenny Lewis sure knows how to get famous people to be in her videos. I really do like her music...perhaps in spite of that.
01/17/21Pulp The TreesOne of my favorite songs from 2001/2002. A big sound, room filling, with lots of harmonies.
01/16/21Summer Wind (Remastered 2008)Setting aside whether or not Sinatra was a good guy or whether or not he was mobbed up (I suspect he was), the guy sure knew how to croon a tune.
01/15/21Chicano Batman - Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm) (Official Video)Funky and soulful. Not the happiest lyrics, if you listen carefully.
01/14/21ONE HUNDRED WAYS- Joey DeFrancescoTrioThe best B3 organ player out there playing today. If you ever have a chance to see him in concert, don't pass it up. I've seen him a number of times and he always puts on a fantastic show.
01/13/21Cameo - Word Up (Official Video)Sometimes you're searching for a song and you find another song accidentally and so you have to stop and listen.
01/12/21Nick Drake- RivermanMelancholic and atmospheric. Nick Drake really was a music genius, if you ask me. Sad that he never got recognition for it during his lifetime.
01/11/21Jimmy Smith & Beastie Boys - Root Down [The Reflex 'Assembly' Mix]Revisiting Root Down, combining the original version from Jimmy Smith + the Beastie Boys.
01/10/21Christine and the Queens - I disappear in your arms (Official Video)She's French. The French love her. Insert dumb joke here. There's a reason she's popular, though. It's good stuff.
01/09/21Billy Bragg - A New EnglandA great song, well written and simply performed. Kirsty MacColl covered this song, which I find totally weird.
01/08/21'Til Tuesday - Voices Carry (Official Video)Aimee Mann in 1985.
01/07/21Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart (Official Video)No story with this one, just a good song from 2009.
01/06/21Horace Silver - Señor Blues (Horace Silver, Blue Mitchell & Junior Cook)Jazz break. Horace Silver. Great pianist. We're lucky to be able to stumble over these old live clips like this. Not sure the year, but the song was first recorded in 1956.
01/05/21R.E.M. - So. Central RainIs it cliche to be of a certain age and have a strong opinion about REM? Lots of great songs, lots of good videos to choose from.
01/04/21Tove Lo - sadder badder coolerSwedish singer/songwriter Tove Lo with a disturbing cartoon, just what you need to wake yourself up on a day like today.
01/03/21Suzanne Vega - 99.9 FSuzanne Vega actually has other songs, too, you know. Here's another good one, from 1992.
01/02/21Suzanne Vega - Toms Diner (Official Music Video)The one Suzanne Vega song you know. One of the first songs converted to MP3, says a Youtube comment. Supposedly true.
01/01/21Semisonic - Closing Time (Official Video)Semisonic is sort of descended from Trip Shakespeare, by way of John Munson and Dan Wilson. More Minnesota music.

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