Gov’t Mule with Jackie Greene – Crime In The City (Live In 2014)

This past Friday – Halloween – I drove down to Cincinnati to see Gov’t Mule play at the Taft Theatre. It was Mule-O-Ween. Jackie Greene was joining the band for a set of Neil Young tunes. They were calling it Young Mule. As a lifelong Neil freak, how could I not go?

And it was an amazing show. The Neil set was the longest set I’ve ever heard them play. They did a lot of deep cuts, but didn’t dip into anything post Sleeps With Angels (I don’t think, anyway…). They did a lot of the songs you’d expect, too – “Cowgirl In The Sand”, “Heart Of Gold”, for example. “Crime In The City” was one of the deep cuts. It’s from 1989’s Freedom. Warren Haynes and Jackie Greene share the vocals on this one, and Danny Louis (keys) plays a trombone solo.

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Genesis – Dance On A Volcano (Live in 1980)

“Dance On A Volcano” is from Trick Of The Tail, the first album that had Phil Collins at the vocal helm. It’s still very progrock – which I like. Here’s the band – after Steve Hackett left – playing it on the Duke tour in 1980.

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Kendrick Lamar – i (official music video)

“I love myself!”

That’s the chorus refrain from “i”, Kendrick Lamar’s new single. And here’s the music video, just uploaded to YouTube today. Nice Isley Brothers sample, some fancy footwork from Lamar, and a reference to One Nation Under a Groove at the beginning of the video. Some good verses from Lamar, too.

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Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight

Listen up, people! Can I be serious for a minute here? I think everybody needs to Wang Chung tonight. So click the play button.

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The Beastie Boys – Intergalactic (music video)

I was living in New York when Hello Nasty was released. They were promoting the record in the city with to go coffee cups imprinted with the Hello Nasty cover design. It was 1998, so pre broadband everywhere, and pre YouTube. I got to watch the video online at work, where we had a broadband connection, and I remember that it was pretty exciting to see a music video for a new song from the Beastie Boys online. It was posted on Rolling Stone or something a few days or weeks before the album was released.

A couple thoughts on the video. First, this is clearly where Guillermo del Toro got the idea for Pacific Rim. Second, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the creature they’re fighting has more than a passing resemblance to Cthulhu.

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Elvis Costello – (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding (music video)

A great Nick Lowe song, Elvis Costello’s version is the best. This is the music video.

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Genesis – Mama (music video)

“Mama” was the first single off of Genesis’ 1983 self-titled record. It’s a pretty bad ass song, especially for a Genesis song. It’s got that creepy laugh thing Phil Collins does, plus he does a lot of screaming at the end. So I have to admit I was a bit surprised when I read that the song is about a teenage boy who meets an older prostitute by chance, and him pining after her. I’ll be honest. I’m not so sure I wanted to know that. Changes the flavor of the song a bit. The video is moody, dark, and the band is sweating a lot. Don’t you think they could have gotten some fans for those guys?

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