Monthly Archives: September 2015

September 29

David Bowie – Life On Mars? (music video)

With NASA’s announcement about water on Mars, David Bowie’s “Life On Mars?” comes to mind. “Life On Mars?” is a single from Bowie’s 1973 classic album Hunky Dory. Rick Wakeman from Yes guests on piano. It’s an odd but beautiful little song, with an early video of Bowie lipsyncing the lyrics. The video is directed […]

September 28

Prince – I Wanna Be Your Lover (Live in 1982)

There’s not a whole lot of Prince on YouTube, so it’s important to highlight what’s there. For whatever reason, Music Vault has rights to this 1982 show at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ. They’ve posted the whole show, and broken it up into individual song clips, too. This is “I Wanna Be Your Lover”, […]

September 25

Wilco – A Shot In The Arm (Live and acoustic on KEXP in 2015)

Listening to “A Shot In The Arm” brings me right back to 1999 and the release of Wilco’s Summerteeth. I was living in Brooklyn, working in midtown, and I vividly remember walking to the Virgin Megastore in Times Square at lunch to get my copy. It was a hike, and it was March, but I wanted […]

September 21

Gary Clark Jr – The Healing (Live in studio in 2015)

“The Healing” is the first song and lead single off Gary Clark Jr.’s new album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. The album showcases Clark’s songwriting chops. He moves fluidly between genres. “The Healing” is a straight up rocker. This version of “The Healing” is from a session at Arlyn Studios in Austin, TX, Clark’s […]

September 20

Run The Jewels with TV On The Radio – Angel Duster (Live on Colbert in 2015)

“Angel Duster” is the last track on RTJ 2, and it stands as my favorite track on the album. It’s got an insistent, driving beat that opens up wide in the coda of the song. I check the ‘Tubes every now and again to see if they’ve made a video for it. Well, still no […]

September 16

Punch Brothers – Just What I Needed (Live at the A.V. Room in 2012)

A bluegrass-ish cover of “Just What I Needed” is probably, well, just what you need. The energy of the Punch Brothers’ performance is infectious. The banjo player kills it while he’s playing the main riff, and the fiddle player faithfully executes the guitar solo. It’s thrilling. And Chris Thile is having a ton of fun […]