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Time Has Come / Watch ‘em Burn // Joanne Shaw Taylor

Part of an occasional series entitled, “Beautiful Women Kicking Ass On Guitars.”

With bonus Birmingham accent.

Ben Folds Five - Barrytown
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Ben Folds Five - Barrytown

It’s a special lack of grace.
I can see it in your face.

How did I make it this far into my life unaware that BF5 covered Steely Dan?

Squee! Squee, I say to you!

Blondie - Sunday Girl
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Sunday Girl // Blondie

Three minutes of delicious aural candy for a day that absolutely needs to be nuked into glass and never spoken of again.

R.E.M. - Begin The Begin
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Begin The Begin // R.E.M.

I went through the 10K+ songs in my collection, admittedly quickly, looking for the best example of an F# minor power chord, and this is what I came up with.

With all the respect in the world for R.E.M. and the understated yet wonderful Peter Buck, if he’s the best example of a power chord you’ve got, in any key, it’s time to look hard at your collection.

What I’d rather do is head down to the basement and record a demo of Les Paul -> Fulldrive -> Marshall and show y’all motherfuckers what a power chord is all about, but there are wee people sleeping elsewhere on the premises and it wouldn’t be meet.

Peter Frampton - Baby, I Love Your Way (Album Version)
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Baby, I Love Your Way // Peter Frampton

Happy Valentine’s day, babies.

I can see the sunset in your eyes
Brown and grey, and blue besides

Waco Brothers - Do You Think About Me?
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Do You Think About Me? // Waco Brothers

I just heard these local heroes on WXRT and I would have screamed FUCK YES if I didn’t think it would terrify the other denizens of the casa. This cold, dark, shitty, snowy, interminable winter needs a goddamn chair dancing party and it needs it RIGHT NOW.

(140 plays)

Hazy Shade Of Winter // The Bangles

A little overproduced—why does the guitar move back and forth in the stereo field, and is that chorus on the vocals?—but I still like this a lot better than the original. Chicks kicking ass on guitar remain the ultimate force for unf in the universe.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Even The Losers
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Even The Losers // Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Think I need to promote Damn the Torpedoes to the desert island list. This is a quality effort.

Baby, time meant nothing, anything seemed real
Yeah, you could kiss like fire and you made me feel
Like every word you said was meant to be
No—it couldn’t have been that easy to forget about me

Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road // Elton John

What do you think you’ll do then?
I bet that’ll shoot down your plane
It’ll take you a couple of vodka and tonics
To set you on your feet again

The Shins - Simple Song
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Simple Song // The Shins

It took me a while, but I fell in love with the poetry of this song.

I told you about all those fears
And away they did run
You sure must be strong
And you feel like an ocean
Being warmed by the sun

Foo Fighters - February Stars
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February Stars // Foo Fighters

Obvs, Dave was living somewhere it didn’t snow every day when he wrote this. There will be no stars here until about June.

Regardless, I believe this is mandatory today.

One day I’ll have enough to gamble
I’ll wait to hear your final call
And bet it all

Dirty Blvd. // The Good

Enough of that serious bullshit. It’s Friday and I smell of exhaustion and hops. So here’s me making a fool of myself singing Lou Reed a couple of weeks ago. Over the course of my 20ish years with The Good, this is the first time I’ve ever sung lead without a guitar in my hand. Res ipsa loquitur.

A Great Big World - Say Something feat. Christina Aguilera
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Say Something // A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera

A tad late to the party, but I’m absolutely captivated by this song. A couple thoughts:

  • Christina’s voice is a once-in-a-generation gift to us from the (otherwise indifferent) universe. I don’t care if she’s crazy, or what she does with her hands in the video, or least of all that she was weird on that one TV show that I didn’t watch. She sings magic.
  • The vocal performances of this duet reflect the most remarkable attention to detail I’ve ever heard. Every nuance of timing and inflection is matched perfectly between the two vocalists. On every syllable. It’s a mark of extraordinary talent by performers and producer. I’m not sure if taking three days or a few takes to get it this perfect would be more incredible.
  • Sucks to be that one guy in the video who just leans on the piano and looks sad.

Crazy // Daniela Andrade

Here’s a beautiful woman (with a Telecaster!) singing a haunting version of a brilliant song you already love.

R.E.M. - Camera
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Camera // R.E.M.

I had to bust out the serious medicine of Reckoning to get me back on the rails.

Alone in a crowd, a bartered lantern borrowed
If I’m to be your camera, then who will be your face