Regularly Posting Since 2000

April 23rd, 2014 @ 5:01 am
Running Scared

Today is the birthday of Roy Orbison (1936), born in Vernon, Texas, to Orbie Lee, a mechanic, and Nadine, a nurse. One day, during a songwriting session with his partner Bill Dees, Orbison asked his wife, Claudette Frady Orbison, if she needed any money for her upcoming trip to Nashville. Dees remarked, “Pretty woman never […]

April 18th, 2014 @ 5:26 am
Friday Five: Lennon

John LennonThere are ninety-three tracks from John Lennon’s solo career in my iTunes library. Here are my five favorites:

  1. How Do You Sleep?
  2. God
  3. Watching the Wheels
  4. (Just Like) Starting Over
  5. Tie: Mother
    Tie: Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

The other eighty-seven are pretty awesome, too. You should listen to them all.

March 28th, 2014 @ 6:56 am
Friday Five: Favorite Country Music

This one was tough, but here are my five favorite country songs:

  1. You Don’t Have to Call Me Darlin’, Darlin’Haggard, Merle
  2. Thank God I’m a Country BoyDenver, John
  3. She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)Reed, Jerry
  4. DallasJackson, Alan
  5. Always On My MindNelson, Willie
February 21st, 2014 @ 5:34 am
Friday Five: Best Pixies

PixiesMy five favorite Pixies songs:

  1. Wave of Mutilation [UK Surf]Pump Up the Volume
  2. Where Is My Mind?Surfer Rosa
  3. GiganticSurfer Rosa
  4. Here Comes Your ManDoolittle
  5. U-MassTrompe le Monde
January 13th, 2014 @ 10:01 am
Live at Folsom Prison

One of my favorite albums — Johnny Cash’s Live at Folsom Prison — was released on this date in 1968. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have […]

January 3rd, 2014 @ 7:18 am
Friday Five: Fave Floyd

The WallIt’s difficult to choose or rank your five favorite songs by an artist that you love so much, but here’s a shot. I have quite a collection of Pink Floyd albums in iTunes, but all five of these are from The Wall.
I can’t tell you how many times as a teenager I laid on my bed, wearing my bright yellow Sony Sports Walkman headphones, and blasting this album into my brain from start to finish.

  1. Young Lust
  2. One of My Turns
  3. Mother
  4. In the Flesh?
  5. The Thin Ice
December 31st, 2013 @ 7:26 am
iTunes Tuesday: My Beatles Smart Playlist

If you include solo albums by John, Paul, and George, and things like Wings and the Plastic Ono Band, I’ve got over five hundred tracks in my iTunes library that I consider the work of The Beatles. I love The White Album indescribably, but even I don’t want to hear Rocky Raccoon ten times in […]

December 25th, 2013 @ 6:15 am
Baby, It’s Cold Outside

My wife is pretty awesome. Baby It's Cold Outside – watch more funny videos

December 24th, 2013 @ 7:06 am
iTunes Tuesday: Building a Smart Christmas Playlist

The only really annoying thing about the holidays is that most radio stations play the same ten or so songs over and over and over again. No matter how much you love the song, nobody wants to hear Baby, It’s Cold Outside five times in the same day. You’ve got plenty of Christmas music in […]

December 23rd, 2013 @ 7:55 am
Jingle Bells in LA

At my son’s winter sing-a-long this year they added a great verse I’d never heard to Jingle Bells: We’re going to the beach And playing in the sun. We haven’t seen an icicle since 1921! We cannot build a snow man, or go dashing in a sleigh. But we will never freeze because We live […]

December 17th, 2013 @ 6:18 am
iTunes Tuesday: Giant Files

If your hard drive is low on space, a good place to look for things to jettison is your iTunes library. Lots of music files are large because the songs they contain are very long — Alice’s Restaurant Massacree clocks in at over eighteen minutes! — or because they’re encoded using AAC or the Apple […]

December 13th, 2013 @ 5:37 am
Friday Five: Favorite Christmas Songs

ChristmasFive of my favorite Christmas songs:

December 10th, 2013 @ 8:21 am
iTunes Tuesday: Listen to This

Depending upon the size of your iTunes library and how you have your playlists configured, you could have a bunch of awesome songs that you are either hearing over and over and over again, or that you’ve not heard in ages. Those are both terrible situations, of course. You want to have a happy medium. […]

You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant.

ForeverlyBillie Joe Armstrong + Norah Jones cover The Everly Brothers

October 29th, 2013 @ 8:28 am
On Pearl Jam

There’s a very well-written review of the entire history of Pearl Jam on Grantland right now. In case you’re living under a rock, I’ll tell you that a new PJ album was released last week. (Yes, that’s why you’re hearing classic Pearl Jam tracks between every inning break during the World Series and why they […]

October 18th, 2013 @ 6:34 am
Friday Five: Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen

Commander Cody and His Lost Planet AirmenTop Five Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen songs:

  1. Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)
  2. Hot Rod Lincoln
  3. Truck Drivin’ Man
  4. Mama Hated Diesels
  5. Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar
October 12th, 2013 @ 9:20 am
MeFi Swap

I’ve participated in the MeFi CD Swap at metafilter for as long as I can remember. It’s old school fun and I always get a bunch of really great new music I’d have probably never have heard otherwise.

August 1st, 2013 @ 8:05 am
I will be chasing your starlight.

I read Happy Yoga the week before my birthday, and then in July I read Bad Monkey, World War Z, and In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex1. Two non-fiction and two fiction is a pretty good balance, I think. A twenty-something David would never believe it if you told […]

July 12th, 2013 @ 10:32 pm
Runaway

One of my favorite memories of my mom — of my entire childhood, actually — is singing Runaway by Del Shannon in the car with her and my little sister while driving to St. Paul’s Catholic elementary school. I love that song. She loved that song. She loved singing that song. Mom loved music. And […]