Archive for June, 2011


songs everyone should own: the gourds – gin and juice

Cover songs are a tricky affair.  Most of the time they’re uninspired karaoke versions, but every now and then someone comes up with one that takes the source material to a whole new place.

In the case of The Gourds version of Snoop Dogg’s seminal hit “Gin and Juice,” it’s a place that most will agree is great.

I’ve had this tune in my crate for some time now, but it was mis-labeled as being by Phish…which I believed for quite sometime until I found someone who claimed it was by the Barenaked Ladies.  Then Andrew did some research and corrected me.

You’re a better digger than I, good sir.


songs everyone should own: q lazzarus – goodbye horses

You might remember this song as the one that was playing in the background in Silence of the Lambs when Buffalo Bill was doing his creepy man-gina dance.

But aside from that, it’s a great under appreciated 80’s tune about cocaine.

And apparently that’s a woman singing in this tune.  Who knew?


peter green’s fleetwood mac – fleetwood mac

So, I’m still unemployed…which gives me lots of time to blog. (yay!)

And I started school again,  which at least helps focus my time as I work towards my degree in restaurant management, and signals the return of semester breaks…which is what I am on right now. So let the writing  and drinking commence!

When you think of Fleetwood Mac, you usually think of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks…but the story actually starts long before their arrival with guitarist Peter Green from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers…who was originally brought in to replace Eric Clapton.  When Green left the Bluesbreakers, he started playing with Mick Fleetwood in two different bands.  He wanted to start a new band, and he really wanted John McVie on bass…so much so that he called this new band Fleetwood Mac.

You’ll find no cocaine rock here.  No gypsy ballads, no string section…  What you will find is a masterpiece of the British Blues scene. A no frills journey from classic covers to inspired original works.  I also recommend the next two albums (“Mr Wonderful” and “The Pious Bird of Good Omen”) which are both rooted in the same tradition.  They even came out with a boxed set that has all three… if you’re down.

Available for download or purchase from Amazon for about $10…not bad!  But I have seen digital copies floating around… if you were to Google it.


songs everyone should own: luciano pavarotti – nessun dorma

My favorite Pavarotti number from the 1980 concert Live at Lincoln Center 30th Anniversary (his voice was much stronger then.)

Even people who don’t like opera will listen to this and say “Ah…okay, you got me on this one.”

If this song doesn’t make you feel something, then you probably can’t feel feelings.


songs everyone should own: carly simon – night owl

Yeah, I said Carly Simon.  From her  “No Secrets” album.

But regardless what you think, it’s hard to deny this blues tinged stomper.  Written by James Taylor with backing vocals by Paul and Linda McCartney


we made a mixtape!

And by we, I mean TNA Soundsystem (Andrew and I.)

It’s called Trip To The Moon 3, and it is two hours worth of downtempo goodness for your ears.

Play it on your computer or download it for your iPOd!  I’ll leave it up for a while.


songs everyone should own: leon haywood – I want’a do something freaky to you

Although the intro is now more famous than the rest of the song, this definitely deserves a lot more attention than it currently gets.  Sure, you could point out that Leon kind of ripped off the whole melody of The Temptations “Smiling Faces,” but you gotta admit he did it with style.

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