Sunday starts with a cafe mocha. Then, between 10AM-11AM PST, I'm listening to Harry Shearer over at KCRWs live webcast, mixed in with all the political talking head shows. Later on, I'll have a game on the teevee in the background while I listen to tunes, doing as little as humanly possible, out of sheer laziness. So on that note, here's my playlist of the week:
I first heard this song on my favorite teevee show, HBOs The Wire, which is about inner city life in Baltimore. It's one of those songs that despite your self determination sticks in your cranium. Young Leek's part of Baltimore's musical scene, where, Shake It, Jiggle It, was a huge hit. Now, Everyone get up and start to jiggle it!
Young Leek: Jiggle It - 4.20MB
The Godfather of Punk and Chairman of the Bored in a ditty that was recorded after his collaboration with David Bowie ended and he went back to a dirty guitar based sound. If you find yourself bored, listen to Iggy. At least he'll get your feet tapping.
Iggy Pop: I'm Bored - 3.90MB
This song swings like no other. Two musical giants at their artistic peak at the debut of this standard (hat tip to Chris at Locust St).
Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie Parker: Salt Peanuts (live debut) - 4.60MB
Morphine was a great band - Mark Sandman helped pioneer the use of the two string bass; from Wiki: When asked by reporters to describe their music, Sandman labeled it "Low Rock". One critical appraisal suggests that "Morphine immediately established a minimalist, low-end sound that could have easily become a gimmick: a 'power trio' not built around the sound of an electric guitar. Instead, with sly intelligence, Morphine expanded its offbeat vocabulary on each album."
Morphine immediately disbanded after Sandman collapsed on stage in Palestrina, Italy, of a heart attack.
Morphine: Honey White - 3.56 MB
I think with the exception of Lou Reed, The Velvet Underground musically sucked - they just couldn't play, especially drummer Maureen Tucker. Reed carried the band on his back. Here's one of the few songs that passed muster. At the time, Lou Reed was addicted to heroin and this song is about the art of scoring. The quiver in his voice only adds to its authenticity. "Everything about that song holds true," said Reed, "except the price."
The Velvet Underground: I'm Waiting For The Man - 4.37MB
I've never understood why Lucinda Williams doesn't get her due. She's a great singer/songwriter backed by a fantastic band. Another example how life isn't fair and why I got out the music business - talent doesn't will out.
Lucinda Williams: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (live at WXPN) - 6.06MB
From VH1s Storytellers, where between the music, songwriters explain how their songs came together. This might be Tom Waits strongest recorded live show. "Weeeeel, get your chocolate Jesus and get your chocolate Jesus while they're hot. Ev'rybody wants to have a chocolate Jesus and ev'ryone *deserves* a chocolate Jesus. What's more, you've earned it!"
Tom Waits: Chocolate Jesus (live) - 6.52MB
Paul Weller (formerly of the Jam and the fantastic Style Council) does a great cover of a Dr. John song. After you Sleep Through The Fire with Rage Against The Machine, Walk on Gilded Splinters with the King of the Zulus.
Paul Weller: I Walk On Gilded Splinters - 9.89MB
PS: Columnist Molly Ivins is in the hospital, seriously ill. She's had our back for years, send some good thoughts her way.