Captain Beefheart passed away a few days ago. Since then I haven’t been able to stop listening to “My Head is my only House unless it Rains”. It’s the weirdest love song I have ever heard, but it catches me.
To quote Bob Lefsetz in a letter he sent to his followers about Captain Beefheart’s death:
“I read the news today, oh boy. And I was emotionally affected and needed to reach out to you. They’re rewriting rock and roll history and getting it all wrong. They want you to think that Patti Smith was more important than Alice Cooper, that Top Forty radio ruled in the late sixties and early seventies, that everybody was always in it for the money. But that’s wrong. We know the truth. It’s incumbent upon us to keep the flame alive. Beefheart was part of the firmament. He may not have been dead center, but he had a place. And we took notice. And his death leaves an emptiness. There’s a hole in the sky tonight, a black one, where Don Van Vliet used to live and create.”
Whether it’s Rock, Folk, Soul, or Early Modern English carols, Jeff Buckley can do it all very well. Having drowned at age 30, he only released one official studio album, Grace, although there have been several posthumous releases from an unfinished album and some demos.
“I Want Someone Badly” was released on the Legacy Edition of Grace in 2004.
This is a little bit unusual and a bit of a departure from the usual DSF routine, but it’s too good to pass up! This happened two days ago at a charity fundraiser in St. Petersburg. Apparently, Putin was merely a guest at this event, but was asked to sing by the hosts and-after a little bit of encouragement-made it up to the stage and belted out the Fats Domino classic. It’s definitely a little slow and awkward, but the audience eats it up. Well done, Vladimir!
For comparison purposes, I’ve included the Fats Domino original. Which is better? You be the judge.
Holy great new music, Batman! I just discovered this band while doing a little spot of Youtube-ing, and, um….whoa. They’re dropping big stinky funk bombs all over the UK and EU. Check ‘em out at http://www.myspace.com/thekillermetersfunk and send some US love their way!
3 fun facts about Foals:
1) They are signed to Sub Pop, the same record label Nirvana and other big grunge artists
2) Yannis (the singer) and Edwin (keyboards) dropped out of Oxford University, a top 10 university in the world, to pursue music
3) Their song “Spanish Sahara” is featured in the Entourage season 7 trailer
I love this groove.
I previously wrote about Dyke and the Blazers here. I’ve been listening to them a ton lately and can’t help but post another song. There isn’t much information about them on the web. Maybe because their front man Arlester “Dyke” Christian was shot to death at age 27, at the height of the band’s success. I hope you enjoy “My Sisters And My Brothers.” What a great song and only 398 views? Let’s pump this up! Share on Facebook, tweet, call your friends, or do whatever you do.