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Musical palate cleanser, country pickin’ edition

From the Johnny Cash Show, check out Johnny, Derek and the Dominos (!) and Carl Perkins laying into Perkins’ “Matchbox”.

Pretty great, hunh…  especially the hair.



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Musical palate cleanser, sex and guns and rock ‘n’ roll edition

A good friend of mine alerted me to this sordid tale of crime in my fair city.

Rock ’n’ roller Rick Derringer is 40-some years past his 1970s’ All American Boy phase. His flowing golden locks and shiny silver jacket is replaced by a short-cropped cut and a conservative business suit.

Derringer was dressed like that last week because he was appearing at the federal courthouse in Atlanta to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of trying to bring a loaded gun through airport security…

The aptly named Derringer got caught last month at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after returning from Cancun, Mexico. Transportation Security Administration officials found his Kel-Tec pistol in his carry bag after he left Customs and he went back through security to fly home to Florida.

Yeah, Derringer, gun, I get it.  But that’s not the best part of the story.  This is.

I asked Derringer, a diminutive and pleasant fellow, how he found Bruce Harvey to be his attorney.

“The FBI recommended him,” Derringer said. “The FBI agent was a fan.”

Sometimes you really gotta love this country.  Anyway, here’s a slice of seventies magic — live, with Edgar Winter, it’s “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo”.

Lawdy mama, light my fuse, indeed.


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Musical palate cleanser, on cassette and 45 edition

Here’s a song that shuffled up on my iPod this weekend — one of those tunes when you haven’t heard it in a while, you wonder why you’ve ignored it — from Spoon’s brilliant Gimme Fiction, “I Summon You”.

There’s something about the way the percussive acoustic guitar work drives the song that really appeals to me.

By the way, if you’re interested, GF is a great album, one without a single weak cut on it.


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Musical palate cleanser, I hear it’s nice that time of year edition

P.J. Fleck’s Chamber of Commerce pitch for Minneapolis’ weather that I posted yesterday immediately put Neil Young’s cover of Ian and Sylvia’s lovely “Four Strong Winds” in my head, so now you get to hear a live version.  (Side note — there isn’t a song in existence that Emmylou Harris can’t make better just by harmonizing.)

“But by then it would be winter, not too much for you to do, and those winds sure can blow cold way out there.”

Don’t forget to write, boys.


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Musical palate cleanser, I don’t need no money edition

This is pretty cool… first half of this clip finds the Temptations laying down “My Girl” in the studio.  If you look carefully, you’ll see Smokey Robinson in the back, directing traffic.

Man, what a song.


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Musical palate cleanser, love’s a game edition

This one popped up on the iPod — from one of my favorite groups, the deserving of more attention than they ever got New Rhythm and Blues Quartet, otherwise known as NRBQ.  It’s the pinnacle of guitarist Big Al Anderson’s 22-year stretch with the band.  From All Hopped Up, it’s the sublime “Ridin’ In My Car”.

The gorgeous, final 40-second fade out is worth the price of admission by itself.

Bonus track:  from Big Al’s earlier group, the Wildweeds, comes this delicious slab of mid-to-late ’60s white boy soul, “No Good To Cry”.  It was a big regional hit in the Northeast that I think briefly cracked the national 100 back in the day.

By the way, the Allman brothers dug “No Good To Cry”.


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Musical palate cleanser, theme for today edition

Mick and the Stones remind you what the bottom line is on signing day.


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