As of 6/13/2012, I've declared this blog as DEAD. It's now THE DEAD MEOW. Or something.

Go to my other blog for the latest and greatest from yours truly. Cheers.

 

The Daily Meow is Dead.

Well, to the few followers I have on this blog, I’m just going to say that this thing is dead.

I haven’t been focusing on it much at all, and I don’t think I ever posted to this blog daily, at any point, due to this not being a job and I haven’t always had the time to write about music, nor have I necessarily been able to conjure the inspiration on a whim. So the Daily Meow is DEAD!

You can instead head on over to my other blog, where I talk about all manner of things (mostly music, movies, and whatever), and I post whenever I can. It’s a no-pressure thing for me. Here’s the link. Enjoy.

Big Bird. Bee Gee. Classic.
vintagesesame:

Big Bird and Robin Gibb prepare to record “Sesame Street Fever” with producer Joe Raposo in 1978. 

Big Bird. Bee Gee. Classic.

vintagesesame:

Big Bird and Robin Gibb prepare to record “Sesame Street Fever” with producer Joe Raposo in 1978. 

Happy birthday, Brian Eno! Check out this nutty piece of history…
doomandgloomfromthetomb:

Voices & Instruments (Obscure 1976)
Since it’s Brian Eno’s 64th birthday today, here’s one of the, um, more obscure releases on his short-lived Obscure label, via the Snaps, Crackles & Pops blog. The musicians include Robert Wyatt, Carla Bley and Fred Frith. Never released on CD, as far as I know! 

Happy birthday, Brian Eno! Check out this nutty piece of history…

doomandgloomfromthetomb:

Voices & Instruments (Obscure 1976)

Since it’s Brian Eno’s 64th birthday today, here’s one of the, um, more obscure releases on his short-lived Obscure label, via the Snaps, Crackles & Pops blog. The musicians include Robert Wyatt, Carla Bley and Fred Frith. Never released on CD, as far as I know! 

Tengo Does Dylan. Nice.
doomandgloomfromthetomb:

Yo La Tengo Does Dylan (Sunsquashed Archives)
Every year during Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah shows at Maxwell’s, the band takes time to pay tribute to some Great Jewish Songwriters — and inevitably, a certain Robert Zimmerman’s tunes show up from time to time. YLT has long had an affinity for Dylan, stretching at least back to the version of “I Threw It All Away” which capped off President Yo La Tengo back in the 80s. Bob and Ira Kaplan are also linked by their Gerdes Folk City connections — Dylan played some of his earliest shows at the positively-4th-Street club and Ira booked the infamous “Music For Dozens” shows there in the early 80s. Ira, Georgia and James are generally far from reverent when taking on these hallowed tunes — and that’s what I like the most about this compilation (the second volume of our trawl through the Sunsquashed Archives). I get the feeling YLT thinks of Dylan less as a mythic, generation defining icon, and more of a great pop songwriter. Highlights include the droning, dreamy “It Takes A Lot To Laugh,” the garage-tastic “Rolling Stone” jam (nicked from the Soup Greens) and the lovely country waltz of “Wallflower.” Zimmy himself doesn’t show up, but Yo La Tengo get a helping hand from his old Budokan buddy David Mansfield on an utterly gorgeous “I’ll Keep It With Mine.” How does it feel!? 
1. It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry, 8/31/99, BBC Radio 12. Like A Rolling Stone, 10/13/89, Maxwell’s (Robert Vickers on bass)3. I Threw It All Away, 2/17/11, Triple Door, Seattle, WA4. One More Night, 12/6/02, Maxwell’s5. I Wanna Be Your Lover, 12/6/07, Maxwell’s (with various dB’s)6. Sooner or Later (One Of Us Must Know), Maxwell’s (with Jeff Tweedy)7. Wanted Man, 3/8/97, WFMU 8. Wallflower, 9/15/98, Maxwell’s (with Dave Schramm)9. Absolutely Sweet Marie, 12/21/08, Maxwell’s (with Cyril Jordan)10. 4th Time Around, 11/7/07, Beacon Theatre, NYC (with Terry Jones and Buckwheat Zydeco) 11. I’ll Keep It With Mine, 12/30/05, Maxwell’s (with David Mansfield)***Bonus***12. You’re A Big Girl Now, 12/26/08, Maxwell’s (Lambchop, with James McNew on bass)
Download
Thanks to all the tapers! In case you missed it, we’re posting these rare Yo La Tengo recordings in the lead-up to Jesse Jarnow’s Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock, published next month by Gotham Books. Jesse is on Twitter and Facebook, offering many more YLT treats. And of course, the band itself is at www.yolatengo.com. 

Tengo Does Dylan. Nice.

doomandgloomfromthetomb:

Yo La Tengo Does Dylan (Sunsquashed Archives)

Every year during Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah shows at Maxwell’s, the band takes time to pay tribute to some Great Jewish Songwriters — and inevitably, a certain Robert Zimmerman’s tunes show up from time to time. YLT has long had an affinity for Dylan, stretching at least back to the version of “I Threw It All Away” which capped off President Yo La Tengo back in the 80s. Bob and Ira Kaplan are also linked by their Gerdes Folk City connections — Dylan played some of his earliest shows at the positively-4th-Street club and Ira booked the infamous “Music For Dozens” shows there in the early 80s. Ira, Georgia and James are generally far from reverent when taking on these hallowed tunes — and that’s what I like the most about this compilation (the second volume of our trawl through the Sunsquashed Archives). I get the feeling YLT thinks of Dylan less as a mythic, generation defining icon, and more of a great pop songwriter. Highlights include the droning, dreamy “It Takes A Lot To Laugh,” the garage-tastic “Rolling Stone” jam (nicked from the Soup Greens) and the lovely country waltz of “Wallflower.” Zimmy himself doesn’t show up, but Yo La Tengo get a helping hand from his old Budokan buddy David Mansfield on an utterly gorgeous “I’ll Keep It With Mine.” How does it feel!? 

1. It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry, 8/31/99, BBC Radio 1
2. Like A Rolling Stone, 10/13/89, Maxwell’s (Robert Vickers on bass)
3. I Threw It All Away, 2/17/11, Triple Door, Seattle, WA
4. One More Night, 12/6/02, Maxwell’s
5. I Wanna Be Your Lover, 12/6/07, Maxwell’s (with various dB’s)
6. Sooner or Later (One Of Us Must Know), Maxwell’s (with Jeff Tweedy)
7. Wanted Man, 3/8/97, WFMU
8. Wallflower, 9/15/98, Maxwell’s (with Dave Schramm)
9. Absolutely Sweet Marie, 12/21/08, Maxwell’s (with Cyril Jordan)
10. 4th Time Around, 11/7/07, Beacon Theatre, NYC (with Terry Jones and Buckwheat Zydeco) 
11. I’ll Keep It With Mine, 12/30/05, Maxwell’s (with David Mansfield)
***Bonus***
12. You’re A Big Girl Now, 12/26/08, Maxwell’s (Lambchop, with James McNew on bass)

Download

Thanks to all the tapers! In case you missed it, we’re posting these rare Yo La Tengo recordings in the lead-up to Jesse Jarnow’s Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock, published next month by Gotham Books. Jesse is on Twitter and Facebook, offering many more YLT treats. And of course, the band itself is at www.yolatengo.com

RIP, Adam Yauch. We will definitely be missing you.

This is amazing…
sesamestreet:

What better way to celebrate the new Singing with the Stars DVD than by spoofing the Beatles?

This is amazing…

sesamestreet:

What better way to celebrate the new Singing with the Stars DVD than by spoofing the Beatles?

John Peel’s amazing archive is being explored!
lovesongsandmonstersongs:

John Peel’s entire music collection being made available until October.

Peel’s is probably the most celebrated record collection in Britain: 26,000 albums, 40,000 singles and countless CDs, which spread out of Peel’s office and took over a variety of rooms and outbuildings in the home near Stowmarket he invariably referred to as Peel Acres. The singles and CDs, Ravenscroft says, were filed alphabetically, but the albums were a different matter. “They are all filed numerically and cross-referenced with a very old filing cabinet, full of small filing cards that John hand typed himself on his old Olivetti typewriter. The way you access them is that you look in the filing cabinet, find the file card alphabetically, and on the top corner there’s a number.”

This is pretty fantastic..and I highly, HIGHLY recommend you stay tuned every week.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/01/john-peel-record-collection-online

John Peel’s amazing archive is being explored!

lovesongsandmonstersongs:

John Peel’s entire music collection being made available until October.

Peel’s is probably the most celebrated record collection in Britain: 26,000 albums, 40,000 singles and countless CDs, which spread out of Peel’s office and took over a variety of rooms and outbuildings in the home near Stowmarket he invariably referred to as Peel Acres. The singles and CDs, Ravenscroft says, were filed alphabetically, but the albums were a different matter. “They are all filed numerically and cross-referenced with a very old filing cabinet, full of small filing cards that John hand typed himself on his old Olivetti typewriter. The way you access them is that you look in the filing cabinet, find the file card alphabetically, and on the top corner there’s a number.”

This is pretty fantastic..and I highly, HIGHLY recommend you stay tuned every week.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/may/01/john-peel-record-collection-online

I grew up hearing a number of the Grass Roots’ songs thanks to my mom’s good taste and oldies radio. Chances are, if you’re into music from the 60s, you’ve heard “Let’s Live For Today” before, along with their other big hits: “Midnight Confessions,” “Temptation Eyes,” “Sooner or Later,” “Two Divided By Love,” and “Wait A Million Years.”

I’m just amazed that pretty much nobody talks about the Grass Roots, and they’re all but left out of the discussion of great 60s bands entirely. It’s almost as if they got lost in the sea of their California contemporaries: the Byrds, Creedence, Grateful Dead, Buffalo Springfield, Mamas & the Papas, Lovin’ Spoonful, etc. No, the Grass Roots never attained a status as legends, and nor did they produce any viable stars, and it’s true too that they were a group created in large part by a record label looking for a hit.

Even with the weird history, they eventually did have one concrete lineup (albeit briefly) that subsequently yielded “Midnight Confessions” and other tunes. Really though, I think their lack of real stars is what keeps them from being remembered. Think about it: Would anyone really give a shit about the Hollies if it weren’t for Graham Nash? Sure, we’d still probably have the great Graham Gouldman penned hits “Bus Stop” and “Look Through Any Window,” and their other hits, but if Graham Nash hadn’t defected to Los Angeles and joined the other exiles—David Crosby and Stephen Stills—the Hollies very well could have been lost to history much like the Grass Roots.

I just think people should listen to the Grass Roots, that’s all. Damn good songs. And after some further reading today, apparently “Let’s Live For Today” was originally an Italian pop song before it got to the Grass Roots. Pretty wild.

A bitter, divorced Bob Dylan, giving the Rolling Thunder Revue one last go.

doomandgloomfromthetomb:

Bob Dylan & Rolling Thunder Revue - Fort Collins, May 23, 1976

The full “Hard Rain” television special — one of Dylan’s most intense filmed performances. Also one of the weirdest! Don’t know if those turbans were ever properly explained. This show came at the tail end of the Rolling Thunder era, as Bob and his band (looking pretty coked out) tear through malevolent reinventions of some classic tunes. Dig the wildly inappropriate, but winning calypso-boogie of “I Pity The Poor Immigrant,” which inspires some groovy shimmying from none other than Joan Baez. Or the proto-Clash stomp of “Shelter From The Storm,” led by Dylan’s helter-skelter slide guitar. And of course the terrifying closer, “Idiot Wind,” wherein Dylan summons up a lifetime’s worth of bitterness. Yikes!