Still Alive and I Have a Job No Less

No posts lately because I’ve been busy at a new full time gig, which I like a bunch. I needed a job and they needed me badly. ‘Nuff said.

Meanwhile, I’m putting out the videos I’ve been working on for a while. Here’s one.

Hootchie Cootchie Man

Compare and Contrast – Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door”

Here’s something I like to do. Listen to different artists perform the same song. That side by side listening always reveals new things about the song and the artists. Seth Roberts likes to talk about the Willat Effect, where side by side comparisons help to make you a connoisseur.

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Pete Townshend’s Original Version – For reference. The farty synthesizer is a little dated, but otherwise it holds up pretty well.

Pearl Jam Live Electric and Eddie Vedder Solo Acoustic – I’ve always liked Pearl Jam, even though I haven’t thought of myself as a fan the way I did with Nirvana, but Eddie Vedder is growing tremendously as an artist. This ain’t the same guy who used to stand in front of the mic with his arms wrapped around himself. He’s learned to play guitar and he’s confident as hell. His soundtrack for “Into the Wild” is what finally made me a fan.

Michael Cavanaugh – Piano heavy.

Amateur – Linsey Moon on Ukelele – My secret girlfriend, Linsey Moon. Sigh.

Amateur – Karmarin Natures A Capella – For guys who are more into gals with low self esteem.

Amatuer – Anargha Gunawan on Ukelele – Better than Linsey’s, but he isn’t a darling English girl.

And Pete gets the final word:

Pete Townshend Live Solo Version

DSLR Video – Punk Rockers Prove Anyone Can Do It

I’ve watched Beck’s video for Loser dozens of times. In terms of production you can point to a dozen ways it’s a crappy video. (Color grading? What’s that?!) The whole thing was edited on an Amiga Video Toaster and shot on what looks like a budget of ten bucks.(*)

This is one of those videos I look at and think, sheeeit, I could do that. All you need is thriftstore clothes, a stray dog, fake blood, lots of lighter fluid, a homeless guy, and a cheerleader in a graveyard dancing with her friend who peed in her pants. I’d skip the mimes and the kung fu dude in the trailer park. The only challenges would be scoring a casket and not getting arrested.

And I’m not even criticizing the video. I like it. It’s inspirational – it shows me that something I like that’s within my grasp. In the digital age all of this creative stuff is way easier and way cheaper.

* Correction: It was a budget of 300 bucks.

DSLR Video – The Royal Hounds “I’m In Love With a Zombie”


I’ve been radically changing up my videos. I ditched the tripod in favor of a video monopod. Now I’m moving around, which makes the videos much more interesting. Now that I’ve got the audio and video under control I’ve jumped into video editing, whick makes the whole video an actual, like, video, instead of just video clips.

There are some other videos in the can that are better than this one (which has a couple of places where my framing wasn’t as good as I would have liked). I’m putting this one out first because it’s the title track to the band’s new album. The CD release parties are in Knoxville on May 23rd at Preservation Pub and May 25th at Wild Wings Cafe. Check ’em out.

The Royal Hounds “I’m In Love With a Zombie”

P.S. One of the challenges with the monopod is that you can go high and you can go low, but you have to use the pan/tilt head to compensate for the change. So if you start low, the camera is tilted up. As you life the monopod vertically you have to push the tiltbar up at just the right rate to level the camera. Otherwise you wind up pointing at the floor or ceiling until you get the camera levelled.

Stuffed Animal Pants

I was watching Young MC’s Bust a Move video and noticed a young guy who looked like Flea wearing crazy stuffed animal pants.

I Googled and sure enough that’s Flea. He wore the same pants in RHCP’s Higher Ground video. Nice pants.

Justified Tuesday – Gangstagrass

Long Hard Times to Come (used as Justified’s theme):

I’m Gonna Put You Down:

Nobody Gonna Miss Me:

Long Hard Times to Come lyrics

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So they released a new album. Good interview with Chris Connell here. Yeah, it’s on NPR. They do good arts coverage. Dude quit school after the seventh grade.

And someone finally uploaded Full on Kev’s Mom (Reprise) to YouTube

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Because it’s Friday.

Get on Top

Under the Bridge

Around the World

Scott H. Biram

Normally I only listen to bands with one-armed drummers, but this is pretty good.

Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still Blue

P.S. to Sons of Anarchy fans. The fourth season is up on Netflix. I’m re-watching it this weekend. That song is the one that plays after Clay shoots Piney. I thought it was some old timey C&W tune, but Briam didn’t release his first record until 2000. Wikipedia mentions he’s had some other songs in season 4. You can find just about any song from the show at

Butthole Surfers


Steven Hyden on Rock Fandom

“Being a fan is a more socially acceptable version of having an imaginary friend.”
— Steven Hyden, Perfect Circle: An REM Story

Why did R.E.M. mean so much to me?

Let’s set R.E.M. off to the side for a moment. What does any of the stuff we love matter? Why do we feel that unshakeable loyalty toward people and institutions that make music, write books, score touchdowns, or do whatever else captured our imaginations at one time and won’t let go? Why do we buy records we don’t like or attend shows we’re too tired to enjoy? Why do we watch television shows for years after they stopped being good, and gladly enter into arguments about why the later, underappreciated seasons are secretly great? Why do we pay good money to see sequels that we suspect are probably terrible on opening night, buying into that old bull about carrying on “the mythology” of the original when it’s really just another shabby rehash?

Because we will feel guilty if we don’t. It will make us “fair-weather” fans, and that is unacceptable. We will have betrayed something that has given us so much pleasure. These things deserve more than that. Our pretend relationships have to be honored.

School’s Out

For my kids, not me, but it’s pretty awesome all the same.

Well we got no choice
All the girls and boys
Makin all that noise
‘Cause they found new toys
Well we can’t salute ya
Can’t find a flag
If that don’t suit ya
That’s a drag

My Mind Wanders






Ted Nugent

The Nuge was on “The Simpsons” last night, but my seven year old had never heard of him. Do they not teach kids anything in school these days? This one’s for you, Katie.

Cat Scratch Fever

“For more information on Grand Funk consult your school library.” – Homer

I pulled the head off Elvis / Filled Fred up to his pelvis / Yabba Dabba Doo / The King is gone, and so are you

George Jones – The King is Gone (So Are you):

Last night I broke the seal on a Jim Beam decanter
That looks like Elvis
I soaked the label off a Flintstone Jelly Bean jar
I cleared us off a place on that
One little table that you left us
And pulled me up a big ole piece of floor

I pulled the head off Elvis
Filled Fred up to his pelvis
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
And so are you

‘Round about ten we all got to talking
‘Bout Graceland, Bedrock and such
The conversation finally turned to women
But they said they didn’t get around too much
Elvis said, “Find ’em young”
And Fred said “Old Fashioned girls are fun”
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
And so are you

Later on it finally hit me
That you wouldn’t be ‘a comin’ home no more
‘Cause this time I know you won’t forgive me
Like all of them other times before
Then I broke Elvis’s nose
Pouring the last drop from his toes
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
And so are you
Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone
And so are you