Music and other miscellany for mid-August

playingforchangeThis started off as odd, mostly music, links, that I had saved for some posts that never got written. Then everything I found interesting about music in the last month (except Tosy’s U2 posts, which will be at the end of the month) got added.

The Pink Panther theme.

The Lone Ranger theme.

Playing For Change: Here’s Guantanamera, featuring over 75 Cuban musicians around the world. Also La Bamba.

The first rock and roll record ever recorded.

Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” cover on a mountain dulcimer.

Leningrad Cowboys / Red Army Choir. 1993/2003 mashup of Stairway to Heaven

Michael Nesmith performing Different Drum.

32 miles minus 7 equals 25 miles.

Tedeschi Trucks Band performing “perhaps the most morose song John Sebastian ever wrote”.

Santana’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” featuring Indie.Arie & Yo-Yo Ma

Born To Pump It Up (Bruce Springsteen vs Elvis Costello & The Attractions mashup).

President Obama Singing Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’. Well, sort of.

A live version of John Cage’s 4’33”.

Non-Beatles songs on Apple Records.

Maybe I’m Amazed – Paul McCartney. I first saw this on the Ed Sullivan Show near the end of its run, disappointed not that it was video – the Beatles had done that before on Ed’s show – but that there was no interaction. But I love this song.

Poem: Hellish Mind Music.

Yes, I signed the petition to have Weird Al Yankovic headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. Even noted that he was a multigenerational talent who works clean.

The story of Lily the Pink.

What Does a Photograph Sound Like? (You may be able to hear most of the songs on Spotify.)

Sleeplisten with Me to the Los Angeles-based funk band Vulfpeck.

The stupid faux Sonny Rollins article.

Michael Franti & Spearhead : Time To Go Home.

“The True Spirit of American Rock,” by Peter Buck, October 1984 issue of Record.

Short Attention Radio.

According to Pitchfork, people in the US bought 6.1 million vinyl records last year, a resurgence. but still just 2 percent of album sales overall, AND there aren’t enough vinyl presses to meet the current demand.

Four Simple Notes Captured Listeners Across Centuries. Is this the world’s oldest riff? BTW, the article is referring to, according to a musician of my acquaintance, Am-G-F-E7 motif – not specified in the article.

The Wisconsin Chair Company started the Paramount label. “And they accidentally ended up recording… some of the most incredible performers in American musical history.”

Furor and fuss over Black Jesus, which references Jesus Christ Superstar, Life of Brian and John Lennon.

Grooves was a mid-1990s budget subscription that sent out 17-track CDs for $9.99 (cassettes $7.99). It was aggressively targeted at promoting Alternative Rock to the young married adults who had become disillusioned with the music on the rock stations of the time (and there were plenty of them out there).” I have all of these, except #4. They’re great, and the latter volumes have live pieces with a spoken word intro. It has a great version of Brick House by Joan Osborne; I can’t find it online, but here’s a live version featuring Bob Weir.

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