Chris Cornell - Can’t Change Me (French version)
C’est très génial what you find on YouTube.
Chris Cornell - As Hope and Promise Fade (excerpt - audio only)
Recorded one year ago today at the Fillmore Miami Beach. They were really strict about taking pictures and video. I did my best to comply - better, in fact, than most others in the audience - so this teensy bit of scratchy audio stays right where it is until I get a cease and desist order from the copyright police.
P.S. Who else thinks Ann Wilson from Heart should do a cover of this song?
The best money I spent this year.
Soundgarden - Eyelid’s Mouth
From the best album I’ve heard all year.
Audioslave - Like A Stone
Ooh, I’m really liking the new Soundgarden album so far.
I’ve always found it odd that the music I like best is obviously “alternative,” (whatever that means, really), yet the two most important bands in the history of alt music (Pearl Jam and Nirvana) never really spoke to me. There, I’ve said it. Nevertheless, I’m spending this Sunday watching Pearl Jam Twenty, and so far what I’m enjoying most are the reminiscences of this fellow, whose music did, and does, speak to me. To each her own, I guess.
Another 30 day music challenge
21. Do you have any music posters up in your room? They had boxes full of these and were handing them out after the show. I also have an Incubus poster, but it’s currently at the frame shop.
22. Do you have the same musical taste as your friends? Not really. There may be one or two who share some of my taste, but not my - shall we say - enthusiasm. That’s why I’m on Tumblr.
23. Have you seen any musicals? I grew up 90 minutes from midtown Manhattan, so I’ve seen many Broadway musicals. I enjoyed a lot of them, but it’s not really my thing.
24. If you could see any musical what would you see? I hear they’re making a musical theater production out of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips. Part of me would like to see it, but…I don’t know. I’m not sure I like the idea.
25. Do you listen to the radio? In the car, yes. I like to play air drums while I’m driving.
30 day music challenge
Day 21: A favorite song with a person’s name in the title.
I never realized how many songs I like fit into this category. Considering what’s going on in my life right now, I should probably go with Rod Stewart’s Maggie May or Simon & Garfunkel’s Mrs. Robinson, but instead I’m putting Angie by The Rolling Stones at the top of the list. Next is Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe, one of the greatest songs ever. Other favorites include:
Speaking of Brandon Boyd, he’s also been known to sing a few bars of Billie Jean now and then, and he’s been quoted as saying his favorite song ever is Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne. I never loved it, but for him, and because it’s pretty, I’ll offer up the Judy Collins version. Speaking of Judy Collins, there’s a song about her called Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills & Nash. There are lots of songs with the name Ruby in the title, so I’ll only mention a few: Ruby by The Kaiser Chiefs, Ruby Soho by Rancid, and Rubylove by Cat Stevens. I also have to include a few Jenny songs (since that’s my real name), and there are several, the classic of all time being Jenny Jenny by Tommy Tutone. There’s also Jenny by Walk the Moon, Jenny Was a Friend of Mine by The Killers, and Jennifer Juniper by Donovan. And finally, since I named my cat after it, here’s Kiwi by Maroon 5.
30 day music challenge
Day 15: A song that has been covered by another artist.
I was going to go with Brandon Boyd’s vast improvement on Elvis Costello’s Alison, but with all the chatter about Timelapse Consortium during the past couple of days, I thought something progressive would be appropriate. So here’s early Yes with a brilliant cover of Paul Simon’s America. My other idea was to focus just on the tons of great covers of Bob Dylan’s work, my favorites being Rage Against the Machine’s version of Maggie’s Farm, The Dead Weather’s New Pony, Eric Clapton’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, The Pretenders’ Forever Young, and the Band’s I Shall Be Released. Probably the most famous take on the latter was done by Joe Cocker, and of all the bazillions of Beatles covers, I think the best is his version of With A Little Help From My Friends. Then there’s Linda Ronstadt, who pretty much did nothing but covers, many of them great, but none better than her version of Neil Young’s Birds. (She covered Alison too, by the way.) I could go on and on forever with this, but I’ll just mention three more: the Chili Peppers’ cover of Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground, Chris Cornell’s cover of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, and the Foo Fighters’ cover of Arcade Fire’s Keep the Car Running.
If all goes well, by the end of next week I will have seen both of these beauties. Be still my heart.