March 5, 2006

Odds & ends

This is the best bit of photoshopping that I’ve seen in a while: Jesus and Bob Dylan – they go way back. Read the whole post over at Jesus’ blog. Who knew The Man Himself was so funny. Daily reading for me. Kind of like devotionals.

I forget where I read about this site (It was Last Second Thoughts – thanks Jeffro!), but it is great fun. Now I hold My Sharona by The Knack in an even specialer (not a word) regard, because it was the #1 song on the day I was born, August 19, 1979. You should check out The #1 Song This Day History website, and then leave me a comment telling me what your birthday song is. Who has the coolest one? Hint: It’s not my sister, who rings it in with “Torn Between Two Lovers” by Mary MacGregor.

Smudge of Ashen Fluff has the excellent KCRW set from Corinne Bailey Rae, who I posted about a few weeks ago on the Monday Music Roundup. She makes some really great, soulful, beautiful, downtempo bliss that you won’t feel all R. Kelly listening to. The KCRW version of Like A Star is especially fab.

Although I preferred Rolling Stone in my teen years, I also devoured SPIN and have lots of notable issues that I have saved (including one I recently came across from August 2001 with Eminem on the cover and an excellent “Ten Years of Pearl Jam” article inside). So I laughed at Stereogum’s recent posting of the mp3 “(I Was An) Intern at SPIN.” Stream of consciousness story about being a grunt at a major music magazine, and all the promo CDs he lifted from his unsuspecting employers. Classic.

There is a new studio Eels track for download on their website, called “I Want To Protect You.” It’s a pleasant enough ditty, featuring singalong backing and light/lovely strummy (again, probably not a word) musical sound, with lyrics like, “At night in this world /Such a delicate girl / Needs someone to look out for the wolves.” Awwwww.

I am SO not a Star Wars person, but the pictures in this blog alone made me laugh in a serious way. What the heck is going on here? It’s like someone took some acid, watched Return of the Jedi, and then decided to blog as Chewbacca. Wait, maybe that is exactly what happened.

I am an extremely reluctant convert to anything related to Death Cab For Cutie. I think the name of the band turned me off, followed by the emo rep, so maybe I never gave them a fair shake. However, I will admit to seriously digging these tracks that Matt over at Moroccan Role posted up last week: Ben Gibbard & Andrew Kenny on the Home EP Vol. V from 2003. My favorite is “Farmer Chords.” Really, really lovely stuff that suits Gibbard’s voice and makes me feel all spring-day-like.

Final note: This has been bothering me for a few weeks now: WHAT IS GOING ON with Robert Plant’s pants in that picture I used for my Led Zeppelin post? He leaves very little to the imagination (unfortunately). I apologize for posting such a gratuitous crotch shot on the web. That could be construed as poor form. Or totally rock ‘n’ roll, depending on how you look at it.


  • per Robert Plant’s pants”

    Led Zeppelin = cock rock

    Satisfied '75 — March 5, 2006 @ 3:02 pm

  • “One Bad Apple” by The Osmonds
    I’m fairly sure that beats your sister for the worst B-day song.
    Thanks for pointing me back to the “Gone” post.
    Death Cab are truly great, much like PJ songs reveal more each listen..Ben Gibbard is quickly rising up my list of best songwriters. If you had to apoligize for showing off a big cock I’d be walking around saying sorry a lot

    Jason — March 5, 2006 @ 6:41 pm

  • Birthday song 1971- “Maggie May/ Reason to Believe” by Rod Stewart

    Not so bad eh?

    JMH — March 5, 2006 @ 7:23 pm

  • i win by a landslide:
    feb 18th 1985 – “Careless Whisper” by Wham! featuring George Michael

    Don't Need Anything — March 5, 2006 @ 9:47 pm

  • 8th June 1974 …

    band on the run!


    surely i win?!!!

    Tim Young — March 6, 2006 @ 7:05 am

  • Ooh, I think my boyfriend Scott wins! January 13, 1973: “You’re So Vain” by Carly Simon. Great, great song that everyone knows!! He had a good birth day as well – 1972 was “American Pie” by Don McLean!

    Kristy — March 7, 2006 @ 11:42 am

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