March 11, 2007

Marylin “Bubbie” Kweller steals the show

This is the absolutely fantastic new homemade video from Ben Kweller for one of the best songs on his self-titled album from last year, “Penny On The Train Track.”

Ben shot this footage of his 82-year-old grandmother in the gym of her condominium. Admittedly it is a bit one-dimensional, but dang hard not to like. Watch as she dances around to his song as it plays on the circa-1986 boom box, swirling, kicking, rocking the workout wear, and even joined by a friend in the middle for some old-lady-dance-party action.

Gotta laugh out loud — her moves are priceless, her emoting the finest (favorite part: her moves to the line, “He is in the yard just a-washin’ the car, thinkin’ bout his pretty wife“). Also, the snippet of conversation at the end between Ben and his gramma is heartwarming — Ben is a great, great guy (who gives affectionate sweaty hugs). This video shows the expressionistic and supportive family he must come from, and I liked that a lot.

Ben Kweller, live in Toronto
March 5, 2007
courtesy Live Music Archive

Walk On Me
Family Tree
I Gotta Move
Make It Up
I Need You Back
I Dont Know Why
Different But The Same
Living Life
Hospital Bed
On My Way
Chug-A-Lug (Roger Miller cover)
The Rules
Red Eye
Penny On The Train Track

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  • That is freaking brilliant! Makes me miss my grandmother.

    Jeff — March 11, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

  • love it.

    c — March 11, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

  • I’m gonna see Ben Kweller Friday the 16th, he’s playing the local Washington DC radio station St. Patty event, with Carbon Leaf!

    Russ! — March 12, 2007 @ 6:52 am

  • WOO HOO!!! Now we know where Howie gets his good looks! Way to go Ben!

    Anonymous — March 12, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

  • “Now we know where Howie gets his good looks!”

    what can I say…………!!!?
    55 and still alive…….
    be like me, vote daily!!!


    big h — March 12, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

  • I think a post where you consolidate all the pictures of you with the rock stars is in order.

    Matt — March 12, 2007 @ 6:07 pm

  • love ya moves Grannie Kweller!! :)

    Anonymous — March 13, 2007 @ 1:09 am

  • Ben is my hero. He had fun and so did his granmother. I loved the little bit at the end between the two of them. his cover of ice, ice baby is one of my faves.

    paco — March 13, 2007 @ 1:12 pm

  • i thought i let you know that Ben Kweller “Penny on a train track” is being featured on mtvU’s the leak:

    4indie — March 18, 2007 @ 11:34 am

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