Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Greensleeves” by The John Coltrane Quartet:

Last week my grandmother, Shirley Cowie, died. “Greensleeves” was her favorite song. When longtime WGN Radio broadcaster Bob Collins badmouthed the song on the air in the 1980s she stopped listening to his show in protest. That’s how much she liked “Greensleeves.” This version of the song, by The John Coltrane Quartet, is from the Africa/Brass album. It was recorded in 1961 by the late Rudy Van Gelder and features John Coltrane on tenor sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums.

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Eight Miles High” by The Byrds:

 

My favorite album by The Byrds is Sweetheart of the Rodeo because I love all that country twang and Gram Parsons, and when I first heard it back in the mid 1990s it opened my ears to sounds I hadn’t really listened to very hard before.  But sometimes you really want full-blown psychedelic excitement, and “Eight Miles High” gives you exactly that, as close to perfection as is reasonable to ask for. Here’s an almost ten-minute live version from 1970.

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “White Punks on Dope” by The Tubes:

This is what you get when you combine a big sense of dumb with some glam-prog-punk inclinations.

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “It Doesn’t Matter” by Khashoggi:

Khashoggi — “It Doesn’t Matter” — Live EP

I saw Khashoggi as part of a free night of music in the basement of a pub last weekend. My friends’ pop-punk band was on the bill, and Khashoggi was the first act of the night. They grabbed the audience by the scruff of the neck pretty much from the get-go. Jessica Craig has a very good voice, and Michael Webster plays guitar well, but more to the point, they write good songs and have found a sound for that voice and that guitar, which is a different thing to saying she’s got a good voice and he plays well. I like the percussive style of Michael’s guitar sound and the way Jessica’s voice here rides on top of that sound, but there dips in to join it. It’s not easy to turn a guitar and a voice into a compelling musical performance, but listening to Khashoggi, you can hear the thought they’ve put into crafting not just songs, but a sound that breathes life into those songs.

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