Here is the Shinyribs band playing the Sir Douglas Quintet’s She’s About A Mover with Doug Sahm’s son Shawn Sahm. Cheryl Sahm posted this on Facebook earlier today and it was actually the first time I have seen the footage. It was a great night of fun. Just thought I’d share it with all of you.
It’s a strange world. Miley Cyrus is singing a Replacements song. She is singing it with Laura Jane Grace and Joan Jett. Joan Jett has sang with Paul Westerberg several times, so it’s not as surprising that she is involved.
They are performing this to draw attention to Cyrus’s new charity The Happy Hippie Foundation that will help homeless youth, LBGT youth, and other vulnerable populations.
Androgynous is a song I have been listening to since I was a kid. It’s a favorite of mine. I’m glad to hear it in any form. Despite this version being somewhat generic musically, there is love and joy here that I can’t deny.
I’m also glad about anything that helps people that are on the margins. Anything that brings more love into the world is fine by me.
Original Replacements Version:
Never have I laughed as much, while also genuinely enjoying something, that wasn’t a comedy, as while watching Peter Gabriel’s Growing Up Live DVD. One of my first summers in Austin, my brother, a friend, and I, watched this DVD almost every night while maybe, or maybe not, being on various substances. It’s fucking ridiculous. He is dressed in an all black ninja outfit, while bald and looking like your uncle. He, at various times, performs in a giant ball, while walking upside down, riding a bike, and while wearing a suit of lights, among other things. (The suit of light is featured above in Sledgehammer.) He gives serious sounding speeches about things like playing music with apes. (Lead in to Animal Nation.) Although he clearly understands the absurdity up to a point, you are never sure that he completely gets it. (Band members are crying while playing Animal Nation, yes the very same song about playing music with apes.)
That all being said, the music is fantastic. Gabriel is a great songwriter with an incredible band. The arrangements are exciting and inventive. The playing is top-notch. The range of emotions expressed runs the gamut. I am a genuine fan of his and I keep waiting for him to put out a new album of original music.
If you are looking to watch a concert that is genuinely entertaining, this is one I can’t help but recommend. In fact it is probably one of the most entertaining I have ever seen. It’s absurd, ridiculous, artistic, comical, and beautiful all at the same time.
If you happen to live in Austin, or be in town for SXSW, I will be performing tonight with Shinyribs at 9:30pm during a free show. It’s called Rock the Lot and it is held in the Austin American Statesman parking lot. We will be putting on a 90 minute show. If you are interested get there on time, because there is a strict 11pm curfew since we are playing live outside in the middle of the city.
In the future when all’s well…
Brian Eno said that Tony Allen was, “perhaps the greatest drummer that ever lived.” As a rhythm section guy (bass) that has been lucky enough to have learned a lot about drumming from two of Austin’s best drummers (Keith Langford and Alex Moralez), I have been marveling at the drum work of Tony Allen lately. He is most famous for his work with Fela Kuti where he helped create Afrobeat. I learned about him, like many my age in the West, first through his work with Damon Albarn. He has been a part of a ridiculous amount of great records. Above I picked a live version of the single from his newest solo album Film of Life. This is a song he wrote with Albarn. You really need to check out more than his work with Albarn, because again there is so much fantastic stuff to discover, especially if you appreciate great musicianship. Although I love Albarn and I think his work with him is excellent, it is really only a sliver of what makes him so great. I simply picked this because it was new and I know that there are some people who would find a pop song the easiest place to start.
Jimmy Cliff is one of those artists that can lift the heart out of despair. Sometime ago I posted the other performance from Jimmy Cliff’s appearance on Jools Holland. Both performances are simply outstanding. This song is from his front to back killer Rebirth. This is a modern record that can stand with the all-time greats in this or any genre. If you don’t have it, get it.
I’m still finding my way through James McMurtry’s excellent new album Complicated Game. There is no doubt it features first rate writing and arranging. However, the songs themselves are almost like short stories, which work on different levels. If I’m going to write about it I want to make sure that I get it right. In the meantime I found this live performance of an older McMurtry song that I like. McMurtry is always well regarded as an excellent writer, but he is also one of the most unique guitar players that I’ve ever seen. Usually when I watch people play guitar, even if I am not able to play what they can play, I usually have some general understanding of what they are doing. I have no idea what McMurtry is up to. He has a fluid rhythmic style that, whether he is playing electric or acoustic, always perfectly compliments his songs.