May 15, 2012

"Your Cover’s Blown" by Belle & Sebastian

In 2004, Belle & Sebastian released the “Books” EP as the final installment of singles supporting their latest record “Dear Catastrophe Waitress”. “Your Cover’s Blown” is the crown jewel.

From Pitchfork: Described by NME as the “indie ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’”, it’s a slinky, sultry mini-suite— spy vs. spy in the discotheque.

May 14, 2012

"Heartbeats" by The Knife

Concerning that party at Oberlin College circa 2007 on the HBO program “Girls”, it was nice to see some borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered aughts!

2004 was a good year for the Lecherous Frenchmen’s repertoire, so this week I will be celebrating “The Year of the Single”…

-DJ HumbertHumbert, 2012

May 4, 2012

"JAR" by Green Day

Happy Birthday Michael Ryan Pritchard!

Billie Joe Armstrong credits Mike Dirnt as being “the best bass player in the history of Punk Rock!” 

Maybe by “best,” he means RICHEST…cos that’s probs right.

Otherwise, look no further than another punk band from Berkeley, fronted by a man named Armstrong (no relation, but the Armstrongs DO have a thing for bassists)…Matt Freeman (OpIv, Rancid).

At about 1 minute, you get a gem of a solo HERE

May 1, 2012

"All of Me" by Tanlines

Congratulations to this track for being the FirstSong I listened to today, actually & factually.

April 30, 2012

"Piano Man" by Ethan Walmark

This video- via WaPo’s Ideas@Innovations blog- needs little commentary…

April 27, 2012

"The Way it Is" by Bruce Hornsby and the Range

Happy Birthday to “The Rajah,” MLB Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby!

Apparently, some things DO change…

When he retired in 1938, Rogers earned roughly $470K over a 23-year playing/managing career. In 2012 dollars that works out to approximately $332K per year.

Likewise, his contemporary Babe Ruth- arguably the greatest baseball player of all-time (I argue otherwise)- earned just over $910K throughout the course of a 22-year career. In 2012 dollars that’s about $692K per year.

Comparatively, when his current contract expires, Albert Pujols- arguably the best player today- would have earned about $351M in salary. In the time of The Rajah & The Babe, that equates to an average of roughly $1M per year over a 21-year career.

This year the average MLB salary approaches $3.5M per year, in 1938 that would be about $215K- or just about half of what poor Rogers Hornsby (2-time Triple Crown and MVP winner) made in his entire career!

Ballplayers make too much money, and that’s the way it is

April 25, 2012

"Tangerine" by Led Zeppelin

(this FirstSong has been brought to you by the contents of my lunch)

"So Russell, what do you love about music?" -William Miller

Maybe Led Zeppelin III isn’t their “greatest” work. But because I & II are just so unoriginal, and IV has been used-up like the strumpet of Bedfordshire, III always feels fresh.

Enjoy, heathens!

April 24, 2012

"I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times" by The Beach Boys

My name is Roger Sterling. I have taken LSD. I live at 31 E 66th St. #14A, NY, NY

PLEASE HELP ME.


April 20, 2012

"Femme Fatale" by The Velvet Underground & Nico

Happy Birthday to “It Girl”, “Youthquaker”, Edie Sedgwick- who would have been 69 today!

Says Lou Reed: "Andy said I should write a song about Edie Sedgwick. I said ‘Like what?’ and he said ‘Oh, don’t you think she’s a femme fatale, Lou?’ So I wrote ‘Femme Fatale’ and we gave it to Nico."

…Natch!

April 19, 2012

"…And We Thought Nation-States Were a Bad Idea" by Propagandhi

Speaking of a mix tape, circa 1995…

Everybody’s favorite Canadian left-wing radicals!

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