twelve favorite captain beefheart songs

Posted on August 15th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Musicians, Songs.

Fred: Out of curiosity, are these your ten favorite songs, or just your ten favorite Captain Beefheart song titles, or just ten random Beefheart song titles?
Scraps: The second one. But I could do my ten favorite Captain Beefheart songs, easy. Do you want that? Sure you do!

12. Veteran's Day Poppy
11. Woe-Is-Uh-Me-Bop
10. Brickbats
9. Pachuco Cadaver
8. Ice Rose
7. Clear Spot
6. Lick My Decals Off, Baby
5. Her Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles
4. Hot Head
3. The Floppy Boot Stomp
2. Click Clack
1. Bat Chain Puller


ten captain beefheart song titles

Posted on August 11th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Songs.

A Carrot Is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond
Bat Chain Puller
Hey Garland, I Dig Your Tweed Coat
I Love You, You Big Dummy
I Wanna Find a Woman That'll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go
Lick My Decals Off, Baby
My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains
Neon Meate Dream of a Octafish
Nowadays a Woman's Gotta Hit a Man
The Floppy Boot Stomp


getting ready

Posted on August 8th, 2013 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Songs.

{ I'm contemplating, for the last two or three years, posting just songs every day (not only songs, but posting songs every day among my posts, if you get my drift). I know a lot of songs, very good songs but mostly unknown, and I long to share them. Yes, even at age forty-nine.

I'm going to post (eventually) nine songs (because I like nine). Then when I post ten, the oldest one gets knocked off. So mostly the songs get posted for a week.

Unfortunately, among the information I lost with my stroke was how to put up a song in my blog. I'm getting there, though. (I'm getting a new computer this month, so maybe I will put off re-learning until then.) }

* This { } indicates that my post-stroke English is wonky. Sometimes I feel my whole writing for a day is wonky. That's today.


breakfast shuffle

Posted on January 24th, 2011 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Songs.

Breakfast made by Velma, leftover Chinese food (pepper steak with onions) and large coffee with a little bit of chocolate syrup:

Christine Collister, "Dirt in the Ground"
Fleet Foxes, "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song"
LL Cool J, "Six Minutes of Pleasure"
Merle Haggard, "Peach Picking Time Down in Georgia"
Sun Ra, "Bimini"

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yawn shuffle

Posted on January 24th, 2011 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Songs.

4:00 in the morning, awake, put on mp3s, first five:

Crystal Castles, "Courtship Dating"
Grandaddy, "Could This Be Love"
Flying Lotus, "Parisian Goldfish"
Peter Maxwell Davies, "A Spell for Green Corn"
Material, "Square Dance"


a life featuring shuffle play

Posted on January 23rd, 2011 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Songs.

I got Audiogalaxy recently for my ipad. It's great; I can play mp3s from my computer through my ipad, and I've got more than 25,000 mp3s (a small fraction of my collection, but growing).

This morning I played:

"Le Chasse Gallery" by Malicorne
"Split" by Liliput
"Confession" by Django Reinhardt
"Private Life" by Grace Jones
"I'm Cramped" by the Cramps
"Medea Rising" by Shrimp Boat
"Capo" by the Hippy Boys
"A Coral Room" by Kate Bush
"Nova" by Nomo
"Pavan (Thoughts of a Septuagenarian)" by Esborn Svensson Trio
"The Sun Beats Down" by the High Llamas
"Nod Off" by Skeleton Key
"Rally" by Phoenix
"Potran Korean" by Varrtina
"Consolation Prize" by Jawbox
"Dusk Dawn" by John Coltrane
"Dropping Like Flies" by Firewater
"M'bizo" by Don Cherry
"Lolitapop Dollhouse" by Momus
"Piglet" by Arab Strap
"Mabrak" by the Abyssinians
"Seal Whales" by Meat Puppets
"The Party" by St Vincent
"Mother and Child Reunion" by Paul Simon
"Man and Boy" by Art Bears
"Frog's Legs and Dragon's Teeth" by Bellowhead
"Beyond the Sea" by the Incredible String Band
"Song with Orange" by Charles Mingus

And etc.


shuffle, on the return from montreal

Posted on August 25th, 2010 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Songs.

Deerhunter, "Agoraphobia"
The 5th Dimension, "The Eleventh Song"
The Jam, "Thick as Thieves"
Crystal Stilts, "Alight of Night"
Antonio Carlos Jobim, "Samba de Una Nota"
Aterciopelados, "Pilas!"
Super Furry Animals, "Hometown Unicorn"
Misha Mengelberg Quartet, "Criss Cross"
Mel Torme, "Gloomy Sunday"
Henry Threadgill Very Very Circus, "Next"
Augustus Pablo, "Frozen Dub"
Clarence White, "Pretty Polly"
Brenda Lee, "Big Four Poster Bed"


shuffle, on the way to montreal

Posted on August 24th, 2010 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Songs.

Universal Congress Of, "Gold Tooth Girl"
Regina Spektor, "Summer in the City"
Tom T. Hall, "That Song Is Driving Me Crazy"
Gogol Bordello, "Wonderlust King"
Baden Powell, "Naquele Tempo"
Carla Bley, "Greasy Gravy"
DD/MM/YYYY, "Lismer"
The Nightingales, "The Bending End"
Silver Jews, "Inside the Golden Days of Missing You"
Slapp Happy, "Tutankhamun"
Heaven 17, "Soul Warfare"
Sleater-Kinney, "Don't Talk Like"
Michelle Shocked, "Contest Coming (Cripple Creek)"
Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, "Government Magic"


old post (from the well) #28, 21 may 97

Posted on March 11th, 2010 by Scraps.
Categories: Dance, Old Posts, Songs, Words.

Last night I dreamed that I was skipping and running cheerfully along a colorful series of ledges, rails and ropes, with a partner, improvised yet perfectly synchronized, while around us "The Candy Man" by Sammy Davis Jr played, and it was the beats and chord changes of the song that we improvised our steps to. And it all. felt. perfectly. natural.



Posted on October 12th, 2009 by Scraps.
Categories: Live Music, Music, Songs.

I did not know that Johnny Cash and Joni Mitchell sang a duet of "Long Black Veil", in 1969, for the debut program of Johnny Cash's TV show.

from The Hits Just Keep On Comin'

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my favorite music video

Posted on July 17th, 2009 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Songs.

Michael Penn, "Long Way Down", directed by the Brothers Quay

This is my favorite music video, and it used to be lost (to me); never on youtube, and not on Brothers Quay compilations. But Velma found it on yahoo. Now I have to figure out how to download it.


kristian hoffman, "sex in heaven" (2002)

Posted on June 17th, 2009 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Musicians, Songs.

Song Project #20

Did you know that reality tv went back to the seventies? And PBS started it. An American Family was shown in 1973, twelve episodes long, depicting an actual family, the Louds. And yes, the Loud Family got their band name from them (and no, not the Loud family on Saturday Night Live); but that's not what I'm writing about now.

Lance Loud, one of the sons, was gay, credited with being the first openly gay person in television history. Eventually he died of AIDS, in 2001. But first he led a critically-respected rock band, the Mumps, in New York City, part of the late-seventies CBGB's scene. A friend from high school, Kristian Hoffman, was the keyboardist.

Kristian Hoffman is not famous, but he should be; well, at least at the level of the new wave and no-wave bands that he played in. He played with Ann Magnuson and Lydia Lunch, and was in Klaus Nomi's band: he wrote "Total Eclipse", the most famous Nomi song. Eventually he arranged for Rufus Wainwright's band, and became a long-term keyboard player for Dave Davies's band. And he played around the Los Angeles scene in the eighties and nineties, becoming not famous, but known to musicians.

I didn't know who he was when I picked up a used cd in a pile of one-dollar cds, but the names made me curious. It was called &; in fact, it was an album of collaborations: fifteen of them, and all of them more famous than him. Rufus Wainwright, Russell Mael, Anna Waronker. Maria McKee. Ann Magnuson, Michael Quercio. Lydia Lunch! Stew! Van Dyke Parks! Paul Reubens?? Well, I bought it.

I didn't prepare myself for the barrage of hooks that came at me. From the first song to the last, one listen was enough to tell me this was a once-a-year find, one I'd play tomorrow and next day and twenty years from now; a top-five for the year. And fifteen songs in (out of 17), the song that blew me away:

Sex in Heaven

That's Ann Magnuson and Kristian Hoffman, trading off. It starts with Magnuson, hushed, piano-driven; the first hook, the verse hook, on the words "boy, earthbound", then loud drums, dum, dum, pause, dum, dum, dum, dum, dumdumcrash. Then repeat the verse. Then the chorus, the drums now there throughout, with tambourine, and guitar, Hoffman singing lead and Magnuson wordless harmony. The main hook at the end of the chorus: "where do I sign?" with the jump up an octave. Then stop, and head back into the verse, again hushed, but added vocal by Hoffman, though distant, ethereal. Then repeat verse, with two added keyboards. Then the bridge, then verse, once through this time, then the chorus, twice.

The chorus is amazing. It occurs four times, and each occurrence has a different musical lead-in to the title ("that's what is costs to buy a note so pure and high and so divine") and after the title ("the bottom line"), and that's gravy: the hook can stand by itself. And the words: it's about castrati, and the longing by the singer ("where do I sign?"), perfectly captured by the hook. That's a perfect pop song: words and music working together.


a video by we were promised jetpacks

Posted on June 14th, 2009 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Songs.

A very good video for "Roll Up Your Sleeves" by We Were Promised Jetpacks, on Pitchfork TV.


the dismemberment plan, "following through" (2001)

Posted on March 16th, 2009 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Songs.

Song Project #19

The Dismemberment Plan was my favorite band from their third album (1999, where I became aware of them) to their fourth album (2002, whereupon they broke up). They were probably my most obscure favorite band. (My favorite bands? In chronological order: the Beatles, the Spinners, Talking Heads, R.E.M., Throwing Muses, Pixies, Throwing Muses again, Blur, the Dismemberment Plan, Café Tacvba, Belle and Sebastian, Sleater-Kinney, Meshuggah, Of Montreal.)

Velma, too, became a fan, and we reacted with dismay when the announcement came that the Plan were no more. We bought two tickets for both of their farewell shows, and were gratified when almost none crossed over; one repeat song, their perennial favorite “Okay Jokes Over”, otherwise no overlap: 49 lovely songs. I can’t tell you how much joy was contained in those two nights, and how much sorrow.

The third album, Emergency & I, was perfect. The fourth album, Change, was nearly perfect, stretching out and sometimes missing, but even the wrong parts were interesting. The four songs that closed it were fabulous; four songs fit to end a career. The first song was “Following Through”.

(Listen to "Following Through")

Six things I like about “Following Through”:

1. The fast start, following the drum fill at the beginning all the way to forty seconds from the end.

2. The end, still as fast but quiet, first solo guitar, then joined by another guitar, then bass, and finally drums.

3. The drums, steady yet changeable throughout.

4. The bass, which doesn’t cut in till the A part has been by once. Then four notes, silence, four notes, silence, four notes, silence, five notes. Then after the chorus, the silences are filled: four notes, four notes, etc.

5. The chorus. The way one note is held for half the chorus; the way that “following through” sounds different from the rest. And my favorite part: The vocals, lead and harmony, are an octave lower the second time.

6. The way that the chorus is led into the second time: “I’m quite, oh, kay, with, losing that fight!”

Not a promise nor a threat nor an ultimatum though I can do those too. Yeah.



Posted on September 24th, 2008 by Scraps.
Categories: Lyrics, Music, Songs.

I used to send my misheard lyrics to my pal Gavin, but since he's retired from the mondegreen-documenting business, I figure I should document mine in a small way here*.

Today I was idly listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd's Second Helping for the first time, and I swear I heard them sing:

Well I used to wake the morning before the rooster crowed
Searching for soda bottles to get myself some dough
Brought 'em down to the corner, down to the country store
Cash 'em in and give my money to a man named Kurtis Blow

Turns out the guy was actually named "Curtis Loew". As is so often the case with these things, I think I prefer mine.


dept. of everyone else has doubtless already noticed

Posted on September 2nd, 2008 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Songs.

Wilco's "Impossible Germany" (from Sky Blue Sky) could be a lost Tom Verlaine song.


morning shuffle, with asterisks

Posted on August 19th, 2008 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Songs.

  • silence is golden - the tremeloes
  • love me or leave me - nina simone
  • wolverton mountain - claude king
  • he's a rebel - the crystals
  • liar - three dog night
  • clean - depeche mode
  • entre canibales - soda stereo
  • blown stack - volcano suns
  • bang bang* - the joe cuba sextet
  • slow - superchunk
  • somebody warm like me - the 5th dimension*
  • white man - the pursuit of happiness
  • i'm gonna be strong - gene pitney
  • paperback writer - beatles
  • i am a pilgrim - clarence white
  • groovin' - young rascals
  • i love you little girl - mark lanegan
  • color my world - chicago
  • tell me something good* - rufus feat. chaka khan
  • you don't own me* - lesley gore


working saturday shuffle

Posted on August 16th, 2008 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Songs.

  • give me the right - ken boothe
  • i wanted to tell you - matthew sweet
  • better than aliens - self
  • magic - pilot
  • sesame hijack - shark quest
  • the true one - gene clark
  • obscurity knocks - trash can sinatras
  • it's over - roy orbison
  • day dreaming - aretha franklin
  • midnight* - the roger webb sound
  • back-woods song - abercrombie, holland, dejohnette
  • pheurton skeurto - sunny day real estate
  • ben - michael jackson
  • around the way girl - ll cool j
  • lady marmalade - labelle
  • de musica ligera - soda stereo
  • chinese white - incredible string band
  • sarn helen - super furry animals
  • al album - aterciopelados
  • never will i marry - helen merrill
  • devil may care* - kristian hoffman & russell mael

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shuffle till noon

Posted on August 14th, 2008 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Songs.

  • western union - the five americans
  • liquordelic - tipsy
  • biggest fan - brendan benson
  • keep searching - del shannon
  • the sleep - pantera
  • fiery crash - andrew bird
  • sunglasses after dark - the cramps
  • freedom 90 - george michael
  • sonho meu - maria bethania
  • sylvia - side effect
  • stranger on the shore - mr acker bilk
  • tick, tick, bang - prince
  • my baby just cares for me - nina simone
  • join the boys - joan armatrading
  • hang them all* - tom t hall
  • the cool, cool river - paul simon
  • lucretia - megadeth
  • elenore - the turtles



Posted on August 12th, 2008 by Scraps.
Categories: Music, Songs.

  • save your heart for me - gary lewis & the playboys
  • shut the door - fugazi
  • the end of a perfect day - kirsty maccoll
  • taste revenge - sanctuary
  • silver and gold, baby, silver and gold - henry threadgill sextett
  • like a fool - superchunk
  • from a jack to a king - ned miller
  • univized - michele rosewoman
  • devil's gun - cj & co
  • wham bam - silver
  • every is a good trip* - chisel
  • red rubber ball - the cyrkle*
  • all the things you could be by now if sigmund freud's wife was your mother - charles mingus
  • mockingbirds - mark lanegan
  • magnet pulls through - tortoise
  • shake - sam cooke
  • you're no good - linda ronstadt
  • shambala - three dog night
  • ugly on the outside - the judybats
  • papa was a rolling stone - the temptations
  • wild flower - wayne shorter
  • confissao - madredeus
  • flesh thang - danielson family
  • temptation - slayer
  • you can't sit down - the dovells
  • smoke house - pell mell
  • agents of brutality - kreator
  • here i am (come and take me) - al green
  • shiva's daughters - arling & cameron
  • rhino a go go - tar babies
  • you should be dancing - bee gees
  • painting box - incredible string band
  • don't say you don't remember - beverly bremens


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