Category Archives: Music

One Of My Favorite Clips

Bobby Darin on The Judy Garland Show, singing “Michael Row Your Boat Ashore”. My friends and I have memorized this entire performance. Every gesture, every hand-clap, every jaw-tighten, and, of course, the ferocious “MICHAEL” that closes it out. The random … Continue reading

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Windy Weekend iPod Shuffle

Trick or treating on a misty chilly night. That’s my niece, the pumpkin, with her friend, the princess. We went around with a huge crowd of kids and parents. Super fun. Driving around New England. Seeing family, friends. Trick-or-treating with … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley’s 2nd Ed Sullivan Appearance: October 28, 1956

58 years ago today, Elvis Presley made his second historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. A re-post. On September 9, 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. He had been booked for 3 … Continue reading

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A Bad Sport Breakup Song

One of my favorite genre of song is what I call the “Bad Sport” breakup song. Songs about breakups that are not sad and regretful, mournful and longing, but pissed, a little bit petty, and childish. Being a bad sport … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Chuck Berry

(It was yesterday – also, incidentally, my blog’s 12th birthday.) Here’s Chuck Berry burning it up on the famous 1964 TAMI Show. The show opened with him, closed with the Stones. And see if you can spot Teri Garr dancing … Continue reading

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Am I Too Loud For You?

A re-post for Marshall Mathers’ birthday, which is today. So psyched I finally got to see him perform. WARNING: If, by some amazing circumstance, you have never heard “Kim” before, please know that it is completely unsafe for work, frankly … Continue reading

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King Creole (1958): The Dreamspace of “New Orleans”

Young Danny Fisher (Elvis Presley) in King Creole (1958) is a high school flunky a couple times over (“I’m not going back to school. Before you know it, I’ll be a freshman again”), working jobs as a busboy in seedy … Continue reading

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Where Troubles Melt Like Lemon Drops, 1959

Gene Vincent, performing “Over the Rainbow” on the Town Hall Party, 1959. That’s the great James Burton on guitar. When Charley and I went to see James Burton last year, he played a completely instrumental version of the song, and … Continue reading

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On Brooklyn Nine-Nine This Sunday …

Keep your ears tuned for “The Ashtar Command”, a song written by my cousin Liam O’Malley, performed by his band, Dr. Mars. It’s from the album Stars in our Favour, out on iTunes. You can check it out and download … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Jerry Lee Lewis

There are so many great clips of Jerry Lee Lewis, in his heyday, and even more recently, and there are a few black-and-white clips of him performing that truly makes it clear how radical and out-there and damn near frightening … Continue reading

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