Arts and Entertainment

Song of the Day 9/28: “Africa,” Weezer w/ Weird Al Yankovic

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If you’re one of those people who hated Toto’s 1982 soft-rock hit “Africa” — and they were pretty easy to find back then — I have some bad news for you. While the rest of us were going on with our lives, the internet developed a taste for the song, to the the point where […]

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Song Of The Day: Sept. 27, 2018

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Difford & Tilbrook. True pop masters:

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Song Of The Day: Sept. 26, 2018

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Proof that ‘good’ and ‘hot’ aren’t mutually exclusive. I always thought they were hot. And good:

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Song Of The Day: Sept. 25, 2018

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Too infectious to ignore. BTW, while most white people covering soul suck at it (*cough* Linda Ronstadt/Heat Wave *cough), Graham Parker more than did justice to this one:

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Song Of The Day: Sept. 24, 2018

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“Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi Went to the park to check on the game But they was murdered by the other team Who went on to win fifty-nil”:

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Song Of The Day: Sept. 23, 2018

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A first. This song will be reprised on my Fave Tunes Of The Month list.  But it fits the Ford/Kavanaugh controversy so perfectly, it would have been musical malpractice to exclude it:

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Song Of The Day: Sept. 22, 2018

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Did someone mention James Brown at the TAMI show? I saw this at the Warner Theatre.  This was definitely the highlight of that amazing concert film. Girls in the theatre were screaming as loud as the girls at the concert:

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Song of the Day 9/21: “MacArthur Park” live on Letterman

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This is my last day as your substitute DJ, so I wanted a big, boffo finish. And there’s no bigger, more boffo way to finish than with a live version of “MacArthur Park.” This one augments Paul Schaffer’s house band with a 23-piece orchestra plus songwriter Jimmy Webb on harpsichord. Will Lee, the bassist for […]

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Song of the Day 9/20: Sheer Mag, “Nobody’s Baby”

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OK, I sense this crowd wants some kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll, and given the news this week, I think it should be from a woman’s perspective. Sheer Mag was very hot in Philly a couple of years ago. El Som gave them a shoutout when they were booked at the Arden Gild Hall last year, […]

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Song of the Day 9/19: James Hill, “Billie Jean”

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I love cover versions that give familiar tunes a makeover. You won’t find a more radical yet faithful reinterpretation of a classic than James Hill’s solo performance of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” on electric ukulele. Yes, kids, crazy as it sounds, there’s an enormous ukulele underground out there featuring players who can do things with […]

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Song of the Day 9/17: OK Go, “Obsession”

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Music videos seem like artifacts of the past, but bands still release them, only with smaller budgets. One thing has improved — back in the ’80s you had to wait for MTV to play the video you wanted to see. Today you can go to YouTube and watch the video to “Obsession” over and over […]

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Song of the Day 9/16: Willie Nelson, “Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other)”

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I was going to go with something a little more spiritual for Sunday, but when I heard about this cover of Ned Sublette’s “Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly (Fond of Each Other),” it seemed like breaking news. You’ve probably heard that Willie Nelson is headlining a benefit for Beto O’Rourke in Austin later this month, news […]

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Song of the Day 9/15: The Englishman-German-Jew Blues

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Saturday is the only night of the week I like the true blues, the sad, soulful kind sung in pain. But Saturday is also the night I’m most in the mood for some laughs. If I can’t make up my mind, I can always play “The Englishman-German-Jew Blues,” a slow jam pairing comedian Albert Brooks […]

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