I was a huge fan of Kick back in the day, and seeing Berklee’s Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) cover “Need You Tonight” for Beck’s Record Club series makes me want to revisit the record.

Record Club: INXS “Need You Tonight” from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

Also: is it just me or is this bass line borrowing from Sly Stone’s “Thank You For Talkin’ to Me Africa?”

More from Beck’s Record Club (including the Velvet Underground!) here.

The best part of this instructional video is that James Brown is dancing to James Brown music. What else is he going to dance to?

via Pathway To Unknown Worlds

Goodbye Jay Bennett

May 26 2009

A great multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who will be missed.

I was sad to learn that Estelle Bennett, one of the original Ronettes, died last week. I share Brian Wilson’s opinion that “Be My Baby” is one of the best pop songs ever recorded.

Here’s a good clip:

I’ve been disappointed by the Grammy awards the past couple years, but last night was probably the best Grammy award performances I have seen in a while. I thought Paul McCartney; MIA, Jay-Z, T.I., Kanye West and Lil Wayne; Plant and Krauss; and the tribute at the end for Bo Diddley were all great. But my favorite performance of the night was Radiohead. Check them out with the USC marching band:

This band never fails to impress me.

**UPDATE: Dumb move to remove this video from YouTube, NARAS. The best content you have had for years and you make sure no one can see it, share it, and get excited about next years show. I suggest you take a good look at your online marketing plans – it’s not all about control anymore. Very disappointing.

Wonderful live performance of a song from one of my favorite records this year.