Friday, February 26, 2010

Themetime Themes, Anomalous Instrumentals & Unsung Covers, Pt. 5

So... some of you (assuming that there is a "you") are probably wondering what happened to the "unsung covers" part of the title of this mix, which I added after the beginning. I think that you (assuming that there is a "you") will think well of your patience, after you hear these instrumental covers of previously vocally-enhanced songs.

"When You Walk In The Room" was a hit for Dusty Springfield, and The Searchers, too. You'd never know there were vocals missing if you heard The Ventures' (Live in Japan '65) version first.

Donovan's "Colours" was a hit in the UK, but I prefer this non-hit instrumental version released by Van Dyke Parks on his Song Cycle LP.

And finally, we have one of the most wonderful pop songs ever invented -- try playing it on the instrument of your choice if you don't believe me -- The Beatles' "Please Please Me", as codified (why re-invent the wheel?) by Link Wray. I mean, honestly... what more could you want?

Lick It Up

Friday, February 12, 2010

Podwalker's Dogcast, Pt. 5

If you didn't already believe that chihuahuas are the creepiest dogs on the planet, the picture to the left would probably be enough to convince you. The thing is, they are -- at least, the mixed mutt SPCA versions are -- the most grateful, devoted, cuddly animals known to human pet-harborers. Well, cherchez le chien; this post is dedicated to the noble chihuahua, the least-likely to be bravest of the brave dogs.

Bite me!

Song list:

01. Mike Soloway - The Little Chihuahua
02. Frank Milano and the Golden Orchestra - Chihuahua (Cha Cha Cha)
03. El Vez - Chihuahua